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Should pushing towards enlightenment be advised if I feel a lot of resistance?

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

There are many stories of intense seekers who, on the verge of a mental and emotional meltdown, finally reach the moment when the inflated balloon of self breaks and the pressure vanishes. Self-identity, constructed by ego and intellect, is suddenly gone, leaving them with great relief and the realization of the simple Self.

Fortunately, this type of intensity is not required to reach the states we refer to as enlightened. Do we need an objective? Yes. Do we need a method? Yes. Do we have to be steady in our practice? Yes.

Anyone who excels in their craft, whether a pianist, artist, surgeon, chef, etc., has an objective and a passion for their work. They do it because they love it, or some do it just because - they have to; it's in their spirit.

However, as any creative person will tell you, there will be many times when you don't feel inspired - you have writer's block, it feels like you are up against a wall and can't move forward.

The drive to push forward is pushed back by an unseen resistance.

I can relate to the above, as I have been a musician, artist, writer, and more and an intense spiritual seeker my entire life. I have been through many personal struggles: meltdowns, despair, and feeling alone and frustrated when being up against a wall that I couldn't push through.

I've had enlightenment moments too - once, a time of anguish when my heart was breaking, and yet another time, just a moment of subtle distraction: I expanded so quickly that my ego couldn't regroup itself or its old ideas.

This quiet awakening led to an enlightened state of consciousness.

Some experiences are temporary, and others are permanent profound shifts in perception of Self and the world around us.

If you struggle with your meditation practice and don't feel like meditating, don't. Meditation is a tool but not the answer in itself.

Now, some people say that you need to push through difficult times - like a bodybuilder who has reached a plateau - you can't stop; you need to keep going.

All this depends on your personality type and which is the best approach for you.

To reach an enlightenment experience, we don't need to go head to head with ourselves like a battle. Instead, we win the war by withdrawing our attention from the field of mental activity, thereby no longer giving fuel to our thoughts.

In other words, we win by appearing to lose.

Our meditation should be so light and soft that we feel no resistance. Our thoughts and ego-identity can't get a foothold because we have gently withdrawn our interest in their activity - again and again.

Remember, anything we place our attention on magnifies that thought or interest. That particular thought takes up our entire field of view and obscures everything else when magnified. Our mind does this continually, expanding hundreds of small ideas into large vistas each day.

On the one hand, this is an excellent thing - it is how we learn and take an interest in something. But, on the other hand, if we are a person always concerned about ourselves, what becomes magnified? ME.

Our me-ness becomes our entire field of view. The more we think "ME," the more powerful becomes our magnifying glass and the larger that I become.

The path of least resistance is one of selfless action.

Not of giving up on our dreams and aspirations, but by bringing our focus from the mind to the heart and magnifying its noble qualities - love, acceptance, feeling, and sensitivity.

In this way, we start with enlightened thinking from the beginning - with little room for resistance through self-analysis and worry.

If we but turn the magnifying glass around, we no longer focus on Me but on the infinite universe called WE.

good meditating,


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Dawn Zigadlo
Dawn Zigadlo
Jan 23, 2022

Not at all odd now.Not even strange that this very dissent,with a clear mark in conscious thought,took place in my very own experience this very day.Beginning to comprehend the very relief you speak of here in knowing that all of my healing has brought me to place where I can understand precisely the concept you put forward here.Thank you.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones
Jan 24, 2022
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We awaken together.

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