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Surrender: You don't have to feel anxious

“The butterfly does not contradict the caterpillar; it is a natural stage of its unfoldment. At some point the caterpillar surrenders to the impulse of transforming into a butterfly. When the evolutionary impulse begins to cause you to want you to scratch its itch, you will know it. You don’t have to feel anxious about surrendering to it. Allow it. Surrender is simply saying, “I am available to what seeks to emerge through and as me.”” — Michael Beckwith


Surrender can be perceived as one of the most difficult parts of growth. It can easily be confused with a feeling of powerlessness. The idea of not doing something, anything, to address a problem seems to go against your very nature. However, surrender does not mean that you give up, stop trying or relinquish your sense of power.

It is precisely the opposite.

Surrender means you relax into acceptance of where you are and what is happening. You allow yourself to experience the feeling of powerlessness you associate with surrender and accumulated defeats. You don’t have to like what is happening, but it is within surrender that you choose to release your “death grip” attachment to what you want, think or believe should happen.

When you’ve exhausted all mental, emotional and physical resources and attempts at situational manipulation to no avail, you’ve come to the end of resistance. When you stop resisting, the tension and angst within your body and around the situation subsides. All is quieted and the solution oriented energy can move.

The energy can begin to shift on your behalf because now you are receptive.

It is within surrender that you realize you can let go; that there is power is letting go. You don’t have to figure it all out. You can be willing to acknowledge that just because you can’t see a beneficial outcome, does not mean one is not happening.


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