Tuesday, January 25, 2022

How do I find peace and bliss?

Fear is always a sign of strain, arising whenever what you want conflicts with what you do. This situation arises in two ways: First, you can choose to do conflicting things, either simultaneously or successively. This produces conflicted behavior, which is intolerable to you because the part of the mind that wants to do something else is outraged. Second, you can behave as you think you should, but without entirely wanting to do so. This produces consistent behavior, but entails great strain. In both cases, the mind and the behavior are out of accord, resulting in a situation in which you are doing what you do not wholly want to do. This arouses a sense of coercion that usually produces rage, and projection is likely to follow. Whenever there is fear, it is because you have not made up your mind. Your mind is therefore split, and your behavior inevitably becomes erratic. Correcting at the behavioral level can shift the error from the first to the second type, but will not obliterate the fear. T-2.VI.5:1-10

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

Another way of describing the same idea expressed above is that there is a conflict between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. What we think we want is conditioned and not what we really want deep down in our heart. This conflict is what psychologist’s call “the false self” as contrasted with the “genuine” of the “authentic self.” The anxiety we experience is a warning bell that we’re on the wrong track both in our behavior and in what we believe. This alarm bell is alerting us to look deeper into our authentic self to get things on a better track in our lives.

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to turn our willfulness over to the care and will of God as we understand God. “God” in this sense is the Tao, the Transcendent Source, the Force which animates the universe.

In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Truth and meaning is to be found when we get ourselves on the right track with the good, the true, and the beautiful. Getting ourselves on the right track with the good, the true, and the beautiful is getting aligned with the Infinite in our finite experience.

Today, it is suggested that we look deep within in an effort to align our authentic experience with the good, the true, and the beautiful. The better the alignment the deeper the peace and bliss we experience.

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