Frame-Change: The Universe Gives You What You Need
One may say that life’s greatest rivalry is the ever-present battle between good and bad. My contention is that, rather than rivals, the good and the bad are great companions.
There cannot be the one without the other. If everything was good, there would be no hallmark. It would be considered normal; we would take it for granted. It is like posing the question of immortality; Would the eradication of the fear of death not make a person bored, lethargic or even depressed?
Struggle Fosters Appreciation
By experiencing hard times, one comes to appreciate the good times. Consider the feeling of having a physical ailment, such as a cold. How we long for free inhaling! Thus, we come to appreciate the overlooked everyday function of breathing. The hard time makes us appreciate the good.
Hard times make us appreciate the good. The fear of failure makes us appreciate the success. Discomfort makes us appreciate comfort. Being in the face of adversity forces us to improve and overcome it. Along with making the outcome more fulfilling, the struggle also helps us grow.
Struggle Fosters Growth
Think about your past. In light of your current level of consciousness, is there any past experience which you would choose to avoid? Would you rather avoid that difficult situation you encountered or are you proud to be the person it has contributed towards creating?
Personal struggle forces us into action. Rather than standing idly by as life passes by, we are made to move. Taking action to overcome hard times fosters responsibility and confidence. Every instance of overcoming adversity in the past has contributed to your current character.
Whether in a spiritual or in an earthly manner, adopting the belief that every struggle lying in your way is meant to be there colours your reaction to hardship. This belief allows proactive embrace to take the place of reactive avoidance.
The Universe Gives You What You Need
To assess the belief that the universe gives you what you need, let’s investigate the spiritual as well as the rational frame. Viewing this belief from a spiritual perspective, one can determine that the interconnected universe understands that growth is a vital human element. The universe will thus offer you whichever adversity you require to engage in development at your current stage in life. This is the spiritual frame.
From a rational frame, we must look at the blend of two things: evolution and the different fragments of the mind. Evolutionarily, those beings that were able to adapt, overcome and even improve the usual ways of living were favoured. Consider the first giraffe to have a longer neck. It was able to easily eat the leaves from the trees, whereas its compatriots struggled. Needless to say, it survived longer, reproduced more and as a result all giraffes have longer necks.
Evolutionarily, it’s simple: If we failed to adapt in the face of adversity and change, we died. This innate need for adaptation and improvement has been engrained in our brains over millions of years.
Now to the fragments of the mind. Freud said that our mind is like an iceberg, the small tip of the iceberg above the surface being our conscious mind. Here is everything we are consciously aware of. Below the surface, however, lurks the massive body of ice containing our subconscious and our unconscious mind. Here are hidden our old memories but also our inner fears and suppressed desires.
Society enforces the importance of living from one’s conscious mind. After all, the conscious mind keeps us from blatantly giving in to our urges. Nevertheless, the subconscious and unconscious mind do influence our lives. Consider emotions; they are highly irrational, yet they determine much of our lives.
Blending together the influence which our subconscious mind has on our lives and the evolutionary predisposition to adapt and improve, it is a fathomable conclusion that the subconscious mind seeks challenges through which to actively develop. Our subconscious mind evolutionarily understands that adversity is a precursor of growth and that being static is a precursor of non-living. Thus, it seeks out ways to encourage growth.
Therefore, I come to the conclusion that, whether viewed from a spiritual or from an earthly plain, the universe gives us what we need. Hardship helps us develop into higher organisms and it will come to us as we need it, whether through the power of interconnected life or through the influence of our evolutionarily biased subconscious mind.
In essence, the bad is not really bad; it is good waiting to be discovered.
Severin Mudd, December 22nd 2018