Surrender Is The Doorway with Judith Orloff, M.D.

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When physician Judith Orloff is asked what’s the most important factor in health and recovering from illness, her answer is surrender. It’s her experience that surrender must be the engine that drives all choices about healing. However, it must be pointed out that surrender, by her definition, doesn’t mean giving in or giving up. “Surrender is the ability to flow with life and accept what is rather than pushing and fighting and struggling with life all the time. It’s about learning to sense with your intuition… also surrender is saying no to what isn’t working, toxic people, situations that aren’t right… letting go, I just want to say, it creates a certain bliss, happiness, and ecstasy because there’s no more struggle left… it’s the antithesis of holding on to resentments, clutching, being tight, being right; it’s the exact opposite of that.” She gives this advice regarding intention: “It’s a two step process. If you want something miraculous to happen, it’s setting your intention and then it’s letting it go…Most people think surrender won’t work because they equate it with defeat or giving up control and what they need to understand is that it’s both. It’s setting your intention and then letting go…the only way to learn that is to practice it in small things and see how successful they will be. The key is to surrender the outcome, your attachment to the outcome.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Judith Orloff, M.D. is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at U.C.L.A., and has been a presenter at medical schools, hospitals, universities, and the American Psychiatric Association. For more than two decades she has helped patients achieve physical and emotional healing through the synthesis of traditional medicine with intuition, energy, and spirituality.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What does it mean to surrender
  • What intuition has to do with surrender and how can we get in touch with our intuition
  • How she let go of her therapist, her boyfriend, her home, and her need to be a “control freak”
  • How to find the extreme faith that when one door closes another one opens
  • How the reptilian brain wants to control everything
  • How to break the pattern of unhealthy relationships
  • What is the practice of Tantra
  • How to “read” people’s energy by being aware of their body language
  • How to surrender old habits with difficult people
  • How to deal with rageaholics and people who are passive aggressive
  • How we should treat our own body like a lover

Host: Justine Willis Toms     Interview Date: 11/21/2013     Program Number: 3487

Music Playlist

From Album: No Words
Artist: Jim Brickman
1994 BMG B000667K5Q

Opening Essay: Track 01 Rocket to the Moon
Music Break 1: Track 04 I Said…You Said
Music Break 2: Track 05 Wanderlust
Music Break 3: Track 06 Heartland