When you examine the events in our lives and the world, does it sometimes look as though everything is breaking down and falling apart? Spiritually, we may know there is “Divine Order." Despite appearances, good is continuously unfolding. Intellectually, we may believe we are moving to a higher stage of consciousness, and it is inevitable we will get it together.
Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we don’t always feel this is the case. Some of us may be experiencing personal challenges that require healing. Others of us are aware of the stress and strains on our ecological system or our democratic institutions. Still, others may feel profound angst due to the significant changes and crises we face across the planet.
In the Chinese language, the word crisis means both danger and opportunity. When we see things from an expanded point of view, we see our individual and collective crises as channels for new possibilities. Within every challenge, there is a lesson that can help us learn to become who we need to be, to transform our personal lives and our world.
No matter the severity of a crisis, there is always an opportunity waiting for us to uncover it. Moreover, as novelist George Elliot noted, "It is never too late to become what you might have been," and to choose a life that transcends what we are currently experiencing. To go beyond the challenges of the moment, we must expand our point of view to see the array of solutions that may not be readily apparent but are always present.
Having an expanded point of view can help us access the "Ideasphere." In the Ideasphere, there are only divine solutions. As spiritual beings, we can self-reflect, which gives us the power to choose. Other species do not have this capability.
A Persian fable about a bug in a rug highlights this fact. According to the story, a tiny bug was crawling around a carpet and the strands of wool surrounded it like giant trees. The bug kept bumping into one big tree after another. The huge strands seemed to be everywhere as the bug tried to get to a small crumb of food to eat.
The wool strands seemed like huge problems. Yet, if the bug could raise itself above the rug and look down, it would have been able to see the problems as part of a beautiful woven plan. However, the bug was unable to do that.
If we don’t expand our point of view, we will be like the bug in the rug. Many people have released their grip on their points of view, which has enabled them to make significant contributions to our world. In order to turn breakdowns into breakthroughs for our lives and our world, we must expand our points of view and tap into the limitless possibilities of the Ideasphere.
Peace and Blessings,