Letting Go


Oh what we could be if we stopped carrying the remains of who we were.

Tyler Knott Gregson

To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.


It’s not “running away”; it’s moving on.

It’s not “running away”; it’s moving on.

Annie Zalezsak, June 5, 2016

Owning less is far more beneficial than organizing more.

Joshua Becker

The things we redundantly hoard can make a world of difference to somebody else.

Annie Zalezsak, May 11, 2016

Presents are not 'things' but a means for conveying someone's feelings. When viewed from this perspective, you don't need to feel guilty for parting with a gift. Just thank it for the joy it gave you when you first received it. Of course, it would be ideal if you could use it with joy. But surely the person who gave it to you doesn't want you to use it out of a sense of obligation, or to put it away without using it, only to feel guilty every time you see it. When you discard or donate it, you do so for the sake of the giver, too.

Marie Kondo, from the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, p108

I now release and am released from everything and everybody that is no longer a part of the divine plan of my life. Everything and everybody that is no longer a part of the divine plan of my life now releases me, and finds their good elsewhere. I now expand quickly into the divine plan of my life where all conditions are permanently perfect.

Catherine Ponder

Stop wasting valuable energy on things that don’t matter. Get over anything that is holding you back and move forward in victory.

Joel Osteen

The river delights to lift us free... if only we dare let go.

Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.

Leo Babauta

You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.

Louise Smith

You don’t have to take the bad with the good. Why include the bad in the vibration? Only include the good in the vibration, and then only the good can come to you.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Napa, CA on February 27, 1997

A feeling of being overwhelmed is your indicator that you are denying yourself access to all manner of cooperation that could assist you if you were not disallowing them.

As you begin to feel freer regarding the expenditure of time and money, doors will open, people will come to assist you, refreshing and productive ideas will occur to you, and circumstances and events will unfold. As you change the way you feel, you access the Energy that creates worlds. It is there for your ready access at all times.

Abraham-Hicks, from the book, Money and the Law of Attraction

Death is an inevitable cycle. But sickness before death is a symptom of resistance. Most people think they've got to get sick to die. But, you could be like the cat who chooses to get run over. Or you could just lie down in your bed happily one night, so content and thoughtless, wanting nothing in this physical world; and just reemerge into Pure Positive Energy... You can play it out any way you choose.

Abraham-Hicks, from a workshop in Sedona, AZ on August 27, 2005

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

Tom Stoppard

If one door opens when another closes, does it matter who shut the door?

Annie Zalezsak, September 5, 2013

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

Sonia Ricotti

Keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Dinah McCraik

It's not a choice between crossing bridges or burning them. We're all connected. Let's make peace with all bridges.

Annie Zalezsak, August 6, 2013

Knowing when to walk away, is wisdom. Being able to, is courage. Walking away with your head held high, is dignity.


Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.

Eckhart Tolle

Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

Paulo Coelho

In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.

Mitch Albom in Five People You Meet in Heaven

Let the waves of the universe rise and fall as they will. You have nothing to gain or lose. You are the ocean.

Ashtavakra Gita

We’re not wanting to be insensitive to what so many of you are feeling, but we are very much wanting you to put this death thing in the proper perspective: You are all going to die! Except there is no death. You’re all going to make your transition into Non-Physical. It is time to stop making your transition into Non-Physical sound like a subject that is uncomfortable and begin acknowledging that it is something that happens to everyone. This death thing is so misunderstood that you use it to torture yourself never-endingly and just absolutely unnecessarily. There are those who feel such fulfillment of life and such Connection to Source Energy, who understand that there is no separation between what is physical and Non-Physical; who understand that there is not even a lapse in consciousness, that “death” is a matter of closing one’s eyes in this dimension and literally opening one's eyes in the other dimension. And that, truly, is how all death is, no matter how it looks, up to that point. The re-emergence into Source Energy is always a delightful thing.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Delegate it to the manager. You have this really good staff that will take care of everything for you. You just have to delegate it – and trust it.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, July 18, 2000

The way is light and fluid for the man with no preferences.


You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey… Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward Trueness at last.

Vernon Howard

So the big question is, “Well, do I just dump all those unwanted things and try to start fresh?” And we say, no. You just set the Tone, where you are, by looking for things to appreciate. And by setting your Tone in a very clear deliberate way, anything that doesn’t match it gravitates out of your experience, and anything that does match it gravitates into your experience. It is so much simpler than most of you are allowing yourself to believe.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Boston, MA on Saturday, October 4, 1997

When we finally give up the struggle to find fulfillment “out there,” we have nowhere to go but within. It is at this moment of total surrender that a new light begins to dawn.

Shakti Gawain

Doing as others told me, I was blind. Coming when others called me, I was lost. Then I left everyone, including myself. Then I found everyone, including myself.


Practice experiencing your feelings directly and completely by observing them as they move through your mind and body – and then letting them go.

Marci Shimoff

When you let go of trying to get more of what you don’t really need, it frees up oceans of energy to make a difference with what you have.

Lynne Twist

My friend and coach reminded me this week that there is a moment when the acrobat lets go of one trapeze and is completely suspended in mid-air before she catches the incoming rung. You have to let go to get there.

Danielle Laporte

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Henry Ellis

You’re so good at helping everybody else, I think you’re in danger of leaving yourself out of your own life.

Robert Holden (see works by Robert Holden)

Delegate it to the manager. You have this really good staff that will take care of everything for you. You just have to delegate it – and trust it.

Abraham-Hicks, from a workshop in St Louis, MO, USA on July 18, 2000

Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.

Ashleigh Brilliant

We would like you to reach the place where you’re not willing to listen to people criticize one another… where you take no satisfaction from somebody being wrong… where it matters to you so much that you feel good, that you are only willing to think positive things about people… you are only willing to look for positive aspects; you are only willing to look for solutions, and you are not willing to beat the drum of all of the problems of the world.

Abraham-Hicks, from a workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA September 22, 2004

Don't let go too soon and don't hang on too long.

Morrie Schwartz, as quoted by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie

He may only get to keep that which he is willing to let go of.

from If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!, by Sheldon B Kopp

Think about where you're going and never mind where you’ve been. Don’t spend any more time justifying any of that stuff.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, April 21, 2001

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.

Robert Frost

The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering.

Lao Tzu

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?

from Loving Each Other, by Leo Buscaglia (see works by Leo Buscaglia)

You cannot leave something until you love it. You are tied to things you don’t like. If you hate something, you will be drawn to it again and again (even though the person or form may change) until you love it. Once you love it, you are free from it.

from Creating Money, by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

She looked around her. People were walking along, heads down, hurrying off to work, to school, to the employment agency, to Rue de Berne, telling themselves: ‘I can wait a little longer. I have a dream, but there’s no need to realise it today, besides, I need to earn some money.’ Of course, everyone spoke ill of her profession, but basically, it was all a question of selling her time, like everyone else. Doing things she didn’t want to do, like everyone else. Putting up with horrible people, like everyone else. Handing over her precious body and her precious soul in the name of a future that never arrived, like everyone else. Saying that she still didn’t have enough, like everyone else. Waiting just a little bit longer, like everyone else. Waiting so that she could earn just a little bit more, postponing the realisation of her dreams; she was too busy right now, she had a great opportunity ahead of her, loyal clients who were waiting for her, who could pay between three hundred and fifty and one thousand francs a session.

And for the first time in her life, despite all the good things she could buy with the money she might earn – who knows, she might only have to work another year – she decided consciously, lucidly and deliberately to let an opportunity pass her by.

from Eleven Minutes, by Paulo Coelho

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Charles Du Bos

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ullman

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Alan Cohen

Anything that you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions. We are not free.

Peace Pilgrim

A person with an address has abandoned the rest of the world for that one address.


When I talk about forgiveness, I mean letting go, not excusing the other person or reconciling with them or condoning the behavior. Just letting go of your own suffering.

Dr Dean Ornish, American lifestyle guru

Just as the bird has to find the courage to let go of the branch in order to fly, so we also must let go of our branches if we are to know the exhilaration of soaring to the highest potential of our life. The branches we hold to are our inner attachments – our beliefs, ideas and memories. And then there are the outer attachments – people, possessions, positions and privileges are a few. But as long as we hold on to them we will live in fear (of letting go and loss) and we will never be free. And just watch those birds, by letting go of one branch they are able to spend the rest of their life alighting on a million other branches, and they enjoy the view from each. Are you flying and soaring in your life, or are you stuck on one branch, cursing others as they fly past? Go on, try it… let go!


A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; he must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, he must be able to simplify his duties, his business and his life.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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Short Quotes

Let go or be dragged.

Zen proverb

Start leaving what you want to leave. Your future is waiting.

Danielle LaPorte

The river delights to lift us free… if only we dare let go.

Richard Bach

Why are you trying to accommodate something you don't believe?

Renee Kizer

Our lives are frittered away by detail; simplify, simplify.

Henry David Thoreau

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

Lin Yutang

Stand up and walk out of your history.

Phil McGraw (Dr Phil)

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu