The Resistance/Persistance Trap

By Terry Shea

January 20, 2017

Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock

Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock


I will be away this week and Rev. Marilyn will be taking my place and delivering the lecture on the Resistance/Persistance Trap.
Luke in Chapter 11 of his Gospel gives the improbable example of a man going to his friend and asking for bread to feed his family and his friend essentially telling him its too late, the doors are locked and his family is in bed. Come back tomorrow. Luke goes on to say that the petitioner is so persistent that his friend gives in not because of their friendship, nor out of compassion, but simply because of how annoyingly persistent he is.
Neville goes on to give a full allegorical explanation of all the elements of the story, the 2 friends, the bread, the sleeping children and so on from a metaphysical perspective. The moral of the story, according to Neville, is that persistence in a new level of consciousness will flawlessly lead one to the desired level of consciousness and to the ultimate demonstration of that desire. “I want bread, I persist in my desire to have bread, and ultimately I have the bread I desire.”
The reasoning is flawless. I move from a consciousness of lack by adopting a consciousness of prosperity, persisting in that knowing and eventually experience in the outer what I have affirmed inwardly. A maintained attitude is a wish fulfilled.
The challenge for me in this is whether I am persisting in achieving my good or resisting the manifesting of my good. In short, when is my inability to see that I am in my own way preventing myself from getting what I desire no matter how persistent I am in pursuing it? I once watched a woman drive down the street in San Francisco with a “boot”* on her car until she destroyed the wheel, the car and the boot and was forced to stop. She was persistent in getting to her destination, but resistant to the fact that her car had been disabled because of action or inaction on her part.
“Pay your outstanding parking tickets, lady,” oops bad example! Pay your outstanding income tax … ok another bad example but you know what I mean.
We do not achieve our goals by being persistent and coercing the Universe into supporting us. We move forward in life by examining the belief structure behind our not growing so that we can become a consciousness that is entitled to the goal or objective or demonstration we have in mind. We may assume a new consciousness and get what we want but it can be only temporary. We cannot hold onto what do not have a claim to except by right of consciousness.
So, my question to the friend in Luke is this: “What’s wrong with you? Why don’t your children have any food?” I will miss you all this week but I know Marilyn will thrill and inspire you as she always does.
*A wheel clamp, also known as wheel boot, parking boot, or Denver boot, is a device that is designed to prevent vehicles from being moved. In its most common form, it consists of a clamp that surrounds a vehicle wheel, designed to prevent removal of both itself and the wheel.