Sunday, January 22, 2023

Is it time to consider other options?

The Holy Spirit will direct you only so as to avoid pain. Surely no one would object to this goal if he recognized it. The problem is not whether what the Holy Spirit says is true, but whether you want to listen to what He says. You no more recognize what is painful than you know what is joyful, and are, in fact, very apt to confuse the two. The Holy Spirit’s main function is to teach you to tell them apart. What is joyful to you is painful to the ego, and as long as you are in doubt about what you are, you will be confused about joy and pain. This confusion is the cause of the whole idea of sacrifice. Obey the Holy Spirit, and you will be giving up the ego. But you will be sacrificing nothing. On the contrary, you will be gaining everything. If you believed this, there would be no conflict. T-7.X.3:1-11

A Course in Miracles (p. 273). Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

A little known idea is that the Holy Spirit will never tell you what to do because the Holy Spirit acknowledges your free will. However the Holy Spirit will tell you what not to do. The question is “Are you listening?” The way to the Kingdom of God, unconditional love, is to give up the ego, conditional love. However we often believe that the things of the ego will give us joy and of course, in believing this, we are mistaken. So we are often torn between the things of the world of the ego, conditional love, and the Kingdom of God, unconditional love. Most of us most of the time are in conflict between the two.

In Unitarian Universalism some of us join together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This search will eventually take us from the things of the world of the ego to the Kingdom of God.

Today it is suggested that we reflect on our frustration, our depression, our grievances, our guilt, our fears and ask ourselves if we are on the wrong path. If so, we can consider other options.

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