How I Learned To Stop Struggling And Let Go Of Past Fear & Pain

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How I Learned To Stop Struggling And Let Go Of Past Fear & Pain

Learning how to let go of the past releases you from pain and struggle.

There is a beauty to be found in the process of letting go of the past and releasing your fears and hurts. This is what awakening is simply forgetting what doesn’t truly live inside you.

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Finding sacred moments.

Several times, when hiking very early, I've heard drumming at sunrise. The powerful sounds shifted over the desert floor in a beautiful and mystical way. The rhythm always found my heart.

I could feel traditions and rituals that respect the Earth and all that is. These moments became sacred to me. I would pause my stride to honor the energy that was being shared.

Over the next couple of months, I attempted to find out where the sounds of the drum were originating from. I also wanted to know who was gifting us such an amazing start to the day.

Then, I asked the right person who suggested I climb Piestewa Peak. There was still a mystery as to who did the drumming. The opportunity of seeing the ceremony stayed in my thoughts.

Seeking signs in my journey.

While making my plans, I learned a comet might be visible about an hour before sunrise.

So my goals included hiking the peak, seeing the comet, experiencing the drum ceremony, and seeing the sunrise. I hadn’t felt this excited and uplifted about an adventure for a while.

Truthfully, I was struggling with a decision that needed to be made.

I had tickets for a flight to Alaska for my son and myself to spend a week with my husband and one of our daughters. Our plans included hiking and hunkering down in our Alaska home.

But, with COVID-19 cases rising in Arizona, I felt nervous about traveling. Even if we wear masks and wash our hands, there is no way of fully controlling our environment.

Sharing my concerns with friends and family didn’t provide a clear plan.

Ultimately, I needed to let go of the internal struggle.

The morning hiking adventure was exactly what I needed to clear my head and woke up at 3am.

I had hiked this peak once with my husband at sunset and remembered it to be a rocky, winding, and steep climb with a couple of sheer drop-offs. The top of it is mostly craggy rock and cliff.

I was starting about 70 minutes before sunrise without a headlamp. It was already over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I had a frozen bottle of water and some chilled water. I followed a couple of other cars into the large parking lot.

Immediately, I felt a sense of community and adventure. It reminded me of the morning marathon starts.

Something special was going to happen to each person who said "yes" to the call of the dark trail.

I happened to park next to the man who does the drumming. I’m sure this was no coincidence (thank you, Universe!).

I introduced myself and shared that he was a big part of why I was awake before the sunrise. To be honest, I was a little starstruck.

We both started climbing up the unlit trail. With a very large drum on his back, he moved much quicker than me. Soon, I was by myself in the dark.

This moment of slowing down, experiencing the darkness, was exactly what I needed.

There was nothing to control.

I was forced to focus on the experience at hand, not worrying about the future. My eyes were able to see the trail just in front of my feet.

As I slowly climbed in the heat at my own pace, the darkness began to soften. I could hear my heart beating, and I could feel the Earth. I was in a place beyond sight.

In the bottom quarter of the trail, I heard an owl calling, and was reminded of the creatures that thrive in the darker hours.

They do not fear the unknown.

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Seeing in the dark with all my senses.

Once in a while, someone with a headlamp would pass by me. I noticed that the artificial light changed the shapes on the rocky trail; the depth between the steps was altered.

I could look up and see bats, a sliver of the moon, possibly Venus, but no comet. As the trail gained more natural light, I noticed an occasional lizard and shrew.

I remembered the feeling of traveling using senses other than eyesight. I trusted my feet. I trusted my body. I trusted that the sun would always rise.

I remembered what it felt like to be alive without fear of what may come.

Near the top, it was very easy to see the surrounding desert floor, cliff face, and trail. The last pitch held steep steps. At the crest, I used my hands to pull myself into an opening in the rock.

I slipped into a large crack and on the other side, I was rewarded with an amazing view of my favorite preserve.

I could see the trails far below with a completely different perspective. It made me wonder if people ever viewed the currents and patterns of oceans with familiar knowledge.

I found a place to sit that would offer me a view of the sunrise. I could also see Ken Kushiro, the drummer, who was on a separate section of the cliff, about 20 feet away.

There were maybe 15 other people who had made the climb for sunrise. I watched Ken do some yoga while awaiting the perfect moment to welcome the day.

I felt such deep reverence for nature and the Earth. These feelings were amplified as the sun began to rise from behind the dark mountain range. A feeling of renewal and peaceful strength rose with the sun.

When pink, gold, and purple joined the orange, the drumming began. I could feel the energy of the sun, earth, and air moving through me. Ken’s voice shared the wisdom and strength of the Universe.

A sacred voice from within connected me to a higher realm.

I hiked to the top three mornings before I fully found my answer to my early question.

We would go to Alaska, hike, and possibly watch the sunrise. Everything is exactly as it should be. Do not fear. A higher realm is guiding.

So, the lesson of the story?

Trust that you have the power to make wise and loving choices.

You have the senses needed to hear the call of your highest self.

Place your awareness on the most beautiful potential of your heart, soul-merging, and experiencing each moment as one.

Together, we share this brilliant moment of awakening.

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Polly Wirum is an intuitive, life coach, and writer. She helps people connect to the energy of peace via an intuitive reading, life coaching, or live channeling sessions. For more information, visit her website.

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