‘Let me recognise 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 will not recognise 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 recognised because the problem is not recognised.
Everyone in the world seems to have his own special problems. Yet they are all the same. 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. The perception places you in a position in which your problem solving must be inadequate, and failure is inevitable.
In the longer practice periods we will ask what the problem is, and what is the answer to it. We will try to fee our minds of all the many different kinds of problems we think we have, We will try to realise that we have only one problem. 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.
The shorter practice periods will be set not by time, but by need. Whenever any difficulty seems to arise, tell yourself quickly:
Let me recognise this problem so it can be solved.
A few weeks ago the lady who did my aura photo said I was running on reserves of energy. Today I think even the reserve ran out. The petrol gauge that’s been on red for so long finally moved to empty and the car stopped. I stayed in bed till midday, but I think that just brought the energy level from empty back into the red.
In this state I am prone to see more problems and to feel my own inadequacy in solving them more acutely. The legal problems I’d put on hold till finishing the novel, the problems with tenants, my sons problems with the DPS, problems with a lease car sitting idly on my drive, my weight problem (gained a few pounds from sitting down so much). During the long practice periods when I asked to be shown what the problem is, I just kept seeing all of them. There were no revelations, no epiphanies, no light bulbs going on. Even during the shorter periods when I asked to be able to recognise the problem so it can be solved, I got nothing. Maybe I’m just too tired today. Maybe that’s another problem, how is that one of separation. I didn’t get it today.
It’s the first day of spring, and the sun came out to greet it. We got the garden furniture out and disturbed the many ladybird-like insects nesting in the parasol. I’m looking forward to that short break.
Novel update: One person likes the title. Matador are happy to publish it.