The Anatomy Of Falling

Michael Singer

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Awakin FeatureLeaving the seat of Self is not generally a willful act. The laws of attraction will cause it to happen. Consciousness is always drawn to the most distracting object: the bumped toe, the loud noise, or the hurting heart. It's the same law, both inside and out. The consciousness goes to the place that distracts it the most. When a blockage gets hit, the same attraction takes place, and the consciousness gets pulled to the source of discomfort. That place then becomes your seat of consciousness. [It] falls down to where the disturbance is happening, and the whole world looks different.

Let's analyze this fall, step by step. It begins when you get pulled down into the disturbed energy. You end up exactly where you don't belong. Now, as you look out through your disturbed energy, everything is distorted by the haze of your disturbance. Things that looked beautiful now look ugly. Things you liked, now look dark and depressing. But nothing has really changed. It's just that you're looking at life from that seat of disturbance.

Each of these shifts in your perception should remind you to let go. The moment you start seeing that you don't like the people you used to like, the moment you start seeing that your life looks really different, the moment it all starts getting negative - let go.

Once activated, a blockage must run its course. if you don't let go, you get sucked in. You are no longer free; you are caught. Once you fall from your seat of relative clarity, you are under the mercy of the disturbed energy.

This is the anatomy of falling. When you're in this state of disturbance, your tendency will be to act in order to try to fix things. You don't have the clarity to see what's going on; you just want the disturbance to stop. So you start getting down to your survival instincts. You may feel that you have to do something drastic. You may want to leave your husband or wife, or move, or quit your job. The mind starts saying all kinds of things because it doesn't like the space, and it wants to get away from it anyway it can. [...]

It's one thing if the disturbance is going on inside of you. But the moment you allow it to express itself, the moment you let that energy move your body, you have descended to another level. Now it's almost impossible to let go. If you start yelling at somebody, if you actually tell someone how you feel about them from the state of non-clarity, you have involved that person's heart and mind in your stuff. Now both of your egos are involved. Once you externalize these energies, you will want to defend your actions and make them look appropriate. But the other person will never think they were appropriate.

Now even more forces are keeping you down. First you fall into the darkness, and then you manifest that darkness. When you do this, you are literally taking the energy of the blockage and passing it on. What if all you had to do to avoid all of this was to let go in the beginning? If you had, you would have gone up instead of down. That's how it works. When a blockage gets hit, it's a good thing. It's time to open up internally and release the block energy. If you let go, and permit the purification process to take place inside, that blocked energy will be released. When it's released and allowed to flow up, it becomes purified and merges back into your center of consciousness. This energy than strengthens you instead of weakening you. 

If you fall along the way, just get up and forget it. Use the lesson to strengthen your resolve. Let go right then. Do not rationalize, blame, or try to figure it out. Don't do anything. Just let go immediately, and allow the energy to go back to the highest center of consciousness it can achieve. If you feel shame, let it go. If you feel fear, let it go. All of these are the remnants of the blocked energy that is finally being purified.

Always let go as soon as you are aware that you didn't. Let go. No matter what it is, let it go. The bigger it is, the higher the reward of letting go and the worse the fall if you don't. It's pretty black and white. You either let go or you don't. There really isn't anything in between. So let all of your blockages and disturbances become the fuel for the journey. That which is holding you down can become a powerful force that raises you up. You just have to be willing to take the ascent.

Michael A. Singer from 'The Untethered Soul: the journey beyond yourself'

Seed questions for reflection: What does letting go mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to release the blocked energy? What helps you to let go?

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    On Jan 2, 2020 Gururaj wrote:
    For me "hitting the blockage" ( seemed to me as an odd phrase, but got what it intends to convey) occurs with three types of 'resistance' objects - one - an inert thing, like an equipment to be dismantled; two - when I need to wrestle with my organism , like when I wake up feeling lousy after deficient sleep and ; three - when the 'blockage' arises due to another person's actions. For the first situation, the successful overcoming has happened(not often) when I have given up my frustration, relaxed my muscles and breathing and focussed attention on what needs to be done. For the second situation useful (and true) affirmations have helped. For the case of feeling lousy on waking up due to lack of rest, I tell myself that even the daytime nourishes my organism, why assume that only good sleep is needed. Often it works out.The jobs on hand get done. The third situation is the toughest and I am getting glimpses of breakthroughs by (a) recognizing that being pr... [View Full Comment] For me "hitting the blockage" ( seemed to me as an odd phrase, but got what it intends to convey) occurs with three types of 'resistance' objects - one - an inert thing, like an equipment to be dismantled; two - when I need to wrestle with my organism , like when I wake up feeling lousy after deficient sleep and ; three - when the 'blockage' arises due to another person's actions.
    For the first situation, the successful overcoming has happened(not often) when I have given up my frustration, relaxed my muscles and breathing and focussed attention on what needs to be done.
    For the second situation useful (and true) affirmations have helped. For the case of feeling lousy on waking up due to lack of rest, I tell myself that even the daytime nourishes my organism, why assume that only good sleep is needed. Often it works out.The jobs on hand get done. The third situation is the toughest and I am getting glimpses of breakthroughs by (a) recognizing that being present very alertly is necessary and (b) much stronger and deeper affirmations are necessary - like this obstacle is an opportunity to work on my being, or my being belongs to the Creator, it is a temple entrusted to me to be kept clean, and so on . This article is very inspiring and helpful for the 3rd type of situations, for adding to my 'arsenal' of affirmations.
    One point needs to be noted - not to let go of the aim or intention. What are to be let go off (in the moments they are gaining strength) are only my reactions from habit.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Dec 29, 2019 eroc wrote:
    only a sith deals in absolutes.




















    just kidding thanks for breaking my heart in the best way 🌹🤓❤

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    On Dec 26, 2019 JASON D. GROODE wrote:
    I Choose to be Grateful for these wonderful opportunities of Growth. In my world there is only one thing going on, and that is growth of our awareness of who we are and then to express that Loving Awareness of Kindness, Gratitude, Generosity, Impeccable Integrity, Empathy, Compassion, Mercy and Foregiveness in our Thoughts, Words and Actions!! As we become more aware of who we are, we come to see that we are Consciousness or Love, which both mean the same!! In becoming Love or Consciousness, we express it through different qualities or virtues. So when we feel or say we are Love, this is part of what we mean in our moment to moment expression: “SINCERE GRATITUDE" Another of the qualities and virtues on how we express Love, Consciousness and God within us, is for us to have Sincere Gratitude with our inner dialog, words, and actions in every aspect of life. The key word here is Sincere. Gratitude is easy for most of us during the cycles of our lives that are so blessed and w... [View Full Comment] I Choose to be Grateful for these wonderful opportunities of Growth. In my world there is only one thing going on, and that is growth of our awareness of who we are and then to express that Loving Awareness of Kindness, Gratitude, Generosity, Impeccable Integrity, Empathy, Compassion, Mercy and Foregiveness in our Thoughts, Words and Actions!!
    As we become more aware of who we are, we come to see that we are Consciousness or Love, which both mean the same!! In becoming Love or Consciousness, we express it through different qualities or virtues. So when we feel or say we are Love, this is part of what we mean in our moment to moment expression:

    “SINCERE GRATITUDE" Another of the qualities and virtues on how we express Love, Consciousness and God within us, is for us to have Sincere Gratitude with our inner dialog, words, and actions in every aspect of life. The key word here is Sincere. Gratitude is easy for most of us during the cycles of our lives that are so blessed and wonderful. Where this becomes a spiritual practice is when we have challenges in our life, such as illness, losing a job or relationship, financial difficulties, etc.. It is then our perspective to be grateful for the opportunity for growth. Still feeling the pain, discomfort and difficulty from the experience, and at the same time holding a wider view that our lives are unfolding perfectly every moment for our highest and greatest growth, and to be Sincerely Grateful.

    There is the view of life, that there is only one experience happening, and that is our growth to becoming aware of who we are, and in that process, expressing our loving consciousness and Gratitude along the way. Gratitude creates Harmony within our lives. In our inner dialog, which nobody else hears, when we are Sincerely expressing Gratitude, there is no room for fear, doubt, jealousy, pride, anger, hatred, frustration, etc.. There is only unity with our Divine Self. It is an expression of the Consciousness of who we are!

    I hope you find this helpful, and that many will benefit from experiencing this Truth!! Future emails will share my perspective on what Sincere Generosity, Humility, Patience, Tolerance are, in my process of realizing who I AM!!

    Aloha Nui Loa,
    Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory)
    There are no strangers!
    Ya Fattah!!! (Opening the Way)
    Jason D. Groode[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Dec 25, 2019 Manisha wrote:
    Most difficult part of anyone's life is "let it go". Whatever it is, in general no one wants to let it go. Whether it's relations or enotions, we are so much attached that we don't want to let it go. Thought to leave something itself is hard. Personally I am trying this for long time but no success yet. I am hoping one day I will achieve this and that day I will find myself.

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    On Dec 24, 2019 Matt wrote:
    This is a really beautiful gift of the Multiverse once again proving to me the connection of the whole. 1 month ago I journeyedwith a Shaman to the highest part of my self and one of the lessons I was gifted was the mantra "let it go for love" it was so powerful a few days later I had to go get this tattooed on my arm along with Practice Compassion which was another lesson that came through from source (I have not had a tattoo for 36 years and had zero intention of ever getting another). To be able to let it go for love takes practice so my spiritualsearch has taken another huge bolt of energy and I feel ready for the next evolution, I started practicing and training different energy healing techniques now and all because I am letting it go :)

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    On Dec 24, 2019 Becky Orf wrote:
    I have struggled with the concept of HOW to "just let go." More explanation of the process for doing this would be very helpful--

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    On Dec 24, 2019 Michelle wrote:
    I get lost in-betweenprocessing my feelings (really feeling them, rather than my old habit of ignoring them, or stuffing them away) and simply letting things go. 'Letting go' is such an abstract concept anyway, and there needs to be a kind of reckoning before this can happen. I suppose letting go for me is to just surrender to whatever letting go looks like for me.

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    On Dec 23, 2019 Rashmi Sinha wrote:
    This is beautiful. I almost feel the fall, and the consequences of not letting it go. I have let go in the past. It's time to let go again.

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    On Dec 23, 2019 Gretchen wrote:
    Letting go often feels like a shift that is somehow given to me rather than achieved, yet all the same it feels like something I am required to partake in. In that way, it often feels like a gift, a grace that was there all along but needed to be revealed to me to access it. Letting go is described here as a purely mental decision, it seems. My experience of letting go seems to happen also, and even primarily, in and through my body - an act of truth speaking I feel invited to make, a personal ritual of sorts in nature, a release of tears, etc. There seems to be something about letting go that happens in my body that goes along with the mental, emotional and spiritual shifts. After all, it is in the body that we first and foremost show up in life, so it seems important that way.

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    On Dec 23, 2019 Prasad Kaipa wrote:
    This picture represented anatomy of falling for me. To give a contrast, a second photo is attached… This flower lets go but not give up. By letting go, they multiply!



    Click on the image for higher-res photo.

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    On Dec 21, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    We have a tendency to hold on to what blocks our energy caused by disturbances and distractions. Our consciousness is drawn to the most distracting objects and that drains our energy. When our perception is clouded things do not look as they are. Instead of denying or rationalizing we need to recognize them, face them and let them go. It's a good idea to recognize such distractions and disturbances right away and let them go. Awareness of what is happening outside as well as inside is the way to be free. Such awareness helps us to release the darkness and creates light within us. This inner light freesus from the grip of blockages created by our own selves. Letting go helps us ascend our consciousness on a higherplane. Letting go of drain energy blockages is an ongoing process until we are fully enlightened. There were times when i had a hard time to let go of emotionally painful experiences. I distinctly remember how I was deeply hurt when someone I loved deeplybecame the cause o... [View Full Comment] We have a tendency to hold on to what blocks our energy caused by disturbances and distractions. Our consciousness is drawn to the most distracting objects and that drains our energy. When our perception is clouded things do not look as they are. Instead of denying or rationalizing we need to recognize them, face them and let them go. It's a good idea to recognize such distractions and disturbances right away and let them go. Awareness of what is happening outside as well as inside is the way to be free. Such awareness helps us to release the darkness and creates light within us. This inner light freesus from the grip of blockages created by our own selves. Letting go helps us ascend our consciousness on a higherplane.

    Letting go of drain energy blockages is an ongoing process until we are fully enlightened. There were times when i had a hard time to let go of emotionally painful experiences. I distinctly remember how I was deeply hurt when someone I loved deeplybecame the cause of my suffering.The sky of my life was filled with dark clouds of agony, anger and pain.My energy was blocked and I went through severe depression. I put my life on hold. It took some time for me to awaken. I let go of the blockages and slowly and gradually became free from
    the depressive thoughts and feelings. I learned from this heavy duty experience how not to get sucked in the hole of this painful misery. By letting go I become free from the bondage of suffering. My suffering mad me stronger inside myself.

    Non-judgmental awarenessof what is happening in me, physically, mentally and emotionally helps me making wise and healthy choices. Letting go of the past and worry somethoughts of the future helps me to live in the present. It generates a positive flow of energy in my daily living.
    Namaste.
    JagdishP Dave















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    On Dec 21, 2019 David Doane wrote:
    How to let go is the key question, and it can be difficult to do. To me, letting go is to not pay attention to something, which means to not reinforce it and to put one's attention elsewhere. Basic learning theory tells us whatever is ignored and not nurtured will dwindle and extinguish. There have been times I have felt anger and wanting to in some way hurt the other, maybe by way of a mean retort or put down, and have let go of that desire by taking my focus away from it and putting my focus elsewhere, which in a short period of time felt good and was the blocked energy released. What helps me let go is recognizing when something I'm feeling is not good for me, knowing that the thought and any subsequent action serves no purpose except to hurt the other and myself, and trusting that putting my attention on a kinder thought will result in my being happier than holding onto what is not good for me.

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    On Dec 21, 2019 Prasad wrote:
    When I retired earlier from my work, I wanted to find somethingthat I coulddo to have fun and not get bored. Especially because I used to travel over 150K miles each year, I wanted to relax and not stay busy and enjoy life. Tennis used to relax me but two years ago, my knee started giving problem so I pickedtable tennis (TT). Iused to love TT when I was in college and played for the college. Once I moved to California though, I started tennis and forgot my old love, TT. I started going to India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas as that is the best place for TT and started practicing every day. Over time, I bought a table, ball machine at home and started taking private coaching. Before long, I was playing 2-3 hours a day and thought I was enjoying till I got Tennis elbow and it became serious enough that I had to stop TT completely for it to heal while getting treatment. It got me thinking -- I replaced intense traveling and teaching with playing TT. I did not let go of my job -- just... [View Full Comment] When I retired earlier from my work, I wanted to find somethingthat I coulddo to have fun and not get bored. Especially because I used to travel over 150K miles each year, I wanted to relax and not stay busy and enjoy life. Tennis used to relax me but two years ago, my knee started giving problem so I pickedtable tennis (TT). Iused to love TT when I was in college and played for the college. Once I moved to California though, I started tennis and forgot my old love, TT.
    I started going to India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas as that is the best place for TT and started practicing every day. Over time, I bought a table, ball machine at home and started taking private coaching. Before long, I was playing 2-3 hours a day and thought I was enjoying till I got Tennis elbow and it became serious enough that I had to stop TT completely for it to heal while getting treatment.
    It got me thinking -- I replaced intense traveling and teaching with playing TT. I did not let go of my job -- just changed it from teaching to TT. The intensity, schedule and commitment were the same. I thought I was enjoying but actually transferred the stress as well. Once I had the realization, I gave up TT. Stopped playing with ball machine, going to ICC and carrying my TT paddle wherever I go. But the emptiness was filled with boredom and regret but not relaxation.
    Then it hit me, I needed to give up my intensity,not playing. I needed to give up my obsession, not passion. I needed to let go, not give up.
    Now, I play alternate days in a nearby club -- just one hour. I practice two three times with the ball machine for 30 minutes. I also relaxed my expectations about getting better in TT and to my surprise, I am getting more consistent. In the middle of it all, my elbow got better and I am having fun and enjoying my relaxed life with Table Tennis[Hide Full Comment]

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