(Would you, could you, believe that it’s supposed to be easy?)
I just found a little note I wrote for myself with an Abraham-Hicks quote that struck me: “The path of least resistance is also the path of greatest joy, greatest clarity, and the most fun!”
Abraham’s path of least resistance is a crazy-simple concept: You watch for and find the easiest, most effortless spot to next place your foot. Don’t see the whole picture? Don’t have a start-to-finish plan? No problem. Find your next step, knowing that’s enough. Take the easiest step you have access to.
You can do it tired, scared, confused. Point yourself roughly in the right direction (as I talk about in part 4 of Scooch!) and step forward, wherever your foot can land without some big leap or forceful stomping.
You can do it with curiosity instead of dread; you can stay tuned for the guidance rather than fear you’ll get it wrong. You can trust yourself to course-correct as you go.
It’s always okay to find you’re in resistance. Watch it dispassionately, compassionately. Then find your point of least resistance, and step there. Rinse and repeat; rinse and repeat. You’ll see and feel the resistance melt away. You’ll find the momentum builds as you go, often surprisingly swiftly.
To proceed along the path of least resistance, start by noticing when you’re in resistance.
In your body, resistance can feel like
You’re in resistance when you're
It also helps to be clear about the signs that you're on a path of least resistance:
How to follow the path of least resistance:
All you need to do is gingerly pick your way along the unknown way, one step at a time, simply finding your next point of least resistance. What’s the easiest way to go that feels like it’s in the right direction? Forget the whole picture. Don’t call this one step a drop in the bucket. Your point of least resistance simply gives you access to movement. One step, and another, and the next, until you’re moving so well, you forget you didn’t know how to do this. You’ll course-correct as you go, so don’t worry about whether you’re heading just the right way. You’re meant to build and ride momentum.
Hey, it’s not just that the path of least resistance will get you to where you’re going in the most effortless way. Remember the quote I began with from Abraham-Hicks? “The path of least resistance is also the path of greatest joy, greatest clarity, and the most fun!” So when it feels like that … you’re on it!
Love & blessings, Jaya
Once again, here’s the link to my 11 Rules for When You’re Discouraged and Distressed. People keep finding these very helpful on bad days or in tricky times. Invitation to print them out and keep them close as needed.
Want to declare a grand experiment in forcing nothing? Put it to a specific chunk of time or apply it to a specific project or vision: I commit to following the path of least resistance, forcing nothing. I will find my way just one step at a time, locating only my next one point of least resistance, now and now and now. I’m willing to watch for how momentum builds differently—perhaps effortlessly—along this kind, radical path of least resistance.
I'm in awe of the Enneagram and its profound articulation of 9 ways the human journey can go. Through presence, we can dismantle the hard-wiring of our personality tendencies and step into the best we have to experience and offer. Through greater understanding about how these journeys work, we can extend compassion and acceptance (and a whole lot of admiration, too) to other people and to ourselves.
Love post #1. (Love Overhaul. Redefine what love is.)
Love post #2. (Noticing and clearing up these patterns will support a purer form of love.)
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Here are 3 testimonials from past participants of my Enneagram class, Fall in Love with All the Types (starting up again on Sept 13 by zoom video conference, 6 modules, every other Friday at 11 a.m. ET):
I loved, LOVED this class—it was interesting, educational, emotional, and fun! I learned so much about myself and others. I learned things that I will carry through my life and that will help me in dealing with interpersonal relationships and communication going forward! I've already come to understand my daughter better and I'm getting better at understanding her very different personality style. I'm more patient with her and have a lot more compassion.
— MF, Damariscotta, ME
I appreciated the structure and the materials you prepared for us, and I learned so much! Finding each of the types in me (or elements of each type) has given me more insights into myself and others. I have deepened my appreciation for my friends and colleagues, especially those whose types I know. I feel much more compassion for them, too.
— Julie Schnepel, Ithaca, NY
I really enjoyed the course. It was great to have a live interactive forum, rather than just reading a book and not having anyone to process the material with. I really liked the dyad experientials that you integrated—it helped the material come alive. You are very organized, and all of the teaching was clear. You obviously put a lot of work into the materials. (I especially appreciated the song playlists!)
— Yvonne Lucia, Binghamton, NY
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