Surrendering to Being a Son of God

Have you ever seen a kid getting upset and throwing a tantrum? Have you seen how they ignore and defy and do exactly the opposite of what their parent said? When I was a child, that was me. I’d kick and scream and shout.

Famously, I once redecorated the interior of a museum foyer with the contents of my smarties packet, such was my fury at what I was being asked to do.

When we grow up and leave home there’s a sense that we say “At last now I can do things my way.” Stay up late? No problem. Do that essay? No thanks mate! Take the bins out? Not right now. As an adult our great dream seems to be all about being free from responsibility, even if it’s only temporary.

Yet everything about life is telling us this doesn’t work. Mortgages, kids, cars and houses, relationships, families and physical exercise, the responsibility list soon grows. So if we can’t avoid these essential tasks and they actually help support our life and health, what is it that makes us resist them so?

Through the presentations of Serge Benhayon I have come to understand that there are two distinct elements inside of every woman and man. There is a Spirit that recklessly does what it wants and willfully makes choices that make no practical sense. It indulges in games and anything where it gets its way and gains a momentary high. And you can be sure it will viciously fight anybody that will dare to point this out. But there is another part of us and that is the Soul. It’s  wise, and is patient most of all. It’s simple and straightforward, kind and gentle, but firm, strong and direct.

Today I can feel that every moment I am receiving impulses of how to be in life. Read that book, speak to that person, walk this way or that. Every choice flows from an impulse – but who comes up with that? The more I experience life, the more I can see that each impulse comes from either my Soul or Spirit.

So when my Soul offers what I am to do, do I listen and honour this to the hilt; do I follow it with grace and style and deliver it in full? Or do I say ‘not right now’ and find something else I think I might like to do? And isn’t that the rub, for if this impulse doesn’t come from my Soul, is it really me at all?

For a few years I’ve been doing Esoteric Yoga courses and hearing quite a bit about surrender. I’ve always had a picture of this being like being very relaxed – kind of floppy if you like! But what I see today is that true surrender is not restricted to a session or a workshop day but actually lives inside every moment of our life.

When I get the feeling to act lovingly and I listen, as I would to an ever-loving parent, this is surrender. When I feel to walk with joy and fun and flaunt it shamelessly, this is surrender. When I share what I am feeling is there to be said, without expectation, this is surrender. When I feel to give myself a loving hot bath and I do, this is surrender too.

Surrender is any moment I listen to, and honour in full, this communication inside of me.

At first it was hard to hear, I had ignored it for so many years. But after attending a few Esoteric Healing courses it became clear that these impulses were just there waiting for me to heed. The more I followed these impulses, the more my life and body started to feel clear.

But the Spirit does not like to give up its throne without a fight. And so it’s quite content to continue to suggest a relentless list of alternatives you might like. It will often use ‘loving things’, seemingly important jobs or tasks, to sabotage and distract from what is true to do. So it can seem like it is good and ticking boxes in life, but ultimately it’s still the reckless driver in charge of the body and its choices.

The greatest way I have found to discern the difference between Spirit and Soul is by the quality in my body. Whatever the Spirit does, however nice or good, it does it in a rush, a forceful, relentless, determined drive. This is so different to the even and consistent way the Soul tends to be. When I live this way, and do what is true, I get a lovely warm feeling in my body.

Writing this blog is a good example. I felt to do it, put it off and did my finances instead. But the feeling kept coming, so it was clear there was nothing else to do but get my phone out and get typing… so here we are.

So what if we do actually know exactly what we need to do in life? What if, like a constant ever-loving parent, our Soul is constantly communicating to us the perfect, loving thing to do?

If this was the case, and it is, then doesn’t that explain how awfully tired so many of us are? For we have to work pretty hard to override and ignore these natural impulses in life.

What would our life be like if we surrendered to the fact that there really is no ‘me’ at all, but just two qualities of energy coming through our body? What if we surrendered to the fact that although our physical frame had to cop the consequences, that all those choices, movements and plans we made, were actually not ours at all?

What will our day be like if we surrender to what our Soul communicates to us?

With appreciation for Serge Benhayon, Esoteric Healing practitioners and students, and everyone I meet every day – who teach me constantly about the Soul’s living way.

By Joseph Barker, Web Designer, Writer and Doodler, Melbourne, Australia

Further Reading:

Soul: Unimedpedia – Truth in Words
Spirit: Unimedpedia – Truth in Words
From Feeling Unsure of Myself to Surrendering to the Woman I am

The Power of True Surrender

662 thoughts on “Surrendering to Being a Son of God

  1. All we have to do is to listen and honour what is communicated, ‘What if, like a constant ever-loving parent, our Soul is constantly communicating to us the perfect, loving thing to do?’

  2. Beautifully expressed Joseph, clearly showing the difference between spirit and soul, and the power of each of them once you become aware of the two of them acting our in our lives. Surely surrender to our soul is the way. How grand that can be.

  3. “So if we can’t avoid these essential tasks and they actually help support our life and health, what is it that makes us resist them so?” I’ve been pondering on responsibility recently, as there is a pull to ‘get out of things’, and that comes with a supposed ‘good’ feeling, when the things I want to ‘get out of’ actually support me. It’s like the wilful energy offers a kind of reward in the form of feeling clever or ‘good’ that I have wriggled out of something, when actually that activity I’ve avoided would have lovingly supported me.

  4. This is a great blog as you clearly describe the difference between spirit and soul, I can definitely feel when my spirit kicks in which is a lot of the time because my thoughts change, I become very selfish, have little to no understanding of others and make life all about me.

    1. There is a difference we can feel when the spirit kicks in, ‘ There is a Spirit that recklessly does what it wants and willfully makes choices that make no practical sense.’

  5. Thank you Joseph, starting to feel how much comparison is in our lives is something special, as when we allow our Soul to “constantly communicating to us the perfect, loving thing to do and not contact into any form of comparison or jealousy.”

    1. Allowing our Soul to be in charge is saying yes to truth and love, ‘there is another part of us and that is the Soul. It’s wise, and is patient most of all. It’s simple and straightforward, kind and gentle, but firm, strong and direct.’

  6. The spirit can’t have it’s own way all the time, it is somewhat tethered in it’s range by the fact of it’s very vehicle, the body. The body can only go so far before it breaks down. Eventually, the spirit is humbled the more the body shows it that it’s efforts don’t work. Having impulses from the Soul only further solidifies this fact.

  7. It really is essential to know the truth regarding Soul and Spirit. On my search in finding out more about this I would hear and read the words many times but it would just go round and round in circles there was no absolute clarity with what they truly meant that was until I met Universal Medicine; where it is not just about words and talking about worlds but instead a lived way. Truly living what is presented. Also looking back at my life there was a long period where I wanted to escape life, not be committed, not have any responsibility, move from place to place and job to job being a ‘free spirit’ … well I was certainly being led by my spirit! ….. to a place of emptiness and misery. I am now more committed to life now then every before, I have a mortgage, a job I love and have been in for years, and am studying counselling in order to be able to support others more and the irony is now I am more committed I feel freer in my being and life than I have ever done before.

  8. Until you feel that stillness in the body it is simply a theory and feels out of grasp. That is where the esoteric healing modalities have been life changing, they connect us to what is already inside us, no magic, no going to a happy place, but surrendering to the stillness that resides within.

    1. Yes, why was it never made clear that we can be run by our spirit, or by our soul, something we all need to know, ‘The more I experience life, the more I can see that each impulse comes from either my Soul or Spirit.’

  9. You offer very practical examples of what surrender is; how little this is about others and how much this is about ourselves and our relationship with everything within and without.

  10. “When I feel to walk with joy and fun and flaunt it shamelessly, this is surrender.” There is no shame in walking with joy and fun, just a connection to the light within and sharing with everyone you meet.

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