Enlightenment Requires Releasing Resistance

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

At the risk of oversimplifying certain terms and beliefs, I’ll say that we have a foot in two worlds – the physical (the illusory) and the spiritual (the real). When we cultivate resistance to the refined reality we have the potential to perceive (or to the illusory), we trap ourselves in the false realm we’re ready to grow away from.

Resistance in any form feeds the ego and, thus, our external reality, and in the same vein, anything that feeds the ego creates resistance. Resisting spirit is easier than most of us think, and if we want to spiritually thrive, we’ll have to release any resistance that attempts to influence us.

Now that we’re becoming aware of the spiritual nature of our existence, we’re slowly yet surely being led to release any resistance we could otherwise cultivate.

We’re being led to cease identifying solely with our physical, identity-driven selves, and we’re being led to see that something far realer and more blissful exists beyond the ego-driven thoughts and actions our illusory selves would have us feed.

We’re gradually becoming aware of the fact that we’re divine beings who are on the earth to share the omnipotent love we’re starting to feel with everyone who can open up to it, and acting on this realization requires releasing any mental tension or resistance that could easily hold us back.

Our missions on this evolving planet are far too important to continue feeding the illusory, physical self, and with this in mind, we can empower ourselves to live for love; for reality.

We’ll continue to hold ourselves and the planet around us back if we continue to feed the illusion, but luckily, we’re awakening in massive numbers and proclaiming our readiness to feed only that which is real and spiritually nourishing without directly denying or resisting that which isn’t.

Sri Aurobindo tells us that the ego drives every form of resistance to our authentic selves.

“The centre of all resistance is egoism and this we must pursue into every covert and disguise and drag it out and slay it; for its disguises are endless and it will cling to every shred of possible self-concealment. …

“There is no I nor thou, but only one divine Self equal in all embodiments, equal in the individual and the group, and to realize that, to express that, to serve that, to fulfill that is all that matters.” (1)

Attempting to enforce our will, Krishnamurti tells us, will always lead to disharmony.

“The positive or negative action of will, which is desire sharpened and heightened, always leads to strife and conflict; it is not the means of understanding.” (2)

As Krishnamurti also advises, attempting to be ‘free’ automatically cultivates resistance because we’re already free – we just have to realize it.

“Meditation is the breaking of all bondage; it is a state of freedom, but not from anything. Freedom from something is only the cultivation of resistance.” (3)

The mind, Krishnamurti shares, can’t be quiet and attempt to acquire something at the same time.

“The mind is not quiet when it is acquiring or becoming. All acquisition is conflict; all becoming is a process of isolation. … Such a mind is a dead mind, it is isolating itself through various forms of resistance, and so it inevitably creates misery for itself and for others.” (4)

Only when we can surrender the ego to the higher facets of our consciousness that help us find a clear understanding of ourselves will we experience true liberation from the self-imposed illusion. We don’t want to strive to find this liberation, as we’ve learned so far, because to do so is to trap ourselves in the illusory idea that we aren’t already free.

I can say from experience that we’re only as free as we allow ourselves to be. If we let ourselves, we can be the freest and purest masters who ever walked the earth, but through the cultivation of resistance and our endless attempts to gain a glimpse of the freedom we already have, we actually trap ourselves in an ego pit of our own design.

We can transcend this pit if we make a real and true effort, but we’ll want to be careful not to create tension. In a sense, we really will have to recognize and accept that we’re already free, however difficult it could seem.

As Krishnamurti also shares, identifying with the physical personality automatically leads to self-enforced oppression.

“Identification, surely, is possession, the assertion of ownership; and ownership denies love, does it not? To own is to be secure; possession is defence, making oneself invulnerable. In identification there is resistance, whether gross or subtle; and is there love where there is defence.

“Love is vulnerable, pliable, receptive; it is the highest form of sensitivity, and identification makes for insensitivity. Identification and love do not go together, for the one destroys the other. … Identification destroys freedom, and only in freedom can there be the highest form of sensitivity.” (5)

Denying our thoughts, Krishnamurti advises, will keep us from discovering our true self.

“The denial of thought does not bring about love.

“There is freedom from thought only when its deep significance is fully understood; and for this, profound self-knowledge is essential, not vain and superficial assertions. Meditation and not repetition, awareness and not definition, reveal the ways of thought. Without being aware and experiencing the ways of thought, love cannot be.” (6)

We have to understand the things that make up our true self if we want to experience any degree of enlightenment. We don’t necessarily want to deny any aspects of ourselves we perceive as ‘lower’ or ‘darker’, because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that we need those parts of ourselves to thrive.

We can’t deny any aspect of ourselves if we want to advance, but the idea is not to feed them or identify with them as our sole means of understanding ourselves. Something very real, pure and genuine lays beyond our physical identities, but just because this ‘something’ exists doesn’t mean the illusion we’re immersed in isn’t still ‘real’ in its own way.

As long as we can grasp the illusory aspects of our existence in a detached way and go out of our way not to directly feed them, we’ll find the higher vibration we seek. Again – realizing that this vibration already exists within is one of the best ways to feel it.

Once this realization’s met, we can turn our thoughts toward spirit and Source and really enable ourselves to soar.

The very essence of resistance, Krishnamurti tells us, is denial of our true selves.

“Self-knowledge is to be discovered in the action of relationship. Self-knowledge does not come about through self-isolation, through withdrawal; the denial of relationship is death.

“Death is the ultimate resistance. Resistance, which is suppression, substitution or sublimation in any form, is a hindrance to the flow of self-knowledge; but resistance is to be discovered in relationship, in action. Resistance, whether negative or positive, with its comparisons and justifications, its condemnations and identifications, is the denial of what is.” (7)

In a quote I personally think is important, Krishnamurti discourages manually slowing down the mind to find our true selves.

“Self-knowledge comes with the slowing down of the mind, but that doesn’t mean forcing the mind to be slow. Compulsion only makes for resistance, and there must be no dissipation of energy in the slowing down of the mind.” (8)

When it comes to writing and channeling, I notice that manually attempting to slow my mind or the thoughts that accompany it always leads to resistance. We create resistance when we strive to do anything, including silencing or slowing down our minds, and the best thing we can do is to simply flow with whatever state of mind we’re in.

We obviously don’t want to flow with a mind that’s in resistance (we’ll find that it’s very difficult), but striving to calm our mind will only make it run more frantically. Instead, we can accept whatever state it’s in at the time we attempt to lighten our vibration and work with it to find the state of consciousness we want to reach.

We’ll be very glad we did, because we’ll have worked with our mind to let love gradually replace any mental fuzziness or rigidity that might’ve held us back.

Krishnamurti then tells us that we can’t love or experience something fully until we release our judgments of it.

“To love is to be in direct communion; and you cannot love something if you resent it, if you have ideas, conclusions about it. How can you love and understand passion if you have taken a vow against it? A vow is a form of resistance, and what you resist ultimately conquers you.” (9)

True inner silence, he tells us, doesn’t come from striving to be silent but from the full-on surrender of desire.

“The deliberate cultivation of silence is as the enjoyment of some longed-for pleasure; the desire to silence the mind is but the pursuit of sensation. Such silence is only a form of resistance, an isolation which leads to decay. Silence that is bought is a thing of the market in which there is the noise of activity. Silence comes with the absence of desire.” (10)

The more we resist or strive for something, the more we push ourselves toward or away from it, and to experience a truly quieted mind, we’ll have to release the very desire to ‘escape’ from our external reality. Recognizing that we can merge our internal and external realities will help us do just that, but the task will be difficult if we desire to escape the world around us.

Instead, we can embrace spirit from a detached perspective and let the higher vibration we want to feel naturally unfold before us. We can’t reach our arms out and grab for it, but we can lovingly and patiently request it make itself known to us and wait for the results of this request to become clear.

As long as we’re committed to letting spirit flow without needing it to flow, we’ll have little difficulty finding the greater perception we seek.

When we desire silence or the higher vibration it offers, we feed the very mechanism that holds us back, Krishnamurti warns.

“Thought or desire now seeks safety in silence, and so it asks for a method or a system which offers what it wants. In place of worldly things it now craves the pleasure of silence, so it breeds conflict between what is and what should be. There is no silence where there is conflict, repression, resistance.” (11)

A craving’s a craving no matter what form it takes, but we can transcend any sort of craving by, again, recognizing that everything we could possibly seek already lives within and is very attainable. In fact, we don’t need to try to attain it at all – we simply need to recognize its presence and let it flow.

If we want to feel love overflow from our heart chakra, for example, all we need to do is recognize that it exists and make a simple, detached request to feel it.

Its flow might be strong from there, but we won’t feel much if we’re too attached to the isolation from physical reality it provides. We can’t crave isolation and freedom at the same time, and if we attempt to, we’ll hold ourselves back from living the lifestyle that’ll help us continuously raise and refine our vibration.

Thaddeus Golas affirms the importance of refusing to deny any aspect of our existence.

“That is all we need to do: Give full, permissive, loving attention to absolutely anything that we see in our minds, in our bodies, in our environment, in other people.” (12)

We don’t gain anything by denying the things around us, and we don’t necessarily need to embrace them either. We can simply recognize that they’re very real aspects of our reality and flow with them accordingly, and if we cultivate resistance to anything, we’ll continue to keep ourselves and the world around us from re-finding the higher realms.

It’s interesting to think that we aren’t meant to resist anything in this life – even the aspects of it that tend to bring us down. We aren’t meant to resist doing chores, for example, and we’ll be far unhappier if we do.

We can enjoy every situation and circumstance we face, and as Cedella Marley recently said, peace isn’t dependent on any set of circumstances. Peace exists within, and it can be lovingly and appreciatively accessed by the seekers who recognize that it’s always existed within and waited for us to realize its presence and access it in a pure, undistorted way.

We won’t access it if we strive too hard, and like everything else, the best thing we can do is to let it flow. Let’s allow love and spirit to flow freely from our expanding minds and hearts, because trying too hard to feel or express them obviously isn’t the way.

In our final quote, Usha shares some insightful information about the higher quality we seek to feel and express (‘sattva’), as well as the momentum-driven quality we use to feel/express it (‘rajas’), and the lower quality we seek to transcend (‘tamas’).

“The three gunas, which constitute Prakriti, make up the universe of mind and matter. When the gunas are in perfect balance, there is no creation, expression, or manifestation.

“When the balance is disturbed, creation occurs. … In the physical world, sattva embodies what is pure and fine (e.g., sunlight); rajas embodies the active principle (an erupting volcano); and tamas embodies solidity and resistance (a block of granite).

“From the standpoint of evolution, sattva is the essence of the form to be realized; tamas is the obstacle to its realization; and rajas is the power by which the obstacle is removed.

“In the mind of man, sattva expresses itself as calmness and purity; rajas as activity, passion, and restlessness; tamas as laziness, inertia, stupidity.

“Man’s mood and character vary according to the predominating guna. The spiritual aspirant must overcome tamas by rajas, and rajas by sattva. In order to realize the Atman, or Purusha, sattva must also be transcended.” (13)

In a sense, we use activity (rajas) to transcend the distracting physical matter around us (tamas), but at a certain point along the path, we’re required to use spirit (sattva) to transcend rajas. Later on, we’ll transcend sattva in favor of a completely uninhibited understanding of Source.

The momentum of rajas inspires us to make the inner changes that are required to lighten our vibration, and we use sattva to transcend rajas because however much rajas initially helps us, it’s still an illusion. Sattva is also an illusion, but only when compared to Source’s unfathomably pure realms, which exist far beyond any higher realm we’ll experience any time soon.

Rajas’ momentum is a very helpful illusion, but it’s an illusion nonetheless and we’ll ultimately need to transcend it if we want to raise our vibration. At a certain point, we’ll have to see that momentum as we perceive it is too illusory to follow us into the higher realms, and we’ll eventually replace it with simple, free-flowing existence.

The organic existence I refer to is unhindered and uninterrupted in every way, and the good news is that we can anchor it onto ourselves and our planet by releasing any resistance that might come with the territory of the rajas we practice.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with rajas, beyond its technically illusory status, and it helps us raise our vibration in the beginning.

It isn’t meant to follow us into the higher realms, however, and realizing this is the first step to masterfully transcending it or any momentum that’s intended to take us to a place in our minds/hearts that, in reality, we’ve already reached.

We can find unprecedented liberation in the realization that we’re already ‘there’, and hopefully, more seekers will grasp this important revelation as consciousness continues to rise and everyone feels the immense motivation to contribute to our planetary restoration without striving too hard.

With the realization that everything we could possibly seek or attain lives within, we’ll flowingly create a wealth of important changes to this planet – primarily by raising our vibration, which’ll be a very natural and enjoyable process.

‘Work’ as we see it now won’t be required in our new paradigm, and instead, the true importance of surrender will be understood. We won’t surrender to any elite force who strives to keep us in the dark – we’ll surrender to the ‘most high’; the higher facets of our consciousness we’re ready to perceive and anchor onto this planet.

Let’s continue to be active, but let’s make sure our activities don’t keep us apart from our infinite and all-loving creator. The days of separation from Source are over, and we’re here to embrace the closeness – with ourselves and our creator – that we’ve always been able to feel.

Footnotes:

  1. Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1983, 316.
  2. J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. First Series. Bombay, etc.: B.I. Publications, 1972; c1974, 67.
  3. J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. Second Series. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1967; c1958, 166.
  4. Ibid., 32.
  5. J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. First Series. Ibid., 12-3.
  6. Ibid., 17.
  7. Ibid., 147.
  8. J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. Second Series. Ibid., 231
  9. Ibid., 56.
  10. Ibid., 77.
  11. Ibid., 197.
  12. Thaddeus Golas, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment. Palo Alto: 1975; c1971, 18.
  13. Brahmacharini Usha, A Ramakrishna-Vedanta Wordbook. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1971; c1962, 34.

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