Do not think that if you surrender to God you will be a loser. – Radhanath Swami
For many the word surrender is an anathema. It means “giving up.” It means being a “loser” and not being a “winner.”
In living “Thy will be done” you address the four key issues that are the focus of most peoples lives and which are the cause of most unnecessary suffering.
These are the issues of
- The need for safety.
- The need for control.
- The need for Love.
- The need for separation.
The invitation to living the “Thy will be done” life addresses all of the above.
The only real safety, control and Love is living in alignment with the purpose of the Universe as it intends to express through you.
As a Christian Yoga teacher, you have to be willing to address those issues of separation, control, safety, and love within yourself. This is an ongoing opening and surrender to the unknown.
When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. – Eckhart Tolle
For the Christian Yoga teacher faith is not adherence to a given religion but to the living experience of surrender to the unknown whereby you allow the will of the Divine to move through you.
This does not mean you do not attend at religious services, but the focus is on being a servant of Divine Intention. The focus is not on concepts but on being a living channel of Grace.
Belief is where you are in charge. Belief is where religion authority is in charge. It is where you are in control and this gives you a sense of safety. At least there is the feeling that you belong to the right group.
It is where you are living “My will be done on earth so I might get to Heaven.”
The Christian Yoga teacher needs to address the issue of belief versus faith.
Most belief is a fixed idea devoid of direct experience. You only need belief when you do not KNOW.
By its very nature belief keeps you locked into time and into the past which also locks you out of the experience of Heaven which is Timeless.
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time ~ Meister Eckhart – Christian Mystic – 1260-1328
The Master Jesus addresses this issue of surrender when he says that you must give up all that you have in order to follow him.
Most people assume that he is inviting you to live in poverty when in fact he is inviting the deeper experience of giving up all that you are desirous of driven from your attachment to the separate sense of the personal self.
That includes especially your belief in the separate sense of the personal self or false self (Thomas Merton – Christian mystic).
The Buddha shared the same invitation when he spoke about detachment.
Detachment is not to be confused with detachment from feeling. Detachment is another word for “surrender” or allowing the will of Divine Intention to move through you.
The most important aspect of this surrender is giving up the thinker. “Give no thought” (Day 2).
It takes courage to teach this invitation. It takes tremendous courage to KNOW that this is the way to Heaven.
Better bring your own redemption when you come. To the barricades of Heaven where I’m from – Barricades of Heaven – Jackson Browne