Resistance is Hell, for it places us in a state of torment. I read in a book once, “if you don’t run your subconscious mind yourself, someone else will run it for you.” Far too often we take the path of most resistance. And, often times we have no idea we are doing it. What we don’t realize is as long as we resist a situation, we will have it with us. Even if we try to run away from it, it will run after us.
I guess that’s why the Bible advises us to “Agree with thine adversary quickly.” That means, we should agree adverse situations are good, and be undisturbed by them. What we will find is that they will fall away of their own weight. “None of these things move me” is a wonderful affirmation.
Why is it so challenging to embrace the concept that if we don’t offer up an emotional response to an inharmonious situation, that it will fade away forever from our pathway? When we offer emotional responses to inharmonious situations we are in essence resisting. And, we all know the adage what you resist, persists. It persists because we are offering our vibrational energy to it and Law of Attraction ensures we get more of it.
The sooner we realize that our work is always with ourselves the quicker we can learn to master the art of nonresistance. I’m finding the more I cultivate the habit of relaxing the easier it is becoming for me to practice the art of nonresistance. Our ability to generate power is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Like Shunryu Suzuki said “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything.”
I’m learning that anything that causes me to overreact or underreact can control me, and often it does. Responding inappropriately because of resistance will lead to undesired results. I’m learning to refuse to give more or less attention to things than they deserve. I’m finding the best way for me to do that is to condition my mind to be clear like water.
Imagine tossing a rock into a still pond. How does the water respond? It responds according to the force and mass of the incoming object, then it returns to calm. The water doesn’t overreact and it doesn’t underreact. The water is able to do this because it is already in a still and flexible state prior to the object being thrusted upon it.
Likewise to avoid resistance and being in Hell, clearing our minds and being flexible are key. And, we can achieve this by making peace with what is and seeing it as the golden link in our chain of good, and by incorporating relaxation into our day-to-day life. So the next time you’re finding yourself resisting what is say to yourself “None of this moves me” respond appropriately and return to calm.