Knowledge of the Paths

1999-5-30 10:40:00

The results are in, and Zina came in first with 8 out of 9, with Rob, Diane & John not far behind. Before we proceed with the nine points, let me make several comments on the two paths.

As Glenys surmised, we all follow the path of least resistance from time to time. Normally, when we drive to the grocery store, we take that same route, which has been proven to be most efficient. This is a proven quantity, the path of least resistance, to attaining our destination.

What sets the person apart who is polarized on the path of high resistance is that he or she is willing to break off from the norm and follow the more difficult path when a higher purpose seems to be involved.

Another point is that all choices on the path of high resistance are not necessarily correct or even the most moral way to go. Nevertheless, the treading of this path will always reveal some higher knowledge and wisdom.

For instance, let us say that Ralph decides to sell everything he has and buy an RV and travel across the country. His coworkers, family, friends and even his minister try to talk him out of it (resistance), but he does it anyway. He travels around for a year and concludes he made a mistake, and seeks to return to his old job.

Even though this decision did not work out the way he wanted, he still exercised the will to follow the resistant path. He will take this valuable will to go against the grain, plus his experience, with him to new and higher endeavors, and in many ways this is more important than being right.

A knowledge of these two paths (least and high resistance) is preparation for the great decision we mentioned earlier. In this great decision, the two hidden paths become visible to the seeker. They are most commonly called the right and left hand path or the path of light and path of darkness. Life and death are two other names used.

The average person has a vague knowledge of right and wrong, but knows nothing about these two paths. When one becomes a seeker, he begins to sense the paths of least and high resistance, but still does not see or understand the great choice. Finally, when the seeker becomes a committed disciple and is willing to put his full attention on his progression, the two paths open up before him. Only he or she who is willing to give his all for the benefit of the whole, even his life and dreams, will have enough light to choose correctly.

Fortunately for us, several wrong choices do not lead us to the dark path. When we do make choices toward the dark side, our soul goes to work and does everything possible to steer us back on course, including much pain and suffering to wake us up. To attain the dark path, it takes as strong of a determination toward self as the path of light does toward the whole. Most of us eventually learn our lessons and choose the right hand path when the day comes. Only a few failures are stubborn enough to pursue the dark path until their destruction becomes assured.

It is an interesting fact that the masses are easily manipulated by the illusions created by the dark ones, but among the highly evolved, a very high percentage has discovered their errors and are on the path of light.

Question: Zia got 8 out of 9 correct in my estimation. Which one do you suppose I will judge to be incorrect and why?

Zia's answers:

(1) The decision to go to war in Kosovo.

Least resistance--ulterior motives in operation.

(2) The decision of Bill Gates to create Windows 95 and 98.

Least resistance - continuing product lines, natural evolution.

(3) The decision of Steve Jobs to create the Mac.

High Resistance--against great competition.

(4) The decision to get up and go to work at your regular job Monday morning.

Since I love my work, it is least resistance.

(5) A decision to tell your boss (who irritates you to no end) to take a flying leap.

Least resistance - reaction is weak, not creating your interests.

(6) A decision made by an unmarried woman in the fifties to get pregnant and raise the kid on her own.

High Resistance - no security, and not acceptable a woman on her own, often difficult to be employed because not seen as 'normal'.

(7) The decision by Rosa Parks to not sit in the back of the bus.

High Resistance - could be thrown off the bus, potential brunt of abuse

(8) The decision by the Republicans to go ahead with impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton.

High Resistance - standing for what was morally correct against the majority, corruption and ulterior motives in the glamour of politics.

(9) Korvorkian's decision to end the lives of the terminally ill.

High Resistance - because the ultimate required his determination to sacrifice his freedom for what he believed was right.