Universal Church of Miracle Enlightenment
If You Perceive a Difficulty . . .
1. Ask the Holy Spirit for a shift in perception.
2. Practice the lessons given to us for the purpose of shifting perception.
The Course’s practices are thus potent agents of mind change. There are practices that specifically address the various difficulties perceived in life. If you are dealing with a “death” in the family, for instance, asking the Holy Spirit to help you see death differently is important, but it is also helpful to use a lesson like Lesson 163: “There is no death. The Son of God is free.”
3. Let the Holy Spirit tell you what to think/say/do in the situation by asking for His guidance.
4. Lay your formulas aside.
2) His guidance would have me do nothing at all to fix the situation.
In a situation where you perceive that “someone is taking advantage of me,” for instance, the first formula might lead you to stand up and assert your boundaries, just like you wanted to do in the first place. The second formula might lead you to “appear spiritual” and not confront the other person in any way; after all, “I need do nothing” and “My safety lies in my defenselessness.”
It is important to know that there is no specific “formula” for each situation. The Holy Spirit may guide you to do one thing in one situation and something completely different in another apparently similar situation. In situations like the “someone is taking advantage of me” example, He might guide you to speak one time, and He may have you simply turn aside and do or say nothing at all the next time. Myriad solutions are available to Him which He will make available to us. Our part is to follow His guidance in every situation, each and every time.
Therefore, we must set our formulas aside and let Him tell us what to do, as only He knows every aspect of every situation, so only He is to decide what must be done. We must trust that He truly knows everything about everything and everyone, even to the tiniest detail, and only He will know what the perfect answer is. The perfect answer from the Holy Spirit is the only one we want, in every instance without exception. Say: “This is no exception in God’s plan for my salvation.” (W-86.2:3)
5. The Answer