When I was in my early 20's, I started looking into hypnosis, particularly for clearing my mind and learning to relax. I was always wound a bit tight and had trouble going to sleep. I remember some of the different practices that I tried as I learned to let go. One particular practice stands out to me. It was the process of sitting quietly for a couple of minutes and letting my mind wander. After my body started to relax a little, I would picture a white dot, a speck of light that was not coming from anywhere except from itself. It started very small and began to grow into a larger and larger circle. As it expanded, it simply pushed the clutter of my mind further and further out until it was completely removed from my consciousness and all I saw was a clean slate. It was at that point that I could create any reality that I desired.
In that practice exercise, I was able to realize that nothing in this world of thought was real except for that which I made real. I used that technique quite a bit in the beginning to declutter my mind. One particularly tough thing to allow to leave was a grudge or a grievance that I would have with another person. I had a few people in the early stages of working after college that really worked hard to bring everyone around them down. I was one of the people that had to be around them regularly and could feel my world and my energy fade when I was in their presence. One evening when I was practicing the process of pushing the clutter out, I got stuck. This person just persisted on staying put. Everything else would go away, but not this one person. In my meditation, I walked across the clean slate of my mind to the one thing that remained in the canvas, this person, and I told them that I was sorry for holding onto my anger. The moment that I let go of the grievance, they faded into nothingness.
My salvation is all that matters, but I could not achieve peace while holding onto anger. When I chose to let go of the anger, peace was able to consume my consciousness. I believe that more today than I did 20 years ago when I first started to meditate. We cannot live into the gifts of the Spirit while holding onto the thoughts of the ego. It is in letting go of our negative emotions that we are able to wipe the slate clean and achieve salvation. And, it is not until we achieve peace that we can bring peace to others. As much as I want to help the world around me, I have to find peace myself in order to show others the way. My light is hidden when I choose anger over salvation.
My hope for you today is that you find peace by letting go of any grievances that you might still be holding on to, and that you might share the pathway to peace with others.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.