This is something I've been thinking about for a while. We talk about the idea of resistance so much, and it seems so basic and elementary....but I recently realized that I don't know what exactly it is. Rather, it has fallen into the category of "That which is holding you back from getting what you desire, or attaining the state of being you wish to have."
From a practical standpoint, that is perfectly useful most of the time. Indeed, initially I just seemed to think that resistance was simply a name for an old vibration that was no longer desirable. In other words, resistance was just a label we use for old states of being that we wished to move beyond.
However, doing Manifesting Experiment #4 as well as Emotional Freedom Tapping has made me increasingly aware that resistance (or something directly linked to it) seems to have a localized tangibility...an actual form, if you will...hence the specific, local discomfort we often feel elicited by emotional states...anger in the chest...fear in the stomach...rage in the temples, etc..
I am wondering if it is similar to the "pain body" about which Eckhart Tolle speaks:
I am wondering if this is similar, or is related, to resistance. It would make sense since EFT actually succeeds in energetically "destroying" or pushing out the so-called energy form.
Does anyone out there know what is the actual substance or nature of resistance?
Thanks to all.
It's a thought-provoking question.
In my view, in a sentence...
Resistance is the perception of vibrational difference
I can't speak to what Eckhart Tolle says because I don't know much about his work but I can speak to Abraham's metaphysical paradigm, which I've tried to pick apart in my life for well over a decade and yet it still solidly stands up.
Building upon that paradigm, the game of life ultimately comes down to the interplay between the Big Guy and the Little Guy.
The Big Guy is where the Higher Self is focused in this Now moment. The Little Guy is where the Physical Self is focused in this Now moment.
The two guys work together in navigating through physical life experience but the Big Guy has a further view into the distance - because he's big and tall :) - and the Little Guy has a closer view of the ground - because he's little and so is closer to the ground :)
Because of the difference in viewpoints, there is bound to come a time when the two guys have different opinions.
For example, the Big Guy might see that there's a fun place to play off in the distance (which the Little Guy can't see) but the Little Guy sees there's a hole in the ground just in front of them both.
Or the Little Guy might see there's beautiful flower growing in the ground just ahead and wants to stop and smell it, but the Big Guy can see there's a large rock falling from the sky about to squash them both :)
Really, the two guys need each other to exist on the physical plane (Symbiosis) but when these differences of opinion occur, it's ultimately the Big Guy who will get his way...because he's bigger. But the Big Guy is also wise enough to take relevant information from the Little Guy into account (such as there being a hole in the ground on the way to the fun place).
The Little Guy can fight and curse and disagree with the Big Guy as much as he likes but eventually he knows he's going to have to go along with the Big Guy's view on things, even if it takes the demise of the Little Guy to allow it to happen ("death").
That period when the Little Guy is throwing his tantrum represents a perception of vibrational difference. It's a difference in opinion between Higher and Physical Self. Or to put it a bit more technically, it's a difference in focus.
That's why I think that the idea that All Pain Is Perception is quite an insightful and useful one. At any moment, the Little Guy could give up the fight and find a way to talk himself into going along with the Big Guy's view on things and all pain (resistance is a form of pain) would vanish.
But there's an added twist also...and that is The Big Guy never stands still. So the Little Guy finds that he is often running to keep up with the Big Guy. It's not enough for The Little Guy to just go along with what the Big Guy wants once but he must also continually "keep up to speed" with the Big Guy's ongoing movements...and, metaphysically speaking, the Big Guy is a perpetual traveller :)
One final added twist...there is not just one Little Guy and one Big Guy for each of us...every cell in our physical bodies is a Little Guy and has its own corresponding Big Guy cell.
So this perception of vibrational difference ("resistance") happens just as much at the cellular level as at the whole-body level and I think that's where the connection to physical bodily ailments comes in.
By continued focusing in ways that create on-going vibrational differences at a cellular level, we deprive the Little Guy (physical) cells of the natural advice ("connection") with their Big Guy (non-physical equivalent) cells...and they become lost for a while until the out-of-alignment focus ("resistance") is harmonized and they "catch up" with their respective Big Guys again.
When we "release resistance" in the physical body, all we are doing is stopping our physical demands that the Little Guy cells should focus (or perceive) differently from their corresponding Big Guy cells...we are allowing them to re-invoke their own innate understanding that they must "get up to speed" with their own corresponding Big Guy cells.
So I would say that what is perceived as (emotional or physical) "pain" is just as much an illusion as Negative Emotion (see earlier) and it really just comes down to an established habit of perception that is not allowing the two guys to work together.
All that healing methods do, at their most fundamental level, is simply change perception, even if only at a cellular level.
Don't know if these ideas are coming across clearly but I thought this question was a useful place to dump them out of my head :)
answered 29 Apr '13, 06:39
IMU resistance is when we block the natural energy flow.
But what is this energy?
I usually don't like the word energy because it's vague and has many different meanings. But I don't know what to call it. Abraham say that it's energy that creates worlds that comes from source and feels naturally joyful and thrilling.
I often imagine that everybody would usually have a fast and easy moving energy flow through the chakras and the whole body. But we all resist it to some degree.
Of course I don't know what this energy looks like. I assume it is some kind of vibration similar to radio waves. It is full of information from higher self. If you feel it purely without resistance, it feels like all your desires already have been fulfilled.
So usually this energy flows through the body without being blocked. Then sometimes we have a thought that says no to that energy flow. And now we feel a blockage/resistance in the body.
For example: You see a nice sports car that you don't own physically and this energy flow gives you the information that you already own it. But you think "No, I will never get that car. I am not worthy enough."
This now creates a blockage somewhere in the body. It's like as if you put a police line in front of this fast moving energy stream from source.
This feels sometimes feels like "anger in the chest...fear in the stomach...rage in the temples". Many people feel it differently. Some feel a burning sensation in the stomach, some feel pressure etc.
I believe that this blockage is first created in the brain as a a limiting belief. Now because the brain has the ability to memorize beliefs, it puts that police line each time in front of your energy stream you see that sports car. And therefore you feel that anger in the chest each time you see (or think of) that sports car.
So this also means that a limiting belief in the brain can only exist with a blockage in the body which we call resistance. A blockage in the body can only exist with a limiting belief in the brain.
So if you remove the limiting belief from the brain, the blockage in the body is removed also.
If you remove the body sensation/blockage using EFT, the limiting belief is removed also.
Yes, I believe that the pain body is the physical pain we feel when we block the energy flow from source. We do it by creating limiting beliefs in our brains.
answered 29 Apr '13, 03:33
I agree with Stingray. I believe resistance is just a vibrational/emotional signature that is out of sync with the greater part of you.
It will manifest first as something "uncomfortable" your feeling on the the emotional level, then on the mental level as a "negative" thought or thought pattern you keep thinking and finally if left unchecked, on the physical level as a physical symptom like an illness of some description.
Some unintegrated vibrational signatures can get passed down from parent to child. This explains why you might see some families with a history of similar physical illnesses, because they were exposed to similar vibrational signatures in childhood. I think this is where the misunderstood and misused term "karma" originated from.
We came here from the unmanifest, the immaterial, to have a joyful experience with the contrasts of the physical plane. In order for the immaterial Source to be able to interact here, it, we, need a physical vehicle, The Human Body.
The human body has an ego, i.e., a consciousness that has the ability to make choices. Source is always communicating with the body/ego, trying to lead this hybrid to a joyful experience for both of them as a composite.
Resistance is when the ego/body pinches off the connection with Source, either consciously or sub-consciously.
This discontinuity feels bad. Additional pain comes from the ego struggling to make decisions while still disconnected from Source. This often leads to a self-defeating loop. The harder you try to correct the situation, the worse it feels.
As a child, I loved mechanical things. One day my mother found me in the back yard with a pair of pliers clamped on my left thumb. I was screaming in pain because I was exerting greater and greater pressure on the pliers with my right hand. Somehow I had bought into the idea that if I exerted enough pressure, the pain in my left thumb would go away.
My mind was clouded with the pain. I could not see that I was doing the opposite of what it would take to release the pain. All I needed to do was to relax, stop exerting pressure and I would be ok.
Ever felt like this? The harder you struggle, the worse it gets??
Fortunately my mother intervened and stopped me.
answered 29 Apr '13, 08:16
I resist when I am afraid to change.
Let me say that again: I resist when I am afraid to change.
Have you ever read the poem, The Hound of heaven? In this poem, the character is resisting God and the acceptance of the fact that Christ is calling to him. This poem, albeit religious, demonstrates resistance better than I could ever say. Let me quote a few lines
You can read the whole poem here.
This is the nature of resistance. We flee, we run, we hide, from that which we know, know, might do us good, or change our lives,but we flee anyway. It seems to be human nature to resist growing sometimes. It is like refusing to buy a new pair of shoes because the old ones are just so comfortable, even though our toes stick out and they cause people to stare!
I do not know why we resist, but we do. And getting older makes it even harder to change. It was not an easy decision to give up everything I knew and loved and was familiar with to move north and be with Wade, It was the hardest decision I ever made. Something inside me still resists the decision, but I am trying to accept all the newness and it takes pure bravery. I do not mean to toot my own horn but that is what is required: bravery.
To conquer resistance, we must be brave, and we must accept change. It is so hard! But it is part of life.
I am very familiar with and use several different energetic healing modalities. But the one that I think comes closest to answering your particular question on what resistance is would be found in the pure awareness information as taught by Tom Stone. He describes it as a field of energy like many do. But he also describes an interesting aspect to this field that most do not seem to talk about and what to do with it. The "center" of this field.
If you will click the link below and go to page 14 of the pdf, the beginning of the chapter called "The Core Technique", I think you find Toms description of the field of an emotion or that which is experienced as some kind of resistance held within, to be quite interesting.
But what I find even more interesting is what Tom teaches on how to resolve these fields or resistances. In fact, I Highly recommend a good reading of the whole book as it will teach a very powerful way to deal with all resistances we tend to hold and generally do not know how to let go of. He also lists some of his other resources including audio files that you can listen to where he guides people through the very experience of The Core Technique. Click here for the pdf and scroll down to page 14, The Core Technique - http://www.greatlifetechnologies.com/CDCTraining/PureAwareness.pdf
For a little extra help, I will also add a very useful video of Tom guiding a war vet with PTSD through a very simple experience of The Core Technique - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTq-n5VNuO0
answered 29 Apr '13, 13:55
Resistance is when we come to something we don't want. Instead of ignoring it like when I see fish on a menu. When I see fish on a menu I ignore it. I don't want fish so I ignore it as a choice.
But to resist the fish is to ignore the pot roast! Why does this menu have fish? I don't want fish! Yet there it is taunting me as one of my choices! Yes I know there is pot roast, that would be great if there wasn't this lousy fish choice starring me down! Look at it right there on this page FISH!
Restaurant owner "Sir, if you don't calm down, you will have to leave." I thought so, if I don't accept the fish, I get nothing, okay bring me the fish, I give up, life sucks LOA doesn't work! I wanted pot roast, but no I have to eat fish!
That is a good example of resistance and finally just giving up and believing there is nothing you can do, "Life just sucks."
LOL I hope you enjoyed this little demo performance. This could be a sketch at a seminar! LOL
Here is a link that explains this metaphor.
It is natural that things in life come and go. That is the FLOW of life (flow - like a river, the water comes and keeps flowing downstream).
When we do not let go - we create resistance. When we do not give - we create resistance.
answered 01 May '13, 23:38
Allowing the flow of energy and it's opposite, resistance, is not allowing the flow ... when we give (+) we create flow, when we resist(-) we create resistance. The nature of resistance is our own dynamic energy, as a self constructed dam on a river
Everything is energy. There is a range of frequencies that 'stack' or layer on eachother with some overlap. Picture it like a V. At the bottom, in the lower frequencies, it is narrow and dark. As you move up the V, it opens up and gets brighter and brighter until you get to the top and it's pure brightness and open. Within each of these levels exist all the things and people that share that vibration. That is why a depressed person could walk right by a hundred dollar bill without even seeing it, while a person who is a vibrational match to it will find it. So resistance is the invisible barrier between the vibration that you hold and the vibration that you want to hold, or the thing or person in a different layer of vibrational awareness.
One way to remove the resistance is to be fully present and accept whatever situation you are in. Two Hands Touching and EZ Deletion Sequence can help you remove resistance and be present. Affirmations also help and can be done with THT for best results.
answered 03 May '13, 10:19
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