On Roan Mountain 32 — Roan Mountain Highlands, Cherokee National Forest at Carver’s Gap, TN, June 15, 2014
Honor the resistance.
Respect the resistance.
Mindfully attend the resistance.
Receive the resistance with compassionate concern.
What fear fuels the resistance?
What needs motivate the resistance?
All of the tales and legends about heroes’ journeys deal with the resistance.
The Cyclops, Medusa, Scylla and Charybdis, etc. stood in the way of Odysseus. Harry Potter had Voldemort. Frodo had a pantheon. And so it goes.
The heroes had to vanquish, defeat, overcome, destroy, conquer and disappear their resistance.
The truth is it isn’t that easy.
The resistance is not Out There so much as In Here.
Force and will power will not work.
You have to see your resistant side, in all of its myriad manifestations, as a frightened child,
Begging you to not grow up and abandon her, abandon him.
Your task is that of befriending, parenting, reassuring the resistance that you will not push her, push him, away and be rid of her, of him, forever—
But that you will be attentive to her, to his, concerns, anxieties, and fear always.
And make good on your promise by checking in with your resistant side on a regular basis—whether she, he, is being a problem child or not.
Befriend your resistance, and hear her, hear him, out.
You will find that she, he, has some valid points to make, some concerns you will to well to take into account—that you probably would never have been aware of on your own.
Your resistance is a potential confidant and collaborative partner in the unfolding of what remains of your life.
A strong source of assistance—believe it or not—on the work yet to be done, waiting on your invitation to join your Inner (in both senses of the word) Circle of advisers and friends on your path.