The Transforming Power of Letting Go

Janet Attwood shares how letting go can create transformational change in your life.

Have you ever let go of it all? The most remarkable things can happen when you surrender completely.

Letting go and trusting in the universe is probably the all time greatest challenge anyone can face. Walking in the dark with total blind faith, not knowing where the next safe footing will be, afraid that the unknown will unveil more than we can take.

One of my first experiences of consciously handing it all over to the universe was in 1980. I was in a job recruiting disk drive engineers in Silicon Valley and was failing miserably. Luckily for me, one day after work when I was meditating in the local meditation center, I opened my eyes, and glanced upon a sign on the bulletin board that advertised a success seminar called “Yes To Success” to be held in San Francisco the following weekend. All circuits firing, I knew that somehow the answer to my prayers had everything to do with taking that seminar.

My intuition couldn’t have been more on! Not only did I take the seminar, but I eventually persuaded the seminar leader, a vivacious and passionate woman named Debra Poneman, to hire me. As luck would have it, Debra was going on her U.S. speaking tour at the same time I was to arrive in Los Angeles where her company was located and she needed someone to housesit. She said I could stay in her apartment, study her success tapes while she was gone and when she returned, I could start my illustrious career, uplifting and speaking to hundreds of people all over the world.

I was in seventh heaven!

Two weeks later, after Debra and I finalized our plans, I said goodbye to all of my friends at the recruiting firm, packed my bags, filled my vintage red Toyota up with gas and headed down to Los Angeles, radio blaring, singing at the top of my lungs, ecstatic that I was on my way to start my dream career….Continue reading on

Janet is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passion Test and the creator of the Hidden Riches in Ritual.

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Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

Letting go most certainly opens you up and makes room for the endless possibilities presented each and every day. Try it, you'll see.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

That will be a new experience...
Thank you.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Gail, for Sharing this!

Nils Anders Lunde
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Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy4 years ago

Michael H., very funny..and then again, maybe not..because for many people, life is like climbing cliffs..Yes , when you have responsibilities and people depending on you, life is like cliff climbing and you can not fully let go. There are times when all you can do in trust in God..

Vicki G.
Vicki G4 years ago

Let go and let god! A beautiful thing to do, but can be challenging to practice at times. I am good at it 80 percent of the time, and still striving to be better at it. We are all a beautiful work in progress... :)

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder4 years ago

thank u...

Angelene B.
Angelene B4 years ago

one of the hardest things one person can do :/