Take a bite of the apple
How many times do we find ourselves trapped in the incidental, in the means to reach a goal, forgetting the true sense of our initial aim? Making an effort towards a process or a solution that is denying us results, we remain there, trying to re-invent the wheel; meanwhile, without us realizing it, we get rid of that apple that just rolls right up to our feet with one swift kick of the foot.
Our attention is so selective that, if we have decided that our solution must arrive like a grand finale after a lengthy process of deductive reasoning, we will never see that apple. This is because –amongst other things– perhaps we are no longer speaking of re-inventing the wheel but of being perseverant in our efforts, of proving to the world that we are capable or, simply, of glorifying our ineptitude through our effort. The latter is also very humane.
The ability to imagine, nonetheless, despite being portentous, will never be as great as the generative power of the universe. If we are able to pay attention just for a moment to what is really happening, to what is going on out there, we will discover, before our very eyes, uncharted terrain. A region that hasn’t been explored. A space for pure potential in which things become what we choose – no more, no less.
That place, inside of which everything happens and outside of which experience lacks substance, is nothing more than the present time. There does not exist any other part of the universe, any other location where our will might interact with the cosmos face to face, participating in the physical construction of the moment. Outside of that prodigious instant, nothing exists, nothing happens, there is no other possible time in nature. Past and future become part of the narrative of our consciousness and they come together therein, solely, as mental projections to which we pay attention, from which we can learn, or –at best– aspire to realize; however, they do not make up part of reality. The present is the only place where we can realize our desire and, yet, how much attention do we really pay to the immense nature of this moment?
In his process observation model or “process work”, the physicist and Jungian psychologist Arnold Mindell proposes that the things that are “primary processes” (manifest and visible) are always accompanied by what said “primary process” wishes to become. Pay attention to your desires; according to this model, they, with their completeness, are what allow us to continue being part of the present.
Throughout the articulation of the manifest –of the visible– through an organizational system, a relationship, or a person (something defined as a “primary process”), up until the articulation of what the manifest, or the “primary process,” is trying to become (this manifestation is defined as a “secondary process”), the desire to change is defined, but resistance is also defined.
The present, therefore, is not stable; it never remains unchanged and if, for a moment, we have the impression that things are this way, we can be sure that some type of resistance is acting in some way. Resistance to change is a way to disconnect from the future, a way to not be present in it or, to put it another way, to not support it. Resistance may help us to not see the future, but it will not stop the constant transformation that we observe.
Likewise, what is trying to happen, that which we establish as a “secondary process,” once its existence is elevated to the conscious realm, will stop being secondary and become a new “primary process” from which, in turn, another “secondary process” will emerge, and so on and so forth.
Quantum physics defends the idea that reality (and in the case of subatomic particles, the theory seems to be proven) tends to be modified merely by being observed.
That type of subtle observation, backed by intuition and the conscious, represent an invigorating part of the transformation. The apple is rolling towards you. How long will you take to pick it up?