In part 1, we looked at Buddhist ideas about fear of change as the root cause of human suffering, and examined the notion of change in relation to what is supposed to be happening on the winter solistice in 2012. We saw that despite arguments about what will happen, the consensus is that change is on the horizon. Although much of the world’s focus has been on current negative occurrences, positive action has simultaneously been occurring.
Preparing for Change
One way to prepare for the widespread global, climatic and spiritual changes that will occur is to first become aware that change is happening right now. And more importantly, we are living and surviving through such changes.
We could think of each moment transpiring in our lives right now as a unique teacher helping us learn about change. In every moment, we are changing. The world around us is altering, switching, morphing, mutating. Think of it this way: you are sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee. You turn on the radio and you hear and learn some new fact. In that moment, you change! You are no longer the same person you were a few seconds before you heard and assimilated that fact. Because you had no resistance, you were able to accept it, and it changed you.
So one of the things we can do is to try and become aware of how we perceive change. Admittedly this requires effort. If we don’t like change, then we can begin to train ourselves to become a little less uncomfortable with it. We could go for a hike to a nearby park like Fremont Older or Rancho San Antonio. Then pay attention to all that is unfolding. Notice the change in the foliage and tree trunks, and the angle of the light on the leaves as the sun shifts—this kind of contemplative observing helps us notice and become accustomed to life’s mutability.
Living our Calling
We can become more flexible and responsive to the changes in life by recognizing that everything is energy. We are energetic beings. Despite the seeming density and solidity of our bodies, we are indeed energy. Our thoughts and feelings are energy. Energy moves and can change. As thought is energy, it has the power to effect positive or negative changes in the world around us and in us.
When we can open our minds to becoming comfortable or accustomed to change, then we begin to create a different reality. And when each one of us on this earth can learn to shift our thoughts and energy in a more positive direction towards learning, enlightenment, and our connectedness to all that is, then we can create a positive bright future. We have the power to manifest such a world: this is our true purpose for being.
It begins with recognizing that our response to each moment creates our lived reality.