"You can’t solve the problem on the level of consciousness that created it."
What is a block?
It's often a question that comes up when I talk with someone about our company. One way I describe a block, is by defining what it is not. Blocks are not problems. Problems come and go, and they are really just a make up of our every day reality. Problems are typically easily solvable, and we solve these problems by making decisions.
Did you know that the average human being makes around 35,000 decisions a day? That's a whole other topic that I'll be covering in a future blog post, but just know that problems are typically resolved by making decisions. Apparently we solve a lot of problems every single day.
A block is a problem that lingers.
What creates a block is a problem that somehow increases over time to become a problem we can't solve. A problem that lingers is something that the left hemisphere can't handle. The left hemisphere consciousness is about problem solving. It's about locating threats and resolving them. The easiest way to know if you have a block or if you have a problem is the level of attachment you have to it. If you have a problem you don't really have a big attachment to it, and you can talk about it pretty openly. Most of this is because you know that your thinking mind has it under control and you're going to move past it soon.
A block, on the other hand, is a problem that has moved from the head to the body as well. A block spreads.
When a problem lingers and becomes unsolvable for our thinking mind, it creates quite a reaction across the board of our being. This is where words like shame, anxiety, worry and fear come in and all of these are experienced. The body experiences the block in the form of these unpleasant sensations which most of us refer to as emotions.
As the problem lingers, the problem grows
Another key point to understand about our thinking and analytical mind is that it is not good at letting things go. It's entire point is to solve this problem, so it WILL NOT take it's focus off of this problem until it is resolved. Because all of this over thinking and narrow focus takes over, we start to get worn down and feeling quite depleted physical. The thinking mind is there to wake up you at 3:30 right when you finally fell asleep to remind you of the problem you have. "Hello, we need to look at this problem some more, I'm not sure why you're sleeping when we have work to do".
A block is a perpetual loop
This is where things get ugly for us. At this point what is going inside of our mind and inside of our body is a vicious never ending loop that perpetuates itself and gets stronger and stronger. This is what is commonly referred to as a "thinking and feeling" loop.
The thinking mind calls to mind the problem that you can't solve, you now are so attached to this problem and this obsessive thinking that the very thought of it creates a bodily sensation of fear and anxiety, or shame and guilt. Once your body starts to feel that emotion it sends a signal up to your brain that something is threatening you, and the brain takes the input and then pours more energy into the thinking of the problem, creating a sense of "hurry" to get past this problem so you can relax. Of course this sense of hurry creates more fear and anxiety, more shame and guilt and down your thoughts go back into your body, creating more feelings etc etc.
I do not know if there is a heaven and a hell past this existence, but I can tell you this loop is HELL. If you are experiencing a block, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you don't, then you don't have a block you have a problem.
At this point, you aren't aware of it, but you have completely become identified with both your thinking mind and your problem and the emotions around it. You don't see yourself as the awareness of the problem you see yourself as the problem. This is where Albert Einstein is here to help us identify these loops and prisons.
What you can realize through this quote, and what Albert is saying is that half of the battle of getting past a block, or a perpetual loop is to quit. We don't like quitting because we are a Western society who loves to win and by God when the going gets tough.......
The problem isn't the problem. Your approach to it is.
By quitting, by letting go, you are realizing that at this point your left hemisphere, your thinking mind isn't going to solve it. What you have to feel in this moment is that YOU aren't your thinking mind. It is ONE hemisphere, ONE way of thinking, you just have forgot you have two. You're walking around with one arm tied behind your back thinking life should be this hard and then suddenly someone unties your other arm and you instantly feel relief. Having two arms now brings a new depth of reality to the picture. It's easier, more fluid and most of all it's really HELPFUL.
What Einstein is saying, and what I am saying is that the level of consciousness that created the problem "the side of our brain that surveys for threats" can not solve it. It just thinks it can because that's what its main job is to do.
I was recently talking to a business owner who was trying to figure out how to add a new niche to his business and you could tell he was really trying to figure out. I stopped and asked him, "How long have you been thinking about this problem?" He replied, "Six months"
That's a long time to be in your head and yet almost 90% of the population (me included) live like this. We keep these loops, we keep these problems in our heads for WAY too long while all along forgetting we have one entire arm behind our back.
So if you can relate, and your in this loop of hell, take heart. If Albert Einstein says it, you can pretty much take it to the bank and he is dead on with this insight.
Take a deep breath and thank your "thinking mind" your left hemisphere for trying, and gracefully let it go. Let it rest by working out another side of your brain, another side of our consciousness. It's been there all along and it just so happens to be the very side that is excellent at seeing your life in a different perspective. And once you start working this hemisphere into your life, you will be amazed at what else it can do, providing a sense of calm, of oneness, of connection and love.
We should thank our blocks, because they lead us to a place of awakening, a place of true growth that last because you've discovered a part of yourself you never knew existed and its been there the whole time and will be there for the rest of your life.
It's half of your brain, give it a chance to speak.
Take care of yourself,