What we resist persists, or so the saying goes. The dictionary defines resistance as the act or an instance of resisting; opposition. To resist is to fight against, to push back, to oppose. Have you ever experienced resistance to trying something new? I have. I believe the Universe offers us challenges and opportunities for growth each and every day. I resisted having a website for a long time because of the technology involved. When I finally hired someone to build my website, I was committed, I was putting myself out there in a way I had never done before. What have I learned from the process? I know more than I think I do when it comes to technology. New challenges help me to stretch and go outside my comfort zone. I took a leap of faith and it is paying off. I faced my fear, walked through it and stepped into the unknown.
In her best selling book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron talks about resistance to our creativity. Cameron says “Creativity requires Faith. Faith requires that we relinquish control. This is frightening and we resist it. Our resistance to our creativity is a form of self-destruction. We throw up roadblocks on our own path. Why do we do this? In order to maintain an illusion of control.” Letting go of resistance is all about letting go of our need to be in control. The great mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote, “Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.” Following our bliss is about letting go of resistance and walking in faith.
What would happen if you followed your bliss today? What are you resisting? What would happen if you leaned into whatever you’re resisting instead of fighting it?