What does it mean to ‘Let Go’?
We hear so much about letting go but what does it mean to let go? How do we let go and what are we letting go of? Mmmm what a great question. How do you let go and let God? How do you let go of the old way of thinking and let the new way to come? How do we let go and move on? How do we let go of relationships? And the list goes on!
What to let go of and what to hold on to!
We do a lot of ‘holding on’ and a lot of ‘letting go’ in our lives, don’t we? I have asked the question ‘how’ many times. When you think about the question, doesn’t it imply that we have to do something to let go? This in its self doesn’t make sense, does it? We know that letting go is about not doing, isn’t it?
What I now know is that ‘letting go’ means we have to sit in discomfort (fear) of not knowing until the courage and faith turns up.
Look for the signs
I was going through a trying time and just wanted some sort of guidance when something wonderful happened. Doesn’t it always? A beautiful poem found its way into my hands and my heart. I read it a number of times. I loved it even though I didn’t really understand it, not on a logical level anyway. However there was a feeling that something was happening inside. Over the next few days I found myself repeating “She just let go” over and over again. Sometimes this was replaced with ‘I just let go’
The next day I went to the New Life Church and received a powerful message from the pastor about Be Still and Know I am God. Just Be was the ultimate message.
Try less, do less and let more be done
The following day, I awoke to some negative thoughts and doubts about the decisions I had recently made. I questioned what I was doing with my life. I knew what I wanted. I thought I was following my path and had done some good work, but it just didn’t seem to be taking shape. All I could see was what was wrong in my life and what could go wrong. When I couldn’t see a clear path forward to meet with my new life, I began to think about going back and doing what I thought I had left behind. The thought of that made me feel sick. What the? In that moment, it happened! I didn’t do anything. As I remained still and stayed with those feelings something quickly changed.
Fear of the unknown
I could see clearly the reason for the delay in the unfolding of my new life was because I hadn’t closed the back door on the old way of life and the old way of doing things. I wasn’t fully committed to moving forward into a new and very much unknown world. It was as if those old thoughts, beliefs and patterns that were holding onto me suddenly let go, freeing me to think again. Immediately a new idea came to mind. I realised I had already done the preparation for my new life but had no idea, until now how to apply it.
Stop trying to work out the ‘How To’
Although the message The Spirit within goes before me to prepare the way, was show to me, I was still straining to see what laid ahead. As soon as I stopped trying to work out the ‘How to’, the solution came into the empty space and I was filled with a new sense of hope, courage, confidence and faith. The answer was always here but I couldn’t see what was right under my nose because of my trying and my old way of thinking and be-having.
Be willing to remain in the discomfort
Getting uncomfortable is the first stage of letting go. That very, uncomfortable awakening early that morning turned out to be the ‘letting go’. It was followed by the arousal of faith and the conviction I needed to allow the old way to dissolve, and allow my purpose to become fully integrated as the only way.
Again, I realised although I felt stuck I was never, ever stuck. I was always in transition, simply in a state of letting go and letting God take the reins again.
Remember, as you let go, here I AM
Love and many blessings Marie
This is the poem by Ernest Holmes: