A New Approach to Solving Problems

Hello Beautiful Spirit!

Do you sometimes feel as if you leap frog from one problem to the next? As soon as one is solved two more take its place?

That’s pretty much how I used to feel. It didn’t really get me down. I just was used to problems being a part of my life. There always seemed to be a few on my plate.

Maybe not…

That changed dramatically one evening when I was reading some notes by Osho on Taoism. He said that problems are a tool the ego uses to control us. He believes that the ego creates ‘problems’ so that it can feel good when it solves them. That makes the ego feel worthy. It gets a sense of achievement and satisfaction when it solves problems.

Osho claimed that in reality, no problems truly exist.

I remember feeling so stunned by that thought, I dropped the book.

Was it possible that in truth I had no problems? What if everything I believed to be a problem, was not?

I considered all the ‘problems’ I had at that moment. And I could see the possibility that maybe they weren’t. Could Osho be right?  Had I been duped by my ego all these years?

Put to the test

I volunteered at a thrift shop the next day. I always arrived early in order to have plenty of time to straighten and stock the register area. Bags were one of the biggest needs we had. We went through a couple hundred every day.

The shop relies on bags that volunteers drop off in the break room, and that are emptied in the sorting area.  We usually had loads of bags.

Not this day.

The last shift had used up almost all the bags at the registers. Not a big deal, I thought, I’ll get some in the break room. However, that was not to be. It turned out that some very energetic person had decided to recycle them.

OK, I told myself, not a big deal. There are always bags in the sorting area.

Nope. The bag bins were empty there, too, apparently taken to recycling along with the others.

Houston, we have a problem!

Anxiety was starting to set in. What was I going to do?

There.Were.No.Bags. This was a serious problem!

As soon as the word ‘problem’ crossed my mind, I remembered Osho’s words: there are no problems. (Clearly, Osho had not had to materialize a couple hundred bags out of thin air an hour before a thrift shop opened!)

Then I decided to put Osho’s theory to the test. I finished setting up the register area and refused to worry about bags. Affirmations manifesting that customers would drop off some of their extra bags when we opened became my momentary mantra (customers did this from time to time).

I also pictured the registers fully stocked with bags, exactly as I wanted them to be.

This was NOT going to be a problem!

Amazing…

Unbelievably, two customers dropped off handfuls of their extra bags in the first hour the shop was open (the timing was incredible).

Then one hour later, a volunteer walked up to me while I was in the break room and handed me a huge black trash bag filled with the smaller bags we needed.  ‘Here you go!’ he said.

I was stunned. How was that possible? This volunteer had no way of knowing that we were in need of bags. And how was it that he brought them into the break room while I was there and then handed them to me?

Osho was right.

Problems are only problems when we decide that they are!

The Hitch

It’s interesting how much we rely on our human minds, which beings in the divine realm refer to as our ‘small minds.’ We think we can figure everything out by ourselves thanks to the ego that wants to thump its chest!

And when we can’t figure something out, we usually turn to the small mind of someone else to see if they have an answer!

If that other small mind can’t figure it out? Then it usually becomes a ‘problem.’

The hitch is that when we decide something is a ‘problem,’ it effectively is decreeing to the Universe that no easy answer exists.  And the Universe will not violate our decrees.

So we are telling the Universe not to provide us with a solution when we declare something to be a ‘problem’! 

Our Small Minds vs. The Great Mind

But the solution is still there, even if you and I can’t see it.

Think of it this way: Is it possible for there to be a problem so great that even our Highest Self could not figure it out?

‘Problems’ do not exist in the divine realm. And they don’t exist in our worlds either, unless we choose to create them. Nothing happens in our worlds for which there is not a solution!

Does that sound unbelievable?

The REAL Problem

The real ‘problem’ is that we frequently and unknowingly cut ourselves off from the flow of solutions that is always available to us from the Higher Mind of God.

Picture the abundance and good that is always flowing from our God Self as a waterfall.  We are standing under the waterfall of good, abundance, and the perfect answers to our ‘problems’  when we align with our Divine Self and seek Its Wisdom!

However, we essentially are stepping out from beneath the flow of that waterfall onto dry land when we rely only upon our small minds to come up with solutions or declare something to be a ‘problem.’

We need to remember to look to the Great Mind of the Highest Self for the best answer, rather than to the small mind.

This simply may mean going into your heart and calling on your God Self to provide His/Her Perfect solution!

Some Problems may be Intended for a Soul’s Growth

Some ‘problems’ are planned into a person’s life for the purpose of that soul’s growth. This is especially true for any serious ‘accidents’ or illnesses.

There are no true accidents or random occurrences according to spirit, despite appearances. This can be challenging to accept, especially when someone we love is involved.

The best response in these situations is to hold the vision of the outcome we’d like to see, and support our loved one the best we can. Most of us do this without a second thought.

But it can help to remember that every event is an opportunity for spiritual growth, and is actually a positive experience on that level for all concerned.

Stepping Out of Our Own Way

Very often, we think we know what is best for us. We usually have our own ideas of the way we’d like things to work out, which can create a challenge in hearing the solution from our God Self.

“As long as I can still do this, and such and such doesn’t have to happen, and Bill doesn’t find out, then it will work.”

However, our God Selves see the entire universe, know everything that is going on and all that is set to come into our lives. Our small minds see only a fraction of that.

The truth is, we don’t always know what is in our best interest.

This means we have to TRUST, and let go of the wants of the ego and small mind!

How to Find Answers

Step one:  We need to stop declaring things as ‘problems,’ which keeps us in the flow of answers. ‘Situations’ might be a better label. Know the answer is there and only needs to be accessed by you.

Step two:  Turn the situation over to your God Self, and trust that the answer will be provided, even though it may not be exactly what you prefer. Ask to be guided to the solution that is in the best interest for all concerned.

Step three: Hold a picture in your mind of the ideal or perfect outcome you would like.  Don’t concern yourself with how it will happen (leave that to your Higher Self), simply envision the best end result that you can.

Step four: Don’t worry about it! Be at peace that this has been turned over to your Highest Divine Self and will be taken care of. Let go and trust!

Worrying or fussing sends a message to the Universe that you don’t believe it will provide for you.

Step five: Watch for guidance or things coming into your life that offer solutions. Guidance might come through things mentioned in a conversation that point you in a particular direction, or something similar. Answers also may just show up, as happened with the bags at the thrift shop.

Step six: Stay in gratitude and in a positive mindset, knowing that the solution is on its way.

Did I mention to be in gratitude?  🙂

It also is always wonderful to go into your heart and connect with your Highest Divine Self. Your God Self walks with you always. S/He hears your every thought, knows each of your feelings, and all of your worries. Share your concerns and wishes with Him, and simply BE with Him!

This is the relationship that leads to ascension.

Have you tried this process and has it worked for you? Please feel free to leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you!

I wish you well on your journey!

~Anne

 

 

 

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