During those times of deep and powerful inner change, it can be hard to want to stay in that intensity. The ego self will want to fix it, change it, and generally avoid it. To all of that, I can only say, “Surrender.”
And surrender some more.
And keep surrendering.
It is through surrendering to inner transformation that the transformation can unfold. When we are busy trying to change things, we are usually depleting our energy. For those of you who already have some level of chronic fatigue, that additional action will simply debilitate you. And so you may find yourself surrendering by virtue of having no energy left at all. Sometimes, I think that kind of fatigue is the wisdom of the divine at work. God knows that sometimes the only way to get a person to surrender is to knock ’em out.
To be clear, surrender isn’t about an inability to take action. It’s the understanding that some actions are already being taken, and most of what we might do would be counter-productive or a duplication of the intelligence that’s already hard at work. In essence, surrender is the smartest non-action we can take. 🙂
So let me offer a few brief thoughts on surrender, especially for those of you going through big spiritual shifts.
Surrender Is Not Laziness
I want to clear up any confusion that surrender is laziness. I also want to clear up any notions that surrender means everything in life will just be given to you.
For the first point, surrender is like ceasing to paddle your boat in the river to start to pay attention to how the river is actually flowing. Once you know how it is flowing, then you can paddle wisely. Until we do that, many human beings are paddling blindly onto rocks, upstream, in circles, and onto the shore. In this way, we see that surrender brings clarity, and from that clarity, we can take responsible action as and when it is necessary.
That second part is key because life requires us to take action. That’s part of living. We take action to get food, find shelter, take care of our children, and so forth. Amidst awakening, surrender may also help you to realize when you need more energetic support in your transformation, a different or more regular spiritual practice, and other things. Surrender really is a powerful ally in decision-making and being consciously engaged with your life.
However, what you don’t do is think that surrender will just shower you with money and everything you would ever want because you’re going to “attract” it or something. This kind of thinking gets people into all kinds of unnecessary trouble, and there are already enough inner troubles to be healed without making additional stress on yourself through laziness and false beliefs.
Keep Surrendering to Your Spiritual Transformation
At each big shift in your life, surrender can help you to consciously engage with whatever new experience has arisen much the same way it helps in your transformation. Sometimes, it will be helping you do both.
In this way, surrender becomes not just a tool during a specific time of your life but a tool that allows you to engage with any life change. Surrender is simply a way to stop and pay attention. It’s a way to evaluate how the river is flowing and consider which way makes the most sense to paddle. It truly is one of the wisest spiritual practices we can maintain.
And there’s not much to surrendering either. It goes like this:
Stop doing things.
Pay attention to what you are feeling.
Pay attention to how life is moving within you and around you.
Breathe, and breathe some more to relax into the present moment.
Go from there.