I just love mornings when I am not shot out of a canon and into my day. Days when I can sip coffee in the sunroom, listen to the birds sing and smell the fresh scent of salt in the air.
Recently as I sat in that relaxed state, I closed my eyes and remembered what Anita Moorjani (“Dying to be Me”) said about letting go. I thought about what that sensation would feel like, not to let go of life, but to let go of all the struggles, demands, expectations, and fears that come with physical living. Is it possible to do that, maybe just for a moment?
I took a breath and imagined letting go. Immediately, I heard this message:
“Humans have created stress filled lives that you work hard just to survive. It need not be that way…as a matter of fact, it is best that it NOT be that way for your own well being. As one enlightened being once said, “Consider the lilies of the field.”
I remembered that quotation from the Sidney Poitier movie years ago, and not being a Bible scholar, I looked up the full passage.
Do Not Worry
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
In the Reiki Principals, Usui advises: “Just for today, do not worry!”
The message in the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, is that humanity is out of balance because we believe we are special and have lost awareness of how to be in a natural balance with all things. Ultimately, according to Ishmael, that imbalance must lead to humanity’s destruction. Have we created that imbalance out of our struggle to control everything? To have it our way? What have we done to ourselves in that process? As I look around at my life, what usually stresses me the most is what I have invented myself… beliefs, fears, demands and expectations of how life is “supposed” to be.
I am going to begin letting go of trying to keep up with myself. Going to consider the possibility that all is well. Just for a moment.
“I’m at my strongest when I’m able to let go, when I suspend my beliefs as well as disbeliefs, and leave myself open to all possibilities. That also seems to be when I’m able to experience the most internal clarity and synchronicities.”
(Anita Moorjani, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing)
Letting go, sounds like a useful spiritual practice.