Living From A Place Of Surrender

Posted by DailyGood.org on Dec 23, 2017
 
Michael Singer is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of the spiritual classic The Untethered Soul. In this conversation, Michael speaks about the core idea of his teachings: that it is only through complete surrender to the essence of the moment that we experience life's full potential. The discussion is rich, detailed, and pragmatic, including what this sense of surrender actually means when it comes to decision-making and day-to-day activities, as well as how to recognize when we are still clinging to resistance. [Full Story]

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  • Bill Miller wrote ...

    I often bristle at the seeming preoccupation in spiritual and new-age communities with the notion of “surrender” as one’s optimal stance toward life/world. While acknowledging that words can mean different things to different people, in our Western culture, surrender commonly implies duality, failure, impotence, resignation, winner/loser, dominance/submission – not exactly qualities that represent the best of which we capable. (... and too often it’s accompanied by an exhortation to hand over one’s allegiance or one’s money to some philosophy, guru, or leader.) I suggest there are other concepts or metaphors with a similar spirit that can serve more constructively. For example: - The events of life flow like a river – better to swim with the current than to try to change [...] See full comment.
    I often bristle at the seeming preoccupation in spiritual and new-age communities with the notion of “surrender” as one’s optimal stance toward life/world. While acknowledging that words can mean different things to different people, in our Western culture, surrender commonly implies duality, failure, impotence, resignation, winner/loser, dominance/submission – not exactly qualities that represent the best of which we capable. (... and too often it’s accompanied by an exhortation to hand over one’s allegiance or one’s money to some philosophy, guru, or leader.)

    I suggest there are other concepts or metaphors with a similar spirit that can serve more constructively. For example:

    - The events of life flow like a river – better to swim with the current than to try to change the river’s course.
    - Life is like a symphony – the music comes from playing in harmony with the current composition.
    - Life is like a game, with certain rules/principles of play. Sometimes rules can be “creatively interpreted”, but you can’t play Parcheesi by the rules of Yahtzee.

    I know many people are uncomfortable with total responsibility for their lives and at least part of the time would prefer to be “led”. Yet to completely turn one’s “life and will” over to another, I believe, dishonors the gift of life we’ve been given. The spiritual tradition I was raised with suggests that we were created “in the image of God”. However, in the original language, it could also be interpreted “as the image of God”. As such, I believe we are ultimately called upon to be responsible, compassionate agents of the divine, more than mere “surrendered” vessels.

    But that’s my story. Yours may be different.

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  • Nandini Iyer wrote ...

    Bill, I found your alternate metaphors really helpful! thank you for sharing them!