Course in Miracles
79 - 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 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 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 (5-30 minutes morning and
evening), we will ask what the problem is, and what is the answer
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
recognize this problem so it can be solved.”
Then try to suspend
all judgment 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.