On Change

PamD's picture

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Came across this quote and felt compelled to share with readers on Gurusfeet.

“Most people have come to prefer certain of life’s experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

When life throws us changes and challenges, the first reaction is resistance. We hang on to the familiar and dread changes. We prefer to stagnate rather than change or risk anything. But in willing to let go and accept the change, one is exposed to new experiences and insights. Yes, sometimes it may lead to great pain and suffering... but indeed it is these experiences that serve as our greatest teachers! It transmutes us, leading us to uncover our greatness that we never knew possible, making us realize our limitless potential. In adapting and forming new patterns of behaviour, we create new grooves in our mind. Science talks about neuroplasticity. Our brain has the ability not only to repair damaged regions, but also to grow new neurons; that new activity and habits has the power to shape the brain in new directions even into old age. I believe we are capable of so much more than we know or think possible and we discover this when we allow ourselves to move out of our comfort zone. It is in risking to experience the unknown that we come to know our potential, and learn our greatest life lessons.

What are your views on change?

samsara's picture

The outer cover and the inner

I think that in most cases the ugly cover paper does give a solid clue about the content. A stinky apple is for sure rotten and someone who behaves in a mean and selfish way has a similar psyche. You can't separate the outer from the inner.

The mechanism of pain and pleasure was not given to us and to other beings by chance, it has a survival purpose to let us know what is harmful and what is beneficial for us.

It is true that we should not instantly be rejected by the unpleasant to make sure we reach other experiences but at the end of the day we should let go the addiction to any kind of experience, good and bad, and go within.

samsara | Thu, 11/10/2011 - 05:54
gurthbruins's picture

risking to experience the unknown

Yes, I can relate to that: so I sometimes experiment with life. I am at week 44 of an experiment in diet (shades of Gandhi's Experiment with Truth!) - I am risking an attempt to live on raw vegan food only (my journal is at http://DietExperiments.yolasite.com )

In general I try to follow the impulses of my heart which I trust will be God-given since I feel I have surrendered my life to God. I must admit, though, that very lately I have begun to doubt whether I even possess anything that I can surrender.

I would be interested to hear if the passage that you quote has inspired you to any particular action?

gurthbruins | Thu, 11/10/2011 - 06:48
mariposa's picture

There is nothing but change and yet we pretend there is no chang

As we all know change happens anyway. Actually, there is nothing but change, reality is change, nothing stays as it is, even not for one single moment.

And yet we pretend that there is no change. We do so using the concept of forms: a table, a house, a country, a river. This usage of meta classes enables us to fool ourselves that objects are constant and unchangeable.

Why do we insist so vigorously to do so? Why do we fear change so much?

There is the fear of losing control but there is much more than that - what we really escaping is the acceptance that we ourselves change, that our body is change in action, is a river, that hence there is no "body" or "me" like there is no same "river". Which object with self awareness would be willing to accept its nonexistence?

mariposa | Fri, 11/11/2011 - 14:06
bonya basu's picture

Change is the Law of Nature.......

Change is the law of Nature.In matterial World by passage of time change is inevitable...it may be in form...colour...state.But change is always with refference to some fixed identification...that never changes.That is always present in all the state...form and colour....

Change is experience...it unfold new world...through change only you see the wonders of this universe.
EVOLUTION takes place through constant change only.

It is not pretention...behind every change there is something which never changes...you can not see it with your physical eyes...!!!!

bonya basu | Fri, 11/11/2011 - 16:48
gurthbruins's picture

If God is the One and All,

If God is the One and All, then even if one thing in the universe had to change, that would mean that God himself was changing.

I can think of 3 things which possibly do not change:

(1) The fact of change
(2) The laws of the universe and of God
(3) The inexorable forward march of time.

gurthbruins | Fri, 11/11/2011 - 18:45
mariposa's picture

We can only talk validly about the world of forms

"If God is the One and All, then even if one thing in the universe had to change, that would mean that God himself was changing."

This conclusion is a product of mind's logic which always lead to paradoxes. As such, it does not depict reality of course.

Plus, when you talk about God, you talk about beyond the world of forms. When you talk about change, you can only talk validly about the world of forms.

Regarding these elements that you suspect that are not changing:

(1) The fact of change

This is only a hypothesis. How can you negate the possibility that change may stop?

(2) The laws of the universe and of God

Define exactly "laws of the universe" and describe how to perceive God and only then we could try to check if these are not changing.

(3) The inexorable forward march of time.

Time does not exist, by fact, it is just a measuring concept in the mind (see http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/guided-way-realization-time-does-not-exist) - how can we talk about change / no change of something that does not exist?

mariposa | Fri, 11/11/2011 - 19:26
gurthbruins's picture

How can we talk

How can we talk about anything except the concepts in the mind...? All talk is just concepts and nothing else.

If time did not exist and in fact did not march, then there could be no change at all. As in one single moment stripped of all time you have nothing but an immobile, frozen landscape.

I don't buy into the logic of "time does not exist" at all.
In fact I see time as possibly the most convincing definition of God. Time creates all changes, it also creates the whole universe anew every moment of time, a new universe that never existed before. Creative Evolution, Bergson called it, putting all the emphasis on the concept of duration as creator.

So many men, so many opinions. You criticise logic, but it seems to me you use it yourself. Let's agree to differ.

gurthbruins | Sat, 11/12/2011 - 05:53
abra's picture

"time does not exist" is not

"time does not exist" is not a concept and is not dependent on logic. It is an evident fact. Read carefully and diligently the article he was mentioning (you didn't, right?) and you will realize how absurd it is that we got used to regard time as something real.

abra | Sat, 11/12/2011 - 06:19
gurthbruins's picture

You overestimate me. I did,

You overestimate me. I did, so wrong! and I do not realize anything of the sort you mention. So there you are wrong again. Or maybe I must wait for that realization till some future time. But then again that time does not exist, so what hope is there for me?

gurthbruins | Sat, 11/12/2011 - 07:42
mariposa's picture

You cannot see the

You cannot see the unchangeable with physical eyes or with any other cognition faculty. It is just that things change in different ways and in different speeds and so you see the difference in change as if one thing changes and other not.

mariposa | Fri, 11/11/2011 - 19:17