Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Problem is There Aren't Any Problems

Look in any newspaper or watch the news and you will see that the world appears to have many problems. Even if you don't read or watch the news most of us appear to have personal problems to resolve. When you think you've sorted one problem out another one raises it's ugly head. It could be a family matter, financial, work related, medical, relationships, emotional, loss etc. There must be a way to resolve all problems once and for all.

I'm reminded of a dream I had a while back. In the dream people were coming up to me and asking me various questions. Each time I was asked a question I looked for the answer in a book. The answer was always the same: One. I believe the people asking the questions were all my life questions, problems I've been trying to resolve.

Now Lesson 79 of A Course of Miracles (ACIM) states: "Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved."

A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. Even if it is really solved already you will still have the problem, because you will not recognize that it has been solved. This is the situation of the world. The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved. Yet the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized.

Everyone in this world seems to have his own special problems. Yet they are all the same, and must be recognized as one if the one solution that solves them all is to be accepted. Who can see that a problem has been solved if he thinks the problem is something else? Even if he is given the answer, he cannot see its relevance.

At least the people in my dream recognised they had a problem. That's the first step. ACIM teaches that there is only one problem and that is the belief in separation from God/Love. Like light refracting into the many colours, it is this one problem that is taking the many different forms we perceive as the many problems.

OK, I get it, there is only one problem. Now what?

Lesson 80 of ACIM states: "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.
When you realise your oneness with God there are no problems.

I don't get it. How can there not be any problems when there are obviously problems?

Where the Light of God in you fills all time and all space with his perfection, love, joy, wisdom and goodness, what room is there for problems? It is that simple.

Here's another perspective from the Bible:

1: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3: Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Psalm 91
The Psalm states that those who are one with the "most High" are not only protected from the problems of the world but all their needs are taken care of. The rest of the Psalm lists all manners of problems which mankind have dreamed up that God will protect you from.

Here's another reminder from Psalm 46:

1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2: Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3: Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
4: There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5: God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6: The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
And another reminder from Jesus:

31: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32: (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6: 31 - 33
In other words Jesus is mirroring Psalms 46 and 91 i.e., know your oneness with God and everything else is sorted.

How do we achieve oneness with God?

One way is:

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46: 10
You see the outer you in its attempt to sort out his many problems only ends up dreaming/creating much of the same. When you let the Silence that you are speak, all thoughts/problems are dissolved. Put another way: "he uttered his voice, the earth melted." (Psalm 46) Being in silence is like connecting to electricity. When you switch the light on, the darkness disappears.

Another way to achieve oneness with God is to connect with one who is already one with God, as he is already interceding on your behalf:

12": While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

"13": And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

"14": I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"15": I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

"16": They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"17": Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

"18": As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

"19": And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

"20": Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

"21": That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

"22": And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

"23": I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17
When you are one with Jesus you are one with God. Your oneness with God means you are not of the world and free from the world's problems.

From my experience, oneness is not something that you experience just once and then you're permanently connected. I wish it was. It takes persistent practice. Besides, not only have I spent a long time cultivating the belief in separation, I have had a lot of help. My helper is no other than the one who likes to think of himself as God's adversary.

I know it sounds preposterous that an omnipotent God can have an adversary but that's the rule of this game. The adversary is a shadowy nothing that needs to be fed to keep it "alive." It is the shadow that gives us the many problems to solve. While we're running around like headless chickens trying to find multiple solutions, the shadow is being fed with our anxiety attacks. This is why it's important to practise being one in whatever way that works for you. As you focus on your true self, you're fanning the spark within until it bursts into a roaring flame that takes over. Your adversary friend will then leave you alone and seek his meal elsewhere.

Speaking as a writer and big fan of all media forms, problems are meant to be pure entertainment and confined to novels, plays, films, television dramas, theatres, comedy clubs, and Internet forums. In truth, there are no problems; there is only the One Self being love.


ps: While I was trying to publish this article on Blogger, the computer kept coming up with an error in connection message. I knew there wasn't a problem. In silence I put out the intent that I wanted it posted. I discovered there was a slight problem: one of the HTML tags was incomplete. Why didn't the computer just say so? (Bloody computer!) See, I told you there wasn't a problem.

Related articles: Communion; A Reminder to Be Myself; Some Thoughts on Meditation - Haha; The Answer is Always One; Love Dissolves Grudges; Resistance is Futile - Part 2; What Seems to be the Problem?; The Chapel; The Game of Plugging In; Dear God, What is Your Will For Me?; Behind the Scenes - What Keeps Us from Being Love?; Nothing Cannot Harm You; Is There a Devil?