Surrendering is the free-falling backwards into the unknown and trusting that The Universe will catch you. - Jen Sincero
I love this quote by Jen Sincero because it is quite possibly the best definition I have ever encountered of the term surrender. Surrender is a difficult concept for most people to grasp. We tend to think of surrender as giving up or resigning to something. But surrender in the spiritual sense means something entirely different. It means willfully letting go of beliefs, preconceptions and attachments to specific outcomes. Surrender means you no longer oppose, but allow. You don’t give up, but you let go. You stop resisting and start accepting. You go with the flow…
One of the best teachers on the subject of surrender and acceptance is Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart explains the process as follows:
This state of inner nonresistance opens you to the unconditioned consciousness that is infinitely greater than the human mind. This vast intelligence can then express itself through you and assist you, both from within and from without. That is why, by letting go of inner resistance, you often find circumstances change for the better.”
While surrender isn’t easy, it is very freeing. We trade our worries and negative beliefs for peace of mind when we surrender. What we resist persists, but through surrender we can detach from our beliefs and expectations to allow something better to take its place.
As Marianne Williamson says, “Surrender means the decision to stop fighting the world, and to start loving it instead.”