Sunday, February 24, 2019
Today's lesson - Unitarian Univeralism: a path of holiness,
Today's lesson is based on lesson 51 in A Course In Miracles which is a review of the first five lessons: "Nothing I see means anything; I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me; I do not understand anything I see; These thoughts do not mean anything; and I am never upset for the reason I think."
The Course teaches that perception is projection. We see what we believe we are going to see. Thus, what we think we see are illusions, are projections, are biases, are what psychologists call "selective perception." This is a hard idea to understand because on the path of the ego we believe that seeing is believing when it is really the other way around, believing is seeing. This idea of perception being the result of projection is what the Course calls "wrong minded." We have separated ourselves from the nondualistic Oneness of God by breaking up what we think is reality into billions of parts. Walking the path of the ego is the equivalent of the "Big Bang."
The Course is teaching that we have a decison making mind and that once we realize that perception is projection, that we just make shit up, we can choose a better way, or the "right mind." The right mind we think with God which is unconditional Love for all of creation. We learn that there is one for all and all for one. The Course calls this "vision" as distinguished from "seeing." When we align our thoughts and beliefs with the nonjudgmental, unconditonal Love of God, we are walking the path of the spirit instead of the path of the ego.
In Unitarian Univeralism we covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles which help us to walk on the path of the spirit right mindedly and engage in the vision with God. There are other ways to engage in the vision with the mind of God and yet, for some, Unitarian Univeralism implementing its third principle of acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth, is a helpful strategy to become aware of one's holiness and the holiness of others. It is in this encouragement to spiritual growth and awareness that Unitarian Univeralism carries out its mission to sanctify the world.