Releasing the Giant Within

There is a story from my childhood called Gulliver’s Travels that is about a man who travels to a distant land and finds that he is a giant among the ‘little’ people of this land. The people of this land are so fearful of this giant that they use thousands of tiny ropes to lash him down and control his movements. Eventually he frees himself and is able to show the townspeople that his size was nothing to fear.

Of course the story is more detailed than this but it is possible that there is an energetic message here that we can explore.

Let’s start with the possibility that we are love – that everyone has an essence that is love and that this essence remains forever equal within all. More than this, that this essence (love) is our point of connection to divinity.

If this were the case, then we would each have the ability to either express from this essence or not. We would each have the chance to live from a level of love (divinity) that would tower over any other way of living.

This would mean that inside everyone there is a giant, waiting to be expressed. So we could all well be Gulliver, not in terms of physical stature but in our potential to express that very divine aspect of ourselves.

If you look around the world, it could be suggested that many of us don’t live from this essence. If we ignore the people who go out of their way to harm others, what you see around the streets, shops, workplaces are a sea of people who are kind, diligent, well intentioned for the most part but who also look tired and just trying to get through life. Essentially, you see people who look and feel ‘small’.

So how does someone living small respond to seeing someone in full expression (a giant)?

Some view it as scary, because it is so unfamiliar, some even see it as a threat, possibly because it shows how small our lives have become. So it makes sense, if we feel threatened, to protect ourselves from this giant – to find ways to tie it down and contain its movement.

Certainly history has shown that when people bring great truth to the world, they are often not met with open arms, because often what needs to be said challenges what is currently being lived.

Now this all might make some sense when we talk about people reacting to how other people are, but this is only the first layer…

If we all have an essence that we all live to varying degrees, is it possible that we also become threatened by the giant within because it shows us the ways that we have lived that are small . . . so we reach for ropes to try to tie it down.

We do a deal with the world that we will play ball with certain ideals about how life should be and subscribe to certain beliefs about what is true or not. At no point do we realise that each ideal, each belief, is equivalent to a piece of rope tying us to the ground. Over the years, and some would suggest lifetimes, we end up successfully harnessing the giant within. From time to time we might break a rope but, because there are so many, there is always another to take up the slack.

So how do we release the giant within? It is not a single heave or wave of the magic wand, but rather a dedicated process of lifting off each rope, one at a time.

Eventually you might free an arm but become shocked to find that when you haven’t moved a limb for a long time, those first movements aren’t always pleasurable… so in those first movements we might wonder if there is any real benefit to moving. But if we want to release the giant within we must persist…

Over time, as the one arm becomes free it can help remove other ropes, then others, then others. But this is not a fairy tale; there is no magical resolution once you understand what you have to do. Getting what you have to do and doing it are different. We can get frustrated, tired, bored, feeling like it is a tedious thing to do but, after those reactions, you look down and the ropes are still there.

We all have ropes to deal with. Some people are secured from head to toe, some have a hand free, some people are sitting up, some people are standing… everyone is realising, in their own time, that there is nothing to fear and everything to gain by releasing the giant within.

By Joel Levin

826 thoughts on “Releasing the Giant Within

  1. We really are magnificent and powerful beings, when we don’t play small and hold ourselves back we are supported and held in enormous love.

  2. Its awful to watch (either other people or myself) try to cut a giant down to size, to limit their grandeur through our own lack of self worth and insecurity. Far better to be inspired and awaken the giant within.

  3. A great picture of how we live and what is required to free ourselves to be and express the love we are in the world – a dedication, a persistence, and an understanding that there is work to be done.

  4. Some of the stories we have taken as children’s stories can share insights about our own behaviour. Ideals and beliefs hold us back, they tie us down and yes, it does feel like they restrict the fullness of what we have to bring. Thank you for the great way to remember that we are actually giant in comparison to the thin ropes as well.

  5. It feels important to acknowledge what you have here Joel, that there is no magic wand and you’re all free to be the giant light and love – the disentangling from the what is not, is not a simple nor straight forward path, as what is not is firmly entrenched in our bodies, but to be free will be a wonderful place to be.

  6. One thing that comes to me is how gentle we need to be with ourselves to release the giant within.

    1. A great point Kim, it is so true and there is a beautiful surrender that goes hand in hand with the gentleness that allows us to deeply connect to the power of love that we are within.

  7. Thank you Joel, you have very beautifully expressed here responsibility in the way we ourselves have tied down our soul, the giant of love within we truly are, and how others too can react to the soulful living of another and attempt to suppress the reflection.

  8. Joel your writing and your understanding of life is captivating, we’re all giants disguising ourselves as dwarfs, and it’s a gentle process of renouncing the movements and choices the keep us small and instead beginning to move with the grandness and true stature we were designed to walk with.

    1. How we feel inside is everything. The reason is its the foundation for all that we express and share with the world.. and so such a vital place to bring our attention to.

  9. Very playfully written, making the message that is delivered so easy to grasp. There is nothing to fear when we are making our way back to love, the love that we always were.

  10. Another thing to consider in this great symbolic gesture that Joel has shared here is that it is also Ok to ask someone to hand you a pair of scissors to cut some of the ropes, as we can not completely do it alone, but need the reflection of others who have awoken their inner giant to show us the way.

  11. Yes sometimes it takes a while for us to recognise that we are all those giants within and that there is something greater for us to connect with and let out.

  12. This is such a brilliant way to describe the energetic straitjacket we have masterfully and determinedly tied ourselves into. The beauty lies in the fact that we can free ourselves and no-one else can. Although this may take dedication to do so, every step along the path is bringing more of our true, magnificent selves out.

    1. I find for me the power lies in admitting full responsibility for myself, which then leads to honesty about the grandness underneath. The ropes are essentially a way to obscure my own view of all that I am in a game of playing less.

  13. Regardless of however small we think we are or indulge in believing we are, the grandness of our love within supersedes all and equally represents all that we are. As such our true freedom is known and lived when we express all that we are.

  14. I often feel the restricted movements of a limb that hasn’t been moved for a while after breaking free of more ropes. Sometimes taking a long while for it to feel right again or once again it being tied up for lack of commitment to that new way of being. As you say Joel, there is no magic wand and often the more ropes we break free from the more we see are there to then be dealt with.

    1. It’s a good point you make here kevmchardy. Keeping the ropes off requires ongoing commitment otherwise we can easily find ourselves tying ourselves back up into knots.

  15. Inside us all lives a colossal love that requires our hands to untie the chains we have used to hold back this expression to the world.

  16. I am feeling how much being tied down by our self created ropes and keeping ourselves believing we are small is actually where our discontentment comes from in the first place.

  17. Love this Joel, when we begin to release the gentle loving giant within us, it is interesting to see how that reflection plays out to others. When we release a rope or two, adjusting without it or them, is the equivalent of not drinking coffee or alcohol anymore (as an example). The body adjusts, recovers from the side effects, especially if addicted to the substance and life becomes more clear and then you discover the other subtle ropes. There is ‘everything to gain by releasing the giant within’ & the real you begins to emerge.

  18. I think often we live from such a small part of ourselves, and the more we claim every step and every inch of who we are, the more we become our true size and shape.

  19. ” everyone is realising, in their own time, that there is nothing to fear and everything to gain by releasing the giant within. ” How lovely Joel thank you.

  20. Just the supportive blog I needed to read this morning. I know for me when I’ve felt the giant within the enormity makes me nervous. With such enormity comes great responsibility, it’s now looking at the beauty in such responsibility. It is a true gift to humanity.

  21. “our potential to express that very divine aspect of ourselves.” It is beautiful to understand that our purpose in life on Earth is to release the giant within and express and move with the Divine aspect of ourselves.

  22. I really like how we can understand so much about why we can react quite strongly against others or ourselves when we start to make loving changes to the way we live. The ropes and giant within is a brilliant way to explain it.

  23. There is more to this analogy than meets the eye because not only is it our ideals and beliefs tying us down, it is also our contracts subtle as they are with everyone, that we are to remain tied down to ensure that no one else that is also tied down by their own beliefs and ideals is exposed as such.

  24. Deep down we know there is a giant within each of us. When another brings this out and actually lives this we can find it confronting because it reminds us of the giant within that for whatever reason we feel we cannot live or don’t want to live. Though it is our truth to live the giant within, a fact we ought to never forget no matter how difficult it may seem to live the giant within.

  25. ‘Release the giant within’ be not afraid of your own power it is something to be deeply appreciated. The key is to not worry or be concerned with how others react to your releasing of the power.

  26. ‘if we want to release the giant within we must persist…’ and that’s the beauty of what is shared here, we persist to free up and express who we truly are, rope by rope, and there’s not a magic pill, but a dedication to continue knowing we are a part of a greater whole and that all of us matter; all of us have a part.

    1. Absolutely Monica it is crucial that we persist, I often sway from persisting to giving up ! But when I make those steps to honour myself again it is always worth it, much more than the feelings of giving up which invariably feels awful.

  27. The exposure that it is our ideals and beliefs that keep us from expressing all that we are is salutary and the irony is that it is only ourselves who binds us with them.

  28. A glorious piece of writing revealing simply and clearly the essence of the state of humanity and our own individual part in it. Thank you Joel.

  29. Releasing the giant love within us, our essence, in our daily life and expression is something we can build consistency with, learning everyday from being truly honest about the choices we make so we can evolve from them and grow without judgement.

  30. A great analogy Joel, I can relate to the tying myself down and keeping small… yet, I am releasing those ropes one at a time and oh my, it is well worth it! I can definitely feel the giant inside, but it’s a question of letting it out in full!

  31. I have met people who are physically small but they don’t feel small to me because they are not afraid to release the giant from within. When I see this, I am inspired to do the same.

  32. I like the analogy here – that we are all giants inside. Our responsibility is then to express from our giant and not rope or down. By freeing ourselves we are far less likely to be affected or diminished by those who feel challenged by our magnificence.

  33. I love this blog, every time I read it, I can feel the threads popping away and an expansion in my body. I used to hide and I still do, but those threads are popping and the giant is being to emerge.

  34. After your story Joel I even feel more to bring the Giant out. It is very much on its way. I feel a freedom I never felt before. I always felt this ‘something’ in me what wanted so much to get out. It felt like wanting to burst out but didn’t know the way. After all those years studying with Universal Medicine I was still finding ways to robe myself but now it is over. I take my responsibility to bring the Giant out in the world despite what the world’s reactions will be.

  35. Important for me to remember that it is me who has tied the giant in me down. It has not been someones else’s job.

    1. Indeed Nico it is we ourselves who often tie ourselves up in knots by holding onto our hurts and issues which in turn only serves to hold ourselves back all the more.

      1. Yes, it is the holding back of our power to bring truth wherever we go. We think we have to measure down, that we are too powerful and especially that this power is too ‘dangerous’ to wield.

  36. I love this blog Joel as it reminds us of the grandness we are all truly from and to walk in this truth and power everyday without feeling restricted or held back in anyway.

  37. Accepting our grandness can seem like a challenge. But in essence we are very grand and that is how it is. Denying our grandness leads to a huge amount of tension in the body but one that we have come to live with and that is now our normal. I can’t say I have fully felt where I am from or who I truly am, but I’v had inklings of it and it feels grand beyond imagination.

  38. It is interesting how in both the mythology and in the popular imagination, giants are to be feared. Being a ‘giants’ though, is something that is well beyond physical. And if anything, he/she always reminds us of the countless ropes we are tied with, and let us see the beauty of moving without them. By being who they are in full, giants graciously offer us the space to unleash our own ropes.

  39. Sadly, it is the case that in society today ‘being small’ and ‘fitting in’ is commonly known as being normal, as we focus or lives on our physicality alone and seeking to perfect this. But does this way of being really feel free? Do we feel we know and live who we are? Are we really honest with what we truly feel and do we honor the sense we feel within that there is more to us? There is a far grander and truer version of ourselves to explore and bring to life which innately resides within, seemingly a giant in contrast to how we are generally living today, but in essence this is truly who we are and what we are here to live.

  40. The massive difference between the story and the reality is that in the story it is the villagers who try to bring Gulliver down. In reality whilst others may resist us being our natural bigness it is actually ourselves who tie ourselves down the most with our thoughts, movements, actions and ways of being.

  41. We find comfort in keeping our toes in line with each other while capping our own level of love externalised – which is very uncomfortable as there is unsettlement in our body that there is something, actually so much, that has yet to be let out. Not living our potential is killing us.

  42. We are releasing the gentle Giant within by releasing the ropes of ideals, beliefs sadness and hurts, one by one, painful at times but the rewards of a deepening love for self and others, and a greater awareness of the potential and power within us. Thank you Joel I loved what you have shared.

  43. “Certainly history has shown that when people bring great truth to the world, they are often not met with open arms, because often what needs to be said challenges what is currently being lived.”
    I know that when I first met Serge Benhayon, even though he was the only one that had been able to restore my best friend to a normal capacity, from being in a drug induced psychosis for weeks. Even though my mother had been seeing him and looked the brightest most solid and was missing the constant nervous tension that I was accustom to when interacting with my mother. Even though I had seen and heard nothing but good things, my session was booked in order to expose what I thought was a cult leader, even though only a handful of people attended his workshops and I had nothing to base my attacks on. I still went in, I went in ready to attack, I left realising that I was in the presence of a man that deeply cared for humanity. That was my ropes, that was my fight, that was me attempting to discredit a reflection in order to not face my choices. I was humble enough to realise how wrong I was and embrace the true friendship that was on offer.

  44. Beautiful analogy Joel. In the case of us not living the love we are, no one forced the ropes upon us – it was our own choosing.

  45. It is true that it can be uncomfortable at first, to let go of what we have used to bind us to a certain way of being and as you let go of that to learn who you truly are and how to live that and allow it to be expressed in the world.

  46. Through the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, there are now many, many giants releasing themselves from their ropes, and the scissors with which they are cutting the ties is The Way of The Livingness.

  47. This is a super cool blog to read and just highlights how we make ourselves small and our world small. I did this for a very long time….. But I have been working on feeling safe to express and the more I express the more my world opens up, and the more my life begins to flow.

  48. I am finding that wanting to free the giant, actually having a feeling of ‘yes’ in my body has been what is missing until recently. I am seeing is that we are experts at knowing how to restrain the giant and not giving ourselves permission to let it all out. The little people will always be there, potentially with ropes and pitch forks at the ready. But we cannot wait for them to give us permission to be who we are. That can only come from us.

  49. ‘What you see around the streets, shops, workplaces are a sea of people who are kind, diligent, well intentioned for the most part but who also look tired and just trying to get through life. Essentially, you see people who look and feel ‘small’.

    These words so show the potential for change and the joy and freedom available for everyone when we choose to turn the quality of our lives around by accepting and working on releasing those ‘ropes’ we have previously allowed to hold us back. How awesome to know living life from the ‘giant of Love within’ is waiting to be set free for us all.

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