I received a message today from someone asking me how this understanding can help with major problems.
She feels that perhaps seeing the truth about our human experience can maybe help us with minor problems, but major problems just are major problems.
So what do we do about them?
Well firstly, it’s really helpful to know that “major problem” is made up. Now I don’t mean the situation, circumstances or things in the world of form aren’t happening, I’m sure they are or at the very least they could be.
But for a situation to be a “major problem” we need to take seriously the thinking that says it’s a major problem.
If we don’t think something is a problem, we don’t experience it as a problem.
If we don’t experience it as a problem, it’s just simply not a problem to us.
I know, I know, this may sound too simple.
But truly: without believing the thinking that says a circumstance, situation or event is a problem, there is no problem. It just is what it is.
Most of the time I think climate change is a a major problem. When I’m thinking about it in that way I feel scared, hopeless, fearful, distressed, upset, angry and stuck.
When I don’t see it as a major problem I tend not to feel those things.
Climate change is still happening in the world of form, regardless of what I think, believe and experience about it.
Yet when I allow my thinking to shift and change (as it naturally is designed to do, thank goodness that’s not our job) I see climate change differently.
I see it as the by-product of a low level of global consciousness. I see it as an effect of self-consciousness, greed, insecurity and fear on a massive scale.
When my mind isn’t taking seriously all the fear, hopelessness and distress that comes along with the “major problem of climate change”, I have room to see it differently.
In that space something new occurs to me. It makes sense for me to do certain things and cease certain things. It might occur to turn my attention inwards and see where I’m innocently part of the problem instead of part of the solution.
I get answers and solutions that were previously unknown to me. I see the same events in a deeper, broader, more interconnected way. I have ideas that I didn’t have when I was staring down at the “major problem of climate change”.
And in that space, I have access to the unknown. Since my mind isn’t totally bogged down with all my “major problem” thinking, I get fresh thinking. This may take the form of ideas about anything: innovation, technology, education, personal change, societal change, global change, etc.
The important thing is not nailing down what the solution might be, it’s seeing where solutions come from.
Solutions come from where all new thinking comes from: the unknown. The not yet created. The not yet formed. The nothing (no thing) out of which everything (every thing) arises.
If something is looking like a “major problem” right now, the good news is a) you don’t have to take that thinking seriously, and b) you can go back to the drawing board and allow yourself to have fresh thinking about it.
We’re designed to see things differently when we don’t take seriously the current thinking we have about it.
So what do we do about major problems? We realize that “major problem” is an unhelpful label that we don’t have to buy into, and we rest in the space of pure potential that is the birthplace for answers and solutions.