My happiness and my function are one.
Human beings want to be happy. The basic question is what will make them so? Abraham Maslow, the psychologist, gave us a model: the hierarchy of needs. The first is to meet our physical needs for food, water, warmth. The second is safety and security. The third is a sense of belonging, having our place in the world. The fourth is self esteem, and the fifth is actualizing our potential. Some say that at the end of his career he added a sixth which is unification with the Transcendent. Nowadays, some say that the sixth need should be the first because it overarches all the others. Today’s lesson teaches the same thing: that happiness and my function, eschewing the separation wrought by the ego and joining with the non dualistic Oneness, are the same thing. This joining is brought about by forgiveness.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, the twelfth step tells us that as a result of working the program we have achieved a spiritual awakening and we are to carry this message to others and to apply the awareness of this spiritual awakening in all our affairs.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles, the practice of which brings great happiness as we live our faith in these principles and become the light of the world.
Today, we are asked to take 10 - 15 minutes to reflect on the idea that God is love and giving up the path of the ego to journey on the path of the Spirit gives us great happiness. Our function in the world is to continually ask ourselves “What would Love have me do?” and then do it. The resulting happiness and residing with Love not only makes us happy but engenders a sense of joy and bliss.