Let’s Talk About Resistance

My dear Friends,

Conversations with God said that what you resist persists. Often this is misunderstood to mean that we should accept everything that occurs or appears in our life without any attempt or determination to change it. Yet that is not what it means.

It is perfectly okay, in spiritual terms, to seek to change any circumstance, situation, or condition that arises in your life with which you do not agree. Here is the key point around all of this: Change is not resistance. To seek to alter a circumstance, situation, or condition is not to resist it, but simply to re-shape it into a form which is more pleasing to our eye.

Change is an act of creation. Resistance stops creation. That is the difference.

Once this is understood, we see how it is possible for great people such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa to have done the work in the world that they have done. Closely exploring these people's lives makes it clear that they never condemned anyone or anything. Judgment was not part of their vocabulary. Bitterness was not part of their experience. And the use of force was utterly outside of their cosmology. That is, they could not imagine it as a useful energy of change.

All the spiritual teachers across time have encouraged us to "resist not evil." This does not mean that we should never seek to create new conditions in our lives or in the lives of others. This means, simply, that we are most effective in bringing about change when we use creative energy rather than condemning energy. Resistance to anything actually places it there more firmly in our experience. You cannot "resist" something that is not there. Therefore in the act of resisting something places it there.

Jesus said, "Judge not, and neither condemn." He did not say, "Change not, and neither alter." Change is good. Indeed, Conversations with God tells us that change is the nature of life. It goes further to tell us that the words "life" and "God" are interchangeable. If, then, change is the nature of life, then change is the nature of God. Indeed, the text of CwG tells us this directly. It says, "God is change."

God, the material tells us, is a process. That process is Life Itself. And the life is change in process. It is the movement of atoms and molecules, the vibration of energy, the constant shifting of The Essence to create in physical form what has been conceived at the level of pure creation.

Resistance is the act of trying to stop something. Change is the act of seeking to modify it. There is an enormous difference.

Therefore, when confronted with any outward experience that is not welcome in your reality, do not push back from it but rather, move into it. Embrace it in its totality. Love it in its perfection. Then simply use the process of creation to re-shape it into a form which more perfectly represents Who You Are and Who You Choose to Be.

This may take time. One should not expect instant results. Instant results are possible, but one should not expect them. Rather, be satisfied with the process that is taking place, allowing yourself to move with the energy as the energy moves with you, re-creating itself and re-creating you in one motion. Have patience. Have understanding. Have awareness. Come from a place of Total Consciousness about what is occurring and your life will be an experience of peace and quiet joy -- one might call it deep inner serenity -- during all the moments of your time on earth.

This is a great promise of God. This is a great reward to those who are Attentive. Therefore, pay attention. Notice the moment. Peer deeply into each occurrence. Do not be confused by the illusion. And resist not evil, for "nothing is evil, lest thinking make it so." Seek gently to simply change any condition or circumstance that may seem "real" in your life which does not speak to you of Who You Are.

This Is the Great Secret of All Masters.

With Love,




zorro 21st October 2015 1:23 pm


For the most part I agree and appreciate where you are going with this, with this caveat:
If the record has been interpreted correctly (and this the the continuation of the verses you quote on "resist not evil"), then Jesus' thinking (thinking makes it so) included differentiation of "evil and the good", and "just and unjust". His real emphasis seems to be on not judging others, with directions on how to effectively transmute actions of enemies.

44"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the "evil and on the good", and sends rain on the "just and on the unjust."

And as far as "resistance", let's not forget what he did to the money changers in the temple (if that record is accurate).

zorro 21st October 2015 1:38 pm

This is what Gandhi had to say about evil and resistance. It seems he had a capacity as an evolved God being to "discern" and make "distinctions" where fitting, (and I am grateful for all those who can).

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance."

"Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should callforth approbation, and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked, always deserves respect or pity as the case may be.

debs go lightly 21st October 2015 3:39 pm

Dear Neale, Thank you for your wonderful message! I have just experienced my resistance to a situation (big angry feelings! - oh dear...) and as soon as I accepted the situation, let go of trying to control it, a peacefulness occurred and a creative solution appeared almost instantly.
Your words have helped to clarify my understanding of the experience.

Much love and golden light, Debs.


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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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