Thursday, September 17, 2020

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #44 - God is the light in which I see.

Lesson #44
God is the light in which I see.

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and that search takes one within to the world of Spirit and not without to the world of the ego.

In Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve step programs we are taught that step three is to make the decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.

In today's lesson we are encouraged to meditate for 3 - 5 minutes at least three times during the day and more if we can and desire. Meditation is the quieting of the mind and sinking past the thoughts and cares of the ego and entering into the light below which is our Divine inheritance. As the lesson points out this requires “mind training.” 

The Buddhists call our usual experience of our thoughts, “monkey mind” because of the incessant chatter which batters our awareness. We seem to not be able to control this and as if it were a radio we look sometimes for the knob to turn it off. Psychologists call it “rumination” which is the tendency to overthink things and we experience ourselves as, what some people call,  being a “worry wart.” Sometimes health care providers will diagnose these symptoms as an indication of depression or an anxiety disorder or as OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder.

Another way of thinking about these experiences is that they are not so much a matter of psychology but rather a matter of spirituality, because bottom line it is helpful to decide that God is the light in which I see. Sinking below the chatter of the ego world, this light is imbued with peace, and comfort, and bliss.

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