Every morning a new arrival.
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
translation by Coleman Barks
It is a wonderful arrangement--something, or Some One, for everyone! Such an approach also corresponds with the idea of stages/modes of consciousness--phases and moments in life when certain Ideas take up residence in our developing consciousness.
Depending on what dominating mode of consciousness we are in at a given moment, on any "important" issue or topic, each of us will find the "facts" and "theories" we are looking for--to either disintegrate an old personality or erect a new one--most times, both at once! The fundamentalist on the left or the right will find his/her necessary soulful curriculum to support an educational phase of life-experience that requires dogmatic ideas; the skeptic will find his/her wonder-filled doubts confirmed to support their current agitated mindset; and the mystic will see through the old dogma and doubts into his/her own psycho-spiritual condition.
Lastly, one can usually tell when it is time to let go of an old phase by the subsequent psychological and/or physical pain in one's life--most often anger or contempt for the "other" is a sign that the old mode no longer serves. If I am an entrenched dogmatist, I will "run into" a whole bunch of "stupid and irritating dogmatists". If I am a rigid and agitated skeptic, I will meet all kinds of happy and peaceful mystics. If I am otherworldly mystic, I will develop all kinds of backaches, financial problems and other "this worldly" problems to pull me into another soul-making classroom. Life is funny that way--almost purposeful.