Moving Forward
by Brian Dean

Moving forward. What is involved with moving forward? Well, I think a good part of it has to do with letting go. Now, what is involved with letting go?

Let’s imagine for a moment that you are in one of those disaster movies. You’ve come to a chasm that needs to be crossed, and the only thing there which would allow you to cross it with is a long steel beam. It is too far to jump, say maybe 20 feet to the other side. As you step onto the beam, you grab a branch on a nearby tree that is there. You use it to balance yourself before moving across. You need to move across because there is molten lava approaching the side you are on. You need to move forward. What is the first thing you need to do to move forward? Well, you need to let go of that branch you’re holding onto.

If you continue to hold the branch, you will not move, and surely nasty things will happen if you stay there. Holding onto that branch keeps you in one place. It makes you inactive. It keeps you from moving away, from moving to safety. It keeps you from moving forward.

And so it is in real life. We hold onto things that keep us from moving forward. We hold onto the past. We hold onto perceptions of the way things are, or should be. We keep ourselves stagnant. We keep ourselves from moving forward.

All too often, we cling to the past. We hold onto things, remembering how they were, wishing things could be like that again. I do the same thing. When I started sight scanning, I did it a specific way. At one point, things changed, and now I do it another way, yet there are times when I go back to the original method. I am holding onto the past. I need to let go of that original method as it is keeping me from moving forward. By holding on to it, I am not letting myself go to the next method. I am not allowing myself to be open enough for that next method to come to me. Therefore, I am stagnating, and not moving forward.

Everyone has problems like this, and I’ll bet not just one. Ok, so the first step is to let go of the past. The next step is to let go of wants and desires that keep you penned to a small area.

We all have things we want or desire. We want to be rich. We want to weigh less. We want to look different. We want to be successful. We want to command starships... er... well, some of us do. The point is that by tying ourselves to what we want, we limit ourselves from what we can do.

If we take the situation where someone works for a company, and doesn’t like the way things happen, maybe their desire is to some day run the company. Although that sounds like a good path, it is limiting. That person has limited themselves with staying with that company, putting up with all the garbage necessary to get through it to the top, and then getting there. The first problem I can see is that by the time they jump through all the hoops, they will have changed so much that they will forget what they are actually there for. I think the same is true all too often for politicians. A person gets into politics to make positive changes, but as they go through the system to advance far enough to make the changes they see necessary, they have changed so much that what they initially wanted to change is no longer important to them. There was a saying that stated... “If a person has the means and ability to get themselves elected president, then they should by no means be allowed to hold the office.”

By keeping this desire to become head of the company, this person does not allow other, positive things to happen. Maybe something would come along that would take them out of that company into a better, more positive situation that they would enjoy. But to see that, this person would need to let go of that one desire, and allow new things to happen.

The same thing is true for all of us. We have desires that we hold very dear to our hearts. We are always consciously aware of what they are. But maybe this desire is not the best solution. Maybe we need to let it go to open ourselves up to other possibilities.

Once we open ourselves up, we need to allow other things to happen. Then to truly make it work once these other things present themselves, we need to accept them. We need to accept them as a positive change, and move forward with them.

Over four years ago, I was laid off from my day job. I could have clung to the past, and done everything I could have to keep it, or find something else just like it. Instead, I embraced the change. I let go of that job and that company. I opened myself to other things, like working for myself doing healing. This brought opportunities which I then had to accept to move forward.

Now, a job is not the only thing we cling to. It is a good example, but we do cling to many things. We cling to habits, and reactions that cause certain emotional states. We cling to people, and to thought processes.

Now, I’m not saying don’t dream. Please, dream. You can want something that is reachable, and on our path, like my desire to be a good healer and to keep growing as one. You can want it, and work toward it, and let it manifest at the same time. In that respect, you are letting it happen. You are not making an all consuming effort to be there. You are working within the energies of the universe, and allowing them to help create your dream.

But first, we need to let go. So, the small piece of wisdom I leave you with today is...

Let go. Let go of the past. Let go of wants and desires. Open yourself to new things, new opportunities. Allow change to happen. Accept it.