Problems. Do you suffer from them? Seek fixes for them?
Everyone seems to. A billion-dollar industry—the self-help, motivation, coaching, or counselling industry—even exists to help us do just that.
And how are we doing?
With the evolution of this industry and its experts, are we more at peace? More loving? Less discriminatory? Is the environment cleaner? Are we more productive? Any less stressed?
You know the answer. Generation after generation, we seem to be consumed by the exact same problems.
So, then, why do we keep trying to problem-solve? We’ve tried millions of methods. After all this time, is it actually possible that we’re going to discover methods, gurus, or tools that will help us do the trick?
But what if, on the other hand, there is no method?
What if methods are the reason that we keep perpetuating our problems? What if not trying to fix is the ultimate solution?
And here’s why:
All problems result from one hidden factor: resistance to what is. No resistance, no problem; because, absent of resistance, it’s impossible for a thought, feeling, perception, or experience to become problematic. In fact, the ego or separate self is born and made of resistance. So, with each attempt to resist or fix what is, we embolden the ego and its sense of isolation, insecurity, and lack—which gives rise to our problems in the first place.
Bottom line? It’s never a thought, feeling, perception, experience, or any situation that’s a problem. It’s resistance to it, and further resistance, that spawns suffering upon suffering. Therefore, to end our generational “problem cycle,” we must do the opposite of what our suffering (not to mention an industry) is asking us to do. We must stop seeking fixes.
When seeking fixes comes to an end, suffering ceases, problems dissolve, and the ego does too. Then, from the perspective of the true Self, the same thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and experiences are seen in a whole new light.