When you loosen your grip on who you are, you open the door to becoming who you’re meant to be…
Stepping into the realm of change from a spiritual perspective is like embarking on a transformative voyage. It involves weaving trust into the fabric of your existence, letting go of that ever-elusive control, and bravely choosing to surrender to the ebb and flow of life. It’s a conscious decision to see the challenges you encounter as stepping stones for your spiritual growth, to find comfort in the middle of life’s unpredictability and to embrace the inevitability of change.
Initially, these all seemed like impossible tasks because I had been conditioned to seek control and certainty in an uncertain world where vulnerability continues to be a challenge and trusting in the unknown journey of life is an ongoing, forever-evolving accomplishment.
So, let’s remind ourselves about these simple yet profound concepts and expand our consciousness to face our fears head-on…
Nurturing Trust: In the spiritual realm, trust goes beyond putting faith in outside forces. It’s about connecting with something greater, whether it’s the Universe, a divine presence, or a deeper facet of yourself. This trust springs from the awareness that there’s a benevolent force guiding our path, a grand design unfolding before us and a wisdom beyond our comprehension.
Trusting our spiritual journey liberates us from the need to cling to familiarity, allowing us to welcome change with an open heart as a natural facet of our soul’s evolution. By nurturing trust, we are able to surrender gracefully to life’s current.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King Jr.
Relinquishing Control: Surrendering control, in the spiritual sense, means releasing the ego’s insistence on managing every detail of our life. It’s about letting go of the illusion that we can orchestrate every external circumstance. This doesn’t imply passivity; instead, it’s about aligning ourselves with higher wisdom.
Life is brimming with uncertainties, and the desire for security and predictability is only natural. Yet, the relentless pursuit of control can lead to exhaustion, anxiety, and an endless battle against forces beyond our comprehension. The fear of the unknown can trap us in the cycle of trying to dictate outcomes. Deep down, though, we yearn for a lighter load and inner serenity.
By letting go of outcomes and embracing the present moment, we create space for higher guidance to flow through us. This process lets us recognize that our true essence, our soul, transcends the limited control exerted by the ego. In this surrender, you make room for growth, transformation, and a deeper connection to your inner self and the divine.
The power to shape our destiny lies not in controlling external circumstances but in mastering our internal state of being. Yogi Bhajan
Summoning the Courage to Surrender: The journey of surrender begins by acknowledging that control is a mirage. Surprisingly, true strength lies in the willingness to let go. Surrender isn’t about giving up; it’s a courageous act that relies on trust in the universe’s wisdom. Surrender gifts us the freedom to be fully present in each moment and navigate life’s challenges with grace.
Surrender is not giving up; it is giving over to a power greater than oneself. Eckhart Tolle
Embracing surrender is an ongoing practice, and I have learnt to master the small acts of detachment and gradually work my way up to surrendering more significant aspects of my life.
So, if you ever find yourself wrestling with the need for control, remember, you’re not alone! Many of us share this struggle, but we’re all on this beautiful journey together. In Part 2 of our conversation, we’ll explore the roots of this need for control and discuss gentle steps to heal the wounds of our inner child.