Lesson 80

Let me recognize my problems have been solved.

If you are willing to recognize your problems, you will recognize that you have no problems. Your one central problem has been answered, and you have no other. Therefore, you must be at peace. Salvation thus depends on recognizing this one problem, and understanding that it has been solved. One problem, one solution. Salvation is accomplished. Freedom from conflict has been given you. Accept that fact, and you are ready to take your rightful place in God’s plan for salvation.

Your only problem has been solved! Repeat this over and over to yourself today, with gratitude and conviction. You have recognized your only problem, opening the way for the Holy Spirit to give you God’s answer. You have laid deception aside, and seen the light of truth. You have accepted salvation for yourself by bringing the problem to the answer. And you can recognize the answer, because the problem has been identified.

You are entitled to peace today. A problem that has been resolved cannot trouble you. Only be certain you do not forget that all problems are the same. Their many forms will not deceive you while you remember this. One problem, one solution. Accept the peace this simple statement brings.

In our longer practice periods today, we will claim the peace that must be ours when the problem and the answer have been brought together. The problem must be gone, because God’s answer cannot fail. Having recognized one, you have recognized the other. The solution is inherent in the problem. You are answered, and have accepted the answer. You are saved.

Now let the peace that your acceptance brings be given you. Close your eyes, and receive your reward. Recognize that your problems have been solved. Recognize that you are out of conflict; free and at peace. Above all, remember that you have one problem, and that the problem has one solution. It is in this that the simplicity of salvation lies. It is because of this that it is guaranteed to work.

Assure yourself often today that your problems have been solved. Repeat the idea with deep conviction, as frequently as possible. And be particularly sure to apply the idea for today to any specific problem that may arise. Say quickly:

Let me recognize this problem has been solved.

Let us be determined not to collect grievances today. Let us be determined to be free of problems that do not exist. The means is simple honesty. Do not deceive yourself about what the problem is, and you must recognize it has been solved.

 

Journal

We have learned that there is only one problem. It seems like there are an endless multitude of problems, but those are just different forms of the same problem. It is like when I was shopping for toothpaste at Walmart. There is a whole aisle of toothpaste options and one day I decided to look them over carefully. I wanted to know which was the best one for me to buy. What I discovered is that there is little difference between them. They each make different claims but when you look closely at the ingredients, they are mostly the same.

In the same way, our problems seem different, each claiming our attention and seemingly needing different solutions but all the problems are one problem. We think we are separate from God and in separating from Him we changed ourselves forever. We think we are no longer perfect and perfectly loved and perfectly protected. Thus we think we have many problems. But there is only that one problem of believing we are separate from God.

Because we believe we have many problems, we think we must have many solutions. One toothpaste claimed to control plaque, another to control bad breath and still another to prevent cavities and on and on it went. But when reading the ingredients I saw that they were all the same. I have discovered that like the toothpaste, underneath all the ego claims is one ingredient. I think I am separate from Love and therefore I suffer. The solution is in my mind, right next to that one problem.

The Holy Spirit is my Answer. God’s Holy Spirit answers all my problems when I ask. His answer might seem like it is helping me to solve a specific problem, but beneath that apparent form is the one answer. I am created perfect by a perfect God. I am loved by a God of Love. I have no problems. That one solution answers all problems even as it contains the answer to apparent problems which seem different. As I accept His answer, my mind is at ease and in that peaceful state, all things I need to know in the world are given me. To live like this I only need to remember two things. I have only one problem and there is one solution. And that problem has been solved. Following are two examples of how this has worked for me.

Finding the Perfect Rug Is a Problem – Or Is It?

The only reason that I could be anxious or angry or depressed is that I think there are many problems that need to be solved. For instance, I think I need to find a rug for my sanctuary and I can’t seem to find one that works. So I fret about it and search the Internet and go to stores. Then I find one that I like and I fret that it won’t look as good as I think once it is in the room.

All that fretting and frantic activity because I thought I had a problem that had not yet been solved. I thought that this problem was different than the problem at work and the problem with a sick friend. As I treat each of these problems as if they are separate and different and need my urgent attention, or as if they are unsolvable, I wind up in the same place, in fear and guilt.

Does this mean that I should not attempt to do anything about my rug? Is it going to magically appear in my room? Maybe I should do without a rug so I don’t have an upset. Here is how it seems to work according to my experience. I remember that there is one problem, one solution and that I have brought the problem to the solution. I am at peace. When I pick up another problem, I remind myself that the only problem has been solved. I am at peace.

From this place of peace, I decide I need a rug for my sanctuary and I follow where my Inner Guidance takes me. I look at stores and online and do what I need to do, but I do it in joy and with a sense of adventure and fun. It is not a problem. How could it be a problem when the only problem has been solved and I am at peace?

I no longer feel hopelessly inept when it comes to decorating. I no longer worry that I won’t be able to afford the rug once I find it. Instead, I will enjoy every moment of the process as I watch the room come together in perfect timing. In fact, from this peaceful place, I begin to envision the room as I want it, sitting in it in quiet meditation, teaching from it, counseling in it. I can just see how the room itself has absorbed the loving energy of this work so that just walking into the room is calming.

What has changed? I still have to find the money to complete the project and find the rug that will work and all the other components that need to come together. The only thing that changed is that I remembered that I don’t have any problems. The only problem I had has been solved. I have a vision of serene and happy moments in my sanctuary, and the ego mind starts to think that I must do this and that and I need to hurry, and I will probably mess it up. But I don’t have to accept the ego desire for an endless stream of problems.

I can turn from those thoughts and remind myself of the truth. I can allow my self to sink into the heart. The heart, the center of my being, remembers what I am even as the mind stumbles around in the dark thoughts of the ego. From my inner sanctuary, I remember that I am one with God, living in Him and through Him; even in this place of guilty dreams, I am this. I am free of conflict, free of worry and anger, fear and guilt. I have no problems because I have accepted the solution.

Don’t Make the Problem Into Something that Doesn’t Have a Solution

My son and his fiancé split up and I am speaking to both of them. I began to think that there is a problem and the ego jumps in with solutions. It starts to feel like I need to say something, to do something, and that it is urgent that I do so. It feels like a real problem with real consequences, and I would be foolish not to act. But I also know that this is not right. There is only one problem, one solution. I know this even though I feel something else.

So I sit in God this morning and I ask for clarity. I know there is one problem regardless of appearances, but I am having trouble with seeing the solution has already occurred. I keep getting distracted by appearances. So I ask for help with this part. Here is how I imagine this. I used to be married to a man who was schizophrenic. He saw things that were not there. If it was pointed out to him that he was hallucinating, he would not believe it; he would not believe it because he believed what he saw, not reality.

This is what is happening to me this morning. I believe what I see, not what is real. But I am willing to remember that there is only one problem. The only problem is that I think I am separated from God’s Love. I think that my son and his fiance are separated from God’s Love. I know that I am not. I know that they are not. There, the problem is in my mind, in my thoughts and beliefs, and the solution lies right next to it.

Just a moment ago, I told Jesus that I could not seem to make the leap between the one problem and its solution and I asked for help. That part needed trust. It is like stepping out of the boat and walking on water. Everything I know about water tells me it will not support me, but Jesus stands on the water, proving it will support. I have to trust that what is possible for him is possible for me.

So I do it. I step out of that boat of doubt and uncertainty and walk in faith within this illusory lake of pain and suffering. I believe that the solution has already been accomplished and that it is available to me and to these two people I love. Now for the miracle. There is not a relationship problem, there is not a problem of knowing what to say or do. These seeming problems are just manifestations of a belief that we are separate from Love.

They are manifestations of the one problem. That problem has been solved. It was solved the moment it appeared in the mind. It was accepted by the part of our mind that appeared in the story as Jesus, and now it is time for me to accept it. There is nothing for me to do, it has all been done. I only need to accept it as true for it to be true for me.

In this case, I make that decision. I will make it with each problem that seems to exist in my little story until I don’t see any more stories. Cate told me to remember to just let things be. I have been practicing this idea, but now I understand it. I can afford to let things be because there is only one problem and one solution. By leaving things be I am learning to stop making the problem into something else which doesn’t have a solution.


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