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The On Being Project

The Power of Creative Non-Resistance

I don’t believe in “allowing” everything that happens in my life, or the lives of the people around me, or the larger life of the world.

Some things need to be resisted to one’s final breath. But there are other things, important things, that cannot be resisted, and much depends on whether I have the wit and grace to yield.

When it comes to those things, this poem is an important reminder about the power of what might be called “creative non-resistance.”

by Danna Faulds

There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
containing a tornado. Dam a
stream and it will create a new
channel. Resist, and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground. The only
safety lies in letting it all in —
the wild and the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.

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