Alice laughed. "There is no use trying," she said. "One can't believe in impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age I always did it for a half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." --Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
How can we make the impossible possible, imagine the unimaginable, touch the dreams and wishes that seem beyond our reach?
In this and the Living with Crystals newsletter, I've described a number of practical methods: affirmations, programming crystals, the importance of being focused on one's goals and of being conscious of our thoughts and feelings and their effects on us.
Now I'm going to talk about something that's neither a technique nor a tool. It's a state of heart and mind, and it's called surrender.
So the sheriff (according to Hollywood) said to the outlaw in ordering him to surrender. Surrender traditionally suggests dishonor, defeat, and loss of choices. It seems that if we surrender we, like the general of a conquered army, must give up our will, freedom, and autonomy, to the will of our conqueror. The orthodox religious definition of the word, the idea of giving up one's will to a greater will, seems hardly different.
If we want to purposely create our lives, wisely exercising our personal power, learning to be in charge of our lives, surrender seems to be the opposite of what we need to do. Surrender seems to mean complete vulnerability and helplessness. The outlaw reaching for the sky can't reach for his gun, and when we surrender we must abandon our traditional defenses, and perhaps our very selves.
Who, though, is the self who's lost? If we see ourselves as no more than beings limited by time and space, reason, logic, and the certainty that some things are impossible, surrender does indeed imply defeat and helplessness. If, however, we can move beyond the definition of this limited self to an idea of Self that's limitless, we can view surrender as the shedding of a too-constructing skin, an opening up to the greater, unlimited aspect of our beings. Surrender, then, becomes not the loss, but the expansion, of self to Self.
This expansion not only makes available an expanded perspective on our problems, but also enables us to tap a variety of resources not available to the limited self. We may find guidance and direction from our dreams, from the "coincidences" that begin to occur once we become open to new possibilities. We may discover that life is full of messages and clues.
And when we reach for the sky, we reach for greater understanding, we reach for the energy of universal wisdom, abundance, and love. As we open ourselves to receive these energies, we find that they seem to effortlessly transform into that which we desire.
Surrender doesn't mean we should stop thinking and desiring. This helps to bring us into vibrational harmony with our expanded Selves. It is, however equally important to let go and trust that it will be so.
It suggests as well a different manner of framing our requests. If we say, "I want this and I want it to happen exactly this way," we close the door to other ways for what we want to materialize. If instead, we say, "let it happen in the best possible way," we allow ourselves to draw on our own infinite creativity to take over.
Ultimately, surrender means trust, in ourselves and in the universe of which we are a part. When we create in a spirit of trust, we make space for the impossible to become possible, we allow miracles to happen.
Once in Ireland I climbed a mountain, Knockneara, in County Sligo. The circumstances for the climb weren't favorable; it had been raining for several days, and the so-called path before me was actually an extremely cold stream rushing over equally cold and wet rocks.
Things didn't improve as I ascended. It rained a few times, and the terrain was steep and muddy. Much of the mud found its way onto my clothing (later I snuck into our hotel, hoping no one would see me).
I told myself I was out of my mind to be doing this and I was, because I'd surrendered to something more powerful than mind, the challenge of doing something that seemed impossible. At last I reached the top--and the reward. Despite the mist, I could see miles of the Sligo countryside, Loch Gill, and Ben Bulben (which overlooks the graveyard where the poet Yeats is buried). The clouds parted, the sun, shone, and a rainbow made a shimmering bridge between heaven and earth.
When we work with any of the calcites, we surrender our ordinary way of looking at our lives. Clear calcite, like clear quartz, is a general crystal, it will change the overall view. Green calcite helps to relax rigidities, any resistance we may have to new perspectives.
Golden calcite is most helpful in matters of so-called everyday life: work and home. Pink calcite causes a new way of looking at relationships. Blue calcite helps to foster new ways of communicating.
Any essence, if it's the appropriate one for you, will expand your experience of who you are, because the more limitations are wiped out, the greater your sense of being.
For example, keeping in mind that aerial view from the top of the mountain, I'm going to focus here on some of the Wild Earth Animal Essences related to flying creatures.
When we feel bogged down in earthly matters, Eagle's soaring energy helps us to see our situations with a more spiritual perspective. This energy also enables us to connect with the wisdom of our souls and divine guidance.
The peace symbolized by Dove is that of the deepest kind. It quiets our worried and troubled thoughts, and allows us to find renewal in the silence of mind. In such moments of stillness we are able to appreciate simple blessings.
Crow teaches us to know ourselves beyond the limitations of one-dimensional thinking and laws. This animal teaches to appreciate the many dimensions both of reality and ourselves, and to learn to trust our intuition and personal integrity.
Owl, the night hunter, has the ability to see what others may miss. The gift of this medicine is to be undeceived by external appearances and to discover the truth beneath them.