Spring is a time of rebirth. No matter what your religious persuasion may be, resurrection is a powerful metaphor for what's often needed in our lives. Most of us die a little every day as we age and face life's natural challenges. It can start to feel like too much or like life is hard work, even when we're succeeding and thriving.
When things don't go the way we'd like, we often push our way through and then pay the price of pushing in stress and exhaustion, or we simply just give up on life and its challenges and sleepwalk through our existence. We stop participating fully in life, or we participate through some very thick veils of darkness and pain.
As this progresses, it can become completely automatic, and we may actually forget that we ever had more light, love or aliveness in our lives. In fact, often as we seek the light, we only find more darkness, despair and dissatisfaction. Or we may get caught in a loop of endlessly trying to fill our lives with things and experiences to try and regain what we believe we've lost. Either way, what we don't realize is that the light, love and aliveness that we are seeking is already and always right here, right now.
In fact, the light that is near is always surrounding us, calling to us, reminding us that living life fully is possible. The best examples of this are often in nature, where we find light and life all around us. It's true that not all of us are fortunate enough to have easy access to nature -- or maybe it's just that our daily business and the clouds of our own inner darkness distract us from its beauty and light. But whatever our circumstances, at times we've all experienced other people who seem to still have their lights on and are enjoying life fully. The light that is near can either serve as a wake-up call, or it can be used as a reason to give up because we believe it's possible for them but not for us.
Rebirth is possible for us when we turn around and face the darkness that we are ignoring, denying or running from. When we do this, we'll usually find that it's not as deep, dark and nasty as we believed. And if at the same time we begin to embrace the light and aliveness that's already within and around us, we also begin to see and feel it everywhere.
Take a few minutes with this simple process that can help you dissolve the darkness and uncover the light that you are. Ask yourself, "In this moment, can I allow myself to welcome or allow the darkness that I am experiencing within me or around me as best I can?"
I know this is counterintuitive, but just give it a chance and see what happens. You already know what happens when you resist and avoid it.
Then ask yourself, "Can I also welcome or allow the light that is here, now, both within and around me?"
Allow yourself to keep going back and forth between these two opposites several times.
At first it may be hard to experience the light, but as you go back and forth, it will get a lot easier and more obvious as the polarities dissolve each other and reveal more of the light that you are. As you keep doing this, you'll find that there's both an inner and outer radiance that will fill you with joy -- or at least start to wash away the darkness.
We often get so lost in our dramas and traumas in life and the challenges of what most of us experience as the daily grind that we don't realize that life is always living through us, as us. It's already giving life to the fifty trillion cells that make up our physical bodies. When we lose touch with our life essence, we can feel tired or simply lack the energy to move forward constructively and creatively in our lives. If we embrace or allow this apparent lack of energy and also allow the aliveness and power that is always right below or surrounding it, we can feel like there are no limits to our energy and life force.
This next process will help you to uncover and live the life that is already right within and around you. It will help you to open up the floodgates of energy and allow the river of energy and life that you are to carry you forward, even through life's challenges. Ask yourself, "Can I allow myself to welcome any sense of lack of energy or of deadness in my body or mind?"
Remember that this is not an invitation for it to stay forever; you're just allowing what is here now to be here.
Then ask yourself, "Can I also allow myself to welcome the life force, aliveness or power that is right below or beyond what I am experiencing?"
This may be hard to feel at first, but if you allow yourself to keep going back and forth with these questions, you'll find yourself coming back to life and having the energy to live life more fully.
Both of these exercises can be used any time you feel the need to shine more light into your life and dispel the darkness -- or when you would simply like a quick energetic lift. They are useful any time of the year, but especially to celebrate the rebirth that is spring and that eternal resurrection that is within every one of us.
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This post is based on the principles explored in the new movie, "Letting Go: Transform Your Life, Transform the World," featuring Hale Dwoskin. It is the culmination of over three decades of experience with a simple, powerful, elegant and easy-to-learn technique that shows you how to tap your natural ability to let go instantaneously of any uncomfortable or unwanted feeling, thought or belief. For more information, visit www.LettingGo.tv.