The Reason is the Answer
We do not need to look very far to find that the reasons for our problems often contain the answers we seek. A ‘problem’ can simply be an indicator that what we are wanting is already in front of us, and it simply needs to be cleaned up or transformed in order for us to be happy or successful.
An inoculation, designed to prevent us from getting a certain disease, is simply a minute dose of the disease itself. It is just enough to allow the body to begin to build its own internal defense system. In Africa, my mother would place burnt cotton wool onto burns, and they healed quickly.
Nature knows this secret well. If you find yourself injured by a stinging plant, you can find the solution – a curing plant – growing right beside it. In other words the answer is often right there, facing us.
Applying this principle to more subtle matters, we can begin to realize that all of our answers are within us. For example in relationships, too much attachment to a person will ultimately cause pain. The cure is to apply more love, but in a purer form. Attachment is love in a polluted form. It is care and compassion, but is also filled with expectation and fear of loss. Love in its highest form cannot cause pain. To understand the quality of this pure love, and to share it freely without any conditions, is the solution that sets us free. There is always a fine line between the reason and the solution.
We can also see that if we suffer from low self-esteem or pride and arrogance, then ego – another word for the lower self – is the root problem. In this case, an elevated form of self-respect is the answer, but it needs to be based on an understanding and appreciation of the higher self.
If greed is the cause of our restlessness, then to be able to convert those material desires into higher, more noble aspirations is the cure and the way towards contentment and peace of mind.
If too much time on our hands is the cause of our boredom and depression, then to be able to put that available time to use in a worthwhile way is the answer to freedom and happiness.
If we aspire to claim a high position or become a leader of many, then we need to learn to manage and lead ourselves first, not simply feel the satisfaction of exercising control over others.
Whatever we are seeking in life, if we take the time to look deeper into the soul, we will find that we have the answer to all of our problems. They are probably looking us in the face, yet because we are so caught up in the problem we are unable to see the solution clearly. Often all we need to do is to take the time and effort to move to a higher level of consciousness and we may realise that the answer was in front of us all the time.
However, detachment is needed. We need to step away in order to see the issue for what it is. Otherwise we can easily feel justified in our negative responses, feelings and sorrows, and give them permission to continue.
In Raja Yoga, we understand that we have all vices and all virtues within us. They are often seen as opposites, (Anger/Peace, Attachment/Love, for example) but can just as easily be envisioned as a spectrum on which we are moving back and forth. So we can see that the opposites are in fact intimately connected. When our consciousness declines in one virtue, it degrades into vice in that area.
So the answer may not be to battle with our problems, but rather to see ourselves and the situation in a loving light so that we can get a glimpse of the truth by simply seeing it from a different, more elevated perspective.
It’s time… to look for the answer in the problem. Take a closer look at your issue and see if you can identify the solution within that. The answer is looking at you in the face!
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