Problems, problems, problems. Is there no end to my problems?

From Lesson 79 of ACIM: Problems, problems, problems. Everyone in this world seems to have his or her own special problems. That is surely the position in which you find yourself now. A long series of different problems seems to confront you, and as one is settled the next one and the next arise. There seems to be no end to them. There is no time in which you feel completely free of problems and at peace.

acimThe world seems to present you with a vast number of problems, each requiring a different answer. This perception places you in a position in which your problem solving must be inadequate, and failure is inevitable.

No one could solve all the problems the world appears to hold. They seem to be on so many levels, in such varying forms and with such varied content, that they confront you with an impossible situation. Dismay and depression are inevitable as you regard them. Some spring up unexpectedly, just as you think you have resolved the previous one. Others remain unsolved under a cloud of denial, and rise to haunt you from time to time, only to be hidden again but still unsolved.

What if there is really only one problem? And what if the problem has already been solved, you just don’t know that. What would life be like if that was the truth? I suggest to you it is.

Like every other living creature, you came into this existence from the same source as everyone else. It is beyond the scope of this article to discuss what that source is; you decide that for yourself. When you arrived, at some level you understood that you were the same as everyone else. But human beings have been given something no other living creature has been given, and that is the ability to think. And that is our greatest strength as well as our greatest weakness.

So a deer doesn’t think about itself being different from or separate from another deer. Same with a cow, a goat, a horse and the like. Only human beings do that. You have eyes and sooner or later, you figure out that you are both different from and separate from others. You quickly forget that you all came from the same source. And that thought, that you are separate, creates a lot of fear.

dali-lamaI’m asserting that every problem you have ever faced and will ever face comes from that one fear-based belief that you are separate. If you knew that we are all expressions of the same life giving force, you would never be afraid. It’s like we are all rays of the sun or waves in the ocean. Where does one ray stop and the next one start?

As it says in the Lesson I quoted above, all the complexity of the world is nothing more than a desperate attempt not to recognize the problem, and therefore not let it be resolved. If you could only recognize that your ONLY problem is your fear-inducing belief that you are separate from others, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance.

One problem, one solution. The one problem is the belief in separation which has already been solved because it’s not the truth. Try, for just one day, to look at everyone you meet, not as a stranger or an advisory, but as your brother or sister, not as your enemy, but as your friend and partner, one with you in spirit and intention, and see how that day goes for you. I promise you’ll want to start doing that every day.

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