Freedom and Independence. Our country will be celebrating the 4th of July on Thursday. Have you ever stopped and thought what the meaning of Freedom is to you? What does it mean to have Freedom in your soul or in your heart? Freedom is a state of being and for me it brings up not fighting but Surrendering.
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. As an artist and musician I have learned to surrender from a very young age to the notes on the piano or the sounds coming from singing my favorite songs. To me it was scary and exhilarating to close my eyes and trust an intimate process of creation coming through me that I had no control over.
Although the music looked like it was coming from my fingers and my mouth I was just a channel for something far greater than my little body. When I would play Beethoven I could feel his fire and passion and masculine strength and when I would sing J.S Bach’s/Gounod Ave Maria I could feel the love, devotion and yearning for the divine mother. Each of these experiences was an act of surrender for me through my medium, which is music.
Those notes were not mine I didn't write them I didn't write the lyrics either. They were written before me. Each time we choose to delve into an art form such as music, theater, painting, writing we surrender what WE ARE to something that we create in the moment or something that is created through us.
And the beauty of the creative moment is that it is the unknown;
We are in total Surrender.
This is where SpiritDances and Plays through us.
This is the place where the Spirit (the spark), the Soul (the Essence) and Source (God Force) intertwine into a web of cosmic alignment.
Our lives are not different than a piece of music or art.
We are the Art in a continuous state of unfolding.
Unfortunately, due to where we have incarnated at this time many of us were taught from an early age to fear. We were told not to trust the unknown.
We were encouraged to compare and contrast, to resist, and hold on for dear life. We were programmed to believe that is what strength is.
But that is the mind. The heart is far wiser and far more powerful.
“When total surrender happens, suffering is removed, duality is removed, too” Mohanji
Inner peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control.
When we have the courage to surrender all that no longer serves a new beginning emerges transforming darkness into light. Lady Gaga had said about the creative process “When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. ” I couldn't agree more with this statement. It is when we have the courage to Surrender to the unknown is when we can access the True Force of our Nature.
And as the paradoxical creatures we are that would make the most sense.
Awaken the greatness within.
For “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender” William Booth.
Five ways to practice Surrender:
- Seek moments of solitude and silence. Practice moments of mindful breathing and connecting to you heart throughout your day.
- Suspend your judgement of others and yourself.
- Practice daily gratitude to little things. Start with your pillow or a cup of hot coffee/ tea.
- Practice patience for whatever situation is occurring in your life. Take a break and do something else.
- Meet your resistance with an OPEN HEART. Notice- and say to yourself “Oh, there’s my resistance. What’s the invitation here for surrendering?”
I would love to hear more about what Freedom means to you. Please comment below.