Friday, September 10, 2010

Resistance to Change - Our Shadow Issues

It is human nature to resist change, yet when pain comes along in life, it can force us to start asking questions and looking for better ways of being for our highest good. In this sense, pain serves a very positive purpose, as long as we can step out of the pain long enough to look for answers. This is usually when people start a spiritual quest. They want to learn how to take responsibility for their lives and live them in a more joyful way.

Since we are human we run into resistance from our constructed egos along the way. This is a normal reaction since the ego only feels comfortable doing what it already knows, what was planned or what it thinks it is supposed to be doing. Most of the time this is learned behavior from family, society and peers. It doesn’t matter if it is working for us or not, or whether it represent who we truly are or not. It will resist new openings, ideas, thoughts and actions! It will say this is not how we were going to do this, or it has to be done this way for it to be correct.

What happens in these situations is then you are not allowing room to be Spirit Led. It is good to have a plan in life, but we have to go with the openings that are coming in now. We may eventually get back to our plan, but in the meantime we need to follow the openings in front of us to live a Spirit Led life! If what we want for ourselves is not working at this time, then there is something else we need to be doing now.

This is when resistance raises its head to keep us from moving forward in a direction the ego doesn’t think is right. Resistance is when energy in motion is stuck. When we resist openings that are right in front of us and we block ourselves from moving into them. Sometimes this resistance is saying we need to do things another way.

When we find reasons why we shouldn’t do something that is opening to us for one reason or another, we must become aware of the resistance and then see if there is good reason for the resistance; or if it is the ego resisting something new. When we can’t do something that has opened up to us, it is time to become aware we are running into resistance.

When we are leaving old ways of doing things behind and moving into new ways of trying things, we need to find support from others to help us on this path. New families come together of like minds. We need to see where can we share, give, and express more of us? We help others and ourselves through our gifts and our talents. See yourself as a great, giant receiver. Remember, we are always in a state of receiving and know you are in a state of abundance because you are open to receiving blessings.

What are our gifts, our spin on things? Our personalities are important now too. All parts of our individuality need to be expressed. We also need to get rid of things in our lives and not have too much stuff now. If it is just sitting there, it represents old consciousness. It is time to Cleanse, Release, Rearrange and RENEW!

What do I need to keep in my life and how is it serving me now? Let’s create MAGIC like feather medicine, be like the HAWK & EAGLE and rise above the unhealthy happenings in our lives so we can continue to be all we can be and see the broader view.

(Article was written from notes taken during a workshop with Michele Meiche on August 28, 2010.)

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