Shifting Perception

In Surrender Meditation, one surrenders oneself to the power of shakti, prana, kundalini, the feminine Divine.

My teacher was a patriarch. The last time I saw him before he left this plane of existence, he directed me to “bring back the worship of the goddess.” Looking at the many icons of male deities, I noticed how feminine they looked. I thought about this. And then I thought more about women.

Women have almost always and everywhere been owned, first by their fathers and then by their husbands. Women are either mothers, daughters, crones or whores (spinsters, old maids and divorcees being unworthy of mention). In some belief systems, women are only half human until they are married, in others systems, they can only enter into heaven if they are married. In some cultures, female children are considered liabilities and may be killed at birth, while male children are assets. Widows are shunned, while widowers are consoled and retain respect. Yet many of these same belief systems claim to hold women in higher regard than themselves (the men).

Goddess – a female deity
Worship – spiritual practice, sadhana

Women seem to be willing to do or sacrifice anything for their children. They are protectors, surprisingly strong, and have an amazing capacity for endurance. They tend to have an affinity for the natural, are not generally afraid of emotions, love to love, and know how to surrender.

So, God as male, or God as female? It seems confusing when all these things are considered, but the issue is actually irrelevant. God/Truth is beyond duality and the limitations of gender. To think otherwise is the essence of idolatry.

A shift in perception is needed.

What you truly are is Divine, free of all forms of suffering.

Suffering for points or gain, including martyrdom, must end. This is not natural for anyone. It is proud, aggressive and forceful, whether one is male or female, and only brings grief.

Suffering and self-flagellation of any kind will not get anyone to union with God. It won’t even burn off your karma — you only create more karma by self-flagellating. Violence and suffering-for-points has been engrained in society worldwide for thousands of years — “no pain, no gain,” “go for the burn,” “competition is a good thing,” “war on drugs,” “fight disease,” and so on.

I do not believe that either anarchy or matriarchy is the answer; they are just the flip side of the same old patriarchal coin. We must move toward Truth together to see the face of God directly, to know that God is love, abundance, harmlessness and never-ending joy — and so are we. To see this in others, we must see it in ourselves.

God is love, abundance, harmlessness and never-ending joy,
and so are we.

The whole world is one family.

We can remind ourselves of this whenever we think or feel otherwise. If this is all we ever do, it is a good practice that will inevitably move us closer to fulfillment and a better world.

Surrender sadhana is Goddess Worship. When one surrenders the body, feelings and mind to God in meditation, one is practicing Goddess Worship. Surrender to God is surrender to Goddess: shakti, prana, kundalinii. The following excerpt from the High Noon course, Surrender Meditation, says…

Energy is a main feature of meditation and spiritual practices in general. In Eastern tradition, energy is power and is considered female. It is a subtle manifestation of the Divine. Because it performs so many different functions, it has many different names. Three of these names are shakti, prana, and kundalini.

Shakti is the Divine Energy whose function is to get things going. Usually translated into English as “power,” it is shakti that makes things happen. Because it is shakti that gets things started, it is sometimes used synonymously with the word “initiation.” Shakti is another name for “Holy Spirit.”

Prana is shakti in a body. This Life Energy, prana, is the power that sustains and maintains your life. Prana’s job is to sustain and maintain the body. It keeps you alive. When prana leaves the body, this is known as death.

Kundalini is the evolutionary power. It is through kundalini that we can evolve to our natural state of perfection, Divine Love and Joy, and become liberated. Kundalini means “little coiled one.” DNA is kundalini’s physical form in the body.

In Surrender Meditation, through shaktipat (initiation), and by delegating authority over your body, feelings and mind in meditation to God, prana is free to act in your best interest. When prana has been free long enough and thoroughly enough, the stage is set for the spontaneous awakening of kundalini.

I have chosen to surrender to That which I wish to know and to be united with. I have used surrender sadhana, Goddess Worship, for this purpose and it has worked. It requires a shift in perception, a radically different way of looking at meditation and everything else, and allows for alignment and ultimate union with Truth, naturally. It works regardless of religion, atheism, agnosticism, tradition, lineage, or belief systems of any kind, for Truth is not dependent on our beliefs.

Pranamas to Divine Mother Shakti.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that you really are),
Durga Ma

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Will and Surrender

“No matter what path you are on, sooner or later you will have to resort to surrender.”

When, after years of struggling to achieve fulfillment through the use of the will, someone comes along and makes a statement like this, it is no wonder that most people balk and walk away. After making a huge investment of time, energy and probably money, it is no wonder they are reluctant to become involved in something they see as throwing that investment away.

I use the word ‘will’ as a direct opposite to ‘surrender’ to indicate the attempt to make something happen or not happen through force or resistance. By definition, ‘will’ is the control deliberately exerted to do or restrain something. Surrender, on the other hand, is to cease resistance or force, to give in and abandon oneself to a powerful influence. My own usage of the word ‘surrender’ identifies this powerful influence as God, Truth, the Divine.

In the beginning of my Non Technique Meditation classes, which followed a course in meditation techniques, I would tell students that they were now going to do an about-face. To illustrate this, I would have them stand up straight in a doorway and, with their arms rigidly straight, not bent at the elbows, press the backs of their hands against the door frame as hard as they could, and hold this position until they couldn’t maintain it any longer. When they had had all they could take, they were to casually walk away. As they walked away from the door-frame, their arms rose up automatically in defiance of gravity. They got the point. This is the way opposites work. If you push on something hard enough and long enough, it will inevitably flip to an opposite.

Sincere and devoted people on willful paths often become discouraged after many years. They hit a wall, give up, and return to submitting themselves to the demands of the world because they are unaware that there is another option, that an opposite force has been trying exert itself and only appeared to be a wall, an obstacle, a dead end. So their opposite is to go back to living an ordinary, worldly life, and embrace it. They put on a good face, but they are not happy. They have taken this route because they have no awareness of surrender as a specific and viable alternative.

Surrender goes against everything we have been taught. We are supposed to be in control. Our society is organized around the necessity for using the will to be in control. If we aren’t in control, we could end up with nothing. With nothing, how can we live? We have to have a job (preferably working for someone else so we can get “benefits”) in order to make money so we can pay rent or a mortgage, and then we have to manage that money and pay taxes on it. Where is the time for God? Where is the time for sadhana? Our time is so limited that we are lucky to find an hour a day to acquire a passing familiarity with any kind of meditation.

After trying to attain fulfillment by willful means, the day inevitably arrives that one walks away from that endeavor, for the Divine cannot be reached by using the mind, and the use of the will automatically activates the mind. If we are genuinely and sincerely determined, we may walk away, but we will never quit. The option left to us is to surrender, to stop trying to force the inevitable, and to give in and leave everything to God.

My experience has shown me that this statement is true: “No matter what path you are on, sooner or later you will have to resort to surrender.” This is true experientially, and it it true logically. Surrender is the road less travelled. It is not compatible with our society and its demands, yet it is a road we must take if we are to attain and maintain our progress. There is nothing to lose, even if we give up down the road, for no progress is ever lost.

Durga Ma

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