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7 Steps for Adapting to Change

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

By now, you recognize that there’s nothing superfluous on earth. The complexity of thoughts, people, ideas, creations, and possibilities is perfectly woven into the fabric of souls’ journeys in the physical. As population expands, so does the variety of individual expression and interests. We’re barely a heartbeat beyond a planet that was primarily agrarian and now the diversity of pursuits and explorations is beyond comprehension. There truly is something for everyone, from age-old organic farming to self-driving cars. During the span of a lifetime, many people remark on the superiority of days gone by, but that linear thinking assumes that an agreed upon model for a perfect world exists. It does not. Perhaps, peace to you is using your hand-forged hoe and working the soil; yet another may find peace in synthesizing music from recorded bird calls and waterfalls. Another’s most rewarding focus may be developing technology that will enable robots to perform surgery, or fusing dance with martial arts to create a brand new body-expression technique.

The totality of the human journey is best represented by a spiral, not a line. We began at the base of what looked like a tiny circle, but as we traveled, the circle expanded in an upward position (Fig. A - click video to right). Every loop around a complete circle has familiarity, yet a newer version of the old.

All that came before is energetically embedded within each new wraparound circle of creation as shown in Fig. B (click video to right). So, we can’t go back. We can bring forth some old and merge it with the new, but we can’t go back. Resistance to change makes our journey increasingly difficult to navigate.

New doesn’t mean that the energy, pleasure, value, or availability of the old is gone. It simply means that it may be mixed among old versions, new versions, and developing versions. For example, did you know that the trend to purchase e-books in lieu of physical books reversed for the first time in a decade? Since 2017, e-book sales have been declining while sales of paper books are increasing. People can debate the merits of each, but it’s really a personal preference. They both can happily co-exist. Just like with most change. We can adopt those that feel right and ignore those that don’t work for us personally.

This rapidly growing variety of choices is a consequence of the continuing period of accelerated enlightenment. And as the word “accelerated” implies that eventually by the time you put together a campaign to oppose an emerging technology, it will already be yesteryear’s.

What’s the answer? How do we personally manage the unpredictable nature of change?

  1. Accept that happiness does not come from the permanence of anything. Nothing is permanent; not even a granite stone near a waterfall.

  2. Once and for all, decide that you are entitled to follow YOUR interests and your likes.

  3. Respect (and perhaps appreciate) others’ interests and preferences.

  4. Let go of being attached to things, big things and little things, including entire institutions.

  5. Develop yourself personally.

  6. Help others develop themselves when you’re invited in.

  7. Live in honor of yourself, others, our animal and plant communities, ideas, and existence itself.



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