Is Surrender Giving Up?
Not long ago, I was talking to a woman who had been struggling with a new career direction her husband wanted to make. She vehemently complained about how it would impact her, what she didn’t like about it and why it wasn’t a good idea. Meanwhile, her husband stayed open to his new career interest, much to her chagrin, and it gained momentum
Other people seemed to come out of the woodwork in support of his new career interest. He would receive calls from people he didn’t know positively upholding his newfound work interest. He was asked to attend meetings where the viability and validation for his new interest was reinforced. After months of resistance and struggle on the wife’s part, she decided to surrender the situation to God to figure out. She said ‘Ok, God, if this is the path my husband is meant to take, then please figure out the details to make it work for all of us.’
Is surrender giving up? Yes, in one sense. Surrender is letting go of the stress, strain and resistance that serves as a roadblock on our journey. It is giving up the how and the details – which allows us to tap into a Higher Source – and unlimited possibilities. And, in another sense, surrender is also giving back. The surrender is actually freeing that mental and physical energy, which was tied up into resistance, back to you. This newly released energy shows up in the form of inspired action. Inspired action arises within you as an inner yearning, desire, knowing or feeling. It is a sure-footedness of your next step. It may not be the action your mind thought you would be taking, but indeed it is the very one that guides you closer to your true self and back to peace in your heart.
What happened after the wife surrendered was remarkable. Her perspective completely changed. Her resistant energy was exchanged for inspiration. She received new ideas and support for a project she had been frustrated by and felt stuck with. She found a source of additional money in the family budget to pay for someone to help her complete the project. She actually offered to help her husband succeed at his new career interest by utilizing her skills. She was living in a much more joyful state.
Amazing things can happen when you remove the roadblocks of resistance by letting go of trying to figure out the ‘how’ and expecting things to look or come about in a certain way. Today, if you find yourself feeling stuck or resisting something or someone, enlist the assistance of Spirit to help you to give up the mental struggle and make clear the way to your manifestation.