Surrender (quotes)

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Traditionally the act of surrender has been associated with defeat

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Surrender tends to be associated with defeat …

  • To be defeated and yet not surrender, this is victory. Jozef Pilsudski
  • Most of us aren’t defeated in one decisive battle. We are defeated one tiny, seemingly insignificant surrender at a time that chips away at who we should really be. Jocko Willink
  • Stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority. Oxford Dictionary
  • Surrender: To stop fighting and admit defeat. Cambridge Dictionary
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… especially defeat in war

  • I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle. Sitting Bull
  • You are only a prisoner when you surrender. Tad Williams
  • I would rather die a thousand deaths than surrender. Robert E. Lee
  • I leave for the guidance of other revolutionaries, who may tread the path which I have trod, this advice; never treat with the enemy, never to surrender to his mercy, but to fight to a finish. Eamonn Ceannt
  • The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Winston Churchill
  • We must be capable of speaking a language of peace, but not one of surrender. Silvio Berlusconi
  • For to save mankind’s future freedom, we must face up to any risk that is necessary. We will always seek peace – but we will never surrender. John F. Kennedy
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Surrender is associated with giving up

  • Never surrender, it’s all about the faith you got: don’t ever stop, just push it ’till you hit the top and if you drop, at least you know you gave your all to be true to you, that way you can never fall. Tupac Shakur
  • I won’t give up till we surrender! Harry Styles
  • Pain is temporary. Eventually it will subside. If I quit, however, the surrender stays with me. Lance Armstrong
  • Perseverance
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Surrender is associated with excessive compromise

  • For us, compromise never means surrender, but a step forward and some rest. That is all and nothing else. Bhagat Singh
  • Compromise
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Surrender is associated with a kind of death

  • The principle was, death should not be entered like some snug harbor. It should be an unambiguous refusal to surrender. Thomas Keneally
  • Don’t surrender to the dying light; don’t take it lying down. Christopher Cross
  • Death
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In a spiritual sense, surrender has a much more positive connotation

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Surrender is to give oneself over to something

  • Surrender: To give (oneself) over to something (such as an influence).  Merriam Webster Dictionary
  • Surrender: To give (oneself) up into the power of another.  Merriam Webster Dictionary
  • To relinquish possession or control of (something) to another. American Heritage Dictionary
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Surrender is about letting go

  • Surrender is the grace of letting go at the right moment, of letting know when the time is right to let go without torturing yourself with self-doubt or over-thinking things. Judith Orloff
  • Surrender is a constant process of not resisting or clinging to the moment but instead, continuously turning it over to God. The attention is thus focused on the process of letting go and not on the content of the ‘what’ that is being surrendered. David R. Hawkins
  • You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. Steve Maraboli
  • Whereas ordinary information is ‘acquired’ by effort, in spiritual endeavor the emphasis is on relinquishing, letting go, and surrendering. The ‘work’ involves identifying positionalities and then transcending the ego’s resistances and relinquishing its illusory control or sovereignty. David R. Hawkins
  • By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning. Lao Tzu
  • I’m intrigued with the idea of surrender, not as defeat or loss but as a positive, intuitive way of living, power that grows as you develop trust in the moment as well as in change and the unknown. In Sanskrit, surrender is “samprada,” meaning to give completely, or deliver wholly over. I’m defining it as the grace of letting go at the right moment–the ability to accept what-is, to exhale and flow downstream with the cycles of life instead of battling them or anxiously brooding. Surrender doesn’t mean always saying “yes” to everything–that can be dangerous and unwise–but it does mean going fully with a decision even if it entails withdrawing from someone or saying “no” to anger or fear. Though surrender may seem counter-intuitive to making your goals happen, it can actually be the magical factor that facilitates this and relieves gridlock. Life becomes easier when you’re able to let go. Burdens will lift or get lighter. Without wanting to, we may become overly defended and hold our hearts back way too much. But surrender frees you from these cages so it’ll feel safer to love. Why is surrender so powerful in success, health, and relationships? You can sabotage success by pushing too hard. Surrender is the antidote to stress in a world that relentlessly conspires to interrupt creative thought. Surrender boosts your brain’s endorphins, our blissful neurochemicals. Judith Orloff
  • In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go? Gautama Buddha
  • Letting go
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Surrender is about living in a state of flow

  • Surrender is a positive, healthy state. Being a surrendered person does not mean one is beaten down and so hopeless he or she has “given up.” It’s quite the contrary. Surrender is a state of living in the flow, trusting what is, and being open to serendipity and surprises. Judith Orloff
  • Surrender more, instead of struggling so much. Michael A. Singer
  • Go with the flow
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Surrender is about relinquishing inner resistance to what is

  • Surrender is to relinquish inner resistance to what is. Inner resistance is to say “no” to what is, through mental judgment and emotional negativity.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The word “surrender” is often interpreted as giving up, as weakness, as admitting defeat. Although this is one way to use the word, we will use it in a different way. Surrendering means letting go of your resistance to the total openness of who you are. It means giving up the tension of the little vortex you believe yourself to be and realizing the deep power of the ocean you truly are. It means to open with no boundaries, emotional or physical, so you ease wide beyond any limiting sense of self you might have. David Deida
  • Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes. Eckhart Tolle
  • Non-resistance
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Surrender is about accepting what is …

  • Surrender means accepting this moment, this body, and this life with open arms. Surrender involves getting out of your own way and living in accord with a higher will, expressed as the wisdom of the heart. Far more than passive acceptance, surrender uses every challenge as a means of spiritual growth and expanded awareness. Dan Millman
  • Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes. Eckhart Tolle
  • Sometimes what seems like surrender isn’t surrender at all. It’s about what’s going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater. Nicholas Evans
  • Change what can be changed, otherwise surrender to what is. Eckhart Tolle
  • Open your heart to “what is” instead of insisting that life be a certain way. The greater our surrender to the truth of the moment, the greater will be our peace of mind.  Richard Carlson           
  • If I am not feeling at peace, I accept my “non peace.” Anything I accept fully will take me into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. Eckhart Tolle
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… accepting what is in this moment of now…

  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. Now is the key. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender comes when you no longer ask, “Why is this happening to me?  Eckhart Tolle
  • To let go of the ego, surrender to the now. Say yes to the form this now takes. Look deeply into the Now. The ego cannot exist in the now. It has an inner urge for the future. Eckhart Tolle
  • The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. Ram Dass
  • You don’t need to suffer anymore. You’ve suffered enough to take you to this point where you hear the words, “You don’t need to suffer anymore,” and you understand them. You recognize their truth and you then see that you do have a choice ­ that you can surrender to the suchness of now, which means every moment to relinquish resistance and if it still arises, to recognize it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotti
  • If there is no “you” controlling the thoughts and actions that arise or making choices, what does that mean for all your grand plans for the future? See that this reflection is pointing towards a total surrender to what is in this moment. Scott Kiloby
  • Surrender is surrender to this moment, not to a story through which you interpret this moment and then try to resign yourself to it. … Can you accept the isness of this moment and not confuse it with a story the mind has created around it? Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept this moment as it is     
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Surrender is saying yes to life as it is

  • So, if choose you must, then with faith and trust, say “yes” to Life. Ron Rattner
  • I surrender to life as it is, not as it should be. Richard Carlson
  • Sometimes what seems like surrender isn’t surrender at all. It’s about what’s going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater. Nicholas Evans
  • Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Say yes to life
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Wisdom is to know when to surrender and when to hold on

  • Sometimes, it’s not the times you decide to fight, but the times you decide to surrender, that makes all the difference. Sissy Gavrilaki
  • Surrender is the grace of letting go at the right moment, of letting know when the time is right to let go without torturing yourself with self-doubt or over-thinking things. Judith Orloff
  • As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn’t cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions. The wisdom of it comes as you get older. Kris Kristofferson
  • All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Henry Havelock Ellis
  • Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. Rumi
  • Don’t hold on too long, but don’t let go too soon. Find a balance. Morrie Swartz
  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
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Surrender can be a deeply spiritual act

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Surrender is a deeply spiritual act

  • Spiritually, no action is more important than surrender. Surrender is the tenderest impulse of the heart, acting out of love to give whatever the beloved wants. Surrender is being alert to exactly what is happening now, not imposing expectations from the past. Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything, even when you cannot foresee the outcome of a situation. Deepak Chopra
  • Surrender is the ultimate sign of strength and the foundation for a spiritual life. Surrendering affirms that we are no longer willing to live in pain. It expresses a deep desire to transcend our struggles and transform our negative emotions. It commands a life beyond our egos, beyond that part of ourselves that is continually reminding us that we are separate, different and alone. Surrendering allows us to return to our true nature and move effortlessly through the cosmic dance called life. It’s a powerful statement that proclaims the perfect order of the universe. When you surrender your will, you are saying, “Even though things are not exactly how I’d like them to be, I will face my reality. I will look it directly in the eye and allow it to be here.” Surrender and serenity are synonymous; you can’t experience one without the other. So if it’s serenity you’re searching for, it’s close by. All you have to do is resign as General Manager of the Universe. Choose to trust that there is a greater plan for you and that if you surrender, it will be unfolded in time. Surrender is a gift that you can give yourself. It’s an act of faith. It’s saying that even though I can’t see where this river is flowing, I trust it will take me in the right direction.   Debbie Ford
  • Until you practice surrender, the spiritual dimension is something you read about, talk about, get excited about, write books about, think about, believe in —or don’t, as the case may be. It makes no difference. Not until you surrender does it become a living reality in your life. When you do, the energy that you emanate and which then runs your life is of a much higher vibrational frequency than the mind energy that still runs our world —the energy that created the existing social, political, and economic structures of our civilization, and which also continuously perpetuates itself through our educational systems and the media. Through surrender, spiritual energy comes into this world. It creates no suffering for yourself, for other humans, or any other life form on the planet. Unlike mind energy, it does not pollute the earth, and it is not subject to the law of polarities, which dictates that nothing can exist without its opposite, that there can be no good without bad. Those who run on mind energy, which is still the vast majority of the Earth’s population, remain unaware of the existence of spiritual energy. It belongs to a different order of reality and will create a different world when a sufficient number of humans enter the surrendered state and so become totally free of negativity. If the Earth is to survive, this will be the energy of those who inhabit it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is at the heart of all spiritual practices; no path is more powerful or profound. Nancy Colier
  • Every noble impulse, every unselfish expression of love, every surrender of self to something higher than self, every loyalty to an ideal, every fine courage of the soul – by doing good for good’s sake – that is spirituality. David O. McKay
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Surrender is an essential part of spiritual evolution

  • Spiritual evolution is almost like a space ship taking off from Earth’s gravity; it is difficult at first, but it finally leaves the gravitational field. Energy- consuming intentionality eventually dissolves into effortless surrender, and one becomes the recipient of unfolding awareness. Revelation replaces discovery. Understanding presents itself and becomes self-revealing by grace, without effort. David R. Hawkins
  • Spiritual work is thus an endless surrendering, letting go, turning away from, withdrawing from, and ignoring that which is irrelevant and essentially unrewarding. David R. Hawkins
  • Serious spiritual work is a continuous willingness to let things go as they arise. It is the willingness to surrender wanting to control everything as it arises, the willingness to surrender wanting to change it, and to have it our way.   David R. Hawkins
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The practice of surrender can be a life-long process

  • One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime. Elisabeth Elliot
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Meditation is a way to practice spiritual surrender to what is

  • Buddha has said to his disciples: Whenever you meditate, after each meditation, surrender all that you have earned out of meditation, surrender it to the universe. If you are blissful, pour it back into the universe – don’t carry it as a treasure. If you are feeling very happy, share it immediately – don’t become attached to it, otherwise your meditation itself will become a new process of the self. And the ultimate meditation is not a process of self. The ultimate meditation is a process of getting more and more into un-self, into non-self – it is a disappearance of the self. Rajneesh
  • Just two small things: meditation and let-go. Remember these two key words: meditation and surrender. Meditation will take you in, and surrender will take you into the whole. And this is the whole of religion. Within these two words Buddha has condensed the whole essence of religion. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is a surrender, it is not a demand. It is not forcing existence your way, it is relaxing into the way existence wants you to be. It is a let-go. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is not a technique to master; it is the highest form of prayer, a naked act of love and effortless surrender into the silent abyss beyond all knowing. Adyashanti
  • The ultimate meditation is: surrender to reality. The more you fight, the more you are in conflict with it, the more you will be a loser.  In deep surrender, the ego disappears.  And when the ego is not there, for the first time you become aware of that which has always been there.   Rajneesh
  • True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. Adyashanti
  • Unless one becomes a womb one never becomes pregnant with god. One cannot conquer god, one can’t be aggressive – that is the sure way to fail. One can only surrender and allow god to happen. That’s what the quality of being feminine really is. That is the essential core of meditation. Rajneesh
  • Whose meditation is real and effective? Who can really surrender to the will of God? Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work. Swami Vivekananda
  • Meditation
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Surrender that is deep enough can lead to spiritual enlightenment

  • An enlightened person is the richest person possible, but his richness comes from surrender, not from fight. He has not any conflict with the whole. He has fallen in harmony, he is in a harmonia. Rajneesh
  • Enlightenment is always through surrender, but surrender is achieved through intelligence. Only idiots cannot surrender. To surrender you need great intelligence. To see the point of surrender is the climax of insight; to see the point that you are not separate from existence is the highest that intelligence can give to you. Rajneesh
  • Enlightenment is right here, in this instant. The reason you’re not experiencing this state of total peace and timelessness is because it is being resisted. It is being resisted because you are trying to control the moment. If you let go of trying to control your experience of the moment, and if you constantly surrender it like a tone of music, then you live on the crest of this exact alwaysness. Experience arises like a note of music.  The minute you hear a note, it’s already passing away. The instant you’ve heard it, it’s already dissolving. So every single moment is dissolving as it arises. Let go of anticipating the next moment, trying to control it, trying to hang on to the moment that has just passed. Let go clinging to what has just occurred. Let go trying to control what you think is about to occur. Then you live in an infinite space of non-time and non-event. There is an infinite peace beyond description. And you are home.   David R. Hawkins
  • Enlightenment
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Spiritual surrender is not about passivity or defeat.  It is about intelligent action.

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Surrender is not about passivity or defeat

  • Surrender is a positive, healthy state. Being a surrendered person does not mean one is being passive, is beaten down and so hopeless he or she has “given up.” It’s quite the contrary. Surrender is a state of living in the flow, trusting what is, and being open to serendipity and surprises. Judith Orloff MD
  • To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on. True surrender, however, is something entirely different. It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans or initiating positive action. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is a positive, healthy state. Being a surrendered person does not mean one is beaten down and so hopeless he or she has “given up.” It’s quite the contrary. Surrender is a state of living in the flow, trusting what is, and being open to serendipity and surprises. Judith Orloff
  • Surrender and humility are not the same thing as passivity because, paradoxically, both surrender and humility are positive acts of the Spiritual Will and are thereby in a positive agreement to ‘allow’ rather than to ‘get’. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender doesn’t mean you can’t say no

  • If you resist or fight unconscious behavior in others, you become unconscious yourself. But surrender does not mean that you allow yourself to be used by unconscious people. Not at all. It is perfectly possible to say “no” firmly and clearly to a person or to walk away from a situation and be in a state of complete inner nonresistance at the same time. When you say no to a person or a situation let it come not from reaction but from insight, from a clear realization of what is right or not right for you at that moment. Let it be a nonreactive no, a high-quality no, a no that is free from negativity and so creates no further suffering. Eckhart Tolle
  • Learn to say “no”
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Surrender doesn’t mean you don’t take action

  • In the state of surrender, I see clearly what needs to be done. I take action, focusing on one thing at a time. Calmly and in the now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The action you take after surrender is always more effective than when you fight against life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is perfectly compatible with taking action, initiating change, or achieving goals. But in the surrendered state a totally different energy, a different quality, flows into your doing.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon. It does not mean that on the outer level you cannot take action and change the situation. In fact, it is not the overall situation that you need to accept when you surrender, but just the tiny segment called the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Action
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Surrender gives rise to more appropriate, intelligent action

  • You are conditioned to believe that if you let go, if you surrender, you will either be a victim of circumstances and not assertive in your own being, or you will be viewed as being lazy, lacking in willpower, and un-motivated. Yet will and power cannot exist alongside one another. Motivation does not come into question when you surrender fully into the present moment. Motivation to do, to take action, to make moves, comes naturally from this surrender. Kelly Martin
  • Whenever you encounter some difficulty you should never fight it. Acknowledge it, surrender to it and take action from the present moment. Simona Rich
  • When you yield internally, when you surrender, a new dimension of consciousness opens up. If action is possible or necessary, your action will be in alignment with the whole and supported by creative intelligence, the unconditioned consciousness which in a state of inner openness you become one with. Circumstances and people then become helpful, cooperative. Coincidences happen. If no action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that come with surrender. You rest in God. Eckhart Tolle
  • If action is possible or necessary, your action will be in alignment with the whole and supported by creative intelligence, the unconditioned consciousness which in a state of inner openness you become one with. Circumstances and people then become helpful, cooperative. Coincidences happen. If no action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that come with surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is perfectly compatible with taking action, initiating change or achieving goals. But in the surrendered state a totally different energy, a different quality, flows into your doing. Surrender reconnects you with the source-energy of Being, and if your doing is infused with Being, it becomes a joyful celebration of life energy that takes you more deeply into the Now. Through nonresistance, the quality of your consciousness and, therefore, the quality of whatever you are doing or creating is enhanced immeasurably. The results will then look after themselves and reflect that quality. We could call this “surrendered action.” Eckhart Tolle
  • Right action, Intelligence
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Surrender gives rise to empowered action in alignment with the universe

  • Doing one thing at a time means to be total in what you do, to give it your complete attention. This is surrendered action—empowered action. Eckhart
  • Through non-resistance, the quality of your consciousness and, therefore, the quality of whatever you are doing or creating is enhanced immeasurably. The results will then look after themselves and reflect that quality. We could call this surrendered action. Eckhart Tolle
  • Resignation is not surrender. You don’t need to accept an undesirable or unpleasant life situation. Nor do you need to deceive yourself and say that there is nothing wrong with being stuck in the mud. No. You recognize fully that you want to get out of it. You then narrow your attention down to the present moment without mentally labeling it in any way. This means that there is no judgment of the Now. Therefore, there is no resistance, no emotional negativity. You accept the “isness” of this moment. Then you take action and do all that you can to get out of the mud. Such action I call positive action. It is far more effective than negative action, which arises out of anger, despair, or frustration. Until you achieve the desired result, you continue to practice surrender by refraining from labeling the Now. Eckhart Tolle
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Surrender bestows strength and power

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Surrender is a sign of strength, not weakness

  • Surrendering is not a weakness. At the contrary it is strength. The surrender stops living in boiling water and starts living in a secure place. Shams Tabrizi
  • Surrender—what an amazingly powerful word. It often engenders the thought of weakness and cowardice. In my case, it required all the strength I had to be brave enough to follow the invisible into the unknown. Michael A. Singer
  • Surrender is not a weakness it is strength.It takes tremendous strength to surrender life to the supreme – to the cosmic unfolding. Mooji
  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
  • Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. Hermann Hesse
  • Surrender is the ultimate sign of strength and the foundation for a spiritual life. Debbie Ford
  • I can tell you that it takes great strength to surrender. Marion Woodman
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Surrender is a powerful force…

  • Surrender is a powerful force. C. Cast
  • We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  • I’m intrigued with the idea of surrender not as defeat or loss, as it is frequently thought of, but as a positive, intuitive way of living, a power that grows as you develop trust in the moment as well as in change and the unknown. Contrary to common stereotypes that equate surrender with weakness, I’m presenting it as a way to gain mastery of your life, not give up power. Judith Orloff,
  • The ultimate act of power is surrender. Krishna Das
  • The Power of surrender: Just as the miracle of nature effortlessly produces the beauty of it’s surroundings, you have been provided with and hold the power to effortlessly attract and create YOUR desired miracles in each and every area of your life if only you will trust, surrender and “allow it to be so. – Chuck Danes
  • My personal experience is that aligning one’s will with the natural forces unfolding around us leads to some surprisingly powerful results.   Michael A. Singer
  • Surrender is at the heart of all spiritual practices; no path is more powerful or profound. Nancy Colier
  • Surrender doesn’t obstruct power; it enhances it. Marianne Williamson
  • Power is found in surrender. Dan B. Allender
  • Power
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… giving us access to a great power within us

  • The greatness of the man’s power is the measure of his surrender. William Booth
  • When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. Sara Paddison
  • Surrender doesn’t obstruct power; it enhances it. Marianne Williamson
  • The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender. William Booth
  • There is something within you that remains unaffected by the transient circumstances that make up your life situation, and only through surrender do you have access to it. It is your life, your very Being – which exists eternally in the timeless realm of the present. Eckhart Tolle
  • The art of letting go is the secret key to manifesting power and success in all areas of life, including work, relationships, sexuality, radiant aging, and health and healing.  Judith Orloff
  • I can tell you that it takes great strength to surrender. You have to know that you are not going to collapse. Instead, you are going to open to a power that you don’t even know, and it is going to come to meet you. In the process of healing, this is one of the huge things that I have discovered. People recognized the energy coming to meet them. When they opened to another energy, a love, a divine love, came through to meet them. That is what is known as grace. We all sing about amazing grace. It is a gift. I think that it comes through the work that we do. For some people, it can come out of the blue, but I know that in my own situation, the grace came through incredible vigilance. Marion Woodman
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Surrender is a powerful feminine energy

  • Individually and collectively, we are shifting from a position of fear into surrender and trust of the intuitive. The power of the feminine energy is on the rise in our world. Shakti Gawain
  • A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts. Douglas Wilson
  • It has happened, women have helped their husbands, sacrificed their whole lives, never thought about themselves. Their surrender, their devotion to their lovers has been total. In this totality, they have achieved before their lover has. Rajneesh
  • I repeat again: the male mind is egoistic. You have to learn the way of the feminine, you have to become egoless, you have to learn the path of surrender. You have to learn how to melt into existence, how to become one with the rivers and the mountains and the clouds, how to feel affinity, attunement, at-onement. And then slowly, slowly you become a host. The day you are a host, the Guest comes. Rajneesh
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Surrender can be most honourable

  • At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. Maya Angelou
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The rewards of surrender

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Surrender can bring great rewards

  • If all of the steps of surrender are present, then a great Rembrandt or Monet will evoke love because the artist is simply there in all his naked humanity. Deepak Chopra
  • Oh, the sweetness of giving in, of full surrender. Sebastian Faulks
  • When we finally give up the struggle to find fulfillment “out there,” we have nowhere to go but within. It is at this moment of total surrender that a new light begins to dawn. Shakti Gawain
  • I surrender to it, and by surrendering, I control it. Robert Jordan
  • They are the chosen ones who have surrendered. Rumi
  • Surrender to life itself and you’ll just be rewarded with so many things. And I’ve been rewarded so many times, in so many mysterious ways. So I have no reason to be disappointed with anything. Jason Mraz
  • Surrender is not the best way to live; it is the only way to live. Nothing else works. Rick Warren
  • Not until you surrender does the spiritual dimension become a living reality in your life. When you do, the energy you emanate and that then runs your life is of a much higher vibrational frequency than the mind energy that still runs the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • [Being able to surrender] helps us improve our relationships, feel love and gratitude, get healthier, give up destructive people and behavior patterns, and become more successful and influential in our lives and careers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as benefits go. Judith Orloff
  • When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work. Nhat Hanh
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Surrender brings inner peace

  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which has been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred and immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • Often times, the greatest peace comes of surrender. Richard Paul Evans
  • Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is.  Say “yes” to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Open your heart to “what is” instead of insisting that life be a certain way. The greater our surrender to the truth of the moment, the greater will be our peace of mind.  Richard Carlson
  • “At some point there’s no more struggle, just the deep peace that comes from surrendering to a perfection that is beyond your comprehension. Michael A. Singer      “
  • To surrender is not giving up the struggle, but finding peace within the struggle. Michelle Cruz
  • Being free brings a lightness, a carefree surrender to all that is happening around you, and, above all, an acceptance of reality. Deepak Chopra
  • Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • Oddly, something within us relaxes when we acknowledge that we don’t know the way. We feel an inner softening when we agree to turn it over to something larger—the unknowable. Nancy Colier
  • Once you are ready to let go of yourself, life becomes your friend, your teacher, your secret lover. When life’s way becomes your way, all the noises stops, and there is a great peace. Michael A. Singer
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Surrender brings relief from suffering

  • When total surrender happens, suffering is removed, duality is removed, too. Mohanji
  • I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting? Donna Lynn Hope
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Surrender brings happiness and joy

  • In the surrendered state, we are independent of the outer world as a source of satisfaction because the source of happiness has been found within us. David R. Hawkins
  • If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • The life of entire surrender is a joyous life all along the way. R. A. Torrey
  • Choosing joy involves spiritual surrender. Marianne Williamson
  • Happiness depends on how you accept, understand and surrender to situations. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • One thing I’ve learned about life is that if you really let go, it’s just a joy ride. Ricky Williams
  • Contentment comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, great humilities–of not trying to make ourselves this or that, but of surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life–of letting life flow through us. David Grayson
  • When I look for happiness, I lose it. When I stop looking, and surrender to where I am, I find it. Barbara De Angelis
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Surrender brings freedom

  • To become truly free, you must surrender. John Ortberg
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Surrender raises one’s level of consciousness

  • Great leaps in consciousness result from surrendering oneself to God at great depth. This is seen in our society in people who have ‘hit bottom’. Willfulness/pride surrenders and transformation occurs. From the pits of hell, paradoxically, heaven is close by. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender opens one to universal intelligence and wisdom

  • Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So through surrender often you find circumstances changing. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you surrender your head to your heart, you allow your heart to give you a wider, higher intelligence perspective. Remember the phrase, ‘The real teacher is within you.’ Very simply, that teacher is to be found in the common sense of your own heart. Sara Paddison
  • When we do finally let go of the reins, the most remarkable opportunity appears to directly experience a larger source of wisdom and grace. Nancy Colier
  • By constant surrendering, perceptions dissolve into discernment of essence. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender brings understanding, insight and truth

  • The deeper you surrender to existence, life, nature, the more loving, more understanding, more insightful you become. Rajneesh
  • In silent surrender there is bliss and prayer without request or demand. There is no doer, experiencer, lover or beloved. There is only a divine current. You see that the very act of welcoming is itself the solution to the problem and the action which follows your comprehension is very straightforward. When you become familiar with the act of surrender, truth will solicit you unsought. Jean Klein
  • The whole art of allowing the truth to take possession of you is of being vulnerable, of being open, of being in a let-go. Or in other words, the whole art consists of one word, “surrender”. And that’s what sannyas is, that’s my definition of a sannyasin: a man who is surrendered to existence so totally that he never thinks in terms of achievement any more, because he is no more. Who is there to achieve? – he has disappeared totally, he has not left even a trace behind. In that very moment, when you are just a pure nothingness, truth arrives. It is a gift of God. Rajneesh
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Surrender gives rise to creative solutions to obstacles

  • Being a control freak makes us tense, stressed out, and unpleasant to be with. Surrendered people understand that they can’t always change a situation, especially when the door is shut. They don’t try to force it open. Instead, they pay attention to their own behavior, look at the situation at hand, and find a new, different, and creative way to get beyond the obstacles. Judith Orloff
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Surrender dissolves problems

  • When you surrender, the problem ceases to exist. Try to solve it, or conquer it, and you only set up more resistance. . . . The most difficult thing to admit, and to realize with one’s whole being, is that you alone control nothing. . . . Henry Miller
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Surrender brings strength

  • When you are down, surrender to your Divine Cosmic Self.  Self will give you the the strength and show you the path. Amit Ray
  • When we surrender, when we do not fight with life, when it calls upon us, we are lifted and the strength to do what needs to be done finds us. Oriah Dreamer
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Surrender brings clarity

  • On the still calm waters of surrender the reflections of clarity appear. Bryant McGill
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Surrender brings peak experiences

  • The emotional reaction in the peak experience has a special flavor of wonder, of awe, of reverence, of humility and surrender. Abraham Maslow
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Surrender brings greater resilience in adversity

  • Fixating on the outcome or needing to know all the details of an upcoming event, such as a trip, causes people to be upset when things don’t go their way, overly focused on the future, and unable to bounce back easily. Inflexible people are susceptible to anger, distress, and depression. Surrendered people go with the flow, shrug it off when an unplanned situation happens, and tend to be happier, more lighthearted, and resilient. Judith Orloff
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Surrender creates more loving and healthy relationships with others

  • People who hold on to grudges, insist on being right, and try to change other’s minds have a difficult time maintaining healthy, happy relationships. Surrendered people easily forgive. They are open to new ideas, and aren’t attached to being “right.” As a result, people love working and collaborating with them. Others seek them out as mediators and advisors. They are more laid back and relaxed than their rigid counterparts, which makes them highly valued by others. Judith Orloff
  • People who feel the need to push and control tend to keep their feelings bottled up. As a result, they get shut down or remote, and their feelings come out in twisted, unhealthy ways. They become irritable, passive-aggressive, or volatile, for example. Surrendered people make great lovers. They can be spontaneous and playful. They love to feel and express all of their emotions. They look vibrant, healthy, and energetic. Judith Orloff
  • The most influential person in the room isn’t the one who is being a bully, talking loudly, and imposing him- or herself on others. Surrendered people understand that true power comes from being respectful and listening. Surrendered people know themselves and are empathetic toward others. They don’t measure themselves by how much they are liked, nor do they compete for attention. When they sit quietly in a room, others always seem to come to them. Judith Orloff
  • Surrendering is having an openness, it is a blossoming and encompasses the ability, to be honest, vulnerable, and trust another. Surrendering is not the same as giving into everything your partner says or throwing away your stance without reason. Surrendering is ending the resistance within you and the relationship as whole by coming together mutually and (w)holistically for the purpose of a greater understanding. Victoria L. White
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Surrender brings effortlessness

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Surrender brings triumph

  • So often our greatest triumph is a willing surrender. Robert Brault
  • Sometimes, you have to surrender before you win. Gregory David Roberts
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Surrender brings grace

  • Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace. Aberjhani
  • Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it. Ramana Maharshi
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Surrender opens possibility

  • When you have an ego, you are limited to your own strengths and weaknesses. But if you are totally surrendered to God, nothing is impossible for you. Radhanath Swami
  • When we make the choice to surrender, new possibilities for the whole of the relationship open up. We’re able to step outside of ourselves, to drop the ego, our constructs, our defenses and stance to merge into a space of oneness where infinite possibilities exist. Victoria L. White
  • From the level of Pride, the options are few and limited, but from Willingness, Surrender, and Acceptance, the options are multitudinous. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender can transform one’s life …

  • When you surrender and stop resisting and stop trying to change that which you can’t change, but be in the moment, be fully open to the blessings you’ve already received and those that are yet to come and stand in that space of gratitude … and look at where you are and how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished – when you can claim THAT and SEE that, the literal vibration of your life will change. Oprah Winfrey
  • One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever. Robert Holden
  • The moment of surrender is not when life is over, it’s when it begins. Marianne Williamson
  • Little by little, the fabric of my life was composed of the results of my surrender. Michael A. Singer
  • Are you longing for your life to be easier and more fun? Would you like to stop pushing, micromanaging, and forcing things so you can relax? What if you could enjoy what you have instead of always lusting for “more”? What if you could live in “the zone,” propelled by powerful currents toward the right people and opportunities? What if you could stop worrying about money and live with more emotional ease in the moment? If you answer “yes” to all these questions and desire lasting positive change, then prepare to experience the ecstasy of surrender. Judith Orloff
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… and it can help to transform the world

  • When you practice surrender, the energy that you emanate and which then runs your life is of a much higher vibrational frequency than the mind energy that still runs our world —the energy that created the existing social, political, and economic structures of our civilization, and which also continuously perpetuates itself through our educational systems and the media. Through surrender, spiritual energy comes into this world. It creates no suffering for yourself, for other humans, or any other life form on the planet. Unlike mind energy, it does not pollute the earth, and it is not subject to the law of polarities, which dictates that nothing can exist without its opposite, that there can be no good without bad. Those who run on mind energy, which is still the vast majority of the Earth’s population, remain unaware of the existence of spiritual energy. It belongs to a different order of reality and will create a different world when a sufficient number of humans enter the surrendered state and so become totally free of negativity. If the Earth is to survive, this will be the energy of those who inhabit it. Eckhart Tolle
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Surrender to life

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Resistance to life comes at a price

  • When we spend our time trying to control everything in our life it creates a blockage, we become static and removed from our journey and we blindfold our intuition. Louise Androila
  • Doubts arise because of an absence of surrender. Ramana Maharshi
  • When you become defensive, blame others, and do not accept and surrender to the moment, your life meets resistance. Any time you encounter resistance, recognize that if you force the situation, the resistance will only increase. You don’t want to stand rigid like a tall oak that cracks and collapses in the storm. Instead, you want to be flexible, like a reed that bends with the storm and survives. Deepak Chopra
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Surrender to Life

  • Yes! live life with every fibre of one’s being, surrender oneself to it, with no thoughts of rebellion, without deluding oneself that one can improve it and render it painless. Emile Zola
  • Let’s let go and let life live us, as Love. Ron Rattner
  • I clearly remember deciding that from now on if life was unfolding in a certain way, and the only reason I was resisting it was because of a personal preference, I would let go of my preference and let life be in charge. Michael A. Singer
  • If life can manifest the DNA molecule on its own, not to mention create the human brain, how is it that we feel that we have to control everything on our own? Michael A. Singer
  • If my personal self complained, I would use each opportunity to simply let him go and surrender to what life was presenting me. Michael A. Singer
  • If the natural unfolding of the process of life can create and take care of the entire universe, is it really reasonable for us to assume that nothing good will happen unless we force it to? Michael A. Singer
  • There are a countless amount of things which are happening in the universe without our intervention like sunrise, rainfall, flowering of trees and plants, rotation and revolution of planets etc. Even in our own body, we have no control on our internal organs. However, as humans, we want to control each and every aspect of our life. Michael A. Singer
  • Instead of resisting to changes, surrender. Let life be with you, not against you. If you think ‘My life will be upside down’ don’t worry. How do you know down is not better than upside? Shams Tabrizi
  • It seems as though life knew exactly what it was doing, and as usual, my mind knew nothing. Michael A. Singer
  • It took me a while to learn the true meaning of patience and surrender, but I have finally accepted that healing doesn’t happen on our schedule. It doesn’t have a clock or a calendar. Yolanda Hadid
  • Life was asking me to get out of the way and let her do her thing. Michael A. Singer
  • This battle between individual will and the reality of life unfolding around us ends up consuming our lives. Michael A. Singer
  • The fact that we are not actually in control of life’s events should be self-evident. The universe has been around for 15 billion years, and the processes that determine the flow of life around us did not begin when we were born, nor will they end when we die. What manifests in front of us at any given moment is actually something truly extraordinary—it is the end result of all the forces that have been interacting together for billions of years. We are not responsible for even the tiniest fraction of what is manifesting around us. Nonetheless, we walk around constantly trying to control and determine what will happen in our lives. No wonder there’s so much tension, anxiety, and fear. Each of us actually believes that things should be the way we want them, instead of being the natural result of all the forces of creation.     Michael A. Singer
  • The Bauls say, “Don’t try to force anything.” Let life be a deep let-go. See God opening millions of flowers every day without forcing the buds, waiting, never in a hurry, giving their time to them. The Bauls say, “Everything happens at its right time, everything happens in its own season. Wait, don’t be impatient, don’t be in a hurry. All hurry is greed, and all hurry is a subtle fight.” That which is going to happen will happen. Whenever it is going to happen it will happen; you need not fight existence. You can surrender, you can trust. Rajneesh
  • Surrender, at its core, is the willingness to meet life as it is, to stop fighting with or trying to change what is so. Nancy Colier
  • Surrender your life serenely, as serenely as the One who takes it from you. Marcus Aurelius
  • Man holds dominion and was given free will but the irony is that he must learn to surrender his will — as life carries him through circumstances that prove he has no true power at all Kate McGahan
  • May you find grace as you surrender to life. May you find happiness, as you stop seeking it. May you come to trust these laws and inherit the wisdom of the Earth. May you reconnect with the heart of nature and feel the blessings of Spirit. Dan Millman
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Surrender to what life requires of you

  • By that stage of my growth, I could see that the practice of surrender was actually done in two, very distinct steps: first, you let go of the personal reactions of like and dislike that form inside your mind and heart; and second, with the resultant sense of clarity, you simply look to see what is being asked of you by the situation unfolding in front of you. Michael A. Singer 
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Surrender to life’s flow

  • When we surrender the illusion of control, we can then experience the presence of something larger and unknowable. We can experience ourselves flowing down the river that is life—the river we are actually part of. Then, having experienced surrender, we can relax and trust that it’s safe to let go. Nancy Colier
  • I resolved to stop listening to all the chatter about my personal preferences, and instead, start the willful practice of accepting what the flow of life was presenting me. Michael A. Singer
  • I was no longer in charge of my life. I was willing to roll the dice and let the flow of life be in charge.    Michael A. Singer 
  • I was not in charge, yet life continued to unfold as if it knew just what it was doing. Michael A. Singer 
  • I would just go and let it unfold. Michael A. Singer
  • Let’s let go, and “go with the flow”. Being “in the flow” is thought-free, effortless, and focused merging of intention, action, and awareness as consciousness – consciously letting Life happen through you.  Ron Rattner
  • To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on. True surrender, however, is something entirely different. It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans or initiating positive action. Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. Eckhart Tolle
  • The processes that determine the flow of life around us did not begin when we were born, nor will they end when we die. Michael A. Singer
  • The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life. Mandy Hale
  • Surrender to life today. Don’t fight anything. Just enjoy the flow. Judith Orloff
  • Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is like a fish finding the current and going with it. Mark Nepo
  • Surrender is learning to get out of the way of what wants to happen naturally. Penney Peirce
  • Surrender is a true gift. It gives us the opportunity to feel the river of life carrying us, taking us where we need to go. Nancy Colier
  • Surrender is a positive, healthy state. Being a surrendered person does not mean one is beaten down and so hopeless he or she has given up. It’s quite the contrary. Surrender is a state of living in the flow, trusting what is, and being open to serendipity and surprises. Judith Orloff
  • Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. The only place where you can experience the flow of life is the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation. Eckhart Tolle
  • Contentment comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, great humilities–of not trying to make ourselves this or that, but of surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life–of letting life flow through us. David Grayson
  • This is one of the hidden gifts of serious illness or loss. It pushes us right to our edge, where we may have the good fortune to realize that our only real option is to surrender to our experience and let it just be. Ezra Bayda
  • Equanimity is the resounding voice in our guts that remind us this, too, shall pass. It is the intelligence in us that knows change is the only constant on earth, and somewhere along the way, we must yield to it, surrender control of everything outside of ourselves and head into the day choosing to accept the moment as it arrives.  Danielle Robinson
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Surrender to life by surrendering to the now

  • You simply have to surrender to the present moment. Be alert. Watch something in a state of alertness. Always, continuously, bring that into everyday life, not spirituality here and getting on with your life there. Eckhart Tolle
  • Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real. Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem. Eckhart Tolle                                                              
  • To practice, we simply surrender to what is, right now. We drop into our direct experience—what we are sensing, feeling, and living in this moment. We agree to feel life as it is, without our mind adding, taking away, manipulating, or doing anything whatsoever to it. Nancy Colier
  • To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery. Rebecca Solnit
  • Surrender and living in the present are one and the same. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • My experiment with surrender had taught me to always be present in the current moment and do my best to not allow my personal preferences to make decisions for me. Instead, I allowed the reality of life to determine where I was going. Michael A. Singer
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Allow life to live through you and run your life

  • When you practice surrender, the energy that you emanate and which then runs your life is of a much higher vibrational frequency than the mind energy that still runs our world. Eckhart Tolle
  • Let’s let go and let life live us, as Love. Ron Rattner
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Surrender to God (a higher power)

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Surrender to a greater power

  • What has made me successful is the ability to surrender my plans, dreams and goals to a power that’s greater than other people and greater than myself. Oprah Winfrey
  • But surrender did give me clarity in one essential area: my personal preferences of like and dislike were not going to guide my life. By surrendering the hold those powerful forces had on me, I was allowing my life to be guided by a much more powerful force, life itself. Michael A. Singer 
  • Under these circumstances the way to success, as vouched for by innumerable authentic personal narrations, is by an anti-moralistic method, by the “surrender” of which I spoke in my second lecture. Passivity, not activity; relaxation, not intentness, should be now the rule. Give up the feeling of responsibility, let go your hold, resign the care of your destiny to higher powers, be genuinely indifferent as to what becomes of it all, and you will find not only that you gain a perfect inward relief, but often also, in addition, the particular goods you sincerely thought you were renouncing. William James
  • Having a body that is like a musical instrument, open enough to be able to resonate, literally resonate with what is coming both from the inside and from the outside, so that one is able to surrender to powers greater than oneself. Marion Woodman
  • Leave the caves of being. Come. The mind breathes outside the mind. The time has come to abandon your lodgings. Surrender to the Universal Thought. The Marvelous is at the root of the mind. Antonin Artaud
  • As the river surrenders itself to the ocean, what is inside me moves inside you. Kabir
  • There’s something within you that knows what to do. There is a power greater than you that knows how to take care of you without your help. All you’ve got to do is to surrender to it. Surrender your thoughts, your mind, your ego, to the current that knows the way. It will take care of you. It will take better care of you than you can ever imagine. Robert Adams
  • Passivity, not activity; relaxation, not intentness, should be now the rule. Give up the feeling of responsibility, let go your hold, resign the care of your destiny to higher powers, be genuinely indifferent as to what becomes of it all, and you will find not only that you gain a perfect inward relief, but often also, in addition, the particular goods you sincerely thought you were renouncing. William James
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Surrender to the universe

  • When I gave up the pursuit of money, more of it flowed into my life than I had ever known before. Why? Because I was living my purpose and surrendering to the universe to provide for my needs. Wayne Dyer
  • Am I better off making up an alternate reality in my mind and then fighting with reality to make it be my way, or am I better off letting go of what I want and serving the same forces of reality that managed to create the entire perfection of the universe around me? Michael A. Singer
  • You have to surrender to the energy above and below. Shirley MacLaine
  • I began to offer everything I did up to the Universal Force. Michael A. Singer
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Surrender to God  

  • One enters the kingdom not through truths or teachings but moment-to-moment surrendering to the Mystery. John Kehoe
  • The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.  W. Tozer
  • Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.  Exhale, and you approach God.  Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.  Krishnamacharya
  • A key to everything is surrender – to really come before the Lord and say, ‘I will literally stay here as long as you want me to stay’ or ‘God, I will really go anywhere on the earth.’ Francis Chan
  • Ask God for the grace to live for Him and continue to live in Him. Right now, surrender it all to Him. B. Joshua
  • In that moment of praying and letting go, I really understood the principle of surrender. The principle of surrender is that, after you have done all that you can do, and you’ve done your best and given it your all, you then have to release it to whatever you call God, or don’t call God. Oprah Winfrey
  • Coming unto the Lord is not a negotiation, but a surrender. Neal A. Maxwell
  • We must surrender ourselves to God, not our assignments. E’yen A. Gardner
  • Do not think that if we surrender to God we will be loser. We will not lose anything except bondage, frustration and suffering. That is all we will lose. Radhanath Swami
  • Every time I surrender to stress, aren’t I advertising the unreliability of God? Ann Voskamp
  • Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness? C. S. Lewis
  • Surrender the thing you fear into the hands of God. Turn it right over to God and ask Him to solve it with you. Fear is keeping things in your own hands; faith is turning them over into the hands of God. Stanley Jones
  • God will not force himself upon us against our will. If we want his love, we need to believe in him. We need to make a definite, positive act of commitment and surrender to the love of God. No one can do it for us. Billy Graham
  • The love of God is a hard love. It demands total self-surrender, disdain of our human personality. And yet it alone can reconcile us to suffering and the deaths of children, it alone can justify them, since we cannot understand them, and we can only make God’s will ours. Albert Camus
  • Give your spiritual ‘power of attorney’ to God. Ron Rattner
  • God’s delight is received upon surrender, not awarded upon conquest. Max Lucado
  • He knows what He is doing with me. I cannot always understand His way, but I am content in the realization that He knows what is best. That is surrender. Daya Mata
  • If you don’t surrender to God, don’t think you don’t surrender. Everybody surrenders — to something. E. Stanley Jones
  • Let go, and let God. Ron Rattner
  • There is no way for a human being to come to God that does not involve surrender. John Ortberg
  • The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. W. Tozer
  • The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination. S. Lewis
  • Surrender yourselves then to be led and disposed of just as God pleases, with respect both to your outward and inward state. Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon
  • Since I am I, I must make an act of self-surrender, however small or however easy, in living to God rather than to my self. S. Lewis
  • Saying yes to God isn’t about perfect performance, but rather perfect surrender to the Lord day by day. Lysa TerKeurst
  • Many people have criticized Islam for being just automatic, having no individuality, just surrendering your will to God, but we Muslims know very well that every moment of the day we have to practice the fact that to surrender one’s self to God is an act of free will. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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Surrender to the Self (God within form)

  • All these years you’ve been searching and looking and trying to change things, trying to add things onto yourself, trying to acquire things when you have been the source of everything to begin with. Everything you’ve been looking for has been within yourself. You then begin to surrender everything to yourself. You surrender all of your thoughts, all of your feelings, you surrender all of your desires, all of your wants to the Self. You pull it in all inwardly. Robert Adams
  • The resolution of fear is therefore the willingness to surrender one’s existence in all its expressions to God. With that total surrender arises the awareness that the Self is formless, and that it is not form but the formless within form that is the Source and the experiencer of life. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender your will to God’s will

  • The basic lesson that each Religion teaches is to surrender to the sovereign-will of God and leave the consequences of deeds, well done, to the Lord Himself. It is His will and your only duty is to shape yourself into a fit instrument. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can / namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us. Teresa of Avila
  • Any praise I receive does not change me, for I pass it right along to God. I walk because God gives me strength to walk, I live because God gives me the supply to live, I speak because God gives me the words to speak. All I did was to surrender my will to God’s will. My entire life has prepared me for this undertaking. This is my calling. This is my vocation. This is what I must be doing. I could not be happy doing anything else. Peace Pilgrim
  • Brokenness is the shattering of my self-will – the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God. It is saying “Yes, Lord!   no resistance, no chafing, no stubbornness – simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life.   Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Whose meditation is real and effective? Who can really surrender to the will of God? Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work. Swami Vivekananda
  • Give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The true principle of renunciation is to be without false pride, to surrender to the principle that I am simply the instrument of God, and to do the will of God till the last breath. Radhanath Swami
  • Surrender simply means keeping God’s will before our own. Radhanath Swami
  • Surrender of the personal will to the Will (Wisdom) of God (or Providence, Higher Power) signifies relinquishment of control. David R. Hawkins
  • One should be prepared to surrender completely, absolutely to the will of God. Whatever He does is for our good. Nirmala Srivastava
  • There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way’. S. Lewis
  • The realization of absolute reality and truth is the greatest gift that one can be to the world and all humanity. Spiritual work, in its essence, is therefore a selfless service and surrender to the Will of God. David R. Hawkins
  • Setting aside all noble deeds, just surrender completely to the will of God. I shall liberate you from all sins. Do not grieve. Bhagavad Gita
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Let God have your life

  • My life is on loan, like money borrowed from a bank. God is the lender, and He retains the right to call in the loan any time. Though I am responsible for taking care of it, I do not own this life; it is borrowed. Why should I fear its loss or the loss of anything else in this world when I must surrender it all anyway? James Dillehay
  • Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can. L. Moody
  • All of us need a vision for our lives, and even as we work to achieve that vision, we must surrender to the power that is greater than we know. It’s one of the defining principles of my life that I love to share: God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself. Oprah Winfrey
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Surrender to God requires willingness

  • The core of the three great pathways of ‘heart’, ‘mind’, and ‘action’ is the process of surrender. This is activated by intention and the attitude of willingness. Progressively, each thought, feeling, impulse, idea, or belief is recognized and then released and surrendered to God. Each is an illusion, a program, a symbol, and an impediment to the clarity of the unobstructed awareness of the Self. David R. Hawkins
  • The willingness to surrender these axiomatic propositions as well as the fate of the world to God eventually results in a clarity of spiritual vision that resolves all questions and illusions. David R. Hawkins
  • True freedom is the willingness for life to be as it is, no matter how it appears. This willingness is expressed in the Abrahamic religions as “Thy will be done.” Paradoxically, in completely accepting everything just as it is, there is space for something truly new and creative to enter the picture. And this space is never not here. Joan Tollifson
  • Next came a willingness to hold desires in abeyance and surrender personal will at every moment. As each thought, feeling, desire, or deed was surrendered to God, the mind became progressively silent. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender to God requires trust

  • Surrender your will to Him. Unconditionally. Withhold nothing. Turn it all over to Him; all of your desires, wishes, dreams and hopes. Trust in Him. Trust Him who knows all things. Trust Him who has all power. Trust Him whose love for you is perfect. Trust Him, who alone suffered, paid, and atoned for you sins, and for your weaknesses as well. Trust Him that He will make of you immeasurably more than what you will ever, ever, in all eternity make of yourself. He will create of you a masterpiece. You will create of you only a smudge. You will create an ordinary man. He will create a God. Lawrence E. Corbridge
  • If one can surrender, if one can trust the Master, one has surrendered to God, one has trusted God. And sooner or later one is bound to come out under the sky. One will remain grateful to the Master forever because without the window there was no sky, there were only walls. But one has to go through the Master and go beyond. One should not cling to the window; the window frame should not become a hindrance. Rajneesh
  • When we surrender every area of our lives – including our finances-to God, then we are free to trust Him to meet our needs. But if we would rather hold tightly to those things that we possess, then we find ourselves in bondage to those very things. Larry Burkett
  • To love God means to surrender, to trust, to be ready to die into Him, because dying in God is the beginning of a new life; it is resurrection. Love has to become such an intense flame that it bums you out, that you are not left behind, that you are consumed in it. If you are not, the Guest comes. Rajneesh
  • There is never a moment when God is not in control. Relax! He’s got you covered. Mandy Hale
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Surrender to God brings beautiful rewards

  • Once we surrender our mind to God completely, HE will take care of us in every way. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Whenever you surrender the most precious areas of your life to GOD, it’s like trading in a pile of worthless pebbles for a truckload of priceless jewels. Leslie Ludy
  • Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I have told you that, no matter how many times you have refused to enter the sanctuary, you have only to knock and the door will be opened to you. I have said to you Ask and it shall be given you, but you refuse to believe in me. You think that someone is counting your sins, your moments of indecision or recalcitrance, but it is not true. You are the only one counting. I say to you brother, stop counting, stop making excuses, stop pretending that the door is locked. I am here at the threshold. Reach out and take my hand and we will open the door and walk through together.I am the door to love without conditions. When you walk through, you too will be the door. Paul Ferinni
  • God is there only if you surrender. Surrender makes anything God. Surrender give you the eyes, and everything that is brought to these eyes becomes Divine. Rajneesh
  • Life can become once more a grand adventure if we will surrender it to god. He brings one adventure to an end, only to open another to us. With him we must be ready for anything. Paul Tournier
  • Those who say in simple surrender ‘Yes, Lord,’ emerge from the experience spiritually rich, and become a source of grace and encouragement to others who are hurting. Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the universe who is ever victorious and accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at the proper time. Don’t worry. Abide in the heart and surrender your acts to the Divine. Ramana Maharshi
  • The experience of the presence of God is available and within at all times, but awaits choice. That choice is made only by surrendering everything other than peace and love to God. David R. Hawkins
  • The option for truth, peace, and joy is always available, although seemingly buried behind an ignorance and nonawareness that results from having chosen other options as a habit of thought. The inner truth reveals itself when all other options are refused by surrender to God. David R. Hawkins
  • There is a state of mind, known to religious men, but to no others, in which the will to assert ourselves and hold our own has been displaced by a willingness to close our mouths and be as nothing in the floods and waterspouts of God. In this state of mind, what we most dreaded has become the habitation of our safety, and the hour of our moral death has turned into our spiritual birthday. The time for tension in our soul is over, and that of happy relaxation, of calm deep breathing, of an eternal present, with no discordant future to be anxious about, has arrived. Fear is not held in abeyance as it is by mere morality, it is positively expunged and washed away. William James
  • When we surrender to His timing, He does mighty things in and for us, according to His will and His timing. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. Charles Stanley
  • If you give up and surrender to the lord, He will guide you and guard you. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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Surrender to God leads to the presence of God

  • Don’t seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
  • The experience of the presence of God is available and within at all times, but awaits choice. That choice is made only by surrendering everything other than peace and love to God. David R. Hawkins
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To surrender to God is to become an instrument of God

  • In surrendering to God you surrender to life and let it flow. True surrender means, you open yourself to life’s innumerable opportunities and challengers without conditions, preference, fear or choice. It means you willingly offer yourself to become an instrument in the hands of God, and dedicate your life to His cause. It is true surrender. Jayaram V
  • You cannot fulfil God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.  Rick Warren
  • You become stronger only when you become weaker. When you surrender your will to God, you discover the resources to do what God requires. Erwin W. Lutzer
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Surrendering to God brings peace

  • I surrender my anxiety and my sense of urgency. I allow God to guide me in the pacing of my life. I open my heart to God’s timing. I release my deadlines, agendas, and stridency to the gentle yet often swift pacing of God. As I open my heart to God’s unfoldings, my heart attains peace. As I relax into God’s timing, my heart contains comfort. As I allow God to set the tone and schedule of my days, I find myself in the right time and place, open and available to God’s opportunities. Julia Cameron
  • Surrender yourself to God and be at peace with him. Shri Radhe Maa
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Complete surrender to God leads to union and oneness with God

  • The essence of all religions is One. Surrender is the main duty of everyone. Surrender means the feeling of oneness, I and God are One. Why? The reason is that the One who is present in you is present in me. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • “Union with God is attained through surrender, contemplation and prayer …
  • When you pray, pray so that you may know Him. When you seek to simplify, do it as a means of knowing Him more. When you surrender, or behave with humility or sacrifice, do it with the sole purpose in mind to know Him. Charles R. Swindoll
  • Whether we view religion from the human side or the divine—as the surrender of the soul to God, or as the life of God in the soul—in either aspect it is of its very essence that the Infinite has ceased to be a far-off vision, and has become a present reality. The very first pulsation of the spiritual life, when we rightly apprehend its significance, is the indication that the division between the Spirit and its object has vanished, that the ideal has become real, that the finite has reached its goal and become suffused with the presence and life of the Infinite. John Caird
  • Drop the mind and the divine. God is not an object, it is a merger. The mind resists a merger, the mind is against surrender; the mind is very cunning and calculating. Rajneesh
  • There is a self-forgetfulness which is so complete that it really seems as though the soul no longer existed, because it is such that she has neither knowledge nor remembrance that there is either heaven or life or honor for her, so entirely is she employed in seeking the honor of God. It appears that the words which His Majesty addressed to her have produced their effect — namely, that she must take care of His business and He will take care of hers. And thus, happen what may, she does not mind in the least, but lives in so strange a state of forgetfulness that, as I say, she seems no longer to exist, and has no desire to exist — no, absolutely none — save when she realizes that she can do something to advance the glory and honor of God, for which she would gladly lay down her life. Saint Teresa of Avila
  • They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will – with our thoughts, words and actions – to the will of God. Teresa of Avila
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Surrender to God through devotion and worship

  • To struggle is difficult but to surrender is easy. Surrender is the beginning of devotion. Bhakti Charu Swami
  • The best preparation for worship is not a rehearsal, but surrender. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • Out of an unrestricted love for God arises the willingness to surrender all motives except to serve God completely. To be the servant of God becomes one’s goal rather than enlightenment. To be a perfect channel for God’s love is to surrender completely and to eliminate the goal seeking of the spiritual ego. Joy itself becomes the initiator of further spiritual work. David R. Hawkins
  • If not to God, you will surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, to money, to resentment, to fear, or to your own pride, lusts, or ego. You were designed to worship God and if you fail to worship Him, you will create other things (idols) to give your life to. You are free to choose, what you surrender to but you are not free from the consequence of that choice. Rick Warren
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Surrender to God through prayer

  • In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Pray, and let God worry. Martin Luther
  • Prayer implies surrender to the will of the giver. Zeina
  • Prayer is nothing but that complete surrender, complete oneness with Christ. And this is what makes us contemplative in the heart of the world; for we are twenty-four hours then in His presence: in the hungry, in the naked, in the homeless, in the unwanted, unloved, uncared for. For Jesus said, Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Mother Teresa
  • Prayer is surrender–surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God. E. Stanley Jones
  • Prayer is the way to die to our own wishes and surrender everything to God. Scot McKnight
  • Prayer means dying, dying and disappearing as a person, becoming part of the universal, a surrender, a trust in God. The whole emphasis is on how to surrender your ego, sacrifice your ego, at the altar of the divine. Rajneesh
  • The purest form of prayer we can engage in is to feel peace: the kind of peace that comes when we surrender totally to what is, as is—in the knowledge and comfort that Spirit has it all handled and that it will all work out for the best if we just get ourselves out of the way. Colin Tipping
  • Prayer becomes surrender rather than supplication. David R. Hawkins
  • You can surrender without a prayer, but never really pray without surrender. You can fight without ever winning, but never ever win without a fight. Neil Peart
  • Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender Elizabeth Gilbert
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Surrender to creativity

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Surrender to the creative impulse …

  • Enthusiasm is not an emotional state. It is a spiritual commitment, a loving surrender to our creative process. Enthusiasm – from the Greek, filled with God’ – is an ongoing energy supply tapped into the flow of life itself. Julia Cameron
  • The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron
  • If you want to surrender to creativity, surrender to creation. Judith Orloff
  • All too often too often we try to push, pull, outline and control our ideas instead of letting them grow organically. The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.  Julia Cameron
  • Writing is both an act of power and surrender. Passion and discovery. It is a tug at your soul that continues to pull you forward, even as you go kicking and screaming. Laraine Herring
  • If you want to surrender to creativity, surrender to creation. Judith Orloff
  • In our willingness to step into the unknown, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe. Deepak Chopra
  • The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron
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… knowing that true art requires surrender

  • Art gives its vision to beauty not always recognized. And it surrenders freely — whatever power it possesses to every sincere soul that seeks it. But above all else–it presents us with the gift of ourselves. Aberjhani
  • Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them. Franz Marc
  • As an improvising musician, I am not in the music business, I am not in the creativity business; I am in the surrender business. Stephen Nachmanovitch
  • Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds. Elliot W. Eisner
  • The first demand any work of art makes upon us is to surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way. S. Lewis
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Surrender to love

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Surrender to the power of love

  • Choose Love. Surrender the desire to hurt. Sanaya Roman
  • Eventually you come to realize that most people aren’t looking for a fight but for someone to surrender to. Robert Breault
  • Fear drives away love. Without love, there is no surrender of all our inner cares and worries to the Mahanta (our inner guide). Harold Klemp
  • For there is always a sanctuary more, a door that can never be forced, a last inviolable stronghold that can never be taken, whatever the attack; your vote can be taken, you name, you innards, or even your life, but that last stonghold can only be surrendered. And to surrender it for any reason other than love is to surrender love. Ken Kesey
  • Let’s let go and let life live us, as Love. Ron Rattner
  • Looking at my life I see that only Love Has been my soul’s companion From deep inside My soul cries out: Do not wait, surrender For the sake of Love. Rumi
  • Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love. Virgil
  • Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music. Pierce Brosnan
  • Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual. Octavio Paz
  • Love is the possibility of possibilities. Its farthest reach is beyond us, no matter how long we love or how much. It will always remain the mute mystery to whose ecstasy and ache we can only surrender with a yes. David Richo
  • Love is the sacrifice of will. If you cannot leave will behind, You have no will at all. Rumi
  • Love is transformative; its power sweeps away all obstacles. It is both the means and the end. It brings forth willingness and the capacity to surrender. It brings forth compassion and the desire to understand. David R. Hawkins
  • Love isn’t as simple as you wish it would be. On the other hand, it’s nowhere near as complicated as you fear it is. My advice to you is to extinguish any itch you might have to compel love to serve any agenda whatsoever. Instead, bow down before it with all the innocence you can muster, and declare yourself ready to be its humble student and servant. Celebrate through surrender. Rob Brezsny
  • Love or hatred calls for self-surrender. He cuts a fine figure, the warm-blooded, prosperous man, solidly entrenched in his well-being, who one fine day surrenders all to love—or to hatred; himself, his house, his land, his memories. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Lovers never surrender to each other, lovers simply surrender to love. Rajneesh
  • Mature love is not a surrender of the self but a surrender to the self. The ego surrenders its hegemony of the personality to the heart, but in this surrender it is not annihilated. Rather it is strengthened because its roots in the body are nourished by the joy that the body feels. Alexander Lowen
  • My own observation is: lovers don’t surrender to each other, they surrender to something unknown that exists between them. They surrender to love – call it the ‘god of love’ – they both surrender to the god of love. Hence nobody’s ego is fulfilled by your surrender; both the egos disappear in love. Rajneesh
  • Our real journey in life is interior; It is a matter of growth, deepening, and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Never was it more necessary to respond to that action. Thomas Merton
  • Passion pursues; love surrenders. Janet Todd
  • Real love doesn’t seek to acquire. It gives itself away. Its very nature is that of surrender, service, and generosity. Catherine Ingram
  • Reason lost the battle, and all I could do was surrender and accept I was in love. Paulo Coelho
  • Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world. Marianne Williamson
  • Surrender is just like love. That’s why I say only lovers can become sannyasins – because they know a little of how to surrender. Love is the first step towards the divine, surrender is the last. And two steps is the whole journey. Rajneesh
  • Let silence have you. And if you find you are still swimming on the surface of the ocean, let go and sink into the depths of love. Kar Kirpa Sahib
  • Take away from love the fullness of self surrender, the completeness of personal commitment, and what remains will be a total denial and negation of it. Pope John Paul II
  • The crisis, as well as the opportunity, of our time is to surrender our ego and conditioned fear mechanisms to the primary torsion energy of unconditional love that is seeking to evolve us and is calling us as a species home. Sol Luckman
  • The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region. Orhan Pamuk
  • The poor wretch, she had given up so much and could yet smile at her trouble. He himself had never surrendered to anything in life – that was what life demanded of you – surrender. For reward it gave you love, this swarthy, skin-deep love that exacted remorseless penalties. A.E. Coppard
  • There comes a time when nothing is meaningful except surrendering to Love. Rumi
  • To all who suffer – to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely- I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in. Never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit. Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart. Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • To care, you have to surrender the armour of indifference. You have to be willing to act, to make the first move. Arthur Gordon
  • To love! To surrender absolutely, to prostrate oneself before the divine image, to die a thousand imaginary deaths, to annihilate every trace of self, to find the whole universe embodied and enshrined in the living image of another! Adolescent, we say. Rot! This is the germ of the future life, the seed which we hide away, which we bury deep within us, which we smother and stifle and do our utmost to destroy as we advance from one experience to another and flutter and flounder and lose our way. Henry Miller
  • Total surrender to the demands of the human spirit: be attentive, be intelligent, be reasonable, be responsible, be in love. Bernard Lonergan
  • Warriors fear surrender. They are proud and defiant. They will fight to the death for what they believe in. They will struggle to conquer. Love is not about conquest. The truth is a man can only find true love when he surrenders to it. When he opens his heart to the partner of his soul and says: ‘here it is! the very essence of me! It is yours to nurture or destroy. David Gemmell
  • We are afraid of love because Love is a small death. Love requires that we should surrender, and we don’t want to surrender at all. We would like the OTHER to surrender, we would like the other to be a slave. But the same is the desire from the other side: man wants the woman to be a slave; and of course the woman also wants the same, the SAME desire is there. Their methods of enslaving each other may be different, but the desire is the same. Rajneesh
  • You surrender to love; you do not accomplish love by willpower. Richard Rohr
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True love is an act of surrender …

  • Love is total surrender, total acceptance and total commitment. Lailah Gifty Akita
  • Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual. Octavio Paz
  • You will never know love unless you surrender to it. Katherine Reback
  • Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two—love and controlling power over the other person—are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship. Rob Bell
  • It is not enough … simply to surrender oneself brainlessly to love, when it knocks at the door, one must also calculate because of later life, which does sometimes follow. Elfriede Jelinek
  • True love is an act of total surrender. Paulo Coelho
  • Love includes vulnerability, surrender, self-valuing, steadiness, and a willingness to face – rather than run from – the worst of ourselves. Geneen Roth
  • Love has nothing to do with another person. Love is Truth. Love is Beauty. Love is Self. To know yourself, to surrender to the truth of yourself, is to surrender to love. Gangaji
  • Love is a gift, a miracle, a mystery. You are led to its threshold by your affinities, by your inclinations, and by the yearnings of your heart, although its power and presentation is by grace, not by expectation, demand, or requirement. Love is the ultimate paradox, for it is the lamb that is also the lion. Love is the ultimate power, which resides in surrender. Glenda Green
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… a giving up of control

  • Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two—love and controlling power over the other person—are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship. Rob Bell
  • One real danger in love relationships is that most people secretly believe that they must control the love object in order to feel safe in loving and being loved. The cause of this is simple—children are made to feel that they must “give themselves up” if they are to be loved. Thus, for most humans the act of surrender has meant the loss of autonomy or worse—loss of one’s own mind. Surrender is neither control nor morbid dependency and cannot be made contingent upon giving away one’s “soul”; nonetheless, the person surrendering opens completely to the moment, and runs the risk of being deeply hurt. Sadly, in our society this is not uncommon and frequently serves to harden or embitter a person toward life in general. Or, on the other had being deeply hurt in the act of surrender can lead to angry and painful “cries for help.” When this occurs there is an insatiable and wrathful desire to be cared for as a child is cared for and the horrid fear of loss of independence. Christopher S. Hyatt
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Love is to surrender one’s self to another person

  • Love is about bottomless empathy, born out of the heart’s revelation that another person is every bit as real as you are. And this is why love, as I understand it, is always specific. Trying to love all of humanity may be a worthy endeavor, but, in a funny way, it keeps the focus on the self, on the self’s own moral or spiritual well-being. Whereas, to love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were your own, you have to surrender some of your self. Jonathan Franzen
  • Love isn’t just about feeling sure of the other person, knowing what he would give up for you. It’s knowing with certainty what you are willing to surrender for his sake. Make no mistake; each partner gives up something. Individual dreams are surrendered for a shared one. Robin Hobb
  • This act of total surrender is not merely a fantastic intellectual and mystical gamble; it is something much more serious. It is an act of love for this unseen person, who, in the very gift of love by which we surrender ourselves to his reality also makes his presence known to us. Thomas Merton
  • To love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were your own, you have to surrender some of your self. Jonathan Franzen
  • This pause in time, within time … When did I first experience the exquisite sense of surrender that is only possible with another person? The peace of mind one experiences on one’s own, one’s certainty of self in the serenity of solitude, are nothing in comparison to the release and openness and fluency one shares with another, in close companionship. Muriel Barbery
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Surrendering to love brings great rewards

  • Consider your own life-how many times a day does some situation pop up that leads to moments of frustration and anxiety? Surrendering your head to your heart in those moments will lead you to balance and fulfillment. As you listen to your spirit, peace follows. So follow your spirit. Build your foundation in your heart. Love must be your innermost and spontaneous response towards every person you encounter. Say to yourself inside, “I just love.” Use these words as a key to start the engine running in your heart and watch life brighten with new love and understanding. Surrender to your new awareness and let love unfold the purpose of creation to you. Sara Paddison
  • The moment you surrender to love and allow it to lead you to exactly where your soul wants to go, you will have no difficulty. Neale Donald Walsch
  • The spiritual Will is enforced and activated by love and devotion and its willingness to surrender. David R. Hawkins
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Surrendering to love brings great power

  • True surrender is true power: the love-force that moves the universe is also the love-force that breathes your breath and beats your heart. When fear dissolves, you no longer separate yourself from this single flow of immense force. Love is continuity with infinite life-force, a oneness of being with no separation. Opening sexually is opening to this flow of life- force. And love is the key to this opening.  David Deida
  • Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world. Marianne Williamson
  • Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish anything even when you cannot forsee the outcome. Deepak Chopra
  • I will surrender. The power is too great to comprehend, for love always triumphs! So it is to you I surrender…and its truth shall be forever. Rasa
  • When we know love matters more than anything, and we know that nothing else REALLY matters, we move into the state of surrender. Surrender does not diminish our power, it enhances it.  Sara Paddison
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Surrendering to love brings great joy

  • Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all of the inhibitions and preconceptions of their era. They have been able to sing, to laugh, and to pray out loud; they have danced and shared what Saint Paul called ‘the madness of saintliness’. They have been joyful – because those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss. True love is an act of total surrender. Paulo Coelho
  • When love is accompanied with deep intimacy, it raises us to the highest level of human experience. In this exalted space, we can surrender our egos, become vulnerable and know levels of joy and well-being unique among life experiences. We attain a glimpse of the rapture that can be ours. Boundaries are blurred, there are no limitations and we rejoice in union. We become one and, at the same time, both. Leo Buscaglia
  • Fully to surrender to love can be terrifying. But it is the price life asks in exchange for the possibility of ecstasy. Nathaniel Branden
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Surrender the blocks to love

  • Love is a way of being. It is the energy that radiates when the blocks to it have been surrendered. It is more than an emotion or a thought—it is a state of being.  It is a way of being in the world that says: “How can I be of help to you?  David Hawkins  David R. Hawkins
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Listening to another is an act of loving surrender

  • Listening is totally different from hearing. Hearing, anybody who is not deaf can do. Listening is a rare art, one of the last arts. Listening means not only hearing with the ears but hearing from the heart, in utter silence, in absolute peace, with no resistance. One has to be vulnerable to listen, and one has to be in deep love to listen. One has to be in utter surrender to listen. Rajneesh
  • Listening to something is an act of surrender. Brian Eno
  • Surrendered people understand that true power comes from being respectful and listening. Surrendered people know themselves and are empathetic toward others. Judith Orloff
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Surrender and romantic love

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Even romantic love, at its best, is a complete surrender

  • Hurry not a woman’s favor; neither forcer her hastily to surrender to thee. For she goeth into love as she goeth into the waters at the seashore; first a hand and then a lip goeth she in by littles. She diveth not, she leapeth not from the pier; but by gentle shocks and cries of protest she entereth slowly; yet when the waters of love encompass her, then she is supported. She swimmeth in her joy; she floateth on the tide of happiness. Gelett Burgess
  • I have to admit, in the end, I like to surrender to someone; the person I love. Laura Pausini
  • Letting go of someone we love is the hardest thing we will ever do. Some people never surrender to love for the fear of being hurt. But to not have loved, to not have felt the immense joy it brings, would have been a far worse kind of death. Goldie Hawn
  • Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender. Therese of Lisieux
  • Love is a flower that blooms so tender, each kiss a dew drop of sweet surrender. Love is a moment of life enchanting, let’s take that moment that tonight is granting. Dean Martin
  • The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender. Emil Ludwig
  • To love all ages yield surrender; But to the young it’s raptures bring A blessing bountiful and tender- As storms refresh the fields of spring. Alexander Pushkin
  • If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship. Rob Bell
  • To be prosperous and happy in life, Henry, it is simple. Pick one woman, pick it well, and surrender. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • This human need for mysticism – surrender to an unknown truth, union – stands at the helm of all romantic feeling. It is, in essence, the same intimacy known in a mother’s arms; in those who are deprived of the experience, the need freezes and, distorted, it can rent a life. All addiction has as its foundation skewed yearning for the same transcendence. For me, the spell of the material was broken by my brother’s death; after his suicide, all I wanted was the renewal of my connection to the intangible. Antonella Gambotto-Burke
  • He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven. Oscar Wilde
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Surrender through a kiss

  • The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender. Emil Ludwig
  • Have you ever given yourself to a kiss so completely, that you felt like you surrendered some of yourself and replaced it with a part of them? Ali Harris
  • For all that I have kissed before, I have never felt anything like this. It is as if I have swallowed a tiny piece of the sun, its warmth and light reaching into every corner of my soul and chasing away the shadows. I surrender to that kiss – surrender to the strength and the courage and the sheer goodness of the man. R.L. LaFevers
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Sex is the ultimate surrender to a partner

  • You can ravish your woman so deeply that her surrender breaks your heart into light. David Deida
  • True surrender is true power: the love-force that moves the universe is also the love-force that breathes your breath and beats your heart. When fear dissolves, you no longer separate yourself from this single flow of immense force. Love is continuity with infinite life- force, a oneness of being with no separation. Opening sexually is opening to this flow of life- force. And love is the key to this opening. David Deida
  • It was that surrender he needed. That complete feminine submission to every stroke, every caress, ever naughty act. Only in that submission would the subconscious trust, the bond he needed between them, come. He wanted her to trust, to know, to instinctively understand that he was more than just her lover; he was her other half. The one she told her secrets to. The one, she made secrets with. Lora Leigh
  • Love can be so heartless when you turn out the light, a mutual surrender in the heat of the night. Donny Osmond
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More things to surrender to

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Surrender to stillness

  • When it seems humanly impossible to do more in a difficult situation, surrender yourself to the inner silence and thereafter wait for a sign of obvious guidance or for a renewal of inner strength. Paul Brunton
  • Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence. Stay there until you see you’re looking at the light with infinite eyes. Rumi
  • Let silence have you. And if you find you are still swimming on the surface of the ocean, let go and sink into the depths of love. Kar Kirpa Sahib
  • The words of truth are always paradoxical. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu
  • Surrendered people have the ability to pause, take a deep breath, and observe. Sustaining silence and circumspection are two behaviors that lead to better, healthier outcomes. Judith Orloff
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Surrender to your purpose

  • I don’t know Who, or what, put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone, or Something, and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self- surrender, had a goal. Dag Hammarskjold
  • For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Viktor E. Frankl
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Surrender to happiness

  • It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories. Somerset Maugham
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Surrender to the mystery of it all

  • I surrender myself to everything. I love, I feel pain, I struggle. The world seems to me wider than the mind, my heart a dark and almighty mystery. Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Religion exalts mystery as an unknowable secret that must be sealed in glass like the corpse of an enchanted princess and fearfully worshipped from afar. Initiation, on the other hand, requires direct participation and demands each of us to smash the casket and press mad lips to mystery, wooing her as a lover who will offer up her treasurers in a succession of sweet surrenders. This she will do, but only in exact ratio to our evolving ability and worthiness to receive them. Lon Milo DuQuette
  • One enters the kingdom not through truths or teachings but moment-to-moment surrendering to the Mystery. John Kehoe
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Surrender to uncertainty

  • Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable, because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty. Brené Brown
  • Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
  • Things do fall apart. It is in their nature to do so. When we try to protect ourselves from the inevitability of change, we are not listening to the soul. We are listening to our fear of life and death, our lack of faith, our smaller ego’s will to prevail. To listen to the soul is to stop fighting with life-to stop fighting when things fall apart, when they don’t go our way, when we get sick, when we are betrayed or mistreated or misunderstood. To listen to the soul is to slow down, to feel deeply, to see ourselves clearly, to surrender to discomfort and uncertainty, and to wait. Elizabeth Lesser
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Surrender to intuition and instinct

  • Intellect has to surrender to instinct when it is time to play. Kenny Werner
  • Surrender to a logic more powerful than reason. G. Ballard
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Surrender to the openness of who you are

  • The word “surrender” is often interpreted as giving up, as weakness, as admitting defeat. Although this is one way to use the word, we will use it in a different way. Surrendering means letting go of your resistance to the total openness of who you are. It means giving up the tension of the little vortex you believe yourself to be and realizing the deep power of the ocean you truly are. It means to open with no boundaries, emotional or physical, so you ease wide beyond any limiting sense of self you might have. David Deida
  • Opening to our fear is an act of intimacy, a courageous welcoming of the disfigured and outcast into the living room of our being. Opening thus is also an act of surrender. As such, it is not a dissolution – or collapsing – or personal boundaries, as in submission, but rather an expanding of them. In submission, we deaden ourselves, sinking into the shallows; in surrender, we enliven ourselves, dying into a deeper Life. In surrender we may lose face, but we do not lose touch. Submission flattens the ego; surrender transcends it. Submission is passive, but surrender is dynamic.  Robert Augustus Masters
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Surrender your head to your heart

  • The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart. Alan Redpath
  • All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. Blaise Pascal
  • When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. You are surrendering to love, because God is Love, the cohesive force of the universe that connects us all. Surrender is not just a religious concept; it’s a power tool for listening to the voice of your spirit and following its directions. When you surrender your head to your heart, you allow your heart to give you a wider, higher intelligence perspective. Remember the phrase, “The real teacher is within you.” Very simply, that teacher is to be found in the common sense of your own heart.  Sara Paddison
  • Consider your own life-how many times a day does some situation pop up that leads to moments of frustration and anxiety? Surrendering your head to your heart in those moments will lead you to balance and fulfillment. As you listen to your spirit, peace follows. So follow your spirit. Build your foundation in your heart. Love must be your innermost and spontaneous response towards every person you encounter. Say to yourself inside, “I just love.” Use these words as a key to start the engine running in your heart and watch life brighten with new love and understanding. Surrender to your new awareness and let love unfold the purpose of creation to you.  Sara Paddison
  • During any dance to which we surrender with joy, the brain loses it’s controlling power, and the heart takes up the reins of the body. Paulo Coelho
  • The word surrender sounds horrible to one who wants to enjoy his senses but very sweet to one who has a humble heart. Radhanath Swami
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Surrender completely to what you’re doing

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Surrender to the energy within

  • The more willing you are to surrender to the energy within you, the more power can flow through you. Shakti Gawain
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Surrender to service and giving

  • When you surrender completely to God, as the only truth worth having, you find yourself in service of all that exists. It becomes your joy and recreation. You never tire of serving others. Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is nothing to achieve, there is only surrender to a life of service. Reshad Feild
  • The first step into the realm of giving is…not manward but Godward: an utter yielding of our best. So long as our idea of surrender is limited to the renouncing of unlawful things, we have never grasped its true meaning: that is not worthy of the name for ‘no polluted thing’ can be offered. Lilias Trotter
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Surrender to inner being

  • It is enough that one surrenders oneself. Surrender is giving oneself up to the original cause of one’s being. Do not delude yourself by imagining this source to be some God outside you. One’s source is within oneself. Give yourself up to it. That means that you should seek the source and merge in it. Ramana Maharshi
  • The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing. Baruch Spinoza
  • Surrender to the deepest level within that you’re aware of. John de Ruiter
  • Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one’s being. Ramana Maharshi
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Surrender yourself to your pain, sadness and grief, so you can feel it and let it go

  • What is it about tears that should be so terrifying? The touch of God is marked by tears…deep, soul- shaking tears, weeping…it comes when that last barrier is down and you surrender yourself to health and wholeness.  David Wilkerson
  • The grief within me has its own heartbeat. It has its own life, its own song. Part of me wants to resist the rhythms of my grief, yet as I surrender to the song, I learn to listen deep within myself. Alan Wolfelt
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Surrender to discipline

  • A healthy view of discipline keeps us on track in areas of our life where we’ve determined to make a change. Discipline is a practice of self-love, self-respect, and surrender that results in freedom. Michael Bernard Beckwith “
  • Today I will surrender to discipline. I realize that sometimes it takes time to see the fruits of my labors, yet I still need to practice discipline. Help me to remember, God, that I’m moving forward, and that I’m learning the very important art of discipline. Melody Beattie
  • The real fibre which is preliminary for entering into the spiritual realm of God is the art of surrender. And discipline is the prerequisite to learn the art of surrender. Radhanath Swami
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Surrender to passion

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Surrender to the needs of the body

  • The way to a beautiful, strong, healthy body is to start by trusting yourself right now. Let go of the struggle and surrender to your body’s needs. Your intuition will tell you what to eat. Shakti Gawain
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Surrender to wonder

  • The intellectual quest is exquisite like pearls and coral, But it is not the same as the spiritual quest. The spiritual quest is on another level altogether, Spiritual wine has a subtler taste. The intellect and the senses investigate cause and effect. The spiritual seeker surrenders to the wonder. Rumi
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Requirements for surrender

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Surrender requires trust

  • Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship. Brennan Manning
  • Linguistically, surrender means surrender to somebody, but spiritually surrender simply means trust, relaxing. It is an attitude rather than an act, you live through trust. Osho
  • Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • The more we trust, the less we try. Ron Rattner
  • You need to trust. To surrender. To ask for guidance. Go within for the answers. They’re within you. You have the answers. All you need to do is ask. Karen Hackel
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Surrender requires faith

  • Faith can have a profound impact on health. It is a very personal experience of thought and surrender, which can comfort in every situation. Faith is free and available to all people at all times. It only requires that one fully embrace possibility, and the ultimate value is in the depth of the embrace. Patch Adams
  • Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender. Paulo Coelho
  • Our connection with God can be made through our faith, dedication and our willingness to surrender. Radhanath Swami
  • ” Surrender is a gift that you can give yourself. It’s an act of faith. It’s saying that even though I can’t see where this river is flowing, I trust it will take me in the right direction. Debbie Ford                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish anything even when you cannot foresee the outcome. Deepak Chopra
  • There is nothing more perplexing in life than to know at what point you should surrender your intellect to your faith. Margot Asquith
  • Freethinkers reject faith as a valid tool of knowledge. Faith is the opposite of reason because reason imposes very strict limits on what can be true, and faith has no limits at all. A Great Escape into faith is no retreat to safety. It is nothing less than surrender. Dan Barker
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Surrender requires allowing

  • You become an autumn leaf in the winds of life. You let life happen. Jayaram V
  • ALLOW, then you know the art of life. In the allowing, in the let-go, in the surrender, is the art of life. How not to be and to let God be – that is the only art of life. Rajneesh
  • Surrender isn’t something that our minds can accomplish, but it is something that, with awareness, we can invite into our lives. Nancy Colier
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Surrender requires awareness

  • Awareness is the complete and unconditional surrender to what is, without rationalization, without the division of the observer and the observed. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Surrender requires humility

  • Accept disgrace willingly… Accept being unimportant… Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things. Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. Lao Tzu
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Surrender requires an inner willingness

  • Willfulness must give way to willingness and surrender. Mastery must yield to mystery. Gerald May
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Surrender requires conscious relaxation

  • Relaxation is one of the most complex phenomena – very rich, multidimensional. All these things are part of it: let-go, trust, surrender, love, acceptance, going with the flow, union with existence, egolessness, ecstasy. All these are part of it, and all these start happening if you learn the ways of relaxation. Rajneesh
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Surrender requires attention to what is

  • Full attention IS full acceptance IS surrender. You cannot give your full attention to something and at the same time resist it. Eckhart Tolle
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Surrender requires the realisation that all experience is fleeting

  • Surrender becomes so much easier when you realize the fleeting nature of all experiences and that the world cannot give you anything of lasting value. You then continue to meet people, to be involved in experience and activities, but without the wants and fears of the egoic self. That is to say, you no longer demand that a situation, person, place, or event should satisfy you or make you happy. It’s passing and imperfect nature is allowed to be. Eckhart Tolle
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Sometimes surrender requires desperation

  • A certain desperation is usually necessary before we’re ready for God… Until your knees finally hit the floor, you’re just playing at life, and on some level you’re scared because you know you’re just playing. The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when it begins Marianne Williamson
  • When every man has realized that his birth is a defeat, existence, endurable at last, will seem like the day after a surrender, like the relief and the repose of the conquered. Emile M. Cioran
  • Each of us becomes ready to surrender for different reasons and the accompanying change is sometimes painful. Just as a seed starts in the darkness and then splits apart to become something larger and more alive, surrender impels our consciousness to grow. Judith Orloff
  • God had brought me to my knees and made me acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge I had been reborn. I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything. Bede Griffiths
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Let go and surrender

  • Be crumbled. So wild flowers will come up where you are.  You have been stony for too many years. Try something different. Surrender.Rumi
  • Be lost. Give up. Give In. in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found. Victoria Schwab
  • We can’t escape from the world anymore; we can’t escape from the mind. We need to enter surrender while we are in the world. That seems to be the path that is effective in the world that we live in now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Use whatever challenge comes into your life as a kind of fuel for the flame of consciousness. That is done through surrender to what is. Some people may need more of that than others. If you choose presence in your daily life you may not need the drastic challenges. Eckhart Tolle
  • Try something different. Surrender. Rumi
  • Love is the first step towards the divine, surrender is the last. And two steps is the whole journey. Rajneesh
  • If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds. Jesse Jackson
  • Listen through your screams to the wind still whispering: Don’t give up — Surrender!  Eric Ganther
  • Surrender your expectations. Surrender your doubts. Surrender your fears. Surrender your strengths. Surrender your anger. Surrender your control. Yasmine Galenorn
  • Surrender all thought, emotion, and circumstance to that which is bigger and deeper. Surrender your identity. Surrender your suffering to that which is closer than identity, deeper than suffering. Do you discover victory or defeat in this surrender? Gangaji
  • Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day. Melody Beattie
  • Listen through your screams to the wind still whispering: Don’t give up — Surrender! Eric Ganther
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Surrender painful and unpleasant emotions

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Surrender negative emotions by letting them go

  • Choose to surrender negative feelings rather than express them. David R. Hawkins
  • In contrast to the above, what happens instead when we let go of a feeling? The energy behind the feeling is instantly surrendered and the net effect is decompression. The accumulated pressure begins to decrease as we constantly let go. Everyone knows that, when we let go, we immediately feel better. David R. Hawkins
  • In order to surrender a feeling, sometimes it is necessary to start by relinquishing the feeling that is there about the particular emotion (e.g., guilt that “I shouldn’t have this feeling”). David R. Hawkins
  • It is the accumulated pressure of feelings that causes thoughts. One feeling, for instance, can create literally thousands of thoughts over a period of time. Think, for instance, of one painful memory from early life, one terrible regret that has been hidden. Look at all the years and years of thoughts associated with that single event. If we could surrender the underlying painful feeling, all of those thoughts would disappear instantly and we would forget the event. David R. Hawkins
  • No matter what is going on in life, keep the steadfast intention to surrender negative feelings as they arise. David R. Hawkins
  • The first step is to allow yourself to have the feeling without resisting it, venting it, fearing it, condemning it, or moralizing about it. It means to drop judgment and to see that it is just a feeling. The technique is to be with the feeling and surrender all efforts to modify it in any way. Let go of wanting to resist the feeling. It is resistance that keeps the feeling going. David R. Hawkins
  • Until the underlying emotion is surrendered, the thoughts it attracts will be engendered endlessly. David R. Hawkins
  • We surrender a feeling by allowing it be there without condemning, judging, or resisting it. We simply look at it, observe it, and allow it to be felt without trying to modify it. With the willingness to relinquish a feeling, it will run out in due time. David R. Hawkins
  • What is the surrendered state? It means to be free of negative feelings in a given area so that creativity and spontaneity can manifest without opposition or the interference of inner conflicts. David R. Hawkins
  • Spiritual Work is not easy. It means the willingness to surrender feelings that seem, while we’re in them, like our defense against a greater pain. It means that we surrender to God our perceptions of all things. Marianne Williamson
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Surrender (let go of) your fear

  • As we consistently let go of resisting our fears and allow them to be surrendered, the energy that was tied up in the fear is relinquished and now becomes available to shine forth as the energy of love. David R. Hawkins
  • Surrender your fear. Something will come that is greater than what the fear is trying to protect. Mooji
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Surrender to pain by allowing it to be there

  • Pain and suffering are two distinctly different things. The mind assumes that they are inseparable, which they are not. It is possible to experience pain but not suffer from it. Suffering is due to resisting the pain. If one is willing to surrender to it, accept it, and completely stop resisting it continuously, the suffering, and even frequently the pain itself, will cease. David R. Hawkins
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What else to surrender

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Surrender the Illusion of control

  • Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes. Jack Kornfield
  • I didn’t want to be in charge of my life; I wanted to be free to soar far beyond myself. Michael A. Singer
  • I may not be free, but I’m not about to surrender the illusion of choice. Johnny Rich
  • It’s important to discuss ideas but it’s more important to surrender control and preconceptions. Judith Schaechter
  • Things don’t spiral out of control when we surrender them; they spiral out of control when we try to control them! Marianne Williamson
  • The simple intention to surrender control is all you need to experience miracles. Gabrielle Bernstein
  • Surrender means wisely accommodating ourselves to what is beyond our control. Sylvia Boorstein
  • Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. Jack Kornfield
  • Do what you feel called to do, but also be prepared to accept that you don’t necessarily know what you’re going to learn. Be willing to be surprised by forces beyond your control, and realize that a major learning on the journey is the art of surrender. M. Scott Peck
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Surrender the need to know

  • There are situations when all answers and explanations fade. When you fully accept that you do not know, you give up struggling to find answers with the limited thinking mind. That is when the greater intelligence can operate though you. Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing. Eckhart Tolle
  • Great leaps in levels of consciousness are always preceded by surrender of the illusion that “I know.” Frequently, the only way one can reach this willingness to change is when one “hits bottom,” that is, by running out a course of action to its end in the defeat of a futile belief system. David R. Hawkins
  • Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender means cultivating a comfortable attitude toward not knowing, being nurtured by the mystery of moments that are dependably surprising, ever fresh. Stephen Nachmanovitch
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Surrender the need to be right

  • Ego serves me well when I surrender the need to be right, to win, feel superior or seek approval. Let me see past what might be called failings, achievement or status…so that I may know many hearts and love unconditionally. Joy Ross
  • When we are truly silent—within and without—we surrender the ego’s need to be right. Anne D. LeClaire
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Surrender the need to judge

  • Become more accepting. With every interaction, surrender any tendency to judge another person. Pray for a more accepting heart. Marianne Williamson
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Surrender the need for approval and glory

  • Ironically, when you surrender your need to hog the glory, the attention you used to need from other people is replaced by a quiet inner confidence that is derived from letting others have it. Richard Carlson
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Surrender old ideas

  • I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess. Walt Whitman
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Surrender old dreams and hopes

  • Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed that he is set free – he has set himself free – for higher dreams, for greater privileges. James A. Baldwin
  • The slow compromise, or even surrender, of our fondest hopes is a regular feature of normal human life. Leston Havens
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Surrender your perfectionism

  • To be courageous, we must be willing to surrender our perfectionism, if only for a moment. If my self-worth is attached to being flawless, why would I ever try to learn anything new? After all, learning requires mistakes. Vironika Tugaleva
  • Delight in the pursuit, surrender to imperfection, and marvel at the wonder – as you observe what is. Julieanne O’Connor
  • Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Surrender to the Power of God’s Love, which is greater than our weakness. Saint Francis de Sales
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Surrender all preoccupation with the future

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Surrender your attachment to the past

  • God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, “I love you, God,” is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, “Thank you, God,” is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past. Charles J. Givens
  • Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • The best way to say, “Thank you, God,” is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. Miguel Ruiz
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Surrender your weaknesses

  • Find your true weakness and surrender to it. Therein lies the path to genius. Most people spend their lives using their strengths to overcome or cover up their weaknesses. Those few who use their strengths to incorporate their weaknesses, who don’t divide themselves, those people are very rare. In any generation there are a few and they lead their generation. Moshe Feldenkrais
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Surrender thought

  • Dear God, I surrender this thought to you, for I would see the miracle that lies behind it. Amen. Marianne Williamson
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  • Be willing to surrender the objects of the love of thought, and worship God instead of the self. Fourth, become willing to surrender all attachments to the contents of the ‘mind’. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender all expectations and attachment to results

  • Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. Bhagavad Gita
  • You will learn to enjoy the process… and to surrender your need to control the result. You will discover the joy of practising your creativity. The process, not the product, will become your focus. Julia Cameron
  • When we surrender to God, we let go of our attachment to how things happen on the outside, and we become more concerned with what happens on the inside. Marianne Williamson
  • There’s a victory in letting go of your expectations. Mike White
  • Happiness requires that we give up a worldly orientation-not worldly things, but a worldly attachment to things. We have to surrender all outcomes. We have to live here but appreciate the joke. Marianne Williamson
  • To be surrendered means to have no strong emotion about a thing: “It’s okay if it happens, and it’s okay if it doesn’t.” When we are free, there is a letting go of attachments. We can enjoy a thing, but we don’t need it for our happiness.   David R. Hawkins
  • How do you surrender? Just let go! Don’t strain to achieve; instead, enjoy the process of the work that you are doing. The results will come independent of your striving for them. When your mind is on the result rather than what you are doing, you create inner discord that blocks any and all possibilities for miracles to show up. Prosperity is about process, not outcome. Purpose is about loving and giving.   Wayne Dyer
  • But better still is surrender of attachment to results (of one’s actions), because there follows immediate peace. Bhagavad Gita
  • I will release this list of my desires and surrender it to the womb of creation, trusting that when things don’t seem to go my way, there is a reason, and that the cosmic plan has designs for me much grander than even those that I have conceived.
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Surrender to your path

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Surrender the mind’s vanities and illusions

  • Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth. David R. Hawkins
  • The letting go of thinkingness is facilitated by the awareness from the spiritual viewpoint that all thoughts are vanities with no intrinsic reality or value. Their attraction stems from the exaggerated value that accrues from their being considered as ‘mine’ and therefore special, worthy of respect, admiration, or careful preservation. To undo the grip of the mind requires a radical humility and an intense willingness to surrender its underlying motivations. This willingness receives energy and power from the willingness that arises from the love of God and the passion for surrendering love of thought for love of God. David R. Hawkins
  • Truth prevails when falsity is surrendered. To do this, however, requires great dedication, courage, and faith, which are supplied by divine inspiration in response to surrender. The trigger is the consent of the will. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender your pride

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Surrender your grievances

  • Surrendering a personal grievance or grudge is more rewarding for all society than marching up and down with provocative signs and slogans. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender all attachments

  • We become willing to surrender all attachments, even attachment to the exquisite state of Ecstasy, which is beyond description. David R. Hawkins
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Surrender excessive desire (craving)

  • In a freer state, that which is chosen manifests in our life effortlessly. We surrender the emotion of desire and, instead, merely choose the goal, picture it lovingly, and allow it to happen because we see that it is already ours. David R. Hawkins
  • Once we have relinquished the glamour, it will be relatively easy to surrender the desire itself. David R. Hawkins
  • Surrendering means non-desiring. Rajneesh
  • Miracles are everywhere to be found When I surrender my infinite desires To my immortal aspirations. Sri Chinmoy
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Surrender yourself

  • Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess. Thomas Merton
  • Repentance is replete with radical implications for a fundamental change of mind not only turns us from the sinful past, but also transforms our life plan, ethics, and actions as we begin to see the world through God’s eyes rather than ours. That kind of transformation requires the ultimate surrender of self. Charles Colson
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Surrender your assumptions and preconceptions

  • Science seems to me to teach in the highest and strongest manner the great truth which is embodied in the Christian conception of entire surrender to the will of God. Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this. Thomas Huxley
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Yet more things to surrender

  • To care, you have to surrender the armor of indifference. You have to be willing to act, to make the first move. Arthur Gordon
  • Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky put it, “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” The real fear should be of the opposite course. Gail Sheehy
  • Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. Gail Sheehy
  • Win the game of life; let your mind surrender and accept death. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • We must now surrender to the obligation to understand and to care. We must surrender ourselves to becoming conscious, thinking members of the human race. We must put down the temptation to powerlessness and surrender to the questions of the moment. Joan D. Chittister
  • Submission is the willingness to give up our right to ourselves, to freely surrender our insistence on having our own way all the time. Myles Munroe
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The deepest surrender is to surrender all sense of agency and separation and allow life to live through you

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Surrender your ego   

  • Give up all bad qualities in you, banish the ego and develop the spirit of surrender. You will then experience Bliss. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • The minimum qualifications for Grace are surrender of ego. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • And the way to it is surrender. Stop fighting. And to stop fighting just an understanding is needed, because it creates misery, it never brings bliss. So to stop it is not a problem. The only problem is to understand it, to understand how we are creating our own misery. The ego is a self-created hell. The mind is our own creation and it is a nightmare, a constant on-going nightmare. When the mind is no more, for the first time one realises how beautiful life is, what a benediction, what a blessing. Then celebration starts. Learn to be in a let-go. Osho
  • Buddha says if you surrender the ego, if you surrender yourself, you come in a harmony with the law and everything starts happening on its own. You have but to surrender. If you are ready to disappear, you will be full of the law and the law will take care. Rajneesh
  • Prayer means dying, dying and disappearing as a person, becoming part of the universal, a surrender, a trust in God. The whole emphasis is on how to surrender your ego, sacrifice your ego, at the altar of the divine. Rajneesh
  • With this ego arises all the problems, the thousand and one problems. This ego will not allow you to fall in love and millions of problems will arise in your life. This ego would like everybody to surrender to you; this ego will not allow you to surrender to anybody – and love happens only when you surrender. When you force somebody to surrender, it is hate, destruction, it is not love. Rajneesh
  • What do you have to surrender? A drop has to dissolve into the ocean to become the ocean. And a drop cannot be greater than the ocean, can it? So what is the surrendering? It is the surrendering of our conditioning, of our ego and the artificial barriers we have built around us. Nirmala Srivastava
  • We must be willing to surrender the ego, to our higher self, our higher existence. When we refuse this surrendering we make the choice to go through painful experiences that are heartbreaking and frustrating until we make the choice to surrender and come into alignment with our higher self… Victoria L. White
  • We have nothing to surrender But the idea That we’re someone, With something To surrender. Ron Rattner
  • The crisis, as well as the opportunity, of our time is to surrender our ego and conditioned fear mechanisms to the primary torsion energy of unconditional love that is seeking to evolve us and is calling us as a species home. Sol Luckman
  • To be able to love and live in freedom means to be able to make godly decisions. To make godly decisions we have to surrender our egos and all the falsity and shame that goes with it. James McGreevey
  • If you think that surrendering means giving up on your life or not working towards your goals or dreams or quitting, it’s not true. What it actually means is letting go of yourself, not life. Michael A. Singer
  • To surrender your ego, you have to have one first. Justin Simien
  • Through surrender the aspirant’s ego is effaced, and . . . grace . . . pours down upon him like a torrential rain. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • The reality is just the opposite: the master does nothing. It is in your becoming a disciple that the whole mystery lies. It is in your surrender of the ego that the whole search comes to an authentic point. It is in putting your mind aside. That is what sannyas is: an authentic discipleship. It means putting your mind aside. You have lived according to your mind up to now. If that is fulfilling, then there is no need for anybody to become a sannyasin. Rajneesh
  • The guru is just trying to help you, to bring you to a point where you can at least surrender the ego. Then a deep ecstasy will happen between you and your master. Wherever there is a `let-go’, ecstasy happens – that is the law. Rajneesh
  • Surrender means the surrender of your ego. Radhanath Swami
  • Surrender is the quantum leap from mind to no-mind, from ego to egolessness. And in a single step the whole journey is contained. It is not a long journey from you to God, it is a single-step journey. It is not a gradual phenomenon; it is not that slowly slowly, gradually you come to the divine. It is a quantum leap! One moment you were in darkness and the next moment all is light. All that is needed is to put the ego aside. Rajneesh
  • Surrender is not that you should give up your family, give up your children, or give up your houses and homes and your properties. Surrendering is here: give up your ego to begin with and then give up your conditionings. Nirmala Srivastava
  • If, in the exact passing moment of each instant, there is a complete willingness to totally surrender to it, one can suddenly, in a flash, transcend the ego, and the way opens for Realization wherein the Light of God as Self reveals the Source of all Existence and Reality. If the ego has neither past, present, nor future to focus on, it falls silent. It is replaced by the Silence of the Presence, and thus, the way to sudden enlightenment is available at all times. It occurs naturally when the fascination with the story of the ‘me’ of the past, present, or future is relinquished. The illusion of ‘Now’ is replaced by the reality of ‘Always’. David R. Hawkins
  • The egocentric is always frustrated, simply because the condition of self-perfection is self-surrender. There must be a willingness to die to the lower part of self, before there can be a birth to the nobler. Fulton J. Sheen
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Surrender all sense of separation

  • But what I mean by love is not an emotion, it is a state of being. True love has no object. Many speak of their unconditional love for another.  Unconditional love is the experience of being; there is no “I” and “other,” and anyone or anything it touches is experienced in love.  You cannot unconditionally love someone.  You can only be unconditional love.  It is not a dualistic emotion.  It is a sense of oneness with all that is.  The experience of love arises when we surrender our separateness into the universal.  It is a feeling of unity.  You don’t love another, you are another.  There is no fear because there is no separation.  Stephen Levine
  • Oneness of mind and will with the divine mind and will is not the future hope and aim of religion, but its very beginning and birth in the soul. To enter on the religious life is to terminate the struggle. In that act which constitutes the beginning of the religious life—call it faith, or trust, or self-surrender, or by whatever name you will—there is involved the identification of the finite with a life which is eternally realized. John Caird
  • The sense of duality, which is a barrier to true love, must prevail so long as the apperception of Truth has not occurred. Once individuality is surrendered, there is only total Love. Ramesh S Balsekar
  • The mind is a thought, a thought is not self aware and cannot surrender. Rupert Spira
  • I surrender myself to conscious unity with the highest. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Surrender means seeing that I am not separate – just SEEING that I am not separate. Nothing is surrendered, nothing is dropped; just a nonsense idea, a dream is no more there because you are awake. Rajneesh
  • Surrender is the ultimate technique to merge with existence. Swami Nithyananda
  • Remember, Team, surrender the me for the we. Phil Jackson
  • You can only be unconditional love. It is not a dualistic emotion.  It is a sense of oneness with all that is.  The experience of love arises when we surrender our separateness into the universal.  It is a feeling of unity.  You don’t love another, you are another.  There is no fear because there is no separation.  Stephen Levine
  • The essence of all religions is One. Surrender is the main duty of everyone. Surrender means the feeling of oneness, I and God are One. Why? The reason is that the One who is present in you is present in me.  Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • The essential required qualities needed for following the pathway of nonduality are humility, surrender, and devotional dedication to the pathway. David R. Hawkins
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Surrendering all sense of separation is for the self to be replaced with the Self (God within)

  • The ‘I’ casts off the illusion of the ‘I’ and yet remains ‘I’. Such is the paradox of Self-realization. The Realized do not see any paradox in it. Consider the case of the worshipper. He approaches God and prays to be absorbed in Him. He then surrenders himself in faith and by concentration. And what remains afterwards? In the place of the original ‘I’, self-surrender leaves a residuum of God in which the ‘I’ is lost. That is the highest form of devotion or surrender and the peak of detachment. Ramana Maharshi
  • Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Surrender to your own self, of which everything is an expression. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Surrender all sense of being a conscious agent …

  • All ideas about accomplishing spiritual awakening are based on the assumption that there is a someone, a you, who can perform the practices and accomplish the goal. But this someone doesn’t exist.  Take for example, the spiritual notion that we need to get out of the way so that the infinite can just flow through us.  It is predicated on a non-existent someone who can figure out how to surrender.  The idea that we are the doer behind our actions does not make us the doer, no matter how often we get hoodwinked into taking this idea to be truth. Suzanne Segal
  • If there is no “you” controlling the thoughts and actions that arise or making choices, what does that mean for all your grand plans for the future? See that this reflection is pointing towards a total surrender to what is in this moment. Scott Kiloby
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… realising that in reality there is no separate self to surrender

  • Surrender is not something that you can do. If you do it, it is not surrender, because the doer is there. Surrender is a great understanding that, “I am not.” Surrender is an insight that the ego exists not, that, “I am not separate.” Surrender is not an act but an understanding. Rajneesh
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Surrender your sense of free will and allow life to live through you

  • Do we or don’t we have the ability to pick? We are greatly controlled by mind at lower levels of consciousness. Almost non-existent, one’s free will is notably less at this level. One’s actions are purely reactionary lacking self-awareness; animal instincts are primary.  Not going along with the mind, free will increases and then higher up, it’s surrendered until it ceases.  Thus, there both is and is not the capacity to choose.  Jarett Sabirsh
  • But note very carefully, daughters, that the silkworm has of necessity to die; and it is this which will cost you most; for death comes more easily when one can see oneself living a new life, whereas our duty now is to continue living this present life, and yet to die of our own free will. I confess to you that we shall find this much harder, but it is of the greatest value and the reward will be greater too if you gain the victory. But you must not doubt the possibility of this true union with the will of God. This is the union which I have desired all my life; it is for this that I continually beseech Our Lord; it is this which is the most genuine and the safest. Saint Teresa of Avila
  • Do we or don’t we have the ability to pick? We are greatly controlled by mind at lower levels of consciousness. Almost non-existent, one’s free will is notably less at this level. One’s actions are purely reactionary lacking self-awareness; animal instincts are primary.  Not going along with the mind, free will increases and then higher up, it’s surrendered until it ceases.  Thus, there both is and is not the capacity to choose.  Jarett Sabirsh
  • There was as much joy in surrendering free will as exercising it. Daryl Gregory
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Surrender yourself to fate

  • It’s the great soul that surrenders itself to fate, but a puny degenerate thing that struggles. Seneca the Younger
  • The great soul surrenders itself to fate. Seneca the Elder
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What not to surrender to

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Don’t surrender to doubt and discomfort

  • In every work out there comes a moment where you have to decide to keep pushing hard – through the doubt, discomfort and fear of the pain. You have two choices at this point – to push through and to mentally divorce your mind of the doubt, discomfort and fear or you can surrender. Lisa Rainsberger
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Don’t surrender to obstacles

  • Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Don’t surrender to hardships and struggle

  • Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. We all have great power. That power is self-faith. There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Vince Lombardi
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Don’t surrender to your moods

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Don’t surrender to immorality

  • Unchaste abandon and the self-surrender of the soul to the world of sensuality paralyzes the primordial powers of the moral person: the ability to perceive, in silence, the call of reality, and to make, in the retreat of this silence, the decision appropriate to the concrete situation of concrete action. Josef Pieper
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Don’t surrender to a sense of victimhood

  • Once trapped in the belief that you are a victim, you surrender your birthright to compete for the prizes of life. James Cook
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Don’t surrender to the fear of disapproval

  • The more you surrender to the fear of someone’s disapproval, the more you lose face in your own eyes, and the more desperate you become for someone’s approval. Within you is a void that should have been filled by self-esteem. When you attempt to fill it with the approval of others instead, the void grows deeper and the hunger for acceptance and approval grows stronger. The only solution is to summon the courage to honor your own judgment, frightening though that may be in the beginning. Nathaniel Branden
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Don’t surrender to the pressure to conform

  • To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity. Irving Wallace
  • In any culture, subculture, or family in which belief is valued above thought, and self- surrender is valued above self- expression, and conformity is valued above integrity, those who preserve their self- esteem are likely to be heroic exceptions. Nathaniel Branden
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Don’t surrender to your selfish instincts and interests

  • If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery. Albert Einstein
  • Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self- surrender. Henri Frederic Amiel
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Don’t surrender to despair

  • Never despair. Never surrender. Alan Moore
  • Don’t despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don’t – surrender to events with hope. Alain de Botton
  • It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair. Soren Kierkegaard
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Don’t surrender to failure

  • If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success. Sri Chinmoy
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Don’t surrender to too many demands

  • To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times. Thomas Merton
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Don’t surrender to haste

  • People don’t respect the morning. An alarm clock violently wakes them up, shatters their sleep like the blow of an ax, and they immediately surrender themselves to deadly haste. Can you tell me what kind of day can follow a beginning of such violence? What happens to people whose alarm clock daily gives them a small electric shock? Each day they become more used to violence and less used to pleasure. Milan Kundera
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Don’t surrender to desperation

  • Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor. Perhaps, in a way, that’s where humanity is now: about to discover we’re not as smart as we thought we were, will be forced by life to surrender our attacks and defenses which avail us of nothing, and finally break through into the collective beauty of who we really are. Marianne Williamson
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Don’t surrender to cynicism

  • Never surrender to cynicism, even if you suspect it would get the critics on your side. Roselyne Bosch
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Don’t surrender to mediocrity

  • Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity. Marlon Brando
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Don’t surrender to ignorance

  • There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance implies only ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov
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What not to surrender

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Don’t surrender your cherished dreams

  • They hold fast to an idea, a project, a plan, and will not let it go; they cherish it, brood upon it, tend and develop it; and when assailed by difficulties, they refuse to be beguiled into surrender; indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered. James Allen
  • You’re in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows / and has always known / that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival. Tony Robbins
  • No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. Jesse Jackson
  • When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical may be madness. To surrender dreams, this may be madness …Maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. Miguel de Cervantes
  • It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left? Jim Carrey
  • But no one can lose sight of what he desires. Even if there are moments when he believes the world and the others are stronger. The secret is this: do not surrender. Paulo Coelho
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Don’t surrender your freedom

  • The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. John F. Kennedy
  • Those who are willing to surrender their freedom for security have always demanded that if they give up their full freedom it should also be taken from those not prepared to do so. Friedrich August von Hayek
  • “Freedom cannot be trifled with. You cannot surrender it for security unless in a state of war, and then you must guard carefully the methods of so doing. Arthur Hays Sulzberger
  • To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Don’t surrender your convictions

  • Surrender not the convictions you hold dear but learn to appreciate the points of view of your opponents. Syama Prasad Mukherjee
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Don’t surrender diversity

  • To the extent that this world surrenders its richness and diversity, it surrenders its poetry; to the extent that it relinquishes its capacity to surprise, it relinquishes its music; to the extent that it loses its ability to tolerate ridiculous and even dangerous exceptions, it loses its grace. Tom Robbins
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Don’t surrender your integrity

  • When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else … you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being. Eleanor Roosevelt
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Don’t surrender truth

  • Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Teach him a certain refinement in sorting out and selecting his arguments, with an affection for relevance and so for brevity. Above all let him be taught to throw down his arms and surrender to truth as soon as he perceives it, whether the truth is born at his rival’s doing or within himself from some change in his ideas. Michel de Montaigne
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Don’t surrender your joy

  • Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore. Cheryl Strayed
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Don’t surrender your free will or your responsibility for your life

  • No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. Henry Miller
  • I will not surrender responsibility for my life and my actions. John Enoch Powell
  • A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action. David Seabury
  • If you surrender your free will, then someone is bound to take the reins and lead you to a place that is not of your own true desire. Steven Redhead
  • I may not be free, but I’m not about to surrender the illusion of choice. Johnny Rich
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Don’t surrender responsibility

  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely; and if you surrender your personal responsibility to a government which promises to take care of you, they will only take care of themselves. Howard Nemerov
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Don’t surrender your inner peace

  • Nothing is worth losing your inner peace. Take action as circumstances require, but never surrender your inner peace.   Breathe deeply.  Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.  Then, and only then, take action – from a peaceful heart.   Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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Don’t surrender your self-respect or dignity

  • You do not wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self- respect to self- interest.  Robert Brault
  • One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered. Michael J. Fox
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Don’t surrender your values or principles

  • All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take. Mahatma Gandhi
  • I seek no values by means of evil, nor do I surrender my values to evil. John Galt
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Don’t surrender your spirit

  • It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated…it is finished when it surrenders. Ben Stein
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Don’t surrender your light

  • Only in the surrender of the light could the darkness prevail. David Eddings
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Don’t surrender possibility

  • Many people surrender what is possible for what is comfortable. Orrin Woodward
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Don’t surrender opportunity

  • Never surrender opportunity to security. Branch Rickey
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More things that mustn’t be surrendered

  • As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. . Max Ehrmann
  • Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. Arthur Helps
  • Surrender one hair, and you’ll end up beardless. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • What is the worth of anything we do? The worth is in the act. Your worth halts when you surrender the will to change and experience life. Christopher Paolini
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Questions

  • Would you like to stop pushing, micromanaging, and forcing things so you can relax?
  • What would it be like if I let everything be just as it is? If I don’t do anything to it, what is my actual experience in this moment? Nancy Colier
  • What would happen to me if I just inwardly surrendered my resistance and let the flow of life be in charge? Michael A. Singer 
  • What would happen if we respected the flow of life and used our free will to participate in what’s unfolding, instead of fighting it? What would be the quality of the life that unfolds?    Michael A. Singer
  • What is it like right now if I let everything be just as it is?
  • How many times have you made plans, predictions or tried to control situations but life has taken its own course?
  • If I don’t do anything to it, what is my actual experience in this moment?
  • Do you recognise that you cannot control everything? Judith Orloff
  • Do you have to be right all the time? Can you admit when you’re not right.  Judith Orloff
  • Can you be spontaneous and not need to plan everything down to the last detail. Judith Orloff
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On a lighter note

  • At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender. Winston Churchill
  • Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders. Oscar Wilde
  • Men do not settle down. Men surrender. Chris Rock
  • My favorite story about surrendering to God is of Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda decided one day that he would go to the USA to attend a religious conference in Boston and promote kriya yoga and declared his intentions to his parents. His father had one immediate question “who will pay for your voyage?” “Oh, God will find me a way”; Yogananda did not seem to have any worry about it. Several weeks later, his father asked again “have you made any arrangements for your travel expenses?” “No, but don’t worry father, God will take care of me”. The same scenario repeated a couple of more times. Then one morning, just days before his scheduled departure for USA, Yogananda woke up and found a ticket for his journey under his pillow with a note from his father “I just could not stand the uncertainty in your plans. I do not want you to get into any difficult situation. Accept this ticket as my gift”. Yogananda took it to his father and said “See father. I told you that God would take care of me!” Basab Dasgupta
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