Showing posts with label Mysticism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mysticism. Show all posts

Sunday, March 31, 2019

A free mind untroubled and unfettered by anything but God's most precious will.

"A free mind is one which is untroubled and unfettered by anything which has not bound its best part to any particular manner of being or worship and which does not seek its own interest in anything but is always immersed in Gods most precious will.... There is no work which men and women can perform, however small, which does not draw from this its power and strength."

Meister Eckhart

Editor's note:

Meister Eckhart is regarded, in our contemporary times, as one of Christianity's most important mystics. Eckhart, in this quote, encourages us to move off the path of the ego onto the path of God, to move from conditional love to Unconditional Love which is the doctrine of Unitarian Universalism.

Meister Eckhart, way before Unitarian Universalists covenanted together to affirm and promote seven principles, encourages the free and responsible search for Truth and meaning which Eckhart tells us draws its power and strength from the Will of God or what some call the Tao, the Spirit of Life, Higher Power, etc.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Do UUs believe in mysticism?

George you asked about mysticism and whether it is real? It seems that you doubt that there are people who have tuned in to a higher frequency. The question is not only whether people have tuned into that frequency but whether there is such a frequency.

We Unitarian Universalists recognize and acknowledge such a frequency in our seventh principle which is a respect for the interdependent web of all existence. What do you suppose that interdependent web of all existence is? No one can say because it is undefinable and yet we can intuit it from time to time and there are witnesses to it which can enhance our appreciation of it.

Some might say that we experience the interdependent web when we join our minds with others and seem to rise above the everyday drama of the ego plane. This happens sometimes when we have an aesthetic experience stimulated by a work of art or at worship or in being of service to others in such a way that we are moved with them to something greater than just our immediate circumstnaces. I sometimes have these experiences in talking with people about intimate experiences and there is a deep rapport where we communicate beyond the words. It is rare, George, but it happens and I feel that we are loved by existence beyond our understanding. In A Course In Miracles this experience is called a miracle, and we are taught that it is our natural inheritance.

When a miracle occurs we need to turn it over for the use of the Spirit Of Life and who knows where it is going? It is like throwing a rock in a pond and watching the ripples, or nowadays the popular metaphor is a butterfly flapping its wings in South America generating a hurricane in North America or a cyclone in Asia. Can our science account for such things, George, or is it something beyond our understanding as we stand in awe of the mysterious workings of Mother Nature and the universe?

One year, a local church in Brockport, NY at Christmas time had a saying on its sign in front of the church which read, "You, too, can hear the angels sing if you tune into the right frequency." No need to limit this tuning in and listening to just Christmas time. Mystics do it all year around and we all are called to be mystics and share in these mystical experiences if we are open to them.

Have a mystical day,

Uncle David
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