As we started to discuss in our Week 77 overview Self-Surrender begins with the understanding that you are not here to live for “yourself,” any one person (so do not allow anyone with delusionally overblown ego-fueled narcopathy or any other warped personality type tell you otherwise), nor are you here to live for any one thing here in physical expression (from ideologies, to “riches,” and so forth). “You” are here simply for, and to expand, the experience of all that is, and when “you” are done with that purpose, “you” settle into your Nature to just be your Self.
Once you understand this fully, you can then let go of your overidentification with the ego-centric delusion that life is simply/only for “you” to live (for the “you” in your temporary, limited, fleeting form–to simply serve yourself, and those who support your ego identity, and endlessly seek to be, do, or have more), which naturally supports you to then give back what is borrowed and what was granted the conditions to manifest in form from/by the Absolute (ie. your body that was borrowed from elemental form, to the skills, objects, learnings, “wealth,” strength, time, and so forth that you accumulate) back to the Absolute and to all that is (your unbounded Self), without desperately and pathetically hoarding these (and other) temporary things out of fear of “diminishment,” falsely overidentifying with the possession of objects as “who you are,” or only for “you” in your limited form and delusional ego/animal drive for body-mind gratification/satiation.
Self-surrender is, to put it another way, an elevated form of Asteya/non-stealing.
What did “you” (in your limited expression) create from pure elemental form before elemental form existed, beautiful Creator?…when “you” are a creation itself?
If you are honest, you will say nothing. No one here, not one body-mind (and certainly no ego) created anything that did not get borrowed from all that was created from by/the Source of all Creation. Not even your creative powers, or intellect, or your breath, are yours, they are simply gifted (as the fictional/biblical characters, Adam and Eve, were probably the first to learn in some schools of thought, another character, Job, certainly learned in his time, and some reading this will learn over and over again in their own lifetimes).
Treat every”thing” that you have as if it is only in your temporary care until it is returned to the Source, and take care to do no harm (Ahimsa).
What is given should be sheltered under your loving protection and preserved (which always ultimately benefits you), multiplied, and/or made “better” for the one Absolute Source who “owns” it, and, will “take it back.” This includes everything from your experiences, to your relationships, to the planet, to your accomplishments, and accumulations, to your pain. Never arrogantly behave as if you own anything Absolutely, although some things are exclusively in your primary care in relation to distinct “other” human beings, for example, your body or your property, which you exchanged your lifeforce energy for, because everything belongs to the Absolute at its core. This is how I relate to my cat (whom I adore—and probably who best taught me this lesson), which is why she and I have such a safe, healthy, and loving relationship that feels like an infinite blessing.
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