Issue No. 9: Let It Go
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
- The Dalai Lama
At the risk of getting a little too “woowoo” this week … In last week’s issue, I shared an interview with Oprah in which she describes her philosophy around manifesting things that she wants in her life: when she really wants something she focuses on it intensely, visualizes it, and wants it from a place of real truth (for her). And then, she lets it go. It’s not until she lets it go that the thing she deeply wants shows up in her life.
This process of wanting something, envisioning and embodying it in detail, and then letting it go is something that I’ve found true in my own life as well, and of which my exploration of the principles of Psycho-Cybernetics, various life coaching methods, and even those present in The Alchemist supports.
Essentially, this is luck (or whatever you call it) favoring the prepared mind—you do have to do the work but you also have to let the Universe, and your creative mechanism, do their thing without interference.
This is all leading somewhere, I promise: One week ago today, after two unsuccessful real estate offers that escalated beyond what we could do, we had an offer accepted on the perfect house (for us) in this crazy, multi-offer Seattle market. How exactly, I will never know. But what I do know is this: It was only when I finally let go of wanting a house, trusted that I had given the search and the offer my best shot, felt that I had done it in a way that I will continue to feel good about, and accepted that we would be absolutely fine if it didn’t work out that the Universe delivered.
This has also been true in meeting my soulmate, getting a raise, opportunities for adventures, taking a sabbatical and so many other things.
Ok, definitely, “woowoo,” but also true.
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