By Carolyn M Greenleaf
As we move through these uncertain times, many also feel a battle within. While we sense the excitement of our impending future, we are also feeling deep fears that are calling for resolution. Old, unhealthy attachments are pulling our apron strings, demanding our attention and resolve. Before we can fully step forward into a brighter future, we must cut our debilitating ties to our past. The unsettling feelings within the pit of our stomach signal an important time for decisions. It is time to step up to the plate and reevaluate the choices made, change what we must and release what is left.
When we hold onto the negative experiences of the past, we chain ourselves to the event, people and the time in which it occurred. This prevents us from forward growth in many ways as we continue to recycle the past we refuse to let go. These old issues continue to cause pain today because they have yet to be resolved and released. Many people hold their painful past very close, as if it is an old friend or an addictive habit. The reasons vary for our tenacious hold, but one thing is certain, until we completely let go of these past issues, the richness of life will not be fully obtained; the barriers to a full realization of happiness cannot fall until we surrender them.
Every event has served to bring us to where we are today. We have grown our strength, courage, wisdom and tenacity. We have learned many things through both the good and bad experiences of our past. Whatever has happened, the past has been the impetus that presented the growth and opportunities we experience today.
I find it easiest to see all as a blessing, even though much of it has been in disguise. When we feel a sense of gratitude toward the inward growth experienced through each person and event in our past, we change positions. Empowering the self means reclaiming our power to choose; whether it is changing our mind and opting for a different path or response. Letting go of the victim costume and assuming full responsibility for life in the present moment means we are walking forward, not back. It is time to stop looking in the rear view mirror and live with forward momentum, unimpeded.
How to let go:
- Release your resistance
- Surrender the past issues
- Forgive all, including yourself
- Allow yourself to move forward
If you feel stuck and unable to move forward, you may be resistant to what is really happening. Allow yourself to release your hold on whatever it is that keeps you imprisoned. Feel yourself come into a position of complete surrender as you release your grip on what you are unconsciously holding onto. Forgiveness further releases you from others and occurrences with grace. Next, see yourself walk through the open doors that are waiting for you.
When you let go, you are saying goodbye to the negativities of the past as you move forward with all the wonderful gifts you received along the way. Your wondrous future is waiting…for you!
I do provide sessions for individuals in need of further assistance in order to reclaim personal wholeness. You will find more information about my services on my website listed below. I will also answer questions via e-mail.
Abundant blessings on your journey,
Carolyn M Greenleaf
Spiritual Life Coach & Author of “Re-Entering Eden”