CHANGE: WHO IS RUNNING “THE SHOW”?
By Rev. David Strickler, Ph.D.
Within any given lifetime there is a consistent variable that everyone is familiar with, it is so dependable that its name is an oxymoron at best: CHANGE. This part of the process of discerning one’s life choices for action and the effects generated by engaging those selections at which times have reference points of suffering the illusion of a perceived cause used within the decision making process before acting upon one’s selection. Thus the increase of one’s experience of rigidity or flexibility as one encounters the personal affects encumbered by the personal mental construct and belief given to the word itself: CHANGE.
CONCISE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY 11th Edition:
DERIVATIVES: changeful adjective, changeless adjective, changelessly adverb, changelessness noun, changer noun
ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French change (noun), changer (verb), from late Latin cambiare, from Latin cambire ‘barter’.
WEBSTERS NEW WORLD DICTIONARY
CHANGE: vt. changed, chang[ing 5ME changen < OFr changier < LL cambiare < L cambire, to exchange, barter < Celt (as in OIr camb) < IE base *kamb–, to bend, crook (> Welsh cam, Bret kamm, crooked)
RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTERS UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY
CHANGE: (chnj), v., changed, chang·ing, n.( 1175–1225; (v.) ME cha(u)ngen < AF, OF changer < LL cambire, L cambre to exchange; (n.) ME cha(u)nge < AF, OF, n. deriv. of the v. )
1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion; to change the course of history. 2. to transform or convert (usually fol. by into): The witch changed the prince into a toad. 3. to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind: She changed her shoes when she got home from the office. 4. to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone. 5. to transfer from one (conveyance) to another: You’ll have to change planes in Chicago. 6. to give or get smaller money in exchange for: to change a five-dollar bill. 7. to give or get foreign money in exchange for: to change dollars into francs. 8. to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed; to change a baby.
9. to become different: Overnight the nation’s mood changed. 10. to become altered or modified: Colors change if they are exposed to the sun. 11. to become transformed or converted (usually fol. by into): The toad changed into a prince again. 12. to pass gradually into (usually fol. by to or into): Summer changed 13. to make a change or an exchange: If you want to sit next to the window, I’ll change with you. 14. to transfer between trains or other conveyances: We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop. 15. to change one’s clothes: She changed into jeans. 16. (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another. 17. (of the voice) to become deeper in tone; come to have a lower register: The boy’s voice began to change when he was thirteen. 18. change front, Mil. to shift a military force in another direction. 19. change hands. See hand (def. 34). 20. change off, a. to take turns with another, as at doing a task. b. to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break. 21. change one’s mind, to change one’s opinions or intentions.
–n. 22. the act or fact of changing; fact of being changed. 23. a transformation or modification; alteration: They noticed the change in his facial expression. 24. a variation or deviation: a change in the daily routine. 25. the substitution of one thing for another: We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace. 26. variety or novelty: Let’s try a new restaurant for a change. 27. the passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another: a change of seasons; social change. 28. Jazz. harmonic progression from one tonality to another; modulation. 29. the supplanting of one thing by another. 30. anything that is or may be substituted for another. 31. a fresh set of clothing. 32. money given in exchange for an equivalent of higher denomination. 33. a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due. 34. c 35. any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung. 36. Also,’change. Brit. exchange (def. 10). 37. Obs. changefulness; caprice. 38. ring the changes, a. to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church. b. to vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.
—chang·ed·ness (chnÆjid nis, chnjdÆ-), n.
—Syn. 1. transmute, transform; vary, mutate; amend, modify. CHANGE, ALTER both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. To CHANGE is to make a material difference so that the thing is distinctly different from what it was: to change one’s opinion. To ALTER is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usually to preserve the identity: to alter a dress (to change a dress would mean to put on a different one). 3. replace, trade. 4. trade. 7. convert. 10. vary, mutate, amend. 22. transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude. 25. exchange. 29, 30. replacement.
—Ant. 10. remain. 22. permanence.
Note of course, the reference to coinage, just as in previous articles I have chastised the use of the word values supplanted for regard. Far from being the leftover coinage that is the result of a transaction at the local merchants, it does though, at times seem to render this appearance as a similar effect as it rears apparition within any transaction we concur or give consensus to within the stream of life that we partake.
Fascinating to always read a definition of a word and if you want to truly have some fun try this link: WORDSMYTH and this is another delicious link called the ARTFL PROJECT, link: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828). You might find it interesting how definitions and usages “Change” over time.
Still, I find little in regards to an approximation to be used within the spiritual religious context of change, a closer explication comes with the idea inherent in the word transmutation. This word, though too, leaves much to be desired in expressing where the origin of change is pertinent from within causal levels of Soul or Spirit. I am saying this intentionally at this point to leave you with an unanswered question, or for at the very least to allow its lingering in the back of one’s mind, opening one to questions such as the Karma contained with the SOUL and SPIRIT of your consciousness.
The principle of CHANGE is one of the few constants in a given universe that is borne from stark contrast of Intemporalness, reverberating as a constant echo within the boundaries called the container of time and space, being a constant as steady and strong as electromagnetism in physics, yet at the same time showing another quality similar to that of gravity in its weakness, being that gravity is one of the weaker constants in the universe as compared to electromagnetism. Yet always finding itself to be a constant reminder of the intemporalness from which all manifest universe is but a reflected manifestation. Where does change ‘come from’ if there is any where to it at all and if it is not a where, then what is it that we need to understand about the principle that is hidden behind the veil of effects that people normally construe as CHANGE. What skills ought we acquire in order to use with efficacy this principle which represents in a part of Qabalistic teaching, the idea of MOTION or analogs thereof.
Change has a few qualities to it, the few mentioned here within the scope of this article today are: constancy, unexpected, and the relative. These being within the realm of observable phenomena in the physical universe, which shall act, if we are careful, as a bridge toward understanding what is going on within the continuum of consciousness that we know within ourselves to be Soul and Spirit.
Much of the series of phenomena that we study within the limitations of the physical body have to do with responses, reactions from stimuli experienced within the senses, eg., light stimulates the retina rods and corresponding reactions of electrochemical induction is assembled along a neuropathway within the image making apparatus of the body know as the Human brain. There contained within the cellular structure is a representational image of your senses relationship to what is called ironically, ‘the outside world’. Giving due consideration to the vast power of imagery enabled within the human nervous system, we must take not of it imperfections, ergo—the red apple that we see isn’t really red at all, but is only a reflection of what the Similarly this is an irony with the constancy known as CHANGE. That wonderful sneak up behind you and goose you in the ass effect that is the foundation for the peddlers of CERTAINTY, even though they misapply and misuse this tremendous reagent. There appears to be a constant activity of CHANGE going on at every pulsation of life and within its framework within varying degrees of priority and intensity. The meal I just ate, being digested and interwoven into the flesh robe that I wear as Soul/Spirit here in the physical world is currently undergoing intense scrutiny, at least that is how I interpret it by the sounds generated in the location of my stomach. I do some of the relative outcomes, no pun intended of the ‘end’ process of this transfiguration of food within my human organism. CHANGE is apprehendable in a similar fashion outside the realm of food intake.
Relative aspects of CHANGE are simple and complex at the same time. As described above the outcome is within a relative order of possible events. I say possible because it may depend on what type of food that I intake. I may know the end result, but what happens when I intake food that my body isn’t responding favorably towards? A rather rushed result then comes into experience. I then add those results to the historical framework of what could happen within this type of relative change.
A person falls off a chair. Their back is sore not to mention the effect of the gluteal impact of the event. A few days latter, the pain seems to go away. Perhaps they forget about it. Another person in the same situation doesn’t and goes to a chiropractor, as I did when it happened to me, for monthly therapy until the pressure was taken off my lower lumbar. The person who forgot about it didn’t even seek out physical therapy or any other medical evaluation to see if something was injured or damaged. Years later, they have painful sensation in the legs. The other person doesn’t because they have stretched and applied themselves in some form of healing. In other words, predetermined ranges of experience can alter the resultant process of CHANGE which is taken in hand and worked with or tempered. I can throw ball at the wall, do nothing and the ball passes by me or hits me. I can use the principle of change to intervene within the process and action and predetermine a new range of experience with the ball against the wall if I run up to catch it before it bounces against the wall.
Unexpected CHANGE is therefore a working pool of knowing what types of effect will be experienced as we watch the change process, only if it is within our pool of Knowledge and experience. There is much unexpected that comes along with change due to the limitations of focus as to how we equate whatever our experience of Change being had at the moment. This is where History serves us as a tool to understand what is going to happen in the future as the ongoing process of cause and reactions to the cause of life marches onward. Sometimes the unexpected is fun, sometimes the unexpended is limiting, as in my case with my stroke, which was totally unexpected, as it is not even within medical history of my family tr
How should unexpected change be handled? With caution while using much historical reference and information that can be gleaned from sources who have experienced what you are experiencing leaving a healthy space of knowing that you may not be defining or asking the right questions to obtain the relative outcome you envision. There may be much similar in what has happened with me in my stroke for example, in with others who have had a stroke, yet there can be VAST differences that produce a range of outcomes. It depends on how stubborn or fixated I am upon my own opinion and whether or not I am able to take in new knowledge and facts, instead of accepting my opinion as reality.
Much to the chagrin of the CERTAINTY peddlers who look at you as a predictable statistic within their marketing research, unexpected CHANGE is the stuff discoveries can be made of, depending on who is handling the process. Look at our Founding Fathers in the History of this great Nation. They had a choice to be free or not be free. They basically told King George III to take it and stuff it where the sun didn’t shine. The outcome? Part of it was predictable—the Revolutionary War which was fought on the basis of differing PRINCIPLES and dialogues that went against the irrationality of the like of Quesnay, John Locke etc. We are still to this day experiencing the unexpected series of events produced by the presence of that very same Ideology that was in 1778; it didn’t die, it is still here with us, even though there appear to be forces from within and without that want to see it change to its demise.
CHANGE in our environment can also be reflective of the activity going on within the SOUL. My favorite statement to those who claim to speak to god and get answers from him and yet can’t tell what their soul is saying to them during the course of their experience in their life—yeah right—tell me another crock of shit. The wonders of the Imaginarium! Replete with instant one size fits to your perception that is agreeable to yourself to save face from any withstanding CHANGES that may have been screamed to you from the voice of your SOUL. Maybe that’s why god didn’t answer, YOU already held the answer within.
I pray to god daily. I don’t ask him for anything though, why would I insult the Omnipotent and all knowing bastion of creation with such a stupid request, like he/she forgot to give me something in order to cover up or hide from my own shameful ignorance. You can see the Garden of Eden everyday out in the world, “they hid themselves in shame’. I guess some need a form of idiocy like a pep rally from high school in order ‘shake them up’ to bring about change in areas where reluctance and fixation to opinion hallows. All because of what? You failed to take into consideration the unexpected constancy that change can bring into a life process?
There are some processes of change that can only be known or apprehended by understanding the Nature and Content within your Soul. This is where self employment begins in the spiritual path. How do you come to know the content of your Soul? Do you take the time to hold yourself as Soul in enough regard in order to be a team player in the world of creation? Or do you just lose yourself into the herd/crowd in order to stay in the same place while the life is being squeezed out of you, or your portfolio being expropriated by cunning use of lobby and laws. Your freedom is the same for it requires vigilance and due process that only the understanding of history can give you as a resource to prevent history from repeating itself in whatever circumstances you find yourself in today.
Knowledge is required to understand the nature of Soul and the knowledge it holds, information will never reveal the vast storehouse of knowledge already contained within that part of you known as Soul. A mountain (Soul) may contain vast resources of water, gold, and other precious gems, but they will never be acquired until you employ yourself in the digging process. If you never make that phone call, or meet that doctor, or talk to that teacher, or financial advisor you will never know. It’s that simple.
I have stated elsewhere in this dialogue of essays over the years in the Spiritual Climate Newsletter that things are both simple and complex. If you refuse to gradually gain understanding of complexity because of the work involved, it is sure to come back and bite you in the ass. That’s one thing that never changes.
If you contemplate this, you will gain some insight, a foot hold into the Who and What that is the engine of the show. Shakespeare was correct when not taken in his truncated statement, “A tale told by an idiot”. When humanity fails, refuses, and denies to become that which they truly are, then it looks like a tale told by idiots because of the refusal to properly harness the principle of change by embracing the agape that the Soul is. Then we walk away from those who are still producing their meaningless rant of idiocy and enslavement to an unknown higher power, authority or intelligence by refusing to use what God gave them at the moment of their creation.
You can never ‘make a change’ you can only gain understanding as to how the principle and constancy of change works within your life and from watching it work in others, be they a singular person, state, nation or civilization. What is pertinent to understand, in my opinion, is how to befriend this principle to enable us to sculpt our life into what our Soul expresses as our True Self in its participation within the process of Genesis which is as fresh and as vital right now as it is in our continual misperception by placing Genesis in the past.
Rev. David Strickler, Ph.D.
Qabalistic Teacher & Minister