“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
cannot 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. But 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 which 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.
That is the position in which you find yourselves now.You have
the answer, but you are still uncertain about what the problem is. 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.
The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to
keep the problem of separation unsolved.The 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 must be 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 ones. Others remain unsolved under a cloud of denial, and
rise to haunt you from time to time, only to be hidden again but still
All this complexity is but a desperate attempt not to recognize
the problem, and therefore not to let it be resolved. If you could
recognize that your only problem is separation, no matter what form
it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its
relevance. Perceiving the underlying constancy in all the problems
which confront you, you would understand that you have the means
to solve them all. And you would use the means because you
recognize the problem.
In our longer practice periods, we will ask what the problem is,
and what is the answer to it. We will not assume that we already
know.We will try to free our minds of all the many different kinds of
problems that we think we have.We will try to realize that we have
only one problem, which we have failed to recognize. We will ask
what it is, and wait for the answer.We will be told.Then we will ask
for the solution to it. And we will be told.
Our exercises for today will be successful to the extent to which
we do not insist on defining the problem. Perhaps we will not
succeed in letting all our preconceived notions go, but that is not
necessary. All that is necessary is to entertain some doubt about the
reality of our version of what our problems are. We are trying to
recognize that we have been given the answer by recognizing the
problem, so that the problem and the answer can be brought
together, and we can be at peace.
The shorter practice periods for today will not be set by time,
but by need.You will see many problems today, each one calling for
an answer. Our efforts will be directed toward recognizing that there
is only one problem and one answer. In this recognition are all
problems resolved. In this recognition there is peace.
Be not deceived by the form of problems today.Whenever any
difficulty seems to rise, tell yourself quickly:
“Let me recognize this problem so it can be solved.”
Then try to suspend all judgement about what the problem is. If
possible, close your eyes for a moment, and ask what it is.You will be
heard and you will be answered.
Britney Added: 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 which 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.
The problem and the solution are BOTH in our minds. Admit you dont know what the problem is, OR what the solution is.... and let Holy Spirit show you BOTH.