My ‘AHA’ moment!
Time and experience have taught me that unless I understand an issue at all its levels, I cannot bring about a substantial transformation in my life. Understanding is the key to self-transformation and self-management, happiness, peace and a life filled with wisdom, because only through deep understanding can I have REAL-isation of the real issue.
When I understand the sorrow and pain that my attachment, anger, greed, lust or any other negative traits cause, not only to my own soul, but to those around me then I can care enough to make a change. But if someone advised me, informed me, lectured me on any self-management topic, still, at the end, I would have to feel the need to change myself before anything would happen.
In order to understand, to realize, to change and to grow, there needs to be a willingness to learn, seek and explore. If we stay stuck in our ways, our ‘horizon’ never expands, and we never get to see a different view.
A good example is travel. As we travel the world, we see how different cultures function, all doing things differently. For example; in Canada pedestrians have the right of way whilst in India, forget it, make your own way! So who is right and who is wrong? We go to China and we are able to understand why the Chinese use wooden sticks while the English use knives and forks. It would be wrong to sit in England and say wooden sticks are not the way, when 1 billion people use them! All are right and all live quite happily in the world.
The point is, as I observe the world around me, I can sense that mine is not the only way. I need to be able to understand the other, their traditions and ways of being. I could try having an eye for discovery and not judgment. If I decide that something is ‘wrong’ then it always will be wrong – but in my own eyes only! And then I will never even try to understand. Recognition, realization and harmony will always be out of my reach.
Applying spiritual knowledge to our life enables us to see things from a holistic perspective. Actually there are no absolutes, there is no wrong or right, good or bad, there is only judgment, limiting beliefs and narrow viewpoints. When we let go of these and allow the heart to be open and accepting, then we will say ‘Aha, now I understand!’ And anything will become possible!
It’s time… to embrace change by taking in the ‘AHA’ moments of life!