Thursday, April 18, 2019
Today's lesson, number 93, "Light and joy and peace abide in me."
Today's lesson, number 93 in A Course In Miracles, is "Light and joy and peace abide in me."
I often want to ask people "What makes you tick?" Perhaps a better way of phrasing the question would be "What do you think makes you tick? And what has contributed to your thinking that?"
The person might say, "It's the way I was raised."
"It's the way I have been treated."
"So many life experiences has led to my thinking this about myself."
And I ask, "Is what you think about yourself true?" And, "Is what you think about yourself based on fear or on love?"
Most of us, most of the time, would say that what we think about ourself is based on fear and we find it hard to accept that we have been mistaken. "Are you saying that I am mistaken in what I think I am?"
I say, "Yes, your thoughts about what you think you are are mistaken. You are the beautiful, innocent, precious child of God no matter what you have been told, and led to believe, and think of yourself."
The person says in reply, "Really???? Why don't I think and feel that way about myself?"
And I say, "Because of your conditioning, and not knowing any better. Now that you know, you experience disabelief that it cannot be true because it is the opposite of what you have already been told, repeatedly, over and over until it has come to seem real to you. You sense that it may be wrong and yet, you are afraid that it is true."
The person asks, "Is it?"
I say, "No, you are the uncondtionally loved child of God. This is our Univeralists faith which affirms and promotes the first principle of seven which is the intherent worth and dignity of every person."
Ther person asks, "Do you really believe that?"
I say, "Yes, and not only me, but also my fellow believers who covenant together and who call themselves Unitarian Universalists. We know that love and joy and peace abide in us because we experience it as we practice our faith and remind ourselves of this fact as well as each other."
Today, remind yourself every hour of the day, "Light and joy and peace abide in me," especially when I am annoyed, angry, anxious, saddened. The repetition will help you finally come to believe it about yourself and eventually everyone else.
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