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Recognizing Resistance: Learning to Embrace the Process of Creation

by Deb Schnitta

Resistance is more than the absence of forward movement and the expression of no. It is also the unconscious influence of the personality upon something it does not yet fully embrace. A momentary pause, resistance allows the expression of the personality into the process of creation.

Every action of expansion opens the fullness of the personality to engage with what is offered, whether it is deeper love, greater ease or simply quiet of the mind. As the personality recognizes this opportunity it will either choose to engage or turn its awareness elsewhere. In doing so, it is choosing how it would like to create; consciously stepping forward, or stepping back into how it already knows things to be.

The personality may choose to do this over and over again, seeming to recreate the past, while developing the capacity to embrace more fully what is offered. It may choose to do this even in the face of dissatisfaction with a particular life event, such as a relationship.

Although some part of the personality may very well desire things to be different, even long for them to be different, this other aspect of the personality may hold its stance. Recognizing the presence of resistance allows the personality to consciously choose where it would like to create life from, what it would like to embrace.

When resistance is present, it may be obvious. You might actually hear or know the presence of 'no' in your system; body, mind or emotions. Most often resistance is unconscious, hidden beneath the acts of forgetting, losing things, not following through. It may even be as elusive as to not be recognized, no matter how much your mind looks around for its telltale signs.

When the mind is engaged in resistance, it is often quite committed to its position. It sees this place, wherever you may be in the continuum, as safe and familiar. Often the mind is choosing to not step forward and explore the resistance because it sees its very existence tied to the presence of the resistance itself.

One aspect of consciousness, fixed in this position can stop the flow of forward movement and evolution. It can also propel exponential growth once discovered and transformed.

The presence of resistance is inherent in spiritual enlightenment and development. It occurs in stages that are recognizable. The stages often reappear throughout the evolution of the personality and Soul as partners, each time offering new insights and more fuel to the process of enlightenment itself.

When beginning to meditate, for instance, the mind may find ways to resist the opportunity to expand. It may crave the presence of peace, desire a life free from stress. It may even believe that it cannot meditate, holding to the belief that it is too hard.

Being too busy, not able to find time to even try meditation may arise. All the while, another aspect of the mind is aware of the benefits of meditation, perhaps remembering a moment of expansion that has recently occurred and desiring to be back there once again.

Resistance signifies the personality’s influence over a certain situation. The Soul does not operate from resistance. Recognizing this allows the mind to realize it has choice in the given situation. Allowing the 'why', the reason for the resistance to be explored, to rise to the surface for discovery, opens the bridge between unconscious awareness and conscious action to begin. It may be that the personality is frightened about the forward movement that is already present. It may wonder what life will look like if there is too much change.

Regardless of the underlying reasons or consciousness for a particular moment of resistance, the process of transformation is the same. First, recognize the presence of resistance. Assume it is present. Since we are all spiritual beings on a human path, we are all learning how to be here now and embrace our largeness as an expression of the divine. This implies we are learning how to navigate the world of form, which is slower in vibration, through the platform of light. We are exploring how to be the largeness while engaging with form.

Next listen to what the resistance is offering you as a gift. Does it reveal awareness about your history? Does it illuminate the beliefs that are present about the world and what you believe is possible? What is the story that it is sharing with you?

To discover this more fully, ask this question:

If __________________ were to happen (the desired activity where you have recognized the presence of resistance) then this________________________would also occur.

Take a few moments to fill in the blanks. You may have more than one answer to what the mind believes may occur.

It may be for instance, that if you created greater financial abundance in your life, that this aspect of resistance believes you will also have more responsibility. It may view responsibility as undesirable. It may even begin to reveal all the places it currently feels burdened by responsibility already.

Some of this content or awareness may seem familiar to you already. Other thoughts that arise may surprise you. You may even view them as foolish. Often the layers of consciousness of the mind and emotional system that resist something in life are not rational. They are however, valid. Each layer of awareness allows the opportunity for the personality to begin to recognize what has been operating in the background all along. It may be as significant as to color your world view, like a lens through which all aspects of creation are seen.

Once you recognize some of the content of the resistance for this particular situation, invite it into your heart. You might imagine this to be embracing a young child that is frightened. Often these places of holding back forward movement are rooted in fear. Being kind and compassionate opens the opportunity for them to be received, rather than pushed against. Pushing against resistance, or attempting to push through a given obstacle, will only allow the resistance to deepen. Respecting its position and needs will allow it to soften its stance.

Now that you have learned something about this particular expression of resistance you have the opportunity to open to greater flow and ease. There has been a release of stored energy, energy that has been held in the resistance itself and the absence of flow.

You may recognize it in other areas of your life as well. They may or may not be connected to the area that first revealed the resistance. In this way, the usable energy generated through the transformation of not knowing the reason for the presence of resistance in a given situation opens the doorway to greater awareness and ease in other areas of life.

Each time we discover the reasons for the resistance, the momentary pause from forward movement, we allow more of who we are to be present to the act of creating. Through transforming what has not until a moment ago been ready to transform, we join the Soul’s rhythm of growth and exploration. We begin to recognize the cycles of expansion and contraction of the personality and learn how to enhance the ease from which we can create.


Deb Schnitta, RN is a leading pioneer in healing and consciousness and the originator of Cellular Expansion and Healing TM (CE) a revolutionary energy work that supports the resolution of constrictions and illness at the level of the cells. CE affects the consciousness stored within the cells and provides connection to Soul and the Divine.
An author of many books and Meditation CD Energy Programs for living a life connected consciously to Soul and Spirit, Deb supports individuals seeking healing, spiritual development and enlightenment. She has co-founded Vanati: A Center for Energy Medicine and Consciousness with her partner, Pauline Dishler M.Ed. Information about their revolutionary approach to healing, free distance healing, and dynamic Meditation Energy Programs can be found at  www.vanati.com.


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