From the Heart of Love
By Scott & Shannon Peck




We try so hard to make things happen, to “succeed,” to meet the right person, to move our lives forward. What can we do when all our energies just don’t do it?

We can surrender...

When we started taking yoga classes together over a year ago, we deeply enjoyed the new dimension that yoga brought into our lives. But the first months were a struggle for Scott. He is used to learning new things and quickly becoming an expert. Of course, in yoga, it just doesn’t happen this way. The body can take months, even years, to open up in a new pose.

The only path out of frustration for Scott was surrender — surrender to the process. That surrender has given Scott far, far more than simply getting his body to become more flexible. Today, that surrender has rippled through Scott’s entire life, creating a flow of greater meditation, peace, and easier life flow.

Surrender is so much more powerful than force. Force alienates and polarizes. Surrender releases and heals. Force separates us from Love. Surrender unites us to Love.

What does it really mean to surrender? It means we yield to Love — or whatever term you might use for a higher power. Once we give up directing Love with our own plans, outcomes, expectations, and recommendations, our hearts open to an infinitely wider range of options that only become visible in humility and surrender.

In Shannon’s work as a spiritual healer, lots of people call for help. Often, they want a specific, pre-determined outcome that would, to them, equal “healing.” Who can’t relate to that! But just as Scott had to learn to surrender to the process of yoga unfolding deeper, more healing answers, those who seek healing in their lives find the highest, most profound healing answers in surrender. Surrender, quite amazingly, leads to big-time surprise in our lives — “healings” entirely beyond even the scope of our “planned” or hoped for outcomes.

So, let’s do some surrendering right now. How can you surrender more right now to allow higher healing love to pour into your life?

Well, first, we can all surrender our “story.” How many times have you repeated that same old “story” about your life — to yourself and to your friends?  Take a moment right now and ask yourself, “What do I complain about consistently?” That’s what we mean by “story.” Most of our friends are bored silly with our stories. But aren’t we just as bored ourselves?  So...

Surrender your story. Let it go. Stories are just negative affirmations that pull us incessantly down. Surrender to Love. “OK Love, you are the boss. I surrender my life to you. What’s next?”  And Love will whisper some elegantly simple answer such as “Love yourself today,” “Listen to other’s hearts today,” “Let your life be a healing touch to everyone you meet today,” “Stop and meditate and allow your soul to come into alignment with Love.”

“But wait,” you might say to Love. “These are not outcomes. These are ways of being.” And Love would answer, “Exactly! It’s time to be, not do.”

What else can we surrender? All our non-Love thinking — anger, frustration, depression, self-pity, self-loathing. We can surrender these to forgiveness, patience, enjoying the process, trusting in Love, and seeing how worthy we are of loving ourselves.

Why hold on these chapters of your story when you know they are so destructive? Surrender is so much sweeter. We don’t need to know “the answer” or “outcome.”  The real truth is that the only path to genuine, life-satisfying, healing answers is in yielding our ego and surrendering our lives to Love.

 Look around you. Who do you most admire? Take a closer look at the power of surrender. Your heart is so ready. Life healing is only a choice away. Surrender just a little right now. See how it feels. This is the life you deserve. We are holding the space with you.
(c) Copyright 2003 Scott & Shannon Peck

Dr. Scott Peck & Shannon Peck are Co-founders of TheLoveCenter, a non-profit educational organization holding the space for all humanity to live in healing Love. They are authors of “The Love You Deserve,” “Liberating Your Magnificence,” & “All the Love You Could Ever Want!” (audio set). Shannon’s new book, “Love Heals: How to Heal Everything with Love” will be available September, 2003. Please visit , e-mail , or call (800) 266-1525.

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