Surrender to the flow. What does it mean? Are you surrendering to your truth? Are you embracing the opportunities that appear in front of you? Because you are not made to resist. I was thinking about how we are told that growth happens outside of the comfort zone. There are many ways we work towards this growth. The key is that there must be action.
What Action Makes Growth Happen?
In order to achieve this growth, you start “doing” more. You are so inspired and excited to get started.
So you meditate. And you journal. And you go to therapy. And you get vulnerable on social media. And you say positive affirmations aloud. And you visualize. And you vision (they are different ;)). And you write out your goals, and your hopes, and your dreams. The ones you keep all balled up inside of yourself because you are too scared of what someone might say or think of it. That they might think it’s bigger than you are. And then you learn that that doesn’t matter.
So you put yourself out there. You publish your blog for the whole world to see. You tell your family and friends to check it out and tell others. You start writing books. You do more yoga. You practice mindfulness. You read books, lots of books, to help open up your mind. You do exercises that your coach tells you to do in order to crack yourself wide open, and for the first time you really SEE what lies in your soul and is screaming to get out.
So you get MORE transparent. You tell more stories on your social media. You even do more videos (scary!). You are raw, emotional, honest. You FEEL different. You FEEL.
You keep learning and seeking out new mentors. And you keep taking notes, and noting your thoughts to continue to center yourself more each day. And you practice more self-care. And you convince yourself it really couldn’t get more vulnerable than this. You couldn’t BE more real. You couldn’t surrender to your truth anymore.
But could you?
You think to yourself. I am doing it! I am revealing my true self every damn day.
But isn’t there MORE to surrendering? It doesn’t start and end with your virtual life online. Are you really surrendering in your physical being? Yes, you say. I’m meditating and doing yoga. I’m journaling. I’m saying affirmations. I am praying aloud. These are all physical things.
But what about contributing to your physical world? What about the interpersonal experiences that happen face to face? Are you following your fear in that aspect? Are you speaking at public events to spread your personal message? Are you purposefully placing yourself in situations that are uncomfortable in your community? Are you following the flow of the universe right in front of you in real life?
I’m reading “The Surrender Experiment” by Michael Singer right now and it’s got my brain running on overdrive. We can do all of these online things that our minds view as risks and scary, but what about the in person experiences? What about the meet ups? What about the networking events? What about reaching out to someone whose soul speaks to you just to chat in person?
I thought I was “doing the work.” I am making huge lifestyle changes, I told myself. I made my blog live. I journal twice daily. I read personal development books daily. I practice visualization and am expanding my meditation practice.
But where am I doing all this? Mostly in the comfort of my home safely hidden behind a computer screen. While it is still powerful to put myself out there in ANY form, don’t you think that taking the outside risks that are up close and personal will provide even higher energy and vibrations? Don’t you think there will be even more power and intention behind actions that keep you vulnerable in public space?
Start Saying “Yes”
Michael Singer started saying, “yes.” He left his thoughts and desires out of the equation. This guy loved to sit in solitude and meditate. He loved to be in center by himself. And he started seeing that he was made for service. That he needed to interact with people outside of himself, too. He started surrendering to everything the universe put in front of him. EVERYTHING.
Surrendering isn’t about saying “yes” to what is more comfortable to you. It’s not about picking and choosing what you say “yes” to. Surrendering is not about seeing some signs in front of you when it is most convenient and ignoring others. It’s all encompassing. Surrendering is saying “yes” whenever it presents itself, whether it is an in person something or an online something.
I know getting out of your comfort zone can and does happen online or over the phone and can be meaningful. In fact, it is probably a great way to start out with surrendering. But why not try video to create an even deeper connection and more powerful experience? Why not say “yes” to more things that involve putting yourself in a more vulnerable physical space with infinite possibilities?
Because potential dwells inside possibilities.
It’s why when I saw an ad online for a poetry showcase that I applied for the opportunity. I’ve always written poetry and loved it, but have always been afraid to share it with anyone.
So I said, “yes.”
I made a decision to lean into my fear and read my poetry aloud to a crowd of strangers. I saw this and thought to myself, follow the flow.
The flow of the universe is always moving. We are not meant to resist it. We are meant to do things outside of our comfort zone so we can grow. And imagine how much faster this growth can happen if you put yourself into these vulnerable situations both physically and emotionally. You will create a higher frequency vibration. You will be growing in a different dimension than if you just posted something on your Instagram page.
With greater energy comes greater potential. The things that are the HARDEST to do always present us with the greatest reward and most monumental experiences. So don’t you think that making these high stakes moves will create an even more powerful outcome?
Can you imagine the growth and possibilities? The potential you could release in yourself? Can you imagine the growth that could happen, if you just let it?
So tell me. Are you saying, “yes”? How are you following the flow?