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.
That is the position in which you find yourself 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 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 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 unsolved.
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 that seem to 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.
This idea will be successful to the extent to which you do not insist on defining the problem. Perhaps you will not succeed in letting all your preconceived notions go, but that is not necessary. All that is necessary is to entertain some doubt about the reality of your version of what your problems are. You are trying to recognize that you have been given the answer by recognizing the problem, so that the problem and the answer can be brought together and you can be at peace. -ACIM Lesson 79
What do you believe your problems are? If you can short circuit the belief that you have a series of problems that need solving, then you might catch a glimpse of peace today. Tell yourself today that you do not have any problems, they have already been solved.
There are so many ways to look at this issue of stress, problems and dissatisfaction. Our lives in this world are as short as the shadow of a passing cloud, the mist from a spray bottle, a fast runner. twenty-five thousand people die each hour. Twenty-five thousand six hundred are born each hour. This seeming world is nothing more than a round flowering field. New flowers are popping up as old ones wilt. If we can imagine that time is only our concept and that to the Universe a thousand years is only a blink, we may catch a glimpse of the fact that there is a purpose here. For me, that purpose is to learn how to give and love completely. Until that lesson is learned it may be that we just keep coming back over and over. Recognizing that all our problems are nonexistent may be a step toward peace in which Love can blossom.
Culture is the biggest cult of all. It says, go work hard, build yourself an empire, be important, look at me, look at me. Build up stores of money so you can be comfortable. Put your faith in medicine, put your faith in the body, make it comfortable. No matter what it takes- Win. He who dies with the most toys wins. Life is a bitch and then you die – no – life is a joy and then you ascend. But will you have to come back because of lessons you failed to learn and be denied the next realm.
I used to think that the “win-win strategy of life” was correct and that it would bring me happiness. One day it occurred to me that I could just go straight for the Divine Love and peace and skip the rest. If you don’t know where your going, any road will take you there. Set peace and Divine love (not human love) as the destination. Infinite patience Will produce immediate effects. Peace is the effect. One problem-One solution or One goal-One Peace.