Let things swallow you

happy together's picture

Average: 4.7 (10 votes)

When you observe and accept something, like pain, after a certain time, release totally any resistance.

Move from acceptance to surrender.

It means - let now the thing you observe and accept to swallow you, let it conquer every piece of your body, let it take control over you completely. Cease completely any control that may have remained over the process.

Doing so raises a lot of fear, a fear that this thing may drive you insane, may kill you, may cause you irrevocable damage.

This is the point where trust and faith enters the picture. The process of surrender is not just yet another secular psychological process. It involves parapsychological aspects and supernatural forces. You feel it very well when you do the process correctly. When you have the trust and faith in that supernatural which you cannot understand, fear drops, you drop and surrender is accomplished.

superwoman's picture

wait till the pick of pain is over

It is very difficult to let pain conquer you completely. We have this strong conditioning to have some basic resistance, not relinquish totally.

Therefore when pain is in its pick, leting it swallow you is almost impossible but once it quietens a bit, then be brave enough, have sufficient trust and surrender, let it burst upon you.

superwoman | Sun, 07/12/2009 - 15:33
Phroggy's picture


Surrender is never "accomplished" and it is not a process or a 'doing'. This is the mind imagining it is causing it's own surrender, which is it's way of imagining it is maintaining control even over it's surrender.

Surrender happens when there is the recognition of the ultimate futility of the struggle, not when mind has decided it's the best thing to do to get what it wants. So, focus on the recognition and drop the ideas of process and acomplishmewnt, and especially drop the notions of "parapsychological aspects and supernatural forces", not because there is no such thing but because you create such opponents and then must do battle with them.

Phroggy | Sun, 07/12/2009 - 21:24
seeker's picture

Mine is bigger

Why always read from your own beliefs and compare instead of respecting other beliefs as valid no less than your approach?

Others may say about your path that it is neo advaita and that it is intellectual nihilistic pseudo-spiritual based on non-experience.

Dropping the process is a central error of neo advaita based on the experience of so many and yet it is the right of those who believe in neo advaita to sit and do nothing.

Others prefer the path of experience as you do with eating, sex, reading, writing and so on. They prefer to live and enjoy spirituality for the sake of living instead of analyzing spirituality for the sake of absolute ideas that cannot be verified.

Enjoying the process in the now is the only thing that matters.

seeker | Sun, 07/12/2009 - 23:14
madan_gautam's picture

Mine is bigger

You said very well .
One has to go on path and seek the reality of Truth not just intellectual discussions only always.

madan_gautam | Mon, 07/13/2009 - 02:31
Annie's picture


There is a process if you drop down from the theoretical tree of absolute reality to truly being.

I also experienced what is described here of letting the pain totally conquer you despite all fears of loosing control.

It appears that it then goes away.

It appears that the resistance was what sustained it.

Annie | Mon, 07/13/2009 - 08:18
sisi's picture

Total surrender

This is true and extremely important. It took me some time back then to see that I need to completely surrender to the pain despite control and fears by letting it "swallow me completely" as you say it. Firstly, I heard it from a teacher in Rishikesh in India and then soon realized this during Vipassana retreat when Goenka spoke about witnessing without prejudice or something similar.

And when you do it, it is like a blocking in a pipe that is suddenly being released. Everything is flushed out.

If there is something in spirituality/psychology that is everything, it is maybe this - complete and total surrender despite fears. It has changed my life and the lives of so many that I know.

sisi | Mon, 07/13/2009 - 23:43
anderlaus's picture

Surrender in your body is like dying

Total surrender is so difficult. When you try to practice the above - you will feel the great fear in your body. It is like dying and it is not coincidence that both total surrender and dying are related to our body.

The remedy for this fear is faith, as the OP says.

Great and important article.

anderlaus | Sun, 01/03/2010 - 07:17
Gilana's picture

I don't know about total

I don't know about total surrender, but surrender in general--may be difficult, but you can get used to it, don't you think? If you surrender more and more, it's like falling out of an airplane...you get used the feeling, the drop, the fear.

After the first time you have grave anticipation and dread.

The next time negative anticipation.

The next time negative resignation.

The next time resignation.

The next time "this again." Drop in the stomach, to be expected.

The next time boredom.

The next time "let's do something different." you jump sideways.

The next time you do a flip.

The next time you just walk out.

The next time you think about hitting the mark a little better.

The next time you think about what is going to happen later in the day.

We humans are amazing...we can get used to anything! Or am I wrong about this?

Gilana | Tue, 04/27/2010 - 16:11
Sudhakar Majety's picture


Surrender is beautiful. When done with a smile it works even better !

Sudhakar Majety | Mon, 05/02/2011 - 10:05