There is the world of the ego and the world of the soul. The world of the ego is of our making and the world of the soul is of God, the Higher Power, the transcendent energy of the universe.
We humans have separated ourselves from the transcendent ground of our existence, because we wanted to do things ourselves, our own way, because we arrogantly thought we knew and could obtain what would make us happy all on our own. And how is this belief and activity working for us? We have created our own hell. Sooner or later we will be brought to our knees, learning that our lives are unmanageable all on our own, and come to admit it if we want to embark on a better way.
And so, we come to learn, as is taught in Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve step programs, that our lives are unmanageable and we have come to believe that there is a Higher Power who can restore us to sanity if we turn our lives over to the care of our Higher Power as we understand it. We come to realize that it is we, not God, who has created a meaningless world full of illusions, false promises, anger, guilt, and fear. With this realization, we realize that we can find a better way, and we begin to give up the things of the ego world we have created which have brought us anguish, suffering, and hell on earth.
Unitarian Universalists have created and sustained a living tradition which supports one another’s spiritual growth by encouraging a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Coming to realize that truth and meaning are not to be found in the world of the ego, they begin to turn to the world of the soul and pursue what has been called “love beyond belief” because they realize that God did not create a meaningless world.