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.
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