Welcome to Day 21 of the 30 day challenge to be inspired by creativity to more fully step into your life.  This challenge stems from the Love Glasses Revolution and their movement to help all people find the good and hopeful in life and in themselves and to create a belief system where each of us has the power to change the world.  How do you do that, you ask? It involves surrendering to life. 

a painting of an angel with a red dress and her angel wings are butterfly wings and gold dots for a crown in her hair and her dress says "Surrender" on it.

I hit a lot of low patches this year. Moments of falling down, falling apart, sheer terror, consuming fear, and debilitating doubt.  My greatest fears were taking root and I realized I planted and fertilized them by focusing on them.  So how do you move forward when you find yourself in this place? You surrender.  Every ounce of your being is screaming to take control, to try harder, to do something different, to scratch, claw and battle your way through. But that’s not the answer.

Nope.

The answer is not about the “doing.”

The answer is not dependent on your effort.

The answer is to surrender to the flow of life.  Let go of the strangle-hold grip you have on your life and its challenges. Let go and surrender into the truth, flow and faith of life. Shift the responsibility from yourself to the universe, God, a greater source – whatever you want to call it.

Flow is the way of life. 

Flow is not a piece of the puzzle, it’s the entire puzzle and I am a piece of it.

Flow is not a means to an end – it is the end.

Flow is not a mechanism to achieve something or a tool to get what you want – it’s the answer to life.

Flow is a channel to accessing purpose and ensuring it will see the light of day.

How do you surrender? You let go and fully release your worries, fears, insecurities and doubts. You focus on your blessings, not on the obstacles. You disconnect from the distractions and connect to yourself.  You become quiet and still and look within, where the wisdom is waiting to be shared with you.  You meditate. You trust – in yourself and in life. You stop struggling and allow.

Surrender is a process. It’s similar to creating art.  When I begin a canvas, I don’t know what is going to show up on my canvas.  I have learned to surrender to the process and trust that what is meant to be revealed will, in fact, be revealed when it’s ready to be revealed. 

When I started to create the above Surrender Angel, this was the first layer of the canvas. I did not know what I was going to create, but I trusted the process and stepped into flow while adding more paint and paper.

the first layer of the surrender angel collage that is simply papers and paint

The initial layers gave way to the unfolding of a lady:

the first layer of a collage is topped with the initial drawing of a lady's face

At the time I created this angel, I was just learning how to paint a face.  In fact, this was the second face I’d ever painted. I stopped trying to control it, surrendered to the process and took the action that presented itself to take. It’s a winning formula on the canvas and in life.

a surrender angel with a rose a rock that says "dream" and a fountain pen

 

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Joan Jakel

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