“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
“Where there is power, there is resistance.” ~ Michel Foucault
“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” ~ Peter M. Senge
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain
“Remember that on any world the wind eventually wears away the stone, because the stone can only crumble; the wind can change.” ~ A.C. Crispin
“If you’re are paralyzed with fear it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.” ~ Steven Pressfield
“Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence.” ~ Stephen Levine
“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is… The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.” ~ Dan Millman
from The Desk of MarDrag:
As our threads are pulled through the canvas of this Great Tapestry of life, sometimes the tug is gentle and easy…but sometimes, the pull feels like a yank and our thread jerks along the canvas, resisting the path it needs to take in that portion of our picture. And the more the thread tugs, the more it snatches on fibers and knots and tangles…and the more it resists, the more it snags. It is a cycle.
Resistance in life, is a cycle that feeds on itself. Resistance to life’s snags eats up our energy. When we would be using that energy to smooth out the fibers and find the place where the thread knotted, we spend our energy Resisting that the knot has happened…and it gobbles up our positive thought and action.
Resistance is of the Conscious Mind, and we get stuck there, trying to figure out why we are stuck there, what happened, who is to blame. Resistance is a false form of protection, because we think if we hold something away long enough, it will vanish and we will not have to deal with it. But the longer we Resist it, the more energy we spend, and the stronger whatever it is gets in its own Resistance to making itself be seen and heard.
But, if we could find our way to our Center, our Core, where Intuition and Feeling thrive, there lies our Truth and the reality of the matter. If we could get out of our Resisting minds, we could hear the voice of our Intuition telling us to do what we FEEL is right, and the Resistance would melt away. Because then, we would “Know” what to do and we would not need to fear the lack of an answer. Our Confidence would have our Feelings, and Resistance could not abound.
And our threads would untangle and smooth out in the canvas. Repairs could be made to the threads, and the needle could once again move smoothly and evenly, weaving the beauty of the Tapestry of our life.
Consider that we must not Resist what IS. Because we Resist something does make it any less manifest. It is still there and holding power over us. If we pool our energy into embracing the truth of what may be happening in our lives, only then can we move forward to have the space in our minds, hearts and souls to see the remedy, solution or resolution.
Resist not what you cannot change. Change what is in your power to change. And be empowered by that acceptance. On the other side of Resistance…is Freedom.