Hazards Analysis


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A hazards analysis is a way to use the lessons learned in the experiences of the past by ourselves or others to address fear, hazards and other undesired experience which could be present in a creative endeavor. Although the exact characteristics of an creation cannot be know, we can know many of the energy characteristics depending on how different our desired creation is from what currently exists. The more it is like an existing creation the greater the similarities. The more that it is different, the less the similarities and the greater the unknown we enter.

Conventionally, a hazards analysis is simply a review of any and all the hazards of which we think exist or potentially exist whenever we are going to do some activity. Then, for each hazard identified, either formal “risk analysis” and/or consequence analysis is done or an informal evaluation to see how likely we would suffer some type of harm or injury from the hazard. Depending on the risk we feel exists, we may institute compensatory measures to mitigate the risk or the type and kind of injury that can occur. Or if the risk is too great, we can change what we were going to do.

The type and kind of analysis that is done is totally dependent who is doing the analysis and for what reason. A “high” hazard operation like designing an airplane or nuclear power plant can involve a very formal mathematical risk analysis that can be quite complex requiring many individuals. For routine types of jobs the analysis can be our own thinking about what we think are the hazards.

For example when we look reaches up to change a light bulb and compared the hazards which exist to getting a ladder or standing on a chair. In getting a ladder we can think about the possibility of falling off the ladder. In standing on a stable chair we could strain our back reaching too high or similarly falling off the chair. Then again, we could consider not changing light bulb for fear of staining our back and/or falling. But then, we may have to consider the possibility of stumbling in the dark because the light bulb is not changed. Depending on how likely we think we will suffer the back strain, falling or stumbling in the dark will determine what we actually do. On this point often what many do is what they consider the safest as perceived for themselves. What is perceive as safest for us may or may not be truly the safest action and may or may not be the safest action for everyone else who may be influenced by the light bulb. In any case, this entire risk analysis will be done in our mind almost instantaneously.

Whether we realize it or not, most of us do hazards analysis all the time. The thoroughness of our analysis depends on the experiences we have had. Some are much better than others. Some of us are very good at it where as others seem to always be causing themselves pain and suffering in that they never seem to see the trouble that they can get themselves into. The old proverbial statement, “It sounded like a good idea at the time,” is typical of their response.

In pursuing any creative endeavor, we can review the potential hazards we think and feel we may face. However, we need to also look at the spiritual, mental and emotional hazards in addition to the physical hazards. Whether we realized it or not, often to not do an experiment or take some type kind of action because we fear we may unleash something we cannot face can do more harm to other aspects of our being that if we face what we fear. It needs to be remembered our true nature is to be in the spontaneous and innocent childlike play of discovery and exploration. To not act because of fear rather than addressing the hazard within the fear, we harm and thwart our creative spirit. We may, in fact, be suppressing as aspect of our creativity and not just thwarting its expression in a particular case. Usually we fail to consider the possibility of harming other parts of our being when we respond to fear. It needs to be emphasized fear is of the past and we cannot fear the unknown. If we are being lead by the flow of our creative life energy/creative spirit in a particular direction and we allow fear to stop us without an adequate evaluation of the hazard, we are putting our creativity in a cage of our own making, harming ourselves, and recreating the past whether we realize it or not.

To look at the full spread of possible hazards includes looking at the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical aspects of our being. For example, falling when learning to ride a bicycle many have caused physical harm when we cut our knee and bruised our shoulder. But there may have been also an emotional disappointment and potential loss of self confidence. There may have also a loss of trust in the individual who told us it was “completely” safe to ride the bicycle.

In exploring the hazards we may face, we can make ourselves go crazy trying to look at every possibility. Here we have to learn to use common sense and experience to look at what are real possibilities and compared to those that are remote. If we practice becoming mindful and aware of the hazards, we will find that given a little time, we can do very quick analysis of a situation with very little thinking. Our awareness in alignment with the flow of energy leading us to the experience and brings a new view that quickly lays out the optimum path that we need to take. It is a talent that can be developed but takes some time and effort to see how the process works.

In a particular field, this ability to see into a situation is what is often called “experience” and distinguishes the amateur from the professional. The professional has developed the experience base, that minimum set of experiences, to look at situation and know what needs to be done and how to do it safely. The amateur still needs to learn and gain experiment a little at a time. But, in time, if the amateur applies themselves with a focused awareness and attention, they too can become the professional. However, knowing how to use the lessons learned of others and to look carefully at a given situation as a detached witness, we do not need a direct experience as we may initially have needed. Additionally, we will not be blind by the tunnel vision that often arises in individuals who have extensive experience in a particular field. The key is to look at what we face with fresh and unbiased eyes, a beginners mind, but which as much awareness as possible gained in reviewing our own lessons learned and the lessons learned of others.

One additional note here. If an individual learns most of what they know intellectually relative to responding to a situation, they will always have an awkwardness about what they do. They will not be able to be spontaneous and improvisational in what they do for they have not make the transition of making the knowing experiential. When we makes all of our intellectual knowing experiential, our actions and the way we live will be improvisational and completely amaze those who watch as to how we are capable of doing what we do.

Three ways have been observed to identify potential hazards. One area to explore is our own memory and experience. For whatever we try and do, we can look to see where and how we have been injured and/or harmed by similar activities. Although every situation will be different, we can use the past to at least identify the potentially unsafe areas. In identifying the hazards, we can apply appropriate mitigation techniques to the hazards that may be present. But again, we will need to look at all the injury.

A second we to review hazards is we can explore is the experience of others. If we feel it necessary, we can talk to others who may have attempted and/or undertaken what we are attempting to do Or they may have attempted something similar although not the exact same type of activity. When looking to the experience of others, we need to remember they may or may not suffer harm and injury the way we do for the same hazard. Although there is a great commonality in the injuries a particular hazard could cause, we are each individuals and unique. We can’t necessarily expect to experience what the other experiences, but then we may. We just need to become aware we all suffer in our own unique way and why I suffer will not be for the same reasons you suffer although we may appear to have the same injury.

The third way to explore for hazards is through our intuitive guidance and body wisdom. Take what we are going to do to our heart and ask what is symbolized in our heart in our own way what hazards we may face in the activity we are proposing to do. Ask if we should implement any compensatory measures to reduce any potential harm or eliminate it. In using our intuitive guidance to identify the hazards, several things need to be noted.

First, in using our intuitive guidance we do not need to know the details or look at each and every specific hazard as we would if we were doing a mental analysis. We may simply as our intuitive guidance, “What does it look like or what am I doing to mitigate the hazards to make the risks for what I do acceptable?” We only then need to do whatever came to us trusting it will address the hazards. But it needs to be remember, the direction our intuitive guidance gives will be only minds best interpretation of what we need to do. For example, to address the hazard we face, we may see the image of being in a space suit. In this case, we need to either literally be prepared to wear such a suit or look at the suit metaphorically and symbolically.

To use our intuitive guidance to do a hazards analysis this way may sound simply minded and naive to the logical mind. But it only needs to be remembered that our body wisdom and intuitive guidance are always in communication with the infinite of Creation. It will ways give us the path of least resistance for what you propose to do for it will flow with the energy of the situation. Of course, in any case, we must listen and act on the information that is given to us as it is given to the best of our ability realizing whatever is given is only minds best interpretation of what we face based on its past experiences.

Although we do a hazards analysis and address whatever we find, it needs to be emphasized creative activities will take us into the unknown. It is inherent in what creation and creativity is for a creation is always something significantly different than what has gone before it. Although as consciousness/Consciousness at play our essence cannot ultimately be harmed, as long as we are in any ego structure, enculturated ego or transcendental ego, we will suffer, or can suffer, pain. In this regard, our body is a form of ego structure, or maybe better said, holds us in a particular ego structure, created by our transcendental mind to have certain types and kinds of physical experiences. So will not be able to escape the ego as long as we are in the body.

Pain however is only a warning that part of the form which we have created is or may be harmed by what is occurring. That is, somewhere either in the body or the ego, we are going past some limiting barrier that confines us in the form we are in. If however we are going to expand ourselves past who and what we currently think we are to fully discover and explore the true depth and breath of our being we will have to move pass all the limits and barriers we have imposed on ourselves to create the experiences we currently have. Here the issue then becomes not protecting what we have from harm, but letting go of whatever it is that is resisting the change so that we can move into a new aspect of our being. Here again the hazards analysis is very beneficial. It may tell we where we have confined and limited ourselves in the past and has cause pain to arise when we were being pulled to grow past who we think we are. In this case, we will have to remove the limiting barrier within our being as opposed to mitigating the hazard for the hazard is what we are doing to ourselves and causing to happen by confining ourselves.

In looking at the hazards for a particular creative endeavor, we need to remember that we hold a ccomposite intention which is the resultant of all of our conscious and nonconscious intentions. Many times the hazards we face seem to arise as a result of our current creative endeavor but often they are the result of our composite intention and other intentions we hold. This is why for anything we face we need to ask our intuitive guidance, “What is giving rise to this experience or from where did come?” We then need to be open to what we receive and be willing to pull the string as to what may lie deeper within our being and we are only beginning to surface.

A summary thought about hazards

We are immortal and we can never really be hurt for we are an eternal creative spirit always within the flow from the Source of Creation. However, we have elected to have a physical experience in a physical body and there are hazards that are real and can make the journey in the body difficult if not painful. Although creativity takes us into the unknown and we cannot know exactly what we will face, we do know that we are creating from within a body from within Physical Creation. As such there are principles and concept that govern the physical plane and the facet of our creation that is of the physical plane. 
In this regard, we can use both our past experiences and the past experiences of others to identify types and kinds of hazards that we may face in any given situation and implement compensatory measures to reduce or mitigate any hazards and it is advisable that you do so. However, there are non physical hazards that can affect the spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of our being. These hazards can also be identified but we are less apt to pay attention to what they can harm and what impacts they can actually have. In the end, we will still have to enter the unknown and the safest way is to be that in spontaneous and innocent childlike play of discovery and exploration but with the wisdom and self confidence to know our unlimited creativity is capable to handle anything that may arise.  
This is one of the main reasons for accessing our unlimited creativity It is to know we can handle anything that can arise. We as the creator of our experiences and the reality we experience, we can bring the focus of our attention and awareness to creating safety and make the impossible probably safe and the probably safe possible, and the possibly safe a certainty. It is only a matter how passionately we desire to create a safe space for ourselves or another. But it need to be noted, to make it too safe can take the thrill out of the experience and some do desire to have the thrill.

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