Thursday, September 6, 2018

What is the fourth of five themes in the perennial psychology?

The fourth theme of the perennial psychology is service. Service is born out of empathy and compassion. Service is born out of the awareness that salvation is not an individual enterprise but a communal one that encompasses what Unitarian Univeralists call the interdependent web.

As we awaken, we come to understand that no person is an island but simply one part of the whole.We also come to realize that we learn what we teach and that we are paradoxically enriched by giving away. What is a joke kept to oneself? What is a song that is closed up on one's heart? It is in sharing the joke, the idea, the song that our joy is not only experienced but enhanced.

It is written in A Course In Miracles, "Salvation is a collaborative venture. It cannot be undertaken successfully by those who disengage themselves from the Sonship, because they are disengaging themselves from me. God will come to you only as you give Him to your brothers.” T-4.VI.8:204

Anyone who says that they love God and hate people either are lying or don't understand. There is a spark of the divine in every person and Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Living this principle, UUs, take joy in being of service to all people.

A friend of mine told me one time that you don't go to church for God, you go to church because someone there might need you.




1 comment:

  1. The series on the perennial psychology is very interesting. I like the way that Unitarian Univeralism is woven into the themes and examples. Thanks for the good thinking, writing, and effort.

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