I obviously have been out of sync lately since my writing has been sparse. This “feels” like a problem. Appearances tell me this, and yet as I contemplate today’s daily lesson (“Let me recognize my problems have been solved.”), I know that in truth what I think of as “problems” are really just ego’s feeble attempts to keep me from remembering the truth. Today’s lesson states, “If you are willing to recognize your problems, you will recognize that you have no problems.” “Problems” are illusions. They are how ego tries to assert its power. Yet ego’s version of power is control over – they are obstacles that endeavor to block the awareness of love’s presence (which is your natural inheritance). Yet, as we started our reading last night, continuing to read the Healing of the Dream in our Tuesday night group, we began Section III, Beyond All Symbols, which begins with the simple statement. “Power cannot oppose.”
Power cannot oppose!
The very idea discards opposites. It is the recognition of today’s lesson: “Let me recognize my problems have been solved.”
If God is in everything, if Christ is in everyone, then my only “problem” is that I am caught up in illusions. I am seeing blocks where none exist. “ The picture of your brother that you see means nothing. There is nothing to attack or to deny; to love or hate, or to endow with power or to see as weak.”
When judgment is eliminated, we are left with the provocative notion that power cannot oppose. I don’t naturally think of “power” as a no opposition ideal. Yet the Course teaches that God is wholeness, where there is no “good” or “bad”; there is simply love.
And yes, we experience love as “good,” because the experience of God is elating. But the flip side of that, because this world is one of duality and therefore one of opposites, is that we experience the absence of Good/God/Love as unpleasant.
It hurts to oppose Reality.
Power cannot oppose.
The “challenge” for humans is that we can’t really picture nothingness. (The old, “don’t think of a pink elephant routine.” The mere mention of the pink elephant conjures the image.) This is actually a clue, I think. Reality is Absolute. Absolute numbers, you may recall, are always positive. So, even though there is no good or bad, so speak, the underlying Reality is Love. When all the “negative” stuff has been eliminated, what remains is Heaven.
From last night’s reading: “An empty space that is not seen as filled, an unused interval of time not seen as spent and fully occupied, become a silent invitation to the truth to enter, and to make itself at home. “
In other words, beyond ideas of good and bad, right and wrong, there lies the Peace of God. But the “trick” of it is that we (I) must be willing to let go of illusions. I have to quit trying to usurp the power of God and allow Him to lead the way in order for me to experience the Good that was always already here.
Power opposes nothing. It cannot oppose. It’s “why” God doesn’t interfere with our “problems.” It would be interfering with illusions which would be to give them a reality they don’t actually possess. “The choice you fear to lose you never had,” this section says.
I don’t know about you, but I find that statement comforting. I never had any problems. The game is rigged. The next section of our reading, “The Quiet Answer,” reveals the “solution” to the seeming problem: the holy instant.
“Thus it must be that time is not involved and every problem can be answered now. Yet it must also be that, in your state of mind, solution is impossible. Therefore, God must have given you a way of reaching to another state of mind in which the answer is already there. Such is the holy instant. It is here that all your problems should be brought and left. Here they belong, for here their answer is. And where its answer is, a problem must be simple and be easily resolved. It must be pointless to attempt to solve a problem where the answer cannot be. Yet just as surely it must be resolved, if it is brought to where the answer is.”
As always, it really comes down to willingness. Am I willing to let go of my erroneous ideas of what I think things ought to look like? Am I willing to give up trying to usurp God’s power? (Power cannot oppose, so God’s Power doesn’t oppose – this is the free will bit where we get to do life however we want.) Am I willing to see things differently? Can I give up ego’s need to be right?
Power cannot oppose.
If that is true, then there is nothing to attack, there is nothing to challenge, there is nothing I need to change. I don’t have to figure anything out. As it says in the Manual for Teachers, “It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. In giving up judgment, he is merely giving up what he did not have. He gives up an illusion; or better, he has an illusion of giving up. He has actually merely become more honest. Recognizing that judgment was always impossible for him, he no longer attempts it.”
So instead of judging, we ask for guidance. This is going with the flow. This is allowing the life that wants to be lived through us to go full tilt boogie.
Power cannot oppose, for when love is all there is and we embrace that, then the time for fighting windmill ends and peace rushes in to take the place of illusions.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.