Letting go isn’t a state of resignation. Language simply cannot convey the force of a singular focus on renunciation. For ages, there have been those who seemed to have have seen incomparable boundlessness because they completely refuted the notion that our persistence with psychophysical embellishment and acquisition can ensure peace. Letting go, absolutely, even of hope, signifies reactionary cessation. An end to any move towards the means to change, augment or even fulfill. Awareness shifts from compulsive modulation to mere observation and bare attention.This does not mean an end to action. Action continues and serves to add momentum to this movement towards bare attention. Attention that stops with object perception and casts its view ceaselessly over the inevitable reactions that occur without the slightest trace of the compulsion to interfere or modify.
Bare attention is action. Effort is applied to end the arising of conceptual constructions that impinge upon stimulus. This energy derives not from negation but from the affirmation that attributes mask actual reality. Any concept is by nature an incorrect representation of what just is. Those who have dedicated themselves to the unmasking of reality which is inevitably clouded by our conceptualizations claim varyingly that it is boundless space, boundless consciousness, emptiness or simply the boundary of perception. The process of such letting go is not an exercise in denial, nihilism or hopelessness but is informed by the aspiration to be free. Free of the fetters and limits of our mechanisms of comprehension, intervention or cognizance. It brings with it the gradual deconstruction of the organization that we are comprised of and limited to and lays bare a richness in being that is indescribable. There is continuous letting in! In more ways that one, things change and yet they don’t!
What changes is the wish to modify which essentially means that there is no seeking to alter anything. Many assume that this means that we give up and resign to whatever fate destines but ignore the fact that this letting go is an immensely energetic, active process that invariably sets in effect our resonance with what is, with actual reality and strangely, the motivations and intentions that inform our attitudes and actions change. Just the barest shift allows the recognition of an alternative mental expanse and a gradually increasing tendency for such an emphasis to be firmly established in our mindstream. This qualitative shift in emphasis lays the ground for the generation of circumstances that let in more of this new expanse. In many ways bare attention is self fulfilling. The need for conceptual or intellectual elaboration which is instrumental in our being trapped in falsity fades. In engaging with bare attention, we let go also of the desire for a destination or even a view of how things are. The arriving is ceaseless and the movement, perhaps erratic at first becomes smoother as we align more and more with a rudimentary need for any particular state of being or experience.
Such a recourse is not necessarily for mystics or ascetics but for anyone who entertains even a trace of the feeling that conditioned phenomena are inherently unsatisfactory. Our every view or construct is fragmented and conditioned and brings with it the superposition of attributes that flavor mere perception. This occurring continuously leads to a worldview that is simply a reflection of the constraints of our makeup. Organizational fallacies in a way keep accumulating until we cease to see and construct and inhabit a world that is uniquely our own. Letting go undermines this accumulation and sets in motion an unfolding that allows the continuous generation of moments of awareness that are conatively unimpeded. How we read this state is also subject to the process of bare attention and thus reality is not clouded over, is nascently experienced and then let go. Therefore the statement that things change and yet they don’t!
Why would all this be important? Simply because there is a slow unfolding of a state of greater freedom. An emptiness that generates moments of complete stillness and of unconditional awareness that is not accessible otherwise. Such a state carries with it the valence of non-doing. It is a state which seeks nothing and yet observes everything. We are free!