Sunday, November 15, 2020
A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #87, Review of lessons 73 and 74
Review of lessons 73 and 74
73 - I will there be light.
74 - There is no will but God’s.
Darkness and evil surrounds us on the path of the ego. “There’s always something” as the Jewish mother, the Irish mother, the Italian mother is said to have said. And yet the problem is not the upsetting “something” but what we want to make of it, how we take it, the interpretation of the meaning of the “something” that upsets us. We can be reactive or responsive. It’s up to us once we are aware of what is upsetting us. Today we are encouraged to will light and not darkness. In the process of willing light we relax, turn our will over and realize that there is no will but God’s. Trying to force my own willfulness is a losing proposition. Being willing to surrender to the will of God brings peace and joy.
In Alcoholic Anonymous, the slogan is, “Let go and let God.” We are asked in the third step to make a decision to turn our will over to the care of God as we understand God. We admitted in the first step that our life was unmanageable. Our willfulness has really screwed things up. It dawned on us that there must be a better way and we sought help. It was in the fellowship where we learned the steps that enabled our lives to embark on a better path. We decided to set the ego aside and follow the call of Spirit, our Higher Power.
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person from which the light emanates. We further affirmed and promoted the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth by engaging in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning that takes one within and not without.
UUs will there be light and recognize that Love is the way when we respect the interdependent web of all existence which is summed up in an awareness of the non dualistic Oneness which is the Ground of our Being.
Today, we are asked to take 10 - 15 periods twice to reflect on the desire for light and to do God’s will. In addition whenever we find ourselves angry, guilty, fearful, we will remind ourselves that we choose to focus on light and God’s will. We choose to follow the path of the Spirit and not the path of the ego.
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