We human beings can be obstinate, clinging on to familiar patterns and habits and people because of fear of change, perhaps also out of inertia and a reluctance to give up something we prize. Letting go can be hard.
We are asked to let go all the time: it requires an acceptance of truth about ourselves and our world and an awareness that we along with our world are renewing ourselves all the time, like skin on our body, and that implicit in renewal is ceding the past to enable a new present. Letting go can be painful, but stubborn resistance can make what is inevitable even more difficult, whether it is anxiety about getting older or fear of death, which is the ultimate in letting go and thereby finding freedom. It is ironic that so often what we try to stop, brings with it when it happens a new peace and a new life.
Examples of what I am talking about are visible now, as we see the frail but realistic Queen start the process of handover to her heirs, and Boris Johnson refusing to give up his shaky hold on power – each showing us how integrity is tightly woven into the process of letting go, or not, and how using the spiritual principles of life as our guide helps us do what is right in all circumstances. Without them life is much, much harder as ego not wisdom drives our actions.
As our own fragile world continues to change we will be required to let go of beliefs and expectations that, today, seem unmoveable. Imagine if the Sun failed to rise one morning, if the seas changed position, if the trees spoke, if all the satellites were wiped out, if time stopped……..I make no predictions but I give a reminder that we are entering a new era that humanity has never experienced before. Letting go of what no longer serves now, such as ego, will help us adjust to what is to come. There is nothing to fear in so doing, for all truly is well.