If you are writing anything – poetry, plays, novels, essays, blogs, short stories, scripts, then you know that resistance kicks you butt. The more you love what you are doing, the more you are called to do it, the more you invoke a force that can only be called "resistance," which is the world pushing back.
Work is love made manifest. And thus, it changes the world. Resistance is just the action-reaction effect of the world resisting being changed.
An indispensable text on resistance is The War of Art, by Stephen Pressfield. One day I found his book Gates of Fire, about the Spartans at Thermoplaye, and was stunned by the world he evoked. Pressfield did something in that book I have never seen done before, he brings you into the world so totally, with such mastery, with such detail. After finishing it, I went looking for what else he wrote, and idly picked up The War of Art.
I have recommended this to several writers, loaned them my copy, and it has happened that they then go out and buy two, one for themselves and one to give to a friend.
I read and re-read The War of Art while we were writing and producing Meditation 24/7. There was so much resistance to getting that book done, my mind was boggled. I kept saying to Camille, "Tell me again why it is that I wrote this book 6 months ago and turned it in, and we are now writing it all over again from the beginning?" The book is so short it's almost like a long Hallmark card.
The level of resistance was incredible. We recorded the audio tracks ourselves, and I thought, what is the big deal? Just an hour or so of audio, 14 two to seven-minute guided meditations. But everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. The borrowed Digidesign mBox had a flaw in it that two professional audio engineer friends took hours to diagnose. There were line hums in the electricity. The electricity would go out. We would unplug all the computers and then the backup batteries would hum. We had to get up at 2 in the morning to get quiet, then the Sheriff or Coast Guard would turn on their sirens. Or the musicians upstairs would start recording their album.
The world was pushing back so hard that I kept asking myself, and Camille, "Are we doing something wrong here? Are we on the wrong path?" Then I realized, "No, it's just that this book is so clean and simple that it is going to change the world, our little section of it, anyway. And it comes with a CD. We haven't done audio before. And we totally love the whole project."
It did not make sense to me that the more you love what you are doing, the more resistance you will get.
Of course, what writers go through is minor to what mothers and fathers go through in bringing children into the world! But we won't go there right now.