Change is the process of becoming different.
Change or Anicca or impermanence is is one of the three marks of existence for Buddhists.
Change in an external world or in an organization is brought about by a systematic management process.
Briefly we will see what an Organizational Change Management process is.
The change management process is the sequence of steps or activities to be followed to apply change management to a project or change. Most change management processes contain the following three phases:
Phase 1 - Preparing for change (Preparation, assessment and strategy development)
Phase 2 - Managing change (Detailed planning and change management implementation)
Phase 3 - Reinforcing change (Data gathering, corrective action and recognition)
The detailed steps are,
Diagnosis, Concept Building, Psychosocial Change, Learning, Information, Implementation and Management of all Change Processes.
But in a spiritual world can a change be brought in an organized manner. We will see different views of the change in the spiritual world.
The budddhists consider the world as anicca or impermanent.
“ “anicca” is a pali word composed with two combined words: "nicca" implies the idea of permanence, of continuity. anicca means the absence of continuity, permanence. A phenomenon manifests, it had not manifested yet and then it is here before us. We can ascertain that it just appeared. Therefore a change took place when a phenomenon appears. Then, this phenomenon will have a limited duration, and it will inevitably disappear. As soon as it appears, a natural law compels it to ultimately vanish. This is valid for all of them, without exception. “anicca” is a characteristic common to all phenomena, ascribable to all realities, which pertain to our conscious and tangible experiences. Thus, our consciousness undergoes ceaseless mutations and all our experiences, even in the occurrences of meditative, transcendental or else mystical attainments, are transitory by nature.”
“I know that outward circumstances change; we marry, divorce, have children; there is death, a better job, the pressure of new inventions, and so on………… not a change that is a mere repetition or a modified continuity……………………A change is possible only from the known to the unknown, not from the known to the known. Do please think this over with me. In the change from the known to the known, there is authority, there is hierarchical outlook of life 'You know, I do not know. Therefore, I worship you, I create a system, I go after a guru, I follow you because you are giving me what I want to know, you are giving me a certainty of conduct that will produce the result, the success and the result.' Success is the known. I know what it is to be successful. That is what I want. So we proceed from the known to the known, in which authority must exist -the authority of sanction, the authority of the leader, the guru, the hierarchy, the one who knows and the other who does not know- and the one who knows must guarantee me the success, the success in my endeavor, in change, so that I will be happy, I will have what I want. Is that not the motive for most of us to change? Do please observe your own thinking, and you will see the ways of your own life and conduct. When you look at it, is that change? Change, revolution, is something from the known to the unknown, in which there is no authority, in which there may be total failure. But if you are assured that you will achieve, you will succeed, you will be happy, you will have everlasting life, then there is no problem. Then you pursue the well-known course of action, which is, yourself being always at the center of things.” ---- J.K
Sufi Story – Changing the world
Bayazid, a Sufi mystic, has written in his autobiography, “When I was young I thought and I said to God, and in all my prayers this was the base: ‘Give me energy so that I can change the whole world.’ Everybody looked wrong to me. I was a revolutionary and I wanted to change the face of the earth.
“When I became a little more mature I started praying: ‘This seems to be too much. Life is going out of my hands–almost half of my life is gone and I have not changed a single person, and the whole world is too much.’ So I said to God, ‘My family will be enough. Let me change my family.’
“And when I became old,” says Bayazid, “I realized that even the family is too much, and who am I to change them? Then I realized that if I can change myself that will be enough, more than enough. I prayed to God, ‘Now I have come to the right point. At least allow me to do this: I would like to change myself.’
“God replied, ‘Now there is no time left. This you should have asked in the beginning. Then there was a possibility.’”
5. Hsin Hsin Ming: The Book of Nothing, by Osho