Thursday, June 26, 2014
There is inherent worth and dignity in the awareness of Love's presence
Linda McCollough Moore, "That's A Fact" in The Road Will Take Us Closer To The Moon
The Perennial Philosophy teaches us that unless we lose our lives we cannot find them. We have to give up our egos to join the unitive life with the Godhead. It is the unitive life with the Godhead that has inherent worth and dignity not the constraining ego we have created for ourselves out of separateness.
There is the divine spark within each one of us that senses our oneness with everything, but to give up "our lives" as Moore puts it is too threatening to our ego and so we will not be diverted from that which we have made up which all to often is a private hell with fears, resentments, grievances, hurt, hate, and suffering. As it says in A Course In Miracles, "You who identify with your ego cannot believe God loves you." T-4.III.4:1 It is written a little further in the Course: "You project onto the ego the decision to separate, and this conflicts with the love you feel for the ego because you made it. No love in this world is without this ambivalence, and since no ego has experienced love without ambivalence the concept is beyond its understanding. Love will enter immediately into any mind that truly wants it, but it must truly want it. This means that it wants it without ambivalence, and this kind of wanting is wholly without the ego's 'drive to get.'" T-4.III.4:5-8
There is the great story of the rich young man who comes to Jesus in Matthew 19:16-22
"And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Moore's prediction is not always true. We do not always carry the lives of our family of origin with us everywhere we go. Some of us, actually, take Jesus' advice, and give all the ego stuff up, and devote ourselves to a non material path clearing away the obstacles to the awareness of Love's presence in our lives. Some of us are aware of where the inherent worth and dignity lies and it lies in the awareness of Love's presence in the world which we are all a part of, and which some are more aware of and focused on than others.
My Kind Of Church Music - Can't Buy Me Love, The Beatles