Imagine this scenario: You have hypnotized me into believing that I have a dog. In my hypnotic state, I am the only one experiencing the presence of the dog and take it with me wherever I go. But my dog has developed a bad case of fleas. I’ve done everything I can to remove them but no one in my “world” has been successful. Nothing has worked so, in my desperation, I turn to you and ask for your help in solving my problem.
What are you going to do? Are you somehow enter my illusory, hypnotic world and do something to my dog? No! For you, in your world of reality, you know there is no dog to heal. Your only rational approach to helping me is to awaken me from my hypnotic state and help me realize that my “dog” scenario was only a dream from which I am now awakened and realize that my “dog” was only a false belief. “Healing” complete!
For more than 50 years, I have been a professional problem solver employing just this procedure to the benefit of a widely diversified client base. It has proven effective where traditional methods have failed. Why? Because what appear as problems to us are not really conditions that need to be overcome. They are illusory misrepresentations of the answer or solution you are seeking like your dog and its fleas. That answer is already available. When we awaken to this reality, the “problem” disappears and is the truth of the situation, ie, the answer or solutions, appears.
Since early childhood, we have all been taught that to solve a problem, we must pay attention to it, understand it, find its cause and think deeply on ways to resolve it. At the highest levels of corporate and governmental endeavors, this confrontational approach is still accepted as the only viable procedure. In fact, it’s not unusual that they conduct special probes, form “task forces” or “focus groups” to concentrate on building strategies that will destroy this “enemy”. They often retain “specialists” in their particular problem only to discover that they still have the problem.
This struggle usually produces more frustrations and anxieties (and costs!) than viable solutions.
In the event that they DO find an acceptable answer, it is because the integrity of this principle has destroyed it.
When you are faced with a tough problem or challenge, the first thing you should do is to discipline yourself to look away from it and reject it as an “enemy” with whom you must do battle. See its nothingness. Focusing your attention on it will only secure its presence and perpetuate its supposed existence. Remember, you want to get rid of it, not perpetuate it!
All problems are negative. They cannot exist alone. Webster defines “negative” as “the absence or negation of something”. Any negative is completely dependent upon there being a positive something to be negative about. You cannot have a counterfeit dollar bill unless there is a genuine dollar to be a counterfeit of. You cannot remind yourself of this fundamental fact too often!
Your awareness of any problem is your assurance that its answer is already available. The problem really is that you are making a reality out of an unreal, false appearance. The problem is a void or your ignorance of the answer. The answer lies in your awakening to this truth.
Your effort must be focused on the necessary positive mindset (“a mental attitude that determines and influences events and circumstances” Webster) and let the answer appear. It’s really that simple.
This is a simple procedure but not always easy to implement. Too often there is too much built in habitual thinking and intellectual ballast that gets in the way.
One’s natural tendency is to defend their “dog” even if it does have fleas!