Isn’t There An Easier Way?
By Art Ramsay, Ph.D.

 How may times have you asked yourself this question: isn’t there an easier, faster way to do this? I know I have asked this question hundreds of times over the years, about many of the projects and actions I needed to take at the time. It seems to be ‘human nature’ to want everything to be easy. In the modern-day ‘pop a pill’ and instant gratification mindset it becomes a way of life.

 Sometimes, through perseverance and patience we find a simpler way of doing something. Notice I used the word, ‘simpler’, because whether a task is easy or not is all in the mind of the beholder. What I have found is that when I attempt to do something ‘faster’, I inevitably make mistakes and I wind up starting over again.

 What happens for most of us, or at least those that I know about, is that we look at a project, especially if it is to repair something, as a nuisance that needs taking care of quickly so we can do more important things. When this happens, we immediately shift into the ‘get it done quick and easy’ mode.

 Societies, especially Western societies are fast-paced and jammed with countless tasks to complete. Our lives are anything but slow. Time seems to be an adversary to our desire to ‘get things done’. What is the answer then? There are several answers; all leading to the same place.


  • Slow down. No one, I don’t care who you are or what you do, needs to hurry through life trying to ‘beat time’ and get as much done as possible in a certain timeframe. As I mentioned earlier, when I have tried to do things fast, I ended up having to start over. That is often the case.
  • Simplify. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to make something difficult when it invariably turned out to be simple. We humans tend to do that. Somehow we imagine life to be a taskmaster rather than a path to happiness.
  • Look for the real problem. This is what happens when trying to repair something. Many of us overlook what it would take to fix the problem and actually go around the situation at hand, looking for answers that are staring us in the face. Why? Because we are trying to solve the problem/situation with the level of mind that created it.


“You can’t solve the problem with the same level of consciousness that created it.” You might want to contemplate what I just wrote, before going on.

So what does this mean? It basically means that if you created the problem with your ‘ego mind’, you cannot solve it with your ego mind. If you created the problem with your unconscious mind, which is what we do most of the time through our beliefs, you cannot solve it with your unconscious mind.

 There are many facets of the statement above, because it depends on what the ‘problem’ actually is. You could be trying to fix a broken bicycle spoke, or save a marriage. Do you see how different those two ‘problems’ are? But to resolve either one of them, you must use a different level of mind than the one that created it. To fix the bicycle spoke you shift you focus into a ‘problem solving’ or ‘fixing’ mode. You consciously discard the problem and ask for a way to put ‘a’ into ‘b’, so to speak.

 In order to resolve the ‘broken’ marriage, you need to go a lot deeper, because the average person does not have the ‘skills’ to resolve this kind of situation without help. But to avoid getting to the ‘broken’ state, anyone, with guidance from within can get direction.

 The point to the discussion above about resolving any situation is to seek a ‘higher’ level of mind, or the way I state it, to go within. It does not matter at what level of difficulty the ‘problem’ exist. What matters is where you go for the resolution, mostly from within, and how you manage it.

 The process may look like this:

1.      Recognize a situation (problem) exists that you need to resolve

2.      Assign its level of importance in the moment; proceed to 3 or wait

3.      Examine the ‘problem’ and ask for possible solutions

4.      Shift your focus from the ‘problem’ to a ‘resolution’ mode

5.      Both 3 and 4 are done best by going within; seek a higher level of mind

6.      Allow enough time for an answer to come to you

7.      Use the answer(s) to fix the problem

 Now with ‘higher level’ situations such as dealing with your belief system that is causing various problems with relationships, taking things personally, resentment, forgiveness, and such, you will need a lot more time and patience. You are now dealing with long held beliefs that no longer serve you. In these situations, there are no fast or easy solutions.

 Spiritual growth, or whatever you call it, takes time. It cannot be resolved as simply as fixing a flat tire or washing a dirty windshield. You can begin with the steps listed above and find a solution, but you will probably do better by first seeking the belief that led you to a need to resolve the challenge.

 Working on ‘third dimensional’ problems is simple when you look at them through a simple process, but resolving situations resulting from your beliefs will give you more of a challenge. The thing is, if you begin by working on the tough belief oriented situations, and create a process, it will be far easer to resolve the ‘simple’ ones.

 The truth regarding spiritual growth is that are no simple answers. There are no easy ways, and it takes considerable effort and time. This is why there are only a few (compared to the ‘world’) doing this work and helping to make positive changes. Those of you reading this most likely are some of the few that are.


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