Where You Stand
What does it mean, to give your heart to Me?
Surrender is not slipping your heart under the table. It is not something you do surreptitiously. It is not something you do with fanfare either. Giving your heart to Me is your awareness of where it already is, and allowing it to be there. Do not take your heart away from Mine. Do not think that your heart belongs to you and to you alone.
Giving away, giving up, giving out, giving in are not surrender. You don't give up anything when you surrender to Me. Surrender is recognition of Truth. You are not the Truth-Maker. You are the Truth-receiver. You are the receptor of truth, and My truth is love. Giving your heart to Me is allowing yourself to be loved.
There is no tug of war going on here. You do not lose a thing by offering your heart to Me. Giving your heart to Me is not a concession you make, not at all. Do you concede when you accept a treasure that is offered you? Do you compromise yourself when you accept blessings?
When someone calls your name, and you turn, have you altered yourself?
I call your name, and you hear Me — that is surrender. What have you acceded to, in that case, but love?
By surrender, you break down your defenses. Defenses are barriers. They are put-off's. They are resistance. Resistance is a slow barrier. Resistance is awkward. Acceptance is grace.
Think of the word "acceptance" rather than the word "surrender". And yet "acceptance" isn't quite the right word either. Acceptance seems to come from a decision of the mind, saying yes rather than no, yet such acceptance has residual reservation.
How do you deign to accept that which is already yours?
How do you eat a scone and then during or after, when you have already chewed and swallowed it, say, "I think I will eat that scone"? The deed was done.
So you think you will accept My love? What is not to accept? Would you quibble?
It is arrogance that debates with Me. And arrogance comes from ignorance. Arrogance and ignorance are something you can give up. From that giving up, you gain. From that giving up, you begin.
Are you mightier than I? Do you know more than I? Do you make better decisions? Do you second-guess Me? Do you try to set Me straight? Do you interpret Me or do you accept Me? Or do you compete with Me?
Everyone finds Me himself. No one gives Me to you. I am not an explanation. I am not a discourse. Columbus discovered America, but then everyone had to come see for himself. All the descriptions in the world are but descriptions. You want My presence, not a tale about Me.
But I am not your discovery. I am everyone's discovery. I belong to no one. I belong to everyone. You may discover Me, but I am not your discovery. You do not become important because you awaken to My eternal presence. That is when you become humble. That is when you shine in My light so bright that you are immersed in Mine. Where is your individual flame now?
Pride is a concern of the world. Ego is a trick of the world. Ego is a mask you have put on. Ego pats you on the back and doesn't quite let you kneel to Me. Ego crunches your heart. Dissuade yourself from ego. You put no man above Me, nor do you put yourself above Me.