Miracles News

April-June, 2021

Problem Solving

by Rev. Vicki Rostant, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

The ACIM Lesson for the day was “Lesson 80: Let me recognize my problems have been solved.” I started the study of the lessons again last September, and in early February, I was only at Lesson 80!

I was finding it interesting that, in this round, the pace was definitely not a lesson a day! A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the last time I went through the lessons, and I was now at a totally different place in my life — older, and involuntarily retired due to the COVID pandemic restrictions.

In that space, I found my mind going deeper with each lesson and needing more time to explore those depths. Add to that the fact that sometimes I had trouble remembering the five words of the lesson and had to go back repeatedly to the Text! Then new words and phrases would stand out. This slow build of lesson upon lesson led to this mind healing on that morning.

I was with the lesson when my partner called from the car to tell me that she had arrived safely at her school location. As we talked, there were lots of rustling noises as she got her stuff together, and I found myself getting agitated.

Suddenly, I saw a clear picture of the state of my mind in that moment — agitated and full of grievances about a whole lot of things —­ the noises my partner was making; someone who had not responded to my message; a friend who does not behave in a way that makes sense to me, i.e. the way I think she should, etc., etc.

As I saw this, I saw all my grievances as a dark cloud between God and me, and that this is separation from God. As soon as that thought of God came into the mind, I felt lifted up past all my grievances, and sitting in the well of Peace!

In that moment, all my problems were solved as I had no problems. That thought of God was the Ascension that dropped me into the heart of Truth. I saw that I sat in Peace at the gates of Heaven with all my brothers.

Holy Spirit showed me that the illusion is that we think we have problems. As long as we think that, we focus on solving those problems. They cannot be solved because they arise out of the lie that there are problems! We stand at a pivot (my new favorite word) point in each moment: Identify something as a problem, think the problem is real, then focus on solving it. On that route, many other attendant problems come up, and we go down that rabbit-hole of the thought system that believes problems are possible. We can spend a lifetime playing this “whack-a-mole” game.

Or, back to the pivot point: Something comes up — I see it and identify it as a “problem,” but now I choose. I take a deep breath, recognize the true nature of the problem — a manifestation of my belief that I am a separated being. I take another deep breath and choose to show up to the Truth: “One problem, one solution” (W-pI.80.3.5) As stated, “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.” (W-pI.79.6.2) The next day was the review of the previous 20 lessons!

Rev. Vicki Rostant, OMC, is a Pathways of Light minister living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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