I will there be light.
Holden Caulfield, the narrator of J.D. Salinger’s classic novel of adolescent angst, The Catcher In The Rye, called the path of the ego, “the big lie.” The big ;lie is all the nonsense that society tells us will make us happy. This con by the ego is nothing more than a marketing scam. When we have had enough of this insanity it dawns on us that there must be a better way and this dawning triggers our search.
In Alcoholics Anonymous the first step is the recognition and admission that our lives in the world of the ego are unmanageable. This recognition and admission leads in step two for the search for a power greater than ourselves that can provide some sanity. It is this sanity which today’s lesson is naming “the light.”
Similarly, in Unitarian Universalism we affirm and promote the free and responsible search for Truth and Meaning as we go looking for the Light. Unitarian Universalists have come to believe as a matter of faith that the Light of Truth and Meaning is around somewhere and that our mission is to go in search of it and find it.
Today, we are asked to take two 10 - 15 minutes of going within to search for the Light beyond all the ego’s nonsense. We also are asked to seek the Light immediately upon becoming aware of any grievance, resentment, guilt, fear, anger.
As we recall, Leonard Cohen’s great song, Anthem, “there is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” The crack is the Universe’s tease to pay attention and look beyond the illusions that cloud the days of our lives.