Surrender
 
This word used to freak me out.  I thought it meant losing, giving up, being disempowered.
 
So I never wanted to surrender.  I would hear people suggesting to surrender and I would think, uh uh, no way.
 
I didn’t want to have to roll over and just accept pain and injustice and that which I did not plan for.
 
Then I went through something really hard.  Something that was totally beyond my control.  Something that would wake me up in the middle of the night with a racing heart.  Something that would cause me to fear losing everything.   Months of anxiety and sadness.
 
And through the hardest period in my life I learned one of the best lessons I could have ever learned.
 
I learned to surrender.
 
Surrender is not losing.
 
It is not failing.
 
It is not giving up.
 
It’s being willing to accept that there is a bigger plan out there for you…
 
There are uncontrollable events that occur all around us: illness, death, divorce, accidents, job loss, world economic issues, catastrophic events.
 
It’s not your or my job to step in and change or alter those things.
 
It’s only our job to control our own thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions.  
 
I learned that surrender is part of a process of personal growth and enlightenment.
 
It’s actually the third step of four to really becoming awakened to who you are and the abundance that is available to you.
 
And surrendering only comes after you’ve been able to take responsibility for all of the things you need to.
 
Your thoughts.  Your feelings.  Your beliefs.   Your words.  Your actions.
 
You see, because first there’s Victimhood, and that’s where we look to other people, events, and situations, and blame them for where we are in life.
 
From there we can work on our minds uplevel to Empowerment, where we acknowledge our role in creating the life we do or do not want.  We stop blaming others and we take control, and become very aware of the way we influence our own life through our own thoughts and decisions.
 
But at some point, we have to also acknowledge that we are not in control of everything.  There are outside forces that we can’t influence…and it is there that we humbly surrender to the Universe, to God, to allow the true magic of who we are work with the incredible powers outside of us.
 
And we have to have faith that as long as we continue to work on our strengths, our empowerment, our influence, that is all that is needed to fulfill our destiny to reach abundance of our mind, heart, and physical selves. 
 
And once we have moved through Victimhood, Empowerment, and Surrender, accepted our lessons and applied them, we can move into a stage of Awakening and be available for every blessing we are destined for.
 
So surrender to the things that you cannot control.  But be aware of what you can control.  Believe in your mind that you are destined for a beautiful life.   And do everything you can to continually move toward that destiny with faith-lead words and actions that reflect your beliefs. 

đź’•Shannon


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