“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
– Lao Tzu
We all have dreams and desires. We all have goals and ambitions. And we all have things we just need to get done. Before we know it, we are all really busy, rushing from task to task from day to day. When this becomes our way of life, there is little or no time for self-love. There is no time for appreciation. And there is no time for happiness. All of these things get pushed into the future… to ‘someday’ – a day which for most of us will never come. Meanwhile, our day to day reality is full of struggle and we stumble on exhausted. Does this sound familiar to you? If it doesn’t then count yourself lucky. Yet for many, including myself in the past, this may be a fact of life.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Before I opened up my mind to the possibilities of trusting and letting go, I felt like life was a struggle and that I had to do all the work to get what I wanted. Every once in a while, when I had something good happen without struggle and effort – some great and unimagined success (like landing my dream job or meeting the girl of my dreams), I would just think of it as a case of ‘good luck’.
I am not so sure about ‘luck’ anymore.
The big shift happened when I started to believe that we create our life experiences – and our luck both good or bad, through our thoughts, feelings and emotions. This is another way of saying that our inner world creates our outer world and our experience of it – something I have touched on earlier in this series.
When I started to think in this way, it then helped me to be open to the idea that there could be other factors at play in bringing about my life events. I became willing to consider that there may be other unseen, yet powerful forces at play, which would aid and assist me in life. It was no longer a case of having to rely on my own two hands and my finite (logical, thinking) mind to accomplish everything. There was a Power I could learn to work with and rely on.
I wont claim to know Who or What this Power is. But I do know that my belief in this power is slowly beginning to grow.
Some people believe in God. Some others believe in The Universe and Source. I believe that all of these names and labels represent the same Power. And I know that the more I can learn to work with this power, the more powerful I become as the creator of my own life experience.
The more I believe in this Power, the more I can trust It. The more I can trust, the more I can let go of trying and struggling.
I no longer believe that life is all about struggle, trying and exhaustion. I no longer accept that this is the only way to go. I am only just beginning to learn about all of this but I am slowly moving away from the mindset of hardship and struggle towards one of ease and living from a place of power. I don’t have to do all the hard work anymore.
I don’t expect anyone to simply take my word about any of this. In the end, each of us has a unique path in life and will need to base our life’s truth on what we have lived and learned. Yet, I am aware through my own experience of the comfort and strength a person can derive from a willingness to consider that there is a loving, benevolent God or a kindly Universe that that is constantly tending to us and helping us on our way to all the things we have envisioned for ourselves. I can’t help but wish that more people would experience this sense of comfort and relief.
Countless writers and teachers have helped me get to this point and I am most grateful to them for the guidance they have provided me. If you were curious and wanted to explore this subject, I would heartily recommend ‘Conversations with God’ by Neale Donald Walsch (a three-part series – I have read Book 1 and I am now reading Book 2) and ‘Ask and It Is Given’ by Esther and Jerry Hicks. There are countless other books and other material which will help you on your way and you will be led to the ones that are most suited to you, if you open yourself up to it.
Although it is not my job to convince you of anything, I can and will offer some information which might help you make your mind up about these things. While admitting that our scientific understanding of a great many things is lacking to say the least, I invite you to consider the following facts:
As the diagram below indicates, our human eyes can only see a very tiny fraction of all there is to see (that tiny band from which the illustrator has enlarged the rainbow-coloured visible spectrum). And yet, we insist on saying “I’ll believe it when I see it!?” How much of ‘reality’ is unseen by us and thus overlooked? Can we afford to base our understanding on this minute fraction of all there is to see?
You can read more about the electromagnetic spectrum and ‘visible light’ here (NASA).
As the pie-chart below indicates, about 96% of the known Universe is said to be comprised of ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ – for ‘dark’ here read ‘we don’t know a heck of a lot about any of this’. So, a lot of what we humans know about and directly experience with our senses is confined to only 4.6% of all there is to know about and experience. And we know so little about that 4.6%!!! Yet, we are ready to dismiss out of hand, anything that our scientific knowledge cannot measure or prove. Why? Is that a smart thing to do?
You can read more about dark matter and energy here (NASA).
And even when it comes to our human bodies, we know so little. Apparently, we don’t really know what around 97% of our DNA does or is there for (this is the so-called ‘junk DNA’)!! And yet we are so certain about what we and others can or can’t do!!
I am definitely not a scientist and I am unable to say with any authority that the above ‘facts’ are 100% accurate. But the point I am trying to make here is that we don’t really know a lot about anything. And our science and 5 senses can’t really help us out a lot at the moment.
Just because we can’t see it or measure it and just because we don’t know a heck of a lot about it or what it is for, doesn’t mean we can discount it. We are not being smart if we do this.
On the other hand, if we could admit to how little we actually do know then we can keep an open mind without discounting and ignoring things we can’t fully comprehend. When we are willing to do this, we pave the way for learning to trust in the unseen. And, when we can learn to trust, we can learn to let go. When we can learn to let go, we can stop struggling to get things done and let things BE done. We will then be free to enjoy the present moment and be happy.
Letting things be done means you still take action, but there is balance. There is no sense of desperation and of thrashing about. You act from a place of clarity and feeling good. You take it easy and give it time to take form. You enjoy the process. You also let go of needing to control every single detail and outcome.
When you learn to do this, things can even turn out better than you imagined them. I know this from personal experience. It’s simply a case of learning to balance being and doing, so you don’t burn yourself out or get frustrated and discouraged.
It is also a case of getting out of your own way at times.
Learning to trust and let go is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves. I invite you to try it. But I must caution you, because when you trust and let go, ‘good luck’ and ‘miracles’ begin to happen. So watch out!