Putting Down the Bars

Putting Down the BarsNancy Smeltzer, MFA

Sometimes we have no idea of the barriers that we place in our way to moving forward to the life of our dreams. Since most of these obstacles are hidden in our unconscious or reptilian minds, we usually aren’t even aware of their existence. Another important aspect of working with these deeply buried obstacles is that they’re usually deeply paired with our need for survival. While many of my clients have had various shades of their own version of hanging on, one person’s need to cling was really brought home to me as she described her issue in a session.

My most informative way of receiving intuitive knowledge is clairvoyance is seeing images. I am very much aware that what I’m seeing is that the pictures are metaphors or parables of what’s going on; not actual facts. So, when working with a very painful issue with this client, she described how trapped she felt, as if she were in a small, very strong animal cage. When I “looked” through her eyes, I could indeed see the thick, strong bars that loomed before her. However, when I “backed away” from her, what I saw was her holding up a small grate, about 1 foot square ( 30 cm square), that looked like it came from a small barbecue grill. There was nothing above, below, or on the sides of her, yet her reality was that she was trapped. When I explained to her what I was seeing, and then asked her to put down the grate, she was able to do so after we healed her fear of being too vulnerable when her “cage” was gone from in front of her.

Another client was able to come up with a big discovery on her own. After having been taught some of the techniques that I and my colleagues use, she was working on an issue of hers of feeling like she had too much to do. She saw herself as being pulled along by a huge rope of obligations, but decided to see what was really at the other end that was keeping her tied up energetically. As she described it, she pulled and pulled laboriously along the rope, hand over hand, until she finally got to the other end. She was amazed to find that when she held up what had been that distant end, there was absolutely nothing there. In her metaphor, she was the one who had picked up this heavy, lengthy rope of things to do that she had created for herself and was allowing herself to be pulled along. The look of amazement on her face when she was telling me the story was quite gratifying, as lessons that are self-learned, in my opinion, are the ones we really remember.

I find that underneath all of the presenting layers of whatever is there in the moment, there’s just about always fear of something. Anger may be on top, as that’s a much more active emotion to be with, as fear for most people leaves them feeling helpless when they’re surrounded by it. It’s the allowing the fear to come up, even if you don’t know specifically what it’s about, and being with a much of it as you can that gives it permission to dissipate much more quickly. I know that it sounds like a contradiction, especially the way that western society is usually taught, but not squelching something, even if it’s painful, does allow the issue to dissolve away more quickly.

Have you ever found that you’ve been your own worst enemy and you’ve allowed fear to obstruct your progress? How did you get past the fear, or do you find that you keep repeating the same patterns? There’s no shame or blame in whatever your answer is; I’d just like to hear about your experiences.

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You can find out more about my healing work at www.hearthealing.net, about my artwork on my web site at www.fiberfantasies.com (be patient as it loads; it’s worth it), and can find me on Google + , Facebook (for Transition Portals), Facebook (for Fiber Fantasies),  and Twitter.

About Nancy Smeltzer

I'm passionate about long distance spiritual and alternative healing, having had a successful practice now for over ten years. My clients work with me over the phone and on Skype from all over the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, Russia, and Australia. I specialize in helping people heal their negative repeating patterns of behavior and remove the stuck energy in their unconscious minds. By doing that, they can quit going round and round in circles,. repeating the same mistakes, and move forward to having the life of their dreams. Besides my holistic healing practice, I've also been professionally creating art quilts and other fiber arts for over 30 years. My specialty is contemporary beaded art quilts. On my web site, I bill myself as the "Self Proclaimed Button and Bead Queen of Maryland (USA)." My recent works have images that are based on what I see when I tap into a person's energy field and are called Meditation Gardens. These visionary art pieces are the perfect place for that person to play and meditate. In my spare time, I'm a rabid, avid "dirty nails" gardener, composing scenes with plants. Sometimes, I come inside so dirty that my clothes have to go straight into the washing machine; they're too dirty for the dirty clothes hamper! -The Official Google + site for Nancy Smeltzer
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