I have read many posts and spiritual teachings about ‘overcoming’. By its definition, the word overcoming implies a struggle. It means to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy; to prevail over something; to overpower or overwhelm in body or mind (dictionary.com).
Overcoming is a result of resisting and fighting something until it succumbs to a superior force of will. It is the ego exercising its willpower in a quest to win out over some apparent obstacle. Overcoming evil, bad habits and nasty attitudes are activities of the ego and are short lived.
Somethingsomewhere and sometime will trigger a self survival response from the ego that can undo all one’s ‘overcoming’. This is why some addictive personalities relapse into the security of comfortable behavior. The ego becomes satisfied when it perceives it has won out over some obstacle.
This satisfaction can lead to complacency and lead to inappropriate action or simple inaction. How about ‘undercoming’? Undercoming is an action where you simply let go of a perceived problem by turning it over to God. Isn’t it better to allow the Spirit of God to guide you into a state of the acceptance of Divine order? Isn’t trusting in God better than trusting in your ego?
Stop fighting, resisting and overcoming obstacles in life and simply allow the Spirit of God to bless you with peace, understanding and joy; astate where no apparent obstacle has any perceived power over you and you are free to be the expression of God’s love.
Anytime you push against that which you perceive is against you, you are ‘resisting’ its apparent effect and you are succumbing to its perceived power ‘over’ you. Carl Jung once said, “What you resist persists.” That which you believe is harming you or interfering in your forward progress will keep reoccurring until you simply let it pass through you without attaching any emotion to it.
Let things be what they are and never try to ‘overcome’ them. When you do, you are allowing your ego to step up to the plate and lead the perceived ‘battle’. Stop allowing your ego to ‘fight’ your battles for you. Allow the Spirit of God to guide you to a resolution that is beneficial for all.
Choose to ‘undercome’ instead of overcome and remove fighting and resisting from your life. You will have less stress, better relationships and a more peaceful existence. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)