“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore.

It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”

~ Deborah Reber

 

Chapter 9 Recap:

In Chapter 9, Phoenix experiences a profound emotional release as he reflects on his past and confronts his pain and grief. Rafiki praises Phoenix’s progress in managing his emotions and shares a story about an Aikido Master and his Student, highlighting the importance of recognizing and grounding oneself amidst emotional challenges. Phoenix grapples with exhaustion and questions about past relationships, and Rafiki encourages him to let go of unanswered queries, emphasizing the significance of living in the present. The chapter concludes with Rafiki’s whimsical skipping and jumping, symbolizing the ongoing journey of self-discovery and healing.

 

 


 

…“That’s what my ex-wife used to say.” My shoulders slouch, resigned. I don’t say this out loud, but a nagging thought comes to my mind. I cause the women I love to lose themselves.

 

As if reading my thoughts, like he always seems to do, Rafiki’s sing song voice pops up once again, “She just let go. She just let go. She just let go.” He turns and starts to skip, push, and jump down the trail once again.

 

 

She Let Go

After listening to his trilling for a few minutes, Rafiki abruptly stops. He does something I’ve never seen him do before. Somehow, he has an iPhone in his hand. Where the heck did he keep that hiding? When did he join the modern age? And it’s so funny watching him fumble with modern technology holding his phone in an awkward grasp.

 

Rafiki’s voice shifts, calm and soothing he gently commands, “Listen to this,” then he reads.

She Let Go

by Safire Rose

 

 

She let go.

She let go.

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go.

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word.

She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort.

There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

 

 

As quickly as it was in his hands, the iPhone disappeared. Rafiki looks directly in my eyes, holding my gaze. So much compassion and love emitting from his stare. “What she said was that she needed to continue to find herself.” Slowly, emphasizing each word, “She…let…go.”

 

Rafiki shrugs his shoulders. His voice becomes sing-Songish again, “She let go. End of story. She let go. You let go. She let go. You let go.”

 

“As if it was that easy!” I accidentally groaned out loud.

 

Rafiki turns becoming serious again pointing his staff at my heart. I almost block his with mine. Intently looking in my eyes he speaks slowly, “Focus on you!” Then looks up through the trees. “Hmmm,” he murmurs, sounding completely in awe. I follow his ogling eyes and I catch my breath. I didn’t expect to see what I saw.

 

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What I was seeing was breath taking. Majestic trees that have lived for hundreds of years reaching upward towards the heavens as the sun cast rays of light down to the earth through a canopy of green leaves.

 

For a moment, I remember how I used to see the world when I was with my ex-girlfriend. Through her eyes. The beauty, peace, and serenity of our delicate world. I sense the calmness and harmony that emanated from her body when we were here 5 months previously. She was in her element. She projected tranquility that I was slowly learning to find in myself.

 

Eckhardt Tolle talks of being present in the Now. That was my ex-girlfriend when she explores the world, especially in nature. I desire to be that present. Will I ever learn how? She served as the catalyst for me to experience absolute bliss, if only I could master the art of slowing down, releasing, and listening.

 

She let go.

 

Rafiki was deep in thought and sighed. Louder. Longer.

 

“What?” I ask, my neck craning more so I can try and see what it is he’s seeing.

 

“Maybe the universe is telling you something?”….

 

 

Chapter 11

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