Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Today's lesson, number 104, "I seek but what belongs to me in truth."
The fourth principle of Unitarian Universalism is the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. And where is truth and meaning to be found? Where should I search?
Lesson 104 tells us that truth does not lie on the path of the ego. In fact, the things on the path of the ego block our awareness of Truth. The things of the ego based on conditional love created by our guilt over our separation from God cover over our awareness of our holiness.
These ideas are deep thoughts based on the metaphysical philosophy of ACIM and foreign to our customary way of thinking.
In the lesson, it is written, "Today we would remove all meaningless and self-made gifts which we have placed upon the holy altar where God's gifts belong. His are the gifts that are our own in truth. His are the gifts that we inherited before time was, and that will still be ours when time has passed into eternity. His are the gifts that are within us now, for they are timeless."
The "holy altar" referred to in the above passage is our decision making mind. It is what is referred to in the UU fourth principle as the "free and responsible" part of us that searches for truth and meaning.
At UU A Way Of Life ministries we strive to help people become aware of their own holiness which means that first we must become aware of holiness within us so that it can be shared with others.
Today, we remind ourselves, that Truth comes from recognition and awareness that we have emerged from the nondualistic Oneness which we call "God" and in this recognition and awareness lies our holiness and what the first principle of UU calls our "inherent worth and dignity." It is to this nondualistic Oneness that we seek to return. As the Buddhist monk said to the hot dog vendor, "Make me one with everything." In this desire to become one with everything we come to recognize that we are unique just like everyone else. :-)
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