A Course in Miracles Lesson 79

Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.

This should be simple. After all, the problem A Course in Miracles aims to heal is separation, right? The lesson even tells us that – “the problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved” (W-pII.79.1:4).

But the problem isn’t really the separation – or it is, but not in quite the straightforward way it’s put in that first paragraph of the lesson. We can say that because the lesson points out (and lesson 80 will explore in depth) that to know the problem is to know the solution. But just saying the problem is the separation doesn’t do much in terms of healing the separation.

So if we are looking at it closely – if we are meditating and waiting on God to give us the answer – it might occur to us that the problem is our belief in the separation, or our acceptance of it. If the separation is already solved – if it never happened – then the only way it can remain a problem is if we are paying attention to it, if we are investing belief in it.

That’s closer, but there’s another level. It’s not just our belief in the separation – it’s that we want the separation. We are actively separating. It’s us – we’re doing it.

The secret to salvation is but this: that you are doing this unto yourself (T-27.VIII.10:1).

Then it’s all clear – the problem isn’t the separation, it’s that we want the separation and are doing everything we can to sustain and maintain it. I think students spend years and decades – even lifetimes perhaps – in this space. How hard to accept that we are making hell for ourselves! We say it out loud and a thousand rational ideas rush in to contradict. It can’t be true!

But the sooner we can get to that point – that acceptance of responsibility – the sooner we can get into the solution, the sooner we can join with God to become creators of Heaven rather than makers of hell.

I love this lesson, along with lesson 80. I think that it’s all right here – if we can get these two, then we’ve got everything the Course aims to teach us. So I turn to them often, asking for help in understanding their content and for mustering the willingness to entertain their truth. If we want to be saved, then we must turn to the savior within.

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