14 Mar 1951, Princeton, New Jersey, USA — Albert Einstein sticks out his tongue when asked by photographers to smile on the occasion of his 72nd birthday on March 14, 1951. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”
Facing a tough time at work? A challenge in your marriage?
What got you there
is not going to get you out of there.
This isn’t just about changing your mind.
This is about a change of consciousness.
If you do a Google search for mind you’ll find:
“the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world.”
Be aware. I love that. It’s not just accept this random thought that comes to me. My mind is precious, and I can gear it to be “aware of the world.” That means being attuned to what is happening in my relationships, the interchanges, the dynamics. It’s not just going through the motions to be a great coworker, wife or neighbor. It’s about being aware of the world around you, and giving accordingly.
Equally, mind can mean to:
- be distressed, annoyed, or worried by.
Wow. All of a sudden our mind becomes our enemy. We let it get us worried. We react or come from fear. And it’s not anything that made it be so, it’s just that our mind can become distressed/annoyed/worried, just because.
Yet consciousness is different. It’s “the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.” And then it goes on to say that it’s “especially something within ourself.”
Now that’s different! That’s not just being aware, but also being awake. It means be alert to what your mind is telling you. And be awake to what is happening within yourself, or in other words, the still small voice.
So our mind can be positive or negative. Consciousness is the state of being awake to ourselves, to our world, and the people we affect.
So as Einstein says, “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”
That means in whatever situation we are facing, we need to rise up to a new consciousness. A new way of thinking. A new approach!
And sometimes, that problem you think you have — isn’t even a problem!
Did you know Einstein loved to sail? Most sailors know how to swim. Not Einstein. Apparently he didn’t swim, and didn’t think it was a problem!
So sometimes we need to take on a different consciousness. Don’t let your mind worry you. Einstein wasn’t letting his mind be worried about not being able to swim. His consciousness was “I am awake to the world! I want to be on the sea and experience the freedom, joy, mystique of nature!
His consciousness ruled, not his mind. So can yours today.
Now imagine a world…. where our your mind is positive, and for the good. The dictionary of the public mind says it’s a “group embodying mental qualities,” and consciousness is also “knowledge that is shared by a group of people.
In essence your thoughts don’t just affect you. They affect the world. Each thought contributes to a positive group mentality! Adopt a positive consciousness today, and your life, and those are around you, will reflect that positivity.
Born on March 14, 1879 in Germany, Albert Einstein grew up in a secular Jewish family. His father, Hermann Einstein, was a salesman and engineer. Einstein attended elementary school in Munich. He felt alienated there and struggled with the rigid teaching style. Einstein had speech challenges, which forced him to find a passion in music. Einstein had a love for classical music and playing the violin, this love stayed with him throughout his entire life. While attending school in Zurich, Einstein developed lasting friendships and alliances, also meeting his future wife, Mileva Maric, a Serbian physics student.
After graduating from Polytechnic, Einstein faced major challenges in terms of finding academic positions, it took him nine years to eventually find a job at a patent office. While working at the patent office, Einstein had the time to further ideas that had taken hold during his studies at Polytechnic and thus cemented his theorems on what would be known as the principle of relativity/ In 1905—seen by many as a “miracle year” for the theorist—Einstein had four papers published in the Annalen der Physik, one of the best known physics journals of the era. After many years of hard work and incredible scientific discoveries, Einstein suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was taken to the University Medical Center at Princeton for treatment but refused surgery, believing that he had lived his life and was content to accept his fate. “I want to go when I want,” he stated at the time. “It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” Einstein died at the university medical center early the next morning—April 18, 1955—at the age of 76.