The Stronghold: Anatomy of a Block

by Cyndi Dale -

Essentially, a block keeps us from living as our authentic self. Usually blocks are composed of strongholds, mental or emotional programs that keep us stuck in a pattern that isn’t good for us. 

There are two basic types of strongholds. 

A mental stronghold is made of two or more beliefs that join together but never come apart. For instance, we might touch a stove and get burned. We now think, “Stoves can burn” and also “Getting burned, hurts.”  
These aren’t bad thoughts. In fact, they can be helpful; we’ll think twice before we touch another hot stove.  
A problem arises if we keep these two thoughts joined together to create a stronghold or a belief that detracts from our life or even causes harm.  
A resulting, negative stronghold might be the conclusion that because stoves burn and getting burned, hurts, then stoves are bad.  
This idea isn’t all that traumatic—it might spare us a great deal of cooking—but what if we formulate a mental stronghold like, “Anything that can burn is bad”?  
This type of stronghold can lead to a full-blown paranoia and we might avoid anything from sunlight to love, which can cause its own “burn.” 
An emotional stronghold is formed from at least one thought and one feeling.  
These underlie many of our most challenging life issues. 
For example, imagine a sixteen-year-old who has just gone through his first relationship break-up. He feels sad. He thinks, “Breaking up hurts.”  
The feeling of sadness joins with the belief that breaking up causes pain. There’s nothing wrong with a temporary merging of a feeling and a thought.  
We are constantly trying in different beliefs and feelings; they instruct us on how to respond to a given situation. But what if our sixteen year-old would decide that a relationship, a necessary prerequisite to a break-up is itself, dangerous?  
To avoid the sadness of a break-up, he might now avoid relationships altogether.  
Strongholds, such as this one, often underlie lifestyle and relationship issues.

There are also spiritual strongholds, which are similar to mental and emotional strongholds. These are composed of beliefs or feelings that bond together and relate specifically to spiritual issues. 

Examples involve ideas relating to deservedness of Divine Love or acceptance of universal abundance.

A stronghold becomes a block when it fails to release when we’re through with it and becomes programmed into our energetic system.

excerpt from 'The Complete Book of Chakra Healing

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Cultivating the Flow of Abundance

by Sharon Marquart -

Consciously open your heart, mind, mouth, your thoughts, words and actions to the flow of abundance. Observe yourself giving and receiving. 

Today let’s cultivate the flow of abundance. 

Use affirmations today that remind you that you live in the flow of abundance.
  • “I live in the flow of abundance.” 
  •  “I give and receive with ease.” 
  •  “I live in the flow.”

Repeating affirmations does several things. 
  • It creates new thought patterns in your mind. 
  • It creates new energy patterns in your aura. 
  • It creates new pathways in your brain that create hormones; chemicals that change the way you feel and the emotions you experience.

Remember that many of us live in what I call “default” programming. We go back to the ways we were programmed to experience life from childhood. 

When making a change, it is important to put forth extra effort in the beginning of the change so that the brain and chemistry of the body changes fully.

Open the Tap

I believe the Universe is the infinite supply of energy that is ever-expanding and in constant motion.

So when I open the tap by getting into the feeling of abundance – peace, love, joy, freedom, even asking for what I desire – there is no option for the Universe to respond with, “sorry you can’t have that, there is not enough, you have too much already, I’ll get to you later.”

When I use my mind to open the tap, to tune into the feeling of abundance, it is there energetically flooding every cell of my being. The Universe is actually doing what it is designed to do – EXPAND!

And when I keep the tap closed or at a slow drip because, “how can I feel peace when so many others don’t?” or “how can I have more, when so many others have nothing.?” I am actually taking myself out of the flow and shutting down the Divine creativity of the expanding Universe that WANTS to flow through me.

The choice is yours!

Live in the flow of abundance fully today.

Living at YES!

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