“Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Daily Nugget of Gold 1497
Letting It Go
Holy cow! We almost made a Freudian typo in that title, we almost said “Letting it God”… how prophetic! Our last session together focused on the idea that we might want to redefine our existence by putting our lives in a greater Spiritual context. We especially were talking about that place where we find our privacy in thought and being, our center of awareness. No matter what might be going on outside of this existence we have, the inner space we dwell in is ours alone. We are free to put whatever definition we choose on what’s going on, and what we see it as.
So why are “Letting it Go” and “Letting it God” related? For those of us who believe in God, we might imagine that what we release becomes the responsibility of someone else. That could be troubling to some people who don’t wish to impose their problems upon anyone else. So, rather than seeing it as shirking responsibility, we can hand them over to the Ultimate Authority. Of course, there are some people who aren’t believers in a higher power and our mission here is not to leave anyone behind- so we’ll talk about what they can do to improve their quality of life as well.
Suppose we are walking past camp fire that was almost burned out. In it we see one glowing ember and we want to prevent it from hurting others or possibly endangering the forest. We could place that coal in our hand and extinguish it that way, but why would we do that when there are more sensible things we could do instead? We could find some water and allow the water to cool it. We could smother it in the dirt, too. It really seems kind of silly to even consider putting it in our palm and gripping it- for we might be burned rather severely in the process. Yet, often we choose to let our problems consume us this way.
Another way to take care of the hot coal might be to simply isolate it and let it burn itself out. This is probably the closest approach to dealing with it in a Spiritual way, letting it go. Very few of our problems are so large that they can even begin to infringe on eternity of being. The only way we really can have problems that large is if we shrink our Spiritual existence down to their size. Unfortunately, some people are rather good at that. You don’t have to be one of them, however. It’s a choice. Choose wisely. Forgiveness is to fully and completely let things go, and this keeps them from having any control over our Spiritual being. Forgiveness isn’t about the other person avoiding the consequences of their actions, but it is about you not bonding with the burning embers of life.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to more fully and completely forgive, so that I may be truly free?”
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