Sunday, March 27, 2022

Do you really want to pursue the false promises of happiness?

Spirit need not be taught, but the ego must be. Learning is ultimately perceived as frightening because it leads to the relinquishment, not the destruction, of the ego to the light of spirit. This is the change the ego must fear, because it does not share my charity. My lesson was like yours, and because I learned it I can teach it. I will never attack your ego, but I am trying to teach you how its thought system arose. When I remind you of your true creation, your ego cannot but respond with fear. T-4.I.3:1-6

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

The Jesus of A Course In Miracles has a sense of humor. His statements in the text are funny. He points out in this paragraph that the ego is afraid of the Truth because if the Truth is accepted the ego will disappear. The ego insists it is right and thereby deprives the one attached to the ego of happiness. Jesus does not attack the ego but points out what its thinking robs you of. It is up to us whether we want to give up our attachment to our egos or not. Would we rather be right or be happy?

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to turn our egos over to the will of God if we want peace of mind, what people in AA call “serenity.”

In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning but all too often we are looking for love in all the wrong places. When we consider rejoining our Transcendent Source and healing our separation, the ego’s anxiety is aroused and we all too often turn away from the very thing we seek.

Today, it is suggested we can make a choice between relinquishment of the ego and abiding in serenity or the continued attachment to the false promises of the ego for happiness.

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