What does it mean to surrender? We hear lots of talk about surrender and the need to surrender our personal will to experience Divine or Universal Will. How, then, do we surrender our personal will? Does the very act of surrender not involve an act of your personal will, the exact thing we are trying to let go of? Does the decision to surrender strengthen the sense of a ‘doer’? Does the act of surrendering mean we have free will? How complicated things become once we let the mind usurp spontaneity.
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21). Ultimately, this is how surrendering occurs. As long as we treasure our sense of individuality greater than the recognition as Unity, we cannot surrender—we may pretend to try. Surrender is the felt spontaneous flow of the heart to what is treasured. The humble recognition of Divine’s benediction.
We can, however, open our mind and heart to the possibility of surrender. This opening of our mind and heart makes space for Divine Will. In this way, we make space for the flow of Sacred, allowing Sacred to flow through us.
When we sit with an open heart and ask, What am I?, we open the door, allowing Life to consciously connect us with the universal ‘I.’
This is beautifully related in the text, “Thunder, Perfect Mind,” describing Hokhmah (Wisdom in Hebrew): “I am the silence not grasped by the mind, the image you can’t forget. I am the voice of every natural sound, the word that always reappears. I am the intonation of my name.”
We are the ocean believing ourselves to be existentially the wave. The recognition we are the ocean does not destroy the wave, it removes our misconception that we are fundamentally separate from all the other waves and manifestations of the ocean. We are surrendering our ignorance for recognition of what we have always been.
As Eckhart Tolle so eloquently said, “You are the sky, the clouds are what happens, what comes and goes.”
The Gospel of Thomas quotes Christ, “For where the beginning is, there shall the end be also. Blessed is one who shall stand at the beginning, and they shall know the end.” (Saying 18)
Making space for truth is surrendering the grip of identification as separate from Life. The recognition as Unity is the recognition as Eternity.
Hokhmah, Bec and Steve