Self-Doubt

“The real basis for doubt about the outcome of any problem that has been given to God’s Teacher for resolution is always self-doubt.  (M23)”

Affirmation:  “Give problems to the Holy Spirit and banish self-doubt.”

Reflections:

The meaning herein is a bit obscure, but basically the passage is letting us know that God’s Teacher, who is the Holy Spirit, will always resolve problems for us.  The answer may not come immediately if we are not yet ready.  It may take awhile.  But come it will, unless we doubt.  And what is there but self-doubt?  Surely, if we have come this far, we do not doubt the resolutions of problems by the Holy Spirit.  If we hesitate, we are using our own minds against ourselves, and this is the meaning of self-doubt.

We must trust the Holy Spirit to bring about a resolution to our problems.  Elsewhere Jesus asks that we pray for a resolution of the conditions that have brought about fear.  This concept is akin to what is meant in this passage.  Cause-and-effect will not be tampered with, by the Holy Spirit or Jesus.  Jesus says that he will not tamper with the power of our minds, and that we ask him to do so at our peril.  Only the power of our minds keeps us caught in dreams of pain.  There is a way out, and the Course spells out what it is.  Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit!  We cannot emphasize this enough.  It is the solution to our myriad problems, and it is the Answer to our prayers as well.

Self-doubt is a particularly insidious form of self-betrayal.  We would be wise to drop our misgivings about the power of our own minds, and then turn our wills over to the Holy Spirit.  Then the resolution to our problems will be seen, often sooner rather than later.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I look forward to the quick resolution of the problems that I have given to the Holy Spirit to solve.  May I not doubt that He will resolve my problems.  Let me have trust in His Word.

Thank you for being there for me.  I look forward to a brighter world ahead.

Amen.

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