Friday, March 22, 2019
Today's lesson is number 73 in A Course In Miracles which is "I will there be light."
The "light" being referred to comes from within not from without.
The "light" is the holiness that you have forgotten is the essence of your being.
We access this light when we bring our will into alignment with God's will for me and God's creation.
In Unitarian Univeralism, this light is the awarenss of our innate holiness and what Universalists teach is universal salvation. This salvation is Unconditional Love of creation.
Unitarian Univeralists recognize this light in all of God's creation when they covenant together to affirm and promote their third principle which is the acceptance of another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations and throughout all of God's creation.
Our mission statement at UU A Way of Life ministries is to "sanctify the world by helping people become aware of their holiness." One way of pursuing this mission is to recognize, acknowledge, and extend the light with us based on our Oneness with the Tao and flowing with Our will for creation.
This practice involves giving up our grievances and sense of victimhood. We are presented with forgivness opportunities many times duing the day when we can choose either the darkness, resentments, anger, bitterness, and fear of the path of the ego, or the light, remembrance, joy, and peace of the Tao.
Because you don't remember who you really are, the beloved son or daughter of the Tao from which you emerged in a bodily incarnation and to which you belong even when you don't remember it.
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Today's lesson, number 72 in A Course In Miracles, is "Holding grievances is an attack on God's plan for salvation."
The introduction to A Course In Miracles says in part, "The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance."
Isn't that beautiful?
Love is our natural inheritance and is always with us. The Universalists have taught this since the late 1700s in the America.
The problem is all the crap and bull shit which we surround ourselves with. The crap and bullshit fightenes us, angers us, hurts us, and we are left with resentments, grievances, and vengefulness. And when we fill our lives with this ego nonsense, it's no wonder we have lost sight of love.
God's plan for salvation, as the Universalists have taught us, is Unconditional love which knows nothing of time and is eternal. It is here right now and it will be where ever we go even as we "pass away" from this veil of tears.
The second principle of Unitarian Univeralism asks us to affirm and promote, justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Application of this second principle is the giving up of grievances which we hold which are an attack on God's plan for salvation which is the manifestation of Unconditional Love.
Salvation is when everybody loves everybody all the time. Humanity is a long way from achieving this goal, but we can experience this Unconditional Love for a second in giving up the grievances that we hold on to. This giving up of grievances that we hold on to that ACIM calls "forgiveness."
Forgiveness is a miracle because it is a letting go of grievances and a shift from conditional love to unconditional love. In this perfect moment, healing occurs and we experience an abiding peace.
The holy instant is a term in A Course In Miracles referring to the moment when we experience our oneness with the all, and realize that we are not separate, which some prefer to call "a perfect moment."
Alexa: Did you hear that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers for years and that their bowling records were destroyed in a fire?
Yes, and so now we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled.