Letting go – it seems to be one of those phrases that gets used a lot, especially in spiritual/meditation circles. But it seems to have so many different meanings; people shout “let it go!” in an attempt to end an uncomfortable confrontation; ‘letting go of negative energy’ in meditation; ‘letting go’ of possessions; and of course many of us know about the ‘Frozen’ movie in which ‘letting go’ is used to describe pent-up expression.
I was asked recently, “What do you carry in your rucksack?” What a great question. It really got me thinking about all the ‘stuff’ I carry with me as I go about my daily business; family relationships, money, career aspirations, all featured to varying degrees. But what does 'letting go' have to do with this?
Letting go is not the same as denial
So, with the realisation that ‘letting go’ means something unique to each individual in each unique situation, let me give my perspective. This is what it means to me.
Letting go is not the same as 'release'
Letting go is a natural process
So, finally, what is ‘letting go’? Or more to the point, when might ‘letting go’ happen? You see ‘letting go’ is not simply something that you do! It’s not something you can do. ‘Letting go’ happens naturally when a person realises that the particular behaviour/object/person/attachment no longer serves their highest good. This realisation occurs naturally through awareness and inquiry.
The process may go something like this:
'Frozen' - movie example
Yes, as much as it pains me (my daughter subjected me to hours of this movie) Disney's 'Frozen' is a great example to illustrate my point.
The film progresses and Elsa realises that her strong fear of hurting people with her powers has a root in the feeling of love. She realises that this is her higher truth. She naturally and effortlessly lets go of her fear and is able to live in the world once more through expressing her gifts in an aligned way.
So, letting go, to me, is really not a ‘doing’ so much as something that just happens naturally through allowing the feelings to be there until they no longer serve a purpose for you.
With love - Richard
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