Albert Einstein was supposedly once asked what he thought the most important question that could be answered for mankind was. “I think the most important question facing humanity is ‘Is the universe a friendly place’?’’ was his response. This may appear to be a rather odd answer on the surface, but Einstein was on the right track, spiritually speaking.
Our own response to this question reveals to us whether we are living from a place of love or a place of fear. If you believe the universe is an unfriendly place, life is an uphill struggle where you feel the need to defend and protect yourself, your possessions and your family and you often see others around you as trying to do the same. If however, you decide that the universe is really a friendly place, you have an inner knowing that no matter what happens, everything will work out in the end thus eliminating the need to control and manipulate the situations and people that life puts in your path as you go along your journey.
Over the last few weeks, life really has thrown some major challenges my way and yesterday I was faced with a gargantuan obstacle; another life situation that has been placed in my path time and time again and one that I believed I had under wraps once and for all. I found myself saying ‘’Dear universe, I don’t get it. I just really don’t get it. But I know you do.’’ Spending some time meditating on why I was again forced to face this daunting and life-changing task, it became clear to me. Yesterday I learnt the important lesson of surrender and trust.
Surrender means letting go and trusting that you will be ok no matter the circumstances. Learning to let go of the way ‘’you’’ want things to go is often one of the most challenging, yet liberating tasks of growth. Surrendering and being open to change is also perhaps one of the most difficult lessons in life. It doesn’t mean giving up. It doesn’t mean that you move forward without taking any action. It doesn’t mean that you don’t care about an important situation. Surrender is about completely accepting what is, acting without expectations, and trusting divine intelligence to know what is best for your higher self and letting things take their natural course. In practising the art of surrender, you will start to be less attached to specific outcomes, stop forcing situations, release a great amount of unnecessary stress and be in a place of harmony with the natural flow of life.
When we surrender, we let go of attachments to the outcome. Sometimes the circumstances we have to deal with are not easy, but I truly believe that in overcoming these obstacles we are being called to or continuing on the path of awakening. Challenging situations give us the opportunity to clear our energy fields and take us closer to knowing the divine wisdom and intelligence that connects us all and that is in each and every one of us. Some of the challenges mean letting go of toxic relationships, grieving for loved ones and losing our material world. These trials and tribulations help us transcend the physical, material world so as to enhance our knowing and understanding of the non-physical where the universe communicates with us so that we may live an inspired and purpose-led existence.
When we trust the process of life we become more peaceful and tune into the present. The present moment is all we have and is the place where miracles and divine connection can occur.
“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment … Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle
Many of us go through life fighting and being in a constant state of worry, trying to control things, events and people. The reality is that we are only fighting with ourselves and resisting the natural energy flow of the universe. Living a life like this means we are distracted and unaware. We miss the beauty, love, synchronicity, support and blessings that are always all around us.
When you surrender, you invite and allow divine intelligence/spirit to take over the helm and guide you in the direction that is for your highest good.
When you surrender, you start accepting yourself and others. You stop worrying about what the future holds and you start to live. Right here and right now. What results is an inner peace that transforms you. That peace is the peace of divine source energy within your heart – the only peace that is lasting and that you can ultimately trust.
That is surrender.
‘’Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.’’ Lao Tzu