Allowing Simply Means “Give Up The Struggle!”

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Author: Marie Gee (26 Articles)

Marie is a contributing author and technical assistant at Gratitude Planet. She loves music, fine wine, and great coffee.

After reading Chris’ article on “Upping Your Allowing” (February 16, 2010) I have been thinking about the word “allowing” quite a bit. I just want to bring you an insight I came to today about all of this. I have had some confusion with the word allowing because I interpret it to mean “surrender.” Surrender means, to me, to give up your power and ability to control things. I personally don’t want to give up my ability to choose and direct my life, and really, who would want to give up their personal power? Allowing has kind of stood for “the tub is overflowing, so I will allow it to continue while I hope for the best.” To me, that is a cop-out and feels irresponsible. I get this image of people who don’t get up everyday and hope that they will “allow” food to be served to them in bed. Anyway, you get the point. Yet, most everything I have read about Law of Attraction includes the “A-Word.” What is this allowing thing, and how can I understand it better? I came to this…

I was in yoga class yesterday morning when the teacher said something that sparked my inspirational understanding: “Yoga is not about trying harder, it is about surrender. But by surrender, we really mean ‘give up the struggle.’ Yoga is about releasing the struggle.” She went on to explain that we don’t focus on all the muscles of the body at the same time, and that when we do a yoga pose we are to release the tension of the unneeded  muscles. It was amazing to play with this idea, because I was absolutely able to relax the muscles that I wasn’t using for a particular pose, but only after I “gave up the struggle.” Those muscles were being used for no real good reason, and they were tense even though they didn’t have to be. They were struggling to fix a problem that didn’t exist. Ah-Hah! Lightbulb! Allowing is not surrender. It isn’t irresponsibility! It is really about knowing when the tension, resistance, or struggle in your life is really unnecessary. You don’t need to adopt a life of passivity, but instead you should take care of the things you need to do while letting go of the struggle created in your mind.

So if you approach life like yoga, with your allowing as a high-level, wise and evolved skill, you would do your pose (get up and be actively engaged in your life, moving ahead with inspiration) and then release into the pose (give up the struggle around the things that you can’t control or make up on your own) and then give thanks and gratitude for where you are today (appreciate what you CAN do today, and what you already have today in your life). Allowing is not passive…it’s actively letting go of your struggle. Do what you can to allow more well-being into your life today. It will make all the difference, I promise!  Be Well, Marie-GP

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  • 4 Comments

    1. Wayne says:

      but struggle can create contrast and helps expansion, right? But I can see that we don’t have to choose struggle.

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    2. windsurfer153 says:

      I like this because I don’t want to be a passive wussy. It feels god to know that I can allow and not be a door mat.

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    3. Lee says:

      NICE!! I LOVE my yoga instructor! He has a way of putting things in simple to understand words. Now if only I could get my downward dog to stop looking like an inclined camel. LOL!!

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    4. Billy says:

      Thanks Marie! This is good stuff.

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