P1 One of the earthly manifestations in which the divine creativity of the Eternal Spirit can always be seen is nature. It also has become clear to many human beings that the balance of nature is being disturbed through humanity’s thoughtlessness or greed. The recent growth of awareness in this area is most important. Nature’s destructive forces, the storms, the floods and the earthquakes do exist, but seen from another angle, they are only the necessary crises every entity must go through to reestablish inner harmony with divine law.
Other manifestations of nature’s cruelty fall into a different category. One species may depend on another to maintain its very life, hence predators and victims. Although the victims are always equipped with specific defenses so that the individual animal can have what you may call a sporting chance, on a grand scale one species serves to sustain the other. It is also true that animals can never indulge in the useless cruelty and destructiveness which human beings are capable of. Since the totality of human beliefs creates your environment, the earth sphere reflects this polarity exactly.
P2 Spheres of evil or of hell would therefore manifest only pain, fear and suffering and no beauty at all, while spheres of good would not have any pain, fear and suffering. Art sometimes reflects this blissful world because the soul deeply knows it and longs to return to it. This is why there is no light—no truth, no love, no divine reminder—in the spheres of hell. It cannot be borne.
The entities there need to grow gradually into more evolved states until the light of these states can become a means to make further growth possible. When consciousness first meets the void, the darkness is so great that a negative unity comes about temporarily. Only as consciousness gradually expands does the other positive polarity appear on the horizon and creates duality. In that phase, duality is already a forward movement in the evolutionary plan. Only when consciousness reaches its full potential does the unity become totally positive.
P3 Human beings who are incapable of surrendering cannot find their core, or their divine nature, cannot love, and cannot truly learn and grow. They are very stiff, defended and closed. You need to surrender to the will of God; otherwise you will always remain attached to your very shortsighted self-will, which brings you pain and confusion. Surrender means a letting go of the ego, of cherished ideas, goals, desires, and opinions—all for the sake of truth.
You also need to surrender to your own feelings. If you do not, you will always impoverish yourself and shut out your feeling nature. You will become an automaton. You need to surrender to those whom you love. This means trusting, giving them the benefit of the doubt, being willing to yield, as long as this serves the cause of truth. You surely need to surrender to a teacher in any field you wish to learn. You have an inner, emotional, spiritual, and involuntary level that needs to learn also. On this level nothing can be absorbed unless you surrender to the teacher.
This rule applies to the most mundane things you wish to learn. The refusal to surrender creates an overdeveloped self-will which takes its toll on the personality. The person who refuses to surrender becomes truly impoverished. Surrender is such a movement of fullness, of giving over, of letting go, that enrichment must follow it according to natural law. Yet we cannot just state that surrender is the key.
Should you give in when the situation requires a fighting spirit to stay in truth? The need to stand up and fight for a good cause, to defend a right position, to assert justified claims, is indispensable in any productive, healthy life. The need to discriminate when to trust and when not is also indispensable. How can you avoid capitulation and resignation under the guise of surrender? How can you avoid a false, stiff holding on when surrender would be appropriate? When you find in yourself or in others an inability to surrender, to trust, to yield, look for the undercurrent of dependency and the denial of genuine self-responsibility.
How often are you blinded by wishful thinking, by your self-will which demands that the other person (a mate, a friend, a teacher) be a certain way in order to accommodate some of your distorted desires and aims? In order to trust and give over, you need to be free to a considerable degree of unrealistic expectations. Surrender never means that you give away your ability to discriminate and to make independent decisions forever.
Therefore you need to attempt, very consciously, to further self-responsibility in every possible way—overtly and subtly, on the inner and outer levels. At the same time, you need to pray consciously and deliberately to be able to trust those who deserve your trust, to follow their leadership, and to surrender your self-will. This surrender of self-will is always an act toward God. His will alone must replace your self-will, but sometimes His will can function only through others before it can manifest directly through you.
P5 It is God’s will that you also surrender to the spiritual leadership he has guided you to. It is God’s will for you to surrender to some of the most beautiful involuntary processes within yourself—your love feelings, and your deepest intuitions. It is God’s will that you become capable of yielding as well as that you become capable of fighting and standing firm. All truly good things can come only when you surrender to the greater forces of the universe, whether it be to the Creator, to another human being, or to being a follower.
You also need to fight for these fulfillments by relinquishing your passivity, your irresponsibility in wanting an ideal authority to do it all for you. You need active, positive aggression to never allow the dark forces within you to conquer you, or make you believe that all is futile, or convince you to give in to their whisperings of hopelessness and false surrender. Genuine surrender never weakens the personality. It makes the positive ego healthier and stronger.
Genuine positive activity and self-affirmation renders you sufficiently strong and resilient so you can dare to let go of self, and to allow yourself to flow with a new movement stemming from sources as yet unknown. Check whether you may want to see the other person as more perfect because you still wish to abdicate self-responsibility, or whether you want to be always armored against any kind of yielding, following, or surrender and want to justify it, wanting to see the other person as worse for the same reason. Then you can say, “No one should be trusted. I must always be on guard.
P6 The ability to give yourself over, to lose yourself, is tantamount to being a healthy and whole person. First, you should mentally fully comprehend the importance of surrender so that you will be motivated to set the further process in motion. Then you will have to deal with your involuntary levels that hold you back from surrendering. You will need the usual honesty and stamina to explore some of the less pleasant manifestations before you can recognize your hard inner nucleus that withholds and denies.
You need to ask the Christ within to make this change possible. Pray for that part of yourself that does not directly respond to your positive intentionality and goodwill. You also need to cultivate the ability to yield to other human beings. Again it is not contradictory to say that all the power is with God. He is the source of everything. Yet this by no means excludes your own potential to unite with this divine power and allow it to flow through you.
You have the inborn ability to be a relay station of creative forces, if only you knew this and used it wisely. The block exists on the one hand because the limited mind’s self-will is often contradictory to divine will and law. Insistently holding on to your self-will, you become less powerful, because your creative forces are paralyzed. There is, on the other hand, a part of you that does not wish to be a fully grown, self-creating entity.
It wishes to be given to and avoid the responsibility for your life creation. Neither of these weaknesses are inherent. They are unnecessary artificial constructions due to a false attitude and ignorance. This new awareness unifies—among many others—the specific dualities I have discussed in this lecture: surrendering and standing firm, yielding and self-assertion, giving in and fighting for the good cause of truth.
You will create a harmonious automatic response that will be adequate and right for each situation. Example: when people go through extreme states of pain, there comes a point when the pain is no longer bearable. At that point the fight against pain is given up on the involuntary level, and total surrender to the pain, transcending the conscious, volitional mind and will, takes over. In that moment all pain ceases and transforms into ecstasy.
—The Pathwork® Guide