Free Your Mind- and the Rest Will Follow
by Bear Elle
***Below is a personal story of how I've worked through my own mental blocks and traumas to become stronger mentally. I am not a doctor, I haven't even talked to any authority on this subject. I can only express what I feel and how it has worked and changed me for the better.
The best thing I ever did for myself was to break down my mental blocks into bite size pieces I could work through. Of course I didn't start out this way, it kind of happened on it's own. But once I discovered that it was happening, I started to learn how to train it and make it work for me rather than waiting it out to do the work without my help.
This has allowed me to work through my issues faster and with more accuracy.
When Did This Start?
Last year I was asked to read a book called "Creative Self-Hypnosis" by Roger A. Straus Ph.D. I was a little skeptical at first, but I proceeded to follow through reading the book and doing all of the exercises.
The exercises always seemed really mundane and honestly pointless. I didn't really understand how something so simple and basic would have any real impact on me.
But as I got towards the end of the book I started to notice things about myself.
For example, for most of my teens and adult life I struggled with body image and eating disorder tendencies. But one day (near the end of reading the book) I noticed that for prolly three weeks by this time, I hadn't had one single thought about the calories in my food or if a dress made me look fat or if I should get more exercise. It wasn't that I didn't want or need to be healthier, I did. But the negative, nagging, unproductive voices all vanished.
Next it was the voices that told me that I couldn't be successful. Then I started to use the meditation to channel more specific problems.
I wish I understood what was happening. The message from the universe has always been not to stress about how, but for the sake of helping others I still wish I could give a better answer.
To the best of my understanding, it has to do with awareness. Many of these triggers are so deep rooted in our subconscious mind that we don't really remember they are there or we just don't really give it enough thought.
When you are able to just bring these ideas to your conscious awareness, you often (sometimes instantly) realize how limiting and silly that belief was. In a lot of cases it will dissipate entirely. This has happened to me many times now in the last year or so.
Sometimes it Takes More Time
When you work through emotional triggers, sometimes there is a gray sort of... middle area that happens after you've recognized the trigger, but before you stop feeling it. It can be a frustrating time when the voices in your head are telling you two different stories or it almost feels like a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other.
I honestly laugh at it now. Often what happens when it comes to- my attention, anyway, is one voice says the habit formed insecure idea and my brain literally thinks, "No, we will not be saying/thinking/doing that. That's dumb as fuck. We don't do that anymore." I don't know, that's the best I can explain it.
Occasionally if it's really painful or something I'm less willing to let go of my brain will struggle more. It will be more of a lack of understanding.
The Other Side
When you reach the next level, the voices eventually stop trying to fight your brain about it and move on to other sticking places.
I've almost entirely cured my anxiety using this method. I've vanquished many forms that were plaguing me for decades and have a good hold on those I'm still working through.
The more I understand myself and my own power, the more I want to. It's so freeing and empowering. You start to feel invincible.
I can't tell anyone how to live and you don't have to believe me. Maybe you think I'm just full of shit. That's fine too. That is your journey.
But this here, this is mine. It's completely changing my life and if anything I can say can help someone else change too then it's all worth it.
As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Feel free to comment below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit me up on any of my social media.
Love, love, and more love.