Friday, March 1, 2019
Today's lesson - There has to be a better way.
Today's lesson is lesson 55 in A Course In Miracles and is a review lesson of lessons 21 - 25 which are: "I am determined to see things differently;" "What I see is a form of vengeance;" "I can escape from this world by giving up attack thoughts;" "I do not perceive my own best interests." "I do not know what anything is for."
As was mentioned yesterday, we can be in our wrong mind or our right mind, and we have a decision making mind. In the review today, we begin to realize that the attack thoughts that populate our special relationships on the path of the ego involve the wrong mind. We have come to understand that we don't need to live this way and that there is a better way. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous in the first step, "we have to come to admit that our lives are unmangeable." As Bill Thetford said to Helen Schucman, the scrib of A Course In Miracles, "There has to be a better way."
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning in their fourth principle. In other words, UUs affirm and promote the search for a better way. The need for this principle cannot arise until it dawns on us that the life of separation from the Divine based on illusions and idols of the ego is a life of pain, anguish, suffering, and sometimes dispair.
The dawning, as we call it at UU A Way Of Life ministries, contributes to the initiation of the search. And this search requires a request for help. We cannot do it on our own. Jesus tells us that where two or more are gathered in my name there I will be. Jesus tells us that Spirit is to be found in covenantal relationships.
The lesson today teaches us that we can find a better way and encourages us to recognize and acknowledge this fact. The lesson today reminds us that attack thoughts and seeking vengeance will not bring us the peace and Love we seek. The lesson today is hinting that we have decisions to make now that we are beginning to understand that we have a choice. UUs are encouraged to engage in the implementation of their fourth principle the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. However, we are reminded that truth and meaning are not to be found on the path of the ego.