If you want to be given everything – give everything up.

Have you ever watched the movie “Crash” (I totally recommend it). I absolutely loved the soundtrack from the movie – this one song in particular:

In the deep – Bird york.

 

 

 

The best part of this song, was at the end of it, the woman’s voice that whispers “If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”

I think this is the perfect summery of what it means to be in a state of receiving. To not be attached to one outcome in particular.

Sometimes we cling to steadfastly onto what we believe is the “highest possible outcome” for ourselves. We think – this is how it has to be. Anything that deviates from this – is “Wrong.”

And sometimes these things don’t work out, and we are sad and all kinds of empty. And we wonder “what went wrong? Why doesn’t anything work out for me?”

When my troubles come rolling in, and things don’t go the way I planned, and I question myself and the universe, Miss Prescot gently reminds me that “So things didn’t happen the way you planned. This is exciting. This means that even the highest vision you had for yourself is not as high and great and as mighty and as wonderful as the one the universe has for you. So now all you have to do is wait, and be surprised!”

If you want something, and it just doesn’t seem to be happening – it’s time to let it go. It’s time to let it go so that it can actually happen for you.

It’s kind of like closing your eyes and telling someone “you can get me any gift you want for Christmas, but only if it’s a red car!!!”

 

Letting go is scary. I’ll be the first to admit that. It’s hard to embrace nothingness – but this is where all good things bloom.

 

It’s like leaving a long term relationship that just isn’t right for you anymore.

And not having somebody else you may be interested in.

And not really having any real plan about what to do now, other than loving yourself.

 

It’s like leaving a job that you thought was right for you (And maybe was right for you for some time – but perhaps not any more).

And not having another one ready to go.

And not really having any real plan about what to do now, other than experiencing yourself.

 

 

It’s that moment of emptiness and possibilities. You’re living on the edge. You’re living on the horizon of your life. And for that moment – however long this moment may last – you are completely open. You are open to a higher reality.

It is in this moment that something new is about to open up for you, but we so rarely step away from our shore, that we don’t see the ship coming in.

Be ready to let go.

Of everything.

Even the things you think you need.

Especially the things you think you need.

Life is dynamic. Allow it to change. And become ok with it.

It’s a moment of living on the brink. You may be full of fear. But if you just experience the fear, and let it wash over you, what will remain is passion, creativity, and inspiration.

 

Please never be afraid of recreating yourself. This is your birth right. We are bornmto be free, with this innate ability recreate ourselves in order to experience ourselves in a different way. Just because you’ve done something this way for a long time, does not justify doing it forever.

 

What can you let go of today?

13 thoughts on “If you want to be given everything – give everything up.

  1. introspeak says:

    Inspiring and scary at the same time.

    And not really having any real plan about what to do now, other than experiencing yourself.
    It’s that moment of emptiness and possibilities. You’re living on the edge. You’re living on the horizon of your life. And for that moment – however long this moment may last – you are completely open. You are open to a higher reality.

    Letting go of control, and not having a plan is hard enough, it is really scary when you throw in the “however long this moment may last”. What if that moment lasts long enough that nothing really matters, no matter what happens later.

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    • Malavika says:

      I agree, Sri. It’s a scary place to be sometimes, but if you are open, it can be one of the best places for you to be.
      I was watching a documentary on Steve Jobs, and he was saying how when he was 30 he was fired from Apple (even though he created this company). As you can imagine this was a very strange time for him, but he said that in retrospect, after this loss of a job, he entered the most creative period of his life (the period where he created Pixar ect. and eventually Apple bought one of these new projects and he was back on the team.)

      In retrospect, the dots all add up in life. In retrospect you can see how these “scary times” were the most creative periods. I guess, when you know this, you can decide to use it, or lose it.

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      • introspeak says:

        Thanks for the explanation and example, Malavika!
        Yeah! Steve’s life is indeed a great example of how the dots do connect when looking back. Especially that part when he drops out of college and attends typography classes without any idea what he is going to do next, and if typography is going to be useful at all for him. He says, in retrospect, if he hadn’t attended that typography course, Apple Macintosh, and Windows probably wouldn’t have got that beautiful typesetting.
        [http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html]

        Driving life in a specific direction, even toiling past hurdles despite apparent signs that are asking for a course correction, seems easier than being completely open to possibilities and wait for a clear sign that advises on which direction to move in. Part of this difficulty, I think, comes from not knowing how to distinguish real signs from the rest of the noise. How would one learn to do that?
        Thanks!

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      • Malavika says:

        I am familiar with this video 🙂 I liked it. There were so many things about my own life that at the time seemed pointless, useless, bad, a failure – which I now look back on and think “Wow, if that didn’t happen, none of these great things would have happened either.” I have so many examples of this in my life.
        Well, I guess there is a reason why they say hindsight is 20/20.

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  2. Peter says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I’m so tired of the superficial, and the immaturity that comes along with it.

    Now I just need to look down into myself and see where to start giving up what! : )

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  3. Richard Caldwell says:

    I love your comments. I, too, loved that song. I once saw Bird York at a party and was able to tell her how much her song meant to me.

    Remember what Yoda said: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

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