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

 

1,031 thoughts on “The Power of True Surrender

  1. When we surrender to the power within, then we really do feel the difference in the body. The body cannot be in fight mode to surrender to the power within, hence letting go and embracing what we know to be true remodels our body and our movements.

  2. The most powerful surrender that we can give ourselves permission for is the surrender to the grandness within each one of us.

  3. Interesting to realise that the word surrender has been bastardised to mean something it is not. Surrender only means surrendering to something we know to be true and never to something that holds an imposition on you.

  4. That dictionary definition stood out today, namely the ‘enemy or opponent’ part. The Soul is not the enemy or an opponent. It takes the honesty of the body to show us that. Surrender is access to settlement and joy, not subjugation, we have enough of that already.

  5. “surrender is not a giving up or a giving away” it is “to surrender to my own divine essence” Surrender, like many words has lost its meaning or been bastardised. We have to re-claim the true meaning of words as you have done here Leonne. Instead of something to withdraw from, surrendering to our own exquisite essence is to be embraced,

  6. “Fitting in was not worth sacrificing the beauty of my walk and the easy grace in my body” – I totally agree, and this reminds me of how often we hear people say ‘happy to go with a flow’ to mean that they would agree with the majority’s opinion, as if to say that we have no resistance and are surrendering, but the question is to what are we saying we are happy to go along with? We do not realise what we are in-truth resisting when we do that.

  7. So, surrendering is to stop resisting, and to resist, it is the enemy, the opponent that we are facing. How fascinating is that we are able to make that shift from holding something as an enemy and then as an authority, and we do that with ourselves, and it really makes sense that we have to be separate from ourselves to be fighting with ourselves and in that posture there cannot be truth.

  8. “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?” So true Leonne. Truly listening to what our body wants and honouring that doesn’t then allow for disregard.

  9. ‘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.’ There is a huge difference between giving up or giving in and connecting to our divine essence. We can be co-creators in life, co-creators with our soul, with God.

  10. I was really shocked to read how negative the dictionary depicted surrender and realise that this is clearly why we have such a negative opinion of it and clearly resist it! Yes surrendering to the relationship with our own body and the rhythm and flow of us in the space around us, well surely that would feel amazing not a danger? My body relaxed some more as I contemplated the potential.

    1. Spot on Lucy, the dictionary defines surrender as a weakness and a giving up and giving your power away to someone or something outside of you – so no wonder people are not wanting to do that kind of surrender and continue to fight. I love how Leonne has helped bring back the true meaning of surrender.

  11. I love this Leonne “Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness, act on my awareness and choose to trust in the fact that I am divine.” I have noticed this more and more lately, when I trust I am divine, magic and miracles naturally happen.

  12. ‘In the past when I heard the word ‘surrender’ I envisaged white flags and lost battles.’ Yes, I have associated surrender with loss, remorse and having to give up something I prized. In all it was about grief and pain. I’ve been coming to understand that actually surrender is about letting down the barriers to then receive what is there waiting for us from our Soul and God. I’m fighting it less now I understand this more and am willing to see responsibility of beholding what is given is a joy not a chore.

  13. This exposes so clearly the evil and corruption in thinking that surrender in general is a giving of our power away as in truth it is in true surrender to our Divinity that our true power is lived in the full glory of love representing everything that we are and are from. Granted that we have a choice of what energy we surrender ourselves to be governed by, but in true surrender we are no less that the grandness and power of the Livingness of God.

  14. “Surrender begins when I accept my own loveliness, act on my awareness and choose to trust in the fact that I am divine.” A great reminder that reminds me of Esoteric Yoga and how it’s the little details, like zipping up your coat, that can make a huge difference to our ability to surrender.

    1. That is so true Leigh, I find the little details I attend to in my Esoteric Yoga sessions make a huge difference to my ability to surrender into my self, it may be a slight adjustment of my body or my clothing but it offers enormous support back, all I need to do is respond to how I truly feel.

  15. I went for a walk around the local walking track the other morning and for the first few laps it was me and a person with a dog. It was a beautiful morning and very peaceful. But at the end of lap three that all changed when a fitness instructor brought her students into the park, along with her very loud music. The pounding of the pavement began and women were using the park benches for their stepping exercises, and there was lots of accompanying loud voices. I could have left right then, but chose not to and did exactly what you did and surrendered, feeling my body and my feet lightly touching the walking path, still feeling the beauty of the morning. It didn’t take long for the mayhem to settle into the background and I was able to walk with me until it was time to finish. I love the feeling of surrender in my body and my being.

  16. ‘How amazing can life be if I stop resisting my natural way of being (surrender) and submit to the authority of my own body?’ It is asking us to be the truth of our body, the divinity that we are and to let go of our ideas and beliefs of being only human.

    1. Yes, I have felt that truth that we are more than human in an Esoteric Yoga session but bringing that into movement and into our walk would mean it was lived as a truth rather than stayed as part of a special program.

      1. Yes, Esoteric Yoga is an amazing support for everyday living, when we take it out into our day. Life then becomes living yoga rather than keeping it to a weekly class – multidimensionality and the physical lived as one.

  17. Rather than giving up or giving over of power as the word surrender has been used it can instead mean a deepening into our true power, into our essence, as you offer here, how beautiful is that and what if we realised we have this opportunity in every moment to deepen no matter what we are faced with…

    1. Beautifully said. The word power has so many connotations in todays world. Deepening into our essence – what could be more amazing – and not only for ourselves but for everyone we meet as we go about our day.

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