Change That Cannot Be Sought
In these current times, we seem to be surrounded by a world caught in division. And we ourselves may be consumed by innumerable concerns, in which there is little inward space.
In seeing all this, there can be a sense of something deeper needed, a vital change in some way. Yet, in our attempts to address this we may find ourselves simply substituting one pattern of living for another, so that pattern-making continues. What is going to bring about a deep inward change, bringing a breath of fresh air and clarity to our living?
Perhaps we can start with a question: what is this inward “change” that we feel is needed? Is it an event or a new state, one of permanent and total clarity? And perhaps most importantly, can inward change be sought out, be approached in some way?
We may be familiar with a quality of psychological change within ourselves as we live and grow, or as a result of something that happens to us. Is this what is meant by inward change?
Or, is it possible that in all this we confuse our experience of “change” for what inward change actually refers to? Are we in fact looking at “inward change” through a window of assumed knowing, possibly without realizing it? Is true inward change in fact unknown to us?
If inward change is not within our field of experience, any attempt to approach or define it seems futile from the outset. Does all this possibly reflect a perspective that desires and seeks change within itself, as a form of continuation?
Might inward change refer not to some event or process, resulting in some new state or some new vantage point? Might it have nothing to do with results at all, in which “something” is changed?
Could actual change mean no longer seeking it? Not as the opposite of seeking, or as an alternative approach to bring about change, but as something that is not within this movement at all? Could something that is not within this domain ever be sought?
Is the change we seek in fact not “personal”? Is it possible that the direct seeing of this whole movement of seeking personal change, the truth of this, is the very thing being sought? And is this seeing arising from the mind alone, a purely intellectual affair?
You are invited to share in an exploration of these and other questions surrounding the nature and meaning of change in our lives.