Surrender and spontaneity

Philip Carter phil.carter at
Tue Nov 20 10:15:03 PST 2018

“Radical acceptance”. Nice!
Yes, for me it is usually in a radical state, of high warm-up or stirring, of internal tormal, grief, irresolvable conflict. I want to surrender, but resist. I want to want but feel despondent. I want to be single minded but are easily distracted. I want to accept but cannot. In the midst of the whirling opposites, there is a third force that is entirely free, that notices, that witnesses, and it appears when i witness the witness, a deep knowing arises of coming home and in that i become saturated. It pours into me, from without and within. It is not born of a feeling or thought, and if it were a sensation, it is very fine and light. Usually it becomes quickly colonised by my habitual patterns of thought and ideas and unconcentrated attention. And if the attention is maintained on things, as they now are, then this state of spontaneity is also quickly refreshed…

From: shelley j korshak <sjschicago at>
Sent: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 6:57 AM
To: Philip Carter <phil.carter at>
Cc: annehale <annehale at>; list at
Subject: Re: Surrender and spontaneity

acceptance is another good word and concept...”we stop fighting the world”...
and sometimes “radical acceptance” when acceptance is challenging to achieve...

shelley korshak firestone

On Nov 20, 2018, at 11:43 AM, Philip Carter <phil.carter at<mailto:phil.carter at>> wrote:
Hello Anne!
Thinking of you brings a smile to me and uplifts my spirits.
Interesting you put allowing in “”. Allowing is a slimy one. A person may think they are doing it. It implies power. Which i imagine is not what you mean, or others when they use it. But it could be. I avoid it.
“surrender” also is tricky. It can have the connotation of giving up in a posture that isn’t willing or conscious or free.
The best word i came up for me when i was with my mother dying and i was in the state of total one mindedness, fully available to myself and to her, without any notion of anything, to do, or not to do, was – available.

From: List <list-bounces at<mailto:list-bounces at>> On Behalf Of annehale
Sent: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 4:24 AM
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Subject: Surrender and spontaneity

Thank you Phil, Walter and Shelley for enlivening the list serve with this topic. I hadn't ever used the word surrender before for that state within the cultural conserve when entertaining notions for altering a subject or process. I think of more allowing myself to follow my imagination into action, stepping into the warming up phase to explore the possibilities.

In "allowing" there is surrender, letting the bindings to should and have to, so they fall away and release energy to fuel the future.

Moreno was a futurist investing great energy in being in the moment. Surrender is a word worth keeping. Thanks.
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