Over the last few days, the birth of the seed resistance, the effects of identities, and the difference between resisting and fully experiencing these effects have been even more acutely up for me. I also see how resisting the effects of a sense of I and identities is a dark night, while allowing myself to fully experiencing these effects is purgatory. It allows the sense of I and its identities to gradually burn away.
Seed resistance, giving rise to a sense of I and its identities
First, there is the resistance to what is as inherently absent of I. This resistance gives rise to a sense of I, and of I and Other.
This sense of I is fleshed out through various identities. I am this, not that. I want this, not that. And this gives rise to resistance to various aspects within form.
Resistance to the effects of the sense of I and identities
Then, there is resistance to the effects of the sense of I and the various identities. There is resistance to the experiences of loneliness, fear, anger, attraction, aversion, confusion, and so on.
When there is this resistance to the effects, the sense of I and its identities tend to seem very real and substantial. We act as if they are real, so they tend to appear as real.
When the resistance to the effects is dropped, when we allow ourselves to fully experience the effects of a sense of I and various identities, they tend to appear less substantial. They may even erode over time and fall away.
Resisting experiences vs. fully experiencing
In practical terms, it means that when we resist experiences, the sense of I and its identities appears as more real to us. They become solidified.
Many of these experiences arise when the world is filtered through a sense of I and its identities, such as fear, anger, loneliness, and so on. And resisting these experiences only makes them proliferate. We pour gasoline on the already existing fire.
When we allow ourselves to fully experience, the sense of I and its identities appear as less substantial and real. Eventually, they can burn out completely.
Fully experiencing allows us a glimpse into what we really are, awake emptiness and form absent of I, and this gives a sense of coming home, and even of bliss.
Resisting experience is hell. Allowing the resistance to experience to fall away is bliss.
Dark night and purgatory
I notice for myself that this is also the difference between an experience of dark night and purgatory.
When I resist experiencing the results of a sense of I and various identities, it is hell and an experience of a dark night.
When I allow myself to fully experience the results of a sense of I and the various identities, there is a sense of fullness, being held, coming home, and even bliss. There is also an experience of the sense of I and its identities burning away, of purgatory.
Put another way, resisting God’s will is hell and a dark night. Surrendering to God’s will is heaven and purgatory.