The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
Introduction, A Course In Miracles
The purpose of A Course In Miracles is to help us remove the obstacles and barriers to our awareness of Love’s presence. We are told that the awareness of the presence of Love is our natural inheritance.
The big barriers and obstacles to our awareness of Love’s presence is our search outside ourselves for things that will make us happy. It usually takes many years and a lot of effort and energy expended to finally realize that outside ourselves in the world of the ego is not where happiness is to be found.
In step one of Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested that we finally admit that we are powerless to make ourselves happy by acquiring and using the things of the external world. This persistence in acquiring things and becoming attached to them only gives rise to pain and suffering and has made our lives unmanageable. Finally we realize as is described in step two that there is a Power greater than ourselves that can restore us to sanity. This Power is experienced as Love’s presence within.
In Unitarian Universalism we affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, but for most people this search takes us on a wild goose chase. The old saying, ‘if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there” applies to this searching. What is it, aftercall, that we are searching for? Jesus was clear when asked where His kingdom lies. Jesus said that the kingdom of God lies within. Indeed, Love’s presence is within us. It is the idols of the world that are barriers and obstacles to this awareness.
Today, it is suggested that we sit quietly and disregard our “monkey mind,” We can calm down, relax, and allow the peace and joy of God’s Unconditional Love to arise in our awareness.