Have you ever been told to “relax” by someone?
Did this actually make you relax?
In general, I imagine it did not. But, I’ve come to understand that when you tell yourself to relax, the outcome is quite different—it is relieving and empowering.
I’ve been experimenting lately with the idea of “relaxing into” things, as opposed to approaching situations with apprehension, tension, or resistance. Thus, this notion of “relax” is a type of surrender.
In the practice of Unification, we are familiar with our choice to surrender or resist our life situations. Grounded to our Divine Self consciousness, we mainly elect to surrender because doing so begets our healing and change in circumstance. In contrast, resistance often has us repeating similar life stories of our past.
For the most part, we are called to surrender to the conditions of our life that cause us pain.
We surrender to our traumas, bad memories, social conditioning, and so on, to change the limiting beliefs we learned from those experiences and to replace them with new beliefs that support our growth and well-being. In Unification, surrendering is a pathway to freedom, knowing ourselves better, and a gateway to experience God. In the same way, I’m saying we can “relax into” certain aspects of our lives and receive the same benefits of sovereignty and spiritual fulfillment.
The practice is this: relax, respond, and release.
- Relax into the present, whatever the case may be. Relaxing into the situation eases your ability to accept what is. It relieves tension in the body and lowers the barriers of resistance. Consciously tell yourself to relax, to breath into the process; allow your energy and body to settle gently.
- Next, respond to your present, whatever the case may be. Ground to your Divine Self consciousness and engage with what is in front of you, responding from a place of centeredness. In this way, your response always leads to your highest good, which is your personal growth.
- Lastly, release the present, whatever the case may be. Release defining yourself by your present situation. Release any judgement you may have around it. Also, release any attachment to the outcome of your response.
Find that this practice of “relax, respond, and release” creates more acceptance, ease, and contentment in your life.
With less resistance to what is, you can co-create what can come. With detachment to the outcome—you are liberated from self expectations, limitations, and judgments.
Through this practice of relaxing into your present, you dismantle past conditioning—relaxed, you simply behave differently. By responding from a grounded state, you can act in a different way that manifests new possibilities. By releasing all attachments, you free yourself to be in harmony with creation—God’s expanding consciousness.
May we see with eyes to see. ?
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