How Do We Let Go?
It is arrogant to think one could answer such an important question, but if an answer arises, why not share it? 😉
How do we let go?
This is dependent upon the level of understanding and motivation. In ordinary life, we can let go but that ‘letting go’ is to do with fight, flight or freeze controlled by the reptilian brain: it’s not letting go in an intelligent, spiritual way, and life is a struggle. We become so accustomed to ‘getting by’ that things don’t seem to matter too much one way or another. This is normal sentient functioning: we can progress to higher brain functions, but it’s still ‘all about me’!
Letting go in the spiritual sense is more demanding: it is more finely tuned to ‘being’ beyond mere brain functions. We are aware of pure awareness, where everything is perceived without habitual programmed comments.
The more we recognise that any holding on to thoughts and emotions will cause suffering – even on a subtle level – then we will drop it like a hot potato. Any sense of clinging, grasping, holding or claiming is the opposite to just being, merely resting in our true nature (it’s interesting to note that, on first meeting someone, communication is free and open and there is harmony and unity, but after a few minutes, personalities step in and that openness develops boundaries as the programming takes over). When we are less easily distracted, we cannot be controlled by others. If we look into our mind, we find that most of our thoughts are products of our environment – those thoughts are not our own. That in itself should shock us into letting go!
In practical terms, if we are bombarded by thoughts and emotions, we use shamata meditation, focusing the mind on the breath or a mantra sound. But this is just an antidote, a temporary fix, as thoughts will arise again.
It is important to recognise distractions in the mind as they arise, rather than following them uncontrollably (it may sound cynical, but once the initial moment of meeting a person has passed, our standpoint becomes clear and habitual reactions come to the fore: every comment is a repetition of that programming).
Remain in spaciousness awareness. This doesn’t mean that we do not think and respond; we merely take time to step back for a second look – or two. Then, whatever we decide to do, we do it and let it go because of right intention, which is compassionate understanding. There is no aftertaste of guilt or worry. We let go precisely because there is the next moment to deal with.
If we regard spirituality as something fluffy and personal that cannot be analysed, then we are not ready to upgrade our present understanding. The spiritual process is tough and challenging as it exposes our neuroses. Genuine spiritual practitioners may appear meek and gentle, but there is a diamond quality that cuts through everything – even itself: that is the nature of a diamond. True understanding and confidence can stand up to everything, and true happiness cannot be disturbed by any outside force. That is pure awareness. Life may still be messy, but pure awareness is noted as present.
Letting go creates spontaneous presence. Spontaneous presence is revealed by cutting though concepts that arise in the mind. This is how Trekcho works together with Togal; that is the complete Dzogchen.
If we don’t understand, we just let it go, and we will!
It’s like throwing a knotted snake in the air – it unties itself.
In other words, “Phuck it!”
😀 😀 😀
Total confusion is mind blowing.