Remember me? It’s been a while! Writer’s block doesn’t even begin to describe the angst and resistance I’ve been feeling over the past month of putting my butt in front of the computer and just writing. I haven’t touched my book for over 3 months. Yikes! I have been feeling stuck and lost. I would find anything to do other than what I need to do. Maybe you can relate?
We have a dream, a goal, or a desire, but when we get close to what we want, we experience a glass ceiling. The obstacle that stands in our way is an internal force called resistance. We feel it most strongly when we are about to dare greatly and grow spiritually. Resistance is a form of self-sabotage.
When you try to grow past your perceived upper limit, your unconscious mind and ego will try to stop the flow of positive energy, sabotage your happiness, and pull you back down from a state of joy. In fact, however, there is no such glass ceiling or upper limit.
Whenever we move from a lower level to a higher level, the ego will resist it. Your ego will fight you – it doesn’t like change. It will tell you you’re not worthy, it’s been done before, you’re not good enough, or this isn’t the right path for you. Your ego, with its fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of change will urge you to stay on your present course, even if you truly want something different. It loves to keep you in a lower state of energy of fear, jealousy, anger, resentment, and insecurity.
Most of us live two lives: the life we live and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance. There will always be moments of utter panic when you’re transcending to a higher level (such as finishing school, getting into a new relationship, having a baby, growing spiritually, committing to a diet, repairing a marriage, starting a new venture or business, or overcoming an addiction). The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistant and the more fearful you will feel. However, fear is also like a compass pointing you in the direction in which to heal your suffering and grow towards your dreams.
The good news is that you are not alone in your fear. Resistance is universal. For every small or lofty aspiration there will automatically be resistance. Resistance and dreams go together like the sun and moon. You can’t have one without the other.
Being aware and mindful brings about change. Once you can recognize that resistance is rooted in fear and is self-generated, you can crush it through your decision to take action and move forward. Through your will, desire, and determination, you can overcome it. Confront fear head on. You have the power to choose to push through your ego’s resistance in order to grow to a higher level and reach your dreams.
Rather than allowing fear to guide you and block this positive energy, instead choose to access this amazing energy by overcoming resistance and taking action (even small action) each day.
For me, the hardest thing is not the act of writing, it is the commitment to sit down and do the writing. Even as I write this blog, I have checked Facebook three times, made myself two snacks, shopped online, and walked the dogs twice. However, understanding resistance has taught me that the pain of not writing is worse than the pain of doing the work and writing. Learning about resistance has helped me change my perspective. At the end of the day I don’t ask how productive I was today. Instead I ask did I overcome resistance today?
The greatest battle is to become ourselves in the face of adversity. Your higher self is calling you to live in line with your soul, your dreams, and purpose. If you allow yourself to be called, you can rise and live a full and happy life.
How are you overcoming resistance today?