The Importance of Surrender in Manifestation

By Jennifer Garza

When we attempt to manifest positives in our lives, sometimes we forget to release these intentions into the care of the Universe. We try to force things to happen instead of surrendering. We plan and work toward a goal diligently and have expectations regarding the outcome. We force things that don’t fit instead of having faith that what we desire will come to us.

It’s beneficial to plan, but it’s even more valuable to realize that regardless of whether or not you reach your intended goal, you are learning lessons regarding your life path. Sometimes what you choose is not in line with your higher purpose. But each step on your journey contains a valuable lesson to learn. Fighting with those lessons will only cause disappointment and feelings of failure and loss.

Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to surrender. The connotation of surrender involves giving up, abandoning, or resigning yourself. The original translation of the Old French word is to up (sur) redre (render), or to render up. Surrendering is about letting go of control and surrendering to a Higher Power.

This is much different than giving up. Giving up is about feeling that you are not smart enough or worthy of something you desire, so you let it go out of fear. When you surrender, you let go of the fear that you will not achieve what you desire, and instead, allow life in.

Surrendering allows the Law of Attraction to work its magic. So how do you begin to surrender?

  • Set your intention and then let it go. Send positive vibrations into the Universe daily and feel as if you have already achieved your desire. Work toward what you desire with resolve, but if too many roadblocks occur, recognize this may not be right path. Signals such as heightened stress, frustration, and a feeling you’re going in circles mean it may be time to move on. Pay attention to chance meetings or coincidences. People are often messengers pointing out the right path. Accept these opportunities as a gift.
  • Develop a mantra regarding faith. Work to develop the sense that whatever comes into your life is there for a reason. Meditate using the mantra daily.
  • Accept that disappointments occur for a reason. Have faith that an opportunity did not pan out because there is something better coming your way. If lessons present themselves regarding your disappointment, learn from them.

Jennifer Garza, M.S., has a master of science in counseling and psychology. She is a former therapist and has taught life enhancement classes at venues including college campuses, state conferences and prisons. She is the author of the inspiration journal “365 Days to Happiness: Use Your Strengths, Thoughts, and Dreams to Manifest a New Life.” Garza has been featured in Natural Health magazine, AOL,, Young, and on FTNS radio. Visit her website at or connect with her. 



Breaking the Attachment Cycle: Food and Things

By Lindsey Smith

We live in a society where we have major attachment issues. From our favorite sports teams, to the latest fashion trend, and even to our favorite musicians, we tend to feel a sense of attachment towards people, things, careers, money, food and so much more.

But when it comes to food, I noticed we have attachment issues towards dieting, junk food eating, and being an ideal weight. We think “going on a diet” will make us feel better post break-up. Or we think eating a sugary cookie will give us the satisfaction we are looking for in our jobs. And if we weigh 20 pounds less than we do today, we will somehow feel more accomplished and complete.

But do doing these things actually make you happy?

These attachment issues to food, and material items as well, stem from a place of fear rather than a place of happiness, love or peace. Attachment keeps us in a temporary “feel good” psychosis until the new object we buy or feeling we get wears off. Then we are left with those feelings we tried so hard to avoid — guilt, dissatisfaction and unworthiness.

In order to break the attachment cycle, we need to start detaching, which simply means “letting go.” Letting go will help shift your energy from “not good enough” to “plenty good enough.” It helps you see that outside items don’t actually bring you the peace and happiness you seek. But rather, happiness is actually found through simplicity.

Here are some simple ways to start letting go. Find one that resonates with you and start there. Each day, focus on letting go of one thing.

Let go of the need to be right.

Let go of the need to control every situation, including your food choices.

Let go the idea of restriction when it comes to food.

Let go of the drivers that make you angry on the road.

Let go of the sense that you need to go on a diet or be a certain number on the scale.

Let go of physical clothes or “stuff” you haven’t used in years.

Let go of past relationships that no longer serve you.

Let go of stress. Ask yourself, “Will this matter in a day, a week, a year?”

I think you get the idea. The more you can let go, the more good you allow to enter your life, and the more peaceful you feel — mind, body, and spirit.

Lindsey Smith, known as the “food mood girl” works with people who have a habit of looking to food for all the wrong nutrients: comfort, reward, fun and acceptance. Through speaking and coaching she motivates, equips and inspires people to sort out their relationships with food so they can live a healthy, balanced life. She is also the author of “Junk Foods & Junk Moods: Stop Craving and Start Living!” Connect with Smith via her Web site,, on Facebook and Twitter @LindseySmithHHC.