Friday, January 18, 2019
Osho says, "Self-knowledge is the only knowledge there is. What possible value could there be in those who do not know themselves, knowing anything else?"
We are not our egos. We are not our bodies, our personalities, our thoughts, our emotions, our social status. So who are we?
In A Course In Miracles it is taught that we are the decision maker. We are that part of ourselves that can choose between the ego and Love. We get to choose every moment of every day.
Listen for the faint wisp of Love's melody, as Ken Wapnick puts it, that is behind everything.
When we join together to listen and extend our awareness together of the hum of the universe we become aware of who we really are.
Do you hear what I hear?
Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. What is important in this principle is not "every person" but "worth and dignity." And we can wonder from whence does this "worth and dignity" come? It is from this place of worth and dignity that self knowledge comes.
Posted by David G. Markham at 9:36 AM
Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
Do you expect good things to happen or bad?
We make our own reality by the thoughts we project. What we think we see we get.
"Be careful what you wish for," the admonition tells us.
"We bring our fears to us by fearing them," another admonition tells us.
Psychologists call this phenomenon a "self fulfilling prophecy," and a "psychological set," and biases.
In Alcoholics Anonymous they call it "stinking thinking."
While we have no contol over the cirumstances in our lives, we can control our response to them.
And so, today's lesson from A Course In Miracles, says, "I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts."
It is written in this lesson, "The world you see is a vengeful world, and everything in it is a symbol of vengeance. Each of your perceptions of 'external reality' is a pcitorial representation of your own attack thoughts. Once can well ask if this can be called seeing. Is not fantasy a better word for such a process, and hallucination a more appropriate term for the result?" Lesson 23.3:1-4
Today, we are asked to give up our attack thoughts and just relax in the quiet of an awareness with no thoughts. Clear your mind of garbage and simply be here now.
As the day goes on we can remind ourselves go give up judgment and just be present listening for the faint wisp of melody of God's Love.
That was then and this is now and would you have what you remember of the past form your future, all of which is illusionary, or would you chose to appreciate what is here now in the present?
Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Osho says, "Truth is one, but the doors to find it can be many. And if you become attached to the door itself, you will stop at the door. Then the door of truth will never open for you."
Osho's statement reminds me of the bar card which says, "If you think you know what you are talking about you are full of shit."
Unitarian Universalists know that truth does not reside in a creed or a book or a tradition. These things can point to the truth, but they are not the truth. That's why UUs covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Many UUs if not most were raised in different faiths and in searching in UU that they did not lose their faith but someone else's. They are searching for their own, maybe for the first time in their lives.
Unitarian Univeralism is a faith of second chances. Unitarian Univeralism supports our search wherever it may take us and if we wind up going down a blind alley which becomes a dead end, UU encourages us to choose again.
Ask your Higher Power, whatever you conceive your Higher Power to be, to guide you and choose again.
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