Solving the Wisdom Problem
In response to absolutist statements of "iron-clad" materialist (material reality) thinking such as "everyone's got to earn a living", or similar phrases, I say this: "It just ain't so! We do not, and many people don't." And, like Dr. Phil, "How's that been working for you?"
We cannot solve a disowned problem, and as long as we continue to own and insist upon a 'money' problem (making "money" both the problem and the answer to the problem), we have all the excuse we need to conveniently disown the wisdom problem (which is our own personal development in God Consciousness). What a great distraction. We allow the Hayyatu Dunya keeps us from the Hayyatul `Akhirah.
And we can't solve a problem with the same mindset or think-tank that created it, we can only endlessly analyze it after we've created it, and that's idle worship.
What does it mean to create a problem?
Diagnosis - the creation of a problem.
So you may think we have a money problem, but not me. I have plenty for my needs, just not for yours. But I have an idea how I can help you. But first you've got to pay the piper, because I do not want to help you solve a problem that doesn't exist, one of your own creation, created to distract you from the real one. So you must listen to me in order for me to help you with your problem.
First, you must understand that you can't solve a problem with the same mindset or think-tank that created it, and - if I buy into your mindset, which you desperately want me to do, then I become helpless also, as a part of your problem, adding more weight and reality to it, and no longer part of the real solution. And you're right, I do not accept (your) reality. If I did then we'd all be in the same hopeless situation that creates hope in the first place. So let's look at this the Sufi way and not the banker's way.
Our diagnosis of it as a money problem is what creates the problem. We get what we project. And since this kind of projection is practically all that we know, having been brought up to believe that that's life, that's the way it is, the idea that there might be another way to look at seems whimsical at best, if not totally absurd. And our need, desire, demand and constant quest for the solution keeps us so occupied and is also part of the problem, because once we've determined the problem, solution and course of action, it keeps us too busy to consider anything else.
But in Reality, we don't answer a question by seeking for or demanding an answer. Now you may not get this at first, but we answer a question by sitting in it. It's called "Staying in the Question". Consider it. It's radically different from linear thinking. The moment we start seeking the answer, we have made up our minds (diagnosed) that we understand the problem and its solution. We've stepped out of the problem and into the "solution", or so we think. But not really - because the problem is not solved, only created, and the solution is not discovered, dissolving the problem once and for all, but only imagined as something 'out there' to be sought. So we have effectively 'escaped' the problem by relegating it to the realm of "a problem in need of a solution" and not solved it at all, we've actually only created it.
Another difficulty is that the key and solution to all problems is in Gnosis: that is - Knowing that in Reality, there is no conflict to resolve. Bringing ourselves and others to that realization is the real work. It's not easy, but it is our primary obligation, in the ease of the completion of which lies the resolution to all other obligations. This is what I mean by sitting in the question. In order to solve a problem, we must get to and believe this first. God demands it (in that absolutely nothing else works) because it is the first commandment and the key to the resolution of all problems.
In Reality, there is no conflict to resolve.
Everything causes us to seek God (good) - problems, pain, suffering are all there because they cause us to seek God. But note that it is not the seeking of God that is the resolution to all problems, but God Himself - the Actuality of God is what resolves all problems. And this is because in the Actuality of God there is no conflict, no argument, no suffering, no problem in need of resolution. In the immediate Actuality of God there is only Peace and Wisdom. So it is this Actuality that we must find and dwell in, in order to understand the nature of pain, problems and suffering. And it is from there that we can move forward freely, with confidence and enthusiasm into learning and self education.
Reality Therapy. Sit quietly in the Actuality of God long enough and the resolution to all problems, and especially the wisdom problem, which they all are, becomes 'painfully/joyously' obvious. But overlook this simple but profound teaching of staying in the question and doom yourself to the pitiable 'practical, realistic and mundane' world that you have always found yourself in with all of its intriguing 'problems' to be solved.
And the actuality of this approach is mentioned in the statement that the problems of Islam (and all problems) are solved by inclusion rather than exclusion (*) (supported by the hadith of seeking knowledge from the cradle to the grave - even as far as China). Zen, as has been noted by many scholars, is actually the perfection of Fikr, or contemplative realization (and also taught in Sanskrit in the Yoga Sutras), which, in Islamic Sufism, is one of the three essential practices necessary for the completion of personal perfection - Dhikr, Fikr and Himmah. In Islam, it is also the completion of healing and the beginning of real learning. Great masters have said "Our path begins where others end."
Solving the Wisdom Problem
But how can we resolve a problem that we refuse to own? And our coming up with the diagnosis and solution is part of the strategy to disown it. To say, "There, see? It's fixed. It's a problem we know and there's nothing more we can do about it except keep on our course of action and think about more ways to earn money and bring in revenues." And by so believing and doing we've effectively disowned that it's really a wisdom problem by asserting that our diagnosis and solution, or the lack thereof, is correct. It's really a kind of arrogance based on ignorance, the basic statement of which is "We know all there is."
We can't solve a disowned problem. As long as we continue to own the 'money' problem, we can conveniently disown the wisdom problem. If I take on the money problem, then I have one.
So how about solving the wisdom problem and bringing in limitless income? What can we provide that will cause people to give up their money (and their problems)? A secure future? (Iman = trust, faith, belief, confidence, security, knowledge, a carefree and secure future). How do we convey this? With love? Hmmm. But definitely, if it is to be successful, with Wisdom. In order to be successful, we must have and use real Wisdom.
About anything, in order to have plenty of it you necessarily have to be free of the desire for plenty of it. It's inherent in the definition of plenty. Plenty means that you no longer have any desire for it. It is the resolution or completion, the fana, the finish, the end, of desire. And as we all know and has been previously written, desire seeks only its own extinction.
Are we free of the desire for plenty of it? Of course not, obviously, because we do not have sufficiency for our needs. But then again, what constitutes plenty? If all I need is spending change, then I'm free of the need and desire for more. But are we all? I don't think so.
Solving the money problem
The problem might be that the school has been marketing love, with varying degrees of success because of the multiple meanings and interpretations of the word and also because love for love's sake is not always what is desired or needed, nor is it necessarily the best way to go about getting or finding it. It is however the most easily identifiable, desired, and desirable 'product' to advertise and market, and although relatively easy to obtain, it's not always easy to keep, without a lot of seemingly very hard work. Well, how to make this work easier. Let's market how to keep the love you've got, rather than search for more of the same in different varieties.
Don't teach Love, teach Wisdom (with love). Market something new and even more valuable than love, i.e. Wisdom - "How to keep the Love you've got!" (and it's in Music of the Soul).
It's interesting to note the lead phrase on our marketing material is "When you find the love, you find yourself!" The simple change that will make all the difference in the world is, "When you find your Self, you find the love."
Love is the Attraction and Wisdom is the OutcomePlease note the statement found in A Course In Miracles
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true but it is necessary to seek for what is false. Every illusion is one of fear, whatever form it takes. And the attempt to escape from one illusion into another must fail. If you seek love outside yourself you can be certain that you perceive hatred within, and are afraid of it. Yet peace will never come from the illusion of love, but only from its reality.” ACIM - T-16.IV.6.
It's not about finding the love! This is the wrong approach! It's about finding the Self that Knows the Love. However, we all feel deprived of love and why is this? So we discover what we want, what we feel is missing, why we feel it's missing, and how to go about finding it. To begin our search, it's the attraction. We are attracted to that which we feel is absent. We are attracted by our feeling (love) for love. We identify it and launch ourselves into the quest for it, yet it's our love for love that launches us into the quest. So is love the actual goal or is it the means by which we reach the goal? Sidi says it in Music of the Soul, and it's obvious - The Outcome of Love is Wisdom.
I'm certain this is something you do not know. But maybe you do and have just overlooked its value.
"It's not a money problem, it's a wisdom problem."Sidi and Fatthi said long ago and told me he said it, "It's not a money problem, it's a wisdom problem." And I knew immediately what he meant - that as long as it remained a money problem the wisdom would never be found and it would remain a money problem, presumably solvable only by getting and throwing more money at it. A convenient reason for excluding wisdom, which does not have a money problem, and which at that time didn't want to be considered.
But let's review it now again. What does it mean?
In essence it means ignorance, that we do no know what it means, and so with ignorance we proceed, fumbling our way along until we discover something else, some other way of coming up with even more money.
But the definition of plenty implies the lack of further need, therefore the end of desire. So which comes first - and it is not a trick question - the finding of what we seek or the end of seeking? Logical linear thinking would dictate the first, that we first find what we seek and then stop seeking it, but aren't they actually simultaneous, and possibly interchangeable? And could it possibly be the other way around?
If we are asking the wrong question, due to our presumptions, and seeking the wrong solution, will we ever find the right answer? Not until we STOP seeking the wrong one. So couldn't it be that we must stop seeking what we believe, incorrectly, to be the answer in order for the real one to appear?
Bottom line thinking obviously does not work because it predicates a problem and a solution, thereby launching the search for the solution, which only perpetuates the ignorance. So don't ask me to get to the point, because the getting there is the point. Don't ask me to solve your money problem when I'm telling you that you do not have one! Recognize what the real problem is and then you'll have the solution. The answer is in the question. No answer? Maybe not the right question!
So again, what does it mean? It means that - let's face it -
If we had the Wisdom, we'd know how to get the money!
So we have to solve the wisdom problem.
We need to stop trying to solve the so-called money problem and actually work on the wisdom problem. So let's market the Wisdom - since the Wisdom must be the Ultimate Satisfaction (isn't that what we think we admire in our teachers?)
The Wisdom of Knowing God -
How to keep forever the love you've got!
And it's all in knowing -
The proper way to discover Unity -
heal your self and bring love and healing to others.
Yes we know Unity and yes we experience it, but why do we not stay in it? It's simply because of unfinished business. The law of the Bodhisattva says that the healer will not enter heaven permanently until the work of healing the world is finished, so that must necessarily include parents.
Therefore, and unfortunately, it is evident that our work is not yet done. There is still more to learn, and it's a subject that I love to teach, because of the results I've witnessed. And I've written something about it in the Primary Mission Theory and the discovery of the source of SOS, the Sense Of Separation, and how to heal it.
And boy, do we all have parenting issues.
Unwillingness to face them comes from the sense of hopelessness and creates the need for 'therapy' in order to apply the "therapeutic" solution of "adjustment". As mentioned in previous writings, the "It's hopeless, you'll just have to get used to it" approach to dealing with parent issues is itself hopeless, it simply does not work. Proof of this is in its manifest avoidance. "Well-adjusted" adults simply will not revisit the problem, or if so, only from a well defined and defended position. This implies that they know full well that the problem has not been resolved, only successfully, to some degree, avoided. Again, not an avoidance or adjustment problem, a wisdom problem. We simply do not know how to do it. We don't even, for the most part, know what the problem is or how it originated.
People will especially seek to avoid the revisit if there is promised a genuine solution. This is a strong indication of the presence of latent or manifest hostility and desire for revenge, which issues must be accepted and addressed before the actual process of reuniting can begin. (Again, the passage from ACIM comes to mind).
Forgiveness is often out of the question, but must be readdressed by and with the promise of a successful outcome. Easy and successful experiments to prove the effectiveness of the method can be conducted on friends, strangers and loved ones, then directed to parents, living or passed, to get the flavor of the exercise and tempt to further implementation.
However, it is my belief and experience that only when this issue, as the key to all issues, is resolved will the root disruption to our Perception of Unity be healed.
This wisdom would be wasted on those whose only interest is to rape wisdom for academic data. Academicians of the arcane fall prey to the illusion that they can label and control that which will always be partially unknowable, fluid and chaotic. To approach spirituality from an academic point of view may yield valuable information about the framework of the spiritual way, but never about the alchemical mysteries themselves.
"It's not a money problem, it's a wisdom problem."
If we had the Wisdom, we'd know how to get the money!
The Outcome of Love is Wisdom.
Love is the Attraction and Wisdom is the Outcome.
Market something better than love.
Self-acceptance - how can you love what you do not accept.
We approach our thinking from a have not, bottom up mindset, rather than from the unthinkable, illogical, irrational opposite mindset. We are so ingrained in our one-way thinking that we will not even imagine the possibility of looking at thing from some different way.
Opposite thinking at least provides us with a radically different possibility to consider. It's good for clearing the mind and freeing it from the entrapment of a one-way thinking pattern.
Real Healing is not easy work and most people refuse it and choose other more convenient and comfortable concepts. Still that's no reason why we as true healers and Gnostics of the Mysteries should not be aware of the depth of the problem and its complexities. Investigation into the Primary Mission Theory and its ramifications has proven very fruitful, and no evidence to the contrary has become manifest, other than blatant and admitted unwillingness.