By W. Allan
WHY WE HAVE PROBLEMS
To say that we have problems because we create them would be too easy and the solution would also be easy, just quit creating problems, but it is not quite that simple. The soul ( greater self ), the part of you that is more of you than you are of you, seeks out experience. In soul terms, all experience is good experience inasmuch as it contributes to the growth of all of its parts. Were you, one physical part of the soul, to seek out a lifetime without challenges, there would be no learning experience and no growth.
There are other parts of your greater self that are simultaneously experiencing challenges in other arenas of reality and again, all parts as well as the whole benefits. The driving force behind consciousness is creativity and to be creative we need challenges. To put it another way, every desire indicates a lack, something we want and do not have. That lack resulting from desire automatically creates a new challenge (problem). As soon as we achieve something in life or get something we had wanted, we then desire something else, something more, that is the nature of consciousness, a continuing need for creative challenge.
The solving of problems through creativity is the satisfaction consciousness needs in order to thrive. If we were not creatures of desires that lead us to the doorway of creativity, then consciousness would cease to exist. Creativity is what keeps the game going, so we all have a vested interest. One thing we need to understand is that any problem or challenge that seems to happen to us is there as a learning tool, not to defeat us, but for us to face and triumph. All problems that we encounter in life are there because we put them there, including the obvious challenges accepted at birth such as blindness, missing limbs, mental retardation, etc.
The human species has developed a unique characteristic in its encounter with challenges that magnifies any problem far out of context. We have learned to worry. We are the only species on the face of this planet that worries. The animals, even the most sophisticated in terms of evolution of consciousness, do not worry about tomorrow, for that matter they do not worry even about today. Animals live each moment in the moment and do not anticipate tomorrow's problems, so their lack of attention to the problem tends to lessen its effect on their lives. In effect, animals do not live in a world of past regrets and fearsome futures, they live in a world of present experience savoring each moment in an expansive present.
We create and attract events to us like a magnet attracts metal fragments. The type of events we create and attract are an exact exterior replication of our beliefs. The very world around us, including the environment, is formed by our feelings and beliefs and on a far grander scale, all consciousness cooperates in the formation of nature itself. The rhythms of the seasons, the storms, and the even the natural disasters, are as much a reflection of the feelings and beliefs of the inhabitants of the area as your body is a reflection of your beliefs about yourself. Our consciousness flows through nature as nature flows through us. Animals then, face problems every day, but they deal with them as they occur and do not anticipate tomorrow's problems.
It is easy for us to see that concentrating our thought on the problem, let's say of an illness, just might give the illness greater strength, so we could probably be convinced that to ignore the illness would be the proper action to take. It is entirely another thing, considering our fascination with physical constructions, to say that if we ignore the tax collector, we could lose our house and car. So we worry about it, and that perpetuates and strengthens the problem. It is almost too simple to say, "Don't think about it and it will go away," but that is exactly what will happen. When as a species, we begin to learn that nothing in this world is real, will we begin to lose our fear of losing physical possessions and the fear of the loss of physical possessions creates some of the greatest challenges we face today.
Can we learn something from animals ? Of course we can. Sometimes we look down on other creatures, thinking we are the supreme species, put here to subdue the earth, environment, nature and all other living creatures. Nothing could be further from the truth. All consciousness is equal! The consciousness of the human species is no more or no less worthy than the consciousness of an ant. All consciousness came from the same source, so how could one be more valid than another? And by the way, the next time you kill a mosquito, remember, the most powerful psychic entity in the universe has no size and cannot be measured or weighed with our physical instruments.
If we can accept the premise that we indeed create and attract problems to us for the experience, we will also understand that we created these problems to win, not to lose. There is no challenge in our life that does not have a satisfactory outcome waiting at the other end. You created the situation, so would you create a challenge for yourself with no solution? Not hardly.
How to handle problems? Devote five minutes a day only several times a week to contemplating the solution you desire; then take one small, positive step to resolving the problem. Do not spend more than five minutes at one time, as over-concentration will bring you to believe that it isn't working. Small steps at first, and remember your problem was a psychic event before it was physical so the solution will also be psychological in origin. Do not overdo it, give positive psychic momentum time to overtake and replace negative momentum and the problem will begin to moderate, lose its solidity and begin to fade as the solution thickens and materializes into your reality.
You created the problem and you surely left the door open to the solution.
W. Allan is a graduate of Harris Teachers College and Washington University in St. Louis and now resides in Bonita Springs, Florida. He may be contacted by calling (941) 495-7344.
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