Spiritual Awakening and Surrendering

How do you surrender?

If you’re in the spiritual awakening process then you know that surrender is a huge part of the process (it’s essential) but it’s also usually the last thing we come to do.

And it can take years before we get to that point, and once we’ve surrendered it’s also something we have to do over and over again until the ‘surrenderer’ is no longer there to be surrendered.

So it’s a process.

Each time you surrender you’re transformed beyond your (former) self (state of consciousness).

You literally catapult yourself into oneness when you let go and surrender.

What happens is that you come to the end of your rope and there’s nowhere you can go and nothing more you can do.

You might be frustrated, defeated, exhausted, tired of struggling and seeking, and you may be the biggest control freak there is, but at some point in your awakening process you come to the place where you have nowhere left to go.

Nowhere at all, and no matter what you do nothing works. Nothing.

Been there yet?

This is the point where we finally are willing to lay down our fears and let go of the burden of carrying our worries and the need to control our desires, wants and goals.

This is when we surrender and turn it all over to that ‘something’ (call it what you want), either out of sheer frustration, but usually because we’re literally emptied out, completely empty, hollow and worn out.

Exhausted, and so, so tired that we just can’t take it anymore.

The ego is incredibly strong and persistent, that’s why it can take years of surrendering before the final surrender happens and we are fully liberated.

It’s a process that develops trust, humbleness, patience and the understanding of what love really is, but it can take years before the humbleness becomes mature and where it has grown beyond the pretentious.

And it can also take years before trust has developed to the point where we are 100% willing to give ourselves fully to the Truth of who we are.

When we want it more than we even want our own life (we don’t want to live if we can’t live the Truth) and when we sense deep within our hearts that it’s the only thing that could ever give us fulfillment.

We know it, and yet we fear it.

Until surrender finally happens.

And surrender can happen many, many (many!) times and go in cycles, or phases, where we surrender, take back the control and struggle for a while and then again come to a place where we have nowhere to go but to simply let it all go again.

Trust grows as we see more and more how this way of living (in complete surrender) is incredibly more rewarding and fulfilling than the life that we thought we wanted for ourselves.

It’s almost not possible to talk or write about because the love is so big that one become loss for words.

All in all it comes down to one thing. 

What matters is the act of surrender

It really is that alone that ultimately liberates us.

The awakening process all boils down to this: SURRENDER.

How, you may ask?

Besides from the obvious where we come to the place in our process where we realize that we need to let go of our attachments to outcomes and results (how we think life should unfold) and were we are finally willing to surrender our desires and dreams.

That’s one part, and of course that also includes the desire or goal to awaken or become enlightened.

We come to the point where we finally accept ‘what is’ (not as in resigning to it, but we stop struggling against it) and where we reach out to that ‘something’ that is bigger than our small selves and we ask it to take over.

All those struggles and the striving, the seeking, the doing and wanting, they all obscure the Truth of who we are and limits us because the ego self is trying to desperately hold on to what it perceives reality to be and how it wants life to be.

That’s where our suffering comes from, and what relieves us from it, is surrender.

It’s the last thing we do, and that’s finally what liberates us.

In the same instant a sincere, true act of surrender occur, we are ushered into profound relief, peace, joy, and incredible love, in the very same instant!

Yet still we go back and try to do it our own way again.. but this is how trust and patience develops so there’s a purpose for the back and forth going as well.

It goes in cycles and the cycle goes on and on until we are mature enough for the final surrender.

So there’s a lot of things happening at the same time in this process.

Trust is developing, patience is developing, love is being discover and little by little trusted upon, and we begin to slowly release the grip on what we think life is and how it should be.

In the end of this process we come to the realization that the way to live a fulfilling life is by surrendering to Life itself.

We stop pushing and going against ourselves and we get into the natural flow of things, into the natural rhythm of our life.

Surrender means letting go of everything, yourself included

First it happens by frustration or because of fear that could be likened to terror (fear that comes from believing in illusion), and then as we let go, we realize that what it is that we let go into is actually peace and love.

But we also let go into the unknown, into uncertainty, and this is where the ego self does not like to be, so naturally this is also where patience and trust gets developed.

It all intertwines with each other, it’s a growth process and a death and birth process all at the same time.

True, deep surrender always brings great relief, a sense of freedom, and the experience of finally being able to breathe again.

And it brings with it peace, wonderful, beautiful peace.

From this space then a new phase begins so it’s not like we stop living and doing etc, but that’s a whole other topic for another article.

With surrender we create space as we let go of the self and in a sense we’re allowing ourselves to move into oneness, unconsciously, but you could say that that’s what happens.

When we let go, we let go into Truth, and that’s where every fulfillment can be found but that’s not the reason we do it.

We think surrendering will be awful (defeating) or that we will never ‘get what we want’ or become enlightened or whatever it is that we’re holding on to. 

In the beginning there’s huge resistance to do this but as we mature spiritually the surrendering one day becomes the way we live, like there’s no other way to live.

We come to live a life where we’re no longer trapped or bound to the ego self.

By surrendering we have transcended to a new level of consciousness and until you come to the realization that you are consciousness itself you will continue the cycle of surrender (and taking back control) over and over again.

How to surrender

There’s many ways you can do this.

You can write it all out (a type of “letting-go-letter”), you can pray, you can cry and ask for help (as I did in the woods when I surrendered and asked for help to get free from my drug addiction).

It’s the act of surrender that counts, not how you do it. 

Here’s just one example of many ways you can surrender:

Lay yourself down on the floor, lay there on your back with your arms and legs spread out and simply let go of everything.

Let go of the need to understand, the need to know how exactly to do it (how to surrender) and what to say, how to be and so on.

Just “give up” (the struggle).

Literally just lay there and say something like  “Take me, I’m yours. Do with me what you wish, I won’t resist or avoid anything anymore. I’m sincerely yours”.

Say whatever sincere and natural words that comes from your heart and that’s enough, that’s all you have to do.

The answer is very simple but not necessarily easy as fear can creep in again five minutes later so you really have to surrender wholeheartedly.

Let go. Surrender. Just let go.

You don’t have to figure anything out, you don’t have to seek anymore, you don’t have to look for any answers or solutions anymore.

Just let go. Let everything go.

Take a deep breath. Relax your body as you lay there on the floor and let everything go as you breathe out. 

I’m telling you; this is the ultimate solution and answer to all your struggles and that the awakening process leads to anyway, so you might as well save yourself years of suffering by surrendering to Truth already now.

Right now is always a good time to surrender and let Truth take over your life.

You don’t even have to know what that is or what it means.

Just do it, and freedom, liberation and peace comes instantly.

Imagine when you lay there on the floor that there’s nothing more you have to do but to just let go into the Truth of your being.

Again, you don’t even have to know what that means.

The mere act of surrender will take care of everything if you just let go into it without any resistance at all.

The peace that comes when you do is the indication that something profound just happened.

Surrender is the answer. Do it (you will eventually anyway 🙂 ).

And feel the peace coming over you ♥

Read articles about spiritual surrender here.

And you might like this as well where I’ve shared bits from my own surrendering:

mariaerving.com/spiritual-madness 

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Comments

  1. Ganesh Shevate

    Hi Maria,
    Is it the purest form of mind (thoughtless, ego less..)through which we experience the clear awareness ?

    Ultimately we experience the enlightenment through mind only?

    Please clarify..

    with best regards,
    Ganesh.

  2. If you share a personal experience that your question is based upon then it’s easier for me to be at any help to you Ganesh.

    If you don’t have one to share then the questions that you asked are questions that are excellent to use in self-inquiry.

    So for example, if you are in a “thoughtless state” then ask within if that is ‘the experience of clear awareness’ and see what comes up to your conscious awareness.

    Same with your other question; ask yourself ‘what is enlightenment and how is it experienced’ and see what comes up.

    To hear the answers from without (from other people, reading it in a book etc) won’t get you any ‘nearer’ so to speak.

    You have to discover the Truth for yourself.

    But, again, if you have any personal experiences to share with me that you would want more understanding about or clarification around then please feel very welcome to share and then I’m more able to be to any assistance to you.

  3. Ganesh Shevate

    Hi maria !
    Thanks for your reply.
    Actually in meditation or in contemplation i experienced thoughtless energetic state many times. In this state I am nothing & there is clear understanding that there is body, mind thoughts.. etc.. Also I had a choice to access any thing or remain in the detached transparent state.
    I inquired inside within that who is understanding this ?
    Then answer came that it is the purest form of mind and it always answered if there is a question !!
    This is the whole experience.
    Now please guide me.
    Thanks & Regards,

    Ganesh.

  4. vik

    Hi Maria

    1) Some of the most successful multi-millionnaires i know and aspire to be like, PROMOTE working hard & taking massive action – how are they able to attract so much money and abundance in their life – when they cant even comprehend the meaning of surrender ( this is a huge internal conflict i have within ) – i want to do everything all my spiritual teachers tell me – i love the feeling of what my spiritual teachers tell me – however – all the people that i want to BE LIKE – are some of the most successful people in business and are far away from their spiritual selves

  5. I promote taking action as well, and yes, there’s work involved in anything that you want to accomplish and sometimes it’s hard work.

    I’m a ‘doer’ myself and I love working, I love being inspired and doing and it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, I don’t mind working 12-16 hour days.

    There is an appropriate time for everything and when you’re in flow with life the different phases becomes enjoyable and there is no stress (or fear).

    Living in the flow of life does not exclude working hard, but the work you do comes from a place of love, passion, inspiration and so on, so it fuels you, it drives you and energizes you.

    It’s a wonderful way to live! 😊

    I don’t know who the people are that you’re talking about that you’re inspired by but this I can say:

    You probably don’t know their innermost thoughts and feelings or the struggles they’ve been through and maybe are going through.

    I’m pretty sure that you have no clue what keeps them up at night, what they are worried and fearful about and so on.

    Many people are great marketers and it’s very easy to portrait being one person online and then being someone different in reality.

    They might have acquired their (worldly) success through their ego, and as I mentioned to you before, it’s possible to do that as it is a choice you can make if you want to live through the ego or your soul/Spirit.

    But as I said, we don’t really know what goes on in anybody’s personal life so speculating leads nowhere.

    The most important thing I want to share with you is this:

    Don’t try to be like anybody but yourself.

    People can inspire you and mentor you and so on, but don’t aspire to “be like them” as you wrote.

    If you do you are doomed to fail, miserably. You can never become like them.

    There’s only one Vik in this whole world, and you’re only here ONCE, so be You all the way, and give Yourself to the world (for the Universe to use), and that is how you will find purpose and happiness.

    Stop focusing on other people’s lives and how they’re doing and what they are doing and what they have and so on, and instead focus on doing You.

    Stop comparing yourself with others and where they are in their lives.

    Looking at what everybody else is doing is taking away energy from what your real focus should be on, which is You.

    Focus on doing You and doing you really good.

    The journey is all about the inner work, and not about acquiring a lot of information and looking left and right to see what everybody else is doing and where they are.

    Keep your attention on You and what you have to give, because whatever it is or will be, it’s not going to be what someone else is giving or doing.

    It’s going to be what Vik is here to do and give.

    So focus on yourself only, and your inner journey.

    Then you will find happiness (and all the other good stuff that comes from living in the flow of life).

  6. vik

    1) how would someone succeed through the ego – i dont know if thats even possible because ” nothing is good enough for the ego”

    2) fear of spending – i find myself getting very scared of spending and sometimes even if the spending is healthy – like for example – i want to spend to hire a coach for my business – but its eeking me out to spend the coaching fee – do you know why this happening and how i can change this

    3) how do i find what to GIVE to the world ?

  7. That’s my whole point!

    You will never become happy by going with the ego because the ego is end-oriented and thus never happy right now.

    Happiness is always in the future for the ego.

    When you live from your soul however you are happy already now, living in the present moment and enjoying what you do, right now.

    As I wrote in the article (part 3/3), everybody has their own definition of success.

    Regarding hiring a business coach:

    if you feel drawn to do that then do it. Don’t let your ego come in the way for you to be able to progress.

    This is why intuition is so important to develop, so that you come to know the difference between when the Universe is calling you to do something, and when it’s the ego voice talking.

    Lastly, focus on the Here and Now and simply do the next obvious thing and then the next step will be shown to you.

    Sometimes the “bigger purpose” is shown after you have started to take the smaller steps that are shown to you.

    And off you go from there.

  8. vik

    and what about the fear of spending – in my personal life and professional life
    what do i do about that ?

  9. Get to know the ego (grow your self-awareness) and develop your intuition.

    That way you will become tuned into your inner knowing and by that you’ll know what to spend/invest in and when to refrain from spending money.

  10. John

    I found your post googling what I have experienced 2 weeks ago. There was definitely a moment of surrender after years of distress. Especially 2 weeks ago. Once I surrendered the hours after are as you described. It was amazing. DIfficult to describe in words.

  11. You got right back into the flow of Life, John. It’s wonderful and magical isn’t it. 😊

    And you can move in that flow always by continuously surrendering to it and by going with the momentum of the guidance you receive.

    That way you move with life instead of struggling against it.

    It’s a beautiful way to live and you can always do that, even in difficult and challenging times in life.

    I highly recommend it! 😊

    The more you do it the more you will see how powerful it is, and how powerful you become in the process of it.

    Not from an ego point of view but from a deeper part in yourself that is always at peace no matter what.

    You connect with that and the stronger the connection becomes it’s like you’ve been born anew, and in a way you have, because now you live from a different place within yourself.

    You’re aligned with the power that runs your life, which is all within your own Self.

  12. Danyelle

    I feel as though i have surrendered many times. I can not grasp current dilema involves my young child that i dont know how not to fight for. Please help.

  13. What is it that you’re struggling with/about Danyelle? If you share more details about your circumstances/situtation it’s easier for me to help you.

  14. jeff savoie

    Hello. So I’ve been trying to complete/do correctly (for lack of a better description) the surrender process. I’ve become, probably what is too obsessed, with looking for more information on the whole spiritual awakening and any and everything associated with it. So the part of this that stood out to me the most was when you said not having to seek anymore, not looking for answers, etc…..just being. Maybe I’ve been clouding my mind with too much information. Am I taking what you said too literally, or should I just stop reading everything I can, and just let go for a bit, or good, and just trust my intuition?

  15. Definitely trust your intuition Jeff, I can feel it all the way here that that would be the right thing for you to do! 😊

    Take a couple of days off and don’t read or listen to anything spiritual, it will do you so much good, I promise you that.

    (And if you want to go longer than that too you will feel it intuitively as you go into the time of Silence and just Being.)

    But before you go and do that, here’s some articles that I know will be helpful to you:

    (Some may be for members only, I can’t remember them all, but you’ll see when you click on the links)

    https://mariaerving.com/stop-consuming-spiritual-information

    https://mariaerving.com/free-silent-retreat

    https://mariaerving.com/slow-down-new-clarity

    https://mariaerving.com/truth-meets-itself-in-silence

    I think they can inspire you to take maybe even a 24 hour fast from everything, where you just spend time alone with yourself.

    This post came to mind as well:

    https://mariaerving.com/spiritual-awakening-tips-walking

    I’d love for you to come back here and leave a comment and share how it was if you decide to do this!

    If you feel like it. I know it can be a personal and intimate thing, being alone with your Self. But if you feel like sharing, feel free! 😊

  16. Jeff Savoie

    Thank you many times over!!! I will at least first read those you sent me, and then, as I suspected, it is time for a mind-cation to let the dust settle if you will. I’ll report back. Again many thanks.

  17. jeff savoie

    I do have 1 more question burning a hole a in my head. And it feels like the one issue that has me stuck the most (I was hoping total surrender would help with it, although I know the surrender has to fully happen, regardless). I don’t know if you have an email I could send it to, although I personally don’t have a problem sharing it here. And since I’m new to you and your information and any one on ones you might have, I certainly would like to reimburse you for said information. It’s just something I would like some enlightenment on, so that I may properly enter my period of letting go (as I know it will be an issue that will come up) so I can take full advantage of it. If you have time to answer, when and where and how, let me know.

  18. I see. Ok, well, the options would be to either write and share here in the comments, or submit any questions or topic requests here:

    https://mariaerving.com/ask-maria

    You would need to become a member for this option, which you can learn more about here:

    https://mariaerving.com/membership-site-price-change

    Or, of course, you can choose to have a private one-on-one with me, which you can learn more about here:

    https://mariaerving.com/sessions

    But if you only have one small question, commenting here might be a good start, and I’ll do my best to help you. 😊

    I might even have an article for you that answers your question as I have written a lot about the spiritual awakening process in the past.

  19. jeff savoie

    As much as I am trying to embrace the entirety of “Oneness”, I struggle with, as you can imagine due to separation I see in others, and that as an empath struggling constantly keeping myself shielded from it, etc. My main issue, and not to write an epic novel, but in a nutshell, due to all of the social issues going on and everything…..and keeping opinions out of it (I’m adamant on being present there is no right or wrong and all that). But it’s when I have other’s thoughts, viewpoints, down to me having to what feels like compromising my soul to follow a new law or two that I don’t feel ok with. It’s like my entire being and intuition is fighting it. What the result is the anger that I feel towards them, which I then feel is defeating the whole point of Oneness. Call it disappointment, perhaps, but not only does it make it so hard to stay present, but I then fight continual guilt. And a lot of the anger I feel isn’t that I don’t agree with them or not, everyone has their set of what is correct for them and how they go about believing this or that. But it’s that I only see people as even more asleep, or only distracted by a new problem (covid for example), operating in very separated and negative 3D behavior….really just completely missing the point. Bottom line, how do I deal with them/situations, not get angry, without feeling like im tolerating intolerable behavior, and then the guilt afterwards for what can feel like justified anger. Sorry, that’s a lot. And I am looking into one on one for the future and to continue.

  20. Oneness is about accepting yourself wholly, it’s really about wholeness, and in that wholeness, your humanness is allowed.

    Feelings are not to be made wrong, but to be used as way-showers that can help you learn more about yourself and your own separateness from the One.

    So right now, what is happening, is that your ego is trying to embrace oneness.

    It is trying to be spiritual, and because it can’t, it’s judging and guilt-tripping itself, and that’s why you’re having these internal wars and conflicts with yourself.

    Guilt and shame etc are the tools the ego uses to get you off path, or out of alignment with yourself.

    But there so much here I can say!

    Everyone is on their own path and journey, and those who are less aware than you, are doing the best that that can from their level of consciousness.

    We all want peace and to be happy, but there’s a difference between trying to attain it and even seeing it, from the perspective of the ego, and the perspective of your soul.

    From your soul’s perspective no one needs to change for you to be happy, but from the ego’s point of view the cause to your unhappiness is always out there.

    It’s other people’s fault, the worlds fault, etc that you feel the way you feel.

    But that’s not true, and you might know this intellectually, but this has to be realized internally in order to be lived, and expressed outwardly too.

    There’s nothing wrong with having opinions for example, or speaking your mind. That too is a spiritualized ego-thing.

    You’re also a human being, and to acknowledge that and live in alignment with all parts of yourself (higher self as well as the lower/human self), is true oneness.

    Oftentimes anger, resentment and such, comes from lack of communication, so maybe you have just been swallowing and tolerating things for too long, thinking it’s the spiritual thing to do? (to not say anything)

    It’s actually when you realize that you do have a voice and you use it that you’re standing up for the Truth that is within you and that wants to be expressed.

    When you express yourself and voice your opinions from a place of your soul, there doesn’t have to be any conflict or anger involved.

    I think that taking a step away from all the negativity, like the news, social media etc etc, for a couple of days will help you get some distance to it and really be able to get more centered in Being.

    Take your attention away from the world for a while and turn to your soul instead.

    What happens then is that when you then change and become more of who you really are (warts and all), your love and compassion will also start to grow towards those who might not be as aware as you are, and then you won’t need them to behave differently in order to feel happy and peaceful inside yourself.

    But as I said, I could say so many things about this!

    It’s easier to talk about these things face-to-face (and less misunderstandings), so let me know if you’d like to book a private one-on-one and then we’ll just take it from there:

    https://mariaerving.com/sessions/

  21. PS: It’s also with everything that is happening in the world right now that we see the differences in our levels of consciousness even more clearly.

    But we always have the choice of involving ourselves in other people’s stuff, or just tending to our own garden so to speak, and let people figure things out for themselves.

    It’s just a realization that we don’t share common values or perspectives, and at the same time not having the need to have others change their opinion about you after you’ve expressed something that goes against what the majority thinks or believes.

    Was any of this helpful to you, did it help answer your question?

  22. jeff savoie

    This was perfect. A lot of what I knew was probably my pesky ego butting in newly discovered landscapes, so you reaffirming that was amazing. And the PS was more of the subject I am most struggling with. And I do know that everyone is all at their own level of consciousness, although I fear a lot of it is ignorance and fear based. And with that, I certainly am not out to sway anyone’s opinion, take or leave what I think, it’s all good. It’s only when I feel I’m being forced to compromise my principles on the 3D level (wearing a mask for instance, I feel so much of this isn’t even about the virus anymore, it’s a control thing, being grossly misused) so I have to adjust what my soul feels. And BOY how people with today’s issues are not open to anything other than what they already think. I feel it’s a platform being used to be “right”, and that’s that. But in the end, what you said about accepting myself wholly, higher and lower, that made sense for sure. So thank you very much. I do feel I need a day or two to let this all sink in along with the other links you sent me. But I will be hitting you up for a face to face. Like you said, so much more ground can be covered and things won’t be left out. One more thing, I’m not on Facebook, I never watch the news, and avoid “those” conversations at all costs. It’s when going out for errands and such that the barrage is unavoidable. Talk soon for the face to face!

  23. Glad to hear it resonated with you Jeff, and yes, the world is mostly run on a fear-based level of consciousness (or ignorance), but it’s also shifting now with a mass awakening happening on a global level, so that’s wonderful.

    Painful, but wonderful. The awakening process in a nutshell.

    Enjoy your alone time and talk with you soon! 😊

  24. Jeff Savoie

    Hello. Thank you and I am back and it has been quite the Whirlwind of A time these past couple weeks.
    I’m not sure how you feel on this subject so if you are not comfortable responding I understand. But myself as a starseed I knew way back in January that this virus Was just a catalyst for something much bigger. Short answer clearly it is for everyone to look inside themselves and for us to all be reconnected to the one source. And although this conversations is easy for me to explain to someone who is in 3D whether they fully understand it or not, how do I Respond to them when they asked me well what about everybody that is dying? I can’t just respond to them. I don’t believe and those as true deaths, and do not give it any energy as I have shifted into my own timeline and there and it’s 3D virus does not exist. I can’t tell them will the virus just isn’t real and you are all nuts, but as a fear-based pandemic and knowing full well the Mind controls the body, I want to tell them that you were all making yourselves sick but that still isn’t a response I can give to a 3D person who needs assistance in waking up

  25. Hi Jeff, good to hear from you again.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and beliefs, but I have no interest in discussing conspiracy theories. That may be some other people’s purpose and calling, but it’s not mine.

    My suggestion would be to work on yourself and your beliefs and by setting yourself free you also set the world around you free.

    Trying to get people to understand your perspective by twisting their arms and calling them nuts (even if it’s just in your head) is not helpful or productive at all.

    Let them be on their own path and turn the focus on yourself instead, and then when you’re more free and centered in yourself you’re also able to make yourself heard when it comes to things in the world that upsets you.

    Whatever feelings and emotions you have that are frustrating or making you feel angry etc. are all rooted in limiting and false beliefs you hold about life and yourself and has nothing to do with what’s going on ‘out there’.

    Trying to change the world from a perspective of ego is futile. Work on yourself instead, and when you change inwardly, your outer world will change as well.

    And if you’re role in this world is to be an activist or something like that then you will be able to channel your thoughts and beliefs in ways that are healthy rather trying to ‘make’ people hear you by being angry and frustrated.

    Here’s some of my articles about the Coronavirus that I wrote in the beginning of the epidemic, maybe they can offer you a different, more positive and empowering perspective:

    https://mariaerving.com/?s=coronavirus

    And here’s another more recent article that you might find helpful:

    https://mariaerving.com/awakening-to-higher-consciousness/

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