Today's lesson, number 95 in A Course In Miracles, is "I am one Self, united with my Creator."
This is a tough lesson because it is so counter-cultural. This lesson undoes everything we think we know about ourselves and life. The metaphysical philosophy of the Course is based on the idea of the nondualistic Oneness of God. This most basic idea, upon which the whole thought system of the Course is based is fundamental to the perennial psychology of all religions which have a mystical tradition.
The idea of the nondualistic nature of God of which we all are a part scares the ego. More than scares, it terrifies the ego, because if we are essentially a part of the nondualistic Oneness of God then the separation from God cannot be true and our egos are illusions and not real. We have become very attached to our egos and the thought of giving them up fills us with fear.
If God is love, and Univeralists have taught that God is Unconditional Love, and we say in church every Sunday, "Love is the doctrine of this church," then surrendering our egos is a necessary part of our religious practice, and this practice is something which most people are not willing to engage in and one of the reasons the membership in Unitarian Universalism is so low.
Unitarian Universalism, taken seriously, is a very demanding religion the implications of which scares most people. It can be said that most people are afraid of Love and resist Love because of what its acceptance means. The acceptance of Univeralism's faith that God is Unconditional Love of which we are all a part, means the acceptance of the idea that I am One Self, united with my Creator.
In short we are all One.
Bob Marley celebrates this idea in his great song, "One Love."
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