Does the spiritual journey require a surrendering to God, the Goddess, or a Higher Power? Beliefnet members share opinions and personal experiences, as well as their resistance to the concept. Here is a sampling of their insights and an opportunity to join the conversation
What Does It Mean to Surrender?
"[Surrender] means not living with yourself and narcissistic ego as the center, but instead living with God and Love as the center of your life and thus entering into a harmonious relationship with God where you are truly free to become all you where meant to be...."
"When one is beginning to embrace a spiritual path, a certain degree of surrender is important to cultivate in order to center oneself and cultivate Humility.... When Christians surrender to Jesus, they open themselves up to Christian angelic energies. When Muslims surrender to Allah, they open themselves up to Islamic angelic energies. Same for Judaism, Hinduism, etc. So when one 'surrenders,' one is opening up to channeling certain energies of an angelic nature."
There's an old joke that goes "If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans for your life!"
"This is really the core of struggles with addictions--surrender. I've always had a problem with surrendering. I never thought of it in a positive way. It was equivalent, in my mind, with Losing! Surrendering represented loss of control. It was 'surrender' that finally freed me from alcohol and cigarettes."
"We don't have to try to get to God. God is already here, within us, surrounding us, companioning us, loving us. God will reach out to us and all we need to do is surrender: open our hearts and say yes."
"Spiritual growth is not something we achieve through willpower or effort. It is something that God does within us. Surrender doesn't mean giving up on life, it means abandoning ourselves to the love of God and his desire for us.... God's desire for us is usually far better than anything we ourselves could ask for or imagine. What could be better than to surrender to his loving embrace?"