Surrender is one of four Healing Prescriptions from the Path of the Sacred Feminine
Have you ever thought that surrendering to Spirit meant resigning in defeat? Surrender somehow meant giving up and throwing out everything you have been doing. Surrender was like waving the white flag and giving yourself over to your enemy to be tortured and executed. It meant walking away from what you held dear to you. Surrender was a difficult endeavor and the last resort.
Surrender in spiritual practice is actually much more inviting than this perception; however, it is no less difficult. It is difficult because ultimately surrender means letting go of everything.
In spiritual surrender we give up our attachment to specific beliefs and desired outcomes; we let go of our preconceived ideas about how things should be and rest in the wisdom of a greater Divine knowledge.
We stop attempting to figure things out for a while and we return to Source, allowing ourselves to be in complete service to the Divine Consciousness.
The challenge is in stopping the machinations of our mind and releasing our emotional attachments by compassionately witnessing our intense thoughts and feelings, so that we can let go into the serenity and peace of not knowing.
It is from the not-knowing—the realm of all possibilities—that we emerge refreshed and renewed with a truer sense of what is next for us.
We might discover that the very same goals we had prior to surrender are still appropriate, and now we are able to approach those goals with a clearer sense of purpose and trust. Or we might find that the goals and desires we have been clinging to are now out-dated, so to speak, needing to be replaced with more relevant considerations.
Surrender means letting go of what, how, when and who
In surrender, we let go of how we think things have to be and allow the Divine to be in charge of our lives.
The Divine is in charge anyway, so when we surrender, we give up the obstacles we are in putting in the way by trying to take the control out of Divine hands and into our own.
We let go of it all—what we perceive to be good, bad, right, wrong, helpful or limiting. We let go of the concept of failure and disengage from struggle. The Divine sees a much bigger picture. We stop beating ourselves up for what we didn’t do or accomplish, and instead allow Divine love to have its way with us, manifesting through each of us in its own perfection.
In doing so, we are free to receive new input that may demonstrate to us better and more effective goals or means of achieving our greatest desired outcomes. We may learn that there are other approaches or other people more in alignment with our own awakening.
Ziva Meditation describes surrender as opening to the will of nature or collective consciousness. You might appreciate this beautiful explanation of meditative surrender in this video: http://www.meditateforlife.com/topic-surrender.html
Surrender requires much effort, but it does not have to be a struggle. This is a surrender to a quiet mind and still emotions so that you can know what is beyond the struggle.
You might find it helpful to think of the effort as what is needed to fully surrender to love. This is not a surrender to romantic, sexual, friendly, parental or conditional love, but it is a surrender to agape—the highest form of universal, unconditional love.
As part of the Path of the Sacred Feminine, we sometimes Hold and meditate with one of the Four Prescriptions when we are feeling particularly stuck. When we are attached to control, Holding in relationship to surrender can provide us with the release we know we need. If you don’t have a recording of the Holding guided meditation yet, you can receive it for free at this website.
In surrender, we allow ourselves to trust in the Divine without worrying about how we think things should be. It is a choice to rest in the Divine and to allow ourselves to be guided, nourished, and fulfilled beyond our imagining.
Bonnie, surrender certainly comes in may forms. It sounds to me like there may have been some surrender to what she did not know, but was willing to discover through her dedication and commitment. What she did not know was whether she could become well. By giving herself a deadline, she also gave herself a reason to do and be everything she could imagine to give herself a life she considered worth living. This is a powerful story about surrender. It sounds to me like she surrendered and dove into life.
I am fortunate to have a friend who surrendered in her own way. She is not one to give up–and she says she loves control. However, when she had a stroke and was in excruciating pain and it didn’t seem to be changing, she decided that she would do some intense care for three months. If she wasn’t better, she would take her own life (and she had means). She meant it. While friends sorrowed for her, we also knew that the way she was living was no life so we worked with her to get better. I swear that woman started healing before our eyes the next day. It was amazing to see and I have always said that that was her moment of surrender–and reassure her there was no giving up about it–she didn’t feel she gave up. She just felt that I can do this for this long and then enough is enough and I don’t care how it ends, it just ends.