Thursday, July 11, 2019
A Course In Miracles and Unitarian Universalism - What is a miracle?
It is written in A Course In Miracles:
T-21.V.3. There is another vision and another Voice in which your freedom lies, awaiting but your choice. And if you place your faith in Them, you will perceive another self in you. This other self sees miracles as natural. They are as simple and as natural to it as breathing to the body. They are the obvious response to calls for help, the only one it makes.
Miracles seem unnatural to the ego because it does not understand how separate minds can influence each other. Nor could they do so. But minds cannot be separate. This other self is perfectly aware of this. And thus it recognizes that miracles do not affect another’s mind, only its own. They always change your mind. There is no other.
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. pp.456-457
This passage in A Course In Miracles makes no sense to the average reader who does not understand the metaphysical thought system of the Course. Once the reader understands the metaphysical thought system of the Course, the passage makes perfect sense.
One of the primary ideas of the metaphysical thought system of the Course is that the ego divides and separates and the Divine is One. The metaphysical thought system is based on nonduality. There is only the Oneness and all else is an illusion, a dream. There is no difference as far as the Course's metaphysical thought system goes betweens the dreams that occur during sleep and the dreams that occur when one is "awake." Whether asleep or awake, the ego dreams continually. Daytime dreams are projections just as much as sleeping dreams are.
The "mind" is Oneness. It is the awareness of the interdependent Oneness which Unitarian Universalists refer to in their seventh principle. Since all egos don't exist because they are projections and the Mind is One, whatever a mind chooses affects the All since it is part of the All. When the text articulates "And it recognizes that miracles do not affect another's mind, only its own, They always change your mind. There is no other." it is to pointing to the idea that when the Mind, being One, chooses, whatever is chosen affects the whole.
When UUs covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person it can be thought of as not referring to separate egos but to the Divine Nature of which we all are a part.
And so, the "miracle" is not something that happens to external phenomena but the choice of an awareness of the Nature of Existence which operates above the dream of separation. We experience happiness when we awake from our dreams of separation and divisiveness and come to the realization that we all are One. This is one way of thinking about the basis of our Universalist faith in the Unconditinal Love which is God which can be thought of in the ego world as a "miracle.".