Saturday, December 2, 2017

Amazing grace

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles. In none of these principles is Love mentioned. This seems strange for a "movement" that aspires to grow and influence the human community. UU has developed a campaign which it has named "Standing On The Side Of Love" but this slogan has been promoted to advance social justice causes not to articulate a spiritual reality. After all the social justice causes have been addressed and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations has been created, developed, and established what we will be left with is Love. As Beatles sang, "Love Is All There Is." To get to Love we must first remove the blocks which the ego places in our way. Reason, itself, is not salvation but it can be a means to the grace of salvation. It is written in A Course In Miracles, "Reason is not salvation itself, but it makes way for peace and brings you to a state of mind in which salvation can be given to you." T-22.III.3:1

We live in a time when the errors of the ego are writ large for the whole world to see. Reason has no place when justification of the ego is desired. And like reinforce like and the group goes astray like lost sheep wandering in fog without the guidance of shepherds.

The wolves prey on the wandering sheep lost in the green grass that they nibble unaware of their peril. The shepherds rather than abandon their sheep seek to guide them away from the wolves and back to safety.

Reason like shepherds seeks to restrain and guide the ego but the ego resists attempting to strengthen its loyalty to its errors. The ego fears a loss of its diminishment and so defiantly continues in its error. Reason is filled with compassion and concern and patiently waits for the ego's fear to subside reassuring that there is something far more precious to be found. It is this compassionate patience which is called "grace" and some people have called it "amazing." A song has been created about this experience. Perhaps you know it?

 

2 comments:

  1. Wonderful post! It puts so many things I have been thinking about into a context which makes them more understandable. It is as good an explanation of our UU faith as I have read anywhere. Many thanks!

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  2. I'm not into substituionary atonement but I appreciate your point that we see beyond the ego with the help of our reason. It takes a spiritually mature and humble person to listen to reason rather than their ego.

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