Doesn’t everyone? Some “real life problems,” of course, are more fun than others. For example, the crossword puzzle, deciding where to spend your money, and figuring out whodunit.
Other problems aren’t so yummy, like financial crisis, serious illness, war, insanity and the like.
What if you found a magic wand that solved any problem with the flick of a wrist? Sounds pretty cool, huh?
Magic wand? I found the next best thing. Now, some people wrinkle their nose or shake their head at the mention of religion or religious subjects. Well, tough. If you want to know what this is about, then you’ll have to tighten your belt and suck it up. But, hey, I promise it’ll be easy. Just wave your magic wand.
What’s Religion Got to Do With Solving Real Life Problems?
Jesus of Nazareth said that all you have to do is know the truth and the truth will set you free. Okay, what does this mean? Sounds like a tall order, but it isn’t, really.
Any problem has a true source. If you pound away at the wrong source, you’re not going to solve the problem. Right? This goes for all real life problems. That makes sense. Some people might blame the government, the president, their uncle, or even God. Does it help? Blame never helps. Guilt can help sometimes as leverage to provoke self into action, otherwise it’s excess baggage. Resentment is even worse.
If you spot the true source of a problem, the problem vanishes. It’s that simple. If you say that so-and-so is the source of your real life problem, and your problem persists, then you haven’t spotted the source of your problem. Yes, it’s that simple.
What about those problems that merely require action? For instance, what about no food in the refrigerator? Hey, all you gotta do is go to the store and get more food. But what if you don’t have any money? Okay, get a job. Yet, if you’ve been looking heroically for a job for months (you have the skills, but the openings are taken before you get there), you now have a problem for which action seems futile.
What to do? Where do you look? Better yet, where do you start?
Genesis 1:26 says something rather peculiar. It talks about God creating man in his own image. Quite simply, this means that man (male or female) was created as a spiritual being with the power of creation. (For a bit more on this, see my blog article on “Humble Confidence.”)
So, what does this have to do with solving problems? Any problem is a creation. Anything that can be brought into existence can exit the same way it came in—by creation. In a sense, you’re taking responsibility for your creation—taking the reins of that creative act. A creation persists by allowing it to run along on its own as if it has “created itself.” This is sort of like saying, the creation is on automatic. This is the same as God’s day of rest. And you may have guessed it; we’re living in that day of rest—the last 13.7 billion years of it.
If you spot the truth of a problem (a creation), that creation ceases to have persistence. It’s like it has rotated in the time stream becoming paper thin (actually, infinitesimally thin). One moment, the problem is there (it’s “moment” of creation), and the next moment, you’ve moved out of its moment of creation and are free of it. Poof! Your real life problem is gone.
Taking Clues Where I can Find Them
This is part of the “mechanics of creation” I discovered back in the ’70′s. It wasn’t all my work. A crusty old rogue named L. Ron Hubbard discovered many of the things that laid the foundation of my breakthrough. Any of you familiar with that name will recognize the founder of Scientology—a controversial, modern cult.
Yes, I admit that it is a “cult” by certain definitions of the word. These same definitions also apply to early Christianity, early Buddhism, and early Islam. They were all cults at one time, but now they’re established religions. Some ignorant individuals have declared that Scientology is not a religion. I use the word “ignorant” in the simplest, most non-pejorative way. They are simply ignoring the facts, either by not reading the materials of that religion, or by choosing to listen to someone else’s negative description of that religion. Either way, their opinion is not very bright. Why? Because it’s easy to get your facts straight. You simply read the literature of that religion. And yes, it is a religion. Its key activities are designed to address the spiritual component of humans and to awaken that component—the true self.
I’m no longer an active member of Scientology. I’ve graduated, but my most profound spiritual experiences were directly related to Scientology counseling and the writings of Hubbard on the subject. How profound? Creating miracles—full-blown, Moses-parting-the-sea kind of miracles. This isn’t bragging, because you (yes, you the reader) can do the exact same things and even greater miracles. Jesus wasn’t kidding. You are a child of God. All you need to do is wake up. Your problems in life that seem so real are child’s play, when you wake up spiritually.
The Real You Behind the Real Life Problem
Our language is a bit clumsy discussing this subject. English wasn’t built for it. The word “you” that I used in the last paragraph didn’t mean the typical “Jack” or “Jill” you think of as yourself. This is not the ego self. This is not the body. This is the true self behind those beautiful eyes of yours.
I mention Scientology not only because of my own history with that religion, but also because their technology is related to this subject of problems. A religion that uses technology? Oh, that’s different! Yes, it is. The same pragmatic restraint that a scientist uses in the laboratory was used by Hubbard to research the relationship between body, mind and spirit. Rigorous records have been kept of all spiritual counseling—not only when Hubbard was researching, but even today with the thousands of spiritual counselors. The techniques he developed were based on empirical discoveries.
And, guess what? What Jesus said about knowing the truth of something works on all problems. Much of Scientology counseling is based on this simple premise. Though it may not have been plucked from the New Testament, this premise works through Scientology counseling to unburden the spiritual self and allow it to awaken.
The next time you have a real problem in life and there seems no simple action to resolve it, consider this: if you find the true source, the problem will vanish. Once I did this on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles at the height of rush-hour traffic. The problem manifested itself as snarling traffic that was playing on my level of frustration. I found the picture that I had created which was the source of my frustration. Suddenly, I awoke as a spiritual being. If this ever happens to you (and I sincerely hope it does), you will know that you’re not a physical body. You will feel the presence of God and any frustration will melt away.
That time in traffic, I did better than spotting the source of my problem. And yes, the problem did vanish instantly. It vanished so completely that it woke up the true me (the spiritual child of God—the ancient immortal behind these blue eyes). After I was set free of the problem, I did the reverse. I created a different picture and allowed it into the time stream.
“Allowed?” It’s sort of like “hiding” the truth—letting a creation run off to play as if it were creating itself, and ignoring the fact that I had created it. Like the physical effect inertia, a persisted creation has its own relentless vector of momentum. A persisted creation becomes a cog in the machine of reality.
So, the next time you have a real life problem, if the problem persists, then you haven’t spotted the true source. It can’t be any simpler than that.
What problems are you wrestling with?