Saturday, August 19, 2023

Are you living up to your highest ideals?

In many only the spark remains, for the Great Rays are obscured. Yet God has kept the spark alive so that the Rays can never be completely forgotten. If you but see the little spark you will learn of the greater light, for the Rays are there unseen. Perceiving the spark will heal, but knowing the light will create. Yet in the returning the little light must be acknowledged first, for the separation was a descent from magnitude to littleness. But the spark is still as pure as the Great Light, because it is the remaining call of creation. Put all your faith in it, and God Himself will answer you. T-10.IV.8:1-7

Schucman, Dr. Helen. A Course in Miracles (p. 348). Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

The great gospel song, This Little Light Of Mine’s, first lyric is “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,” The Divine Spark is in each one of us and when we recognize and acknowledge that Divine Spark within us, we not only can let it shine, but we can fan the spark to flame and “Great Rays” manifest.

In Unitarian Universalism some of us join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person which is inherent in the Divine Spark within. When we recognize the Divine Spark in ourselves we see it also in other people. In Matthew 5:15 Jesus says, Neither does a person light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

To what extent do you look for and listen to your higher self setting the ego aside? Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. Are you living an examined life? Do you take time everyday to examine your conscience and ascertain to what extent you are living up to your highest ideals? This awareness of your ego self and your higher self is one of the 21 skills of spiritual intelligence. The examination of conscience is an important daily spiritual practice.

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