Start Living Without the "Shakes"!
Start Living Without the "Shakes"!
  • Posted: June 18, 2006
  • 593 words
Key Lesson

No one rises above who he or she has been without first having fallen down.


Any human being who has to hold himself together is someone who is ready to fall apart. Trying to hold yourself together is a terrible way to go through life. Our task is to prove this to ourselves. The fears of falling apart can never be quieted by adding more pieces to your self, such as success or the hopes of success. With this approach to life you wear out faster, because you now have even more conditions you believe you must control in order to keep your life together. Consider closely the following higher self-insight. It reveals the intelligence behind your wish to let go.

Anything that you have to control, controls you. The problem with self-control is that it is part of a war inside of you. No one ever wins in a war! Let's look at this same idea again from a slightly different perspective. Whenever an uncertain situation arises, the mind works feverishly to resolve it in order to regain a sense of being in control. However, the more feverishly the mind works, the more out of control you become! You can see this for yourself. Anything that is afraid of losing control is already out of control; an accident waiting to happen. There is more. And we must see it all if we are ever going to rise above our present life-level to true self-certainty.

"I can see the logic of what you are saying, but I don't think this applies to me."

"Are you willing to see if it does?"

"Of course."

"Good. Do you ever get angry or anxious?"

"Yes I do, but what does that have to do with falling apart?"

"Let's see. What makes you angry or anxious?"

"When things don't go the way I want them to."

"In other words, you've pictured how things should be, and when life doesn't confirm these pictures, you get negative in one way or another."

"Yes, that about describes it. What are you getting at?"

"Let's work together at this. You said that when life doesn't confirm your self-pictures, your hopes of future security, love in relationships, whatever, then some kind of stress or unhappiness comes up as these pictures of yours begin to fall apart."

"Please proceed."

"This shows us that within your present way of thinking you believe your future happiness actually depends upon these pictures. This is why, as your pictures begin to crumble, so do you!"

"Yes, but why do I get angry or anxious?"

"Because these punishing emotions are part of a subtle system of self-subterfuge that accomplishes two dark things at once. It keeps the problem alive and at the same time it keeps the real solution out of sight."

"What is the problem?"

"Essentially, it is a lack of understanding about your True Nature. You are about to discover that you are not who you think you are. No matter how attractive or repulsive, you are not any picture you may be holding of yourself."

"And what is the real solution?"

"Go ahead and let yourself fall apart!"

"What? That's going to take some explanation!"

"And there is one if you will go through the experience; but for now, here is the intelligence behind this unexpected answer. You are not what will fall apart. Who you truly are can never fall apart. What will collapse is the haunted house of self-flattering and security-seeking pictures you had mistakenly identified as a solution to your shaky life. These pictures are not the solution to your shakiness. They are the source of it."

Excerpted From: The Secret of Letting Go, pages 19-21.

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