Monday, August 21, 2023

To what extent do you see the Divine Spark in others?

Do not forget, however, that to deny God will inevitably result in projection, and you will believe that others and not yourself have done this to you. You must receive the message you give because it is the message you want. You may believe that you judge your brothers by the messages they give you, but you have judged them by the message you give to them. Do not attribute your denial of joy to them, or you cannot see the spark in them that would bring joy to you. It is the denial of the spark that brings depression, for whenever you see your brothers without it, you are denying God. T-10.V.2:1-5

Schucman, Dr. Helen. A Course in Miracles (p. 349). Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

When we deny God we project our fears onto others in a multitude of forms. The failure to see the Divine Spark in others leaves us depressed and forsaken. If we would experience love we have to share it.

In Unitarian Universalism some of us join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person by seeing the Divine Spark in each person we interact with and think of. This perception of the Divine Spark in each person gives rise to peace and bliss.

The practice of Unitarian Universalism involves searching for the goodness in each person we meet. In Alcoholic Anonymous they say, “Take the best and leave the rest.” When we find the goodness it is good to acknowledge it, celebrate it, and express gratitude for the golden nugget we have found.

The seventh skill of spiritual intelligence according to Cindy Wigglesworth is the awareness of the worldview of others. This skill involves developing curiosity about the beliefs, values, opinions, practices, history, and traditions of those who come from cultures different from our own. The practice of the platinum rule is “Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.” To what extent do you know about and understand the religious beliefs of other faith traditions?

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