If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit, Simply Stop Wearing It.

I’m sure you have felt it; change is happening at such a rapid pace that many feel inadequate to keep up. Few would argue that the unprecedented conflict in today’s world can be directly and indirectly credited to a clash of world views- old vs. new. The good news is that out of such conflict rises the potential for new creativity. The value of this process can be appreciated by anyone who has resisted change until they got ‘A Whack on the Side of the Head’ or ‘A Kick in the Seat of the Pants,’ (the titles of two excellent books on creativity by Roger Von Oech, Ph.D.).

I am not saying that a crisis is the best way for change to be initiated, but it seems to be the best method we can subscribe to by default. Humans have a tendency to avoid change until it becomes too painful not to change. The problem is that you can’t embrace the new paradigm unless you choose to let go of the old. And, well… we get rather attached to the “old,” don’t we? The old is familiar and comforting. We already understand it. We’ve integrated its laws. We know the rules of the game and how to play it. But just as children outgrow their shoes and need new, better-fitting ones, cultures outgrow their paradigms and need new, better fitting ones.

It is human nature for us to constantly seek greater knowledge and understanding, both of ourselves and the world around us. We must move forward with the new information and ideas of value that result from this search if we are to grow, develop, and prosper- both individually and collectively.

So… we know that there are times when we need to change. And we know that most of the time we don’t like to change. Out of the battle between the forces of “need to change” and “don’t like to change” rises a crisis. Unless effectively responded to in the early stages, the crisis will eventually grow to such a proportion that either it will cause us to finally act or it will overcome us.

Think of what might happen to a child’s foot if new shoes were not acquired in response to growth. First, there would be a bit of pain and discomfort, maybe some blisters. Then, toe deformation would start. In time, the child would become completely immobilized, every step taken becoming increasingly painful. Eventually, the foot could cease to grow in response to the confinement. Or, it could burst the seams of the shoe, freeing the foot.

What a glorious day for the child that would be! Either way, by the time things went that far, irreparable damage would have been done to the foot and much of the joy of living lost in dealing with the situation. As always, we have choices, even when we don’t think that we do. We can chose to do nothing and learn to live with the pain or we can face our fears and respond to the need for change.

The truly beautiful thing about a subjective universe is the fact that it is indeed subjective. We each are gifted with our very own, individual consciousness and are more than capable of perturbing subatomic particles. To create necessary change you don’t have to purchase any elaborate equipment. You don’t have to lobby some government agency. You don’t have to convince your friends and family to buy into this idea for it to work. All you have to do is embrace a new paradigm. All you really have to do is change your mind.

“Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish. Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. It operates in spite of the warrior’s indulgence. Intent is what makes him invulnerable. Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.” -Carlos Castaneda

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~ by upbeatmag on June 25, 2009.

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