ROSEMARY’S THROWBACK THURSDAY VIDEO: It’s Time to Release the Blocks

This week the theme is getting over ourselves – to stop the self-sabatoge. Today’s throwback video continues this theme and addresses releasing blocks. It’s from about a year ago:

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ROSEMARY’S INSPIRATION: What Are You Holding Back in Yourself?

My “Two-Minute” Video for this Week: What Are You Holding Back in Yourself?

ROSEMARY’S EXPLORATION: Hostage Situation – Inside Yourself?

What part of you is holding another part hostage?

If that question is hard to answer, then try this one: What is Fear keeping you from doing in your life?

We have so many fears, many of them unconscious, and they can cripple our progress through life. Sometimes it is a fear of public speaking (have you heard that this is often greater than the fear of death?) or it might be a fear of spiders. Some have a fear of flying that keeps them from enjoying vacations to distant lands.

But most of the fears that I see with clients represent a conflict between a part that wants to step forward and a part that is afraid to do that.

It can be around any issue: a relationship, a job, money, family, taking a risk, making a decision. There is a feeling of wanting to move and yet, at the same time, a sense of paralysis.

Have you ever felt this way? Perhaps you are feeling this today around something that is going on in your life.

What have you thought about doing that you are not doing YET? What has been hanging around waiting for the perfect time for you to commit to it? Where do you want to go in your life that you have been afraid to move toward?

There is always some fear lurking in the issue when we feel torn about a decision or making a move in a certain direction. Sometimes the fear is that we don’t know what to do next. It might be a fear that we’ll make the wrong decision or choice and there will be consequences.

The part inside of you that is holding you hostage to a fear may not be revealing the exact nature of that fear to you. Often a client will come to me with one issue and the REAL issue is something behind the one they can see.

I spent a VIP Day with a client once who wanted to plan out her business and marketing as we discussed in her preparatory session. She came with calendars and plans in hand. What happened during our hours together, though, showed why she had been unable to get those plans organized.

There were family issues to be resolved before her unconscious mind would allow her to leap forward in her business. We spent most of the time working through the blocks and fears that had been lurking behind her indecisiveness.

After the work of clearing those blocks and fears, we sailed through the business part of the planning!

That is the power of CLEARING THE FEAR! When a part of you is being held hostage by a fearful part, you must learn what the fear is and how to satisfy the part that holds the fear BEFORE you can take the next step in whatever area of your life where you feel stuck.

How are you holding yourself back in your life? Have you identified the fear?

Move the fear out of the way so that you can move freely toward the life you desire!

Blocked? – Richard’s Commentary

It was a bright, sunny day with low humidity and a light breeze – a lovely June day in Maryland. I stopped at the bank on the way home to get some cash for the farmers’ market the next day. Because it was a sunny, bright day I wore my new “reader sunglasses” – sunglasses with a bifocal area for magnification to aid these aging eyes when reading in bright light. I needed to take them off to see the ATM screen at the bank; I placed them on the handy ledge below the machine.

I was halfway home when I realized I wasn’t wearing my sunglasses – my route is shady and the light less bright. I quick search of my many-pocketed vest – my alternative to carrying a purse – turned up empty. Reverse, dash back to the bank – no sunglasses on the ledge. Inside the bank the teller I know by name is free – “did anyone turn in a pair of sunglasses in the last few minutes?” She looks at other tellers and in their lost-and-found area – “no, sorry.”

I am disappointed – mostly in myself. Why these lapses? And when will I listen to my unconscious mind, my intuition? You see, when I placed my sunglasses on that little ledge under the ATM I had a brief glimpse of forgetting them there – just a flash. And I may even have muttered to myself – “don’t forget your sunglasses there.”

If I listened to that voice my unconscious mind heard “forget your sunglasses there.” The unconscious mind does not process negatives. It only hears and processes positive statements – I learned this in hypnosis and NLP training when I went to a few classes with Rosemary when she was earning her certifications.

So, how am I blocked from listening to my intuition, changing my language used in “self-talk” to make only positive statement and become more fully aware, in every moment, of what is going on within me and all around me? And, what do I do about it?

Here’s what Rosemary writes in her post about this subject:

Be grateful for your unconscious mind. It keeps your heart pumping and your brain functioning and your lungs breathing and a whole lot of other processes operating in your life without your having to consciously make things happen. However, that same unconscious mind is operating in ways that can cause patterns and blocks that you might not know consciously, and might not have chosen if you did know, and you struggle with understanding why you can’t get things done or why you seem to be blocked from your successes.

Yes, that seems true for me and does explain the blockage to becoming fully aware so that sunglasses are not lost. Is there a solution to the blocks; a way to move into full awareness?

Rosemary writes: …if you are reading these words, then you are called to continue forward on your path. Take a step in the direction of your dreams. If you feel blocked, if you stumble, rejoice that you are growing. There are ways to see beyond what is holding you back. There are tools to help you and people to support you in your growth.

Another lesson, another growth opportunity. Is this what my lost sunglasses episode is telling me? Here you can imagine hearing a loud groan!

It was just about a year ago (June 28, 2013, as a matter of fact) that I wrote a similar post here titled “Awareness.” In that post I told the Zen tale of Nan-in and Tenno. The master, Nan-in, asked Tenno when he arrived on a rainy day to which side of the door he had placed his umbrella and clogs on entering Nan-in’s house. Tenno could not answer; he studied at the feet of Nan-in for 10 more years to become fully aware!

I guess this means I have another nine years to go, another nine years of practice and study and “lessons in lost sunglasses”!

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ROSEMARY’S INSPIRATION: Ask “What’s Holding Me Back?”

My “Two-Minute” Video for this Week: Ask “What’s Holding Me Back?”

PS: Did you get the word that my Possibilities Playshop has moved on the calendar? We have moved it to the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2014. Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; place: Severna Park, Maryland. Early-bird registration here 

The Playshop is your opportunity to break through those blocks!

And if you are not in the Maryland/DC area watch for the opportunity to purchase the digital recordings.

ROSEMARY’S EXPLORATION: Blocked?

Sometimes the hardest thing to recognize is a block or a pattern that is holding us back from manifesting our magnificence. We don’t know what we don’t know.

So often clients come to me for help with a certain issue or problem in their life or business or relationship and the REAL problem is a block somewhere else. When that block is cleared, the other issues improve.

We don’t know what we don’t know because it is the unconscious mind that has so much power and it operates, well, unconsciously.

Be grateful for your unconscious mind. It keeps your heart pumping and your brain functioning and your lungs breathing and a whole lot of other processes operating in your life without your having to consciously make things happen. However, that same unconscious mind is operating in ways that can cause patterns and blocks that you might not know consciously, and might not have chosen if you did know, and you struggle with understanding why you can’t get things done or why you seem to be blocked from your successes.

Understand that THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU! You are not broken and you do not need to be fixed.

But if you are feeling stuck or blocked or have patterns of behavior that you want to change but can’t seem to do this on your own, it’s a signal that you are ready to do some personal growth work. You are ready to leap forward and clear what is happening at the unconscious level so that you are free to move into your conscious choices, your conscious dreams.

Do you have a pattern that you have tried to change but willpower alone isn’t getting you to your goals? Are you stuck in ideas that maybe belong in someone else’s life or time but they are somehow cropping up in yours? Do you have trouble seeing possibilities because the problems block the view

These are signs that point to the way forward for you on your path of growth. Nobody moves forward without moving through obstacles. Some are small and others are huge. Sometimes the path is smooth and we lull ourselves into a sense of security about having ‘arrived.’ At other times, the path seems to us as if it is totally blocked, that there is no way to move forward. How easy it would be to turn around and go back to the comfort of the familiar, or to stay stuck and play the victim!

But, if you are reading these words, then you are called to continue forward on your path. Take a step in the direction of your dreams. If you feel blocked, if you stumble, rejoice that you are growing. There are ways to see beyond what is holding you back. There are tools to help you and people to support you in your growth.

Find the help that you need. But don’t go looking for the steps AROUND the blocks! They won’t get you far.

In these days of the 21st Century we don’t have time to delay. We are called to live our Purpose. Staying stuck or blocked doesn’t accomplish that.

Be who you REALLY are. Ask for help if you need it. Move through the blocks and grow.

Blocked? You can choose not to be!

ROSEMARY’S INSPIRATION: It’s Time to Release the Blocks

My “Two-Minute” video for the week: It’s Time to Release the Blocks

PS: Are you waiting to hear from The Other Side? Maybe your next step will be revealed. Are you looking for advice from beyond the usual? Join Rosemary for a Conversation with The Other Side at 7:00 PM Eastern, November 1 – All Saints Day. If you are in Maryland, join us in person. Or, join us by televideo conference or simply by phone. Learn more here.