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Monday, January 10, 2022

Nothing real can be threatened


Spiritual vision literally cannot see error, and merely looks for Atonement. All solutions the physical eye seeks dissolve. Spiritual vision looks within and recognizes immediately that the altar has been defiled and needs to be repaired and protected. T-2.III.4:1-3


A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 


Once spiritual vision has been awakened a person cannot go back to being ignorant. The saying “Ignorance is bliss” is not true. We are all destined, as part of our spiritual development, to wake up. Having woken and become aware of our spiritual capability the awareness of this capability is irreversible. If we fall asleep again, we will be aware that we have fallen asleep and want to wake up again. We would rather be awake than reside in dreams.


In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested in step ten that we continually take a personal inventory and when we are wrong to promptly admit it.


In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Once we start on the search it becomes apparent that we have a responsibility to continue with patience and persistence. To give up the search is not possible once we have begun because now faith has been instilled that there is a better way.


Today, we are told that spiritual vision cannot see error but only wholeness (holiness) and when wholeness is not present, we immediately adjust our vision to see what is real and not what is unreal. As it says in the introduction to the Course, “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”


Sunday, January 2, 2022

Make me One with Everything.


Evolution is a process in which you seem to proceed from one degree to the next. You correct your previous missteps by stepping forward. This process is actually incomprehensible in temporal terms, because you return as you go forward. The Atonement is the device by which you can free yourself from the past as you go ahead. It undoes your past errors, thus making it unnecessary for you to keep retracing your steps without advancing to your return. In this sense the Atonement saves time, but like the miracle it serves, does not abolish it. As long as there is need for Atonement, there is need for time. But the Atonement as a completed plan has a unique relationship to time. Until the Atonement is complete, its various phases will proceed in time, but the whole Atonement stands at time’s end. At that point the bridge of return has been built. T-2.II.6:1-9

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 


This passage is dense. There are a lot of ideas expressed in it. If it were unpacked, deconstructed, here’s what we might learn:

  1. Evolution is a process which moves forward absorbing the learnings from the past and making use of them in the future.

  2. Evolution seems paradoxical because we return to our nondual oneness as we move forward shedding the events, activities, experiences of the ego world.

  3. This evolutionary process seems to take time in the world of the ego and its culmination is the realization of the Atonement when time will end because it no longer has any purpose.


In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we improve our conscious contact with God. This step encourages us to seek the Atonement, the healing of the separation of human beings from the Oneness.


In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person which resides in our shared Divinity. It is through division and separation that we have created hell and the recognition of our shared Divinity brings about the Atonement.


Today, we remind ourselves that we seek to be One again.


Monday, December 27, 2021

We are extensions of God’s unconditional love not creatures of our own making.


All fear is ultimately reducible to the basic misperception that you have the ability to usurp the power of God. Of course, you neither can nor have been able to do this. Here is the real basis for your escape from fear. The escape is brought about by your acceptance of the Atonement, which enables you to realize that your errors never really occurred. T-II.I.4:1-4 A Course In Miracles


Deep down all human beings feel inadequate and defective because they know that their ego is not real. It is all pretend. Their ego is not who they are. It is this ignorance of who they really are  that gives rise to anxiety, the most frequently diagnosed mental disorder in the United States today. People medicate in an attempt to minimize if not eliminate this anxiety. The anxiety is a spiritual problem not a psychological and medical one so the attempt to medicate it while it can temporarily diminish the distress does not heal.


In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to turn our willfulness over to our Higher Power. Step three is after step one where we recognize that our lives are unmanageable because we have thought we can make ourselves better all by ourselves.


In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to accept one another as we truly are and encourage our spiritual development.


Today, it is suggested that we rise above fear by realizing that we are the perfect extensions of God’s unconditional love and not a creature of our own making.


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Trust that unconditional love never fails.



A miracle is never lost. It may touch many people you have not even met, and produce undreamed of changes in situations of which you are not even aware. T-1.1.45:1-2


The shift in perception from conditional love to unconditional love is like throwing a rock into a pond which causes a splash and then concentric circles of ripples that extend outward moving through the whole body of water. The changes made in the pond cannot be seen, heard, or sensed completely and they emanate unperceived through the space. Unconditional love is like the rock. We cannot know the influence it has on the world but we trust that it has salutorious effects.


In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step twelve, that we carry the message of the power of the program to induce a spiritual awakening for the world of humanity. How the message moves and the influence it has we can never know, but it is trust that we have that the seeds we sow will germinate and grow and bear blossoms and fruit.


In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to accept one another and encourage spiritual growth that contributes to an actualization of the potential of humanity to realize that we are One.


Today, we generate a confidence in the idea that unconditional love is never lost but in miraculous ways creates changes for the better in a myriad of situations and lives.


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Get your shit together and emanate good vibes into the universe.


By recognizing spirit, miracles adjust the levels of perception and show them in proper alignment. This places spirit at the center, where it can communicate directly. T-1.1.30:1-2

Remember a “miracle” in A Course In Miracles is a shift in perception from the world of the ego or conditional love to the world of Spirit or unconditional love. There is a huge difference. When we get our perceptions in alignment with Spirit first and foremost, the experience of our life is transformed from fear, guilt, resentment, anger, and grievance to love, peace, joy, compassion, and grace.


In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we enhance our conscious awareness of unconditional love through prayer and meditation, and in A Course In Miracles it is suggested that we enhance our spiritual consciousness through forgiveness.


In Unitarian Universalism, we join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person which is born out of unconditional love which is the love of God being channeled into the material world of incarnations.


Today, it is suggested that we have a choice between ego or conditional love, and spirit or unconditional love. When we get our priorities straight we get our shit together and emanate good vibes into the universe.


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Suspending the temporal order is when miracles occur.



Miracles are both beginnings and endings, and so they alter the temporal order. They are always affirmations of rebirth, which seem to go back but really go forward. They undo the past in the present, and thus release the future. T-1.1.13:1-3


We have expressions like “Time stood still,” “Where did the time go?” “I lost track of the time.” In A Course In Miracles the experience of the eternal present is what is called “The holy instant.” In these experiences the temporal order has been suspended and there is no past or future we are simply in what psychologists call a “flow state.” When we experience these states it feels like a miracle.


In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested in step eleven that we improve our conscious contact with God. A way of improving this contact is to enter into flow which is as pleasantly mood altering as any chemical and with no hangover.


In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the love for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. When we experience this love we feel as if we are one with everything and time stands still.


Today, it is suggested that we become aware of and welcome the suspension of the temporal order. It is in that space that miracles occur.


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