Acquired Inner Resistance (AIR) refers to (1) significantly decreased effectiveness in the use of inner work techniques over time and (2) an increasingly strong desire to stop doing inner work. It is often caused by the wrong application of inner work techniques. One common issue is practitioners treating the mind as a computer or machine that they can manipulate any way they like. The mind is a living ecosystem that can respond to intervention in complex and unexpected ways. A sure-fire way to create AIR is to use large numbers of irrelevant releasing statements repetitively.
AIR can be active or passive. In active AIR, the subconscious creates a very strong desire to avoid doing inner work. In passive AIR, the subconscious merely resists exploration and hides the remaining issues, making all the existing inner work techniques ineffective.
Treating AIR requires winning back the trust of the subconscious. Working with the subconscious is as intimate as sexual union; it must surrender willingly to allow the changes to occur. Taking it by force denies its sacredness and violates its trust.
Doing Inner Work of any type is a difficult process that will take much time and effort to complete. One will inevitably have to accept many negative experiences along the way. Shortcuts only provide a distraction from reconciling with the Darkness within.
Below are some methods with questionable issues and side effects used for inner work:
Pressing on meridian points: A popular and simple technique promises freedom from negative emotions by pressing on specific meridian points of our body in a particular sequence while focusing on the negative emotion. It eliminates these emotions from our consciousness by short-circuiting our emotional sensing system. Instead of being ‘freed’ from the emotions, users become blind to them and have no empathy for others who feel such emotions. Eventually, the negative emotions run amok in the body, resulting in possible mental instability. It is rather challenging to help people who have damaged their systems in such a manner.
Machine gun releasing: Some people have concluded that since releasing statements work, they can compile many thousands of statements and declare them one by one, believing that some of those statements will eventually cover all their issues. This is due to a lack of awareness of the purpose and limitations of releasing statements. Firstly, it takes a lot of willpower to say each statement, and saying so many statements in one session will cause exhaustion. Secondly, the releasing statements are meant to honor our Darkness and remember our sacred spaces, not to eliminate negative thoughts and emotions. Using statements with the wrong intent causes our subconscious to quickly resist them, such that even when the statements are used correctly in the future, they will be completely ineffective.
Psychiatric medication: Many people rely on drugs to get rid of their negative thoughts and emotions. These drugs work by cutting off access to the soul, which relieves the syndromes of distress but also freezes the healing/growth process. Just imagine if we apply our modern material perspective to spiritual leaders of the past: The Buddha will probably be diagnosed with depression and Jesus Christ with psychosis. Both will be prescribed pills to ‘fix’ their ‘issues’.
Recreational psychoactive drugs: Some people have started experimenting with so-called hallucinogenic drugs that the latest scientific research claims to be able to reset the brain to get us out of our emotional rut. It is wise for us to remember that in ancient cultures, these drugs were supposed to be used only for special ceremonies or one-off healing sessions under the supervision of an experienced shaman. Repeatedly forcing ourselves to enter the fantasy world of our subconscious is not advisable if we want to stay firmly in our physical body and reality.
Forces of material power: Many practitioners offer to show us how to use our power of ‘creating’ reality to ‘attract’ or ‘manifest’ solutions to our problems. These people have the theory backward. We do not need anything more than we have. Trying to use a material solution to solve a spiritual problem won’t work – it is merely the wolf of material consumerism in spiritual sheep’s clothing.
Forces of disconnection: Likewise, some practitioners claim to invoke the power of certain beings to ‘ascend’ from the ‘low frequencies’ of Darkness into the Light. Be aware that believers disconnect from their soul, physical body, and reality in exchange for tranquility and the empty sensation of spiritual attainment.