Why and How to Do: Surrender Meditation
You cannot expect God to help you score a goal (change your life for the better) if you don’t surrender control of your life to God—if you don’t give God the ball and let God call all the plays for you.
That’s why your prayer power is directly correlated with how completely, how consistently, and how long you have surrendered control to God within you.
Surrendering to God in all areas of life is the same as declaring to the Universe that you want God’s Help in all of those areas.
Thus, by asking God to take charge of you, by asking God for guidance before you choose, decide, act or react—you are literally making it easier for you to receive God’s Help, and thus for God to answer your prayers, in the physical.
By all of the above, you are also making it easier for you to become and stay a peaceful, positive, successful, karmically correct person in the physical as well.
Benefits of Surrender Meditation:
And all the above is why Surrender Meditation, whether it is guided by the right Spiritual Teacher, or self-guided at home alone, can have so many Material and Spiritual benefits, including:
(1) Stress Relief and Management; and an easier, quicker Relaxation Response
(2) Improved Health, Relationships, and Performance in many different personal and professional areas of life (as research consistently confirms)
(3) Greater Perception and Reception of God’s Loving Guidance from within you through Receivership at home and away
The above addresses the why do Surrender Meditation. The rest focuses more on the how. The following lists materials you will need, steps you should take; and the best ways to respond to what you may experience during the process.
Recommended Materials at Home:
(1) Your Favorite Prayers and/or Affirmations – (Keys Rededication Prayers and Affirmations are recommended)
(2) Pad and Pen, Smartphone, or a Computer open to a file or email, to record or write down any distractions, messages, images, and feelings that may come to mind during your Meditation
(3) An Alarm Clock or Computer/Cell phone Alarm (with suitable wakeup music or sounds) to come out of Meditation at a particular set time, if needed
(4) Set Time and Place for Meditation – to help you become more consistent
Recommended Procedure at Home:
(1) Sit comfortably in a quiet place (room) where you won’t be disturbed
(2) Place your pad and pen, smartphone, or computer within comfortable reach
(3) Set the alarm for the desired time, if needed
(4) Turn on suitable Background Music or Environmental Sounds (if desired)
(5) Read your Prayers and/or Affirmations (if desired)
(6) Close your eyes, take 3 deep, slow, and gentle breaths, let each out slowly; then breathe normally
(7) Focus on Progressive Relaxation of every muscle in your body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes
When to Move On to a Mantra Meditation
(8) If you remain consciously aware after the Progressive Relaxation has been completed, whether during a guided meditation or a self-initiated meditation, you may continue on into a Mantra Meditation by repeating a positive phrase such as: “God I Am,” “God Take Charge,” “I Love You God,” or “I Love Us God;” or you can just relax and go with it until your time limit.
(9) If you drift off during any stage of your Meditation, just go with it. Falling into a dream or sleep state during meditation most often means that you have been experiencing sleep deprivation and/or energy deficit in your daily life; and thus you needed a more complete relaxation in both mind and body at the time.
Note: Mantras are required for Anchor Meditation to keep you actively and mindfully focused on the here and now. Mantras are optional in Surrender Meditation because Surrender creates relaxation, letting go of control, and then allowing yourself to receive healing and guidance from God within you.
What about Falling Asleep?
If you fall into a dream or sleep state in a guided meditation, you may no longer consciously hear the guiding voice, but your sub-conscious mind and physical body will continue to respond to that voice until the guidance has completed; and you’ll continue to be relaxed, refreshed, and uplifted as you are directed.
Also, if you surrender to God through prayers like, “God take charge of me” and “God seal me into Light during my meditation,” you don’t have to worry about being trespassed on—even if you fall asleep for some or most of the meditation.
When There Are No Distractions:
(1) Meditate until your alarm goes off, your guide asks you to come out, or until you come out naturally.
(2) Record any significant messages, images and feelings that may come to mind during the meditation by saving them on your pad, in your smartphone, or in your computer file or email—for further review at the appropriate time.
When There Are Distractions:
(1) Common distracting thoughts include – things to do, decisions to make, situations that need your attention or help, feelings that are upsetting you.
(2) If you try to push distracting thoughts away (as some disciplines teach), they generally keep coming back to distract you throughout the meditation. That’s why processing distracting thoughts is a much more productive way of handling them.
(3) You process distracting thoughts by making them into Reminders and/or Prayers – through putting them on an ongoing Surrender List and including them in future prayers as needed.
(4) A Surrender List has sections for: To Do, To Decide, To Pray On, To Negate/Release (Mastery Prayer List), and To Look At in Receivership.
(5) Listing distracting thoughts can make it easier to let them go as they come up—because it helps you stop worrying about forgetting to handle the related situations during the meditation.
Processing Distractions Beforehand
Some initial meditations may be mostly spent on letting go of distractions. Don’t be discouraged if this happens for it is relatively common.
But, if it continues over time, instead of Processing Distractions during your meditation, do so beforehand by writing a Surrender List of all that has been stressing or distracting you on that day, in your previous meditations, and in your daily life in general over time.
Every Spiritual Student should make and maintain an ongoing Surrender List which can and should be used as a focus for each’s ongoing Stress Management, Psychological Healing, and Spiritual Growth work over time.
Sample Surrender List:
(1) Decide: where to go for my birthday dinner and whom to invite
(2) Remember: to rewrite the proposal by the new deadline – May 13th
(3) Release: all my angry feelings about the mistreatment at work
(4) Pray: for healing, comfort, recovery and peace for Melanie and family
(5) Receive: on what I should do about Harry and his constant talking