Saturday, March 12, 2022

You are free to know the Kingdom of Heaven any time you choose.

There is no one who does not feel that he is imprisoned in some way. If this is the result of his own free will he must regard his will as not free, or the circular reasoning in this position would be quite apparent. Free will must lead to freedom. Judgment always imprisons because it separates segments of reality by the unstable scales of desire. Wishes are not facts. To wish is to imply that willing is not sufficient. Yet no one in his right mind believes that what is wished is as real as what is willed. Instead of “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven” say, “Will ye first the Kingdom of Heaven,” and you have said, “I know what I am and I accept my own inheritance.” T-3.VI.11: 1-8

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

This paragraph points out the paradox of our rational mind. If one wonders if one has free will the person is not exercising their free will so to ask this question makes no sense. Either you know you have it or you don’t.

When, as is suggested in step eleven of Alcoholics Anonymous, we improve our conscious contact with God, we come to know who and what we are and our free will is apparent because we have turned our willfulness over to the will of God and we have become one with the Tao. As Lao Tzu taught in the Tao Te Ching, “The Tao does nothing, but leaves nothing undone.”

In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, meaning that we have the ability to search for and find the God of our understanding which pursued patiently and persistently takes us to the non dualistic Oneness of Cosmic Consciousness.

Today, it is suggested that we shift our focus onto the non dualistic Oneness however briefly and realize that we are free to do this any time we choose.

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