The question was asked how to overcome obstacles. Whether the obstacle is blocking you from manifestation or it is blocking you completely from that soulful joy that is sought after; the obstacle can be overcome. Remember, that in every journey, even within the most spiritual of beings journey, there will be obstacles. You are not alone in facing them. The real secret is how to transform any obstacle into an opportunity. An opportunity in which you can find the positive life force energy within it and to use that energy to manifest dreams, goals, and soulful joy. It is one thing to learn from an obstacle, but quite another to become enriched from it.
Many obstacles are based around similar blocks when they are boiled down to their essences.
Obstacle One - Fear
The first block we will look at is fear. Fear is one of the most identifiable obstacles in every person's life. Overcoming fear can become one of the most powerful tools to manifest your own personal dreams that you will ever have in your arsenal. How do you transform fear into courage when all you do is freeze and panic?
To start with one must define what fear is. Most of us think of fear as simply being afraid of something. Fear is deeper than the surface fright many of us experience. Anxious, apprehensive, concerns are all emotions connected with fear. Now that we know fear is simply an emotion, let's look at courage.
Courage is a quality of spirit that allows one to face danger or pain without the emotion of fear. Fear itself is simply a negative emotion that fuels things such as self-doubt, anger, insecurity, anxiety and worry. When decisions are made on a journey based on fear, and then they are based on self-doubt and can reap nothing more than self-condemnation and fill you with emotional toxins that will keep you in the cycle of fear.
So now that we know what the problem is and the definitions, how does one literally transform the emotion of fear into the spirit of courage? The first is to make a choice. The choice is either to stay in the fear or to "transform" the fear into a positive energy. The decision to make the choice is simple. "I choose to remain in fear or I choose to face the fear". I have heard that fear is either face everything and recover from it or screw everything and run. This choice either will transform or cripple your ability to manifest dreams. Once you have made the choice to change, you are further along the transformation process than you realize. The simple choice will allow you to begin to feel I am courage and I can find a way to live my every dream.
Having courage has nothing to do with the absence of fear as many of us have been brought up believing in. Having courage has everything to do with standing still and facing the fear that is in front us. Standing up for our human spirits and not having the overwhelming panic feeling. There are many exercises that can be utilized in order to help you identify your fears, however, the simplest exercise that I have used is to simply take a piece of paper and write out my fears list. What am I afraid of? Is it financial? Fear of approval or not receiving approval? Fear of controversy? Fear of emotions? Fear of success?
Once you know what your personal fears are, then you can begin to make the personal transformation to courage by simply making the choice to change them. To do this, simply next to each fear right a positive statement. Financial - I have everything that I need today. Approval - I approve and love myself today. I need only my approval and the Divine's approval. Controversy - I remain calm always. Success - I deserve my dreams.
Obstacle Two - I Don't Deserve It
Deserving your dreams is the second block or obstacle in our spiritual paths. It can be near impossible to overcome an obstacle of any sort when you do not believe that you deserve to overcome it in the first place. Sounds too simple; yet, it is one of the biggest blocks that face us. Self-doubt will stop every dream, every goal, and every person dead in their tracks.
The first step in changing your mental thought process is to realize everyone has some moments when they are blocked by self-doubt. The simple act of a power mantra such as I deserve good things in my life will make an incredible difference.
Obstacle Three - Lack
The next obstacle identified is lack. We all know what the emotion of lack feels like. Those times when the glass is always appearing as half empty rather than half full. The Laws of the Universe are such that when we want, we receive want. When we lack and talk about lack constantly, we receive lack.
The key to overcoming this is a simple gratitude list. Talk about what you are grateful for. What do you have in your life? Concentrate on what has been given to you and say thank you. The more you are grateful for, the more gratitude that you will receive. Over the years I have kept a gratitude journal for all the things in my life that I have been given. Some days I can write pages while other days I struggle to find even ten things to be grateful for. However, it has been many years since I could not find something that I was grateful for.
Obstacle Four - Regrets
The next obstacle is regrets. Regrets can be turned into possibilities. The old adage "when one door closes, another opens" is profoundly true. This is the secret to manifestation. Instead of regretting a decision or a choice, try looking for the open door or even the cracked window. What are the new possibilities there?
It is a bit more difficult when reflecting back on old regrets. I have found that repeating the same exercise as talked about with fear works just as well with regrets. Write your regrets out on paper. What do you regret that you will never tell anyone? Do you regret hurting someone? Put them all down on paper. There is something very magical that happens in the process of putting pen to paper and writing all of your hidden secret thoughts down. It allows you to release them and let go.
Take your regret list and bury it in the ground or tear it up and let the wind take the pieces. The purpose here is to let go.
Obstacle Five - Hopelessness
Hopelessness is by far one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome. I know that the despair of feeling hopeless is a deep dark pit that seems bottomless. It is not. You can transform your hopelessness into faith, hope, belief and trust. It does not matter what you have been through, it can be transformed into hope.
Many times hopelessness is based on fear of what tomorrow may bring. We get caught in that cycle between fear and hopelessness that we cannot seem to break. Shifting the energy from the dark negative into a brilliant positive pattern is hard work, especially if you have suffered a loss or betrayal. The key is to concentrate on connecting your personal energy with your spiritual self. You may not feel that you even have a spiritual self at the moment, it exists whether you believe in it or not. When you strengthen your spiritual self you will reconnect with your hopes and dreams.
I have stood many times where I believed it was hopeless. The hurt and pain unimaginable. The loss devastating. I know the way it feels to have the wind blow right though a big hole in your chest. It is possible to overcome and rise again to be filled with hope, love, belief, trust, and faith. Even if you feel like you cannot recover from this particular setback or loss, you can find the energy to move ahead.
The key is to stay connected to your "field of love". Stay connected with those around you that build you up. If no one else is building you up, build yourself up. I believe in me. I love me. I have hope in me. These positive affirmations to yourself will slowly begin to take hold.
Obstacle Six - Defeat and Obstacle Seven - Low Self-Esteem
The last two blocks identified are really interwoven. Transforming defeat into persistence and low self-esteem into self-worth are intertwined and one cannot be looked at without the other. Learning to discard the old thought patterns of fear, regret, and lack will greatly improve your self-worth. The key to overcoming an obstacle is persistence. None of these obstacles can be overcome in one day. Reading this article is not going to make the blocks in front of you disappearing. It is your effort, your work that will transform them. If you practice and apply these simple techniques into your life on a daily basis, you will have transformed your personal defeat into a persistence that will be an asset in your tool kit for a life time.
Persistence is the key to overcoming and transforming every obstacle and stumbling block that you will ever encounter. It was told to us as children through the story of the Little Train Who Could. I think I can, I think I can transformed into I can I can!! This is a tool many of us forget. When you begin to see the transformation, when you begin to experience the gratitude, and when you begin to have faith in yourself, you will begin to realize you do have self-worth.
Low self-esteem is a block that cannot change without your own active involvement. Take the paper and pen exercise again. Write down the things that you like about yourself. What qualities do you have that are inspiriting? Fulfilling your goals? If you are working on a quality, write it down as I am working towards being a patient and loving partner. You need to feel that the only you can fill the hole back up. Only you can reconnect with your spiritual self. Only you can change your thoughts and your attitudes. This is empowering. When you realize you get to make the choice, you become confident and self-worthy of having every
dream and goal.
The vital KEY to overcoming any obstacle that was shared with me many, many years ago:
"Anything is possible if only you believe, are willing to do the work, and trust in the Divine"