Originally Posted by Angela
Yes, and I think thought-blocking is a big part of how limiting beliefs and persistent negative emotions get installed and maintained. We do it on an individual basis to cope and survive with event that triggered the phobia (or limiting belief or negative emotion -- let's call them "gremlins"), and then we do it collectively as a sort of "agreement" to keep our gremlins in place.
I have no memory of such an event, but maybe I had an experience of someone putting down my penchant for fantasizing, a "your daydreams aren't real, knock off that foolishness" sort of lecture? It would be ironic in the present context, given my almost reflexive attention to "thoughts can't manifest directly" debates...
(While I never bought into it, being exposed to the pervasive, subtle suggestion that life is only a dreary mechanical death-march devoid of any possibility of 'magic' has been wearying. What a pleasant if jarring experience to discover that there are sizeable pockets of resistance, in the form of IM/LoA. How could I not embrace the idea, try to find out if it's real, and implement it?)
p.s. Waxie, have you played with NLP techniques? I think you might really enjoy them. Dismantling phobias is easy.
When the Uni manifests the opportunity! [yet again, serious in a cheeky way]