You'll no doubt hear lots about the value and importance of surrender on the spiritual path - being able to accept the moment as it really is, without needing it to be a certain way. In other words, not needing a particular outcome. So what about all the qualities of determination, courage and willpower? Do they fit in, and if so, how?
This exploration includes the first in series of new style Openhand Spiritual Philosophy videos...
True surrender is not simply "dropping the hot coals"
It is of course only the ego that continues to effort and struggle to get somewhere in life or to attain something. The ego being essentially, that unrealised aspect of the soul, which attaches to the physicality of life. So one of the most valuable steps we can take on the path, is that of surrender.
- In the Openhand sense though, this not simply a case of 'dropping the hot coals' - it's about feeling into the heat first, so that you can become as-one - "The One" - in the experience. This ensures you're not identified - inadvertently by creating a subconsciousness need to let go. Which is not letting go at all, but rather denial. Letting go must be the recognition of a deeper, underlying purpose that you're ready to give yourself to - and to keep giving to.
Feeling into, with total acceptance then, is true surrender.
So where does determination and willpower fit into this dynamic?
When you touch the One, through absolute surrender (rather than denial and distancing), then you're touching the infinite potential of the One. From this hallowed place, literally anything can happen. Specifically though, the soul will arise as a creative expression. You may, for example, get higher mind visions of something that is wanting to shape in future-landing-now (what some might call a prophetic vision).
- If and when this happens to you (increasingly so as you open into higher dimensions), then you're becoming a point source for higher creative action within this plane of consciousness - you're beginning to blend the higher flow into the lower; perhaps and probably because the flow is yearning to instigate change, especially where there is inequity or injustice.
So you literally become a creative force for change. And especially where the reality you're working into is turgid, dense and resistant, then you're going to need commitment, determination and willpower to make that change happen.
How do you know then the difference between this authentic willpower as opposed to simple attachment to the outcome?
It's a great question!
An upwelling that feels 'right'
You have to begin from profound honesty with yourself. When you're attached, you'll tend to close down, and get really tight about the outcome. And particularly there will be no sense of supportive synchronicity from the universe. It doesn't matter if you feel in a minority of one, nor if you sense you really have to drive things through, if you're truly in the authentic flow, it'll feel right and your action will draw co-creative synchronistic support in the field around you.
- The other essential test, is you'll feel a sense of expansiveness with your committed action. What you're doing is summoning authentic, ray 1 warrior energy, as a upwelling deep from within. Besides surrender, this is another core characteristic of the soul.
So this is where both surrender and willpower work together to instigate positive change within the field around you. It's with this in mind that inspired our first video in a new series on Spiritual Philosophy - "Surrender with Willpower"...
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