SUBMISSION is one of seven possible goals in life, chosen by a soul before taking birth. It drives the personality to become committed to serving a specific leader or cause.
A lifetime of devotion
Submission means yielding or surrendering one’s own will — to another person, to a cause, to a higher power, whatever. A soul chooses a goal of Submission when, for whatever reason, it wants to relinquish its own will and/or serve the will of others in the life to come.
As the ordinal action goal, Submission is all about being instrumental, being a facilitator, an enabler. Submission is the complementary opposite of Dominance, the cardinal action goal. Those with a goal of Dominance seek to be a leader; those with a goal of Submission seek to be a follower.
The word ‘Islam’ means submission. While not every Muslim is born with a goal of Submission, it is probably fair to say that acting as if one has the goal of Submission is the Islamic ideal (assuming that one submits to Allah).
Having the goal of Submission
Typical traits: conscientious, attentive, submissive, deferential, dutiful, obedient, compliant, obsequious, subservient
Those with a goal of Submission will deliberately place themselves in the service of either a leader or a cause. Because they tend to put the needs of others first, it can seem almost as if their lives are not their own. However, the “object” of their devotion is very much their own choice. For one it could be a political cause, for another it could be a religion, and for another it could be a charity.
Some lives of Submission are spent in service to a family member — a husband or a father, for instance. Some, in contrast, are spent in service to a whole nation or an ideology (think of Gandhi, for example).
The outstanding feature of those with Submission is their single-minded devotion to one thing, Their entire energy seems to be given over selflessly to a single purpose. Their mission in life is to facilitate something which they feel is more important than themselves.
Warrior souls are natural followers of leaders, though not usually in a submissive sense — they tend to be loyal soldiers rather than devoted servants. Warriors who take on Submission for a lifetime, however, do become somewhat soft around the edges. Think of Pope John Paul II (right), for example.
Submission: positive and negative
|Devotion. Commitment. Dedication.||Subservience. Docility. Obsequiousness.|
The positive pole of Submission is a state of willing devotion — you are consciously committing yourself to some other person or cause, and this gives you a real sense of fulfilment. The object of devotion is entirely your choice. If you are a Scholar, for example, you could spend many years devoted to a particular field of study and thereby make an invaluable contribution.
The negative pole of Submission is a state of unwilling subservience — you are prone to cringing servility and slavish obedience out of a fear of failure. The solution, if this is the case, is to slide to the positive pole of Dominance, which is leadership. That is, you take charge of your own life again by identifying your sense of purpose and deciding for yourself what is required. The decisions you make will affect others (hence this is a state of leadership), but as a result you will be better able to devote yourself to the cause.
Submission: some famous examples