In a Nutshell | Discovering the Key to Letting Go & Letting God

Let’s go deeply inside the phrase ‘let go and let God,’ a much-loved phrase in which there’s more than meets the eye…“Letting go” means to let go of the limited ego, with its narrow understanding, its preconceived ideas and its demanding self-will. It means letting go of our suspicions and misconceptions, our fears and lack of trust…It means letting go of the tightly held attitude that says, in so many words, “Life must go exactly according to my plan”…The ultimate aim of “letting God” is to activate God from our heart center, from the innermost place of our being where God speaks to us if we’re willing to listen…

So there can’t be any hard knots of energy prohibiting the divine flow, such as our self-will creates through its distrusting, insisting, anxious forcing current. These qualities belie an imbalance of trust. What’s being trusted is the little, limited ego, while the greater divine self—the Higher Self—is being denied and pushed away…We’d rather trust our own false gods—namely, our ego—than trust the process of letting go…

In our relationships with other people, we can observe how our forcing current exerts a subtle pressure saying, “You have to love me.” Sadly, this creates anything but love…It’s just a fact that a closed energy system sprouting out of distrust, non-love, power-drives and half-truths cannot breed love…

There’s a huge difference between thinking a temporary state of reality is the final story—so we should keep it at arms length—and knowing it’s only temporary. If we think a condition is final, we’ll either resist letting it go or we’ll fall into a pit of resignation, believing we’ll be unhappy and helpless forever…

If we notice a certain tightness in ourselves at this suggestion, we can likely trace it to a current that says, “But I want it so bad.” Our desperation, though, is not caused by not having what we want—it is due to the tightness that is shutting God out. Our contracted state of tightness comes from a concept of poverty that justifies our belief that we need to grasp and hold on…

We mistakenly think that giving up our tight self-will means giving up our wish. It really means giving up the insistence of our wish. So the wish must be let loose temporarily, which is totally different from giving it up altogether…If we let the creative process have some rope and margin, we’ll experience that it by far surpasses what we hoped for or could visualize…

This is the conflict humanity finds itself caught in: we either hold on, bracing against the bleakness, hurt feelings and empty existence we fear will be our fate if we let go, or we resign ourselves to such a dismal state so we can not hold on. Welcome back to the land of duality. It’s either a forcing current or resigned acceptance of a miserable state, which of course makes us hopeless and causes us to harbor a belief that life is fundamentally cruel…

Abundance is floating around us constantly, but our clogged energy systems and defensive strategies create walls that close us off from it. In a closed energy system, we see ourselves as paupers and don’t avail ourselves of our own wealth. Whether we want a relationship, a specific job, friends, people who will buy what we’re selling or receive what we’re giving or give us what we’re looking for, we need to live in an open energy system…

To be energetically compatible with the riches of the universe, we have to be rich ourselves. Being rich implies we’re generous, humble and honest enough to not exert force over others…Here’s the grand irony: what the universe wants to give us freely becomes inaccessible when we force…

The key to creating an open energy system is letting go into trust…To create the open energy system needed for richness to flow into us—from outside ourselves and surfacing from within—we need to have a richness that can afford to lose in the moment…We’ll need to have the patience to remove the obstruction by changing a faulty inner attitude. That’s the path to building richness from our poverty.

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