1 archaic : parley, negotiate
2 (a): to surrender often after negotiation of terms; (b) to cease resisting : acquiesce



Capitulate (v.): 1570s, “to draw up in chapters” (i.e., under “heads”), in part a back-formation from capitulation, in part from Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulareto draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions.” Often of terms of surrender, hence meaning “to yield to stipulated terms” (1680s).

Capitulation (n.): 1530s, “an agreement,” from Middle French capitulation, noun of action from capituleragree on specified terms,” from Medieval Latin capitulare.



“A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.”

Friedrich von Schiller (Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, 1759-1805, German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright)

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“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”

Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948, spiritual teacher and author born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge; best known for writing The Power of Now and A New Earth)

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“Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope.”

Alain de Botton (b. Zurich Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London; ‘philosopher of everyday life,” writer and essayist)

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“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”

Henry Miller (1891-1980, American writer; known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association and mysticism; known for writing Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, Tropic of Capricorn, and The Rosy Cruxifixion.)

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“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us. ”

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963, American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor; he received two honorary doctorate degrees for his work.)

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“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”

Marianne Williamson (b. 1952, spiritual teacher, author, and lecturer; best known for writing Illuminata and A Return to Love)

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“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015, one of the most influential Christian authors and speakers)

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“I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess.”

Walt Whitman (1819-1892, America’s most influential and innovative poet; was also an essayist, journalist, and humanist; and best known for writing and self-publishing Leaves of Grass)

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“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”

— Henry Miller

Somehow, we must submit to the notion that the era of the guru and the martyr are over, and that we are in a completely new age of Unity.

It’s a little bit scary to admit, but we are each other’s teachers.

The cycles of teaching and learning is the capitulation of deep listening and presence, because in these mind states of surrender we can acknowledge the serendipitous conversations and events that conspire to answer our unknown questions.

When we labor in pure, honest, and sincere service to and for each other we can open up as clear divine channels to our truth.  And once we do, this can allow for others to access and be vessels to their divine wisdom as well.

The biggest block to this collaborative wisdom is, of course, fear and judgment.  But, the more we can practice unconditional love and especially self-love and self-trust, the more we will build healthy boundaries, relationships, and trans-global communities.

We all hold the mystery keys, legends, and maps, not to each other’s destinies, but as breadcrumbs for our individual journeys.  And it matters not if we are strangers, allies, friends, or foes.  What’s important are the connective sparks of inspiration we allow to impart to one another.

What’s crucial is our continued capitulation and access to the divine energy that surrounds and flows through us so we can work joyously and diligently on the physical and mysterious planes on Earth, together!

Stay well, my fellow journey women and men.

Yours Truly,






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