A Meditator Asks: I have heard you say that I should embrace change. How can I overcome my fear of change and embrace change in my life?
Evolution means progressive change. There is no progress in life without change.
Fear of change develops from a lack of awareness of that deep, inner quiet, non-changing aspect of consciousness that we refer to as "Being" or "Pure Consciousness" - the underlying or transcendental aspect of our consciousness.
Being is the foundation of consciousness. Without a foundation, instability is guaranteed and from that fear develops.
When a change occurs and we have insufficient adaptation energy to adapt to that change then we mal-adapt and our body begins to try to fight or flee from the change. The fight or-flight/stress reaction is a well-known reflex where the nervous system mobilizes a set of physiological responses to a demand/change in environment when it is unable to adapt to the demand marked by an increase in the stress chemicals plasma cortisol and arterial blood lactate, increases in blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow to the muscles and oxygen consumption. This leads to the accumulation of stress in the body.
How can we avoid having this stress reaction in response to a demand or change of expectations?
The most effective course of action is to stabilize our own state of consciousness; to make our own capability, adaptability, creativity, and happiness non-variable. A non-variable, high state of consciousness is the only basis on which we can embrace progressive change in our life and we can consistently meet the demands in our lives without unconsciously resisting the process of evolution and thereby accumulating stress.
We need to simply sit twice a day for 20 minutes and practise the technique that we have been instructed in.
Our technique of meditation is designed to deliver that deep inner quietness to the mind in meditation, and over time with consistent regular practise allows us to experience this with our eyes open - first for a little while and then as time goes on more and more until it becomes a permanent, 24 hour experience - "Being" becomes well established in our awareness.
As our state of consciousness grows and we begin to stabilize that state of Being in our awareness we begin more and more to have adaptive responses to change and our desires become more easily fulfilled. This is the way to live a blissful life.
We can make a decision to stop resisting change and start embracing it by bringing more of that deep, inner quiet, non changing, transcendental aspect of consciousness into our awareness.
If you have lapsed with your practice, you can simply sit and practise your technique again - it will come back to you naturally. Join Group Meditation Meetings - these provide the opportunity to strengthen your practice of meditation through a review of technique, and to broaden and deepen your personal experiences and results through more advanced understanding. Lapsed meditators find this an ideal way to get refreshed. Come and ask questions about your experiences.