I am letting this word soak into my being. Allow has a slightly different connotation than letting go or surrendering, which both imply that you have to do something or that you are still somehow in control of your process. Even in the act of letting go, you are moving and working toward something. In allowing, you are letting whatever comes up for you move through you in its own time. Allowing completely releases you of all control. You simply stop any movement toward or away from the next obstacle or growth opportunity on your path and stay open to the present moment. In that moment, there really is nothing left to do, only allow.
I allow the words to come. I allow my light to shine. I allow this transition to reach completion. In my allowing, I get out of my own way.
I have been pulling inspiration from this beautiful poem:
By Danna Faulds
There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado.
Dam a stream and it will create a new channel.
Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground.
The only safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak –
fear, fantasies, failures, and success.
When loss rips off the doors of the heart
or sadness veils your vision with despair,
practice becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your known way of being,
the whole world is revealed to your new eyes.