All my life I've equated submission to weakness. I've always thought if you were submitting you were belittling yourself to allow another to trample all over you. This would all result in low self-esteem and a lack of respect for self.
As I've been thinking about ego and how it puts up blocks between a person and the spiritual self, I've been taking a closer look at submission. Since I've put submission and weakness in the same box for so long, I thought it would be worth my time to explore each one in more depth.
So, what is submission? It is the act of yielding to a superior force. The definition implies that submission is a choice. Choosing to submit does not mean choosing or allowing yourself to be a doormat. That's often how submission is viewed. Submission can be liberating, like submitting to beautiful moments with friends and allowing them to be.
Then, what is weakness? It is a condition of lacking strength. Weakness is a state of being, not a decision.
So, if I'm engaging with a superior force in a given situation, for example, a manager or a police officer, it is good idea to choose to submit as long as they are approaching with pure intentions.
When you overcome trial, people say how strong you are. They don't say how in-submissive you are. They complement your strength over your weakness.
When you look at submission as a conscious choice and weakness as a condition, it is easy to see them for the separate entities they are. It's probably fair to say that people who are weak also choose to be submissive because they are only comfortable being in another person's control. These people are often involved in abusive relationships. Healthy submission resulting from conscious decisions can open pathways to fully enriched experiences.
Being in-submissive is being belligerent, forceful, stubborn and egotistical. Think about what a strong person it takes to willingly choose to submit. If you go with the flow and practice the art of allowing in the presence of a superior force, you will free yourself to exist to your fullest. Be strong and submit because you can!