Letting go: going downstream

The words “letting go of the oars” trigger a profound sense of relief and trust and letting go.

Abraham-Hicks use the metaphor of “going downstream” to depict the ideal attitude for us in daily life.

Imagine you are in a boat on a river. All your life you’ve been told to paddle upstream: no pain no gain!

But in fact there’s nothing you want upstream. Everything you desire is downstream of you, and if you’d just let go of the oars the stream will turn you around and carry you effortlessly and pleasantly on your way.

This metaphor is all about trust and ease and letting go. And by checking how we feel we can immediately tell if we are fighting the current or allowing ourselves to be carried downstream.

Upstream thoughts or downstream thoughts? Those are the only options available to you, and all you need do is choose downstream.

The sage does nothing, yet nothing is left undone.

I love this idea of doing nothing, because I used to spend all day driving myself upstream with worrisome and anxious thoughts.

That image of being effortlessly carried downstream is so perfect for me.

I think that’s why “letting go of the oars” feels so good. What would happen if I trusted and did nothing?

I’ve caught a few glimpses of that state, and ironically that’s when true inspiration tends to strike, drawing me suddenly into excited, joyful, and happy activity.

So trust the stream, trust the current, let yourself be carried effortlessly towards the happiness that awaits you.

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