The Art of Surrender

“Surrender means the surrender of your ego.”
~Radhanath Swami~

The ego will tell you that you must win at all costs because it equates loss with death… and it a way, it’s true. Losing the ego results in the death of its control over your life and actions. The art of surrender is a pathway to empowerment. We recognize and acknowledge the ego’s desire to engage in a power struggle and consciously choose the opposite approach.

Surrender is nothing more than releasing the fear we have around a particular issue. We discover peace and renewed faith in the process of our awakening and trust the Universe to support us on the journey.

In the same manner that magnets of identical polarity will repel one another, ego-based desire actually pushes away that which you seek. Acceptance immediately shifts the energy and you become a magnet that attracts. When we move into this receptive mindset, life flows more easily, struggle dissolves and grace emerges.

Choose to accept whatever comes today and observe how peace flows throughout your experience. When it isn’t being wasted in struggle, there is an endless supply of beautiful, vibrant energy available for you to explore.

 

Worthiness

“You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing.”
~Ram Dass~
You are a divine infinite being on a journey of awakening.

Our beliefs create our reality. If you wish to manifest positive changes in your experience, yet carry the belief that you are not worthy or not good enough, you will create blockages that keep you from experiencing the beauty that is trying to come your way.

Repeating patterns show us our innermost beliefs. When we pay attention, everything is a message. The act of self-observation shines the light of consciousness upon the issue and it begins to change. You will have the opportunity to try new approaches, listen to your self-talk and purposely break free of self imposed limitation.

The belief “I am unworthy” leads to procrastination. Seek fulfillment now, from where you are with what you have. This moment is providing you the opportunity to receive the love which rains down upon you from all dimensions – can you see it? Be willing to create a life that is joyous, abundant and filled with unlimited potential.

Illumination

“When we shine our light,
We help others through the darkness.
When we show them their own light,
We begin to illuminate the world.
Speak kindly, love deeply, have faith.”
~Wendy Rae~

Everything and everyone carries a unique vibrational frequency. The art of spiritual awakening is a consistent movement to expanding realms of illumination and understanding, each of which offers a greater perspective, both of the self and of others. Higher vibrations bring freedom from the intense emotional suffering of the egoic mind and provides an awareness of the infinite nature of the Now.

Along the way we learn compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, gratitude, courage and humility. The light of the Divine shines through us as we feel compelled to share our gifts. The world longs for light givers and the grace they bring to existence.

Each step you take on the Path of Transformation transcends and includes the steps taken before. We integrate new information and energy knowing that this awakening is available to all who are willing to embark upon this journey of initiation. Others have left road maps. The great masters and teachers know that it’s not enough to study, take workshops or quote spiritual sayings. We must consciously live in our truth while exploring a unique, personal relationship with the Infinite. Prefer the company of visionaries who dream the world into being and see their reflection in you.

Being Love

“It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.”
~Jiddu Krishnamurti~

There is no gift more empowering than to create a space in which a transformation can occur. When demonstrating love for a child, life partner, friend or family member, allow for infinite possibilities to be explored. Support them as they navigate their journey of awakening by being a consistent force of loving kindness in their experience.

When someone feels supported, trusted, accepted and loved, they thrive. With no opposition, one can experience expansion rather than wasting precious energy on protection, explanations or defensiveness.

The best way to provide this space of empowerment is to continue your own work. When we focus on ourselves and explore the nuances of our own growth, we bring a greater sense of peacefulness to all of our interactions.

Consciously seek to express love in every experience you have today. Not ego driven love, fueled by desire or attachment to outcomes, but the love that is the true nature of your being. You’ll discover that there is no opposite. Act from the heart and allow life to unfold as it will.

Planting Seeds of Kindness

“Kindness is simple.
It is seeing the good in everyone, and celebrating it.”
RAKtivist

You have the power to transform the world. When we choose to plant seeds of kindness, we spark waves of love that travel throughout the energetic grid of the planet. Whether you bear witness to the end result or not, know that you do make a vast difference in the awakening of our collective consciousness.

Thoughts matter. Cultivate the ability to see and amplify the good in each situation. Your thoughts will then inform your attitude and actions. With each transformative moment, we have the opportunity to learn new ways to love. Kindness is a gift that is never wasted. Not only does it impact others in wonderful ways, but we too, are left changed by the experience.

Embrace your unique role in the world. Your willingness to shine feeds energy into the seeds of kindness that you sow. When we teach by example, we create space in which a transformation can occur.

See Beyond Appearances

“A great scholar hears of the Tao and begins diligent practice. A middling scholar hears of the Tao and retains some and loses some. An inferior scholar hears of the Tao and roars with ridicule. Without that laugh, it would not be the Tao.” ~From the 41st verse of the Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu~

Judgment and love cannot coexist.

Within this verse of the Tao te Ching, notice the word scholar being utilized instead of soul age terms such as old, mature and young. The implication is that we are all scholars, simply at different points in our development. Lao Tzu is pointing out that young souls are imperative to the process of awakening – that’s the beautiful paradox of our collective experience.

With this in mind, you may be able to see beyond the roles people play. Go beneath the surface to discover the ultimate truth of your current life situation. Remember, if higher consciousness was easy, anyone could step into it at any given moment. While it’s true that you are only one thought away from peace, it’s important to remember that consistent mindfulness and awareness is an ongoing process of discovery.

Our goal is to see the world differently. Inner peace is power. Non-attachment to things or money is abundance. Having nothing to prove or no one to be allows us to shine. As we drop labels, release desire and become a pure source of love, our experience of life becomes one of mastery, joy and balance. By changing how we see the world, the world will change

Inner Presence

“Maturity has nothing to do with your life experiences. It has something to do with you inward journey, experiences of the inner.”
~Osho~  

Presence is achieved by going inward and accessing grace. The ego disappears, the roles and life situations become transparent and only empowered silence remains. When you begin to realize that you are much, much more than the stories of the mind, you have planted the seeds of your own spiritual maturity.

Existence itself is ready to communicate with you. Go inward and listen. The Divine seeks expression through you – allow it to flow without limitation. Be. Spiritual maturity is the realization of your potential.

As your awareness opens to new levels, your energy begins to have a greater impact – not only on yourself and those around you but also on the collective consciousness of the planet. This is how we participate in the awakening of which we are all a part.

The greatest gift that you can give is conscious Presence. Often, spiritual seekers are called upon to be frequency holders whose peacefulness can transform others’ energetic fields. From this place of balance we can share healing energy, light and prayers while holding the frequency of love.

 

Authentic Joy

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
~Ashley Smith~

This is the moment of tremendous healing and transformation. Why not? The only moment that truly exists is the Now and there is no need to delay the evolution of your spirit. Honor the awakenings that have come from walking through moments of darkness.  All paths are sacred journeys which lead us into the light of awareness.

Judgment of others is the quickest way to bring our attention to something within us which is ready to be healed. Since we all act as mirrors for one another, utilize those moments of ego related thought and reactivity to address the shadows aspects of the Self that are ready to be integrated and expressed in positive ways. Often, the result is an expansion of compassion and acceptance.

There are many wonders within you waiting to be discovered. The myriad facets of your unique expression of life sparkle by reflecting the light around you. Remember to be patient and gentle with yourself and allow the joy of the journey to be your guide. There is much more to life than meets the eye and the best is yet to come.

Loving Self Talk

Sutra: Sat Chit Ananda (saht chit ah-NAN-dah)
Meaning: My inner dialogue reflects the fire of my soul

“The mantra – sat chit ananda – tells us that our soul is that place which is spontaneously love, knowingness, and bliss.”
~Deepak Chopra~

Expand your consciousness through mindful experience. When your self talk is aligned with the love of the Divine, you are in tune with universal consciousness. Your inner wisdom, grace and acceptance create an aura of empowerment that emanates from you in myriad ways.

This power, unlike ego-generated self confidence, is not based upon outside factors and therefore is not reliant upon them. Money, relationships, health and experiences can then ebb and flow. Fear dissipates and life becomes an exploration of experience.

Loving and supportive inner dialogue helps us break free from old patterns of limiting thoughts and beliefs. It promotes spiritual development and accelerates positive change.

Observe the ego when it arises. Bless it for the lessons it has come to teach and then choose to see beyond it to the fire of your soul. Quieting the voice of ego will allow the vibrant light of your inner beauty to shine through.

What Lies Within

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
~Roy T. Bennett~

In the present moment there is no regret, there is no worry. Only infinite possibility. What we choose to think dictates our state of happiness. What if you decided to greet each moment with only the willingness to experience it as it is with no mental construct? You would free yourself from the bondage of the mind.

Seek to bring stillness into your daily experience. Check in with your body periodically throughout the day. Notice whether you feel tense or simply able to enjoy the task at hand. It can be surprising how often we discover that the ego has subtly crept in to create dissatisfaction, when in reality, all is well.

Your potential is vast. There are many different paths from which to choose, so find one that brings you joy. Create healthy relationships that allow enough space for each person to thrive. In love, step out of the role of “fixer” and into a position of support. As you awaken to your true, infinite nature, you’ll become a source of kindness and consistency, a space of peace in an ever-changing world.