Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Principles of miracles #4 - Deeply listening to Life, we are blessed by a miracle

The fourth principle of the 50 principles of miracles reads “All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. His Voice will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to know.”

As Neale Donald Walsch points out to us in his Conversations With God books God not only talks to us but He talks to us all the time. Unfortunately, most of the time we don’t listen.

I remember a church sidewalk bulletin board at Christmas time which read, “You too can hear the angel’s song if you tune into the right frequency.”

Miracles are that shift of perception onto the spiritual dimension of life instead of the world of the ego. This shift of perception to the spiritual dimension not only gives us life, but as Jesus said, it gives us life abundantly. If we substitute our English word “life” for God, then indeed, we being to understand how life speaks to us constantly, and speaks to us very specifically, and if we listen carefully, it tells us all we need to know.

The problem arises when we no longer listen to Life but instead get caught up in the drama of the world of the ego. For many people, this is all they think life is and it takes much suffering and sometimes tragedy before they realize that there must be more and there is a better way to live what Life we are given. Our Unitarian Universalist principles point us in some good directions in living life, and taken seriously and deeply, might be considered God’s voice or Life’s voice speaking to us.

The first UU principle states that UUs convenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. It we do this consistently and shift our perception to this level there would be no more racism, no more discrimination, no more war, no more violent crime, no more rape, exploitation of any kind and we would live in a world where there is dignity, respect, and love for everyone. If we lived in a world of love and respect where the inherent worth and dignity of every person was affirmed and promoted, is there anything else that you would need to know? And if we were to suddenly begin to live this way, it would indeed be a miracle.

What does it take to live this miracle where God’s voice directs us very specifically and we are told all we need to know? It takes the awareness that comes from a shift in perception to the spiritual dimension and it takes forgiveness. We forgive not so much for the sake of the perceived offender but for our own sakes who mistakenly believe that a person could really harm us at a spiritual level. We only harm ourselves in our mistaken belief that our spirit can be attacked without our collusion. Jesus demonstrated this idea when He was being tortured and executed and He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” We all feel tortured and that people are trying to “execute” us psychologically, and emotionally, if not physically, many times in our lives. We become defensive, reciprocate the attack, and engage in recrimination leading to developing and holding onto resentments and grievances which can last sometimes for years. Follow Jesus’ example, and say “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Rise above the attacks and move on to peace and joy.

If Walsch is right that God, Life, speaks to us all the time, we would be happier and at more peace if we learned to listen. When we hear the angel’s song, we feel as if we are blessed by a miracle.

This is article # 35 in a series on A Course In Miracles. An article based on the study of A Course In Miracles is posted every Wednesday on UUAWOL.

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