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Non-resistance

“Nothing on Earth can resist an absolutely non-resistant person.”

It’s true.

Think about air. Think about water. Think about being like that.

Now by ‘that’ I don’t mean passive, or complacent, or inactive; not necessarily anyway. This isn’t a blanket statement to, in the face of injustice for example, just stand by and watch. This not what we mean by ‘non-resistance’; and why air and water are such good examples. They don’t stop at every wall they meet; they don’t try to go through it either; and they don’t put up much of a fight when something invades ‘their territory’. And yet – or even, and so, they quietly persevere in getting to where they want to go. Barring vacuums in time-space, I think they pretty much always get to where they want to go.

So the recommendation is not ‘to go with the flow’ in the sense of completely relinquishing your power, desire or energy to direct it. The opposite: it is to go with the flow precisely so that you may effectively exercise your power, desire and energy to direct it. It’s not about sitting back and doing nothing. It’s about the way you do – that is, the way you do do – something. Go with the flow in order that you might change it. Go directly against it, and you probably won’t go anywhere at all.

That is the idea anyway.

Water and air get to where they want to go precisely by offering so little resistance. ‘Okay, block me there?’, they say, ‘That’s fine, I’ll go this way around.’ (And note, this isn’t just lip-service: when they say ‘that’s fine’ they really mean, ‘That’s fine. No problem. Doesn’t put me out at all.’ We have to mean it too. For that is when we become irresistible.) Forever committed to their direction, completely flexible for every part of the ride. They get in everywhere, and persevere every time.

Nothing on Earth can resist a truly non-resistant person. It’s true. Quite literally. Enjoy that. By which I mean both: make use of it and, allow it to make you feel good.