There is a time and place for gaining knowledge, and understanding the deal of life, but eventually it’s not the knowledge that brings freedom but about finally realizing that you don’t need to force anything, that you can let go of your struggle and allow life to take over. Letting go of struggle is a very straight forward pointer, but having been habituated in the mindset of struggle, it’s very difficult for the mind to really accept this invitation. The mind has several doubts about its survival, and the efficacy of trusting an invisible force like the life-stream.
If you see the nature, it doesn’t have a brain, but it has an intelligence where it has the capacity to balance itself on its own. For example you don’t see a tree spreading so much that it falls down due to being over-weight, it has an intelligence to balance itself – this intelligence is purely life’s intelligence. You see planets orbiting in a sync, in a harmony, and you need to ask yourself what is the force that keeps it going this way – hopefully you realize it’s not all happening randomly. All of the cosmos, and its movement, is orchestrated by the life force, through its focus on its intent for creation. It takes immense intelligence to keep something as complex as the cosmos operating in a sync, so it’s obvious that this life-force is not dumb, it’s highly intelligent and creative.
Your mind’s intelligence, created through mechanical or conditioned thinking, is nothing compared to the intelligence present in this life-force. When your mind gets in sync with the intelligence of your life-force, it’s a movement of harmony and your mind can then live out its natural expression, and something truly original is bound to come through from this expression – there will be no regurgitating or repeating of the past, something fresh and new can come through. Every aspect of nature represents this freshness and originality – no two flowers are the same (even of the same cultivar), no two blades of grass are the same, no two leaves are the same, each one is unique in its expression in some way. You have a similar originality present in you, and it can truly come forward when you can let go of your conditioned mindset of trying to “fit in” and allow yourself to be taken in by your natural expression which can only come forth when you let go of your inclination towards struggle.
The courage to let go of struggle
It’s not easy to let go of the attitude of struggle, it seems to be ingrained deep in our minds mostly due to the conditioning we received during our childhood and our limited perception of life. We seem to place a lot of trust in our mind’s fear-based, and lack-based, thinking because that’s the only voice we are privy to until we have the courage to let go of it. The mind gets pretty rattled at the notion of giving up its fear-based movement, it comes up with a lot of – “I have to survive, I have a family, I have bills to pay, I have to fight it out” and if you sense the energy of these thoughts it’s rooted in fear, anger, bitterness and hatred, and of course your reality will be a reflection of the same when you are rooted in this pattern in the mind.
When you let go of struggle, the elements that are not in sync with your well-being drop away – it’s not a loss, it’s a gain. When this energy is freed up, it can then be used for creating a more aligned reality. It’s just one life that you are going to live as this body, the least you might want to do is find out what your natural expression feels like. For some reason the mind always thinks that if you let go of struggle you will somehow become “irresponsible”, if life was so irresponsible you wouldn’t have a sun rising every morning and you wouldn’t have a planet that keeps meeting your requirements for food and resources. You need to acknowledge that this life-force is not “clueless”, it totally knows what needs to be done for existence. However, you cannot be totally in sync with the intelligence of this life-force, in you, as long as you are holding on to thoughts of struggle and negativity, because the vibration of struggle (fear) does not match the vibration of your life-force (wholeness).
When you see everyone struggling around you, it’s very natural to feel a fear towards letting go of struggle. Your mind is bound to conclude that struggling is the way of life, it almost becomes a very strong belief. This belief then attracts a reality onto it, a reality of struggle – and then you use it as an evidence to support your belief that life is a struggle. However, the reality was created due to your focus on this belief, and not the other way round – if you believe in something, you will manifest the evidence of it, this does not mean that what you believe is true, it just means that you tend to create what you believe. Your focus is “creative”, anything you focus on takes a shape in your reality, and a belief is a highly strong focus – so if your belief is that “life is a struggle”, you cannot manifest a reality of ease or joy. Your mind may have a hundred reasons for why you cannot let go of struggle, and it’s totally your choice to believe it as long as you realize it’s always a choice – you can align with a struggle-free life anytime you decide to stop believing in struggle.
Releasing the mindset of struggle
It’s true that humanity has always been rooted in struggle, because of its inclination to be rooted in the fear-based movement of the mind – this is what unconscious, or reactive, living is all about. Waking up from mind identification is what “awareness” is, and this awareness allows you a “choice” to no longer follow the fear-based movement of the mind and allows for a new way of living. Without this awareness, you don’t really have a choice, you are just a puppet that dances to the tune of the mind (the conditioned thinking of the brain).
It’s true that a good majority of the population is moving from a place of unconscious identification with the mind, and that’s fine, it is what it is at present. Your job is to have responsibility towards yourself first, without first coming into alignment yourself you can’t hope to be of any real help to anyone – you can’t alleviate outside suffering when you are rooted in suffering yourself. Since you have developed the capacity for awareness (which mostly is why you are even attracted to writings like this), you now have a choice to align with a new way of living, which is in tune with your natural expression, being moved by the inspiration of your life-force, rather than be moved by the fear-based pull of your mind. However, when your mind has a high momentum, its resistance will constantly stand in the way of you accessing your inspiration.
Look at it this way, whatever your focus is on is what you attract into your experience, so when your focus is on the “lack of money”, and you constantly keep arguing and talking about this lack in your life, it becomes a major part of where your focus is at, and hence the experience you keep re-creating in your reality is that of lack of money. The only way you can break out of this cycle is to consciously let go of this focus, though it may be seem that your mind likes nothing better than to talk about this lack, where you even attract friends which whom you can sit and complain about the lack. Unless you consciously let go of this pattern of thought/behavior, you can’t make a shift towards abundance. The most direct way is to let go of the mindset of struggle, so that you automatically have access to your life’s inspiration.
Won’t I become a starving artist? This is another fear that the mind has about letting go of struggle. The perception is that people who follow their heart may become “impractical” and end up penniless. However if you really find a “starving artist” you are bound to see that they are highly “unconscious” people who are rooted in some ideas of lack, they may even have beliefs such as “money is evil” or some misguided notions like that – so obviously they are living in lack because that’s what their focus is at. There are people who can be aligned with their creative expression but be totally rooted in negativity about other aspects of life – this is not true alignment. Any pattern of negativity that you have going within you, disconnects you from total alignment and this disconnection is bound to show up in some way in your reality.
Your life-stream is already a positive cycle
Struggle is rooted in lack, ease is rooted in abundance. When you choose ease over struggle, you choose the belief in abundance over the belief in lack. However, abundance doesn’t have to be a “belief”, if you just let go of struggle, abundance naturally comes in – by abundance I simply mean well-being. Just like when you let go of negativity, you automatically align with the positive cycle because your life-stream is already moving towards a positive cycle. You don’t have to try to be positive, you don’t have to try to think thoughts of abundance, it’s enough if you just let go of the identifying with struggle and negativity. Life force is already a stream of wholeness and when you let go of clinging to the negativity, you automatically become privy to a positive cycle.
Since the mind has a dimension of fear and hatred in it, it’s obviously going to create thoughts rooted in negativity. The question is – do you have a strong enough awareness to not get pulled into its negativity, or do you start defending its negativity, and reacting to it as soon as it arises in the mind. Only when you consciously initiate the process of letting go of negativity, can its momentum start ebbing away in your mind – it always starts with this choice and this commitment. I’ve seen that people who stay true to this commitment of never defending negativity, are the ones who make the quickest progress towards finding freedom from the pull of negativity in their mind. Whereas people who keep defending negativity in some way, just stay stuck in the loop of negative cycle in their mind.
You can’t heal fear with fear, you can’t heal suffering with suffering, you can’t heal lack with lack, you can’t heal struggle with struggle – if you want to heal, or bring harmony, into your reality, you have to find a grounding in inner wholeness so that you can be moved by your life-force, and for this to happen you have to let go of defending negativity. When the mind perceives something negative in your reality, it’s bound to feel negative, but its your choice whether you get attached to this negativity or you have a space of awareness that allows you stay connected with your life-stream’s inspiration – this choice feels like a “practice” initially, but soon it just becomes your natural way of being. By becoming attached to the negative you cannot solve the negative, you can may be wallow in suffering or self-pity, but basically it doesn’t serve in bringing a positive shift.