The Parable of Letting Go, by Richard Bach

June 16, 2011

This parable is from the book Illusions, by Richard Bach. In the interest if minimizing I’m letting go of my copy of the book, so the first person to comment below gets it!

Here’s to daring to let go!

“Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich an poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.

The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, ‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!

And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.”

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6 Responses to “The Parable of Letting Go, by Richard Bach”

  1. tarah said

    Did i win the book??? Id like to read it anyhow… 😉 hope all is well michelle… letting go is this funny ongoing process, and always eventually FEELS SO GOOD!!

    • lunasealife said

      Congratulations, you win!!! : D

      Text me your address, I’ll just ship it to you instead of dragging it around with me for who knows how long.

      I’m trying to keep the fact that it will eventually feel good in mind – I’ve never done a life experiment/major change that I didn’t end up preferring!!

  2. Love this. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for a lovely story.. had read some Bach before but not come across this one. So much of it is just about trusting yourself, isn’t it? 🙂

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