One of the most difficult things about the emotional journey of a creative is that sometimes there are simply no logical explanations for your experience. (Kind of like dating. Super fun!) Especially if we are prone to placing the value and acceptance of our work in...
The unnatural nature of Resistance.
The unnatural nature of Resistance.
I know it may not seem that way, but we are constantly in effortless motion.
Every day we are spinning around the Earth’s axis at about 1,000 mph.
The Earth is currently hurtling around the Sun at 67,000 mph.
The Sun and Solar System are whipping through the Milky Way at 448,000 mph.
The Milky Way is whizzing through our local galaxy group at 70 miles per second.
So why, then, does it seem that everything we want take so LONG to hurry up and change?? And why is it so easy for these celestial bodies to travel so effortlessly?
For one thing, Planet Earth is not worried about what we worry about.
I’m pretty sure she is not thinking:
WAIT! I’m not sure I’m ready! or
WAIT! I don’t know enough! or
WAIT! What will people think! or
WAIT! I’m not good enough for that.
No, that script is just for us.
Planet Earth is just herself, a miracle of creation, fostering life and sharing her beauty and bounteousness.
She has surrendered wholly to the unseen force of gravity that not only connects her with all life in the universe, but was the primary cause for her creation. She is, shall we say, going with the flow.
It’s funny how it is part of our nature to resist motion, evolution, and change, even though the laws of gravity are as relevant for us as everything else in the universe.
Why does it seem that when we want something to happen do we then kickstart our Resistance that tries to stop time and keep us from moving ahead?
Because we fear change. We fear the unknown. We fear that we will lose our controlover what we have, even though we want more than our current situation reflects back to us.
I believe it is because our desires are so very precious to us. And we have not been taught how to honor our desires, nor how to understand how they shape our lives.
So when we finally come face-to-face with the actualization of a desire, we kinda freak out?
We want to stop moving. We want to pause Time and halt Gravity so we can properly evaluate the situation: am I safe if I realize what I desire for myself?
Listen, I know that Resistance so well. We are besties. I can smell it a mile away. It is real and uncomfortable. It is a very effective tool for your fear.
But ya know, you are still moving. You are always moving. You are part of nature.
You are a kindred spirit with the Earth, Sun, and Milky Way, all made by a loving Creator, and (sigh) subject to the laws of gravity and motion.
The next time your Resistance kicks up a fuss, just take a notice, and allow yourself to surrender to the inevitable change.
Your life is the vehicle.
Your desires hold the rudder.
And your heart is the compass.
Prompts for Moving Through Resistance
Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness. Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.
What is one Desire that is calling to you at this time?
Notice your inner response to this Desire: your thoughts, your physical body, your breath?
Do you notice Resistance, Fear, Excitement, or something else?
Take a calm breath and ask yourself: what is the true, underlying cause of my Resistance?
CHALLENGE: Let yourself soften as you acknowledge the Resistance. What would happen if you surrendered to the flow of Life?
A Prayer for Your Desire
Make me ready to realize my desire for my life, art, and work.
Help me to know my true nature as a being of Love.
Help me to acknowledge my inherent part of this beautiful world.
Help me to surrender to the natural flow of Your Universe.
I pray for your blessing on my desires.
May I honor them.
Help me to release the grip of fear and loss of control over how my life is unfolding.
Stoke my faith as I surrender to my unfolding of purpose.
Strengthen me with courage as I step into the unknown with a whole heart.
Melt my resistance so I may rise into my calling, in service to You and the world.
And so it is. Amen.
About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker
I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression.
You may be interested in…
What other people think.
The poison of competition.
I remember when I was a brand new mom. Oh man, I was having a devil of a time. Personally, I was splintered in a drastically unrecognizable way. I couldn't recognize any rational thoughts from the irrational kind (which were abundant). Enemies were everywhere. And my...
What is creative vocation?
I define a creative vocation as The Thing you are called to do for 1) your own specific, conscious reasons and 2) the will of creative consciousness, otherwise known as Life itself. Creative vocation is the meeting place of Your Will and Divine Will. It is the...