Truly letting go isn’t a doing nor does it take effort, it’s something that happens naturally by non attachment. The more one tries to let go, the tighter the grip gets.
One day a woman who spent years reading spiritual books, going to self help and 12 step programs, spending thousands attending seminars by all the so called experts, retreats, meditating for hours on end, doing chakra and kundalini meditation, reiki healing, yoga, therapy, and so on. I’m sure many will identify with the constant barrage of trying the flavor of the month. She tried everything and yet except for being more knowledgeable, she was no freer than the day she started looking into this. Part of her issue was she was stuck in trying everyone else’s method of what they said is needed to become enlightened, but most people’s method don’t even work for themselves, if they did a method wouldn’t be pushed. This woman who was at wits end, sat with this and what arose in her was this; she was going to walk up the highest mountain she could find and either become enlightened or die. The one thing that was very clear to her, she was done struggling so her journey up the mountain began.
On her way up the mountain there was a man coming down the mountain carry two large bundles on his shoulders, the path was narrow and she noticed he was wearing monk like clothing. The woman had heard in stories when one is ready to awaken the right teacher will appear. As their eyes met, she felt compelled to tell him where she going and asked him if he knew how to become enlightened. The man said nothing as he put the two bundles he was carrying down. Instantly the women saw the lesson, the man was showing her how to let go. She than asked him, is that it, just let go? The man smiled and nodded, again she asked, so that’s it, just let go, what happens next? Without saying a word, the man picked up the two bundles he was carrying, put the them back on his shoulders and continued down the mountain.