HJ: We are always tempted to rearrange those things outside of ourselves — our job, our clothes, our location and so on — in the hopes of resolving some inner dilemma or conflict. The irony is that more often than not, the solution to the problems and challenges we face is to make internal changes in our perceptions and beliefs. There are situations in which external changes are appropriate and necessary, however, ultimately internal shifts are the only ones that bring the lasting change and happiness we seek.
Alan Cohen beautifully illustrates this concept in the anecdote presented at the beginning of this article. To it, I will add this: when we make the internal shift, our externally reality will rearrange itself to reflect the new perceptions and beliefs we embody. Furthermore, almost always, this internal shift will produce the exact changes in the external reality we wished to see, but if we had gone about trying to change the external reality first without the corresponding internal shift, then we could never have created the situation on our own, as we did not have the wisdom or understanding necessary to even know exactly what it is we wanted in the first place! We may have had a general idea or even a very specific one, however, the divine nature of the universe is such that it serves us exactly what we need, even if we are not consciously aware of it. So, recognizing that and letting it bring us what we need is a superior way of approaching a situation instead of forcing our own will, oftentimes fueled by the ego (which is distorted to a certain degree) onto the situation.
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