This is a summary of insights from ‘Adaptation’ in
Virtues & Values by the spiritual philosopher, T. Saraydarian
Adaptation is important, not just to survive, but also to creatively thrive and spiritually develop.
We need to adapt to the laws and conditions of Nature, yet also to Spiritual Purposes and Needs, such as Progression, Improvement, and Evolution. Adapt to the needs of Progression, Improvement, and Evolution.
Adapt to the Need – doing what is needed for Progression, or for Service, or to succeed through a challenge.
Adapt to Higher Goals, Purposes, Visions, Directions, and to new challenges.
Adapt (all aspects of yourself) to a Goal or Challenge, and to the discipline needed to succeed in it.
Adapt to higher challenges and disciplines, in order to actualize higher potentials.
See all situations and challenges as opportunities for development and progression.
Adapt to what will challenge you and develop your potential qualities and abilities.
Intentionally seek challenges or opportunities to develop your abilities and virtues. (this is conscious evolution)
Always be in progression – expanding your abilities, your consciousness, your intelligence and love, and surpassing previous limitations.
For adaptation, we need to increase our – mindfulness, intelligence, foresight, cooperation, and harmonious relationships.
Adaptation leads to Beauty, Truth, Love, and greater Synthesis.
Adapt to the Path of Creative Service and to your Soul-Purpose.
Adapt your mind, heart, and action to these Purposes.
Our mind needs to follow the deeper needs of our heart and our intuitions of Purpose.
Adaptation requires intelligence and the ability to learn
To adapt we must increase our intelligence (intelligence sees and learns How-to-adapt).
Adaptation requires learning from situations and challenges, or even from negative feedback (all feedback is part of any learning & adaptation process).
Use all of your current knowledge and experience, along with all of your intelligence and talents, to explore and be successful in new situations, to creatively solve challenges, and to reach higher Goals.
Steps towards adaptation –
1. Understand your Vision or Goal or Need
2. Recognise the hindrances and obstacles in yourself, and whatever else you need to overcome.
3. Discover your self-potentials that are needed to overcome these obstacles and to actualize your Vision.
Adjustments and adaptations needed in oneself –
To live in a higher altitude (a higher spiritual state), you need to adapt yourself to that higher place – you need to have adequate equipment suited to that place, and you may need to change some of your previous self-patterns.
Adaptation challenges you to re-organize and re-adjust.
Renounce the dysfunctional, and Adapt with the Best !
Clear the obstacles in yourself (emotional & mental).
Clear your memory bank of fixed beliefs and past emotions, in order to experience life with freshness and clarity.
Dealing with others and world conditions –
One could acclimate & adapt to any group/culture, so we need to be intelligently selective because some groups are small-minded, unbalanced, or harmful.
You can either adapt to the lower levels of people or you can ascend to the highest in yourself – which then helps to raise the lower to higher.
Adaptation requires acceptance, cooperation, harmonizing and fitting in. But it’s not just passively accepting whatever, or always going along with whatever people ask.
Acclimate to the Good and to Higher Standards; not just to whatever people are doing – like to the culture at hand or to the lower habits/standards of those you happen to be near.
However, one still needs to adapt and be flexible to the [lower]-conditions one finds oneself in. Even if we are intending to help others in lower conditions, we need to adapt to those conditions.
Adapt to the Higher Purposes, yet also adapt to the lower levels (but just so you can work from that situation to help people evolve higher).
Adaptation has many related virtues –
Adaptation involves responsibility and flexibility to help with what is needed.
Adaptation involves cooperation, yet with intelligent & good things.
Adaptation involves alignment and harmony with truth, love, goodwill, and evolutionary progress.
Adaptation involves intelligence and foresight about what is needed for true progress.
Adaptation involves awareness and mindfulness, observation and learning.
Adaptation involves acclimation and acceptance, but not blind acceptance, nor acceptance of stupid or harmful actions.
Adaptation involves patience and waiting for the right time, but not passivity because adaptation requires an active will to meet the need-at-hand.