“Surrender is perfectly compatible with taking action, initiating change, and achieving goals. But in the surrendered state a totally different quality flows into your doing. In the state of surrender, you see very clearly what needs to be done, and you take action, doing one thing at a time and focusing on one thing at a time.” Eckhart Tolle
Okay….when I try to find the root our our inability to comprehend “surrender” I uncover the assumptions of materialism that only things (nouns) exist. And according to the grammar of materialism Nouns do things to Verbs. Subjects (I do things (verbs) to objects (nouns). We believe reality looks and works like this.
So how can a noun surrender or not do anything. Where is the verb and where is the thing being done to? It doesn’t make sense and surrender defies logic.
So lets drop the grammar. When Seeing is the Verb, not the noun that SEES, then SEEING is action that by seeing changes or affects nouns (the world). One surrenders identity with a noun (you as subject) and just SEES, and this SEEING is surrendered action, our pure action that is not caused by something, you as a noun. Life is not nouns going things to nouns, but life is a verb, Life is action. This is what Buddha means when he says Life is impermanent, which means change, and change is a verb. Life is a verb.
SEEING that is a radical shift in our grammar from a noun based reality, all defined and tucked in the dictionary, to a verb based reality where SEEING is action. Mind your grammar!