Is it possible to have total freedom from resistance? What would a life be like that had no resistance at all? And, is this even desirable?
As I've discussed recently, creative tension is an essential part of the process of creation. Without tension, there is no growth.
However, a lot of people don't like that tension. Resistance is uncomfortable. I receive a lot of questions about how exactly people can have total freedom from resistance.
But, the truth is that both tension (or resistance) and relaxation have a part in the creative process. You cannot have one without the other. Permanent freedom from resistance would not actually be desirable, and you'll see why in this post.
The Transformative Power of Resistance
Resistance is a transformative process. Without resistance, there would be no growth. It takes resistance to change you into the person that is a match to your desired manifestation.
I wish I remembered where I heard this, but I once heard of a story of a scientist who was observing a bird being hatched. He saw the bird struggling and struggling to get through the shell. Feeling bad for it, he reached over and helped to break the shell, just a little. And, the bird wasn't able to survive. It needed the resistance of that shell to prepare it for life, and even just helping it a little bit, the scientist stripped it of that necessity.
When you hold the vision of your goal, it sets up creative tension. When it is a next-level goal, as it often will be, your subconscious mind will let you know why you don't have that goal yet. This is resistance.
Releasing resistance towards your goal will shape you into the person you need to be in order to become a match to that goal. Your current way of thinking is incompatible with your manifestation, and that's why it feels resistant. Continuing to focus on the goal anyway, and moving through that resistance, will reprogram you to be a match. It transforms you from the inside out.
Manifestation is not just a matter of focusing on what you want, and what you want coming to you. When what you want is a next level goal, you have to change to meet it. Just like the bird, who needed the pressure and resistance of that shell to strengthen and develop, so you need the creative tension and resistance of your goal in order to successfully attain it.
Geysers: An Example of the Importance of Resistance
In the image above you see a geyser. A geyser is a great example of resistance in action. This page explains that cool water beneath the ground filters down until it reaches a layer of hot rocks, at which point it begins to boil. However, with the pressure from above, it is unable to turn to steam, and becomes superheated water. Eventually, it becomes so hot that it overwhelms the pressure above, and shoots out in a geyser.
As you'll see, this is a perfect example of the importance of tension, but also of relaxation and release. Without tension or resistance, the water would not build up the momentum it needed. Without the release, it could not come out as a geyser, but would remain trapped, or more likely just find another path of least resistance. Resistance and release, tension and relaxation, are two sides of the same coin. One naturally leads to the other.
Total Freedom from Resistance Robs You of the Ability to Transform
Total freedom from resistance might sound like a great thing. We are programmed to desire happiness, and we would obviously love that happiness to last. Heck, the world's biggest religions have the concept of eternal happiness as part of their doctrine.
But here's the thing: when you don't have resistance, you don't have change. Resistance is the catalyst of transformation. Without resistance, transformation cannot happen. And when transformation does not happen, change does not happen.
That means, as long as you want something greater, you'll have resistance. You'll need to transform to match that something greater, and that means developing that creative tension that will pull you towards your goal. Permanent freedom from resistance would not allow you to develop this creative tension, and therefore you could not have the momentum necessary to move towards your goal.
You'll Never Stop Wanting Something Greater
Some paths, like Buddhism, or Advaita, respond to the above by simply trying to shut off the capacity to desire. If desire will always lead to resistance, or suffering, then let's just stop desiring, right?
But the desire to stop desiring is, well, just another desire. It's turtles all the way down, as they say. 🙂
You can't possibly shut off your desires. They might change into new desires, but you will always desire something greater. Desire is the engine of growth. Growth only comes about by resistance. It's all tied together in one big package.
Freedom from resistance means freedom from striving for more, which you will never stop doing. There will never be a day when you say to yourself, “Finally, I have arrived. I no longer desire anything.” It's the whole setup of the game we're in. It's built that way, so that growth is constantly happening. Without growth, what's the point?
You Can Never Escape Resistance
So for that reason, the moment you set your vision on something new, you can be guaranteed that a good chunk of resistance is going to arise almost immediately. Life is going to challenge you. You're going to be like that little bird fighting to get out of the egg, or like the superheated water trying to find a way out of the ground.
The bird can't just choose to stay in the egg, and the water can't choose to stay underground. Change has to happen. And the process of change is resistance. It is inescapable.
You can't choose to stay in your current situation. Even if there are aspects that are pleasant, and I'm sure there are, there are also aspects you'd like to change. And that is okay: you have to acknowledge and embrace that. Staying where you are is just becoming stagnant. It is refusing to move because moving is too frightening, but just like the water in the geyser, movement will happen eventually, once the pressure becomes too great.
Finding the Balance: Release Is Necessary, Too
I said above that they are two sides of the same coin. The bird eventually gets out of the egg. The water eventually shoots up out of the ground. The pressure of their resistant state is not an end, but simply a means to something else. It has to lead to resolution. It has to move towards the aim of that process.
Let's say you're looking for a job. The process of looking is the resistance, or creative tension. It feels unresolved. It's not completely comfortable. But it's also not a situation that lasts forever. It has to get resolved, somehow.
You have to allow the resistance, by not trying to run away from the discomfort. But you also have to allow the resolution and release of that resistance, by receiving and acknowledging the desired goal.
This is not the same as seeking freedom from resistance. You allowed the discomfort. Then, you welcomed its resolution. You also know there will be greater change in the future. Maybe you'll look for a promotion, or eventually you'll want another job. Things will change somehow, and that will lead right back to resistance again. It's a constantly moving cycle.
Living the Cycle of Resistance and Release
Manifestation is about getting comfortable with this cycle. It's about realizing that the resistance is a necessary part of the process, and allowing it to play out to its resolution. It's about trusting the process, that it will indeed resolve. And, it's about not trying to escape that discomfort, because you realize its importance in the process of transformation.
Creation occurs in a cycle, not only within each manifestation, as resistance > release/completion, but also in a broader way. You might make some serious progress in one area of life for a while, really leveraging the power of resistance to transform, and seeing major changes in your life as a result. That is the resistance mode of manifesting. But you also need a period of resolution. You need a time for those changes to stabilize and catch up with you. This is the release mode.
My Own Experience with the Resistance and Release Cycle
I've mentioned lately that I've had huge success over the last three months, since discovering the resistance / tension mode of manifesting. I set big goals, and achieved every one.
But, after last month's goal, which was the biggest of them all yet, I felt this need to withdraw, let go, and conserve my energy for a while. I had gone through major change, and now it was time to let that catch up with me a bit.
So, I promised myself that in January, I'd allow things to settle down a bit. I'd give my subconscious mind a chance to regroup and integrate all of the learnings from the past three months.
Actually, I'll start that officially once the psychic course is underway. This course is another massive undertaking for me, and so it's important to me that it goes well. But once it commences, I am giving myself a bit of a break.
And I know that when the time is right, my energy will naturally move me to growing towards the next level, because that's the cycle. It's inevitable. As I said, there is no permanent freedom from resistance, only temporary hiatuses, until we once again become restless and desirous of change yet again. 🙂
The Nature of the Resistance Mode of Manifesting
In the resistance / tension mode, you set a definitive next level goal that is inspiring, believable, and challenging.
Then, you allow that goal to challenge you. You allow it to bring up your resistance. You focus on it at least once a day, and do the work of releasing resistance to the best of your ability, while moving into the vibrational signature of the goal.
I've said before that this can be pretty terrifying at times. Let it be. I'll discuss on Thursday how you can successfully deal with this step, but it is vital that you do not run away from it. It requires something of you, and your only two options are to (1) hold the vision anyway until it resolves, or (2) drop the vision and feel comfortable for the moment, but without lasting change.
It's the simple act of holding to that vision despite the resistance to it that generates the momentum towards your goal. When you hold the vision regardless of what's going on in your subconscious, or even in outer reality, you root yourself to that new reality which you are envisioning, and it quickly manifests.
Therefore the process of the resistance mode can be summarized as:
- Deliberately choose a next level goal
- Hold the vision despite the discomfort
- Receive the goal when it comes
The Nature of the Release Mode of Manifesting
You might be able to do the above for even a few of your goals in succession. But, eventually, your energy will naturally tend towards rest. You'll know it's time to take a break, and allow your subconscious mind to integrate all the changes you've undergone.
This is a very important period in the overall process. It allows you to stabilize at your new level. It may not appear as though much is happening on the outside, but within the subconscious mind, a lot is going on.
It's sort of like the relationship between waking and sleeping. When you're awake, you can accomplish a lot. But sleep is necessary in order to integrate what you achieved during the day. It's the yin to the yang of the waking state. Without that essential sleep stage, you'll lose a lot of the progress you might have made that day.
And so it is with manifesting. The resistance mode, which is the yang end of this spectrum, is all about pushing forward and creating major change. But the release mode is the yin aspect, and it is just as important. It is where everything is integrated and taken in by your subconscious mind. Then, when you return to the resistance mode once again, you will likely be even further along than you were before.
Bringing It All Together
Total freedom from resistance is not possible. Freedom from resistance is not even desirable, because resistance is the vehicle of change, and you will always want change.
However, temporary respites from resistance is importance, and it forms the 2 modes of the law of attraction that we've discussed: the resistance mode, and the release mode.
The resistance mode is that creative tension I've been discussing. It is the major catalyst of change in your life. It pushes you forward towards your next level goals.
But the release mode is just as important. While it does not offer permanent freedom from resistance, it does allow you to rest, while integrating all of the changes and transformation from the resistance mode.
If you really want to be the deliberate creator of your life, then it's essential that you get comfortable with discomfort. But, it should not be a permanent state of affairs, either. By finding the balance between resistance and release, you can maximize your effectiveness as a creator.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. Are you allowing the transformative power of resistance and creative tension in your life? How will you apply these 2 modes of manifesting: the resistance mode, and the release mode? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.