Monday, July 22, 2019

A Course In Miracles and Unitarian Universalism - What's with the social justice fixation?



It is written in A Course In Miracles:

T-29.VII.2. No one who comes here but must still have hope, some lingering illusion, or some dream that there is something outside of himself that will bring happiness and peace to him. If everything is in him this cannot be so. 

And therefore by his coming, he denies the truth about himself, and seeks for something more than everything, as if a part of it were separated off and found where all the rest of it is not. This is the purpose he bestows upon the body; that it seek for what he lacks, and give him what would make himself complete. 

And thus he wanders aimlessly about, in search of something that he cannot find, believing that he is what he is not.

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. p.617

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and then wander aimlessly about searching for something to complete him and make him happy and then realizes after discouraging and fruitless effort that he has been barking up the wrong tree.

UUs wander down the road of social justice thinking that if only they can change people's minds, and change certain policies and practices, then they will be happy and other people will be happy, but as cyncial grandmothers have been said to say, "There's always something."

One injustice leads to another and sometimes the rescuer becomes the perpetrator and then the tables get turned and gets made into a victim. And the circle goes around and around from rescuer to perpetrator to victim until they get rescued again.

This social justice dance takes a lot of time and energy and distracts from the anxiety and fear that there is inherently something wrong with us. That fear is embedded in our unconscious from our socialization as we grow up experiencing life on the path of the ego. It, hopefully, finally dawns on us that wandering in the social justice wilderness, rectifiying our perceived injustices in the world, being filled with resentments, grievances, and rightousness, is not the spiritual path but another trick of the ego to keep us from recognizing our true problem which is our tendency to think that we know better than Tao.

This dawning leads to an authentic search and this search takes us within and we change our minds about the world we are living in. We realize it is but a dream and we have to wake up to the realization of God's Unconditional Love for us as our Universalist forebearers envisioned.

Forgiveness is the key to miracles. Explore this idea and see where it takes you.

1 comment:

  1. Can engaging in social justice work enhance one's spirituality?
    Yes, and that's the reason to do it. Not to "help" others. The best thing you can do for others is enhance your own state of being.

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