Tuesday, September 13, 2011
To Resist, or Resist Not - Does It Make a Difference?
RESISTANCE RECONCILES OPPOSITION AND GUIDES US FROM DUALITY TO NON DUALITY
Resistance itself is a tool for learning. At the age of two, we learn the wonderful power of NO, and continue to use it until sometime as an adult we learn, that there isn’t no, there is only yes. Because even when we use the word no, we are consenting to something – either feeding our ego by insisting that things go our way, or allowing our experience to flow with grace by offering “no” to others as a learning tool. When we know the difference, we know that there is no other. And no becomes yes.
Resistance itself is a measure of opposition, and there are enormous lessons to be learned and skills to acquire in reconciling opposites. Indeed, many of the sacred teachings see the soul as having a function of reconciling opposites in fulfilling karma, repenting sin or mastering kundalini. On the conscious level, problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiating are all basic skills that are learned from childhood to adulthood. They define our resilience and efficacy, and require mastery of resistance. It is in the reconciliation of opposites as, often through paradox, as in the practice of Tao (“The cause and the effects are aspects of the same, one thing. They are both mysterious and profound. At their most mysterious and profound point lies the "Gate of the Great Truth.") The practice of Tao requires that we can finally let go of our need for resistance and move in unity.
If we are living in a state of mind that is peaceful, does not judge, allows each their own view, and can hear and see spirit in all of experience - our direct experience will reflect peace, not violence to us. Each step of the process is formed by who we are in the moment.
Artwork Wassily Kandinsky Black Violet. Many thanks.
Excerpted from All About Living by Molly Brogan