The Dangerous Philosophy of “Surrendering to What Is”

In his book “The Surrender Experiment”, author and spiritual teacher Michael Singer attributes his success in life to “surrendering to what is”. 

In my latest video, I discuss the problems with this philosophy and why I believe surrendering to what is is a dangerous philosophy.

As always, thoughtful comments are appreciated! 

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  1. Wow! A gutsy new age belief to challenge, and I LOVE that you did.

    I’ve also had issue with “surrendering to what is” and Michael Singer’s book in particular. (I loved his first book, The Untethered Soul and his second made me want to toss it across the room). I knew there was something off about it, but wasn’t sure what exactly, and after watching your video, I realized it was his in-congruence with surrendering to what is when its convenient and taking action when it’s not.

    I’ve been pondering the difference between acceptance and surrender the past few days and wonder what the difference between the two is (if there is one). Do both require non-action from us? “I accept to what is” as opposed to “I surrender to what is”.

    Like you, I have learnt by living and learning from life that Universe likes action. We are presented with certain opportunities, but the results we want do not just fall in our laps. We have to take action. It’s why we are given free will.

    So I will continuing to ponder action as it relates to surrender and acceptance. If you have any thoughts, I’d appreciate them.

    Thanks for your point of view, as always.

    1. Thank you Judy! Glad I’m not the only one who was turned off by The Surrender Experiment.

      Actually I’m VERY anti-new age. I come from a science background so I demand high levels of proof for anything. :)

      As for “accepting what is” vs.”surrendering to what is”, I’ll have to think about that a bit. For me “accepting what is” is mostly about accepting things that can’t be changed (i.e., the past, physical conditions, etc). Surrendering to what is for me tends to tied to religion (i..e., surrendering to God’s will). I’ll give it some more thought and if I come up with something, I may turn it into a blog post/video!

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