- Jon Ellis
EXCESSIVENESS - The Art Of Letting Go
Updated: Oct 16, 2020
While enjoying the diverse and bountiful pleasures that this world has to offer, it is important to maintain a healthy balance and perspective in all things. It is not a judgment to say that, if we drink excessively each night sucking down bottles of whiskey until we pass out, binge-watch television uncontrollably, or gorge daily at the all-you-can-eat buffet, we have most likely crossed over into a state of excessiveness. When taken to the extreme, even positive activities like work, reading, exercise, meditation, sex, and pursuing our passions can become destructive, adversely effecting our relationships, health, and our happiness. Just because we love cats, does not mean that we will be happier if we invite 40 of them to live our home.
It is one thing to choose to partake and enjoy something, it is quite another to be compelled by it. How we choose to live and spend our time may be our business and one which we have every right to do, but when an activity has become detrimental to our physical and mental well-being, we should also take into consideration that our loved ones, those closest to us, will also be dragged along to suffer the consequences of our poor choices. If we have allowed excessiveness to carry us to a place of self-loathing, a place where we feel trapped and no longer choose to be, we owe it to ourselves to either find a way to let it go, or if that is not possible, to seek help from professional therapists trained in overcoming addiction. When we no longer find satisfaction, or take enjoyment in a particular activity as we once did, it is only a clear indication that it no longer serves our higher purpose.
If we ask with sincerity, the Creative Current will instruct each of us how to joyously walk the middle path of moderation. By closely observing our thoughts and actions and the rhythmic cycles of cause and effect in our lives, we will become masterful in making wise choices, those which manifest only balance, light, and order. Once we are finally free, untangled from lifetimes of negative inertia and the downward pull of past karma, without the need to repress and deny, we will embrace a whole new way of being, one beyond fear, guilt, worry, care, and the false pretext of sin. If it still brings us happiness and pleasure to savor a fine scotch after dinner or indulge in a primo cigar or a banana split with extra whipped cream, be grateful, for we need no one’s permission or blessing to do so. When our expanding state of consciousness outgrows any limiting activity or indulgence, not only will we lose interest, but with little fanfare, thought, effort, or notice, like water poured over sand, it will slip away!