What does it take for ice to melt?
Attempting to change a difficult situation is as impossible as a cube of ice attempting to melt itself while still in the freezer.
“Ice,” is a form of water within a cold environment. Warm-up the environment and the ice will melt. The essence of ice is not solid, liquid, nor vapor, and it is not defined, changed or diminished by what form it is in at any moment.
Similarly, our life circumstances are expressing the mental environment we are living in. When the mental environment is filled with unhelpful, “should” thoughts, our lives are “frozen” with troubles.
Each individual is a living soul that cannot be diminished, damaged nor changed by whatever mental climate is dominating, but we can certainly suffer from it.
An awareness of our spiritual essence is what we need to be who we really are. Withdrawing our attention and attachments from the “frozen” mental climate allows the hardness of the situations of our lives, to melt.
There is no thermostat that will adjust our mental climates, but we can become aware of the truth of our being. To use the analogy of ice, we can become aware that there is more to life than the “freezer” we find ourselves in. When we know the infinite possibilities available, and gain a little of the freedom that comes when we know our true identity, we lose interest in living in the “freezer.”
Liberation begins with the initial awareness that the difficulties we find ourselves facing are not who we really are, but reflective of a confined, conditioned mental climate.
Do not be discouraged by the mental grind, the impatience, and the wanting that can accompany the awakening process. These are all aspects of the mental climate in process of melting away.
Once we begin to see that the frightening situations we find ourselves in, are not what they seem to be, we can be more open to the gifts of inspiration, intelligence and love for addressing the issue at hand.