“You’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view” ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi
Have you ever let yourself go in a river?
Surrendered to the mercy of the current?
Powerful things happen when we release, when we let go of all we think we know and just allow ourselves to settle into one space, to ride the current. It is during this time where we have the most clarity, and wonderful things begin to happen in our lives seemingly by chance.
But indeed it is not by chance at all, as nothing ever is..
All men have these moments, and though we don’t often know them while they occur, our hindsight proves their perfect existence is quite real.
And through our moments we will thrive, driving forward to the final breath.
Throughout many spheres we all travel, but only in this likeness will we acknowledge our truth, here and now. But beyond our truth, in this moment by letting go, by not trying, we reap our greatest rewards. And, it happens effortlessly.
Letting go is perhaps an ancient art re-found, and being reapplied today. The art of letting go can be found everywhere these days. It’s written on Facebook walls, ingrained in memes, used as the thesis of many inspirational works and is coming to be part of common speak in nearly all holistic practices. But aside from that, it is a form of meditation.
It is an act of releasing the mental and physical bindings that we all place on ourselves. And it is a wading into the spiritual waters of life, into a current that will ultimately ferry us home.
If you recall your most special moments, when magic seemed to happen, when inspiration came from nowhere, these were the times when everything seemed to flow perfectly, to happen as you’d envisioned and filled you with a sense of pure joy. These are the times when you let go.
And, you probably didn’t even know it happened..
I remember the day when I began this blog. It was all of 4 degrees outside and snow was falling, piling atop the two feet that had already fallen the day before. I hadn’t felt such cold in many years. It was that sort of cold where your nostrils freeze together when you breathe in, and the sort that makes your skin feel as tight as burnt leather.
I’d found myself in upstate New York, just north of the Adirondack park and in a small but quaint house that sat on banks of the St. Regis river. My very first post was about that river, and it was the most effortless piece of work I’d ever written. As my days were spent seemingly stuck inside of a snow globe, I figured starting a blog was a good idea to pass the time and air out a few thoughts.
Little did I know I’d be sitting here almost 7 years later, writing about that day..
I recall staring at the computer screen and not having a clue what to type. Then, as if willed by some energy I’d never known, I began to type the first thought that came into my mind.
I learned then how to be honest and bare my truth as I wrote, and promised myself then that what I would write would always be my honest thoughts and feelings. And in speaking this truth, I’ve managed to touch and inspire people across the country, and across the world.
I’ve made many friends and many acquaintances and I’m thankful for every one, as many others have helped me to grow as a writer, and many more have inspired me to continue this work.
What happened then was a letting go of everything that blocked the flow of truth, as I saw it from my point of view. In releasing the fear of what others might think, in releasing the doubt that I wasn’t good enough or the thought that my voice didn’t matter, I was able to speak to the world without a filter, and without a censor.
I was able to be myself. And in doing so I found my center, a wellspring of pure thought and a voice that came forth from within.
In this life many of us cling to certain things for certain reasons. We even cling to some things we feel are truths, though they may not be truthful for another. We rationalize it so we barely think of it, but indeed we do it. However, it is only by letting go this grasp we keep do we truly free ourselves from our own devices. And once we are free of ourselves, we will then find ourselves, right at our center, at our own wellspring.
We’ll be standing there smiling and waiting, watching for the day we see our true heart open wide for all to witness.
And there, we will let go again and become free, and glide along the current of life.