Showing posts with label Grace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grace. Show all posts

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Amazing grace

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles. In none of these principles is Love mentioned. This seems strange for a "movement" that aspires to grow and influence the human community. UU has developed a campaign which it has named "Standing On The Side Of Love" but this slogan has been promoted to advance social justice causes not to articulate a spiritual reality. After all the social justice causes have been addressed and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations has been created, developed, and established what we will be left with is Love. As Beatles sang, "Love Is All There Is." To get to Love we must first remove the blocks which the ego places in our way. Reason, itself, is not salvation but it can be a means to the grace of salvation. It is written in A Course In Miracles, "Reason is not salvation itself, but it makes way for peace and brings you to a state of mind in which salvation can be given to you." T-22.III.3:1

We live in a time when the errors of the ego are writ large for the whole world to see. Reason has no place when justification of the ego is desired. And like reinforce like and the group goes astray like lost sheep wandering in fog without the guidance of shepherds.

The wolves prey on the wandering sheep lost in the green grass that they nibble unaware of their peril. The shepherds rather than abandon their sheep seek to guide them away from the wolves and back to safety.

Reason like shepherds seeks to restrain and guide the ego but the ego resists attempting to strengthen its loyalty to its errors. The ego fears a loss of its diminishment and so defiantly continues in its error. Reason is filled with compassion and concern and patiently waits for the ego's fear to subside reassuring that there is something far more precious to be found. It is this compassionate patience which is called "grace" and some people have called it "amazing." A song has been created about this experience. Perhaps you know it?


Monday, January 7, 2013

Grace - being aware of God's love in our lives and the lives of others

The theme for January, 2013, is grace. Will you write something about your experience of grace? Please. Here are my thoughts written down on 01/03/13 at 9; 40 PM

William James said that our experience comes from deciding what to pay attention to.

When we become aware of God's love for us, we experience God's grace. We do nothing to deserve it or earn it or buy it or persuade God to give it to us. It comes freely, unconditionally, and often catches us off guard. We are surprised by it, and filled with joy by it in astonishing ways. We feel humbled by it, and it brings tremendous peace and contentment.

Grace is paying attention to our experience of God's unconditional love. Grace turns around and lifts us up and we realize that we are loved.
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