Monday, March 26, 2018
Open-mindedness, open-heartedness is a milestone in spiritual development
Unlike other religious traditions, forgiveness is not often discussed in UU circles which may account for its low membership. Without forgiveness, which is a fundamental need of all humans who have walked the path of the ego, the journey on the path of the spirit cannot occur.
Human beings make mistakes. That's how we learn. When mistakes are made, they need to be recognized, acknowledged, corrected, and any harm done, repaired. With this forgiveness, Love's presence emerges into our awareness and with our open heartedness, open mindedness, we are born again.
Another milestone on the path of the spirit is open-mindedness or open-heartedness. We give up judgment. We come to understand and experience that all of God's creations deserve our Love because God created and loves them. This is part of our Universalist heritage.
Open-hearted people walk with Love on the path of the spirit. Open-minded people are in Love with everybody all the time. This takes forgiveness.
We come to understand that anyone who walks on the path of the ego needs our forgiveness "for they know not what they do."
Mistaking the path of the ego as the road to happiness is a sad choice and the traveler on the path of the spirit gently reminds them to chose again. Mistakes are merely mistakes and the growth in consciousness is inevitable as we all proceed to the At-one-ment when everybody loves everybody all the time.
Ultimately, the open-minded, open-hearted milestone is experienced when forgiveness and Love becomes our experience and who we are. We have unlearned the ways of the path of the ego and pursued the walk with Love on the path of the spirit and this turning brings us peace, and bliss, and Oneness with the All.