How to Solve Any Problem
Human potential naysayers don’t believe this is possible, but I’ve put it into practice so many times that I’m convinced that that which can’t be done belongs to those who don’t believe.
Before we start talking about your superhero powers in problem solving, there is a little groundwork that needs to be laid and some questions to be asked. First, are you attempting to solve a problem that is yours to solve or are you playing the hero by trying to solve someone else’s problem because you haven’t learned how to trust in their unique intelligence?
If you are solving someone else’s problem, then what you are doing is offering a temporary fix. Sometimes this is necessary and the most compassionate thing to do; other times it only makes that person not use their own inner strength and knowing. Deciphering this dilemma will take some critical thought and deep insight, as well as a some hard self-honesty. This is the point where most people who want to help the world get stuck, and is a subject so deep that it needs a whole volume to itself. I will attempt to “decode” it to make it easier for those of you who need the help, but that will be for another entry. Right now we are talking about you solving a problem that is yours to solve.
If this problem is yours, it will have a direct impact on your personal life, your family’s life or that of the people and/or organization you are in charge of.
In the world of linear thought, businesspeople, economists and scientists often believe that solutions to problems require the funds and/or a scientific invention. This is usually the case, but without understanding humanity and having the sociologist perspective, both will be temporary fixes. If you want to be able to solve ‘any’ problem, you will need to step away from dependencies on these things, or on anything and everything you hold as real (but just for a moment). Your problem is embedded in reality as you know it, and the answer to it is hiding underneath it all.
The reason why it’s important to walk away from your reality is that in all of your expansive human experience, it still isn’t possible for you to capture it all. There are answers that might be simple but will never enter into the reaches of your brain’s tentacles because they don’t fit within your paradigm. They belong to another galaxy that maybe someone in a village would understand perfectly (while Western logic stands baffled). If you are reading this article, you probably belong to the world of the West, are conditioned by it, and everything in your reality probably fits squarely within it. (And, of course, probably not).
So, how does one “step away” from their reality? It’s very simple: go for a walk. While you are walking, don’t talk to anyone or listen to anything, but instead talk to your own mind. Tell yourself that you are willing to let go of your reality and accept something entirely new. This is the first step to setting your genius free. This is not exactly the red pill, so you don’t have to be afraid. It’s more like a purple pill because you still go back to your job and keep doing what you were doing, but with a crack in your paradigm. This walking-and-letting-go action should be repeated on a daily basis, and in situations of high crises, several times a day.
Once you become comfortable with the idea of a strange answer coming from left field, you will begin to see things in a new light. When the answer finally does appear, it often feels like a miracle, a manifestation, or like the most obvious thing and you don’t know why you never thought of it. Sometimes the answer is realizing that you are simply afraid to take the leap you know you must take, and in a subconscious manner, you were trying to find a mouse hole through which to escape. Heroes and leaders end up taking the leap, and their purple pill sometimes takes shades of red. But that is ok, because the new reality is so much better!
Once you begin to release your genius from its chains, answers come easily and readily. When you are in a position of guiding other people, it is helpful to not be gagged by last century’s consciousness.