The Mechanism Of Letting Go

Dr. Hawkins’ book, Letting Go, was one of Wayne Dyer’s favorites!

“Letting go involves being aware of a feeling, letting it come up, staying with it, and letting it run its course without wanting to make it different or do anything about it.  It means simply to let the feeling be there and to focus on letting out the energy behind it.

The first step is to allow yourself to have the feeling without resisting it, venting it, fearing it, condemning it, or moralizing about it.  It means to drop judgement and to see that it is just a feeling.

The technique is to be with the feeling and surrender all efforts to modify it in any way.  Let go of wanting to resist the feeling.  It is resistance that keeps the feeling going.  When you give up resisting or trying to modify the feeling, it will shift to the next feeling and be accompanied by a lighter sensation.  A feeling that is not resisted will disappear as the energy behind it dissipates.

As you begin the process, you will notice that you have fear and guilt over having feelings; there will be resistance to feelings in general.  To let feelings come up, it is easier to let go of the reaction to having the feelings in the first place.  A fear of fear itself is a prime example of this.  Let go of the fear or guilt that you have about the feeling first, and then get into the feeling itself.

When letting go, ignore all thoughts.  Focus on the feeling itself, not on the thoughts.  Thoughts are endless and self-reinforcing, and they only breed more thoughts.  Thoughts are merely rationalizations of the mind to try and explain the presence of the feeling.  The real reason for the feeling is the accumulated pressure behind the feeling that is forcing it to come up in the moment.  The thoughts or external events are only an excuse made up by the mind.

As we become more familiar with letting go, it will be noticed that all negative feelings are associated with our basic fear related to survival and that all feelings are merely survival programs that the mind believes are necessary.  The letting go technique undoes the programs progressively.  Through that process, the underlying motive behind the feelings becomes more and more apparent

To be surrendered means to have no strong emotion about a thing:  “It’s okay if it happens, and its okay if it doesn’t.”  When we are free, there is a letting go of attachments.  We can enjoy a thing, but we don’t need it for our happiness.

There is a progressive diminishing of dependence on anything or anyone outside of ourselves.  These principles are in accord with the basic teaching of the Buddha to avoid attachment to worldly phenomena, as well as the basic teaching of Jesus Christ to “be in the world but not of it.”

“Letting Go,” Chapter 2,  David R. Hawkins, M.D., PH.D., www.hayhouse.com.

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After thirty years of teaching Inner City, Special Education students and forty-five years of metaphysical studies, I have decided to share my life's philosophical understandings on this wonderful website. For me, everything in my life has been a spiritual experience from being raised in an alcoholic household, to marriage and teaching, and finally caring for an Alzheimer parent. I have sought at least fifteen, personal psychic readings to try and assist me as a wife, teacher and caretaker. I want to share the wisdom that I have gained from following the valuable spiritual guidance from my inner knowing and from heeding the advise of channeled answers from trusted psychics. At almost 70 years old, I am writing, traveling and enjoying retirement in Florida.

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