“Your only problem has been solved!” is a statement from Lesson 80 of A Course in Miracles (ACIM).
Kenneth Wapnick asked this simple question based on the above sentence:
“If your problem has been solved, why are you upset?”
Volume Two of “Journey through the Workbook of A Course in Miracles”.
I love this question from Kenneth. He’s directing you to think about the motivation or purpose of being upset about your problems. Maybe you make problems into a big deal because you don’t want to recognise you don’t have any!
“Your only problem is separation” (ACIM Lesson 79. 6:2) and the “The solution is inherent in the problem” (ACIM Lesson 80).
Again, Kenneth makes it clear:
“The solution is inherent in the problem because the problem never happened. That is the solution!”
This may not seem like a very practical solution because we’ve taken the problem of separation very seriously in our mind and made up many different problems in the world.
Every time you let your peace be shattered by problems you’re saying – the problem of separation in my mind has not been solved. You’re also saying “I certainly don’t have time to go back into my mind where the problem really is because I have to deal with all these problems out here in the world.” Problems help you forget you even have a mind so that you don’t go there and discover that your only problem has been solved.
One defence is making problems complicated. Simplicity is the answer. One simple choice is the solution. The choice to undo your belief in separation. You make this choice every time you remember to let your problems lead you back to your mind.
This quote from the Text of ACIM is a good summary of what we are talking about:
All that is needed is you look upon the problem as it is, and not the way that you have set it up. How could there be another way to solve a problem that is very simple, but has been obscured by heavy clouds of complication, which were made to keep the problem unresolved? Without the clouds the problem will emerge in all its primitive simplicity. The choice will not be difficult, because the problem is absurd when clearly seen. T-27.VII.2:2-5