Do you ever find yourself in a place you don’t want to be? Perhaps this place could be physical, or what’s more common is living in the mind and dwelling on a past experience. We might also play out 1000 different possible outcomes for an event in the future, meanwhile generating all sorts of unwarranted anxiety and fear within us, primarily because we are not living in the now.
In the present moment, fear does not exist. We only experience fear because we allow our minds to dream up a possible future outcome and imaginatively live in that reality, thereby not being present. Jack Canfield shared an acronym for fear which I find helpful:
F.E.A.R. = Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real
Ordinarily, I associate ideas of fantasizing with positive outcomes, but really a fantasy is anything created in the imagination, whether perceived as good or bad. When we fantasize with a pessimistic attitude, very easily can we succumb to forces of fear, worry, or frustration. Hence, the good ole saying, “Expect the Best,” actually serves as a powerful antidote for overcoming fear. If you expect the best, you adopt an optimistic attitude, and then any fantasized experiences generated in the mind will have a positive effect on your consciousness.
But this is not really about positive expectations. As good as those can be, expectations still project our sense of existence beyond the present moment. If instead we engage presently, letting go of any and all expectations, whether optimistic or pessimistic, we’ll discover that there is nothing but now. Truth lives continuously in the Now, and as Jesus once said, “The Truth will set you free.” One of the greatest freedoms I think we have is the freedom to be fully present, engaged, enjoying, and trusting.
In a yoga class I took recently, the teacher shared, “Remember yogis, your greatest strength comes in letting go. Surrender to this moment.” As paradoxical as her words sound, they ring with truth.
Surrendering is letting go.
But letting go of what?
You let go of your sense of ego. You let go of the past. You let go of the future. You let go of attachment to the body, to the mind, and you let go of desires. When you let go of everything that you’re holding onto you, you are free. Drop the shackles.
When we hold on, we voluntary enslave ourselves. Whatever Truth Jesus speaks of that will ‘set us free,’ it must be present Now.
In this very moment, you and I can let go. Surrendering to this moment, there is freedom. Let go of any sense of knowing, let go of fear, let go of the future (it’s not real anyway), and let go of separation. Let go of anything and everything that does not serve you. Unclench the fist. Relax.
*Nowhere to go, nothing to do.*
In moments of surrender, we experience the freedom of this present moment. And in so much as we are experiencing this freedom now, we can know that this freedom is available to us in every present moment. Always Now.
No matter where you are or what you might be doing and feeling, you can always surrender to this moment. Take a breath and let it all go. Freedom is always with us.
Letting go of the burden we carry, freeing ourselves of the shackles, we experience more Power than ever before.