Thursday, December 14, 2017

UUs fourth principle can be misleading and the path to hell rather to heaven

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and, while on the surface this appears to be tolerant and generous, at a spiritual level it is misleading because at a spiritual level there is not a different truth for different people. The belief in these differences divide us, they do not unite us. The reinforcement of illusions is not the path to heaven but the path to hell. Setting these illusions aside and seeking the divine within brings us to the Love that is the ground of our being and what we all have in common. This awareness of Love's presence, which we all share in, is the truth that leads us to heaven.

There is a model of spiritual development which is based on James Fowler's work describing the stages of faith development. While, in a conceptual sense, this model is helpful, in the spiritual realm it is not accurate and may even mislead the spiritual seeker. It is misleading because in the last analysis, as human beings, we are provided a simple choice: love or illusions?

In A Course In Miralces, in the section entitled "The Laws of Chaos," the first law is that truth is different for everyone. The course teaches that this is not true. Illusions may be different for everyone, but Love is the same.

Illusions are individualistic and separate us. Illusions can turn us into enemies and adversaries. The more attached we are to our illusions the more hateful and attacking we can become. Chaos ensues and when we back off and try to develop some perspective, we realize that the belief in the illusions that separate us have led us to the insanity of hell. It is written in ACIM in the section on Principles in Miracles that the first principle is "There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not "harder" or "bigger" than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal."

It is true that we can believe in Love which involves an awareness of our Oneness with the divine, or we can believe in illusions which separate and divide us. It is really that simple. This truth is not different for different people. It is maximal for everybody. People don't have to choose it. They can continue with their attachments to their illusions which they may do until they realize they have been mistaken. They have missed the point of their lives because as the Beatles told us, Love is all there is. 

8 comments:

  1. Francis David, the Unitarian founder in Transylvania in the late 16th century, said, "You don't have to think alike, to love alike." He recognized that different truths for different people is an illusion and fundamentally there is one truth, Love.

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  2. UUs love to debate and argue some time up to the point of schism or cut offs when people leave the church. It seems that they never understood what was really important. Remember that old movie, "Love is never having to say you're sorry?" It's not that we don't need and shouldn't ask for forgiveness, it's that true love is unconditional and saying you're sorry is never necessary with unconditional love in the first place.

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  3. What happens when you compare one illusion to another and they both are wrong to begin with? How can you say that one is true and the other is not when all you have is to pick between on or the other? Remember that dicotomizing is either right or wrong.

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  4. Don't judge me based on your ignorance and we'll get along just fine.

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  5. Jesus didn't mince any words when He said that the way to the Kingdom is "to love as I have loved." Good ole Jesus, right?

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  6. The Dali Lama said that "People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used." I suppose it boils down to "Use things not people. Love people not things."

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  7. "Illusions are individualistic and separate us. Illusions can turn us into enemies and adversaries. The more attached we are to our illusions the more hateful and attacking we can become."

    Apparently. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18q9Nj2kIR0

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  8. “Walk you in glory, with your head held high, and fear no evil. The innocent are safe because they share their innocence.” T-23.Intro.3:1-2

    We are reminded of this during advent. Jesus came to walk among us and teach us about our innocence which is our birth right. Once we know this we need not fear any evil because it cannot harm our spirit. We are free to enjoy peace and joy to the world like the song says.

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