Thoughts That Illuminate
If a Problem Occurs, Who Ya Gonna Call?
Yesterday was “one of those days”. A day where sadness slowly creped into my awareness and a
large gloomy cloud seemed to be hovering over me. I did notice early on in the day there was a
slight problem but as the day went on it began to gain momentum as my thoughts traveled even
further into the dark. I wondered where these thoughts were coming from, what did it mean in terms
of healing, and how could I release these thoughts that were the cause of my despair? After I had
spent much of my quiet time in this way, all of a sudden it dawned on me that even though I was
looking at my problems from a spiritual perspective, I was still “thinking” about my problem and
trying to solve it myself. And we all know what that means…..I had tried to solve the problem with
the ego (the ego is the belief I am an individual self that can solve my own problems). After
realizing this I invited the Holy Spirit into my awareness to help me solve this problem of my
despair. I did not get immediate relief and I asked why after making the decision to invite Him in I
was not connecting to guidance and peace? We’ve all been here haven’t we? We first try to solve
our problems in our own way and when they become too big for us to solve on our own we reach
for the phone to call the Holy Spirit in to help; only to find that we can’t get through. If you have had
this experience maybe the guidance I received will be helpful to you.
I had a dream that night that I was in a hotel room and there was a cuckoo clock on the wall. It
worked perfectly fine, with the time passing by and the bird sending off its song that yet another
hour had passed. I heard a dripping sound that was coming from the front of the clock. It was small
at first but than began to stream instead of drip. I found myself thinking of all the possibilities that
could be the problem, and how I could fix it or at least try to minimize the damage. I began putting
lots of pots under the water in hopes that it would stop. But then the stream became a gush and I
knew the problem was beyond my expertise. (Isn’t this just how our problems seem to occur? A
minor annoyance, a slight feeling of sadness becomes a larger stream of problems and bigger
gushes of despair.) I reached for the phone in the hotel room thinking I would call the front desk.
But the buttons were blurry and I could not see what button to push. I was frustrated because I had
decided to make the call but didn’t know how to get through for help.
This dream had mirrored the situation the day before. I could see how I had made the decision to
invite the Holy Spirit to help me (the decision to call the front desk). And the Holy Spirit was right
there on the other end of the line ready and willing to respond to the invite(the front desk waiting to
be of service to the guests). But I still didn’t know what button to push that would connect my
wanting help and His wanting to give help. What was the missing link? This phrase came to my
mind; “I do not know what anything, including this, means. And so I do not know how to respond to
it. And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now.” (T.14.XI.6:7-9) Of course!
Hadn’t I just spent hours the day before deciding and judging what was going on? With this phrase I
was guided to remember that without releasing the mind of its thoughts about what is happening
there is no room for truth to enter. Although I had made the invitation to Him, I had invited too many
other guests to the party (in the form of judgments and meaning) and there was no room for Him to
enter. The fastest way to clear the room of the many guests that occupied my mind was to admit I
know nothing! That’s it. That’s all I had to do…Send out the invitation and make room to receive
Do you feel you are reaching for the phone to call the Holy Spirit in times of distress? If so, you
have sent out the invitation. Now the question you must ask is; are you willing to admit you know
nothing and have no idea what anything means in order to make room for the Guest to come? If
you are, be prepared for a quick and swift answer, because there is no distance for the Answer to
travel. Your Guest is right outside the door, waiting patiently to bring you a gift. And “By this refusal
to attempt to teach yourself what you do not know, the Guide Whom God has given you will speak
to you.” (T.14.XI.6:1) Do we not “attempt to teach ourselves” all the time? I had just spent hours
the day before doing just that. Let’s resist the temptation to believe the ego knows anything and
can teach us anything. Only then are we willing to admit we do not know what anything means.
In times of fear, pain and trial miracles are waiting for you. Here are the simple steps to take: notice
you have a problem, don’t try to solve it yourself, call for help, and admit you know nothing!
Admitting you know nothing is the most challenging part. But remember this: “Whenever you fully
realize that you know not, peace will return, for you will have invited Him to do so by abandoning
the ego on behalf of Him. Call not upon the ego for anything; it is only this that you need do. The
Holy Spirit will, of Himself, fill every mind that so makes room for Him.” (T.14.XI.13:4-6)
Written by: Patti Fields