What If I Chose This?

I borrowed the following description of Kurt Godel from a friend of mine, Robert Wilkinson.

A mathematical theory with significant evolutionary applications was authored by an Austrian logician named Kurt Godel in 1931.

He made a brilliant discovery involving the translation of an ancient paradox in philosophy into mathematical terms. It had to do with a conflict between the finite and the infinite and the use of mathematical reasoning to explore mathematical reasoning itself. It stated that any mathematical system beyond a certain degree of complexity, contains statements which can neither be proven true nor false. Godel asserted that when these limits of complexity were reached, that one must, through the use of insight, go beyond the limitations of that closed axiomatic system and intuit a system of higher complexity or "Meta-system" which contains the solutions and proofs of the lower ones. The implications of "Godel's Theorum" go far beyond the world of mathematics. When he asserted that "mathematical proofs are demonstrations within fixed systems of propositions" he also implied that insoluable problems which occur at one level, as a result of the fixed system of propositions at that level, can be easily solved by moving to a new more comprehensive system in which the fixed propositions are more inclusive. When his theory of metasystems is applied to the study of quantum physics, it describes exactly the process which the Nobel laurate, Ilya Prigogine discovered, that there are systems within systems of graduated complexity and harmony. The higher or meta-systems are characterized by different laws and principles which contain the solution to problems existing at the lower levels. 

In spiritual terms, it has been the unanimous assertion of all religious traditions throughout history, that there exists a state of consciousness in which one becomes aware of and embraces a new and more comprehensive understanding of the world, its operations, laws and principles. Knowledge of this "Spiritual Meta-system" frees one from the normal worries of humanity and allows life to occur within the harmony of a state of Grace.

Ilya Prigogine described the movement into higher systems of harmony as being produced by the release of energy which follows the collapse of the lower ones. It is an inexorable evolutionary principle which may be observed in the periodic destruction of many political, economic and religious institutions prior to periods of great reformation. What Godel's Theorum represents for us in the language of science and mathematics may also be understood as a basic pattern in the development of civilization and culture.


So, let's move into a different metasystem and pretend for a moment that we reside at a different level of knowing, of seeing, and of being. Let's pretend that there are no accidents and that we can not only see but experience the harmony of oneness and the bliss of unity with all things. At this level of consciousness, we not only know, we see. And from that level of harmony, ask yourself this question: "What if I chose this?"

What if I chose this depression? What if I chose this marriage? What if I chose this illness? What if I chose this suffering? What if I chose this financial disaster? What if chose this moment? What if?

If you realized you did, and the situation was a negative one, then why would you keep doing it? You would choose something different, wouldn't you? You would change your mind without wasting anymore time analyzing it. Of course, your mind says, "Well, of course, I didn't choose it. Somebody else chose this for me and did this to me. I'm a victim here. It's not my fault. I would do something about it if I could but I can't so I won't. If I was only _____, if I only had ____, my life would be different. But I don't so I can't."

But let me ask you again: "What if you chose this? What if?"