Sunday, March 29, 2020
We need to be aware that we have unwittingly become "injustice collectors." The media reports are full of this form of chronic resentment. We see "injustice collecting" in international relations where making the other nation "wrong" is actually a primary objective. We are unconsciously programmed to believe that "injustice collecting" is "normal." In contrast to this habitual pattern, which is destructive and weakening, the letting go technique frees us from keeping close account of the "wrongs" made against us. Our time and attention are freed up to see the beauty and opportunity around us.
Anger is binding, not freeing. It connects us to another person and holds them in our life pattern. We are stuck in the negative pattern until we let go of the energy of anger and its little payoffs of righteous indignation, feeling wronged, and the desire for revenge. It may not be exactly the same person who constantly recurs in our life. If not that person, then others will appear who have the same quality that triggers our anger and resentment. This will keep recurring until we finally handle our inner angriness. Then, suddenly, people with that quality disappear from our life. Therefore, anger may force someone to be physically distant from us, but psychically it binds them to us more closely, until we fully relinquish the anger and resentment.
Relinquishing anger brings us many benefits. We are free to experience emotional comfort and ease, gratitude for the daily opportunities to grow and heal, mutual caring with another without subtle "strings attached," improvement in health, and more life energy. These breakthroughs allow us to move up to a more effective and effortless state of inner freedom.
-David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway Of Surrender