How does one remain on the path when faced with what would appear to be constant opposition where energy flow is concerned???
Never stop trying to move forward, and don’t focus on outcome as much as your moment to moment experience. You’ll never be off of your path. Do your best to work with things as they are. Do not become a reaction, but release attachments, pray and meditate, and consider the guidance you feel in your heart center. When you are calm and can release attachments, trust what you feel there, and act on it.
If your partner or any person is actively trying to control or stop your own personal growth he/she is crossing a boundary that allows for your individual needs and freedom; this is abuse. No person has the right to stop you from doing anything you believe in that is not harmful to others.
If this is about a committed partner, it may help to have clarity on what you both want to do as a pair and what you each need to do individually. I think the goal for both of you could be to actively support where you can, and where that is not a fit, be supportive in spirit by allowing the other the space they need.
In more general terms, there is a subtle energy present everywhere in our environment to varying degrees that pulls downward on your energy. It’s like the gravity that opposes the flight of an airplane, or when climbing up a mountain. It’s subtler than gravity; it operates on the level of consciousness. This is a power we must overcome daily when we are on the spiritual path. It affects us through our own attitude, and in many other ways too. There is no way around it, but you can ease your way through it with positive, loving, and accepting energy. To become negative only makes it worse. And this obviously applies to dealing with people also.
If you were not rising upward, you would not be so aware of this force in others or yourself. It’s just part of moving ahead on your path. You don’t pay much attention to the bumps in the road until you moving right? Just don’t allow them to become your main focus by taking them personally.
Keep your eyes on your destination and NEVER give up trying. Try even to enjoy the ride, for this may be the most important thing of all.
“A saint is a sinner who never gave up.”