Losing Your Grip, Or Letting Go?
That really is the question in the reality we find ourselves in as the 21st century moves on.
Which is which? How can we discern the difference between losing our grip and simply letting go? My thoughts here hopefully lead to the conclusion that:
1] If you feel like you are losing your grip, you have gotten caught in the trap of letting something or someone else determine your reality and experience. It’s not a choice, because you have picked up the idea that you have no choices.
2] If you are letting go, you are releasing the old reality which is no longer working, and surrendering it to the Divine. It is a choice, and the authentic choice of a free will.
During a few moments of quiet this morning, I heard a siren off in the distance. I cringed as I often do upon hearing that sound, as I recalled all too many years of being wrapped up in a line of work that required being jerked out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to deal with what that sound so often meant – several intense hours of dealing with blood, gore, crushed bodies and bones, and being around a lot of tense people.
This is why the O.R. has been called a “theatre” – it’s one big drama scene after another. Just like the “theatre” of war!
It occurred to me this morning that almost the entire modus operandi of the world is one of general crisis, mishap, mayhem, “accident”, and emergency. Life consists of reacting, [or responding - in the less intense and more prepared sense of that modality] – if the idea of “reaction” can even be dignified with the idea of “responding”.
Is this how it is supposed to be? Are these the limits and parameters of our experience of life – being either victims or reactors to victimhood on Planet Earth? Or could it be that somehow this could all be a set-up, complete with a free set of blinders, so you can’t see it for what it really is? It’s worth asking those questions and considering the answers. Could there be some other M.O. of being?
Perhaps there is another way. The way of another possibility, or in fact many possibilities. Dare I suggest infinite possibilities springing from unlimited creativity?
Could creativity be the exit off the fast lane of emergency into the path less taken of emergence?
Is there a way where we could consider creativity as an option, indeed an alternative to emergency? Yes, emergence as a lifestyle could be a way so unlike emergency as a lifestyle, the current M.O. of all too many, that it blows your mind. Not necessarily creativity in the sense of making art or music, but in the sense of making a life, instead of reacting to circumstances as if there are no other choices, while swimming in a virtual sea of chaos?
What has been mentioned so far – the “emergency” status quo – describes a lifestyle based on losing your grip.
Yet an emergent lifestyle springing from creativity within [and we ALL have it!] is something based on letting go.
Are you beginning to see the difference between emergency, reaction, and losing your grip, versus emergence, creativity, and letting go?
Let’s explore this a little further, shall we?
Would you like to begin to turn this around, to go from emergency to emergence? If you’re willing to read on, and if you really want an answer, I think I can offer you a place to begin. But if you really are addicted to the emergency drama, then please – stop right here and feel free to continue to fret your weary hour upon the stage.
How can you tell if you’re addicted to the drama? It’s easy – if what I’m offering here is arousing a feeling of resistance, if not even anger, within you, you may be suffering from ATD: addiction to drama. You might be asking, what the heck does she know? She’s just one of us.
Well, that’s your choice, and it’s strictly your judgment, based on the story line you’re living out. So take it or leave it. Move on to the next blog, post, or article as you wish.
But for those who are at least curious, here’s what I would offer. And it’s never an offer you can’t refuse – through deceit, threat, or coercion, such as are offered by the forces of limitation in this world. It’s free, as you ought to be.
So here’s the scoop:
Each week I invite my Facebook friends and the “public” to an “event”. It’s called the Personal Inner Peace Retreat, or simply the acronym “PIPR”. It occurs every Friday morning from 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon. I’m not asking anyone to come to my home, or to any other gathering place. You don’t have to go to a church, a temple, or any “religious” edifice. You can observe it in your pajamas in bed if you like. You just need to listen to the music of the inner PIPR! – the Still Small Voice inside you which plays the tune in harmony with God, the Infinite Creator Spirit – Who longs for you to know the Peace that passes all understanding, because it is not reliant on circumstances, but emerges from within you.
What is asked is that you take at least a half hour of this Friday time [or choose another day if that one will not work], or preferably all of it, and set aside a space where you won’t be disturbed, in solitude. That means no cell phone, no cat crawling up in your lap, no dog who wants to chase the ball or be taken for a walk, and the door goes unanswered. All these examples and any other habitual distractors are, yes, forbidden – because they so easily disturb the focus between you and the Divine. That is the only “rule” for participating, and it’s on the honor system. You can do this in your own time zone in any part of the world.
It’s best to just quietly sit in meditation, or contemplation, or with your journal, or in prayer – with the intention of having a quiet one-on-one with God.
The reason for “gathering in Spirit” like this is to allow yourself some Sacred Stillness and Silence – an appointment with the Counselor or all counselors, and to also be supported by the energy of this intention with any or many others who are also doing the same thing at the same time. This is a unique metaphysical opportunity to experience “quantum non-locality” in a simple and practical way. It’s an opportunity to break from the emergencies, the reacting, and the drama in order to connect your Innermost Being [the real you!] – with the Infinite Wisdom in Whom we live, move, and have our being. The focus here is the experience of unconditional Love in an intentional and conscious way with others of good will.
Another reason for PIPR is that it’s a reminder to get into the habit of a personal spiritual practice where you intend to simply be with the Divine Presence. And it is best to do this every day, usually first thing in the morning. However, I would cautiously add that the best time of the day may not mean the first thing in the morning for some, but it does mean the part of the day when you are most alert and receptive and undistracted. Once you work with this a little, you will discover what the best part of the day is for you. The Divine Presence will even help you recognize it! And the more you “show up for work” – the work of Grace, the more desirable it becomes, since it will only be a beneficial and benevolent space of connection with Omnipotence that moves you forward in its own Divine, loving strength.
So, how does this relate to going from emergency to emergence, from losing your grip to letting go?
What is done in a spiritual practice is that we’re putting ourself in the Presence of God. This is a particular “frequency” that can be connected with through your innermost Being, or “Heart”. You simply intend it, and then place yourself into it. [No math or quantum physics rocket science degree required!] The “Heart” may or may not be, depending on which “researcher” struts his statistics, associated with your actual physical heart. In many spiritual texts, what is meant by the Heart is the very Core and Source of who you are, the Animator of your life and even the physical body. It is the Image of the Creator still within you. It is often “asleep” – as the princess heroine or prince hero in a fairytale.
And what the Heart of you longs for, dreams about, more than anything else, is to be “kissed” and awakened and directed by the Presence of the Unconditional Love that God is, so that the Heart may in concert with the Greater Divine prioritize your life, body, and being – according to the Highest Good, or what might be called the will of God.
That is the function of your Heart, but if it is still asleep, it cannot do its job – which is to bring you out of the state of losing your grip into a state of letting go and surrendering to the Heart’s divine loving directives. That is the only “hierarchy” you will ever need to be faithful to: God’s Divine Presence directing your Heart directing you directing your life! And you will know within yourself how that Still Small Voice directs you and that it is entirely trustworthy. So if you are putting yourself into God’s Presence to experience His unconditional love, then your heart has the opportunity to receive the divine kiss that can awaken it and transform it. God always cleanses, strengthens, and renews the Heart, instructing it in the way it needs to go for the highest good of your life.
This leads to living your life from the inside out, not being driven by fear, terror, anxiety, habit, circumstances, and meaningless or even deceptive information coming at you from the outside world – the M.O. which gives you the impression that you’re losing your grip. In fact, the Divine Presence will give your heart discernment concerning all these things. The more you attend to being in divine harmony, the more it will attend you.
This simple spiritual practice is a way to consciously and intentionally receive grace and guidance and your greatest good, and that of all concerned. So if you’re losing your grip, or think you are, seek the Divine Presence every day – with your whole Heart.
Friday Personal Inner Peace Retreat is a good place to start, but only a reminder, for letting go of losing your grip.
Why not give it a try, and then turn it into a daily habit?
© Rev. Yvonne R. Blasy, B.Msc.
Yvonne is an artist, songwriter, writer, and was ordained a Metaphysical Minister through the International Metaphysical Ministry and University of Sedona in 2008. Her work and ministry take the forms of contemplative art, spiritual writing, and facilitating workshops and classes on art, creativity, and spiritual studies as means of healing, wholeness, and inner Creative Path Exploration. She also focuses on live music [folk, traditional, and folk style originals] as service to the “musically underserved” – those in nursing homes and other situations where enjoying the blessing of live music is not usually an option. Please contact via Linked In, Facebook, email, or her website for more information or to book a class, Reiki session, or music event.