Drop Importance and Ease Your Situations
Have you ever struggled with letting go of something? I think we all have. I first read this story in A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and I immediately knew this was something of value.
"There is a story about a Zen Master named Hakuin who lived in a town in Japan. He was held in high regard and many people came to him for spiritual teaching. Then it happened that the teenage daughter of his next-door neighbor became pregnant. When being questioned by her angry and scolding parents as to the identity of the father, she finally told them that the father was Hakuin, the Zen Master. In great anger the parents rushed over to Hakuin and told him with much shouting and accusing that their daughter had confessed that he was the father. All that he replied was, “Is that so?”
News of the scandal spread throughout the town and beyond and the Master lost his reputation. This did not trouble him. Nobody came to see him anymore. He remained unmoved. When the child was born, the parents brought the baby to Hakuin saying, “You are the father, so you look after him.” The Master took loving care of the child. A year later, the mother remorsefully confessed to her parents that the real father of the child was the young man who worked at the butcher shop. In great distress they went to see Hakuin to apologize and ask forgiveness. “We are really sorry. We have come to take the baby back. Our daughter confessed that you are not the father.” “Is that so?” is all Hakuin would say as handed the baby over to them.
The Master responds to falsehood and truths, bad news and good news, in exactly the same way: “Is that so?” He allows the form of the moment, good or bad, to be as it is. Events are not personalized. He is nobody’s victim. He is so completely at one with what happens that what happens has no power over him anymore. Only if you resist what happens are you truly at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness. The baby is looked after with loving care. Nonresistance is very powerful and so-called “bad” turns into so-called “good” through the power of nonresistance. Always responding to what present moment requires, Hakuin lets go of the baby when it is time to do so.
I have referred to this story often when coaching others. In Reality Transurfing this is called "dropping importance" which takes away excess potential. I find that when I am wanting something to be a different way than it is I must drop importance and when I do it is like a pressure has been released. Basically it is the same thing as how Hakuin responded to each situation. He did not make it about him, he dropped importance and simply let it go. And you can feel the pressure drop!
The book A New Earth totally changed my life in 2007. Click the link below for more information.
And Reality Transurfing totally changed my life in 2019. Click the link below for more information.
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What are you making important in your life? How can you go about dropping that?