Written Interview on the topic ‘Surrender’
Joel, founder of Full Dawn Circle
Spiritual Mentor & Guide
What is Surrender?
In its deepest sense, surrender is the natural flow of life in alignment with the Divine. For when we align ourselves with the Divine, we circumvent our ego-driven tendency to manipulate or control the outcomes of our life experience to serve a personal agenda, and move towards a natural flow in accordance with the evolutionary unfoldment of our life’s purpose.
Natural surrender is produced in this alignment. Natural surrender spontaneously releases contractions and resistances that condition not only our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, and the flow and trajectory of our lives, but also our state of being, receptivity to Divine Presence, and preparation for Divine Grace.
We often think of surrender as a conscious “letting go” of something through personal will. We have something we want to let go of because we experience it as a hindrance to our personal goals, a personal flaw or weakness, a point of suffering or pain, etc..
This attempt at surrender is an agenda-driven approach to serve our ego-needs, not necessarily our life’s purpose. And it carries our expectation that our personal will is sufficient to overcome contractions and resistance we experience in life to meet our personal goals. Have we not all encountered those situations where our personal will was not sufficient? Personal will cannot overcome the force of the Divine and our life’s purpose.
When we approach surrender in this way, what we often end up doing is manipulating or controlling our thoughts, feelings, or behavior by an act of will to avoid or deny our fear, anger, pain or suffering. Approaching surrender in this way becomes more an act of negation of what we want to let go of. Sometimes it works. Often it doesn’t. What we thought we let go of comes back. It’s a boomerang effect.
And we keep throwing the boomerang. It keeps coming back. Maybe it takes longer to come back next time. Or maybe, if we throw it enough times it won’t come back at all. Sometimes repetition works. But this type of repetition is not efficient because each time we throw the boomerang, we do it from an intention which is based on manipulation and control. Neither manipulation nor control support natural surrender.
This approach to surrender is an ego-based choice. We pick and choose that which we surrender. Sure, you might surrender fear or anger. But would you surrender something that brings you joy and well being? Not likely, unless you believe in the virtues of self-sacrifice. Surrender must engage a willingness to sacrifice or adopt whatever is needed for our spiritual unfoldment.
If there is surrender in “letting go,” it is the letting go of vigilance, manipulation and control. Natural surrender is entering the natural flow of our unfoldment. It involves acceptance, vulnerability, trust, faith, and patience.
Natural surrender is aligning ourselves with the our Divine nature, while letting go is an action of will by choice. Natural surrender is not an action. It is a non-action. It is an effortless, spontaneous occurrence. There is not something we do other than set up the right conditions for natural surrender to occur. And once we’ve done that, we step into the flow of surrender. It does not involve manipulation and control.
What gets in the way of surrender?
Through this conditioning we come to believe we should be able to mold ourselves to become more accepted or more successful. This leads us to self-manipulation and self-control, sometimes in rather unhealthy ways. And this leads us to the boomerang effect.
What gets in the way of surrender is our chronic effort to manipulate and control that which we want to avoid or deny, or that which we want to become. If we could at least turn the process towards reinforcing the development of our true nature, we could put manipulation and control to good use as a form of devotional discipline or commitment to our spiritual unfoldment.
What is it that surrenders?
How do we surrender?
Why is it important for us to surrender on the spiritual path?
Is surrender our natural state?
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