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Giving it up

When we “let it be”, we give our consent to allow things to play out.

This isn’t to say that we ever had the ultimate authority in these matters. We just like to think that we do. To “let it be” is an admission that we need to step back, defer our assumed jurisdiction and grant Him the opportunity to work things out. After all, His plans do take precedence.

Once we can admit that personal command can be elusive and control is tenuous at best, we can cease and desist, cede our alleged authority, and let His will be done.

Regardless of the high praise we deem for our abilities, the importance we assign to our desires or the confidence we hold in the righteousness of our position, to “let go” assures us that we have correctly ordered our priorities and recognized our proper role. At its core, to “let go” is choosing our surrender.

It is an acknowledgement that His loving order of things, “works best for us.”

As we transition towards this “happy place”, less of our emotional and spiritual energy will be consumed on the transient and the petty.

We are able to conserve our precious personal resources, creating a reserve that can be reallocated in another direction: outward. Once we reach this point, we can afford to “give it up”.

With less personal control and even surrender, things should spiral out of orbit – right? On the contrary; less sovereignty in this respect leads to greater independence, stability and well-being.

Control becomes an extension of our ego, and when left unchecked, has the potential to work against us and the greater good.

An ego run amok falsely inflates our self-esteem, crowds out humility and creates within us a bogus sense of self-importance and security. It can become a very demanding companion, and once you let it come to the table, it will remain there, begging to be fed.

Always desperate for attention, ego can enjoin us to perform all sorts of interpersonal gymnastics, cultivate manipulative behaviors and help perfect dishonesty. This is an exhausting and empty exercise.

When we learn to “let it be” and then find the courage to “let go”, we set ourselves on a trajectory towards the emotionally and spiritually fulfilling growth that can only be found when we “give it up”.

Abandoning our preoccupation with control and employing our innate humility to rein in ego, we can gain an essential element of independence.

No longer beholden to the transience of these self-made and self-destructive adversaries, we find our true center. With our overall sense of balance restored, and an enhanced sense of well-being imminent, we are positioned to give up more of our personal resources; our ‘self’.

As we can learn to syncopate our lives, altering its rhythm by putting the accent on thoughts, words and deeds not usually emphasized, we become attuned to an entirely different melody.

No longer distracted by our illusions of command and control or driven solely by ego, we have the opportunity to fulfill our potential and maximize our talents to a level that can only be achieved by openly sharing our abilities.

To “give it up”, is to share who and what we are in total, bringing light to places long kept dark, both within and without. Once this path has been illuminated, it can lead us toward a lasting and positive personal transformation. By freeing our “selves” from our self-centered constraints, we can follow His gentle tug.

The more we allow ourselves to follow that pull, the more we recognize that it is where we were meant to be all along.

When we “give it up”, we shine the beacon of our better nature everywhere we go. Though we might start as but one point of light, over time, our radiance soon brings out the brilliance in others.

Our gift to them – “giving it up” – can become their gift of “giving it up” to others.

Only when we recognize these personal barriers – the ones that separate us from our gifts and from giving them fully to others – can they be dismantled and removed.

We can transform our lives and those around us when we become less concerned with control, no longer held captive by our ego. Absolved of maintaining such a high level of vigilance over our “selves”, we preserve more energy and retain more freedom to simply “be”.

When we can “give it up”, sharing more of what and who we are with others, our true “self” generates its own gravitational pull.

Just as we feel a gentle pull towards Him, others feel the gentle pull towards us.

The greater the orbit we allow our “selves” to venture into, while maintaining our synchronous orbit about Him, the more we are able to reveal the best that is in us, encouraging others to do the same.

All the good things in life He wants for us that can only come from “giving it up”.