Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Course In Miracles, Commentary #11, Origninal blessing or original sin?

"You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive so shall you behave. The Golden Rule asks you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you." T-1.III.6

If, deep down inside you, you are full of shame, and believe that you are defective and inadequate, then you will perceived your brothers and sisters as also fundamentally flawed. Your behavior is based on this fundamental belief about yourself and others. Is it any wonder that we treat ourselves and others so badly?

Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This is radically different than most of the world's religions who teach that human beings are basically sinful and even born with "original sin".

If UUs truly believe that they have inherent worth and dignity and behaved in the world based on this belief they would have a transformative affect on themselves, their relationships, and the world. The problem is that most UUs plus most people in the world don't believe this fundamental idea of what Rev. Matthew Fox calls the "original blessing" not the "original sin."

ACIM and the UU first principle are very congruent. The belief in the inherent worth and dignity of myself and yourself is basic stuff but often not practiced.

What are the three best things about yourself and how do you extent that to others so that "miracles" occur?

Share these recognitions in the comments.

May the Peace of God be with you.

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