The Secret of Spiritual Surrender

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The Secret of Spiritual Surrender

The Secret of Spiritual Surrender

The following article is based on an awesome presentation given by Gabrielle Bernstein at a SuperSoul Sessions event held by the Oprah Winfrey Network. The original title of the talk was “The Universe Has Your Back.” The main talking points are Gabrielle’s, followed by what I personally derived from them.

Spiritual Surrender – The Five Steps

1. Take your hands off the wheel through prayer. Forget what you think you need. Ask for what is the highest good for all.

This takes all the pressure off your back during the manifesting process. You can stop wondering and doubting that the thing you desire will actually appear. You can voice your desire and then surrender it to the universe, knowing that it’s no longer up to you and your striving to make it come to pass. You can cuddle up into the love of the cosmos and trust that whatever happens will be for the highest good for all, including you. The universe will never deny such a request.

2. Focus on what is thriving instead of what isn’t working.

Look at the things in your life that you can be thankful for. If all you have left is one more breath start giving thanks and rejoicing for that, whether you feel like it or not. If your love life is a zero, focus on being thankful for your friends. If you have no friends, be thankful for the friends you will have in the future. Give thanks for anything and everything that is or could be a positive in your life right now and watch how those things begin to expand and grow. Like a growing vine, simple gratitude for where you are right now can form the connection you need to reach your desired outcome.

3. Look at obstacles as detours in the right direction.

A few years ago, I inherited some money and decided to use it to start a home-based business. I paid out thousands of dollars for professional graphic design work, advertising and out-sourced call center promotions. I quit two jobs and lived off my inheritance, working full time at trying to build my business. In the end, all it got me was a bunch of debt and a hole in my bank account. While looking for a full time job to rescue me from my self-created disaster, I got an intuitive visit from an ascended master who told me that I was derailed because I was on the verge of missing my true calling.

In the meantime, I was trying to manifest a job at a local factory that made windshields for cars because it paid well and included gobs of overtime. I aced the entrance test and had a friend who worked there as a reference. I had a plan A, a plan B and a plan C, three potential jobs that I was hoping would materialize. The windshield factory was plan A. Despite the fact that I was convinced that this was the job the universe had for me, I never got a call from them. 

In the meantime, I got a job with plan C, a place that made medical devices and involved 8 hours of monotonous physical labor. I had worked there several years before as a temp and felt I wasn’t cut out for that kind of work. To my surprise I was officially hired out of the temp pool. After working there for about a year total, I got a job with my plan B. It was a job as a behavioral health specialist in addiction recovery at a beautiful facility out in the country. It didn’t pay much, but I felt like I was finally on the right track. In the meantime, my plan A closed down and sent their business to a plant overseas, while my new plan B job decided a substantial raise was in order to help reduce staff turnover. The quarterly raises would eventually put me at the same rate that my plan A was paying before they left the country!

4. Ask for a sign that you are headed in the right direction and on the right path.

It is your job to listen for divine guidance and follow it, not to try and force feed your own agenda to the cosmos. Your deepest desires are the vehicle, not the road map! If you put step one into practice, after a while your sign will be revealed to you. Asking for a sign is not presumptuous if done from a place of surrender. You can also check in with your heart, as your intuition can guide you as long as you are in a state of true surrender. If you aren’t you will try to quash what it is saying to you. I’ve been there and done that. 

5. When you think you have surrendered, surrender more.

“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.” – A Course In Miracles. Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. In the meantime, surrender your agenda to the wisdom of the cosmos, trusting that everything will work out for the highest good for all according to your request. Remain in a state of thankfulness and surrender and peace will guide you.

A Daily Prayer

Along with the above 5 steps, Gabrielle suggested making the following a daily prayer: “Where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say, and to whom.”

“We are living in times where it is required of us to have a spiritual foundation, an anchor, a sense of alignment. If we don’t have that foundation we will be flailing. We need that connection now and it is through the steps of spiritual surrender that you realign with that connection to the universe, to a higher power of your own understanding. We need it to survive and to thrive.” – Gabrielle Bernstein

You can view Gabrielle’s talk at

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