To the ego, surrender means to give up, submit.
I quit. Stop fighting. It is equated with losing. Acknowledging
defeat. To Soul, surrender
means to win. It means to stop fighting with oneself. It means
to get off the battlefield, put down your weapons, and acknowledge
victory. Victory over what? Victory over the tyranny of the ego.
The ego is what we fight with, against, for, about, and because
of. The ego has a terrible inferiority complex. Because of it's
poor sense of self worth, it is constantly pitting itself against
the egos of others to try to make itself seem better than the
other. It is the part of us that loves a good fight or even a
When we Consciously surrender, what we are
saying is that we no longer choose to fight the battles that
our ego wishes to engage in. We have, in effect, made a Conscious
decision to change the way we live our lives. If ego is not our
motivator, then what do we use for guidance in our lives? If
we do not live from our ego then the choice is to live from our
Souls, our true Self, our connection with God
which we are. Our Soul
guides us unfailingly if we ask it to. We surrender to Soul's
guidance. It is a win-win proposition. You win. I win. Everyone
Well, if everyone wins why don't more people
do it? Good question. The reason is that everyone is conditioned
to operate in life from the ego. It is ingrained in us and imprinted
upon us from infancy. We are addicted to our ego. It is hard
to let go of this negative way of living. This is both the opportunity
and the challenge that faces everyone who chooses to be human.
We are born, develop an ego, hopefully learn that it causes all
our misery, and then choose to live another way. The ego was
given to us as a tool for our Awakening. It is
integral to our Self-Realization
process. It is our identity, who we believe ourselves to be.
Quite an ingenious Divine
Set-Up. However, instead of being our servant, it has become
our master. We have allowed it to take over every aspect of our
lives. We are, in effect, slaves. Slaves to our fears,
slaves to our needs, slaves to our sense of not being good enough,
slaves to each other. So we have a world of slaves with ego in
control. Only those who surrender their ego's point of view for
a Divine point of
view are free. To surrender is to be free.
It is rather ironic that when we surrender
we are being asked to release that which makes our lives difficult,
painful, confusing, miserable, lonely, and a thousand other negative
qualities. And we struggle with this. It is about giving up the
ego's control of our lives. We really fear giving up that control.
It is this fear that
makes life so hard for us. We must finally surrender to the fact
that WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL.
When the decision to surrender to Soul has
been made, then, paradoxically, Life truly begins. Our God-Self,
our true Self, emerges. This is the part of us that is in everyone
and everything. It knows how to live and work in harmony with
everything because it IS everything. It has no need to control
because it is at peace
with everything. It is in alignment with everything. It is our
Soul. Surrender and
Soul is instantly there. There is no time lag. It is instantaneous.
When you surrender, you succeed. Win! Win!