Stories from the Heart

They Let Go

full moon ritual & ceremony May 06, 2020

At its essence, the Full Moon is a time for Release, and the New Moon is a time for Beginnings. 

What are you willing to release this Full Moon? I am finding that the expansions and restrictions set forth by the Pandemic have created a really potent time for Letting Go. 

For many of us, our best laid plans for our future have been set aside. In most cases, there is no certainty of when the planning can re-commence. Perhaps this is an opportunity to let go of the need to have things make sense and have something to look forward to, and truly sink into what we have right in front of us. My partner and I have come up with a phrase  - Righteous - with the an accompanying Hang Loose hand gesture - when one of us veers into planning (big or small). It's rather liberating! ... and a constant practice of undoing.

For others of us, we need to relate to our work life in a drastically different way. Perhaps we worked in an office - and now work at home, balancing family needs with our workload (which may or may not have diminished). Perhaps we have lost our jobs and are struggling with being unemployed. Perhaps we are assessing our true fit in our careers as recent changes have actually improved our health in body, mind, and spirit. I am hearing many inspiring stories of how clients and friends are creatively handling their new circumstances. I had a recent client who was feeling very stuck with working at home and the heavy expectations from her manager. When I performed a cord cutting for her, it was revealed that she was more tightly bound by the expectations she had placed on her self over many, many years. She is now actively exploring this through daily releasing rituals.

Of course, these are just a couple of examples. One thing that helps me is coming back to ease and lightness in the Letting Go process. I often remember the poem She Let Go by Safire Rose. I received permission from Safire to reprint her poem here [I mentally substitute they for she for gender neutrality].

She let go.

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

May you Let Go on this Full Moon with minimal effort and full freedom.

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