To get in touch with who you really are, your core Self, True Nature, Inner Being, or whatever term you prefer, it has been seen that one must let go of the obscurations (barriers, veils, beliefs, habits of mind, emotions) that blur clear seeing. To do this you must first learn to notice thoughts, beliefs, habits of mind and emotions as they arise. Then, as a curious and interested observer, be willing to step outside and challenge your comfort zone – dare to let go, surrender, and trust in the discovery of deeper aspects of yourselves. Otherwise, you remain the same, and seeking and suffering continue. Notice the fear and resistance of stepping into the unknown and be willing to let go of that too. Trust that you will be supported by the natural intelligence of the universe. In letting go you can begin to loosen the grip of your ordinary, limited ego identity and in so doing you move toward recognizing your Infinite Nature – effortless peace and happiness.
Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It's an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it's a way of being present in the moment.
~ Krishna Das
If you agree to let go of the branch you are clinging to
without catching hold of another, you fall into the heart.
You have to accept dying, letting everything you know slip away,
everything you have been taught, everything you possess,
including your life or at least everything that you think
at this stage is your life.
This requires daring. It's a kind of suicide.
~ Francis Lucille
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. . . . Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. . . . There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just be.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Instead of seeing an individual,
The attitude must be
"This is the Energy animating a body".
Which body answers to Its directions,
As a ship answers to the movements at the helm.
Transcendence or awakening is
The letting go of the identification of a personal self.
The belief in an "I" or "me"
A thing that has its own body, mind and emotions, is
The sole hindrance to realizing one's true nature.
It is a movement from the fixation of attention on the foreground
Toward attending to the background.
~ Wu Hsin
It is not a matter of discovering new aspects of essence. It is a matter of letting go of the ego identity and living from the essence that is already present.
~ A.H. Almaas
There is a very simple secret to being happy.
Just let go of your demand on this moment.
Any time you have a demand on the moment
to give you something or remove something, there is suffering.
Your demands keep you chained
to the dream state of conditioned mind.
The problem is that when there is a demand,
you completely miss what is now.
Letting go applies to the highest sacred demand,
and even to the demand for love.
If you demand in some subtle way to be loved,
even if you get love, it is never enough.
In the next moment, the demand reasserts itself,
and you need to be loved again.
But as soon as you let go, there is knowing in that instant
that there is love here already.
The mind is afraid to let go of its demand
because the mind thinks that if it lets go,
it is not going to get what it wants — as if demanding works.
This is not the way things work.
Stop chasing peace and stop chasing love,
and your heart becomes full.
Stop trying to be a better person, and you are a better person.
Stop trying to forgive, and forgiveness happens.
Stop and be still.
Life is a dance. We are dancing...we are being danced...we twirl and spin and leap and exalt in the sheer joy of this dance. There are no wallflowers here. It is all dance floor. It matters not if we have a partner dancing opposite us. We are joined in the dance by all the other dancers. We are all in this ballroom together, bound by the music and compelled to move to its rhythm.
No it is not always graceful. We bump into each other, trip over feet...others and our own. Sometimes we fall.
Funny thing about this dance of ours...the harder we try the more clumsy we become. Our grace is in the letting go. When we surrender to the music it is free to move through us unrestricted. Our bodies and minds sway freely, smooth and effortless. It is ecstasy, in its purest, simplest and most mundane form.
We are blessed indeed to hear the divine choruses, even though
those who hear not the music, think we dancers are mad!
May your dance be joyous and effortless!
~ Wayne Liquorman
No matter how many times I tell you this,
you're still thinking, thinking, judging, judging,
coming to conclusions, trying to work out your life.
You have to let go.
Totally, absolutely, completely.
You have to let go so completely that
you will feel no body, no mind, no pain, nothing.
~ Robert Adams
For me that’s the definition of sin, actually. It’s a forgetting. It’s a forgetting of who we are. We’re not any more special than any other people. The spiritual path we have is linked to am kadosh, which is a path that is there to help us awaken to the holiness that we always have been. It’s a holiness that’s inherent in all there is. It’s an awakening of the divine nature of all there is. Of everything and everyone. So in that sense, all the spiritual practice in Judaism is there to help you, to help me, all of us individually, to move into awakening into the holiness that we are. To move beyond ego. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it's a letting go of all of that keeps us separate, that keeps you as my enemy, that keeps me trying to convince you that I’m right and you’re wrong.
~ Rabbi Olivier BenHaim
What would it be like to let go of wanting things to be other than they are?
~ Byron Katie
You are not to do anything to be happy. In fact you have done too much to become unhappy. If you want to be unhappy, do too much. If you want to be happy, allow things, allow things to be. Rest, relax, and be in a let go. Let go is the secret of life. When you are in a let go many things, millions of things, start happening. They were already happening but you were never aware.
Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end...
~ Ajahn Chah
Let go of what has passed. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don’t try to figure anything out. Don’t try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest.
~ Tilopa (11th century tantric master)
. . . every time we let go of a bit of ego we are a bit happier, our world becomes a much nicer place, our miseries get less and it’s more noticeable during the low points that our bottoms just don’t go down as far as they used to before.
~ Lester Levenson
Relax your body and drop whatever idea is creating stress. Relax your face, your body and than relax internally, in this sequence. Repeat through the day. This develops the habit of letting go.
~ Jac O'Keeffe
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go everything. The giving up is the first step. But the real giving up is in realizing that there is nothing to give up.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Veil upon veil, thought upon thought
Let go of them all,
For they only hide the truth.
The final bridge to cross is to let go of the mind-created `spiritual’ self.
Burn that bridge behind you.
Stay empty of self-image and cease looking back.
Remain in the neutrality of being.
While all great mystical teachings agree on the importance of surrender, it is not a thing to be done, but a compassionate relaxation of the learned tendencies of mind. In the same way that your body knows how to heal and repair itself — so your soul is homeostatic. It contains the inherent intelligence to know its own nature.
~ Miranda Macpherson
Life is totally taking care of everything.
Who I am, who everyone is - is life.
We can all relax, and let life do all the work.
~ Pamela Wilson