Can You Love Your Problems?

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Have you heard of Lisa Natoli’s 40 Day program? If you haven’t, go check it out. She holds them throughout the year and they are utterly transformative.

I did the 40 Day program in May of 2014, and I recently reread the journal I kept through that time. I found a quote from Lisa that I love:

“Can you love your problems?”

This is a brand new way of looking at problems, isn’t it? The world looks at problems and says uh-oh. We need to fix this and fix it fast!

But Lisa says that we need to love our problems. That these problems are an opportunity for us to remember to choose Love instead of fear.

In the Course, Jesus says: “Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you can make a better one, and thus escape all the pain that what you chose before has brought to you.” T-31.VIII.3:1

So when we see a problem, we are seeing our original choice for separation from God, which entails great fear and struggle. And we can choose to continue the fear and struggle by freaking out and trying to find ways to fix the problem, OR we can make a better choice. We can choose Love and Holy Spirit’s guidance, and let the problem resolve itself.

This is something I’m really excited to put into practice. And I got an opportunity right away!

I discovered mold in my house yesterday. Immediately, I felt fear arise: have I been breathing this in? Will this hurt my dog? Will I need someone to come in and remove it? How much will that cost?

Then Lisa’s question popped into my head. I thought: “Could I love my problem? Could I love the mold? Could I let this be another opportunity to choose love and let the Holy Spirit take care of me? Could I let this problem be a stepping stone towards experiencing more love from God? Could I take the leap and trust God with this problem, knowing that He can solve the problem better than I can?

As Lisa says, “What you love turns to love.” And right here, right now, I’m going to love the mold. I’m going to let it turn into love.

I’ll let you know what miracles happen. 🙂

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