When we try to control and cling, we waste our energy trying to force or manage things to conform to our will. But when we let go, we have access to a greater power, the One Power that resides through all Life and that includes ourselves!
Think about it - the caterpillar does not resist or control or cling. The caterpillar trusts the maker that all is well. He does not attach to his old garment and thus transforms into a magnificent butterfly.
Addiction is all about trying to control pain and pleasure, which is impossible. It's why I suffered greatly in my addiction years. I had never understood that all human feelings are short-lived and will not last forever. But when we attach our identity to pain, we stop letting go and come to believe we are the PAIN and there could not be a bigger LIE!
The key is to let go of our attachment (identity), then "let in" the uncomfortable feeling so we can let it go. Which fits perfectly with the quote below from A Course in Miracles: "All you are asked to do is let it in."
Think of a child clinging to his mother. The mother yells, "Let go!" The more the mother pipes, the tighter the child clings. The moment the mother takes a moment to be still, look down at her child and speak from a more loving place—then the child begins to loosen his grip.
The mother - lets in (acceptance and Love), and her baby finally let's go. Remember: "What resist will always persist; and controlling / clinging is a form of mental resistance to LOVE."
We have this fearful mind that does not allow us to see Life as it is, and we end up never trusting it. To trust, we must let go of control because LIFE cannot be controlled or clutched. When we give away our control, we receive it right back. It's another great paradox.
After all, life is all about LETTING GO because there is no permanence in anything except I AM! It’s the one constant that we all know personally.
Satnam Paul Noiles