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What’s Standing in Your Way?

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Are you where you want to be in life? No? Well, what’s standing in your way? What’s keeping you from being all you want to be? What’s holding you back and keeping you from living your dreams?

Whatever the obstacles you’re facing now, you can find a way around them…at least, the exterior ones. Hard work, persistence, and steadfast determination can enable us to break through a lot of barriers.

But what about the interior obstacles? Yep. The ones inside our own heads. The ones we’ve created. The ones that we can’t seem to move beyond.

I guess we could say the bad news is that we all have issues. The good news is that we can find ways to change our thinking and overcome the negative beliefs and ideas that stand between us and our goals.

How? One way is to literally “wash away” those false beliefs.

Edgar Degas - Woman in the Bath - 1886

Edgar Degas – Woman in the Bath – 1886

Yes, a ritual bath might be just what you need to clear away the negative thoughts and open up the pathway to your dreams.

I’m definitely an advocate of ritual — not in the sense of following routines over and over, but in creating personal rites to mark passages in our lives, to give us a greater sense of who we are, and above all, to help us through the challenges and difficulties we face in life.

Rituals are often associated with magic, although the true power behind them comes from within ourselves, from our willingness to open our minds to new possibilities as well as from the desires of our heart.

Draw a tub of soothing, warm water, and light your bath area with candles — different colors, different fragrances, as many as you want.  You might also choose to light incense or use a cedar “smudge stick” to purify the air.

If you have essential oils, add them to your bath, or tie fresh herbs into a bundle and add them to the water.  Sage is often used for cleansing, rose is reputed to have healing properties, and peppermint can brighten your mood and lift your spirits.

It might sound a little “hokey” or supernatural, but these are all ways of creating a peaceful environment, a place of solitude where you can get in touch with yourself and your dreams. As you relax and feel more at ease with yourself, you can face the obstacles you’ve created in a calm, understanding way.

Close your eyes, be at peace, and look at the ways in which you’ve been holding yourself back. Let yourself become aware of the tricks you’ve used to sabotage your own successes. Now, let them go. Scrub away any negative energy and rinse away your doubts. As  you step from your bath, know that you’re stepping out onto the right path, one that will lead you to the future you desire.

PERSONAL NOTE: I buy all my essential oils from “Sun’s Eye“. They have a wide selection at reasonable prices. A few of my favorites are:
  • Carnation
  • Gardenia
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Pine
  • Ylang Ylang


What are your favorite fragrances?




Author: christinacoleromance

Christina Cole believes in the power of love. She writes romance novels with characters you'll care about and remember long after the end of the story.

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