I love juicy words like surrender. I spent years confronted by this concept. For something that is at the heart of so many religious and spiritual traditions, it was hard for me to connect with surrender in a practical and accessible way. I felt certain that something that is so widely referenced had practical import for the human experience.
We often think of surrender as an action that involves outward activity – waving the white flag on a battlefield. But surrender can be more of an internal receptivity.
Consider this metaphor: a package is delivered to your home. In order to receive it, you have to open your door. You have to surrender. And once that package enters your space, it changes the contents of your house. You now have something inside your house that you did not have before. Something has changed.
There is a thin line between perceiving something and receiving it. We perceive reality around us all the time. But do we really take it in?
If you’re not willing to be changed by what you perceive then what you perceive simply comes into your head and hits a dead end. You’re not actually receiving it. Being truly receptive involves a willingness to be changed. This is the heart of surrender.
Seen in this light, what is the essence here? How is this useful to the human condition? Wisdom is often subtle and counter intuitive. Can surrender bring victory? Can it translate to business acumen and productivity?
This is the subject of our video exploration this week. Please enjoy.
Also check out my podcast interview with Jody Levy. Listen through to the end to hear Jody share her personal philosophy on how the universe works and mastering the inherent duality of “decisive action in a state of surrender.”