Stop Serving a Suffering that Changes Nothing!
Key Lesson: Whether it's issues concerning health, relationships, or some other heartache... letting go is the central theme of this life; we can either agree with its great lesson and learn to release our resistance to unwanted moments... or cling and cry, and continue serving a suffering that changes nothing.
Find the Missing Half of Life
After nearly twenty-five years of writing and teaching, if I have learned one thing it is this: we each have -- right here, right now -- everything we need to succeed with finding the lasting wholeness and happiness which our heart of hearts seeks. Our problem is that we're sure we have to do something to be free. Strangely enough, the only thing between us and a life without limits is this mistaken idea.
The spiritual work of letting go and of growing into our native holiness is unlike any other kind of effort one will ever have to make. It starts with embracing -- and then daring to act upon -- the understanding that nothing can be added to our True Self. Just think for a moment what such knowledge could mean to us if we were to take the trouble to make it our own.
For instance, rather than spend our time struggling in vain to make others into what we want them to be, we would be able to see the inherent flaw in this kind of thinking. Then, rather than trying to change others to suit our needs, our choice would be to simply drop this false idea that someone else is responsible for our fulfillment.
Freedom from the burden of false responsibilities... real reconciliation with lovers, friends, and family... the grace to forgive old foes completely... a growing sense of a loving and compassionate intelligence unbound by passing time: these gifts and more come to those who learn to let go.
So, this is what I have learned: the missing half of our lives is letting go. Make this spiritual discovery and be fulfilled; be fulfilled without effort, and be free. Breathing in would be worthless without its opposite of exhaling; think of letting go as learning to take part in the breath of life itself, something that is as natural to who you truly are as it is for the sun to shine.
Let me give you one last truth to take with you on this great life journey called letting go. In my times of need, its light has proven itself a friend more often than can be said. May it do the same for you.
Our greatest strength isn't our ability to imagine brighter days ahead, it is that we are empowered -- in every present moment -- to effortlessly dismiss any dark thought or feeling that, left unattended, diminishes our happiness.