Letting go is an active process. It also is an energy releaser. So often it seems we want to hold onto things- people, situations, and just things. Why is it so much easier to hold onto the ruts we find ourselves in than to just let go?
The idea of letting go seems to run counter to normal human behavior. I believe it’s a comfort thing. We seek comfort. All of us do. It’s the natural response to life. We want to feel comforted. We want to feel safe and warm and whole.
So often it seems that the way to maintain our comfort level is to find a place we feel comfortable and then stay put. We hunker down, pulling the covers tight up over us. We wrap them tight around our chin, grabbing on for dear life.
Letting go is foreign. It can be unbelievably scary. Yet, letting go can also be invigorating. It can open us up to new possibilities.
In order to heal our hearts we have to be open. An open heart is a heart that is ready and willing to receive love. As a good friend of mine Philip Schmucker once said, “Love is the magical ingredient. If you have love you have everything.”
Love is indeed crucial for healing hearts, and learning to let go of preconceived ideas and old ways of being is often what is needed in the healing environment. We have to let go of old ways of eating. We have to let go of old ways of approaching problems.
And most importantly, we may need to let go of being in control all the time. We’ve all heard the saying, “Let go and let God.”
Well, we may just have to let go and listen to this idea.
October 29th, 2007