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If you spend any time around a Taoist master, sooner or later you’ll hear this phrase: “Let it go!” On the other side of “Let it go” is something like, “Go ahead and carry that burden for the next decade,” or, “Stay endlessly stuck in your own personal mire.” The truth is, we don’t always think about the consequences of not letting “it” go. (And “it” can mean many different things to different people.) That’s if we believe there are consequences at all. But there are consequences—we just might not be aware of what they are or how they work in our bodies and in our lives.
Everything is energy. This is the great insight of ancient Taoist energy masters and of modern physicists. Negative beliefs, thoughts, emotions, habits and ways of being ARE energy. They are energetic frequencies or vibrations that play a very strong role in health and healing. These frequencies, when experienced intensely or over a period of time, can cause a real slow-down internally. Under certain circumstances, they ultimately cause Qi stagnation—our internal energy literally becomes stuck. And this sets the stage for all kinds of health issues to emerge. Stagnation can create a sort of domino effect in terms of your health because everything in this reality is completely interrelated and interdependent—including body, mind and spirit.
From the spiritual perspective, there is always a reason and a purpose for everything we have chosen to experience in our lives. When we find ourselves challenged by a worn-out belief or a recurring negative thought or life pattern, we can find an opening when we look at things from the spiritual angle. What purpose does the thought have? What is the payoff or benefit of repeating the same old pattern or feeling that repetitive negative emotion?
Taoist master and TCM expert Nan Lu, OMD, views it this way:
If you continue to go over the same issues again and again, if you cannot let old feelings go, and by that I mean truly let them go, if you hold onto these old emotions, or if your old problems are still there, or you still think about them, turn them over in your mind continually, then how will you have enough room to welcome love, new feelings, new ideas, and more healthy perspectives to enrich your life?
Taoist philosophy advises, “Let go first before you can receive.” You have to have an empty hand to be able to catch something. I encourage you to do your best and “Let it go.” If old “stuff” still bothers you, it will eventually impact you physically. Some people carry these things for a lifetime. If you find it hard to let go or be flexible, one of the quickest ways to help yourself is by changing beliefs. My advice is to find a new way to look at the same set of circumstances. Change your angle of view, because, no matter what, you are the creator of your own reality.
The really great news is that autumn is the perfect time of year to let things go. Why? Everything that is happening in nature (like the seasons) is a reflection of ourselves, is reflected in ourselves. We are a part of nature, and it is a part of us. In fall, the earth is in a cycle of release (letting go), followed by rest (winter) and renewed growth (spring). In fall, trees effortlessly drop their leaves and birds willingly fly south. They just let go—there’s no complaint and no resistance! This natural process of letting go is also being reflected in us right now. So it’s a profound opportunity to look within and discover what it is we need to let go of in order to change and grow. Autumn is a good time to let go of unused personal and household items, even to lose weight! Because everything is connected, making small changes in terms of letting go will help us let go of bigger things, more complicated things, like beliefs. Big things are always the result of the accumulation of small things.
In the end, letting go is actually one of the most powerful prescriptions for health and healing. It’s the ultimate form of preventive self-care because it creates openness and flow in our lives. Openness allows us to receive more—more unconditional love, more Qi, wisdom, and abundance; flow endlessly circulates these healing, rejuvenating qualities throughout our bodies, our lives, and this world we live in.
Great article from our friends at TCM World Foundation