Monday, June 24, 2019
A Course In Miracles and Unitarian Universalism - What is your utlimate concern?
From A Course In Miracles
T-21.II.8. Be willing, for an instant, to leave your altars free of what you placed upon them, and what is really there you cannot fail to see.
The holy instant is not an instant of creation, but of recognition. For recognition comes of vision and suspended judgment. Then only it is possible to look within and see what must be there, plainly in sight, and wholly independent of inference and judgment.
Undoing is not your task, but it is up to you to welcome it or not. Faith and desire go hand in hand, for everyone believes in what he wants.
Schucman, Dr. Helen. A Course in Miracles (pp. 447-450). Foundation for Inner Peace.
What is our "ultimate concern" as Paul Tillich called it? Money, approval, power, athletic success, a svelt body, a special relationship?
The "ulitmate concern" is what we think will make us happy and give our lives meaning and purpose.
A Course In Miracles teaches us that we make idols out of all kinds of things which prevent us from finding what would really make us happy.
The Holy Instant is when we are in the flow of the now and become one with the interdependent web of existence. It is hard to become one with existence when we cling to our idols.
A Course In Miracles teaches us that if we are to become one with existence we have to undo our clinging.
The Course tells us that this is hard and we can't and don't have to do this all on own. All we have to do is be willing to losen the ties that bind us. When our ultimate concern becomes to journey on the path of the spirit we embark on a better track.
The Course tells us that "everyone believes in what (s)he wants."
So what do you want? Deep down, what is it you yearn for?
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote a respect for the interdependent web. How much do you want it, that respect? (I'd rather call it "love.")