Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Today's lesson - Universalist love is unconditional
Today's lesson, number 59 in A Course In Miracles, is a review of lessons 41 - 45 which include: "God goes with me wherever I go;" "God is my strength. Vision is His gift;" "God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him;" "God is the light in which I see;" "God is the Mind with which I think."
St. Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians, "If God is with you, who can be against you." To tweak Paul's idea we might write, "If God is with you, WHAT can be against you?"
The miracle, in A Course In Miracles, is the shift from perception being of illusions on the path of the ego to Christ vision on the path of the Divine. More practically, it is the shift from thinking with conditional love to unconditional love.
Unitarian Universalists are encouraged in their covenant to engage in unconditional love when they affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. As the bumper sticker says, "God bless everyone. No exceptions."
The metaphysical psychology of A Course In Miracles teaches that there are three minds: the wrong mind perceiving illusions on the path of the ego, the right mind joining with God to extend God's unconditional love, and the decision making mind which gets to choose between wrong minded and right minded thinking.
We constantly make the mistake of engaging in wrong minded thinking when we look for salvation in special relationships and idols which we are told, and we temporarily believe, will make us happy. When we are disappointed, hurt, discouraged, depressed, fearful, it dawns on us that there must be a better way. The Holy Spirit, Jesus, the Muse, nudges us, saying "Choose again."
Unitarian Univeralism is a religion of second chances, and third changes, and fourth chances, and however many chances a person needs to "choose again." We are pointed back to our covenant which affirms and promotes seven principles which guide us back to the Divine through unconditional love.
The key characteristic of Universalism is the belief in Unconditional Love. Living in the world enacting this faith, miracles are experienced on a regular basis, miracles which are not of our doing, but flow from the Divine source though us into the world we interact with.
"God is the Mind with which I think" is an excellent description of our Universalist faith.