Harnessing the power of change...

Can you think of anything that stays the same, does not change? The core nature of the universe is change. Everything changes. Everything. No moment is the same as another. Cellular changes occur constantly. Nothing remains literally constant. In many ways stability is a delusion, a way for us humans to exert and maintain control over ourselves, others, our environment and, we think, the cosmos. To what extent is that really true or possible?

At first blush this fact, that change is inevitable, and it is fact evidenced in basic science & quantum physics, can be unnerving, unsettling. What can I count on if everything is going to change? Acknowledging change can give rise to feelings of powerlessness, fatalism, resignation. But, yes but - we can count on one thing more than anything else - you guessed it - change! We can actively participate in the changes happening in our lives, in our minds, and in our hearts.

By understanding the process of change, how it occurs, when it occurs, one can more actively participate in the changes that are occurring constantly. There is a constant supply of energy available to us in the process of change. Using your core values as a guide to harness that energy of change for growth and for life is what creates progress.Take for example a rip tide. If you are caught in a rip tide and you try to swim out of it by swimming toward the shore you will never get there. In fact you will inevitably wind up further away from the shore and eventually be pulled under and away out to sea. However, if you understand the way the sea changes, in this case how the water moves, you then will realize that if you swim in a sideways direction, you will, in a matter of minutes, by free from the pull of the current that had you trapped. The sea, the rip tide, is still swirling, and it will continue to do so, but having actively participated in the process of insight and understanding of how the sea changes you have moved from harm to safety. You have changed how you were participating in that action / situation.

When we touch someone, or something, it automatically changes, it is different than it was before we touched it. We leave our mark, an imprint. And that which we have touched leaves it's mark on us. We are forever changed as well. Sometimes it seems like change is happening to us - we are being controlled. We all have to fill out forms, endure being put on hold and listening to elevator music, getting caught in traffic, or have to wait 45 minutes for a bus sometimes. It seems we have no control over these things. And often we don't. How we participate in these situations is in our power. We have choice. Sure, I can refuse to fill out the form - but then I won't get the bank loan, the building permit or the new job. However, if I think about the benefits of having the loan, I get excited about completing the form correctly and on time. Then I'm closer to getting funds. I could get really ticked off at the bus driver, yell at him or her, complain to all the other angered passengers. Venting can be good for you. But, if the anger just ruins their whole day, your day, what have I gained, how far forward have I moved toward my goal of well being and peace of mind? By embracing change rather than fighting it we actually can move closer to our goals.

© Mark Hannan All rights reserved


  1. Hi Mark,

    Interesting post. I especially liked your example of swimming against the tide.

    I've been thinking a lot about change recently, and in particular, how that relates to time.

    I remember hearing someone say that the human mind is completely unable to understand Time - that its completely incomprehensible.

    Time and change are surely linked; and although we may not understand Time, we can still embrace the changes that are happening around us all the time. It's that difficult process of surrendering the Ego to the moment - and what is the Ego, if not the past.

    A great, thought provoking article. Thank you :)

    All the best,


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  3. I think you're exactly right Mark when you say that "stability is a delusion". I can't help but wonder how much of our energy is wasted everyday swimming against the riptide current of change? Instead of fighting this change, how much better off would we be if we put all of that effort into steering our present course.

    I have always found it interesting that in order to most clearly see the change swirling around us, we need to be sitting still in quiet reflection. Then again our world seems to be full of these type of paradoxes. As Lao-Tzu said "Those who know, do not speak; those who speak, do not know. . ." Obviously then, I am an idiot!

    Keep up the good work,

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