In considering a different article, I realized there was a way to describe layers to the process of surrender.
Similar to the process of consciousness unfolding to itself, there is 2 intertwined processes. One is that of purification, the other of release.
They sound kind of synonymous but there’s a distinction. Purification is a cleansing of old fog or crud. Release in this context is a letting go of what’s been held onto, resulting in opening. The two can be tightly intertwined but are a distinct process – one in clearing the old dust, the other in allowing the opening to what is here beneath that. But we can even be holding onto crud.
At first we have the simple process of allowing or letting go. It is not something we do; it is something we let go of doing. This can happen after purification or with a bit of clarity or insight. Or, it may result in purification. Or both.
The next step is an opening – letting go results in a de-constriction, a relaxation, and/or a clearing. This leads to more open channels and a greater ability to support a larger sense of being and experience more subtle values.
Where a release feels like a letting go, an opening feels more like a stretch or expansion.
The third stage is the falling back or into. Here we settle deeper into the opening just created. We progressively settle deeper and deeper into source. This is intimate to the awakening process too.
And finally, we have the integration of what we can stabilize of this in our day-to-day experience.
If you’ve read some of the early articles here, you may recognize the cycle of growth:
disintegration, growth, integration, balance, and repeat
The process becomes part of our very nature as we return home.