Identifying Your Roadblocks with The Because Tracts
Identifying Your Roadblocks with The Because Tracts
As we journey through life, we often feel stuck. We feel something is keeping us from where we want to go, but we don’t know what it is. In this segment, we are going to take a closer look at what is standing in our way and what we can do about it. We will look at what’s blocking us and what is keeping us from accomplishing our goals and establishing the lives of our dreams. We know something is blocking us, but we are blind to what it is.
Our intention now is to discover the answers to the following important questions:
- What is in our way?
- How do we identify what’s in the way of our personal goals and desires?
- How do we discover and identify what is keeping us from joy?
- If we identify the roadblocks, what can we do with them?
- How do we remove them?
If while in the process of your day you feel any resistance to setting intentions, or any other process I teach or introduce you to, this is good. This is information. Pay attention to your resistance. Pay attention to your feelings. You can learn a great deal about yourself when you question why you are resisting or experiencing negative feelings. When I have feelings surface that I don’t understand, I start asking questions. I want to understand why I feel the way I do.
Here is a great little tool called the “Because Tracks,” which will help you discover what is in your way.
The Because Tracks is a digging technique. This process helps to uncover what is underneath our resistance or the cause of our negative feelings. It helps us get to the bottom or the core of the problem. This is our goal.
This technique can be used alone or with a partner, but for our purpose we will discuss how to use it for yourself. In doing so, there are two components working, as if there are two actors on your stage and both of them are you. Each actor will be given a different script. One actor will be the one who is feeling resistance or the negative feeling, and the other actor will be the counselor or therapist, or the one who is going to help you discover why you are resisting. We all have these two parts within.
The first actor begins by stating the negative feeling or belief. The duty of the counselor is to repeat what the first one is feeling and then add the word because, which is our digging word. The word because works for most situations, but other digging words might be used, such as, “What is under that?” “Go deeper,” or “What else is there?” Do you see why I call them digging words? Let’s try it out to see how it works.
The words of the first actor, the one who is feeling the negative feelings, are in bold type. The counselor’s words will be in italics, and the words of the narrator, me, will be in regular type.
For example, when I feel resistance, I say to myself, “I am resisting.” Then the counselor in me says, “I am resisting because?”
I answer, “I don’t know.”
Then the counselor says, “You don’t know because … ?”
Usually at this point, I really don’t know, so I think, “I don’t know because … ?” And then the answer pops into my head.
“I don’t know because … I don’t want to know.”
“You don’t want to know, because … ?”
“I don’t want to know because … ?” Again an answer pops in my head. “Because then I will have to change.”
“You don’t want to change because … ?”
Pausing, I again think about the question, and then something would come to me.
“Because change is hard, and I am afraid I can’t do it.”
There. You have just identified what is standing in your way. You have fear standing in your way.
In the beginning, it is easier to do this with a partner than to play both parts, but it can be done.
Once you have identified your roadblock, you have to decide what you want to do with this information. Do you want to be stuck here at this roadblock and not complete your journey, not experience the joy that could be yours? Or do you want to choose again and continue on your way?
When I identify a roadblock, I take it to God and ask him to help clear and remove my fear, bringing this misconception into resolution and healing. God is waiting on us to ask for his assistance.
Sometimes the element that is keeping me stuck is instantly removed, and sometimes it is not. If it is not instantly removed, I know it is for my greater learning and I then go to the next step.
If it does not go away immediately, I know that the releasing process is as important as having it gone. So I stop there in my journey and begin a new lesson by asking more questions.
In the beginning, while I was learning the process of getting answers to my heartfelt desires—getting answers to my prayers—I would whine quite a bit about not getting my answers immediately. I have learned that when I don’t get an answer immediately, it is always for my good. I have discovered that there is something significant I am to learn.
So what if this problem is something you are to learn from? What do you do then?
Well, you simply sit back, open yourself up for the lesson, and watch for it to come. Ask questions. Then trust in Heavenly Father’s love. He will always answer your questions in his wisdom and time.
Now sitting back may sound leisurely, but there is more to it than meets the eye. There is action too. The action part is that you are actively engaged in looking for the way heaven is going to respond to you because Heavenly Father always answers the prayer of your heart. Your job is to simply catch them as they come in.
As you participate in each of these processes and become skilled in them, it will feel very familiar, as it should, because being whole and perfect is your true nature.
Note: Other simple processes to release your roadblocks can be found in chapters 16 and 17 of Journey to Joy a Course About Living and Being in Joy By Tannie Bennett.
- Tannie Bennett