Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Today's lesson - Sanctification of the world occurs with awareness of holiness


Today's lesson, number 53 in A Course In Miracles, is a review of lessons 11 - 15 and include: "My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world;" "I am upset because I see a meaningless world;" "A meaningless world engenders fear;" "God did not create a meaningless world;" "My thoughts are images that I have made."

We make stuff up and complain about what we have made. The ego has promised to make us happy if we do this or do that, if we acquire this or that, if we get rid of this annoyance or that obstacle, etc.

The ego lies. For most of us it takes a long time to realize this and then only after much heart ache and suffering.

Finally, in our desparation, we come to realize that there must be a better way. We realize that our lives are made up of not only nonsense but insanity. We come to realize that  what we perceive and interpret we have projected. As is taught in Alcoholics Anonymous, in the first step, we finally admit that our lives are unmanageable, and in the second step, that a Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity, and in the third step, that we can make a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand it.

In A Course Of Miracles this turning over of our will to the Will of God is called "forgiveness" and it is in this forgiveness that a shift in our mind occurs and we no longer are listening to the ego but to God. Our understanding comes not from the perception of seeing but from the vision of Unconditional Love.

For Unitarian Universalists this miraculous shift, this change of mind, is fascilitated by covenanting with one another to accept the inherent worth and dignity of all our brothers and sisters, no exceptions, and to affirm and promote the spiritual growth of humanity by helping people become aware of their holiness and thereby sanctify the world.

2 comments:

  1. I look forward to today's lessons very much. They always provide a unique way of connecting the dots in ways I have never quite seen before. The point today about the covenanting process to affirm and promote the dignity and worth of every person as a new way of envisioning the world as distinguished from guilt, assault, and seeing oneself and other people as victims is so affirming. God bless everyone with no exceptions.

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  2. Thank you Sarah for your comment.

    I have wondered for a long time why the covenanting process as a vehicle for spiritual growth more hasn't been lifted up more in UU congregations. Without covenanting congregations languish, stagnant, and atrophy up to and including death as was experienced recently in a UU congregation I helped found and belonged to.

    The effort to integrate the metaphysics of A Course In Miracles with the living tradtion of Unitarian Univeralism is a major project of UU A Way Of Life ministries and I am happy that you find it helpful, affirming, and encouraging.

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