Since our topic here discusses releasing the binds that strangle our self love, hold down our creative wings and smother our authentic voice, I wanted to call attention to a very important distinction.
Letting go is the ability to freely, with unabashed commitment release an attachment. This attachment may be towards a trinket that holds some sense of longing or false security. This attachment may also be directed to a memory of a heated argument, negligence in an accident or even resentment towards another person. Sometimes this manifests into anger, guilt or even shame. This attachment may even be another person – our children are a perfect example. We care for their skinned knees, listen to the pains of their first love, and help them fill out college applications. Eventually we let them go to make the same mistakes we try so hard to protect them from.
Letting out is completely different. Letting out infers something on the inside is struggling to be unleashed. So what inside us becomes trapped? Our emotions. On the dark side this could mean resentment, jealousy, guilt and anger – think Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars. On the more positive side, this could be exhilaration, joy, passion and love. Both sets of emotions typically set off fire alarms when emotions run hot. When we stifle an emotion or idea from being put out into the world it builds up inside us, fuming, festering until eventually it explodes uncontrollably. Letting out can also mean finding the right podium to speak from and audience to share it with.
Letting go releases. Letting out unleashes.
Letting go extricates. Letting out expresses.
Letting go is expansive. Letting out is often explosive.
Letting go is an untethering. Letting out is unyeilding.