Be a Change Master!
By Keith Varnum
The person who masters change, masters happiness.
The best way to thrive in today's ever-fluid,
volatile world, is to become a master of change. A "Change Master" not
only welcomes, invites and celebrates the flux of constantly evolving
life, but also consciously drives and directs these rhythms. When you live
"smart," you drive change. You don't have to let change drive you. When
you shift from a "resistance-to-change" mindset toward a self-empowered
frame of mind, you unlock your vitality, creativity and spirit.
Change, the Unwelcome Guest
Most of us were not raised to welcome change. On the
contrary, our modern Western culture promotes the opposite: the pursuit of
predictability. We're advised to try to keep our life as regular, set and
stable as possible. The status quo is sacred. The unknown future is
portrayed as dangerous and threatening. "Don't rock the boat!" we're
admonished. The collective strategy is that the more aspects of our life
that remain the same, the less we have to adjust and adapt. And the less
we have to change, the easier life will be. The party line is that change
is inevitable-unfortunately!-but certainly no fun. Having to constantly
change and grow is experienced as a struggle-a challenging, hard ordeal-by
most of our elders.
Make Change Your Ally
Indigenous peoples have a different approach to
change. Native peoples live closer to Nature than most Westerners do. And
they take their cue from Mother Nature who advises: "Make change your
friend, your ally. Allow change to work for you, not against you." The
natural world suggests we learn to roll with the punches, so we can enjoy
life exuberantly expressing itself through continual change.
Feng-shui Your Life
If we observe elements of nature, we see that water
and wind flow with the life's tides of constant change. Water and wind are
flexible and fluid, willing to transform shape immediately with the
fluctuating forces acting upon them. They move in the direction of the
movement of change. They take the quickest, easiest path-the path of least
resistance-no matter what changes in form are required. Hence, the whole
philosophy and practice of Feng-shui: the art of nurturing energy flow,
health and aliveness. The very term literally means "the way of wind and
water." In Chinese, "feng" means wind, "shui" means water.
Change as Opportunity
Native peoples wisely view change as a personal
opportunity, not as a threat. They know that change brings fresh
perspectives and new possibilities. Indigenous peoples look for the gift
in every curve ball that life throws us. Indigenous cultures welcome the
surprise and spontaneity that naturally accompany change. They know that
the more we flow with the fluctuations of life, the more resilient and
happier we are.
"How Can I Steer Change to My Advantage?"
Knowing that change is inevitable and ever-occurring,
tribal peoples intuitively respond to life's fluctuations ahead of
time-rather than waiting until life forces them to change, reacting after
the fact. Looking ahead with excitement and clarity, native peoples
anticipate the inevitable twists and turns of life's winding river. They
prepare themselves and their lives to bend, re-arrange and transform to
harmonize with the upcoming meanderings of the river. They know that
change is life's agent of renewal and strategy of survival.
The Myth of Change as Struggle
Contrary to popular belief, change does not have to
be hard! Change can be difficult if we choose to fight it or deny it-like
the perennial ostrich, sticking its head in the sand and pretending
something doesn't exist. When we don't prepare ourselves for life's
rollicking rollercoaster, we don't enjoy the ride.
But if we get proactive and anticipate change, we can
not only flow with the current, but also direct the current. We can lead
change by taking the initiative to take creative steps ahead of time that
allow the inevitable to be accommodated with ease and even joy! A Change
Master chooses to embark in new directions, to experiment with different
options, and to surf the waves of change as a fun life adventure.
Intuition to the Rescue!
With today's fast-moving pace, action often has to be
taken with limited or imperfect information about the future. Without all
the necessary facts, the analytical mind doesn't know what to do. But
intuition does! A Change Master consults intuition-inner guidance,
instincts, "gut feeling"-when sufficient data is not available.
The analytical side of our consciousness organizes
and stores information. The intuitive side immediately retrieves all
relevant data and experience from the full depth and breath of our
lifelong experience in order for us to make wise decisions. The analytical
mind is to intuition as a file cabinet is to the supercomputer at the
Pentagon. Intuition functions a thousand times faster than the mind. And
has resources a million times more vast. A Change Master uses intuition to
improve his or her ability to improvise and adjust quickly to change.
Intuition helps us to not only survive, but to thrive!
Inner Guidance Saves a Family
Humans also have precognitive abilities, but usually
don't use them as much as animals. Susan, one of my coaching clients, is
an exception. One day she received a very strong intuitive knowing to sell
her family's home and move. Loving the house, neighborhood and schools,
her husband and children didn't want to uproot their lives without a good
"rational" reason. Her certainty in the accuracy of her intuition
fortunately convinced the family to relocate. The week after the their
home was sold and the moving van had left with all their possessions, the
house was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge, California, 6.8 magnitude
Ride the Wave
With an open, willing attitude toward life's
inevitable fluctuations, a Change Master can discern the probable path of
the future and make pre-emptive adjustments to make the transition easier
when it comes. If we are in denial or blinding fear about the future, we
can't get ourselves ready to handle the shifts with grace. With an
accepting approach, we can intuitively predict the course of our future
and arrange our life to take the fullest advantage of the changes.
(c)2004, Keith Varnum. All rights in all media
Drawing from the wisdom of native and ancient
spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of practical
success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio
host, restaurateur, vision quest guide and international seminar leader
with "The Dream Workshops." Keith helps people get the love, money and
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