Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Where are you looking for love?

When you are sad, know this need not be. Depression comes from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise. T-4.IV.3:1-3

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

In English the word “depression” seems to have replaced the word “grief.” Grief arises when a person experiences loss. It is predictable that a person would feel sadness when the strings of attachment have been broken. The Buddha taught that suffering arises from attachment. Jesus teaches the same thing in the passage above.

When we become aware of our attachments, it is up to us to manage them in a loving way. Too often people become not only possessive, but deluded by the idea that what they are attached to is what gives them happiness. This delusion is the illusion created by the ego and the ego rejoices in that we have believed in its idols.

Today, it is suggested that we reflect on the fourth principle of Unitarian Universalism which is to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Where is this search conducted: in the world of the ego or the world of Spirit? Too often people waste time and effort looking for love in all the wrong places.

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