For we who are seekers and trust the divine current of life and for those who wish to flow more…
I recommend reading The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer.
With age, I am much more specific on the literary content I ingest. With daily meditation, so much inspiration flows through that creative content pours forth naturally, and reading or watching feels less necessary. Therefore, I only read when inspired.
Here is the status of my current reads: slowly moving through another version of the Bhagvad Gita, on week 6 of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, recently finished the Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, and almost done with The Surrender Experiment. This is a lot more than I normally have on my plate.
I highly recommend all of these books, but want to talk mostly about The Surrender Experiment. I usually pick up a book from the local Los Feliz bookstore after receiving three or more recommendations in a fairly short period of time from different people about that book. I take it as a sign, that yes, this is time to read. For a while, I resisted The Artist’s Way because I thought it was way too mainstream, and everyone was doing it. I waited for five referrals until finally diving in. After The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, I was curious to read his subsequent book, The Surrender Experiment, which puts the ideas and theory of Untethered Soul into practice.
The content is SO in synch with the way many of us live life! As I was thinking about the book before getting it, I caught up on the phone with my cousin Rachel. I asked, “hey - have you heard of or read The Surrender Experiment?” She said, “actually the author is from my hometown, and I have been out to events at his spiritual center.” She knew him personally - how cool!
Over the past year, I have been working with the theme, “say no to others to say yes to yourself.” This came after feeling burnout and like I was being pulled in so many directions following the ideas and will of others. I heard, “Want to collaborate?” “Want to do this?” “Want to do that?” so many times, and most the times I would say, “Sure! Let’s do it!” Each experience was valuable but after some time, I was overdoing it and experienced burnout from saying, “YES!” I then began to abide by Derek Siver’s words, “if it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a no.” This helped save space in my days to decompress, be still, meditate, and prepare the body to receive inspiration. The lesson of DISCERNMENT.
Currently I am at a new transition point or stage, where so much is coming in that seems like, “Hell Yeses!” Accepting everything seems overwhelmingly, but forgoing does not seem one hundred percent right either.
Perfect timing for The Surrender Experiment! Michael Singer recounts observing and watching that mental body voice in our heads and not choosing to do things based on preference: want, don’t want, like, dislike, but rather watching, observing, and opening up to let the current of life flow through and when pushed with a wave (a request, a new opportunity, etc.) to turn around and go with it! The true essence of SERVICE to self and others.
I actually love this analogy of waves and surfing. Imagine you are out there on your surfboard in the middle of the ocean. Waves come, usually in sets of three. As the rider, you choose your wave. When first starting, I would go for every one that looked decent and burn out quickly from paddling so much. I then started to be more selective of the waves. Now I go with ones that FEEL good as they start to form.
Returning to The Surrender Experiment and waves, I believe Michael would say, “when a wave comes, take it.” I think once we get to a place where we are fairly clear and open to divine inspiration, the hand of God guides us, and it’s less about standing at the crossroads waiting to make a choice and more about flowing in the divine current. When in closer proximity to Source, the woods are less dark and thick, and usually we are not even in the woods anymore.
One helpful way to manifest, to allow the current to flow, and to bring inspiration down to the physical plane, is TO SHARE! I believe it is very important to share ideas out loud with others. This is a powerful tool for manifestation. A few recent examples include: “Hey I want to record high quality MP3 meditations.” A beautiful and talented sound healer I have worked with replied, “I’ll play, you record.” Corporate wellness has been coming into my field lately and just while doing laundry the other day, I met a neighbor who is a research scientist at the local hospital and says they could use more people to guide meditation, yoga, healing, etc. One of my best friends called on my birthday the other day, and said, “hey Linds, I’m coming into town for a week.” I said, “let’s rent a place in the Malibu hills and have a little retreat.” She said, “no need to rent! I have a perfect place for us to stay for free!” The lesson of SHARING lends support in one’s wishes and endeavors.
When there is so much we want to do and so many options, let us allow the current to flow through us, with us, and for us. We still have will. We are just choosing to align our will in the direction of the current. ~