Principle 23: The Two Paths
- The Path of Least Resistance.
- The Path of High Resistance
Whenever a person faces a decision, one choice will be easier than the other. The easier choice will be the path (or line) of least resistance. The majority will choose this path very consistently. If this is the only path chosen then disintegration of creation results.
Fortunately there are a few who are willing to go against the grain and make hard decisions and choose the building path of high resistance.
Just as it is easier to destroy than to build, the path of least resistance is always the easier choice.
Does this mean that the line of least resistance should always be avoided? No. The principle of Judgment must always come into play. Sometimes the easy choice is the correct one and other times the difficult one is. The man of courage will not shy away from the path of high resistance when necessary. Without those with courage to choose this path civilization would never move forward.
A quote by Robert Frost encapsulates the importance of the path of high resistance:
“Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
If you are polarized in matter then the line of least resistance is to follow the pull of the material world. But if you are polarized in the Spirit the path of least resistance is to follow Spirit.
So what is this path of high resistance that we talk about?
This is the path that one must take who is polarized in matter but wishes to rise up in consciousness to spirit.
Let us give an example that many can relate to.
Suppose you have been a big meat eater all your life. Now suppose someone places a juicy t-bone steak in front of you on one hand and a great looking all vegetarian salad on the other and told you that you must pick one to eat. If you are very hungry which do you pick?
By far the line of least resistance is to pick the steak as it is much more satisfying.
Now let us say that you come to the conclusion that a vegetarian diet would improve your health and you decide to go on it. Shortly thereafter you are faced with the same choice again. The choice to go with the line of least resistance last time was a no-brainer, but this time you have made a choice to move up to a more refined diet. Even so the pull of the smell of the great steak is strong and to choose the salad you must travel the path of high resistance.
Now if you are a determined soul and continue on your new diet for several years what happens? You lose your attraction to meat and you arrive at the time that a good salad seems to be better than a steak. Now it is the line of least resistance to choose the salad rather than the steak.
On the other hand, you could backslide and start eating meat again. If you do this it will not be long before your line of least resistance will be back where it was before and you will again have a strong pull toward the meat-eating diet.
Now compare the two diets to spirit and matter. Matter indeed has a strong pull on us but eventually each of us learns all we can from this lower world and we desire to move in consciousness toward Spirit. When we first decide to take a stab at it we find that staying centered there is indeed the path of high resistance. If we stay focused the time will eventually come that spirit will be more attractive to us than is matter. But if we lose our focus we can always backslide and again be captured by the pull of matter.
We thus see that the line of least resistance sets in when the course we are on has more energies moving in the desired direction than against it. But the spiral always moves upward and it takes more effort to take the step upward than downward. To move on the upward way takes more will than to relax and fall backward. But when the will of God is joined to our wills the force of downward gravity is negated and nothing can stop the pilgrim from progressing along the upwards path, which is for him now the line of least resistance in his inner world, even though it may be the line of high resistance to the outer.
To convert the line of high resistance to the line of least resistance we must adapt. If we do not adapt to the new circumstances that face us at each turn of the spiral we become crystallized and sluggish and upward movement becomes exceedingly difficult until the Law of Adaptation is followed.
Now consider this. We progress by the Law of Adaptation as though moving along the line of an upward spiral with no end in sight. Each time we have moved within the eternal round of an apparent circle we find that it was not a perfect circle but that the end is slightly different than the beginning.
Now visualize that a certain number of souls progress through several turns of the spiral, but wind up stopping the spiral motion and get caught in a circular motion that does not spiral upward. Instead, the entity goes round and round with no end in sight with each of his ends in the same location as the last beginning.
Contemplate this symbolism. Who are those among us who resist the spiral and get caught in the circle?
“God exists because we exist, and without each other, there would be nothing.”
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