Superhero Academy: We are here to heal and change the world!
In this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings, the topic was RESISTANCE – all the inner forces that work toward keeping us from knowing and living our most authentic truth, from identifying and harnessing our Superpowers and from experiencing the life of meaning and purpose that was intended. Superman had kryptonite, we have resistance.
Resistance is a powerful force which comes up more and more strongly the closer we get to our life’s purpose. In recent weeks, the Superheroes accomplished a great deal of work around the quest for their Superpowers and the uniquely creative way in which they are gifted to find meaning and purpose in their lives and to contribute to the betterment of the world. Not surprisingly, moving closer to the awareness and harnessing of these gifts has unleashed the (not so) ugly face of RESISTANCE.
As we discovered in this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings, resistance can be both direct and subtle in nature. An easy and direct one – you are printing off a story that has to go out in today’s mail for a writing contest and your printer runs out of ink. RESISTANCE. A subtle one- you do a meditation to access awareness of a dream you are being invited to pursue. An image shows up and you push it away as “it can’t be that.” RESISTANCE! Or you are attempting to access guidance for your life and you hear the word beloved and you take it to mean God instead of the flesh and blood love that is trying to come into your life. RESISTANCE!
Ultimately, resistance is anything that makes us question, doubt, deny, avoid, ignore, suppress, repress, our gifts and our call. Resistance is the ego/false-self trying to keep us from the path of freedom, expansiveness, joy, fulfillment, meaning, love, that we were meant to enjoy. Inwardly, resistance shows up in anxiety, confusion, despair, depression, fear, worry, THE NEED TO KNOW. Outwardly, it shows up in procrastination, avoidance, denial, bargaining (I will get to my gift AFTER I clean the house, pay the bills, feed the family, finish school, rake the yard, make enough money for retirement, feel safe and secure, retire from my paying job, qualify for social security, etc. etc. etc..) Outwardly, resistance also shows up in external situations that really do block our path – equipment going down, running out of ink, losing our journal, a computer virus, etc. etc. etc. All of these are subconscious ways in which we resist our gifts and our path.
Support during Resistance
This week the Superheroes focused on identifying resistance. Next week we will work on specific strategies for moving through resistance. In the meantime, it is important to know that RESISTANCE IS NORMAL…..in fact, it is a GOOD thing because it means we are getting closer to the life of our dreams! When resistance shows up, we have the opportunity to say:
“Hello resistance, the fact that you are here means
that something MAGNIFICENT is about to happen!”