Saturday, January 12, 2019

Why does the fourth principle generate so much fear?

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This is the most fundamental of the seven principles which bind UUs together and they to the world.

People enter into a holy relationship to pursue a higher purpose and what higher prupose can there be that the search for the Truth of Love?

The question before us is very simple: do we want the ego or Love?

Love is nondualistic. Love does not divide and separate. Love is the yin and the yang together in the Tao, the Way.

The Tao cannot be found half heartedly. Finding the Tao is all or nothing because of its nondualistic nature. Part of the Tao is not the Tao just as part of the Truth is not the Whole Truth.

So the search that Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to search for cannot be half hearted. They have to surrender to it completely and it is this requirement that engenders great fear which prevents many UUs from enacting this principle for it requires that UUs admit that their lives, on the path of the ego, are unmanageable and that they should surrender their will to their Higher Power as they understand it.


  1. There is great fear of the truth and the most signifcant contribution to its dissolution is pointing it out. Thank you for this article. All UUs would benefit from reading it and considering its message.

  2. The fear of the truth is related to our fear of God's love which means we would have to give up our egos and merge back into the Oneness of God's Love and Truth. It is the fear of Truth and Love which contributes to the clinging to our egos. As it says in the Course, "Would you rather be right or be happy?"


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