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Q&A with Dr. Judith Orloff

The Ecstasy of Surrender Q&A with Dr. Judith Orloff

Let’s get this out in the open. Your new book is about surrender. A lot of people, especially in the United States, think of surrendering as something negative. We don’t give up! We preserve! We don’t surrender. We fight! What do you mean by surrender and how can it benefit us on a day-to-day basis?

I am so passionate about writing a book about surrender because, as a physician with more than twenty years of medical practice, I’ve seen that it is the missing part of the equation to happiness and health. I’m intrigued with the idea of surrender, not as defeat or loss—as it is frequently thought of—but as a positive, intuitive way of living. Contrary to common stereotypes that equate surrender with weakness, I’m presenting it as a way to gain mastery of your life. People don’t think surrender will work because they fear giving up power. In this book I want readers to experience the elegant balance of knowing when to exert control in their lives and when to let go. This is the secret to success and bliss.

Lots of people strive to keep all aspects of their life in control at all times, but when a crisis hits, such as job loss, relationship difficulties, or problems with a child, they spiral into anxiety or depression. What would be the first thing you would suggest they do to start healing and relieve stress?

The first step to healing is to realize: As much as we might like to control everything, everything cannot always be controlled. Accepting this will lead to inner peace. Of course, it’s natural to feel depressed and anxious when adversity hits, but the art of surrender allows you to exhale instead of clench. It’s important to surrender to the love that is around you for support. Mighty forces can come to your aid when you humbly surrender to life. This doesn’t mean giving up or giving in—it means accepting what is and trying to do your best with as much faith and hope that you can muster. And above all else, shower yourself with compassion. Know that life goes through cycles of change, and you can ride through like a surfer navigating a magnificent wave. Accepting life on life’s terms—learning to flow through joy and adversity—is the gorgeous dance of life.

Over the years you say you have personally learned to trust the process and surrender to those things you resist or fear. What have you learned and gained by surrendering? Are you always successful? What if I try to surrender, do so for a day, but then feel myself creeping back to my old ways? What can I do?

Surrender is my lifelong meditation! It keeps all of us healthy, younger, playful, more passionate, and flexible. I have only touched the surface of surrender. It’s natural to slip back to your old ways of overcontrolling. But be happy with baby steps. In this book I celebrate small changes. Don’t worry if you slip! Just pick yourself up and keep moving! Be grateful that you are making progress at all. Surrender is a journey that continues to awaken you. When I began the holy journey of writing this book, I longed to experience surrender more than anything else. Now, as my writing has concluded, I see how generous this book has been to me, how much I’ve softened and learned to let go. Surrendering has been the catalyst for my growth, even when it was terribly inconvenient and unsettling. This is where faith and trust come in. When you can flow with change, the results are incredible. I am in the midst of radical change—a great blossoming for which I am profoundly grateful.

We live in a fast-paced world and let’s face it: sometimes we get caught up in emotional traffic jams. You say that people can be blocked in different areas of their lives. Relationships. Money. Health. Sexuality. Does the modern world and pace set us up to struggle with letting go? Is there a way to embrace the modern world and the surrender at the same time?

When you choose to practice surrender, you are being a revolutionary, a path forger who is willing to challenge cultural norms. Western culture’s habits of overintellectualizing, overcontrolling, and pushing so hard that you sabotage and exhaust yourself do not work. In this book, I invite you to live life in extraordinary terms and to devote to your practice of letting go. Every moment of life is so precious—the modern world, your inner world, your soul’s journey. In this book, I urge you to surrender to it all. I encourage you to give yourself some time away from mundane reality (even five minutes each day!) so you can replenish your energy and faith and grow stronger. You need to be strong to function in the world. When you can spiritually, emotionally, and physically surrender it takes so much pressure off! And you can feel bliss. Yes, bliss!! Everyone is capable of it if you can surrender to the magnificent mystery of life and to your magnificent self!

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“With wisdom, grace and good humor, Judith Orloff’s book provides a road map for helping us let go of our fears and anxieties.” Deepak Chopra, author of What Are You Hungry For?

“This luminous book is crammed full of wisdom on every page.”   —Larry Dossey, MD

“There is no real peace, happiness, or joy without surrender. This book gives your intellect the information necessary to trust the wisdom of simply letting go.” —Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Womens Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

"The Ecstasy of Surrender is a stunning accomplishment. Orloff masterfully explores the multiple facets of letting go and discovering personal and spiritual freedom. This is a wonderful book." —Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Defy Gravity

"One of the most important changes we can make is to go from seeing surrender as sign of defeat to seeing it as a land of victory inside ourselves. Dr. Judith Orloff offers beautiful guidance and insight into making the switch. This book takes you straight into the light: our surrender to a intelligence, power, and love that is greater than our own. Dr. Orloff nails it. " —Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love
 
"Dr. Judith Orloff not only writes eloquently about the beautiful process of surrender, but she demonstrates it through her open-hearted writing. She shows us the strength and power that comes from healthful vulnerability. Judith and her book The Ecstasy of Surrender are treasures!"  —Doreen Virtue, author of The Miracles of Archangel Gabriel

"The Ecstasy of Surrender: wow! I surrender to my intuition, to my wisdom, to my inner guru, and to the moment." —Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

"My wise and courageous colleague, Dr. Judith Orloff, has spun a brilliant book--The Ecstasy of Surrender--blending spiritual wisdom, modern medical insights, and Judith's vast intuitional skills. This book will remove blocks to your inner peace, happiness, and health. I highly recommend it." —Brian L. Weiss, MD, author of Many Lives, Many Masters

"In this hope-filled offering, Orloff (Emotional Freedom) posits that the only way to live a powerful, successful life is to surrender to it. Blending neuroscience, energy medicine, psychiatry, and the art of intuition, Orloff, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, addresses major life issues by breaking them into 12 different “surrenders,” including “redefining true success, power, and happiness”; the “four vital insights into power and letting go”; “cultivating impeccable communication”; and “exploring the divinity of your body and sexuality.” With a compassionate and empowering tone, she counsels others not to micromanage life details, but to be in “flow” with them and to look for the lessons in all situations as well as to refuse to live a life governed by fear. Self-assessment quizzes allow readers to measure their level of involvement in self-defeating behaviors; helpful and non-judgmental suggestions provide strategies for overcoming these negative mind-sets. Orloff demonstrates her own adherence to these principles by unflinchingly sharing her own experiences in the spirit of teaching others." Publishers Weekly

"Stop dreaming about the life you want and start living it. Dr. Orloff explains  a dozen ways in which you can let go of what you don't need so you can let in what you do need to lead a happier, fuller life." Bella New York

In The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life [Dr. Orloff] puts her finger on the number-one behavior that leads to ever-increasing levels of stress in our lives: pushing through, forcing things, and trying to make things happen. This well-written, easy to read, highly practical book will be invaluable for anyone who works too hard, lacks balance, feels unhealthy, is stressed out, has dissatisfying relationships, or just wants to get more joy, pleasure, and spark out of life. Seattle Post Intelligencer Review

"Go with the flow. Forget trying to control every detail. Life is lots more fun and less stressful when you let go from the get-go!" —Good Housekeeping
 
"The Ecstasy of Surrender empowers readers with the art of letting go and the secrets of manifesting power in all areas of life." —Massage and Bodywork Magazine
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; F First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307338207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307338204
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Orloff voices the message that intuition works as a potent therapeutic force that can help us lead smarter, saner lives. She is a serene maverick." --USA Today

Transforming the face of psychiatry, Judith Orloff MD asserts that we are keepers of an innate intuitive intelligence so perceptive that it can tell us how to heal -- and prevent -- illness. Yet intuition and spirituality are the very aspects of our wisdom usually disenfranchised from traditional health care.

Dr. Orloff advocates "a democracy of healing," wherein every aspect of our being is granted a vote in the search for total health. It is our birthright, both as health-care givers and health-care recipients, to reclaim our intuition to build energy and well-being. In response to her work, The Los Angeles Times calls Dr. Orloff "a prominent energy-based healer."

Dr. Orloff is accomplishing for psychiatry what physicians like Dean Ornish and Mehmet Oz have done for mainstream medicine -- she is proving that the links between physical, emotional, and spiritual health can't be ignored. Dr. Orloff has spoken at medical schools, hospitals, the American Psychiatric Association, Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit, and alternative and traditional health forums -- venues where she presents practical intuitive tools to doctors, patients, and everyday people.

As a board-certified psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, Dr. Orloff draws upon her own intuitive abilities to help her patients and workshop participants. Dr. Orloff's latest book "The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life" (Harmony Books, 2014) describes the power of letting go in everyday life, health, and wellness--an enlivening and sane alternative to pushing, forcing, and over controlling people and situations. In addition, her struggles acknowledging and then finally embracing her gift of intuition are chronicled in "Second Sight" (Warner Books). Her second book, "Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing" (Three Rivers Press) shows how breakthroughs in healing our body, emotions, and sexuality can be accomplished by listening to intuition. "Positive Energy," which has been translated into 23 languages, takes a probing look at the American epidemic of exhaustion and how we can reverse it using specific strategies to build energy and combat draining people. Her New York Times Bestseller, "Emotional Freedom" describes how to transform negative emotions into positive ones with specific techniques.

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This book is very informative.
Edward Keller
Another great book ecstasy of surrender is a practical guide that show us a way to let go so we can live a life of freedom.
Pamela Jane Aquarian Dance
I look forward to applying these principles and techniques to all aspects of my life and living with more ease and joy.
JNS

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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly on April 1, 2014
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Last week I decided to spring clean, and ever since I've been doing so every day in some way for at least a half hour. I've been revisiting my feng shui, space clearing, and clutter clearing books. When I pre-ordered The Ecstasy of Surrender, I had no idea that I was getting myself another cleaning book. This isn't marketed as a cleaning book, however, it definitely could be. The Ecstasy of Surrender is about cleaning one's soul (or feng shui for the soul as Denise Linn so aptly puts it in her book with the same title).

The Ecstasy of Surrender is about the benefits of letting go (exhilaration, empowerment, abundance, etc.). The information is not necessarily new if you've been in some circles, but it definitely is a good interactive guide to study. Dr. Orloff's voice comes through by showing us how to intuitively surrender. Also, she personalizes the topics by putting her stamp on it - quizzes with lists and summaries. A few years ago I had the chance of talking with Dr. Orloff when she was at the Commonwealth Club. This woman is so real (down to earth). She practices what she teaches. She oozes kindness and exudes wisdom. Her warm personality and authenticity shines through in this book.

(Revisited) Topics of Interest:
The Triune Brain
Hormones (Adrenaline, Testosterone, Serotonin, etc.)
Getting a Sleep Divorce
Being an Empath
Listening to One's Body
Chakras
Movement
Deep Breathing

Some Things to Surrender:
Old Beliefs
Self-imposed Limitations
Mental Chatter
Powerlessness for Being Empowered
Low Self-Esteem

At over 400 pages, this is a guidebook to come back to and marinate in so that the principles can be integrated.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Lewis on April 14, 2014
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People tell me I need to relax, so when a friend recommended Judith Orloff's new book to me, I figured I'd give it a read. Could learning to let go help me, I wondered? It already has! I used one of her techniques to resolve a disagreement with my wife, and it worked like a charm! By the way, if you're like me and you want books that have practical tools you can use right away, this one is for you. She's got tips for better sex, better money management, more success in your job, and lots more.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By JNS on April 1, 2014
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I love this book since it teaches me to let go of what is not serving me to make room for the great things in my life. I can stop micro-managing every little thing and allow and surrender to letting things flow easily. I like that the author applies this to all aspects of life from relationships, career to a good night's sleep. I look forward to applying these principles and techniques to all aspects of my life and living with more ease and joy.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Reents on April 15, 2014
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If you are a micromanager in the lives of people around you, stop and take a minute to see how much stress this causes you, and how much anxiety this creates. Judith Orloff shows you how to let go of the little things because of course, deep down we all know, we should be concentrating on the bigger picture, not just the interfering details and nitpicking. Using Judith's advice, I found this book to help me really take a hard look at surrendering things that hold us back , like tearing apart our self esteem, focusing on negative energies that interfere with every day life and not picking apart the ways of our loved ones.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By PGB on April 4, 2014
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I'm a fan of Judith Orloff, having read her last three books cover to cover. I LOVED this one. Here's why: Orloff takes a simple if counter-intuitive idea--that you get more out of life by letting go and letting things flow than you do by pushing and trying to control the outcome--and then shows how we can apply the practice of surrender to 12 different areas of life. I especially loved her insights about aging gracefully, healing from a serious illness or injury, changing one's relationship to money, becoming more influential, and improving sex.

There are hidden gems all throughout this book--quizzes, exercises, tips, and super-practical strategies. If you're a fast-moving type-A perfectionist like I am, get ready to breathe, slow down, and learn that the universe will provide plenty of answers and gifts for you--if you'll just trust it and stop trying so hard.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katalin Kerekes on April 9, 2014
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I love this book. Joy to read as it is goes with the flow. Makes me thinking but still easy to absorb and understand. Lovely job. Her message has great significance in today world. I recommend to anyone who interested in self-development. She is open minded and give us useful advices for changing ourselves for the better.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ann Baldwin on April 1, 2014
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Judith Orloff, M.D. is a world-renowned leader and pioneer on the forefront of Energy Medicine, who specializes in Energy Psychiatry, which deals with subtle energies also known in the healing arts as `life force'. She is a psychiatrist in private practice and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom as well as Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing, Positive Energy, and Second Sight. She is an international lecturer and workshop leader on the interrelationships of medicine, intuition, and spirituality. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Self, Cosmo, The Washington Times, and the New York Post and she has appeared on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America Health, CBS Early Show, CNN, A&E, PBS, and NPR. Judith is a blogger for the The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. In her new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life (Harmony Books 2014), you'll gain a better understanding of yourself in relation to power, money, people, animals, nature, pain, aging, and death, so you can live your life with more passion and freedom.

Judith covers the four main types of surrender: intellectual, physical/sensual, emotional, and spiritual. She has a profound clarity on each subject and uses excellent examples from her own personal and professional experiences, as well as from others, to bring her points home.

You'll heighten your awareness of your environment through observation and Judith shows you how to awaken your sense of sound, touch, smell, taste, and intuition to enliven your body, sensuality, and connectedness with people, nature, and animals.
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