Problems I Need to Solve

Problem solving is at the foundation of learning and change. I wonder if it’s possible to not engage in that activity all the time. It’s a characteristic of all living things.

In my bubble awareness, I perceive my life in terms of problems I need to solve. When troublesome situations arise, I obsess on finding an answer to them until I feel satisfied I’ve found one.

Judging everything seems to be a pattern for me. Wherever I go and whatever I do, it seems, I’m searching for something to fix. It’s as though when I look for problems, they appear – giving me a sense of purpose in solving them.

 Appreciating Problems

I could view my problem-solving as an obsession. Others might see it in a more favorable light – as intervention with what IS to create what IS better.

Problems and their call for solutions may be the answer to awakening – through service – by providing opportunity to fix what some say ain’t broke. It’s a burden!

Consider the inspiration that drives every workable solution. It’s that purposeful act of selfless service we all have trouble seeing in the problem-solvers of this world.

In my bubble, when I solve a problem that others may not even be aware of, I restore balance to the universe. You’re welcome!

Perfection and the Never Good Enough Perspective

Essential to First-Second Degree of Illumination bubble awareness is the concept of competition and defense. In that awareness, I’m ever seeking that which is “better” – never arriving at perfection, “best,” or even “good enough.” There is always something or someone better.

One might say that bubble awareness embodies the essence of the 7 Deadly Sins. These “sins” point out the comparative nature of the bubble. First, I define “sin” as “short of the mark” or “less than perfect.” (Wikipedia) I have some favorites:

Greed seems to me to illustrate the essence of the “never good enough perspective” – I define greed as:

a selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed. (Webster)

From this perspective, more is always better than less. I, you, they can always do better. “Enough” sits out there in a time that can never arrive an achievable goal that can never be achieved. Think Escher’s Penrose Stairs drawing.

I’ve been guilty of stuffing my stomach with far more than “is needed” then felt hungry afterwards. Sounds a lot like gluttony, another of the 7 deadly sins:

the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. (Wikipedia)

And yet, even when over-indulged there is a sense that it’s not quite enough. My lust for more and better does not like to hear the words “diet” and “budget.” I think of gluttony as lack on steroids. I wastefully indulge and consume as a defense against a sense of an ever-growing void.

And then there is envy, defined as:

a sad or resentful covetousness towards the traits or possessions of someone else. (Wikipedia)

“I hate her because she’s so beautiful.” My envy makes my life appear to come up short – lacking – compared to an impossible standard that is someone else.  Then I defend my perception of lack by externalizing it with feeling. Envy is a hole that gets deeper the more I work at filling the one next to it.

Sometimes the sense of lack motivates me to take action to correct a perceived shortcoming. In the end, however, because I fundamentally believe in lack, I’ll never attain the level of happiness, joy, wealth, and etc. that I think someone else has. Why? Because that “someone else” is MY imagining of “them” – not them.

What if I Do “Lack Consciousness” on Purpose?

These “sins” illustrate a fundamental and essential element of bubble awareness: competition. The bubble perspective is one of lack – compared to wholeness. I even imagine my mythical “wholeness” as short of whatever is “above,” “beyond,” or “better” than it. “What is beyond the edge of the universe?” From this imagined perspective, every goal has another goal beyond it – forever short of.

I defend this perspective by acknowledging lack as a fact in an unlimited universe. Sound crazy? Yeah, I thought so, too. Until I remembered that this “short of perfection” thing is what gives me an experience of separation from ONENESS. In other words – dammit – it’s my desire and intention!

Thus, the usefulness of getting to know and accept myself. As I gain a handle on who I am, I begin to appreciate my intention to experience something less than all. That I like, need, and intend the separation that forms the foundation of comparison. From that lack-within-wholeness perspective, everything falls into place – one cohesive universe of infinite separate parts.

A world of sin. Just as I intend it to be. Egad!

How Awareness Resolves the Conflict Between Separation and Wholeness

In bubble awareness, I experience only separation – something compared to something else, me vs not me, and etc. I may not even be capable of an awareness of wholeness, instead ever seeking that which will make me whole. And yet, I have this nagging feeling that I am something greater than I appear.

How do I resolve this apparent conflict between separation and wholeness from such a limited awareness?

Systems of Intention and Purpose

Parts of systems all serve one collective intention. Independent perspective gives each part a sense of separation and individual purpose that affects the collective intention. Cooperation, rapport, and common purpose provide awareness of wholeness from within separation. One for ALL and ALL for One.

For example, trillions and trillions of independent cells make up my body, each with their own perspective. Each seeks connection and fulfillment through service to the whole system. In return, the whole provides for each.

No one of those individuals parts contain my consciousness, although each is conscious. From the perspective of the whole, consciousness may be thought of as that which manifests awareness of collective intention. I experience through awareness – that is subject to choice and conscious direction.

In this way, although seemingly tiny and insignificant in the vastness of the universe, I serve and am served by the whole of it. Awareness of my contribution and its effects are entirely up to me.

Oneness and Natural Order

What is Natural Order? How does it work? Why is there natural order? Who cares?!

What if the universe as I experience it is an illusion, an artifact of my way of thinking within my belief system? Natural order might then be an expression of those beliefs perceived by me as the way things are.

This would appear to all aspects of my expression as –

“The built-in arrangement that belongs to things inherently, and that develops them according to the very natures they possess. Contrasted with an artificial or superimposed order. On a universal level, the sum total of all natures, their powers and activities, related to the final end or purpose they have as natural beings. Contrasted with supernatural order.” (Catholic Dictionary)

What if it is I who assign those “…very natures they possess…” and “…final end or purpose they have as natural beings?” From that perspective, everything within nature expresses my belief.

The belief expression I experience as the “natural order” of the universe pertains to core beliefs. My truths that I hold so sacred I don’t question.

Supernatural or artificial order would pertain to notions I hold as beliefs or truths. These might include such concepts as religious beliefs and societal norms that fall into and out of favor.

Natural order does not change like superficial notions do. This level of belief IS changeable – only when understood and accounted for.

In terms of levels of understanding and accounting, from the safety of my perceptual bubble, everything appears to compete. Order competes with entropy, life with death, benefit with threat. I may completely oblivious to my condition, although it surrounds me every moment.

My perception is MY PROJECTION – a metaphor that illustrates my need to be separate. My concept of “Me” competes with my concept of “not me” to sustain this illusion of separation.

Order, Entropy, and Purpose

Order defines systems. Entropy changes systems.

A set of principles and processes determine how everything becomes aware of its place and function within the system. Organic intention creates purpose that influences each aspect’s behavior and appears as a projection.

A system’s innate intention is to follow a natural order, a relationship of purpose that binds all aspects together to insure success.

Systems tend to enroll other systems to increase the probability of success through mutual purpose. Systems tend toward oneness. Many in one purpose!

In this way, I am the projector of a world that revolves around me. My thoughts will not exceed the limit of what I am willing to believe. Perhaps this is the purpose and function of the universe for which I account.

Systems and natural order invites the question, “Who am I?”

Community – How Oneness May Be the Natural Order

Everything about us as humans speaks of oneness. Community.

Starting with conception, a successful sperm and ovum (egg) leave their communities for the purpose of continuing as one. We move from oneness to oneness.

Could oneness of purpose be our natural order?

The physical human body, when viewed from the outside, appears as one form. When the body, however, is studied under considerable magnification and with scrutiny towards detail of both inner and outer properties, it becomes clearer just how community-oriented we are – right down to the quantum levels of matter.

Based on common purpose, our interconnections become our vitality. It seems that nurture supports inner-connections to fulfill ONE intention – wholeness. This success of oneness is derived by each member giving and receiving 100%. Giving and receiving are BOTH necessary components of ONEness.

Oneness of purpose is the natural order for successful survival of all species of life on earth. All organisms, from the micro to the macro, reproduce and thus live in community into infinity.

The Myth of Individualism

When I am in pain or feeling alone, or misunderstood, I want someone to comfort and validate me. When I’m celebrating, I want to do it with others. Our social infrastructures on this planet support gatherings. To infinity, this propensity for gathering draws us ever-closer to REALIZATION of ONEness.