He stands on the side of the cliff, not knowing what to do. Then his mentors, teachers, and friends take on the role of a Greek chorus as they chant, "let go, let go, let go, let go, let go." He grabs the vine. He leaps forward. Halfway across, he lets go of the vine. He falls to his certain death. End of story
Something to Grab Onto
This is the missing piece in simplistic admonitions to "let go." If you let go, what do you grab onto? The fear of letting go is related to a fear of falling, a fear that's typical of most humans and mammals. Letting go of the past isn't literally equivalent to falling off a cliff. However letting go of the past is metaphorically equivalent to falling off a cliff.
Whether you take it literally or metaphorically, "just let go" isn't enough to free yourself from whatever is holding you back. You need something to grab onto. In Daphne Rose Kingma's words,"Letting go is knowing that there's a future." The essential element needed for letting go of the grip of trauma over you is to have a vision of a better future.
"Just let go" has no vision of your future. Vision is when you see beyond your current circumstances to imagine a life shaped by love rather than fear, peacefulness rather than stress, wholeness rather than fragmentation. This vision is essential to overcoming your resistance to letting go of the fears and beliefs that bind you to your past.
[Original Post October 22, 2015]