“What you resist persists,…”

What’s up by Iñaki Pérez for COCOONERS N° 12

April 26, 2024
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2 min read
A graphic cover with two silhouette in a forest, green-like plant; A portrait of Inaki Perez.

This article was first published in Cocooners N° 12


“What you resist persists, what you accept transforms”. This old aphorism attributed to C. G. Jung has always haunted me and, at the same time, has given me many clues on how to face certain professional moments.

In this hustle and bustle of life of the human being where the wave of change drags us through the calendar of our lives, this eternal search for certainty, stability and security becomes an exercise that sometimes leads us to quasi mental illness.

The lack of certainties in the nature of life today is inevitable. Resisting makes us focus on what we deny and not follow the flow of life, whatever it may be; it makes us chase after pasts that do not lead us to the desired happiness. Accepting what happens, understanding uncertainty as the best (only?) option and trying to accept and move through each of the crossroads is probably the way to transform the reality we live in and evolve with it. But that does not mean that there is no north, that there is no direction that time will tell which different roads it will take us down, but which looks to a point on the horizon where we as human beings want to address.

Accepting and flowing with what happens is not renouncing anything, far from it, rather it is to integrate ourselves with reality and flow with the change in the direction that our north star illuminates, this one that we decide on in our deepest exercise of human freedom. Resisting the world, nature, the human system to which we belong and which in turn belongs to the world and the universe, is perhaps nothing more than a way of persisting in a task that will never be again, whether we like it or not, because life flowed, flows and will flow in another way.

Let us not resist, let us evolve and let us join nature which we have always qualified as wise, but to which we as human beings have not listened too much even though she has all the keys.

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