The Power of Surrender

What are YOU resisting?

I have currently been traveling in the United Kingdom for five weeks now.  In these five weeks I have been on my own, although I have met some wonderful people and fellow travelers along the way.  For three of these weeks, I have been housesitting for a lovely family deep in the English countryside where I currently am looking after a dog, a cat, four guinea pigs and eight chickens!  Many days pass without speaking to a single human being, and this has given me plenty of time to rest, contemplate, pursue my metaphysical degree, meditate and simply be.  

However, I found it extremely difficult being in this countryside during my first week.  I experienced emotional highs and lows without explanation, and spent many hours trying to define what I was going through.  I felt my guides and angels trying to get through to me, but I was so wrapped up in my emotions that it made it difficult to listen.

After about a week of going through this inner turmoil, I began writing in my journal.  After releasing my emotions on paper, I wrote, “I am resisting being here.”  This took my greatly by surprise, and I had to pause for a good five minutes to focus on this reality.  I was resisting being here.  This was the most enlightening source of information I had realized on my journey as of yet.

Right then I felt an urge to pick up The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  This is a book I felt I should take with me while traveling.  Rather than power-reading through it as I normally do with books, I have let my intuition tell me when and where to read it.  In doing this, no matter when I picked it up, I found that whatever part I was reading was exactly relating to my current emotional experience.  This time around, after I wrote that sentence in my journal, I opened the book to where I had left off, and right there was a part about resisting!  Talk about synchronism!

What I found out was that I was resisting my experience being in the United Kingdom because I was always putting my thoughts in the future instead of the here and now.  Traveling can be quite busy, as there is so much planning involved, and you are constantly keeping track of the next train, the next residence and the next activity.  Yet really, travel has nothing to do with this; you still have this same component in your daily life, always thinking of the next thing, the next appointment, the next task, the next chapter of your life.  While I think its good to plan and be organized, spending all your time doing this completely robs you of your entire life because you’re never present.

You are resisting your current experience because you are removing yourself from the present moment.  Many of us are seeking to improve our lives, but in doing so, we are constantly thinking thoughts such as, “What will be my next action?” or “When I have this figured out, then my life can get started.”  This puts us in hypothetical mode, and removes us from living life now.  What occurred to me was this: I’m missing it.  I’m missing my entire experience here because I’m always thinking or worrying about the next thing.  How can I enjoy myself if I’m not actually here?

Once I brought all my attention to this and all the root causes underneath, I felt complete and utter surrender.  I woke up the next day full of enthusiasm, elation and joy.  I found myself struck with enormous motivation to accomplish so many things, and to simply be in the moment.  Everything I was worried about suddenly vanished into a void of non-existence.  It was beautifully empowering.  I had surrendered to my present moment.

The Importance of Surrendering

Mr. Tolle is one of the most revered contemporary spiritual teachers, and I have to say, he makes surrendering to the now sound super easy!  From my point of view, its going against everything we’ve been conditioned with as human beings.  This means we have to reprogram our entire way of thinking, which completely consists of the ego.  Therefore, for many of us, it can be extremely difficult.

In order to surrender, you have to bring all your attention to what you’re fighting against.  Once you identify what you’re resisting, you realize that there was nothing to resist in the first place.  You might even chuckle at yourself for creating so much drama in your head.  

You might think, “I’m not resisting anything!”  At this point, I can see my guardian angel Dominic give a wry smile with the thought, “Oh, believe me–you’re all fighting against something.”

Dominic has helped me realize that when we give up that fight, not only do we see that there was nothing to fight against in the first place, but we stop creating things to fight against.  When we are always in resistance-mode, we unconsciously create more obstacles, many of them not tangible, that keep us in a state of resistance.  Drama.  

Many might protest that there are many unfortunate and tough circumstances in their current lives, so of course they have to work against those circumstances.  I’m going to let Dominic explain here:

“We angels are not denying that you have struggles.  What we want you to understand is that when you are fighting against these struggles, you are fighting against yourself.  There is no reason to fight.  You fight because you feel this is the only way to gain control.  This comes from your human instinct of fighting or running from anything that is life-threatening.  Your ego has stolen this instinct from you, so that now whenever you come up against any type of struggle, your ego is telling you to fight it.  For all non-life threatening matters, this is not necessary.  Accept your current circumstances by letting go of the need to control the outcome.  When you do this, you leave room for change to occur within you, which can then be applied to your life situation.”

Basically, we are asked to stop resisting whatever is and accept it.  This does not mean we have “given up.”  This means that we bring ourselves back to the present moment, thereby eliminating the need to fight for a hypothetical outcome that we’re trying to bring about.  When we do this, we are given complete and utter freedom, because we realize all we have is the present moment.  Upon this realization, we see we are free to make any changes we want, as long as the changes are applied to the here and the now.  This then sends an energetic chain reaction out to the universe, telling it, “I’m making changes!  Bring them on!”  We are letting the universe know that we are pursuing joy through change in the present moment, rather then letting the universe know that we are worried about the future, which ultimately brings us more things to worry about.

How to Surrender

Surrendering to the moment isn’t easy for us humans, especially, as I said, we’ve been conditioned to do otherwise.  It is also something that we can’t only do once and expect everything to be awesome.  It is a practice that you have to do over and over again, because your ego, now threatened, will put more things in your mind to worry and fret over, thereby getting its nourishment.  Whenever you find yourself worrying, you are resisting the moment.  Acknowledge that, and know that all you have is here and now.  In the here and now, nothing is wrong.

In order to help you figure out what you’re resisting and why, I have a simple exercise you can do.  All you will need is a quiet space for about 10-15 minutes, a writing utensil and a paper to write on.  You may want to play some soothing music, light some incense or a candle, and ask your angels and guides to be with you while you do this.

1) Take a moment to center yourself.  Take deep, life-giving breaths in through your nose, filling up your diaphragm, and exhale slowly.  Visualize healing golden light pouring all around you and through your body.  You are in a safe space.  

2) Acknowledge that you are resisting.  Write, “I am resisting my current experience.”  Then ask your higher self to show you the emotion underneath this resistance.  Write down the very first word that comes to you.  It may be “worry”, “hopelessness”, “unhappy”, or even a full sentence.

3) Thank your higher self for this information.  Take a deep breath and ask for the next layer of emotion that is under the previous one.  Write the first word or thought that comes to you.

4) Continue to peel away the layers with the same process.  Do this for as long as you feel the need.

5) When finished, ask that all these emotions be lifted off of you and transmuted into loving energy.  See yourself being cleansed with the golden light.

6) Next ask to be surrounded and filled with soft, gentle pink energy and love.  Write and affirm, “I surrender myself to the present moment.  I am in the here and now.”  Thank any heavenly helpers who are with you.

When doing this exercise, its important not to think or try too hard.  Just let things flow, and keep yourself from second-guessing.  You might be surprised what you come up with and release!  Here is an example of what it might look like:

Resistance–>Worry–>Uncertainty–>Laziness–>Lack of Motivation–>Fear of Making Mistakes—>Not Trusting Myself–>Fear of Judgement

Do this as often as you want.  Remember the first step is always to recognize that you are resisting something.  It is easy to identify because you are typically resisting when  you find yourself worrying.  If you teach yourself to catch this, you can bring yourself back to the present moment, surrender to it, and embrace a better quality of life.  Once you drop the need to resist, you drop the need to control, which gives you infinite freedom to make change!

Develop your Psychic Senses!

Don’t forget to check out the new page on my website, the Psychic Me.  This is a series of video lessons companioned with literature in the form of downloadable PDF’s to help you develop your psychic senses.

You don’t need to be a professional psychic in order to use your psychic and intuitive abilities!  Many would like to incorporate their spiritual power into their daily life, and this series is aimed at helping you do so.  Many lessons will be continuously added, so stay tuned for more.  Currently the Introduction and Lesson One are posted.  Enjoy and have fun!

 

 

Weekly Guidance July 28-August 3, 2014

This week has a theme of pulling back and applying structure and evaluation.  You might have to make lists and organize details, as well as review major and minor themes that keep occurring in your life.  You are encouraged to be the leader in your life!  This is a very necessary step in order to grow and flourish, but don’t let it weigh you down!  Know that you are protected and watched over during this process.  Keep your spirits up and balance your emotions by integrating fun and light-hearted activities in your daily life.  The weekend shows us feelings of accomplishment, balance and joy after this process.  Embrace who you are fully and show yourself unconditional love as we move forward with strength into August!

 

August 2014 Forecast

August is a very internal month.  Although there aren’t many things relating to our tangible lives, something that WILL affect our tangible lives is our inner growth.  This month is about balancing our emotions and recognizing the Divine power within us all.  Its time to break away from groups and identifications that no longer resonate with you.  This will make room for ideas and passion, and allow you to focus on what you choose.  You are urged to recognize the MAGIC within you.  After this month, you’ll have your arms open to the many possibilities, and you’ll be better prepared because you are more connected to the guidance within!  Enjoy this beautiful month of expansion and growth.  

See also Archangel Ariel’s Monthly Message for us

 

Guidance for August 2014 from Archangel Ariel

There is a wonderful scene in the film Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part II, where (spoiler alert!) Harry dies and his soul passes into what we could call “the waiting room.”  There he meets the spirit of his mentor Professor Dumbledore, who guides him, if somewhat cryptically, through his questions and speculations.  I don’t need to go through the entire scene, but the one part I want to point out is when Harry asks the Professor, “Is this all real?  Or is it just happening inside my head?” to which the Professor replies, “Of course its happening inside your head, Harry!  Why should that mean its not real?”

Whether you’ve read the books or seen the movie or not, let this be a guiding thought for you this month: Just because its happening inside your head does not mean its not real.  Let the phrase “its just your imagination” lose validity from your consciousness, and embrace the truth that what happens inside your mind is, in fact, more real than what happens outside of it.  I might just be suggesting that our current concept of “reality” can be switched around with our current concept of imagination.  Our current world is, in fact, a material manifestation of our spiritual growth, and only temporary; our spirits, ourselves, are more real than this world and are infinite in space and time.

I mention this because this month of August, we will be pushed to not just recognize ourselves as Divine creators, but wholly change our mindset.  Instead of just reminding ourselves that we are spirits, this month is about embracing this truth so that we see through our spiritual eyes and not our physical ones.  Since our imaginations are a direct link to our Divine power, its time to understand that when things, such as meditations, happen inside your head, it is just as “REAL” as that tree outside your window.  Your mind, your visualizations and your imagination are powerful!  When you return to your spirit form, you will see that the INSTANT you think of something, it manifests right in front of you.  Since we live on a material plane, it takes longer for manifestation to occur; however, it still happens.  This is why we must not only try to stay positive, but more importantly, say “yes” to this concept.  In doing so, you say “yes” to your true self: Yes, you are Divine, and yes, you can create whatever you want.  You’ve got the power!

Archangel Ariel came through this month and delivered what I must say is the most ethereal message I’ve received as of yet.  Ariel is indeed a “lioness of God” as her name suggests.  Although the angels do not have a gender, she displayed a very feminine energy to me when connecting with her, and I cannot describe how ENORMOUS her presence is.  She very much felt like a QUEEN, extremely powerful and very gracious (and somewhat of a diva…I could feel Archangel Michael poking fun at her).  She is best known as the archangel of nature and animals, and that is apparent as she has a very “Mother Earth” energy.  She can also be considered an angel of new beginnings, which is what August is all about: new beginnings from within ourselves.

 

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Since August marks that we are over half-way through the year 2014, it seems fitting that we are being pushed to make important changes from within.  Here is some information and key points from Ariel about this month:

1) This is our turning point month–we are applying our emotional lessons and initiating changes that set the tone for the rest of the year

2) Continue to stay in touch with your feelings and release all that no longer serves you.

3) Your life is not YOU–you are a Divine being.  Be in touch with this aspect about yourself.

4) Everything happens in cycles.  If you look at nature, it operates this way, and so do you.  Recognize that you are continuously going through a cycle of growing, blooming, releasing, resting and growing again.  There is no END GOAL.

5) If you want to accomplish something, you must stop worrying about how the end result will occur, and simply embrace the current process of being and doing the change.

6) You must constantly remind yourself of your beauty and love.  Practice eye-gazing in the mirror to bring this about.  Look in a mirror and gaze deeply into your own eyes for an extended period of time.  You will see your soul.  Do this often so that you can truly realize the Divine within you.

7)  You will need to clear your chakras often this month, and ground yourself, as it will be a sensitive and emotional month.  

Here is Archangel Ariel’s direct message to us:

Dear Beloved Ones,

I AM ARIEL, Queen of Nature and Divine Strength!  I call on you now to embrace YOUR Divine Strength!  Cease to resist your true nature and begin to create your experience!  DO NOT WAIT for circumstances to come into your life, changing your outer world.  Do you not realize that nothing will truly change, no matter how many new people, jobs or homes enter your life?  The change comes from within, and all new things in your outer world will never bring that change you crave until you transform your inner being!

You ask, then, how can I change from within when my life is so lacking now?  You must first recognize that you are resisting who you are.  Look around you, and accept your current circumstances, but know that this is not you.  Now see YOU, a being of LIGHT AND LOVE, a great powerful creator of manifestation, and accept this.  Surrender to your great power.  When you do this, you HEAL, and bring forth the change you desire, because you have transformed your inner world, and that is where it all begins.

This will indeed be a month of surrender.  You decide to surrender controlling the outcome, surrender to controlling others, and allow yourself to surrender to your own inner truth.  Do you not feel how powerful you are?  You are blocked by worry and trying too hard.  Success is near, and you have felt this coming.  You can SEE you are near what you call a “breakthrough!”  You are frustrated because you are expecting a well-defined idea, a material idea, of how your life can be–a new job, location or relationship.  This is not the breakthrough, but rather the connection to your Divine Self is.

We are SO CLOSE to you this month, and this is because you will have lots of emotional ups and downs–doubts, release of doubts, sorrows, release of sorrows, and so forth.  Relationships and communication will develop, but your acceptance of yourself is what will move you forward.  Again, I say, stop resisting.  You resist yourself, your life, because of fear.  Let us be close to you and help you with this.  When you are in pain, bring all your focus to the pain and tell us to help you release it.  Then fill yourself with as much gratitude as possible, because this will help you embrace your manifestation powers.

Your focus is to not worry, but be.  Be who you are and become familiar with that idea.  You are not how you are living your life–you are the center of the universe.  Reconnect with that.  You are very supported, and we are helping you transition into the present and away from the ego.  Call upon us always.  

 

Well, it is rather cryptic, is it not?  What Ariel is urging us to do is to be present.  We are currently seeking changes in our life, but what she is pointing out is that no matter how many changes we make, we will always be looking for the next change to make.  Therefore, we can change anything about our lives as much as we want, but still be left unsatisfied because we are always seeking yet another thing to transform.  We will continue to feel unsatisfied unless we connect with our timeless selves.  The first thing to do is: accept that you are Divine, instead of just thinking about it.  BE where you are, and be who you are.  Remember we are human beings, not human doings.  

Whether you live comfortably with countless amenities, or in an underdeveloped part of the world, this applies to us all.  When she speaks of “surrender”, she is not asking you to give up, but rather stop fighting against how your life is currently.  When we fight, we create more obstacles, mainly within ourselves.  Instead of fighting, you must accept.  Only when you do this, can you make ROOM for changes and take actions to improve your situation.  By accepting, you become present, instead of always thinking and worrying about the future.  When you are present, you are open to inspiration, which leads, ALWAYS, to change.  Then you will have nothing to fight against.  

The angels are extremely close with us during August, so call upon them for support and guidance every day!  Remember, however, that you are just as powerful, loving and beautiful, and this is what they want us to remember.  When we surrender to this realization–that we are Divine–all our seeming problems will dissolve, and we will move forward fearlessly.  Make time to connect with your Divine self each and every day.  

Weekly Guidance July 21-27, 2014

This week embrace the energies of creation, motivation and action without letting any past events or feelings hold you back! This week is all about knowing you have what it takes to be the ultimate resource. Let go of any inhibitions that have been holding you back, and know that you are protected in this journey. All in all, this week is a wonderfully optimal time to achieve and make progress in the areas of work, relationships and self development. Enjoy this blessed week and the supportive energies!

 

Weekly Guidance July 14-20, 2014

 

This week we are guided to take a time-out in the beginning of the week and replenish ourselves mentally and emotionally. When you do so, new ideas and fresh starts will occur the middle of the week, mainly from within! The weekend shows more balance and manifestation coming. The most important things this week are to pay attention to signs, and take time for playfulness and joy!

Weekly Guidance July 7-13, 2014

 

 

This week is all about letting your empowerment grow! If you have been worried about finances, these situations will begin to resolve in the beginning of the week as you become more comfortable in your personal power and release worrisome energies. You are guided to trust yourself and your intuition, and don’t let anyone make you feel pressured to do anything over the weekend! BE WHO YOU ARE, without shame or guilt. Self-love is the most important thing.