Friday, March 11, 2022

From where does peace and joy arise?

Peace is a natural heritage of spirit. Everyone is free to refuse to accept his inheritance, but he is not free to establish what his inheritance is. The problem everyone must decide is the fundamental question of authorship. All fear comes ultimately, and sometimes by way of very devious routes, from the denial of Authorship. The offense is never to God, but only to those who deny Him. To deny His Authorship is to deny yourself the reason for your peace, so that you see yourself only in segments. This strange perception is the authority problem. T-3.VI.10:1-7

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

John Cougar Mellencamp sang his great song, Authority, with the chorus being, “I fight authority and authority always wins.” From where does our authority come? The ego tells us it is from ourselves. Young children sometimes say to adults “No! You’re not the boss of me.” This strong willfulness can carry into adulthood. To certain extent it is good and called “agency” and “empowerment” but having gone too far it becomes stubbornness and “pig headedness.” Not realizing from where our authority comes and arises, deprives us of our peace and joy which is our natural inheritance.

In Alcoholics Anonymous, in step one, it is suggested that we admit that we are powerless. Our egos are not the valid source of our authority. In step three, it is suggested that we turn to the will of God as we understand God.

In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. From where does this inherent worth and dignity come? It is not self manufactured but is born from an intrinsic nature created by something beyond the egotistical self.

Today, it is suggested that we deepen our understanding of who and what we are and who and what is the author of our spirits. When we turn our willfulness over to the will of God and claim our inheritance, peace and joy arise.

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