Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #25 - I do not know what anything is for.


Lesson # 25
I do not know what anything is for.

It takes great humility to recognize and admit that at the level of the soul, “I do not know what anything is for.” In our arrogance and hubris we think we do. The ego tells us we do. At a superficial level of the ego we can blithely state what we think the purpose of things and relationships are. We find out later that we were mistaken, or misled, or misunderstood, or were biased or prejudiced in some way. Often our experience does not match our expectations and requirements and we become stymied, angry, resentful, fearful.

Today, we are asked six times to take two minutes and simply look around and reflect on our experience and state “I do not know what anything is for.” Things are not what they seem and the purposes of the ego are illusions, impermanent, and amount to little of authentic value.

We cannot see behind the veil until we realize that the veil is there. Plato’s cave dwellers thought the shadows on the wall were real and didn’t realize that they didn’t know what they were for.

We are told in the mystical traditions that people sleepwalk through life. People are told that what they think is real are dreams from which they need to awaken and when they do awaken they will become enlightened.

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning but they rarely think of this search as a waking up from the dream state that they are enthralled by and engrossed in. A efficacious search for truth and meaning cannot be engaged in until we recognize and admit that “I do not know what anything is for.”

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