By Karen Berg
Normally, we think of surrender in one way. For example, I don't know how many of you have seen the movie Life of Pi, but in it, the main character finds himself in the middle of the ocean without food, without water, and with nowhere to go. Eventually, in his desperation, he calls to the Creator and he says, "Okay! I give myself to you! I surrender!"
That's one kind of surrender. But that's not the surrender I am talking about. There is another form of surrender-aggressive surrender- which is when I can say to myself, "I am prepared and I am willing to do whatever I have to do in my work to learn how to get to spiritual elevation, to apply the tools, and to not fall back on my old habits of being a victim and saying things 'just happen'."
Because the truth is that things don't 'just happen.' There is no such thing as a coincidence.
The kind of surrender I am talking about is having the certainty that if we dot all of our i's and cross all of our t's and we are on a spiritual journey doing spiritual work, and then life suddenly throws us a curveball, we need to understand that where we are is where we need to be in this moment in time-whether it's because of something we did when we were younger or in a former lifetime, or because this specific situation will help us become something better than we are.
Aggressive surrender means having certainty in spite of the darkness. It is the certainty to know that even when we see or experience difficulty, such as sickness, bankruptcy, a souring of family relations or whatever the problem might be, we can get the energy and perseverance to say, "I accept and surrender my being to the Light of the Creator that will drag me from this into something better." Even if we may not know all of the reasons for the situation, we surrender with certainty.