Review of lessons 69 and 70.
69 - My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
70 - My salvation comes from me.
The impulse of the ego, based on our social conditioning and socialization, is to look for happiness in things outside ourselves. These perceived external objects of happiness are mirages and we idolize them. Only after disappointment and sometimes tragedy do we come to realize that our seeking truth and meaning in external things on the path of the ego is a fool’s search.
Filled with grievances and heart ache, it finally dawns on us that there must be a better way. In this dawning, we begin a search within and find that our grievances have hidden the life of the world from our awareness. We come to finally realize that our salvation comes from within us. As Jesus taught, “The kingdom of God is within you.”
In Alcoholics Anonymous, in the eleventh step, we seek conscious contact with our Higher Power through prayer and meditation asking for knowledge of Love’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which eventually will involve looking inward to the Ground of our Being.
Today we are asked to take 2 10-15 minute periods to look within and get past our grievances to become aware of the light within and to realize that the Source of our salvation is within us all along.
My kind of church music
All that I have is my soul by Tracy Chapman