Wisdom Book Practice Circle: The Wisdom Way of Knowing | Chapter 6: The Foundational Gesture to Enter the Divine Dance Is Surrender

Chapter VI describes the necessary soul gesture of surrender, which requires the willing deconstruction of our small self, or the passage of the acorn self into the oak tree (p. 64), through the balanced work of our three centers, a movement from the lesser to the greater self, a passage, consciously and voluntarily taken. We begin by letting go of our false sense of security—really a dismantling—and building the balance, acuity, and ease of use in our three centers to reliably access the stance of surrender, an open spaciousness of seeing with a relaxed inner stance that allows for a balanced, truly measured response. To walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil; and join in the divine dance.

We stand in a time of unparalleled challenges in our world; political instability, wars, pandemic problems continue and climate collapse. I am reminded of what Cynthia said in Chapter V, “we human beings are the consummate artisans of energy. It is our cosmic role, and we wield it whether we like it or not. But most of the time we wield it unconsciously and destructively…. unaware of the delicate homeostasis by which the visible and invisible worlds are held in harmony,” (p. 57). In this thin space of Eastertide let us deepen our commitment to our practices, leaning in to shift our lens from scarcity to abundance – the manifestation of divine love – breath by breath – “Our hearts, minds, and souls are hard-wired for the cosmic responsibility we bear, and all the currents of our being set toward the Whole as surely as all rivers flow toward the sea…. But when we open our hearts to our true citizenship, the freedom, coherence, and community we so yearn for are right there to meet us. And the broken and scattered shards of our world are reunited and illuminated by the master’s art as we become persons of love.” (p. 81)

I humbly suggest a counterintuitive proposal: our work is in our practices. It is time to deeply engage in the synergy of our centers and the time we find ourselves in. This is not news. We know it is our purpose to find our true self—it is our focused attention and intention that we waver in. Each of our core practices: centering prayer, meditation, Lectio Divina, chant, inner task, service to others, conscious labor an overall ora et labora, bring us into balance and dovetail into one another—increasing our awareness of our three centered knowing. If we are alert enough to sense the subtle energy transfer, we will feel the neural pathways building a network of connection between our inner centers and beyond; allowing us to hold the space and aid in deepening the level of conscious compassion on our planet.

Years ago, when I was still actively engaged in equine training—all things horses—I watched a documentary on a legendary basketball coach, John Wooden; odd because I’ve never had an interest in basketball. But it was fascinating to hear the former players, ones even I could recognize, repeatedly making the same point. This coach had endlessly drilled them on the fundamental skills until they moved as one body. The truth in this resonated. I had been told over and over in equine training: you have to vary the routine because the horse gets bored. It wasn’t the horse that got bored; it was my inability to hold my attention that caused a break in communication, in our ability to dance. I believe our basic entry point and ongoing attunement into this gesture of surrender is our entrainment of our attention and intention which is embedded in our core practices.

I like to hold the image of my three centers as Cynthia presented them in Chapter III: my body carries the affirming force, the intellectual the denying force and my emotional center, my heart, the reconciling force that serves as a “bridge between the mind and the body and also between our usual physical world and this invisible other realm (p. 35).” Attuning to this alignment is my endless work—breath by breath.

  • Are we inviting a deepening of all our practices, so that our actions flow out in a letting go of fear as it rises each day to fall through it into spaciousness; that we might be able to “see the decisive action that must be taken… with courage and strength” (p. 75)
  • Are we building in ourselves a fluidity of the inner gesture of surrender to “live and move and have our being” from it, that we might be agents in this needed reciprocal feeding within the “dance of divine self-manifestation (p. 63)?”
  • Are we willing to release the Pea-seed of our being from the narrow view of “Peas in a Pod” culture, for the possibility of “the most profound fruit of the transformative process” in the release of our individuality to be a person?

My true self is not an individual because it is not found in the sensible world. It is illuminated “here below” only as I am able to make this passage known as surrender, either in a final, generous donation of my life or in the continuously renewed gesture of opening while still in this flesh (the latter act has infinitely more spiritual power, for it continuously binds the realms together). The illumination of my own innermost aliveness spontaneously lights up all the other colors of aliveness in the world around me and makes visible the rainbow through which my individual being is connected to all being. (p. 79)

Is this the clarion call of deep time, reverberated out over and over? We know it’s call: “Open our hearts to the whole.”

“Fall… fearless… into… love.”

About Nan Delach:
I am a long-time student of Cynthia’s lineage and a lover of trees, living on a piece of land in Bowling Green, Virginia, with my husband and a band of furry beings. I, like all of us, am finding my way. I have worked for a number years helping to facilitate a several of Wisdom Waypoint’s practice groups, as well as being a TA for Cynthia’s online courses on the CAC platform. All paintings and photo images courtesy of Nan Delach.

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  1. So powerful as I find the moments of my days filled with opportunity to practice. Often lettiIng go and stepping back much like letting the thoughts that come in meditation go on by. Gives me a chance to watch and modify my reaction whether it’s when I deal with one of my horses or my spouse. I now welcome opportunities to let go where before I often felt resentment. What a path and I have a long way to go

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