Friday, November 29, 2013

Conditions for change

Change requires six conditions. First, the potential for change must exist. Not every individual or collective is capable of change. Second, solutions for current problems must exist. Current problems will block change from happening. Third, an individual or collective entity must experience dissatisfaction with present conditions. If the present conditions are comfortable, change cannot occur. Fourth, the barriers to change must be identified and confronted. Barriers that are unknown cannot be addressed. Fifth, there must be understanding of the old system’s failures, and understanding of the new system’s workings. Sixth, there must be consolidation and support.

There are three kinds of change. Horizontal change is rearranging the elements of current conditions, fine-tuning and adjusting, but not changing the core structure. Oblique change is adopting methods and strategies from beyond one’s present perspective, while not changing the perspective. Vertical change is change that alters the perspective of the individual or collective.

Change is never easy. It takes a great deal of directed energy and focus to change one’s life, applied over a significant amount of time. Expect two years, minimum.

If we work on improving ourselves in our areas of career, health, relationships and self/shadow, the likelier it is that change and growth will happen. If we are in an emotionally stable state, if we have a healthy body, a supportive relationship, and a secure income to pay for our physical needs, change and growth is much likelier to happen. In fact, if one does establish health, security and stability in physical health, career, relationships and self/shadow, growth and change just seem to unfold naturally, effortlessly. Given a sound foundation in body, career, and relationships, self grows like a healthy flower.

Here’s a cartoon.


Dave Roel.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
- Disraeli

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