On the Use of Force

One of the surest signs of constriction in Particle consciousness is the belief that anything good can be accomplished through the use of force. As an object of belief, force is inherently counterintentional, because when we’re in alignment, there’s nothing to overcome, nothing to change, no enemy, no obstacles, nothing to use force against. Many spiritual paths teach this principle: Taoism and Christianity both advise us to “resist not evil.” Hinduism considers ahimsa (nonviolence) a spiritual virtue of utmost importance; Islam and the Talmud both give numerous examples of the need for kindness and mercy. Buddhism stresses compassion for all sentient beings, without regard for one’s personal interests. In Field theory terms, a belief in and subsequent use of force produce unpredictable, unstable, and disappointing results in both the inner and outer world, because of an inherent contradiction: It makes no sense to believe in the power of using force unless one is simultaneously believing in the power of that against which the force is being used.

We don’t use force during the creative act of deliberate intending. This is why, unlike other consciousness-as-cause models, Field theory instructs us not to concentrate, focus, visualize, etc. All of these methods involve an engaging of personal will or forcefulness, however subtle. In the outer world, force can accomplish things, at least for awhile—though an honest reckoning would show that whatever is created through using force is “ill-gotten” and short-lived. In the inner world—where consciousness is the master of instant creation—the use of force is a failure method. You can test this by trying to not think of a brick wall. The more you try not to think of it, the more the “it” you are trying not to think of is present. If, during the use of any consciousness technique (prayer, visualization, affirmations, etc.), you employ force, the implicit contradiction will lock you out, and you’ll remain free of the fulfillment you sought so intently to compel into existence. Inwardly, the art of creation depends on allowing, which knows nothing of force. It is a surrender to the ideal, a letting go of all attempts to make anything happen and a gentle easing into identification with the desired version of self through letting it be charmingly present. This is the meaning of the idea that the “meek shall inherit the earth”: meek means “without assertiveness”; earth means “manifestation” or fulfillment.

Are you willing to stop running around the world, trying to find a way to make your dream come true, and instead, by resting in the feeling of fulfillment, gently and patiently let your dream find you? Why not make the great experiment?

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