Surrender, Self-trust, and Belief . . . with a Twist

Jan 10 08:58 2009 Joyce Shafer Print This Article

Is there more to what these words mean than we’ve imagined? And how might they work together?

I’ve been using spiritual/metaphysical principles for decades,Guest Posting yet recognize that in the infinite vastness of what is, there’s always more to learn and do. I came across an “I surrender” note someone wrote to Spirit. This triggered my curiosity and I soon found myself on an interesting path.

I asked Spirit to show me what surrender to It looks and feels like so I could connect with that energy. What immediately popped into mind was the first thing to do is let go of strain; that strain is not surrender. Strain is what we do before we surrender to Spirit.

The next thought was that surrender is not giving up; it’s the agreement to trust myself to flow with Spirit. To trust myself to align my feelings and thoughts in the right way, to trust myself to stay open to inspired ideas, and then trust myself to take inspired actions. To take action not for the sake of an outcome (which is a given), but for the sake of moving energy towards an outcome. And if I let go of my attachment to how the outcome “should” look, the outcome has the opportunity to be even better than what I imagined.

I really gave this some thought because I do trust Spirit and do trust that Law of Attraction is always at work. There’s nothing but evidence to justify faith in both. That left me with how much was I willing to trust myself to do what I know works rather than what might be easier or habit?

To support this process even more, I received an email with a video link from the amazing Bob Proctor. He spoke about how the book, “Think and Grow Rich,” changed his life. Bob said we receive what we desire as soon as we believe we can; that we have to feel the belief. This led me to a new thought.

Instruction to feel the outcome we desire as already our reality is good; but what if it’s also important, if not imperative, to feel the belief . . . to charge up our emotions and cells and brain circuitry with what it feels like to focus on the act of believing. That seems to be the snag for many of us. We can envision and write down and repeat what we desire or intend, but do we connect with unshakable belief until it permeates us?

In “The Science of Getting Rich,” Wallace D. Wattles wrote (I consolidated the statements for spacing purposes),

“There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

“The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the squalid and mean; and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or images to the Formless, and the common, the poor, the squalid, and mean will come to you. To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best. The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention.”

Liquid (what we attract) takes the shape of its vessel (the vibrational output of our deepest-felt thoughts). If you’d like the download of Wattles’ book, send me an email.

How do we get there from where we are? A good method is to come up with a belief statement we can get on board with that doesn’t conflict with where we are energetically right now. First, as difficult and contrary as it may seem, we have to allow that where we are right now is okay. I know; I hear you. However, if you hold the vibration that where you are is not okay, the Law of Attraction can only mirror back according to the vibration(s) you send out. It’s the effect that resulted from a cause. Causes and effects can be changed.

Here’s how such a statement might progress:

“I believe I can receive an extra $5,000 by the end of this month.”

Now, let’s say you inner voice said, “No way can that happen.”

Okay, what about, “I want to believe I can receive an extra $5,000 by the end of this month.” Umm . . . maybe that’s still too strong and you still don’t feel on board with it.

“I want to believe that I can believe I can receive an extra $5,000 by the end of this month.” How does that feel?

We’re often told we have to shift our vibrations upward. Well, we do but that’s pretty darn difficult if you aren’t aware of your starting point. It’s kind of difficult to pedal a bike if you aren’t even on it. You want to find the statement that lets you say, “Yeah, now I can get on.”

Find a belief that’s not serving you. Then, use this process to find a statement that you can grab onto. Write the statement every morning and every evening before you go to bed; once each time is fine. Watch for evidence that your belief is shifting and charging up. In time, you’ll go to write it and you’ll feel “I want to believe I can believe” changes to “I am.”

You receive what you desire or intend the moment you absolutely believe you can receive it.

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Joyce Shafer
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Joyce Shafer, LEC ( offers coaching and editing assistance to new and not-so-new writers and entrepreneurs. Read about her 8-week Write from the Heart coaching program for entrepreneurs and free newsletter at See her books/e-books at

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