Chapters in the Story of Consciousness – Lecture Series, Vol 25 . read
Surrender is our true self being in harmony with a living active universe of Existence Consciousness that whether we are aware of it or not is constantly providing information, guidance and much more to us. This is the reality we want to be able to access to have a method for avoiding pain, suffering, anxiety, and stress.
Spiritual Surrender is about offering up the small self or personal identity to that of the absolute. When you surrender spiritually, you stop forcing solutions on situations you can’t control and instead trust and have faith that there is a Divine force taking care of everything in a perfectly orchestrated manner. When used in a spiritual context, surrender also means to give up but here it’s to give up everything that no longer serves you.
“Accept life on life’s terms” is a phrase often associated with the concept of surrender as well as” Let go and let God” in the tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, who I think, have used surrender very effectively in their 12-step plan. Another cornerstone of the AA surrender teachings is the “Serenity Prayer” God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
In the Vedic texts, spiritual surrender is referred to as the “joy of surrender.” When you surrender spiritually, you stop forcing solutions on situations you can’t control and instead trust and have faith that there is a Divine force taking care of everything in a perfectly orchestrated manner.
With surrender, you can connect fully with your source where the whole universe conspires to support you. You can become timeless, eternal, infinite, joy-filled, and fearless. Individual aspirations and desires are surrendered to a higher power. Your individual desires dissolve into “Thy will be done.” Spiritual surrender is one of expansion. The more you surrender, the more your awareness expands, and this can only come when you live with an alertness that stems from love. You are effectively removing the boundaries you have been limited by which have restrained your spiritual growth.
Meditation is an act of surrender and the single most powerful tool you have on your spiritual journey. Whatever you need on your spiritual journey isn’t given, it’s received. It’s received by your ability to attune with your own higher Self and this ability develops with surrender. Automatically we are elevated to your highest level now able to access the universe within ourselves and outside ourselves connecting the intellect with our higher-self bypassing the ego, its fears, and emotions.
When we fixate too much on achieving our goals and sticking to our plans, we get in our own way. We think that we know what’s best. We relentlessly pursue the path of our ego. And we do it at the expense of our connection with the Universe.
Always trust the direction of the Universe and know you’re being guided. Open your mediation every day with a proclamation that “thy will be done” ask where you would have me go today, what would you have me do, what would you have me say, and to whom, I await your direction and will be attentive to any signs you give me. I will relax into the presence of your being that is with me now and know I am protected through your grace.
I believe Laura M. Brotherson has captured the concept of surrender in the following and I bring it to your attention as I feel this is a very practical approach and succinct way to think about this path as a new reality. I have made some small changes for clarity and added additional concepts where I think it would be helpful.
1. CONTROL AND POWERLESSNESS — Identify where you have power and where you don’t. Practice the “Serenity Prayer” — God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
2. WORST CASE SCENARIO: Make friends with your worst fear and you’re your worst-case scenario. Figure out your greatest fear or worst-case scenario of the situation and mentally figure out how to be okay with that possibility and make friends with it–no matter how terrible or wrong it may seem.
3. LET GO: Let go of emotional attachment to a specific outcome. Letting go of emotional attachment is letting go of unhealthy control. When you are emotionally attached to an outcome or need a certain outcome, you actually contribute to keeping it from showing up.
4. GRIEVE: You may need to grieve the loss of it, in order to let go of needing a certain outcome. Sometimes before you can fully let go of something and turn it over to God, you have to give yourself permission to feel and grieve the loss. The five basic stages of grief include: 1. Denial/Shock, 2. Anger, 3. Bargaining, 4. Depression and Withdrawal, and 5. Acceptance/Reorganization.
5. ACCEPT & TRUST: Accept what is and trust God’s or Existence Consciousness, or your higher power and timing in all things. When you truly let go and trust, you stop fighting and begin to relax into a state of peace and acceptance of what is. Surrender is being okay with “what is.”
6. BELIEVE: Continue to absolutely believe in your desired outcome–just let go of attachment to it. We approached this idea in the blog The Law of Attraction you may want to revisit that for more context.
7. SURRENDER: Surrender the situation to God or any higher power. I have attended hundreds of AA meetings and people would surrender to angels, guides or even a tree in the forest with the same persuasive results. let God (or the alternative) do it’s divine work with you! Using the simple Surrender Prayer go through each item or issue you want to let go of and verbally turn it over to your higher power to take care of it from here.
This is another surrender prayer you might consider or alternate with the earlier “thy will be done” prayer.
Dear God or your higher power
I humbly acknowledge my utter powerlessness over (state here the specific thing/s you want to relinquish). I surrender this to Thee and let it go. I am choosing to forgive myself because I know I’m doing the best I can, given my human weakness and imperfection. Please do for me what I do not have the power to do for myself according to Thy will and timing.
Sometimes the challenges you are facing are actually a “rock bottom” or a “gift of crisis” for you to finally have the will, desire, or motivation to learn important lessons, develop new skills, or make important changes in your life that you may not have been willing to do without this crisis. Accept and embrace this gift from on high as a new beginning or a welcomed lesson.
I will end with these two Quotes to Ponder:
“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We are still trying to give orders and interfering with God’s work within us.” A. W. Toze
“We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.” Eric Micha’el Leventhal