Sunday, 18 March 2018

Resistance, compliance, and surrender

As a sponsee, I have resisted sponsors' perceptions, analyses, assessments, and suggested decisions and action.

A minor practical or tactical misgiving is legitimate; a visceral digging in of the heels is usually more suspect.

Fear, guilt, shame, judgement, blame, black-and-white thinking, clinging to old beliefs, rejection of new people or ideas, antipathy towards unfamiliar groups, snap judgements, and all other manifestations of negativity are fruit of the ego, in other words the problem.

I have learned it is wise not to consult the problem on the best course of action to eliminate the problem. The problem will give you answers that perpetuate the problem instead of promoting the solution.

Temporarily, compliance is a suitable alternative to absolute surrender, and a bit of willpower and gumption is necessary to get over the hump of petulance. But unless the underlying allegiance to negative perceptions, analyses, and assessments is fundamentally withdrawn, the tension will resolve in favour of the old ideas, and the individual will find themselves back at square one.

'T-7.VII.4. Illusions are investments. 2 They will last as long as you value them. 3 Values are relative, but they are powerful because they are mental judgments. 4 The only way to dispel illusions is to withdraw all investment from them, and they will have no life for you because you will have put them out of your mind. 5 While you include them in it, you are giving life to them. 6 Except there is nothing there to receive your gift.'

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