I am under no laws but God’s.
Society lies to us constantly. We are conditioned to believe all kinds of things which on the surface appear to be true and correct but at a deeper level are not only silly but insane. For example, the idea that money will make us happy.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, in step four, we are asked to do a fearless moral inventory of all the stupid things we have believed and done. This can involve all the idols on the path of the ego which we have given our power to whether it was alcohol, money, romantic relationships, status, prestige, power over others, property and possessions of various sorts. In the end how has this worked? We are miserable and our egos are broken. It is this brokenness that is the crack where the light can come in. Some call it “the dawning.” The dawning is the realization that the ways of the world are not the paths to happiness but rather a huge detour. With this dawning comes the realization that there must be a better way. And this realization instigates searching which has brought us to AA and/or some other spiritual program.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We learn in this searching that the journey takes us inward not outward. The search brings us to the understanding that we are under no laws but God’s. The laws of the material world are an illusion and in the end the only laws that really matter is the law of the Spirit which is Love.
Today, take a couple of 10 - 15 minute periods to meditate on this idea that the idols of the ego are counterfeit and won’t bring us to true happiness. It is the things of the Spirit that really matter. And every time we find ourselves feeling resentful, bored, anxious, we will center ourselves and reassure ourselves that I am under no laws but God’s.