I’m reading Panache Desai’s book entitled Discovering Your Soul Signature.
In a chapter called Soulful Surrender, he describes a personal breaking point that he reached as a 23 year old. It was a pivotal moment for him where he 'surrendered' and asked for help from the Divine. He moved from terror to trust. He said that he then saw how everything that was happening to him, all the major changes, as difficult as they were, were all coming from the Divine. This intensity was to assist him in growing and transforming spiritually.
He describes soul surrender as an experience that opens the doorway to receiving, whatever that receiving might look like.
It is a moment when you stop holding on to how life is 'supposed to be.'
When you’re having a hard day, when you don’t know where to turn, when you’re scared to death, know that a safe place exists where all that you are is embraced. This is a place where the tenderness of who you are is completely embodied. And this is a place where the creativity that is greater than you can contain within your body is housed.
For many people this turning point is the decision to go into therapy. It is a time when you ask for help. It is the beginning of a conscious return to self. Therapists are able to help you learn how to hold all of who you are without judgment. They help you accept and understand your emotions (fear, anger, rage, sorrow, depression, anxiety.) They help you embody the full experience of self.
Panache Desai describes the world as moving at warp speed and states how this has its cost. It violates our own connection and harmony. Frenetic behavior breeds more freneticism and further disconnects us.
He says we need to connect deeply to the wellspring within us that is always there, waiting for us to tap into it.
His suggests as you move through the day, have patience with yourself, be kind to yourself, slow down and surrender to the moment. It's very simple to do, but not easy.
We cling to what is familiar. Surrendering this control and moving into the unfamiliar territory of growth and expansion is often very uncomfortable.
Desai says it is our nature to want to hold onto the moment. We want to grab onto whatever is happening…good or bad. We are terrified of change. We want a crystal ball and someone who is going to tell us how it is going to be.
But we are missing the point. Life is never stagnant. It flows all around us whether we like it or not.
Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, states there is nothing permanent except change. He also said you cannot step twice into the same river; for the other waters are continually flowing in.
Desai says energy is ever evolving and change is our way of navigating our own vibrational expansion.
My journey has been held and supported by many teachers and therapists along the way. I sought help for those overwhelming, unexplainable bits within which felt insurmountable at the time. I received a different perspective on the content of those experiences. I was ableThis helped me to embrace those troubled and troublesome aspects eventually myself.
Desai grew up in a deeply spiritual family involved in prayer and worship as a regular daily practice. For those of us who had a different experience growing up, therapy may just be the answer we are looking for. It may have the tools to help us find our own inner answers to the questions that burn within us, longing to be answered. I do'n have the answers for you but I know that you have them within your reach when given the right support to get there.
Here is the book from which I drew my inspiration for this blog...It's a thought provoking read...I recommend it.