The Significance of Letting Go

Written by on May 5, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 4 Comments

By Omar Cherif
Letting Go Of Balloons No. 02 - Andrew Galarza - FlickrWhether it’s a hateful happening, a dead-end job, a toxic relationship or a lifeless life, every painful experience we have endured has helped form the person we are today. Initially, most psychological issues and complexes adults suffer from stem from things which had happened to them in their past as children or teenagers. Whatever it was, accepting those experiences, learning from them, even cherishing them all, is the way to get past them.

Once these few steps are achieved, it’s time to let go. Let go of all the self-generated, unwanted thoughts about that which had happened — or whatever else you may consider ‘negative’. We simply snap out of it by cultivating more positive thoughts and insisting on doing so. If we don’t, the negative will start to remanifest itself in our minds and has the potential of getting worse. As the Zen proverb reminds us: “Let go or be dragged.

 

To be able to grow to our Higher Self ― as opposed to our ego self ― throughout this mystical journey called Life and reach the Light, letting go becomes an essential part. We let go of all that is not us; all that weighs us down like conditioning, attachments, expectations, prejudices, judgments, stereotypes, and emotional fixations — the things which stopped serving the growth and evolution of our soul.


If we really want to spread our wings and fly high, we have to drop those crippling burdens overboard. The heaviest part of us is our ego — always asking us to be someone or something, never sacrificing itself. This dead weight makes our excursion through life much slower, as it makes us less mobile. But there is no moving forward as long as we’re clinging to the past, or to our ego. And certainly, there is no freedom.

People get attached to a wide variety of things. It could be a lost dream, a hope, a substance, a lifestyle, a thought pattern, a relationship, or a person. Essentially, all kinds of attachments drain us. So we have no energy left for the positive, or for any novelty. They make it hard to embrace new things because the mind is filled with the ‘negative,’ so there is no space or energy left for the otherness. To travel light throughout our journey, throwing those burdens away becomes an existential choice.

This is an earlier article of mine about our attachment to others: Codependency: What Being Addicted to Someone Means. The Parable of the Cow is another more philosophical one, discussing our attachment to thoughts in particular and the process of letting go of them.

 

The truth is, the hardship we experience makes us stronger. It’s actually a healthy human experience. Because the pain and suffering add us with a new, and usually deeper, perspective on life, and on our overall existence. However, when the lesson is learned, it’s time to move on. Much like overthinking the future, dwelling on the past ― or on a specific incident ― never helps. Letting go, on the other hand, does.

Remember, how much weight we give each thought is our choice and our choice alone. This is how we become in control of our state of mind. It goes to the extent of persisting in the positive so intensely that letting go of any depressing or unkind thoughts that may arise comes naturally, without thinking about it. They are simply filtered out, almost unconsciously. 
This is why letting go means letting go of suffering. This is how we mature and grow thicker skin. This is how we set ourselves free.


 

 

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Omar Cherif Omar Cherif is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics.

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  1. nurasool@gmail.com' nur says:

    thanku for the article, love & light

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