Our belief in the problem is the problem

Problems are neither to be ignored nor worried about. Like all of life, they simply are. How do you want to experience that which you perceive to be a problem?


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Life never seems to go exactly as we might wish. We always seem to find issue with something. Sometimes we have several difficult situations simultaneously, some larger and some smaller. But life nearly never is problem-free.

We often vacillate on how to approach problems. We may be inclined to worry, or we may tend to try to ignore issues. Sometimes we switch back and forth between obsession and avoidance. Whether we’re fretting or shirking, we usually berate ourselves for dealing with the situation incorrectly. It seems hard to find a balance in which we pay just enough attention to an issue.

The difficulty arises in our perception of the situation. We see something as a problem and then react accordingly. This perception arises from separation consciousness—the belief that we and all other parts of creation are separate from each other and the divine. Our separation belief causes us to view life as difficult, dangerous, and full of unfulfilling situations, and to find ourselves and others lacking. It leads us to find problems.

If we can elevate our beliefs into connection consciousness—the belief that we are divinely interconnected with all other beings and things through a divine loving consciousness known as the sharing—we can perceive life differently. Challenging situations will arise, however we can see them as puzzles to be solved, knowing that all of creation is there to assist us in finding a solution.

This viewpoint liberates us from worry and negates our desire to ignore difficulties. We can just acknowledge a situation and decide what, if any, action we wish to take. We are free simply to act on the issue and proceed to enjoy life.

We also are liberated from self-judgment through this approach. If we review an issue and choose our response, we can’t denigrate ourselves for either worry or avoidance. There is no evaluation of ourselves, others, or the situation. We simply determine what we wish to do, follow through, and move on. Drama, recrimination, and denial are obviated by straightforward dealing, allowing us to appreciate of life in its many manifestations. Life becomes simpler and more fun.

Let’s spend a few minutes in conscious connection with the sharing through our own inner divinity—our sharing within—to explore how this can work for us. We will take a deep breath in and out and then allow our breathing to become slow and regular. As we do so, we will see our sharing within as a sphere of golden, shimmering light in the center of our chest.

Inhalation feeds the light, helping it become vivid and bright. Exhalation distributes golden heart light throughout our body and into our surroundings. We will continue gentle breathing and light visualization until we feel calm, relaxed, steady, and certain: all signs of conscious connection with our sharing within.

We will think of an ongoing problem, one that evokes either worry, avoidance, or both in us. We will picture the situation clearly in front of us and breathe out golden, loving, heart light to create a sphere around it. We will breathe our calm, relaxation, steadiness, and certainty into the problem and watch it transform.

We’ll feel our fears and concerns melt and sense any reluctance or resistance fall away. The golden light releases any judgment we hold about ourselves, others, or the situation. What is left is simply an intriguing puzzle—one we’re certain we can solve.

We will see strands of gold extending out from our heart to connect us with all existence. We know divine interconnection will give us valuable clues and help us find a safe path. We will share the situation with all of creation, and in turn it will share the solution with us. This is a simple, elegant, and intriguing model for existence, one we’re ready to explore and savor.

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Divinely unique and beautiful reader, what problem are you willing convert into a delicious enigma? Please share…