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The Gift of ReleaseJanuary 30, 2015
"Sometimes you don't realize the weight of something you've been carrying until you feel the weight of its release." ~author unknown
This quote really came to life for me recently as I watched a movie with my husband. It stirred up the memory and state of mind attached to a very challenging period in my life many years ago. My reaction actually surprised me as there have been several times since then when I could speak about the experience without feeling an emotional charge or a tugging at my heartstrings. I'd put in my time and done much work around coming to terms and finding the gift in the experience. I consider it a milestone on my path of expansion and a rather noteworthy and important life lesson in the growth of my soul.
I did the work of surrendering in stages as I have come to understand that we usually release our issues in layers because to let go of the entire thing would often be too painful and too much to deal with in one fell swoop. So don't discount any work that you've been doing on your quest to let go. Every bit of release work we do adds to our unfolding and ongoing development on our journey through life, even when we can't really feel it at the time. It's about our intention to take the steps needed to get it done. We can ever only release what we are truly ready to release. I consider it a personal safety valve designed for my well-being and hopefully some level of sanity.
What this recent experience revealed for me, yet again, is that when an issue you thought had been laid to rest comes to light once more, it's because you are now prepared to face what you're still holding within - and even embrace it. Leveling another layer or perhaps letting it go for good is all part of the process, taking care of the business at hand. You're being offered an opportunity to do some significant soul clearing while gaining a deeper awareness of the inner workings of who you are.
Through my release work, I've come to realize that I need to be willing to look at whatever shows up without judging it. I do this by allowing myself to fully experience and accept all the memories and emotions that arise so that I can move through them. Denying something will only keep it stuck right where you don't want it - within. The goal is to allow the energy to find the easiest form of expression. When you acknowledge or observe something without judging, it takes the power out of it. The energy is then able to move away from you in the flow of that natural rhythm you're providing by just letting it be what it is.
It can feel at times when you dig down deep on your path of healing and emancipating your baggage that you're not making any progress or you're feeling worse instead of better. This is usually temporary as you are most likely having a healing response because you are moving energy! You are literally changing its form and each of us will have a different experience when we do this kind of profound soul work. But the good news is, as you keep at it, you will eventually experience the gift of release and transformation.
Be kind, gentle and patient with yourself as you move through the process of letting go. Remember to appreciate whatever lesson or gift it held for you as you relinquish it with gratitude and love. During my most recent experience, as the memories and feelings surfaced, I found myself quietly weeping during the movie and then sobbing when it ended. As I shared my emotions with my husband and allowed them the freedom to move on, I felt a big sense of relief and liberation. I was diffusing the energy of what felt like the final bits of density I was holding around the issue from so long ago. It definitely felt like a noticeable shift for me - physically, emotionally and spiritually. I felt lighter and brighter knowing that I may have just leveled that issue for good ... or not. But it doesn't really matter because we are all works in progress. I was reveling in the moment and the gift of feeling the unexpected, but welcome relief of the weight I'd just released ... woo-hoo!
The following is an easy, but potent release exercise I really like that you may wish to try when doing your own release work:
Imagine yourself standing with bow and arrow, ready and willing to take a shot at the target before you. Take your bow and aim your arrow (which represents what you wish to relinquish) at the bulls-eye on the target in front of you. Use this image to see yourself letting go as you pull back your bow and release the "issue", hitting the bulls-eye every time as you successfully let go, making it a "non-issue" for yourself.
This is an example of a very powerful image that can work really well, especially if you use it with feeling. When you connect to the energy of letting go with this particular picture, you will be imbedding the seeds of releasing with strength, confidence and ease as you successfully hit that bulls eye on the target every time!
The Gift of Release
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Quotes to Ponder
Don't let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, fully experienced and accepted, their lessons are learned and their energy is released.
The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are.
Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.
Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
The gift of release will always bring about a sense of relief and liberation ... just remember to be kind, gentle and patient with yourself on your quest to let go!
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