Thursday, January 4, 2018

Can we get over our tiny selves to gain the whole world?

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. It is more than respect that is required. It is Love for the interdependent web and the awareness that the interdependent web is not separate from us but IS us.

Systems thinking helps us understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With our Aristotelian logic and reductionist scientific method we gain power over phenomena by reducing the whole to its component parts and at the same time that linear, reductionist thinking enhances our understanding it also leaves us not seeing the forest for the trees.

When we talk about the Christ we are talking about the Oneness of humanity. The bumper sticker says, "You are unique like everyone else." We are separate but part of the whole. We are drops in the ocean. It is from the Oneness that we have appeared to manifest the divinity on this earth plane. Most of us, in a daze, think that the earth plane is all there is and is "reality." Some of us have seen behind the veil and know that there is more, another dimension, which we intuitively sense, but can't clearly see.

We sometimes experience revelation. It is written in A Course In Miracles, "Revelation induces complete but temporary suspension of doubt and fear. It reflects the original form of communication between God and His creations, involving the extremely personal sense of creation sometimes sought in physical relationships." T-1.II.1:1-2 This sense of Oneness is sometimes referred to as a mystical experience. In our contemporary times, with more psychological sophistication, we call this experience "flow."

This revelatory experience is possible with our surrendering to the Holy Spirit which links our desire to be special and separate with the truth which is that special and separate is an illusion because we are so much more if only we could get over our tiny self and become aware of the glorious Oneness of which we are a part.


  1. We get so caught up in the detail that we can't see the big picture. When it comes to our spiritual lives, this seems to be specially true. Drops in the ocean is a good metaphor. We need to get quiet, step back and reflect on the ocean of which we are a part. This brings awe and peace and joy. Many thank for this article.

  2. Reading this article helped me realize I am not crazy. Some people have told me I am weird because I enjoy my solitude and like to just be myself to reflect. I have been called "cold" and "distant" because I am not so emotionally reactive as I used to be. I am tired to the gossip and drama. I really don't care any more about who said what about whom. People need to get over it and get a life and start enjoying some peace in their lives. Thanks again.

  3. If we are to attain Christ consciousness and appreciate the oversoul as Emerson called it we have to surrender our ego which frightens the immature soul. The question becomes, "How to manage this fear, the detachment from personal identity, is the question." Rather than a stipping away, it should be viewed as a liberation. Later in life, older souls come to this appreciation more easily because they just become tired of the bull shit.


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