Surrender to Real

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 | No Comments


“We must continue to open in the face of tremendous opposition.  No one is encouraging us to open and still we must peel away the layers of the heart.”
– Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master

There are books that you read, that reach down and grab you by the soul and shake you, and that’s how I’m experiencing Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within  While the book is really about writing, I find it so relevant to the authentic leadership journey, as it really is about diving deep to get real in order to connect.

I’m a big believer in “you teach what you need to learn” – both because I could never be the owner of everything there is to teach on this vast topic, and for what it makes of me – and I’m finding this process is one of constant surrender.  Surrender of ego.  Surrender of control.  Surrender of what I think I know, in order to see what I don’t know.

It’s quite uncomfortable really.  To surrender.

And yet I find the more I do, the clearer I become.  The more open I am to the opportunities around me.  The more receptive I am to the lessons I need to learn.  While it makes no sense to me logically, what I’m finding is that the more I surrender the more powerful I become.  In my self.

And when we’re powerful in our selves, we are powerful in the world.  For we can break free of the “shoulds” and the comparison game, and the negative self-talk, and the need to prove, and our knee-jerk reactions, and all those nasty things that mess up the good things in our lives and our ability to lead.

So today I invite you to join me on the edge of the cliff – to leap into the unknown.  Leap into the mysteries of your own heart and soul and surrender.  Surrender what you think you know and swim with the questions.

If you dive deep enough, you might just come up with a pearl.


©OnStage Leadership, 2013

Kimberly Davis is the Founder/Director of OnStage Leadership, a full-day experiential leadership workshop.  If you found this helpful, interesting, thought-provoking, or inspiring please “recommend”, “Like” and share.  It is only through your generosity that we can reach those who may find it valuable too.


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