Oct 19, 2018
In ancient cultures, wise men equated the seasons with their own spiritual journey. They recognized that the cycle of darkness and light they saw repeating itself every year in the sky was reflected in their own soul journeys. To me, the falling leaves and longer nights remind me that in order for our souls to evolve and grow, we must first let go of what no longer serves us.
Here’s an exercise in honour of the season to help you to let go of what’s holding you back and make room for new insights, relationships and experiences.
Practice letting go:
Picture yourself as a strong, beautiful tree. Imagine your feet rooted to the ground. Breath deeply, imagining yourself connected firmly to the earth.
Now move your awareness up as you imagine your arms as the branches of the tree, waving in the breeze. Breathe deeply and “become” the tree.
Take several deep breaths and visualize yourself – hear the birds, and feel the bright autumn sun on your boughs, and the cool breeze rustling your leaves.
Now picture your leaves, brightly colored. Each dying leaf represents something you can let go of.
Imagine each leaf detaching and drifting to the ground…and as each one falls, let it represent something that isn’t serving you:
Let go of your need to be perfect
Let go of caring about what other people think of you.
Let go of the need to judge yourself.
Let go of guilt.
Let go of hurt.
Let go of the need to please people.
Let go of old resentments.
Let go of insecurity.
Let go of worry.
Let go of fear.
Let go of everything that’s holding you back.
Picture the leaves drying on the ground, and a gust of wind blowing them all away. Watch as they whirl off into the sky!
Let love fill the empty spaces.
Written By James Van Praagh