Letting go

When we let go, we acknowledge the limits of our responsibilities. We become aware of our child-likeness, which is necessary to inherit the kingdom of God. When we let go, we give up control. We surrender our desires and our fears to a God more immense than we can know.

You have likely met the limit of your capacity to control another person. The other was probably a child, parent or spouse, a boss or an employee; someone very close to you. Finally, in desperation, having exhausted all efforts to manipulate, seduce or plead, you acknowledged what you could not control. You prayed for them, wished them well and let go.

In the same way, you are powerless to quiet or control your own mind through hard work. Force is futile. Nothing is gained by tireless mental gymnastics. You do not become aware of inner peace through intense effort. Let the mind do what the mind does. Be aware of breath. Be aware of the mind at work. Inner peace is a quality of the ever present “all that is.”

When we are on our knees, God’s silent presence is what we let go into. When we do so, our relationship has changed– whether we are referring to our outer life with others or to the inner life with the mind. When all of our relationships include the silent presence, we indeed feel “the peace beyond understanding.”

2 comments to Letting go

  • Hi Christi,

    I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your Blog. After our brief coaching session yesterday I wanted to be in touch and to see if you want to continue working on this subject we discussed last night (for me anyways).

    I would like to link your Blog from mine if that’s ok with you.

    Take care and remember to “pay it forward”

    Brian

  • I really love what you wrote here about letting go. There is no force you can use to plow through thoughts, only observation and acceptance.

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