The spiritual work of letting go and of growing into our native holiness is unlike any other kind of effort one will ever have to make. It starts with embracing — and then daring to act upon — the understanding that nothing can be added to our True Self. Just think for a moment what such knowledge could mean to us if we were to take the trouble to make it our own.
For instance, rather than spend our time struggling in vain to make others into what we want them to be, we would be able to see the inherent flaw in this kind of thinking. Then, rather than trying to change others to suit our needs, our choice would be to simply drop this false idea that someone else is responsible for our fulfillment.
Freedom from the burden of false responsibilities…real reconciliation with lovers, friends, and family…the grace to forgive old foes completely…a growing sense of a loving and compassionate intelligence unbound by passing time: these gifts and more come to those who learn to let go.
So, this is what I have learned: the missing half of our lives is letting go. Make this spiritual discovery and be fulfilled; be fulfilled without effort, and be free. Breathing in would be worthless without its opposite of exhaling; think of letting go as learning to take part in the breath of life itself, something that is as natural to who you truly are as it is for the sun to shine.