Friday, February 19, 2010

RE-POST "The Journey From Acceptance To SUrrender"

I have noticed on other blogs a theme, if you will that has much to do with acceptance, surrender......................and so I decided to re-post my take on that journey.



The journey from acceptance to surrender. It can be long or short, depending on what it is one is dealing with. Winning the lotto? Pretty quick journey! Being betrayed by someone you love? A longer and more difficult journey. Agreed?

For the sake of this writing let's all agree that acceptance happens in our heads. It is a conflict of thoughts; bargaining, arguing, angering, resisting, denying, fighting, wishing, praying, begging, raging - getting the picture? It is pure chaos!

So what of surrender then? It happens deep inside. It is a total experience and captures our essence and core. It is: a relief, peaceful, hopeful, freeing, pure, cleansing, and has a new direction. New direction? Yes. A new direction. Stay with me here.

So what is the problem?

ANGER AND FEAR are the blocks that keep people stuck in the chaos of acceptance. It is so hard to break through those two emotions and on to surrender. Anger at whomever or whatever. Fear of the unknown. And so people run, from themselves, going to great lengths to separate themselves from themselves, up to and including death. Yes death. I see it all the time. Sad huh? Very sad, indeed.

So okay, you stop running, you face "IT", whatever it is and you stand naked right in "IT". Now what? It is you and "IT", the very "IT" or "IT's" you have spent a life time hiding.
Guess what? "It" never goes away. "IT" is part of you, part of the fabric of your design, that which defines you. Hah! It is yours to hold on to, not let go of. And how do you respond? You can never change the meaning of your "it's" but you CAN add another meaning to "IT".

For example: MADD - do you think the horror and tragedy for those Mom's and Dad's that lost their children to drunk drivers will ever go away? Never. not in a million years. And so they created MADD to add another meaning to their tragic losses. Never ever disregarding the original horror, if they did there would be no MADD, right?

And so the challenge for all of us is to honor our truths for what they are and then add another meaning to them to bring purpose and light to our truths, our "It's" never possible had these IT's not occurred.

Over time let's honor all of our truths and "IT's and begin to find ways to add another meaning to their existence.








24 comments:

Bernie said...

A wise post my friend, well worth re-posting.......Have a great weekend.......:-) Hugs

Gail said...

HI BERNIE

"Thank you" so much. And you have a great weekend too.

I know you enjoyed the Olympics - I did too!!!

Have a blessed weekend.
Love Gail
peace....

Whitemist said...

Hi Gail and Thanks as always.
I seemed to in the surrender mode because my muse is running wild and I don't even want to stop it. I am enjoying this ride.

Gail said...

HI WHITEMIST-JOEY

I love that line "my muse is running wild". Enjoy the ride.....

Love Gail
peace.....

Just Be Real said...

Gail, appreciate the repost. Very helpful and certainly informative. Blessings.

Choices said...

Very wise words. Something we all share.
Enjoy your weekend.
Take care.

cinner said...

Hi Gail, certainly this is a post you could repost a hundred times.Glad you have been enjoying the Olympics, it is amazing the energy when it happens in your own country. I think of you often Gail, I hope you are doing well. Take care.love ya, c

Gail said...

HI JUST BE REA-

I am glad you found this post helpful. Have a blessed weekend.

Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI CHOICES-ANNE

"thank you" for your wise words. Enjoy your weekend.

Love Gail
Peace......

Gail said...

HI CINNER "hey"

I have been enjoying the Olympics SO much, especially the skating. I hold you close too my friend.

Love you
Gail
peace.....

Charlotte said...

Dear Gail,
I am sorry you felt that you may be unwelcome to link on Spiritual Sundays. If you read the other posts that were linked there you know that there are many opinions expressed. We do not expect everybody to agree on every subject. I think you are the only one who can decide whether you want to be a part of the group. I just want you to know that as far as I'm concerned, you are welcome.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Susan said...

I just noticed your comment on the Spiritual Sunday post and had to come and "meet" you and tell you to just keep being yourself and true to that self. My post yesterday was on this very topic. I don't have time right now to read some of what you've written, we are leaving to celebrate the 15th birthday of our granddaughter, but I'll be back later and do so.

I am shocked someone would leave such a comment to you and just wanted to come encourage you!

Gail said...

HI SUSAN-

"thank you" so much for taking the time to reach out and encourage. I was just so taken back by this person's reaction. I suggested they read my post dated 9/4/08 titled "James-Daniel-Jill" which is part of the tapestry of my design. I was actually quite offended that "it", I, was dismissed. I DO appreciate your kindness SOmuch and for taking the time.

Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI CHARLOTTE-

"thank you" for the continued welcome. And yes, I understand that folks have different views and we all cannot agree. This was not about agreeing or disagreeing. I just felt it important that I share my experience. really appreciate your kindness.

Love Gail
peace.....

Diana said...

I like to think of the type of surrender that you speak of Gail as a feeling of faith. When I surrender all of my troubles I feel as though I am giving them to God, therefore I have faith that things will be taken care of.
Acceptance can actually be harder in some circumstances but once done can generally bring much relief physically,emotionally and spiritually.
Facing our painful truths, I believe, is the only path to inner peace. I enjoyed your thoughts on this. Love Di

Gail said...

HI DIANA-

Oh "thank you" so much for your wise words. You really understand what I was writing about. And oh yes, faith is so important.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs all around your house.

Love Gail
Peace.....

The Muse said...

hi gail.
i am new to the Spiritual Sunday group just posting today for first time. and was very saddened by your comments in that someone was so heartless...tactless and hurtful to you.
i believe being spiritual is not being religious or pious. my Lord is bigger than that :) and i just want you to know that i am sorry someone did a hurtful thing ... perhaps and i hope it was not done in malice.
your post here is very victorious...and i too have felt that joy...with the help of my faith.

i offer you a hug today... :)

Gail said...

Hello to you THE MUSE-
"thank you" so much for your kind and supportive words. I see over at 'Spiritual Sundays' that my comment was deleted. So that's pretty much a rap for me. I stopped following that blog now. I was surprised it was removed, oh well. I will stop by your place, for sure and again, "thank you" for your kind words.

Love Gail
peace....

RCUBEs said...

Sister, I had to come here after reading your comment, too from Spiritual Sundays. It is sad when someone or some people will leave very negative comments. And I understand, too that we all differ in having opinions. But this is your blog. And you are entitled to express what you believe in also. I just came by to say that you keep posting to what your heart wants to say to this blogosphere. We all matter to God. God bless.

Gail said...

HI RCUBES-

thank you SO much for your kind words to me. I have NO problem sharing my heart, truth and hope here on my blog. Like you said, this is my blogspace. I was surprised that my comment over at Spiritual Sunday was deleted. Well, maybe not so surorising after all. Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

Love Gail
peace...

Charlotte said...

Hi Gail,
I came back to see the comments. I noticed you told RCUBES that your comment had been deleted. If you are referring the the comment you made today, it has not been deleted. If that is not the comment you are referring to, please let me know. I certainly don't remember deleting any comment.
As I stated before, I'm sorry you were offended and want you to know you are more than welcome to share with us.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Gail said...

HI CHARLOTTE-

thanks SO much for checking in - I m sorry if I was mistaken about my comment being deleted. I can't seem to find it though. I will go and check again. I truly appreciate your welcoming me.

Love Gail'
peace.....

Shen said...

I am preparing what I've come to call an "Acceptance Ceremony". It is something I have been moving towards for over a year, although I didn't really know it until much more recently.
Acceptance felt like perhaps the last step but I see in your post that it is not.
Thank you.
You can't imagine how much I gained from this.

Gail said...

HI SHEN

I m so glad you are on your journey to surrender - and yes, it is a huge step beyond acceptance when one surrenders. And then is the "gift" where surrender takes on a direction of hope and purpose and offers light. You are well on yourway.

Love Gail
peace.....