No Problem Can Be Solved From The Same Level Of Consciousness That Created It
Einstein supposedly said that, and supposedly he knew what he was supposedly talking about...
But what did he mean? What could you mean? How could this famous statement be useful to you?
So, in order to get the juice out of this quote, we need to do some clarification.
- What do we mean by solving problems? What did Einstein mean by solving problems?Whether you are aware of it or not, the common man, everyday language, uses the words problem and solution differently from mathematicians and physicians.
A problem for a mathematician, a physician, a science person, is a puzzler... there is nothing wrong, it is a scientific inquiry. The solution of the problem does not eliminate the problem.
One example for this kind of problem is: do parallel lines ever meet? And hordes of mathematicians have competed to prove that they do or they don't... Lots of fun. Those two lines don't need to meet, and all is well with the world.
- What do YOU mean by problems?A problem for you is something that is not the way you want it AND it bugs you... it takes your attention away from other things by virtue of the energy of your attitude: "this should not be."
A solution for your "problem" is, in your world, an elimination of what "should not be."
In the world of this attitude, every solution creates a new problem, bigger than the original.
Example: my deck door doesn't close properly. My landlord sent a wannabe carpenter to fix it.
My landlord's attitude is: let me take out as much money out of this house as I can without having to spend anything on it.
Needing to fix something is a "there is something wrong here" phenomenon, because it cost money. So he sends someone who doesn't know what they are doing, but won't cost the landlord much.
The problem (the door not closing) is the result of water damage to the wall... but fixing that would cost too much. So instead the "repairman" took out all the pieces of wood that would prevent cold air and rain to come it... the damage caused by that will be the next, bigger problem.
The level of thinking that caused the problem is clear: exploit the house and the tenants with no expenses, no repairs, no cost.
The problem cannot be solved on the same level of thinking, the same level of consciousness.
Because we live in a world where the invisible "floor" of our thinking is that there is something wrong, always, all our solutions in life dig us deeper into the hole... not fixing the problems.
Only when your starting point is "there is nothing wrong here" are your solutions coming from the same place, and that is there are no problems, only solutions.
Let me know if this is clear... if not, I'll go deeper... Use the comments box below.