Surrender seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Many on the spiritual path will tell you that they already do that, but when you ask about their practice they will inevitably begin telling you about a technique they use to meditate. Others will tell you they surrender all the time and quote book and verse to back it up. Indeed, there probably is some degree of surrender in their lives, but such surrender can only be minimal.
Until one has had sufficient experience in a controlled environment (see Conditions for Practice) where there is no outside influence, it is nearly impossible to recognize the limitations being imposed on one’s surrender. This is due not only to the machinations of the mind in general, but more specifically, to preconceived ideas and expectations.
From the Meditation Essentials High Noon Course, Surrender Meditation:
The inevitable question that comes up for anyone practicing Surrender Meditation is, “Did I do that, or was that shakti? Am I really surrendered?”
This question gets asked in many forms, but it’s really the same question. You want to get it right because you want God, Truth, the Divine, so you want to be surrendered “right.” This is where faith comes in. In Surrender Meditation, you to have to give up trying to get it right and just surrender. If you’re trying to get it right, that means you have some idea of what right is going to look like… Giving up preconceived ideas and expectations is the key to success in this meditation. All you can really do is surrender to the Divine and let things unfold naturally, trust God, trust Shakti.
It is almost impossible to be perfectly surrendered in the beginning and even for some time after that. This is primarily because of the preconceived ideas and expectations that are hiding out in the mind that you don’t know about. These ideas and expectations are so powerful precisely because they’re hidden.
From the New Dawn Meditation Essentials Course, Non Technique Meditation:
… you must let go of having to have your experience in meditation, as well as the results of your meditation, be any certain way.
This is the problem with trying to surrender in life, on the street, at the job, or even at home, where one cannot afford not to try to make things be a certain way. In daily life, there are responsibilities. Ignoring these responsibilities only brings unhappiness and creates even greater limitations. However…
[in Surrender Meditation] expectations and preconceived ideas are set aside. Thoughts about these things may arise in meditation, that is to be expected, but just because the mind gets involved in this does not mean that you are interfering with the job you’ve handed over to the Divine. On the contrary, this may be a mental clearing, so just be willing to let your meditation be the way it is.
Surrender … is the choice to allow the Divine absolute authority over your meditation — you delegate God, the Divine, Spirit, by your own choice.
Though when we take up the practice of Sahaja Yoga we may have great expectations, it is when we can allow ourselves to abandon these expectations that we reach the goal. Once having experienced that goal, even minimally, our joy and surprise is beyond description. We are hooked. Sadhana begins to take first priority over other, lesser things in our lives, and we await our meditation time with eagerness and even greater expectations — but this time, with the experience of knowing what is possible.
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