Holliwell: The Law of Non-Resistance

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

Raymond Holliwell, in his book “Working With The Law,” proposed that there was one ultimate law, the Law of Mind, and that it was in reality synonymous with God. He then broke that one Law down into 11 component laws.  One of these laws was Attraction, but instead of being the entirety of the law, it worked in conjunction with the other ten. Today we will continue our look at how Dr. Holliwell viewed The Laws by examining the seventh of the 11 components of this Law of Mind.

Law of Non-Resistance

“But I say unto you; That you resist not evil.” Matt. 5:39

 “What you resist persists.” Carl Jung

The Law of Non-Resistance is, to many people, rather counter-intuitive. For most of us, when faced with a problem, it is nearly instinctual to roll up our sleeves and attack it head on. But Jung was right, what we resist does persist.

The reason? Because in order to resist something, when you roll up your sleeves and “give it all you’ve got,” you are in fact giving all you’ve got to something you do not want. The very act of resisting it has taken your eyes off of where you want to be and put them on something you do not want. Your attention, and therefore your energy, is off your goal and on the obstacle.

If you aren’t supposed to resist problems, then what are you supposed to do? I’ve discussed this in a little more depth here, but the short version is that you only give the issue as much attention as you need to in order to find a way around it. In fact, most of the things we see as obstacles are possible problems we see down the road, and if we keep our eyes on our goal they will often have dissolved by the time we reach them without our having to do anything. If you must do something, do it with a level head, without emotion, and no more attention that is necessary to detour around the problem and get back on the path to your goal as soon as possible.

If someone insults you, what is gained by insulting him back? What is lost by ignoring him? What is the difference? A bit of pride? If you do insult him back, you have only made an unpleasant situation worse and lowered yourself and your state of mind. Did it really help anything?

Agree with your problems, love your enemies, and turn the other cheek. If this seems hard to understand, don’t worry, it often is at first. Study it, think on it, and give the idea a little time to soak in. Read what others, including Dr. Holliwell, have to say on the subject. In time you will understand that resisting gets you nowhere, fast.

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