Transcending consciousness

In Albert Einstein’s quote “You cannot solve a problem from the same level of consciousness that created it,” note that he does not define the level of consciousness. The implication is that the level does not have to be higher or lower, just different. Some people might believe that they have to develop a “higher” consciousness to solve their problem, but I believe that one has only to transcend the level of consciousness that he or she was in when the problem was created.

Transcendence can mean to rise above something, but it also means to go beyond the limits. I have to start with self-awareness to begin my transcendence journeys. How am I limiting myself? Where am I at right now with the problem at hand? Am I still stuck in the same place emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as when the problem first appeared? Just because I am older, have more experience, and grown in other areas does not mean that I have transcended the consciousness that perpetuates the problem or situation. If I want to help myself, I need to develop a “me” consciousness, and it is not the “me” who created the problem in the first place. The “me” who needs to respond to my problems is the person who I am becoming.                                       

This is where purposeful thinking shows how creative and wonderful the mind can be. I ask myself the question: how many ways can I think differently about the situation? And I watch as my mind grasps this new challenge, analyzes it, and starts delivering options. I judge the options based on how they make me feel and the response of my eternal presence. From the various viewpoints my mind delivers, I can see the problem differently, and often realize solutions I had not thought of before. Sometimes, the solution is to do nothing because by taking a different viewpoint – thinking differently about the situation – the “problem” changes and is no longer a problem. When a solution requires action on my part, I ask: Is the solution good for everyone? If not, who does it harm? Is it the right solution?

 And the solution that I go with is the solution I can live with.

In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes: “There is an art to facing difficulties in ways that lead to effective solutions and to inner peace and harmony. When we are able to mobilize our inner resources to face our problems artfully, we can orient ourselves to use the pressure of the problem to propel us through it, like sailor using the wind to propel a boat.”

 ©2010 by Barbara L. Kass

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5 Responses to “Transcending consciousness”

  1. sandiwhite Says:

    Barbara, I am being amazed daily at the depth and insight of your writing. One thing flows seamlessly into another, leading me to wonder about the next “installment”. I plan to apply this approach today when ever something comes up as it always does. Thanks for offering the new line of thought for me. Excellent subject, excellent post!

  2. holessence Says:

    Barbara – I especially appreciate the observation that transcendence is “to go beyond the limits.” And it doesn’t necessarily mean higher — it means “different” (higher, lower, left, right, above, beneath, around, through, etc). A morning dose of Barbara – a great way to start the day! Thank you.

  3. Barbara Kass Says:

    You two keep stroking my ego and that ego will just puff all up big and large and explode. It just encourages me to keep writing this stuff! You are so great to drop by and tell me what these mean to you. Thank you.

  4. holessence Says:

    Barbara – You know by now that I mean what I say, and say what I mean. Your writing is wonderful; simply wonderful. And how you manage to pull it off daily just boggles my mind!

    Listen with your heart,

    Laurie Buchanan

  5. My Plethora Hurts « Invisible Shadow Says:

    […] I watch as my mind grasps this new challenge, analyzes it, and starts delivering options.”  Barbara Kass, fellow blogger and Certified Health Education Specialist , Transcending Consciousness (March 30, […]

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