Saturday, March 30, 2019

Today's lesson, number 79, Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.

Today's lesson, number 79 in A Course In Miracles is "Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved."

The old grandmother muttered, "There's always something. If it's not one thing, it's another."

She seemed discouraged and depressed, but not defeated.

We watched, listened, and laughed. Not at her but at the truth of her observation. There is always something, so many problems to be solved. Drama, challenge, stress every where you turn.

At a deeper level we know intuitively, if not consciously, that "it all comes out in the wash." "It all boils down to one thing," and that one thing is our separatation from the nondualistic Oneness, the Tao, which some of us call "God." Luke Skywalker called it "The Force."

We Unitarian Universalists call it Love with a capital L.

Unitarian Univeralists state their affirmation of faith as:
"Love is the doctrine of this church,
The quest for Truth is its sacrament,
and service is its prayer."

Our myraid problems stem from our belief that our salvation lies in the illusions and idols which we have encountered and created on the path of the ego and yet, as life goes on and hopefully we don't just grow old but grow up, we come to realize that the things on the path of the ego will not make us happy and give us everlasting peace. Happiness, joy, and peace are to be found elsewhere and not in our ego world of illusion, idols, and drama.

Having finally identified the problem as barking up the wrong tree, looking for happiness in all the wrong places, we have an opportunity, having begun to recognize the problem, of solving it.

Seeking the solution takes us on the path affirmed and promoted in the fourth principle of Unitarian Universalism, the free and responsible search for Truth and meaning. Truth and meaning are not to be found it external things of the world, of the ego. Truth and meaning are to be found within as we apprehend our part in the wholeness, the energy of the Tao, the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part.

Today, when your anxiety goes up, set back and ask yourself, "What is the real problem here?"

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