Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Conditional or unconditional love: that is the question.

Nothing and everything cannot coexist. To believe in one is to deny the other. Fear is really nothing and love is everything. Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. What you believe is true for you. In this sense the separation has occurred, and to deny it is merely to use denial inappropriately. However, to concentrate on error is only a further error. The initial corrective procedure is to recognize temporarily that there is a problem, but only as an indication that immediate correction is needed. This establishes a state of mind in which the Atonement can be accepted without delay. T-2.VII.5: 1-9

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

There is Unconditional love and conditional love. Which is true, good, and beautiful and which is false, bad, and ugly? The question is which do you want? It only takes a moment to decide. Once the decision is made we begin to think and act on it.

Unconditional love is what the Course calls the “Atonement.” Conditional love is what gives rise to fear.

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power through prayer and meditation, and we can add Unconditional Love.

Our Universalist roots were formed in the idea of Unconditional love in contrast to the Calvinistic belief in eternal damnation. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism asks us to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In other words, the first principle suggests that we engage in Unconditional love because it was from this that we were extended by our Transcendent Source.

Today, it is suggested that we consider  how we want to lead our lives: with Unconditional love or conditional love, with the Atonement or the separation?

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