No Problem

The Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich (1342 – 1416) famously said:

All shall be well,

and all shall be well,

and all manner of things shall be well.

From a non-dual perspective, all manner of things ARE well. This statement can come across as just plain wrong, even irritating, from our common, consensus perspective. Nevertheless, wise, highly evolved people repeatedly suggest that the actual problem lies, not in how things actually are, but in our perception, perspective, or context.

Deep engagement with life, via any of the world's wisdom traditions, promises not merely a bit of relief & comfort (palliation), but transformation (cure) - "a complete shift of paradigms, a total reorganization of perception. ... a merging with and an abiding within reality."

Rodney Smith. “Awakening. A Paradigm Shift of the Heart.” Shambhala, Boston, 2014.

Loch Kelly recommends we keep asking ourselves this powerful open question:

"What is here now if there is no problem to solve?"

Practiced properly, this is a powerful tool for shifting perspectives.

Loch Kelly. “Shift into Freedom. The Science and Practice of Open-hearted Awareness.” Sounds True, Boulder, Colorado, 2015.

We grossly underestimate what proportion of our life & energy we waste by taking on a small, false "problem-solving identity", anxiously chasing after fool's gold & fearfully running from non-existent monsters.

Mark Twain expressed it well: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes – most of which have never happened.”

Do we create problems?:

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