The world I see holds nothing that I want.
The Course teaches there are two worlds, the world of the ego and the world of the Spirit. The Course teaches further than only the world of the Spirit is real. The world of the ego is an illusion.
The world of the ego is what Holden Caulfield, in The Catcher In The Rye, calls “the big lie.” The devil in Christian lore is called the Greater Deceiver, the angel of the lie.
In Alcoholic Anonymous, it is suggested in the fourth step, that we make a fearless moral inventory of our lives recognizing and acknowledging the ways we have been deceived by the wiles and snares of the devil. How have we been fooled, misled, chosen badly? Recognizing these mistakes, it is further suggested that we tell another human being the exact nature of the mistakes we have made, not to shame and blame ourselves, but to name the problems so we can choose again differently, and hopefully more positively. We come to realize that this world of the ego holds nothing that we want.
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning which eventually brings the seeker from the world of the ego to the world of Spirit. We come to realize that the things of the heart and the soul are much more meaningful and authentic than the things of the head and the intellect. The things of the head and the intellect are merely social constructions, agreed upon definitions and shared understandings, and have no relationship with Ultimate Reality which is the source of genuine truth and meaning.
Today, it is suggested that we take ten minutes three times to reflect on the idea that the world of the ego holds nothing that we ultimately want nor is it the source of the Ground Of Our Being. We come to realize that the world of the Spirit, the world of Unconditional Love, is what is real and what we want.
My Kind Of Church Music
Let The Bad Air Out by Bruce Cockburn