Have you ever been in a traffic jam? Once traveling from Connecticut to Ohio, Del and I were in three of them. Two of them lasted long enough that we turned off the car and waited for an hour or more before being able to move on. In all of them, we never saw the cause even though the result was over 10 miles of stopped traffic. However, once the cause of the jam was removed the traffic flowed as if it had never happened.
Did you ever sit by a little stream of water after a rain and put sticks in it to watch the water back up? Of course, we have all seen big streams of water backed up as one log or other obstacle gets stuck and backs up more debris until the stream stops running and begins to flood.
Life jams work the same way. One thing gets stuck in your mind and a life jam begins. It can feel like nothing is moving in your life, or it can be an overwhelming flood of feeling that it’s just “too much”. We react to this life jam in many ways. We can feel angry, depressed, tired, manic, confused, or live in a state of “who cares”. Since life jams are not visual like a traffic jam or a blocked stream we often don’t understand what has stopped the flow, we just know that our life is not working.
The good news about all jams is that all it takes is the removal of the first obstacle for the traffic, stream, and our life to begin to flow again. However, how do you find the cause of our life jam?.
Often we already know the cause, but haven’t believed it could be so simple, or the problem could feel too hard to let it go. Years ago, I was in a life jam. Nothing I did worked. Nothing happened. I worked hard, tried hard, used all the ideas I could think of that always worked before, but they didn’t work this time. However, all along I was hearing an inner voice telling me that I wanted to paint.
But since nothing was working in my life I had “reasons” why I couldn’t paint. No money and no time – I had to get out of the jam I was living in. Finally, out of ideas, I decided to listen to the inner voice again. It said, “Paint". I said “No money, no time".” It said, “Paint”.
I thought that meant I would have to buy an easel, paints, and brushes. Eventually it occurred to me that I could afford a can of wall paint and a brush so that’s what I did. Within days of my beginning to paint my walls, my life started to flow again.
In this case my life jam began by my wanting things to go my way and by not honoring an inner desire that I had because I felt that I didn’t deserve it. I was listening to a belief, a committed thought pattern, not intuition.
Life jams are also caused by not wanting to, or not knowing how to, do something. Or having too many things to do without knowing what to do first. The answer is again – listen. Perhaps the thing we feel we have to do doesn’t really need to be done, or can be done a different way.
Ask for help for the thing you don’t know how to doTake one thing – anything – and lift it out of the jam by either doing it, or getting rid of it like a tangled knot in a necklace that unfolds by taking out one knot at a time, your life jam will loosen doing one thing at a time.
Sometimes it takes someone outside of ourselves to see the cause of our life jam. Often in speaking to clients, we hear them state the cause, but still can’t see it themselves. Once we guide them in a way that opens their eyes to their committed thought pattern they can easily release that thought and the actions that follow from it, and let life flow again.
Spirit always flows. It’s our thoughts and the perception that follows that cause life jams. Our belief systems past and present are as solid as matter. In fact, what appears as our life and matter is our firm commitment to what we believe to be true. To dissolve that stuck perception and let Spirit move our life we can do a few simple things.
Ask yourself as you think something, or react to something, “Is this true?” “Is there another way to look at this?” Still stuck? Ask yourself if you would be doing what you are doing if you weren’t looking for approval or acknowledgement.
If you are rationalizing why you believe or are doing something, you are listening to the wrong voice.
Listen again. You will hear the still small voice of Spirit’s guidance that is often called intuition. Follow that guidance even when it doesn’t seem to apply to your life jam. It will work. Your life will flow again and you can rejoice in the awareness and certainty that Life is always providing all that you need since you are the flow and song of Life Itself.
About Beca Lewis
As an author and guide Beca Lewis is dedicated to bringing Universal Spiritual Principles and Laws into clear focus, to shift material perception to spiritual perception, which following the law “what you perceive to be reality magnifies™”, adjusts lives with practical and measurable results.
Beca developed an easy system to do this called The Shift and has been sharing how to use this system to expand lives, and bring people back to the Truth of themselves for over 40 years.
Beca and her husband Del Piper are constantly working to develop new ways to support and reach out to others. Much of what they have been developed can be found for free at their membership site Perception U.comThey also founded The Women’s Council with the intent of “strengthening the connection to yourself, to others, and to the Divine.”
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