I share it with you as the answer to a big question you might be asking, "How do I get unstuck from a certain pain point in my life? How do I move to another level of fulfillment?"
Whether you're looking to enhance your love life, increase your net worth, or reduce the stress you're feeling in your everday life, the desire to reach a greater level of richness in any area of your life always requires a letting go, a putting down, a willingness to spiritually, mentally, emotionally and maybe even physically leave behind where you are now.
The passage below shares the lesson quite beautifully. It reads like a prayer. I can't emphasize enough that what you are about to read is not some kind of light-hearted philosophy, this is the higher practice of living the life you truly long for.
"It was a snowy night, and Robert was recalling the time two springs ago when he was determined to paint the family room. Up early, he was out the door, to the hardware store gathering the gallons of red, the wooden mixing sticks, the drop cloths, and the one-time brushes that always harden, no matter what you soak them in.
He mixed the paint outside and waddled to the door with a gallon in each hand, the drop cloth under his arm, and a wide brush in his mouth. He began to chuckle in telling what happened, "I teetered there for minutes, trying to open the door, not wanting to put anything down. I was so stubborn. I had the door almost open when I lost my grip, stumbled backward and wound up on the ground, red gallons all over me.
At this point, he laughed at himself, as he has done many times, and we watched the snow fall in silence. I thought of his little story the whole way home. Amazingly, we all do this, whether with groceries or paint of with the stories we feel determined to share. We do this with our love, with our sense of truth, even with our pain.
It's such a simple thing, but in a moment of Ego we refuse to put down what we carry, in order to open the door. Time and time again, we are offered the chance to truly learn this: We cannot hold on to things and enter. We must put down what we carry, open the door, and then take up only what we need to bring inside.
It is a basic human sequence: gather, prepare, put down, enter. But failing as we do, we always have that second chance: to learn how to fall, get up and laugh."
We cannot hold onto the same money story, the same story of suffering, the fear of failing and of not feeling worthy and then ask to enter a more powerful place. You don't have to leave all that you know behind, but you do have to cease being so willing to carry aound what's feeling so heavy.
Usually it's the thing we struggle against the most that is our greatest chance for gain.
Once we're truly able to put down what's weighing on us the most, we end up looking back from the other side and laughing, wondering why we were so attached to having it feel so hard.
Feeling stressed, stuck or overwhelmed is nothing more than a chance to learn how to put something down. Your life can be easier and lighter and much more enjoyable, but only if you're willing to let it.
Ask yourself the following.
What threshold are you having trouble crossing right now in your life? Where are you feeling the most stuck?
What might you be resisting putting down?
What do you gain out of resisting?
What might you gain by deciding to put down what feels heavy?
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