Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
In this lesson we learn that the only problem we have is separation from the non dualistic Oneness from which we emerged when our essence was incarnated into a body. The problems we experience in this material world all have the same basis which is separation. We experience our bodies as separate from that which the ego tells us we should have. This lack leads to distress.
In Alcoholic Anonymous, in step one, we admit that our desire for things that aren’t any good for us, our being separated from that which our ego desires, has made our lives unmanageable. As we move on to step two and step three we decide to turn our cravings for things in the material world over to the Oneness with which we begin to seek to establish conscious contact.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote a respect, if not a love, for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Today we are asked to take 2 10 - 15 minute periods to reflect on what the deeper problem is which underlies all the other more superficial problems that frustrate us and upset us. As the Rolling Stones sang in their great song, “You don’t always get what you want,” we are asked to consider what it is that we really want? Obtaining the idols of the ego is hardly sufficient to satisfy and fulfill because when pursuing the idols of the ego there will always be something else or something more.
My kind of church music.
You don't always get what you want, The Rolling Stones