How to Remove Emotional Blocks & Evolve to the Greatest Version of You


Does this sound familiar – you have the sense that there is something greater awaiting you in your life, perhaps a significant mission or more evolved version of yourself. A desire to uncover what is important to you and who you want to be in the world has started to form. It feels like an awakening. Yet, when you start to entertain or act upon these thoughts and desires, challenging and sometimes painful emotions begin to surface, either within yourself or in relationship with others. It is almost as if these emotions are blocking you from moving toward this new vision for yourself and your life.

If so, that is in fact what is happening, and it is meant to. This may sound counterintuitive. You are stepping into a greater version of yourself after all! But it is a normal and necessary part of the process. Remember that the universe lovingly gives back what it receives, so when it hears your desire to awaken, it gives you the opportunity to resolve anything standing in the way of that. One way these opportunities surface is through tough emotional blocks to work through, asking you to face the emotion and its effects on your life. Through my own experience with this, I discovered a simple way to process and release these blocks that I encourage you to try. But before getting into the details of that practice, I would like to talk about what an emotional block is and how it forms so that you can understand what it is that you are releasing.


What Is An Emotional Block?

The origin of an emotional block can vary, but it is often created during childhood in response to a challenging situation or trauma you faced. It is like a defense mechanism that your mind and body stored as a necessary tool to protect and keep you safe. Throughout adolescence and into your adult life, you had experiences that triggered this emotional defense, such as the same trauma or a significant relationship. The more powerful and long-lasting the experience, the more embedded the emotion became. Examples of these types of emotions include:

  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Remorse
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Criticism
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Jealousy
  • Judgement
  • Avoidance
  • Sorrow
  • Apathy
  • Hopelessness
  • Worry
  • Powerlessness
  • Inadequacy

Even though the emotion no longer serves you as it once did, your mind and body don’t realize that and continue holding on, intensifying it further. Eventually, the emotion turns into a block. It no longer acts in your defense but hinders you from moving forward.

Becoming aware of an emotional block can be overwhelming because not only is it deeply rooted, but it is common for multiple blocks to surface at once. When I started down this path, I had four or five and was confused about where to start. I eventually discovered that I could face them one at a time, starting with the one that was causing me the greatest issue at that time. For me, it was anger towards significant people in my life, leading me to blame them for where I was and the challenges I was facing. As I talked about in my post on how manifestation works, everything happening in our reality is a result of our state of being - how we are choosing to think, feel, and act. I realized that I had to own up to what I had done to create the challenges I was experiencing. As I accepted responsibility and sat with my anger, it was clear that a key part to my healing was forgiveness of both myself and others. In order to release this emotional block, acknowledgment, forgiveness, and self-love were necessary.


Meditation for Emotional Healing

One of the most effective ways I found to do this was through meditation. There are many ways to meditate, such as walking through nature or visualization. The main point is to be in a quiet place free of distraction so that you can still your mind. Think of it as connecting with the universe and having a conversation. It was a process for me in the beginning because I was not used to slowing my mind, but it became easier once I made it a priority to meditate each day.

I would sit with my anger, observing it without judgement. Connecting with the universe, God, the greater mind, I would ask for help releasing this block; that I no longer wanted or needed it. I would say, “I know this is not what I need in my life any longer, and I want to give this up to you for resolution in the perfect way.” Then I would visualize it moving away from me. In its place, I would see myself as who I wanted to be and what I wanted in my life. I would embody that version of myself right in that moment, expressing gratitude as if it had already happened. By sending a message to the universe that this is who I was now, I soon began watching my reality change.

It is important to mention a common effect of this type of awakening and emotional clearing. Because you are stepping into a new version of yourself, your life may change in ways you weren’t expecting. For example, some of your relationships will shift and people may leave your life. You may move into a different role at work or change jobs entirely. This can cause unease but don’t take that to mean something is wrong or the process isn’t working. It is normal, and in fact, a sign that your awakening is taking place. You are changing your state of being which transforms who you are, and these shifts are happening because they are in alignment with your newer, greater self.

To review, here is a step-by-step guide on releasing emotional blocks through meditation:

  1. Find a quiet place where you can still your mind. This can be done walking through nature, sitting, or lying down. Just make sure it is an environment free of distraction.
  2. Bring the emotional block to mind and sit with it. Embody and feel it. Observe it without judgement.
  3. Connect with the universe and have a conversation, asking for assistance in releasing this emotion that no longer serves you. Ask that it be resolved in the perfect way for you.
  4. Visualize the block moving away from you. In its place, envision what you want in life and who you want to be. Embody that version of yourself and give thanks as if it has already happened in that moment.
  5. Take a deep breath to close out your meditation.


Each time a block surfaces, follow this process consistently for 21 days and soon you will observe your life changing rapidly. You will not only dissolve the block but will see the conflicts associated with it disappear. Other seemingly unrelated challenges in your life may also fall away because the block you removed was actually sustaining them. While it took time to build up your emotional blocks, you can clear them a lot quicker because you are now aware of their existence and understand where they originated. By releasing them, you make space for that sense of something greater to emerge.


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