Friday, February 4, 2022

Are we ready to love?

I have already briefly spoken about readiness, but some additional points might be helpful here. Readiness is only the prerequisite for accomplishment. The two should not be confused. As soon as a state of readiness occurs, there is usually some degree of desire to accomplish, but it is by no means necessarily undivided. The state does not imply more than a potential for a change of mind. Confidence cannot develop fully until mastery has been accomplished. We have already attempted to correct the fundamental error that fear can be mastered, and have emphasized that the only real mastery is through love. Readiness is only the beginning of confidence. You may think this implies that an enormous amount of time is necessary between readiness and mastery, but let me remind you that time and space are under my control.T-2.VII.7: 1-9

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

The love being described here is unconditional love. Most people are not ready for it. They have the potential and sometimes the desire but they aren’t ready. To be ready  the student must be willing to give up their ego. This scares people and so they withdraw, postpone, deny, project.

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to  turn our willfulness over to the will of God. It is this decision that indicates our readiness for the miracle.

In Unitarian Universalism, we join together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. Acceptance can be challenging when we cling to our attachments and this clinging to attachments makes the ability to encourage spiritual growth  very rare if possible at all.

Today, it is suggested that we reflect on a fundamental question: Are we ready to give up our egos so we can engage in unconditional loving?

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