In order to be free, we must learn to let go.
Let go and forgive…
Simple words that work. The Dream Dragon explains the steps to get there…
“Of late I’ve had a number of people write about dreams that included the concept of letting go e.g. death and dying images, dropping things, toilet images, even ghosts. Many of the dreams also included images from the past such as a childhood home.
Most of us don’t really let go of past hurts in that we tend to deny them, push them down, and gloss them over as in “what’s past is past, or then was then”. These in and of themselves are appropriate responses if what you’re actually doing is letting go of the events and hurts, but most of us aren’t letting go.
We tend to hold on to painful resentments, feelings, disappointments, grief, betrayals, guilt, and hurts by storing them in the footlocker of our unconscious mind. After many years and as many memories we have quite a treasury of buried material built up. These buried negatives are something like canned radioactive waste that after time begins to leak onto the surface of our lives, poisoning much of what we do and think and feel. And most of this stuff seems to arise uninvited, in our dreams, or in troubles we find ourselves in in our waking lives.
We seem to armor ourselves against any future pains that might be perpetrated by others by walling parts of ourselves off, or putting up barriers to protect ourselves. It’s a slow process and for most of us we don’t notice how much different we are as adults than we were as children. As adults the free expression of the self is often subdued, or cut off, the playful part of ourselves moderated, or pasted on to make it look as though we’re being a free spirit full of fun, where in reality and in the quiet of our own homes after the party we nurse the effects of our drug or alcohol induced gaiety and wonder if anyone really liked us or bought into our act.
All these stored negatives over time close our hearts to ourselves and to others and weighs us down.
source: the Dream Dragon