I have an unformed idea that is coming into formation as I write. I recognize that, like Napoleon Hill, I have a virtual group that helps me concretize ideas. This group, this morning, are the people of Inward Quest.
I am asking for your input regarding the following concept of RESISTANCE.
What is RESISTANCE?
It seems to me that we humans are seeking balance, equilibrium. We consider "negative behavior" patterns as something to neutralize. Could "resistance" be the force we have been using to compensate for negative behavior patterns?
On one hand, we may have an idea that we would like to be SUCCESSFUL. But we consider that we are not. For the sake of this example, hold the idea of "Successful" in your right hand.
This right hand is pushing towards success. Why is it not happening? Because in your left hand you hold all the reasons why you are not successful. SO the right hand is pushing and the left hand is resisting. You are maintaining a state of balance.
Your "like" of being successful is balanced by the compensatory "dislike". You feel a dynamic tension, and as you push with your right, "successful" hand, you push back,or resist with your left hand. The more you build up the strength of the right hand, the more you compensate by also building up the strength of the left.
The two balanced opposing forces of Desire and Resistance result in a state of "equilibrium".
BUT then the mind steps in and says, "I want success!" The equilibrium is upset, unbalanced. Confused. You cast about for answers, but the answers are not to be found in the physical -- outside the Vortex -- world. Looking in the physical world leads to struggle and the struggle leads to a higher level of discomfort as the physical mind seeks to find physical world answers and the two opposing forces get bigger to compensate.
Maybe the "Crash and burn" of the new desire balances by, "let's have one more pizza before we go on this damn diet" comes into play ans we try to forget about the new desire.
But then the mind, our little bitty part of Source peeking through our consciousness, works to "neutralize" the negative force and all Hell breaks loose. The forces are unbalanced.
It is like if you got used to walking into a 30 mile per hour headwind. You began to focus your muscles to push against that headwind (balancing forces). You develop a pattern that balances the headwind, so you can walk forward, and suddenly that headwind was stopped (by your mind desire) you would fall on your face. Ouch!
So we have a problem, a problem that we, here, are beginning to recognize here on Inward Quest. How do we get the goodies that are on one side and disempower the balancing force that has kept us from 'going there'?
Let's call this force that is opposing our getting the goodies, "Resistance". It's easy to say, "Give up the resistance." Yup, easy to say. Not so easy to do, or we would have flipped that switch a long time ago.
Forgive my beating this metaphor on and on! I am trying to state a fourth dimensional answer using three dimensional logic. Can't be done. So what do we do?
I submit that the answer(s) to this dilemma may not exist in our physical, three dimensional consciousness / world. But they do exist in our Vortex, the closest we can come to the 4D realm.
Our Vortex is the sweet bridge between our slice of consciousness and whole of our consciousness, our Source.
We must raise our consciousness, our vibration, to the place where the answers exist. Where the 3d mind connects with our 4d mind. Then we have easy answers. Answers that were always there, but we were making so much noise, so much clatter, trying so hard to find 3d answers that we could not hear the real and simple answers.
For the few who are still reading this ramble my point is that we need to understand that we have two balanced opposing forces. Removing one of these means we still have to deal with the other. And that balance can only be found at a higher level, i.e., in our -- in the Vortex.
Seek your Vortex for your answers. Then come out and enjoy. You can Experience and Enjoy, once you have found your Truth.
Someone please help me here, I feel much too wordy for a such simple truth that I am trying to describe. Anybody who can boil this down into a sentence or two?
EDITED:My curiosity in the Question above is that we know what we could do to be happier, and yet we meet resistance when we begin to implement change.
But what is it that pushes us to return to rote ineffectual behavior patterns? Consider an inner structure that is sort of working. It is sort of balanced. Our mind sees a better possibility. We decide to move toward that possibility, yet we regress.
Maybe quitting cigarette smoking is a better analogy. I don't smoke, having given it up along time ago. I did not "quit" I just replaced with better strategies.
I had a hard time beginning to smoke. Cough, hack! But I persisted and was finally able to smoke and look cool! My body at first resisted smoking, then it compensated and I was able to smoke just fine.
After a few years, I began to think that smoking was not healthy for me and decided there were better health strategies to pursue. But by then the COMPENSATION to smoking was in full effect! When I stopped for a short while, my body began to get the jitters. I put on weight. Nerves got raw. A myriad of other effects seized me!
Was this a reaction to not smoking? Or was it just a reaction of my body that it had all these ways of compensating for the previous smoke and these compensating responses and defences were giving me adverse reactions?
Was this "resistance" to my mind wanting to give up smoking, or my body's natural reaction in still having smoking compensatory strategies in place? So do we placate the compensatory strategies by going back to smoking, or do we work on the compensatory strategies?
I submit that working on the deeply buried subconscious mind compensatory strategies with the conscious mind, by itself, is very difficult!
I suggest that we realize that we can have deep rooted behavioral structures that are hard for us personally to change, we got to bring in the Big Guns. The Source!
And that we can hack at the branches all day long with little effect until we go for the roots. And the roots may lie in compensatory strategies. If you spend you time and effort working on the problem, you may be ignoring the roots, the compensatory strategies you have in place to balance the problem.
What you are talking about is you have to hit solid rock bottom before you really decide to change with no resistance to the change. You have to hate where you are so much that anything that even resembles it you outright reject. You no longer say, "Well just a little" because when you reach this point, even a little of what got you where you want to leave, is too much!
Then and only then all resistance breaks down as you are totally sick of where you are at. You have a strong, genuine, sincere resolve for real change. This gives you the drive to do it with no looking back, no backsliding at all because you want nothing to do with where you were.
It is more like you are a person walking toward your goal. However, you have a bunch of little children grabbing your legs and weighting you down. Each child has their own reason you can't reach your goal. "You're not smart enough," "You're not fast enough," etc... This is the resistance. Eliminating these limiting beliefs won't make you fall on your face, but looking for them might. It is easier to use being happy to float you to the place where all your desires already exist. Eliminating limiting beliefs as they pop up instead of looking for them.
I believe that something else is going on.
Until now, if you were physically successful now and you wanted more success, all the "know how" was already available in the collective consciousness.
when I mean physically successful, someone who has lost everything and is about to commit suicide is just as successful as someone who is living a million dollar lifestyle, because the success I'm talking about is the ability to materialize what you believe is true.
However, right now 4th dimensional connection is opening up and all that we know is now counterproductive to remaining successful.
Therefore, the resistance has more to do with this "unknown" factor in the energetic dimensions.
It is a paradox in energy.
Wanting things creates internal resistance until what is wanted exists.
Yet at the same time, this resistance is what keeps what is wanted away from existing.
Internal balance says let is exist within you and be at peace while being guided towards it.
Higher awakening says want nothing and you shall have everything.
How do we bring these two concepts together?
Here we are trying to pay our rent, put food on the table, stay happy, and find a realistic point of balance where our 3rd dimensional responsibilities are in harmony with our 4th dimensional activation.
So maybe resistance is the simple dis-harmony within the complex unknown.
Heya, Dollar Bill!
Here's some phrases that might help:
Let go and Let God. (Especially this one!)
First Things First.
Think, Think, Think.
But for the Grace of God Go I.
"Perhaps there is a better way-we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God...." The Big Book Sound familiar?
Just a thought from a fellow friend of Bill W.
@Dollar Bill, What I am getting from your premise is that we need to replace our fears with ideas that make us feel safe and secure and at peace in order to attain the "things" we desire. In other words, desiring to connect more with the good and less with the not so good (although all relative).
I think (and am learning) that this can be attained gradually (life is a process right?) through focusing our minds in the Now and being Present. Being Present relieves of us the pressures of Life and refocuses our mind. It's easy to get caught up in patterns of thought. This is why, when we sit to meditate, the mind can often wander. We think about work, relationships and the future. None of which have to do with the present moment. Observing these patterns and not reacting to them is what will eventually free us from them. In short, positive thought and action will come out of awareness in the present moment. Negative thought and action tend to come from old patterns of desire and thought. Becoming aware of what we are really thinking throughout the day, allows us to make conscious changes that may otherwise continue to go unnoticed and keep us in an undesired state.
answered 19 Sep '12, 09:46
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answered 17 Sep '12, 17:54
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