Lots of people are repelled by the idea of surrendering to Divine Will because they believe that doing so means that they will be relinquishing their free will and diminishing their capacity to reason and act. Just the opposite is true. Essentially, surrendering means attuning your will with Divine Will, which strengthens your resolve to live purposefully and reinforces your capacity to do, to achieve, to become. What you are actually surrendering is your self-centeredness and the belief that you are alone and unprotected in an uncaring, unforgiving world. Surrendering is nothing more than a homecoming, a recognition that your will aligns with Divine Will as naturally as a child’s hand fits into its mother’s.
If you subscribe to the ancient wisdom that a supreme, loving intelligence governs all of existence, then it follows that you are being guided with infinite wisdom and inexhaustible love at all times. And that means that life is unfolding in a way that has your best interests in mind. Therefore, every situation you are presented with is a gift, an opportunity for you to learn and grow and move closer to realizing your potential.
Ultimately, surrendering to God, to life, to the Universe, or whatever you wish to call it, puts you on the fast track to living the best life you can possibly live. Of course, implicit in that statement is the expectation that you are thinking and acting with pure intent and a life-affirming attitude, and that your choices are harmonious with all that is good and right. What it comes down to is this: if you want more peace, more purpose, more joy in your life, then surrendering to God is the most logical and practical choice you can make.
Asking how you align your will with Divine Will is like asking how you choose between right and wrong. That discernment is already hard-wired into you in the form of your conscience. Your conscience flows from and is an expression of your intuition, which in turn flows from and is an expression of Divine Consciousness. In other words, your conscience is a direct pipeline to God. You can further develop your ability to tune into the Divine Current through the regular practice of spiritual affirmations, meditation and practicing the presence of God by striving to maintain a continuous internal dialogue with God.
If you are more self-absorbed than self-aware, if you are more concerned with serving yourself than serving the world, then you are not aligned with Divine Will and you are swimming upstream against the current. When you align your will with Divine Will, you are swimming with the current, you are in the flow, and life gets easier. When you dedicate yourself to serving as an instrument of Divine Will, the world becomes a friendlier place.
Inevitably, surrendering to Divine Will generates a virtuous circle. By relinquishing control, you become more trusting, which frees up your attention for the present moment, which heightens your awareness of the beauty that surrounds you, which assures you of the perfection of Divine Intelligence, which strengthens your devotion, which naturally leads to joyous surrender to God. When you surrender unconditionally to the Source of all that is, you will know the beauty, power, and freedom of living life as an unceasing love poem to God.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
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• an overview of the book
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• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.