Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Course In Miracles and Unitarian Universalism - Uncondtional Love and social justice

From A Course In Miracles

T-21.in.1. Projection makes perception. 

The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. 

It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. 

Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.

Perception is a result and not a cause. And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless. 

Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy. Nothing perceived without it means anything. And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.

Schucman, Dr. Helen. A Course in Miracles (p. 445). Foundation for Inner Peace. 




Comment - 

Many Unitarian Universalists are interested in and concerned about social justice. In fact, this concern is part of our covenant with one another which is to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. It is important to understand that we enact this principle not to make the world a better place, because what we see in the world is an illusion, but rather to forgive ourselves for our judgmental and distorted preception.

The third principle asks us to accept one another and encourage spiritual growth in our congregations. Focusing on the condition of the external world instead of focusing our own internal state of mind is a distraction and a mistake. Jesus tells us before you attempt to remove the splinter in your neighbor's eye, take the log out of your own eye first.

A Course In Miracles asks us to shift gears and look upon our brothers and sisters with unconditional love and this is the core of our Universalist faith. If we are to look upon our brothers and sisters with unconditional love what does that mean for pursing social justice?

It means that we love the sinner and hate the sin. It means, as Jesus told us, that we should love our enemies.

Jesus told us that all are called but few choose the Universalist path of Unconditional Love.

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