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Have You Surrendered?

Have You Surrendered?

Karen Berg shares how a new kind of surrender can lead us to a better understanding of life.

Normally, we think of surrender in one way. For example, I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie Life of Pi, but in it, the main character finds himself in the middle of the ocean without food, without water, and with nowhere to go. Eventually, in his desperation, he calls to the Creator and he says, “Okay! I give myself to you! I surrender!”

That’s one kind of surrender. But that’s not the surrender I’m talking about. There’s another form of surrender – aggressive surrender – which is when I can say to myself, “I’m prepared and I’m willing to do whatever I have to do in my work to learn how to get to spiritual elevation, to apply the tools, and to not fall back on my old habits of being a victim and saying things ‘just happen.’” Because the truth is that things don’t ‘just happen.’ There is no such thing as a coincidence.

The kind of surrender I’m talking about is having the certainty that if we dot all of our i‘s and cross all of our t‘s and we are on a spiritual journey doing spiritual work, and then life suddenly throws us a curveball, we need to understand that where we are is where we need to be in this moment in time–whether it’s because of something we did when we were younger or in a former lifetime, or because this specific situation will help us become something better than we are.

This isn’t the surrender that comes from a point of failure, although that’s the surrender that most people make. After all, when do most people come to the Creator? Usually it’s when they are missing something, when something happens to them, or when something occurs in their life that they don’t understand.Continue reading at

Karen Berg is the global spiritual leader of the Kabbalah Centre and the author of TO BE CONTINUED.

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8:50AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Thank you.

4:58PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Thank you!

6:35PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

I have tried to surrender but for me, it doesn't take long to forget.

2:24PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Thank you for a very interesting and informative article. It is deep, I had to read it twice to understand what she was speaking about,.... surrender.?....and the different ways it can happen, Thanks to all the over 50 members that commented on the article and the postings. I enjoyed reading all of them.

4:36PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Surrender, because the first step in thinking outside of the box is realizing there is no box.

2:10AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013


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5:40AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Be sure to know when to stop

2:23AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

I will have to watch that film

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