Let everything that needs to go, go

Dear Holy Heart, I explore this with you today, sinking into this prayer of words, opening this hand and letting all drop away as You desire.

Apples ripen red and whole, falling from stem-branch at just the right moment.

Babies quit sucking thumbs.

Children leave our nest-homes made of twigs and boards and dishwashers and rumpled beds.

Let everything that needs to go, go.

I think You do this already, Holy Heart. You are always letting life drop away, seemingly disappear, change forms. Letting go is easy for you. You recognize yourself in everything and You effortlessly wave the magic wand of hello, goodbye, and nothing’s ever the same for long.

We humans struggle with this, O Holy. We mourn when the flowers of our lives turn brown and dry. When friends or loved ones disappear or die. When good travel times disappear into the mist of a pandemic. When money dwindles away. When sickness comes. When disillusionment visits. When hope takes a walk because it’s all just too much.

Let everything that needs to go, go.

Some things we humans want to vamoos. Begone, bad habits. Begone, compulsions or addictions. Begone, wearisome tasks. Begone, challenges near and far.

We may try to cut the cord binding these negative qualities and circumstances. We beg them wearily to disappear. They refuse. Oh Holy Heart, I am barely learning this lesson 63 years now: keep handing it over to you. Don’t keep struggling from the ego’s desire to rid what only You can rid. AA’s twelve-step program contains a gem, I’m thinking: You want us to admit our ego is powerless so we can turn ourselves over to the Holy, again and again. Then what feels wrong goes. (Or it doesn’t go, as is Your pleasure, and we keep learning, don’t we?)

You, O Heart, keep creating endlessly. Help us let go of our loved ones unto Thee. We’re on borrowed time with them: may every moment lengthen into love as we gaze onto beautiful faces. Help us let go of human bodies when you again gather our souls unto Thee. Our bodies are fragile on-the-way-out since birth; may we love them deeply even as they age toward dust and grave.

Help us trust. Oh, it’s so hard for us to trust at times. Trust that you’re working out the rough edges in our souls. Trust that You’re teaching us to deeply surrender into Thee–because that’s where the love keeps blossoming endlessly even as the forms dissolve, vanish, fade, withdraw.

The love in letting go shines so brightly that those who have died and returned to our blue and green planet report a tunnel of love-light so strong that it makes everything right in its brilliant gentle completeness. They praise God, God, God and never fear dying again.

Let everything that needs to go, go. I sink into this prayer today with my whole body. Teach me. Teach us.

Thank you.

Day 6 of a seventy-five day journey to more deeply connect with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.

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28 Responses to Let everything that needs to go, go

  1. sherrysescape says:

    I really needed this pep talk today. Thank-you, Kathy.

  2. Letting go. No matter how much practice we get it doesn’t seem to get much easier. We do struggle with it. Sometimes the only way out is through… Touching post, Kathy. ♡

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    I admire your faith and positive message. 🙂

  4. leelah saachi says:

    ” Don’t keep struggling from the ego’s desire to rid what only You can rid.” This is main quite for me today. OHHHH the struggle – before I notice it

  5. jeffstroud says:

    There is so much here to acknowledge ! Yes letting go moments arrive at all times, if we live in the moment, letting go has to happen so the next moment can arrive. Arrive it does! On our journey through life we experience letting go in all manners of situations. The learning is, do we react or have we learned to respond? There are times when both of those behaviors must be gone through. Breathe… move through the experience with new awareness.

    • Kathy says:

      I do love your wisdom, Jeff. Thank you for keeping sharing. Do we react or respond? That is so key. And yet we must continue moving through all these lessons. ❤

  6. Larissa says:

    so touched by this ❤

  7. lisaspiral says:

    This is beautiful, and poignant, and really useful. Thank you

  8. Sarah Davis says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Stacy says:

    That, my friend, is the hardest thing to do. XOXO

  10. Tilly travel says:

    Letting go is so hard sometimes, sometimes I think we hold on to things/feelings because we worry over what other people think. Point in case I was told by my sister than I had no heart because I didn’t mourn the death of our mom and dad for as long as she did It’s true I didn’t, if you look at it the way she does. She cried and shut out life for two years, I however according to her got over it in three months. I simply let it go, she couldn’t understand that the way I look at life and death is you have your time and when that’s up you leave. life goes on. I know that may sound harsh to some, but it doesn’t mean I don’t care or miss them. The Buddhist’s say ‘This too will end’ and that is true of everything.

    Oh that was a long one, sorry

    Bright Blessings

    • Kathy says:

      Oh my goodness, Tilly, I am so sorry that your sister said that to you. No heart indeed! You mourned for three months. I think when our relationship feels resolved–and we’re able to let the other person go–the mourning doesn’t last as long. I did not mourn very long for my dad, and I loved that guy to the moon and back. The last time I saw him–a few weeks before he died–I sat on the arm of his chair and told him “I love you” in my mind (and aloud) over and over again. Because I knew we wouldn’t see each other again. Wailed when he died. But did not carry the mourning too long. Just felt love when I remembered him. It sounds like your situation was more like that, maybe? No worries about long responses, I don’t mind.

  11. Joanne says:

    Oh yes, letting go is so difficult, yet we know we must let go of so many things. Letting go of some things is good for the soul too, such as letting go of material things. Then there’s our children – “Children leave our nest-homes made of twigs and boards and dishwashers and rumpled beds,” a bitter-sweet surrendering of our heart and soul because we know we must release them so they can grow.
    Beautiful thoughts and words, Kathy. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      One of the books I’ve been reading talks a lot about cleaning our houses and getting rid of things no longer needed–as a way to clean out our inner life as well. May even post a blog about that one–and get cleaning. Thank you, Joanne.

  12. One of the hardest lessons – letting go. A friend sent me a little card that says “Care, Not Carry.” When a loved one is going through something difficult, we want to solve the problem for them, “fix” it, worry it to death. But we can’t help. It’s not our care to carry. But… we can always care, as we let go.

  13. debyemm says:

    I am glad there is a way out so that I am not trapped eternally in a body that no longer functions comfortably and sentiently. Letting go isn’t always easy but Life does keeping teaching me it is inevitable.

    • Kathy says:

      That is such a good point, Deb. That we inhabit these bodies, and as they fail, we’re offered a way out back into Spirit. P.S. Life keeps teaching me these challenging letting go lessons as well.

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