Self Mastery… Day Fifteen – Surrender

24 January, 2011

This is my 28 day Mastery of Self diary. It contains thoughts and lessons from the initial course I took in June 2010 and the re-cap in January 2011. I will start each daily post with some quotes pertinent to the daily topic, then the lesson quotes that stood out for me at each itteration of the course plus some other observations that may be of interest/help. You’ll find my overview of the whole course here and Libby’s site for extra info and sign up here.

“Surrender can be likened to making the leap and just letting go with a sense of calm resolve that you will safely land as intended.” – Libby Adams

“When we know love matters more than anything, and we know that nothing else REALLY matters, we move into the state of surrender. Surrender does not diminish our power, it enhances it.” – Sara Paddison

“Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish anything even when you cannot forsee the outcome.” – Deepak Chopra

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” – Julia Cameron

“Once we surrender our mind to GOD completely, HE will take care of us in every way.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.” – Maya Angelou

“We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can / namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.” – St. Teresa of Avila

The greatness of a mans power is the measure of his surrender – William Booth

The word “surrender” is often interpreted as giving up, as weakness, as admitting defeat. Although this is one way to use the word, we will use it in a different way. Surrendering means letting go of your resistance to the total openness of who you are. It means giving up the tension of the little vortex you believe yourself to be and realizing the deep power of the ocean you truly are. It means to open with no boundaries, emotional or physical, so you ease wide beyond any limiting sense of self you might have. – David Deida

“Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

2010 course – True surrender is always followed by action with Divine Will

2011 recap – Surrender is an ongoing process that reoccurs with every event in life as the ‘separated self’ continually surrenders to and aligns with Higher Will or is released.

Malcolm and I had a long discussion regarding todays topic. We focused on how we could move from the skill level of ‘little i’ Surrender to skill level of Concious Mind Surrender. While we are very skilled at letting go of limiting beliefs (little i’s) as they come up we both resist letting go of material gain (trading profits) and status (I’m a trader, a father, a husband, a sharer of love…). Our Conscious Mind wants to be involved. Wants to plan and take credit for our achievements. Look for Mr P’s comment below as I’m sure it will be profound…

This is my goal for 2011:

The ultimate Surrender is my Free Will to a Higher Will

Strategies for achieving this:

  1. Awareness – of my mind trying to control things
  2. Practice – allowing the space for Higher Will to guide me
  3. Quieten the mind – meditation, enquiry and body sensing


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Malcolm January 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Libby describes two types of surrender: Type A, The “captain” (of one’s life) choosing to surrender to a Greater Power; and Type B, “little i’s” surrendering. Type B is easy to agree with. Type A is easy to agree with as a route to tapping in to powerful resources, and increasing manifestation skills.

I have read Part One of the Course in Miracles quite a few times, and every time I (my ego I guess) get stuck on Lesson 128 and Lesson 130, which neatly sandwich Lesson (129).

I am fine with “Beyond this world there is a world I want” (129). But I struggle with “The world I see holds nothing that I want” (128) and “It is impossible to see two worlds” (130).

Libby’s description of surrender seems to offer the best of “both” worlds, tapping in to the Power to manifest what we desire in the physical world, but with a deep understanding of the spiritual world. The stark “either or” approach of the Course of Miracles is somehow less appealing.

Perhaps someone will be able to tell me that I have misunderstood ACIM?

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Lisa Howard January 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I am currently reading a book by The Dalai Lama entitled The Way to Freedom. I find his outlook on life rather depressing, but it may assist you Malcolm with Lesson 128 in ACIM. He says all this world has to offer is tainted (my paraphrasing). For example, to be born means one must die, to be young and vibrant means one must age and deteriorate, for there to be riches there is poverty, etc. It is a package deal in this world of opposites. Maybe Lesson 129 is about imagining a world with just the good stuff. Now that is something I can go for!

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Libby January 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

Well, Malcolm, I am going to agree with myself, ha ha. I live by the phrase “be in the world, but not of the world.”
So I realize I am the CAUSE of what I’m creating in my world. As such, I am set apart from the creations. I do love the beauty we can create in the physical realm. What’s the point of coming to this world if we aren’t here to enjoy it, our wondeful creations and all of the delights of the physical senses? We could have just stayed where we were, wherever that was. I am a fan of “both…and” as a model. Someone else will have to explain those ACIM passages.

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Dr. Clue February 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

I can’t explain those ACIM passages either. Reading them just makes me think of Principal Rooney trying to sabotage Ferris Bueller’s day off.

I can, however, humbly offer one lesson about the power of surrender. I’ve gradually discovered it thanks to my various spiritual guides along with my own sweaty spiritual effort.

Here is an experience I typically have. It’s a beautiful, sunny day and I’m driving in my car. I start feeling bad about something: “I forgot to call my aunt for her birthday. I’m the smallest, most selfish and inconsiderate nephew on earth.”

Then, another “self” comes out and starts to resist this feeling of guilt: “It’s a beautiful day and I’m sitting here feeling guilty? How pathetic!”

Of course, nowadays, owing to my extensive spiritual training, I’ve become “enlightened.” And, like any good spiritual student, I’ve learned the folly of resisting my experience. Remembering this and driving in my car, there appears yet another one of my “selves” – my “enlightened” self – who notices I’m resisting my sense of guilt over not calling my aunt. “Stop resisting,” he commands, “and be enlightened!”

But, far from being enlightened, now I’m just resisting my resistance. Another self duly pops up and feels aggravated with all of it. Needless to say, this cocktail of frustration and resistance isn’t getting me anywhere.

Then the funniest thing happens. Amidst all this fighting among my false selves there suddenly appears my true Self, my Divine Self, the Self who is simply silent and purely aware. Upon entering the silly scene in my car he just notices it all. He observes, without judgment and with full acceptance, the whole cocktail – the guilt, the resistance, the resistance to my resistance, and every other illusion that is tormenting me. In that single magical instant, I am at peace.

Surrender to the whole cocktail and drink it down!

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Dr. Clue February 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

I must note that a friend, Laura, inspired that little anecdote.

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Just an Okie February 4, 2011 at 4:49 am

What I resist, persists. I create what I choose to experience. Dis-associating brings a new perspective. One that is often clearer than being in the “weeds” of our own making. From a distance, weeds and grass are just green. There are probably flowers if you take the time to notice the vibrant colors. I choose to see the colors amongst the green. I, too, notice the path that is leading me to my destiny…to be one with God. Enjoy the path and the journey. May the breezes blow at our backs to speed us on our journey.

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