What has to be surrendered to discover Creative Power? We all know that we cannot choose to be creative, to know what to do. Choosing is our Personal Power. Not choosing is our divine power, cosmic power, creative power. The cosmos is creative, isn’t it? Through surrender that creative power flows through you as you. Through Personal Power, which is non-surrender, only your will power flows through you as you and that personal will is always in conflict with the Cosmic Will, the will of nature, or whatever you want to call it.
You see? The more I resist the Cosmic Will, the more personal power I feel. I can only feel my personal power by resisting a greater power, but never surrendering.
Now, in America, we are witnessing the folly of never surrendering. We can see in a clear outline the absurdity of never surrendering to a high truth, a greater truth, to nature if you will. Personal power always meeds its Waterloo. COVID is America’s Waterloo.
Personal power, the power of resistance cannot defeat COVID. In the same way, you cannot defeat Diabetes by not obeying the dietary laws of Diabetes.
OK, let’s dig deeper into this question of Surrender. Religion says to surrender to God, but that is translated into surrendering to the local religion. So the surrender is not complete. One holds something back.
God wants total surrender. What does that mean? In Buddhism, that means giving up your belief it God, in the Buddha. If you see the Buddha, kill him, means if you see the idea of Buddha as something, kill that. But don’t stop there.
If you see the idea of yourself as the Chooser, as the one who surrenders, kill that too. Leave no thought standing. Leave no power with standing. All personal power must be surrendered, given up, let go.
The beautiful paradox here is that you cannot do it, for any doing by you is personal power, and that sword must be surrendered. One must surrender but you cannot. There, there is the wound that will not heal, the Koan that has no answer, the great question: Who am I?
The hot iron ball of Unconditional Surrender melts the ice of all resistance. But what happens with total surrender, total Not KNowing, Not Choosing? Do you disappear? That’s what we fear.
The practice of Buddhism, particularly Zen Buddhism is the practice of surrender. Whatever thought arises in the mind, you surrender. You let it go. When the mind is an empty bowl of Not Knowing, KNOWING rises, Knowing is not born but reveals itself as always being there.
Knowing what to do is a creative action. The knowing and the doing are one. You are one because you have surrendered that which is Two, that which resists the One, the Knowing/Being.
Digging even further, a spiritual practice, no matter what the tradition, require unconditional surrender. Meditation, being mindful, questioning everything, study, and so on, is not Sunday thing, but 24/7. Being awake is not a part-time job. That is Zen. Not practicing the Dharma here and practicing the world there? Not going to church for an hour and going to the world the rest of the week. This is a lifetime practice and it won’t bear fruit until that happens.
Evangelicals see their religion as a life-style. Muslims see their religion as a lifestyle, not a once a week church service. Orthodox Jews see their religion as a lifestyle, a full-time practice.
But all of these “practices” are conditional. They depend on surrendering to a group, a body of the religion with its specific laws and doctrines. This is not unconditional surrender.
Unconditional surrender questions everything, every condition. Every condition must be questioned in order to arrive at unconditional surrender, where you don’t know what is true, for you realize that all the truth you have known, surrendered to is conditioned.
What is the unconditioned? Who are you? That is the same question. You are the unconditioned, the Unborn. You are the undefined, the free, and the creative. You are the Creative, and creativity is unconditioned.
But that does not mean you are a great artist. No…just eating your cereal in the morning is a creative act. Just surrendering to eating your cereal and not thinking about what’s next is a creative act of surrender.
And that is Zen. What is enlightenment? asked the monk.