Surrender. Perhaps that word brings up images of someone blindfolded on his knees, perhaps it looks like saying “I give up” in an argument or a game. Another possibility: Surrender means to just let go of any and all preconceived ideas of what something (or you!) “should” look like. Surrendering efforting. Breathe in effort and contraction, breathe out surrender and opening, aka The Law of Least Effort.
Defenselessness: Chopra writes: Today my awareness remains established in Defenselessness. I relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I remain open to all points of view and am not rigidly attached to any of them .
I am focusing on this aspect of the Law of Least Effort because, for me, it counteracts the most deeply engrained felt response that has tripped me up in my life. As a student of A Course in Miracles, I have committed to memory several phrases. One I use as a mantra is “In my defenselessness my safety lies.”
Let go. Surrender. The Law of Least Effort is a great friend that allows me to breathe.
A friend of mine wrote an essay a decade or so ago which has become an internet most-shared. I think it sums up this Law. She writes:
“She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go….She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. …In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore” (listen to the video below for the full essay)