Surrendering to Life

Trumpet PlayerI was thinking about Jesus this morning and all the sermons I’ve heard over the years about his purpose for being which, I believe, can be summed up as: ‘He came to show us the way Home.’ He spoke of love and faith and peace and he showed only compassion to those who were ‘not good enough.’

For me, his most powerful example of how to get Home was in surrender. When his peers were repulsed by his teachings, his Father in Heaven asked him to surrender both being a man, a leader, a warrior and being a god who had the power to create food from the air, to tame nature, to heal–even the dead–and to free himself with only a thought. Perhaps our Creator said to the man in him, “Let them do what they will and you will show them how to yield to the Great Divine Plan. Be at peace throughout the ordeal and you will show them how to live.”

Surrendering with grace and equanimity to experiences beyond our control seems the hardest way of all. Why? Because we have all suffered painful losses, we’re grieving and we must grieve to heal. In surrendering to the grief, however, we enter a deep, quiet place within: the only place where healing the pain can occur.

Surrendering to life with grace and equanimity is also the most affirmative path to take, because with acceptance we stop fighting. Though sacrifice and painful losses can be almost too much to bear, the truth is, we all lose people we love, or our jobs or homes or our health. No one is exempt because we come here to grow–back Home. If everything always came up roses, we wouldn’t need God, ever. We would remain apart from the Whole, never knowing the profound bliss of unconditional love, both receiving and giving it. Who was it who said, “Follow your bliss”?  I can’t remember, but let’s start together, right now.

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12 thoughts on “Surrendering to Life

  1. Beautifully said Pam. I was not raised in a religious or spiritual home so the “jesus died on the cross for our sins” story has never made any sense to me. But when you interpret the story, I can get it; I can see that Jesus’ sacrifice may have been about teaching us how to accept the pain and injustices in life that are beyond our control. You should be Reverend!! With love…Kim

      • There are times when I hear Christian stories told when I feel like it is a religion that I could embrace….thank you Sweety!! Kim

        • Hi Kim,
          At the heart of our Home is Love and all that emanates from it: compassion, forgiveness, divinity within male and female, peace, tolerance, honesty, moderation, joy, oneness, humility, patience, light and wisdom. Many enlightened ones have tried to show us the path home, but even on the path, it is very difficult to set aside the ego, the illusions of the world and trust in the Greater Plan for our personal lives and for the world. Edgar Cayce described it this way: We evolve through many lifetimes and this can be compared to traveling upward in an elevator and we’re going, going, going and then the elevator stops for someone getting off and we look out the door and think, “Oh, I like it here! I’m getting off, too.” And we can stop and live at-one with All That Is, but we mostly forget, get tangled in our attachments and messes, learn some more from the ‘school of hard knocks’ and work our way up the elevator again. The words of the Wise Ones are always the same but, though I don’t know this for sure–how could I?, the baby named Jesus was God choosing to become a man, I believe to reflect light into the world so we would not confuse the message. The effect of this was that those in power chose to keep bits and pieces of Christ’s message and bury the rest. Those men blamed and cursed women, denied reincarnation (how could they control us with fear if we knew we could try again?), stomped our love and reverence for Nature (which is God’s gift to us of angels on Earth) and absolutely shredded peace as the heart of God’s message. We’re still warring over ‘my religion is the only religion and I will kill you to prove it.’ Being a follower of Christ in our world means passive-resistance of the world’s focus, which is false in so many ways, carrying a torch for those less fortunate and loving God (whatever His or Her holy name) first, so that we may be instruments of Love. Some days I tell myself, “Today, I love God first and will remain centered, balanced.” Then, of course, my ego-desires take over, laugh and say things like, “Good luck with that!” All I know for sure is, those men of power hid most of what Christ gave to us and twisted what they allowed. It’s no wonder there’s so much confusion around Christianity–and all great religions of peace, for that matter. Our shadow or dark-selves are determined to keep us off the path of light. I am happy that stories of Love touch your heart. And now I’m going to stop before I use a comment box to write a book. 🙂

          • LOL, I think your little “book” above could be the introduction to our book, or your next book! Nicely summarized and so true….I have believed, since I was about 12 and with no religious training, that all religions are teaching the same thing only with different stories and practices. Good night, Pam…I love it when you get on a roll!!
            With love from Kim

            • I did get on a roll there, didn’t I? Thoughts were moving and my fingers kept up for once…And, you knew that all religions are teaching the same things since you were twelve–eh? I’m not sure I knew what religion was when I was twelve, so I’d have to say, in light of this slip, that you do have something to say for ‘our book.’ 🙂

              • I was not sure if my replies were going through…so you got the one where I said that. I did not include it i the second and third messages because I am not sure if it is true. But my 12 year old did know without any religious teaching. Some things we are just born knowing. We will keep the book idea alive….see what happens!!

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