“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Letting go is important for spiritual growth. It is one of the most important steps toward spiritual awakening. The ego, this entity comprised of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and habits, does not allow your awareness to rise higher. It keeps you within your day-to-day awareness, habits, likes, and dislikes.
To experience a broader consciousness, a sense of freedom, and happiness, you need to rise above your ego. You can do so by letting go of the thoughts, feelings, and memories that hold you down and keep you imprisoned within your ego. You need to cut loose the rope that ties you down like shackles to negative habits, meaningless thoughts, and painful or unhappy feelings and memories. You need to cut the attachment to them. In the cutting process, having an entrusted person in your life as a support system is needed. Most will seek a professional mental health counselor to help provide techniques and skill sets needed so that the cutting away is not destructive.
It’s imperative to remember that anytime you cut something out of your life, it must be replaced with something else.
Developing the skill of letting go can help you do the cutting in an undisruptive manner. If not, when you do not let go, you allow attachment to grow. On the contrary, when you let go, you allow
detachment, freedom, and happiness to grow. Attachment is like an anchor of a ship. Letting go enables you to lift the anchor and allow the ship to sail. When no negative thoughts, feelings, or habits tie you down, you can move on to a better and happier life.
Letting go and detaching from the causes of suffering brings relief, joy, and inner peace. Letting go is like turning your head forward and marching on instead of being stuck in one place and keep looking back. That’s what Lot’s wife did; she looked back at the city she lived in and knew, despite being warned not to do so. As a result, she was turned into a pillar of salt.
Therefore, God wants us to experience freedom, serenity, and peace. So, part of the “letting go” of our ego is letting go of our will. Our will to control, our will to respond, our will to know every
detail. Rather, God desires for us to have continual restarts, rebirths, and redefinitions and to literally rebrand our lives. He never meant for this full life to be boring (John 10:10 NIV) but intended for us to experience the excitement and inspiration of perpetual transformation. This is a life of faith where we achieve and fail, rise and fall, suffer and recover, experience loss and gain, and then after having pursued and endured, fulfill our destiny. This transformative experience is what it means to walk with God and is the one described in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18.
At some point, everyone becomes emotionally stuck because of their fear of pain, risk, uncertainty, or the emotional insecurity born from persistent feelings of personal inadequacy or unworthiness. In those moments, we tend to settle for the easy, safe, or status quo. This is not a habit you want to carry into the New Year. Please grant yourself a chance to live a life of freedom and happiness.
NuWell Counseling Services has qualified online Christian Counselors with the skill set to help aid you in your development and self-discovery. If you’re struggling with letting go, you may benefit from talking to a professional. Sometimes it’s difficult to implement change on your own, and you need an experienced professional to help guide you through the process. NuWell Counseling Services is the platform to utilize. Call today for a free 30-minute consultation. We can help you “Let Go!” and start anew!!!