Be A Change
by: Keith Varnum
The person who masters change,
The best way to thrive in
today's ever-fluid, volatile world, is to become a master of change. A
"Change Master" not only welcomes, invites and celebrates the flux of
constantly evolving life, but also consciously drives and directs these
rhythms. When you live "smart," you drive change. You don't have to
let change drive you. When you shift from a "resistance-to-change"
mindset toward a self-empowered frame of mind, you unlock your vitality,
creativity and spirit.
Change, the Unwelcome Guest
Most of us were not raised to
welcome change. On the contrary, our modern Western culture promotes the
opposite: the pursuit of predictability. We're advised to try to keep our life
as regular, set and stable as possible. The status quo is sacred. The unknown
future is portrayed as dangerous and threatening. "Don't rock the
boat!" we're admonished. The collective strategy is that the more aspects
of our life that remain the same, the less we have to adjust and adapt. And the
less we have to change, the easier life will be. The party line is that change
is inevitable-unfortunately!-but certainly no fun. Having to constantly change
and grow is experienced as a struggle-a challenging, hard ordeal-by most of our
Make Change Your Ally
Indigenous peoples have a
different approach to change. Native peoples live closer to Nature than most
Westerners do. And they take their cue from Mother Nature who advises:
"Make change your friend, your ally. Allow change to work for you, not
against you." The natural world suggests we learn to roll with the
punches, so we can enjoy life exuberantly expressing itself through continual
Feng-shui Your Life
If we observe elements of nature,
we see that water and wind flow with the life's tides of constant change. Water
and wind are flexible and fluid, willing to transform shape immediately with
the fluctuating forces acting upon them. They move in the direction of the
movement of change. They take the quickest, easiest path-the path of least
resistance-no matter what changes in form are required. Hence, the whole
philosophy and practice of Feng-shui: the art of nurturing energy flow, health
and aliveness. The very term literally means "the way of wind and
water." In Chinese, "feng" means wind, "shui" means
Change as Opportunity
Native peoples wisely view
change as a personal opportunity, not as a threat. They know that change brings
fresh perspectives and new possibilities. Indigenous peoples look for the gift
in every curve ball that life throws us. Indigenous cultures welcome the
surprise and spontaneity that naturally accompany change. They know that the
more we flow with the fluctuations of life, the more resilient and happier we are.
"How Can I Steer Change to
Knowing that change is
inevitable and ever-occurring, tribal peoples intuitively respond to life's
fluctuations ahead of time-rather than waiting until life forces them to
change, reacting after the fact. Looking ahead with excitement and clarity,
native peoples anticipate the inevitable twists and turns of life's winding
river. They prepare themselves and their lives to bend, re-arrange and
transform to harmonize with the upcoming meanderings of the river. They know
that change is life's agent of renewal and strategy of survival.
The Myth of Change as Struggle
Contrary to popular belief,
change does not have to be hard! Change can be difficult if we choose to fight
it or deny it-like the perennial ostrich, sticking its head in the sand and
pretending something doesn't exist. When we don't prepare ourselves for life's
rollicking rollercoaster, we don't enjoy the ride.
But if we get proactive and
anticipate change, we can not only flow with the current, but also direct the
current. We can lead change by taking the initiative to take creative steps
ahead of time that allow the inevitable to be accommodated with ease and even
joy! A Change Master chooses to embark in new directions, to experiment with
different options, and to surf the waves of change as a fun life adventure.
Intuition to the Rescue!
With today's fast-moving pace,
action often has to be taken with limited or imperfect information about the
future. Without all the necessary facts, the analytical mind doesn't know what
to do. But intuition does! A Change Master consults intuition-inner guidance,
instincts, "gut feeling"-when sufficient data is not available.
The analytical side of our
consciousness organizes and stores information. The intuitive side immediately
retrieves all relevant data and experience from the full depth and breath of
our lifelong experience in order for us to make wise decisions. The analytical
mind is to intuition as a file cabinet is to the supercomputer at the Pentagon.
Intuition functions a thousand times faster than the mind. And has resources a
million times more vast. A Change Master uses intuition to improve his or her
ability to improvise and adjust quickly to change. Intuition helps us to not
only survive, but to thrive!
Inner Guidance Saves a Family
Humans also have precognitive
abilities, but usually don't use them as much as animals. Susan, one of my
coaching clients, is an exception. One day she received a very strong intuitive
knowing to sell her family's home and move. Loving the house, neighborhood and
schools, her husband and children didn't want to uproot their lives without a
good "rational" reason. Her certainty in the accuracy of her
intuition fortunately convinced the family to relocate. The week after the
their home was sold and the moving van had left with all their possessions, the
house was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge, California, 6.8 magnitude
Ride the Wave
With an open, willing attitude
toward life's inevitable fluctuations, a Change Master can discern the probable
path of the future and make pre-emptive adjustments to make the transition
easier when it comes. If we are in denial or blinding fear about the future, we
can't get ourselves ready to handle the shifts with grace. With an accepting
approach, we can intuitively predict the course of our future and arrange our
life to take the fullest advantage of the changes.
(c)2004, Keith Varnum. All
rights in all media reserved.
About The Author
Drawing from the wisdom of
native and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of
practical success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker,
radio host, restaurateur, vision quest guide and international seminar leader
with "The Dream Workshops." Keith helps people get the love, money
and health they want with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment Tape
and free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.
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