This week in the MKE lesson, we are instructed to “let go of all adverse conditions”.
This is a great directive, and fairly soon, a member asked in a MarcoPolo tribe, “How do I visualize letting go of adverse conditions?” As a staff member and master guide, I can’t really jump right in and say what I do. It is a self-development course, not a “staff-telling-the-member-what-to-do” course.
It didn’t take long for other members to jump and and say how they let go of adverse conditions. I was happy to hear various methods I had not thought of before.
One member commented that he visualized trap or skeet shooting. Being similar sports, both created to practice bird hunting, they both “throw” clay pigeons from a bunker or stand, and the shooter takes aim to try and hit the target. In trap, the pigeon is moving away from the shooter, and in skeet, two pigeons are thrown at a time and cross each other to more closely simulate how a flock of birds actually responds.
Our tribe member mentioned that he envisioned the adverse condition – anger, jealously, hatred, disappointment, etc., being painted on the pigeons, and him being the shooter, blasting them out of the sky. That would certainly destroy the adverse condition!
There was another technique mentioned. The use of skipping stones. Each adverse condition was written on a stone and skipped across the river until it sank. Enjoying stone skipping myself, it is easy for me to visualize worry, sorrow, fear, and envy, sinking to the bottom of the river due to the weight of its own ugliness.
My favorite way of visualizing letting go is by using helium balloons. Each adverse condition I wish to let go of is written on a balloon. Each is released by itself, one at a time, and it floats up and up and up until is out of sight. When I employ this method to let go of doubt, insecurity, hostility, unhappiness, and misery, I feel a lightness come over me as that undesirable ‘thing’ floats away!
What do you need to let go of today?