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38 After leaving the synagogue Jesus entered Simon’s house.
The relationship between the inner life and outer action has been a hotly debated question in spiritual circles for centuries.
Inevitably when discussion turns to surrender the objection is raised,”But what about action? Are you saying we shouldn’t do anything? If you surrender won’t you just become a passive victim of circumstance? Aren’t we supposed to oppose and resist evil?”
The child of acceptance is surrender. My willingness to accept what is, as it is, opens me to the possibility of genuine, deep surrender.
Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. (John 20:3,4)
Frequently, one of the criticism leveled against contemplative practice is that it will lead to passivity and inaction. There is an anxiety that the surrender practice at the heart of most spiritual teaching will turn practitioners into victims unable to stand up for themselves or unwilling to take necessary action.
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