The Power of True Surrender

In the past when I heard the word ‘surrender’ I envisaged white flags and lost battles. A part of me always felt that those who surrendered in war were simply willing to end the madness. I also noticed that for most people, surrender meant admitting defeat and handing yourself over to another.

Indeed the Oxford dictionary provides various definitions including: “Stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority”(1). Dictionary definitions aside, an experience I had while going for a morning walk recently showed me that there can be great power in surrender.

I left my home early in the morning. The sun was shining sideways with a pale yellow glow and I was surprised and enchanted by seven colourful hot air balloons floating above me: it was a truly glorious morning. I felt deep appreciation for my decision to ‘walk myself’ and continued on towards the local shared bike and walking track.

The early morning sun belied the fact that it was very cold and I could feel myself bracing against the chilly air despite the fact that I was dressed in very warm clothing. I stepped up my pace, hoping that this would help me to warm up.

All the while I couldn’t help but notice that the people I shared the path with were wearing much less clothing than I was. I felt like I stood out in my puffy, furry jacket and decided that perhaps I was imagining it to be colder than it was. Even though I was still feeling chilled, I chose to leave my jacket open.

This particular path is very popular with families, walkers, joggers and cyclists and that morning it was very busy and bustling. Cyclists were ‘dinging’ their bells and joggers were pounding the track.

I enjoyed observing it all and felt the huge contrast of the natural beauty of the path and the activity of the humans on the track. I didn’t get very far before I noticed that my arms felt extremely hard and tense and my hands were balled into fists in my pockets. It felt awful. I decided it was time to zip up my jacket and pull up the hood. Fitting in was not worth sacrificing the beauty of my walk and the easy grace in my body.

As I walked I was enveloped by the word ’surrender’ and I allowed my arms to let go of the tension they held. I saw a stunning tree off the main track and allowed myself to walk towards it and admire its beauty for a few moments. All the while I asked my body to surrender and with each breath I could feel it let go of another layer of hardness and protection. I was now ready to take my hands from my pockets and my body had warmed up enough to allow this without interrupting my ability to surrender to me.

I felt such a grace and lightness in my body as I walked. The surrender I had allowed in my arms radiated through my whole body and I felt incredibly aware of every movement. Each time I felt tension in my body I allowed it to release.

After 10 minutes or so I began to appreciate how still and supportive my walk had become. The path was still extremely busy but the quality of everyone around me had changed. Several bikes whizzed past but incredibly not a single cyclist chose to ring their bell or yell ‘passing!’ as almost all of them had done just moments before. It was as though the path had become sacred and there was a trust and a knowing between us that transcended the need to yell or ‘ding’ a bell.

This extraordinary ordinary walk left me in no doubt of the power of true surrender. I could feel that this surrender is not a giving up or a giving away. I was able to see that I allow myself to surrender to my own divine essence when I listen to and support my body.

Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness, act on my awareness and choose to trust in the fact that I am divine.I can now see that disregarding my body and the way I feel makes it impossible to surrender to myself. How amazing can life be if I stop resisting my natural way of being (surrender) and submit to the authority of my own body?

I have felt just how powerful surrender is and my walk has inspired me to keep choosing wisely.

  1. Oxford Dictionaries: Language Matters, retrieved from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/surrender

by Leonne Sharkey, Melbourne

Further Reading:
Choices and the Power of Now
The Mirror Never Lies – The Power of reflection

 

971 thoughts on “The Power of True Surrender

  1. ‘I can now see that disregarding my body and the way I feel makes it impossible to surrender to myself.’ I understand this and can see how disregard is so harming but to simply be willing to feel where one is at unlocks the warmth of being who we are and opens the door to surrendering to oneself. It’s not a giving away to anyone or thing, surrendering is not a loss but a gaining of who we are.

  2. In the esoteric teachings of the The Ageless Wisdom as presented by Universal Medicine, there is the message given that every person has the light of God within them. And as such, it is each person’s journey to re-discover this light and to live and express it in full. Part of this process for me has been to learn about the word surrender in relation to this Godly light, and how it is never about being dominated, it simply is about knowing and understanding and putting in to practise the fact that we belong to and are a part of a greater whole which can be expressed as the soul. And so with humbleness I give myself to its wisdom, its teachings, its mastery – knowing that at every step it will want for everyone to be held as equal – without exception.

  3. “How amazing can life be if I stop resisting my natural way of being (surrender) and submit to the authority of my own body?” Yes, it is a surrender to our natural self that is in harmony with all there is. So it is in a way stopping the war, the war within, and letting go of the fight, the tension, the expectations and allow ourselves to be.

  4. Spot on Leonne, there is great power felt when we allow ourselves to surrender, no drive, no push just an acceptance of the beautiful flow and simplicity available to us.

  5. “Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness, act on my awareness and choose to trust in the fact that I am divine.” When we surrender in this way we do not submit to the power another, instead it is to our own divine essence, the essence of God, that we are surrendering.

  6. Very wise sharing, there is a huge beauty and flow in a body that can be moved with the tenderness and grace of our inner most selves. Surrender in this way is not about sacrifice or giving ourselves away, it is about trusting what we are inside with an absoluteness.

  7. Sometimes we misinterpret words and as I read your blog Leone I am wondering if we all too often mistake giving up and withdrawing as surrender instead of in its true sense which is to knock out the trying and simply be ourselves in full.

  8. It is great to read this again Leonne for two reasons to see the unconscious negative connotations of the word surrender and then to see how powerful it is when we do surrender for the whole world.

  9. “Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness” a great point to see how we can be surrendered in all we do and in life by being fully accepting of our loveliness as the basis of everything.

    1. Our loveliness as the basis of everything is a pretty awesome recipe for love and a foundation transparency can be based on.

  10. Surrender in the accepted ‘normal’ usage of the word has a negative sense in its meaning – a giving up and letting another have power over people. In its true meaning there is a freedom in dropping deeper into the body and surrendering to the stillness within – from this true expression is possible.

  11. Beautiful description of surrender as an active process: feeling the tension in your body, and making the choice to let it go. To stop resisting the natural flow and gentleness of the body is all that we have to do to return to it, and start to live from there.

  12. This is beautiful to read Leonne – I can feel my body surrendering to the truth you have shared here – a surrender to the divine essence that we are,
    ” I could feel that this surrender is not a giving up or a giving away. I was able to see that I allow myself to surrender to my own divine essence when I listen to and support my body.”

  13. We hurtle through life saying we are fine, we stop, we go to sleep but our cells never truly release. It seems we exist in a subtle but permanent state of fight or flight. You show beautifully Leonne that it is simply our own beauty we are resisting – how crazy.

  14. Surrender provides a clear case of an action that cannot be identified with/by a word as defined in the dictionary. So, what is about the dictionary that makes more difficult for us to conceive the possibility of an action because there is no name for it?

  15. ” Fitting in was not worth sacrificing the beauty of my walk and the easy grace in my body. ”
    Truly fitting in is worth nothing not a single breath.

  16. There is so many times in the day where we can be checking into our levels of surrender and often we think we are but our body is sending a different message.

  17. That’s beautiful Leonne. It really shows the choice we have to do what everybody does or to claim our divinity and therefore creating an environment that is deeply healing for everyone, offering an opportunity to experience a different way of being.

  18. Thank you Leonne, it is always a very supportive read. Even I felt pulled to my stillness simply by reading of your experience in surrendering, and I feel that everyone around you was also held by your essence and it’s stillness transforming the energy between you all. One of my favourite lines “I was able to see that I allow myself to surrender to my own divine essence when I listen to and support my body.” There is such practicality to living connected to ones divinity, no ascetic practices needed or sitting for hours in a cold cave meditating!

  19. ‘Fitting in was not worth sacrificing the beauty of my walk and the easy grace in my body.’ Thank you Leonne for your sharing about surrender and true ‘fitting in’ is never worth leaving ourselves behind/less, it is something to remind myself of every time I feel I go into this old pattern of fitting in.

    1. ‘Fitting in’ is like living inside of a suit of armour, cold, hard, contracted and in separation from the harmony and flow of our natural divine essence.

  20. ” surrender ” I have heard this said by many people and it never made sense to me , what do I surrender too.
    People used to say God , the universe , to your spirit, your Soul and so on , but it never made sense to me , it always sounded like I was to give my power away.
    It was not until I met Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine that I knew what surrender was , for this man Serge Benhayon was totally surrendered I could feel it , no protection , no shield up, no weapon to cut me down to size . But he has not surrendered to anyone but himself , he has surrendered to the truth of who he is. It was then I knew what surrender truly means. ” Stop fighting who you are in truth , ” surrender ” to the truth of who you are and live from there “

  21. No white flags needed when we surrender to the wisdom of our body and our essence – it is after all a homecoming and our truth.

  22. Just saying the word surrender and already my body appreciates this word or this quality as it knows in the quality of surrender, so much is given and received and all is taken care of.

  23. The word surrender, in its true meaning, is such a beautiful word. To surrender signifies coming home to a place deep within ourselves that has always been there, simply waiting for us to surrender to it.

  24. ‘Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness,’ in fact as I accept my own loveliness I cannot help but surrender…and then my movements begin to flow and there is grace in my body, so gorgeous to feel. Thank you for the reminder to connect in with this as I go about my day.

  25. True surrender is not a giving up or giving way as you say Leonne, true surrender includes allowing and accepting.

  26. When I walk and I can feel tension in certain areas of my body such as my shoulders, rather than question why, I allow myself to surrender and go deeper into my body, and invariable this is enough to release the tension. I did this today on my way to work and even though I was carrying a small ruck sack the walk felt amazing and this continued for the rest of the day. Surrender definitely has nothing to do with giving in or giving up

    1. Beautifully said Roslyn. Surrender is such a lovely way to connect us to the flow of the universe, to people and to ourselves making life a joy. I agree, life certainly is so much easier when we choose to surrender because fighting it hasn’t worked as far as I can see.

  27. Realising that surrendering is not giving up or giving in is huge. Surrendering is just about seeing what is truly going on, accepting it and then allowing what needs to happen. There is a great beauty in this.

  28. “I could feel that this surrender is not a giving up or a giving away. I was able to see that I allow myself to surrender to my own divine essence when I listen to and support my body.” Great article on surrender thank you Leonne this is the answer to resistance.

  29. Yes.. This is so beautiful, so needed to discuss what truly surrendering is and what is offers us.
    Allowing yourself to be truly you, no matter what, and be prepared to go beyond , not staying safe (comfort). Which is not at all healthy.

  30. ‘Fitting in was not worth sacrificing the beauty of my walk and the easy grace in my body.’ Very well said Leonne. After all true surrender is us with our bodies first.

  31. It always feels so lovely when we allow ourselves to surrender, ‘Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness, act on my awareness and choose to trust in the fact that I am divine.I can now see that disregarding my body and the way I feel makes it impossible to surrender to myself.’

  32. It’s amazing just how much there is to learn and become aware of in the simple activities of life. This line made so much sense to me “I was able to see that I allow myself to surrender to my own divine essence when I listen to and support my body.” I notice how much tension I feel when I didn’t attend to caring for my body. Self care is a great foundation for surrendering to and being in connection to our essence. It also then makes sense that for some people who resist self care and live in various forms of disregard, that they may be avoiding living from their essence so as to avoid the reactions of others.

  33. We spend a lot of time fighting what the body is communicating to us – all that time could be spent enjoying it and refining the way we move and the energy that is moving through us constantly.

    1. Questioning that fight we have with ourselves is so vital for our wellbeing, we may feel we have legitimate reasons to do it but the attack we make on ourselves is much more harmful than another’s attack on us. Living who we are is true well-being.

  34. If one person surrendering into themselves can make that much difference to a busy cycling path then just imagine the power we hold within us to transmute any environment we are in. Gosh we are powerful.

  35. Truly surrendering to all that life presents can be a challenge. I have recently felt the pull for me to open more to what is on offer, at work, in my personal life, relationships, everywhere. But I just realised recently, that I wasn’t surrendering to it all, but fighting it, going into judgement of others, going into hardness, instead of embracing all that i could feel. I have had more awareness of what I was doing, but now feel I have the opportunity to move in a way that is totally different.

  36. Surrender is something we can deeply ponder on .. to truly feel, not know by our mind (head) what it is.. To connect to your body and feel what this means for you, to no longer wait for someone or proof, but that the surrender is in yourself – so that answer of what it then means for you – is there equally so.

  37. Your morning walk felt very lovely and honouring, ‘I felt such a grace and lightness in my body as I walked. The surrender I had allowed in my arms radiated through my whole body and I felt incredibly aware of every movement. Each time I felt tension in my body I allowed it to release.’ Beautiful.

  38. Every movement we make has an impact on the body that is either healing or harming… it is easy to find the movements that are healing as they are instantly registered by the body in a way we can recognise. This is a great example Leonne, of the body’s response to your gesture to listen and adjust yourself accordingly, and the flow on affect this has on all around you.

  39. Today at work I had to learn to surrender and simply breathe my own breath despite the total chaos that was all around. This required me to simply breath my own breath and not get caught up in things.

  40. Surrender is an incredibly powerful word. For quite some time now I have had the words ‘surrender into the arms of God’ playing over in my mind. Every time I hear these words there is a deepening within and remembering of the divine being I am. My breath starts to breathe with the all.

  41. Thank you. I realise I can go to a disempowered view when I hear the word surrender so this shows me how I have not fully embraced the true meaning of this word or rather I am not always fully with myself when I hear this word for I do know the beauty and grace in true surrender and the deepening connection this brings.

  42. I will admit the word surrender still holds a picture of white flags and giving up while I also relate to what this article is saying in that surrender is simple allowing yourself to feel something. I can see from a true surrender how powerful it is given that because you are feeling everything there is, then you have the knowledge and the wisdom to answer back in the same fullness. As the article is presenting surrender has nothing to do with the picture of white flags and in fact you don’t need to do anything. It’s more the letting go of everything and allowing yourself to truly feel what you are already feeling.

  43. To come to truly understand what it is to surrender has been the most wonderful feeling. I can feel that when I am able to let go of control, of expectation and the tension that is keeping my body in contraction I can feel myself falling into me. It is like a huge warm embrace and in that moment there is a deep stillness, a feeling of coming home.

  44. The day the penny dropped for me and I realised that in surrendering I was simply surrendering into my body, was the day I let myself feel the warmth, love and support of God’s embrace deep within me.

  45. It is interesting that nearly every word that takes us towards divinity has been bastardised and changed in some way. Leonne you have shown that surrender is one such word and when we surrender to the beauty and sacredness there is a power that is felt within, I know when i do my whole body expands and I feel taller as a weight is lifted from my shoulders and I can feel an authority and purpose in my walk.

  46. I have experienced so much power and healing when I have surrendered and let go of my inner battle with life and the things I kept hanging onto; old ways of moving and being ( behaviours and patterns). Surrendering for me at that time was a letting go of control and not trusting in myself. This blog is a timely reminder, to stop, take stock and feel if there is anything we are still hanging onto that does not support our evolution and our next steps.

  47. Beautiful Leonne, being able to surrender is key in our ability to continue evolving. Without it we become stagnant, stuck in the motion of life without it’s balancing surrender into stillness.

  48. This is beautiful Leonne and a great reminder to surrender to our beauty within, a sacredness and settlement that can only come from surrendering to the wisdom of our body

      1. This is so true and I find it quite ironic that this is the case when the commonly accepted meaning of the word ‘surrender’ is to give up.

  49. ‘Fitting in was not worth sacrificing the beauty of my walk and the easy grace in my body’. There’s a blog just in this one line. Many movements are made for another that stop all that we are from being expressed.

  50. So absolutely true, we cannot surrender if we ignore and do not honour our bodies, The body is the key, and in surrendering we allow ourselves to go deeper and truly feel our connection to the all around us.

    1. It marks the level of surrender we can drop to that is not holding any tension or need to be anything else but what we are.

    1. I agree, Esther. A word comes after an experience. In trying to put a meaning to a word without livingness, we have created much misunderstanding and misinterpretation that has led to separation, and eventually a loss of the absolute truth.

  51. This is beautiful Leonne – “I could feel that this surrender is not a giving up or a giving away. I was able to see that I allow myself to surrender to my own divine essence when I listen to and support my body.” – what we are surrendering to makes all the difference…

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