A Simple Practice of Nonresistance

I really love this quote from Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth:

Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Through it, consciousness (spirit) is freed from its imprisonment in form. (p. 208)

I think it's fair to say that nonresistance is the same thing as non-attachment, since resistance and attachment are two sides of the same toe-stubbing human habit of demanding that things be a certain way and demanding that they not be a few other ways.

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I'm in resistance most all of the time about something: I resist my new haircut--it's too short! I resist the weather-- it's too cold! I resist being me -- I'm ordinary and not abiding in cosmic bliss! I resist habitually, every day, almost all the time unless I make a conscious effort to let go.

Tolle goes on to say:

Resistance makes the world and the things of the world appear more real, more solid, and more lasting than they are, including your own form identity, the ego.

Sheesh.  What is this guy, enlightened? He knows everything about me. When I get really quiet and attentive, I notice that basically my whole experience of being "me" is constituted by my resistance to stuff I don't want and my demand for stuff I do.

I notice that I'm especially uptight this morning.  Positive changes are happening in my life, and change of any kind is scary to the part of me that wants to be always in control.

It occurs to me that nonresistance is a key part of entering the gift world. I mean, you know: behold the lilies of the field! or the blossoms of the cherry bough! They do not toil, and neither do they spin. And yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these. A really cool dude said that one time.

In other words, the experience of myself and my life as part of an unlimited gracious abundance only arrives when I'm not busy trying to manipulate and control the world, i.e., not toiling or spinning.

So here's my meditation today:

1. Close eyes.

2. Think of various situations in my life and to each of them say, "No resistance, no argument, I allow you to be exactly as you are."

3. Savor the feeling of nonresistance, the spacious sense of acceptance.

4. Repeat.




Posted on April 15, 2011 and filed under The Gift World.