Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 30--What is the Real Problem?

Often in life, the most important question we can ask ourselves is: do we really have the problem we think we have?  --Sheri Fink

     Looking over my life, it seems that when I have experienced a problem, it took a while to get to the real "root" of the problem. The apparent problem of being overweight was due to eating too much, which was due to childhood traumas and issues, which led me to recognize my food addiction, which illuminated my lack of spiritual sustenance, which stemmed from my lack of self-worth. Eating too much was not the problem, but a symptom of the problem. 
     Given a problem, are you looking at the root cause or at a symptom of the problem? This can be a powerful and enlightening question. While treating symptoms can be helpful in the short run, the only real solution is to get to the actual root of the problem. It can be a lengthy process, sometimes equated with peeling an onion--removing layer after layer till you reach the core. 
     Physical issues are a manifestation (symptom) of something going on in our consciousness. It behooves us to explore and expand the consciousness to alleviate those physical issues. Most folks don't want to do this. I speak from personal experience. This can be a lengthy, messy process. Taking a drug can relieve the symptoms much more quickly, but the drug doesn't solve the real problem. 
     Digging deeper,

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