“If you understand, things are just as they are… If you do not understand, things are just as they are.”
– Zen Proverb
Our world is perfectly imperfect! Everything is as it should be. Daily life provides us with the lessons we need to learn, grow, and evolve. These experiences are necessary for our highest good and learning. Yet, if we fail to learn the lessons we are doomed to repeat them until we do.
Hidden beneath all of our flaws and imperfections lies a fundamental process of growth, change, and adaptation. If we allow ourselves to accept these negative aspects of our selves and our world, we can come to know the perfection of our universe through our own imperfectness.
By first accepting things as they are, we can then work to create change by transcending our circumstances.
‘Our world is perfect as it is.’
Many people would find it hard to agree with this statement, but that’s only because they are viewing the world through the limited perception of the human mind…
Humans create judgments about people, events and the world; labeling things in terms of being good or bad. However, “good and bad” are merely concepts and opinions that vary from person to person, place to place, time to time.
What is good to one person, may seem bad to another person. Something that seems bad at first, may turn out to be a blessing in disguise later on.
‘Things are the way they are.. and that, in itself, is neither good nor bad… it simply is.’
This doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement in every area of our lives. It simply means that life is unfolding as it should be. Humanity is evolving as we go.
The World is the Way it Is
The world is the way it is, only because we are the way we are. I think our current situation in the world is a mirrored reflection of our own conflicted consciousness.
It reveals how attached and identified we are to our own egos, mental positions, and cultural fallacies. We are so focused on our differences and divisions that we don’t see that we all arise from the same source and will all return to that source in just a few short years.
We’re not seeing the bigger picture and the interconnectedness of the universe as a whole. We’re not recognizing the other as ourselves because we’ve become so identified with the illusion of our separateness. We’ve also become so identified with the illusion of scarcity that we no longer see the abundance all around us.
We feel like we’re fighting for our survival. So we’re resisting what is, while not realizing that our resistance only perpetuates more of the same conditions.
When we see hate, the tendency is to respond with hate… yet, responding with love is the more intelligent and enlightened response. We’re focused on what we don’t want, instead of focusing our conscious energy on creating what we do want and desire. We’re caught in a catch 22, because we don’t fully understand how the universe works.
It’s definitely an ethical/spiritual/awareness problem that we’re dealing with.If we would all remember the “golden rule” of doing onto others and thinking about others in the same way that we would want others to do and think of ourselves.. this would be a more compassionate and cooperative society.
We don’t grasp that this is the reality!!!
- To get what you want.. first help others to get what they want.
- To make friends.. first be a friend to another person.
- To become wealthy.. first add value to society as a whole.
- To attract the opposite sex.. first become more attractive yourself.
- To get respect… first give your respect to everyone you meet.
If you do something to the detriment of another person or being, you are actually doing something to the detriment of your own being on a metaphysical level… because in absolute reality we are the same being; quite simply the same consciousness, yet in a different physical form.
For example, when we pollute and destroy the environment, we don’t realize that eventually that pollution and toxic destruction will become apart of who we are physiologically speaking.. that is because we are products of our own environments as well. If we eat toxic animals and polluted vegetation, we too, will become polluted on a cellular and biological level.
We have to wake up from the illusion of chaos to see the harmonized perfection that is evident everywhere throughout our world and universe. All we’re looking at is the chaos without grasping that we’re the ones creating more of it.
- Whatever you observe you’re acknowledging into existence.
- Whatever you focus your attention on will become your reality.
- Whatever you resist will persist against you.
- Whatever you fight against only grows stronger.
This is why in Aikido, we don’t resist the person attacking us. If you do, they will only fight even harder for the dominant position. Instead, we allow them to attack and then accept the attack, only to redirect it way from us or neutralize it in a way that uses their own force against them.
This approach is very counter-intuitive and so the person attacking is not usually expecting it.
“Be the Change You Want to See in the World”
In order to change the world, we must primarily focus our attention on changing ourselves.
The current state of the world is merely the collective state of each individual. In other words each individual person contributes to the overall state of this world.
If everyone on the planet was kind and loving, then so too would be the world.
We spend so much time trying to change others or things that are beyond our control.
The one thing we do have control over is ourselves. If we can master our own behavior we are making a real contribution to the world… in fact by doing so, we are in effect, changing the world. Our behavior radiates outward as an example for all to see. In this way, by changing the imperfections within ourselves we help to change the external imperfections of our world.
Do you not see the perfection in this?
Life is trying to teach us through our experiences. It does this through the law of cause and effect. Simply stated, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Never depend on anything outside of yourself to create change in your life, or to save you from your miserable existence… only YOU can do that.
If you want to see change, than you have to embrace change within yourself. The only thing you really have control over in this life are your own thoughts, words, and actions. In other words, your BELIEFS and your BEHAVIORS.
No one can hold you down until you stop trying to get up.
No one can hold you back until you stop trying to move forward.
If everyone understood this, then we would see real change in the world.. Stop crying, whining, and wishing things were different. Stop focusing on what you don’t want and start focusing on what you do desire for your life. Stop being a consumer and start being a contributor.
Until then, you’re part of the problem.. NOT the solution.
Take a Moment to Reflect…
- What reaction are you getting from the world as a result of how you are being through your thoughts, words, and actions?
- Do you like the effects you are receiving? If not, remember that YOU are the cause.
- What are your current experiences teaching you about life?
- Could there be some hidden perfection in your adversity that you are overlooking?
Unleash the Your Ultimate Potential,