The second principle is “Miracles as such do not matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation.”
The shift in perception from the world of ego illusions to the spiritual dimension is the tool of recognition, acknowledgement, and acceptance of the source but this miracle does not matter in itself, it is merely the door that we walk through. The shift is a way of removing the blocks to the awareness of Love’s presence. What really matters is the unconditional, all encompassing Love that extends Itself to all of us and to the universe.
Our Unitarian Universalist principles point to this Source in our seventh principle which is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Back in the 60s we called this “cosmic consciousness”. The experience of “cosmic consciousness” is rare but a perennial aspect of human history especially in the reports of the mystics.
Mystics, though meditation, prayer, and other spiritual practices are able to obtain an awareness of the cosmic consciousness and this “miracle”, shift in perception, doesn’t matter. It is the experience of the cosmic consciousness, the peaceful loving presence of the universe that matters.
Children, in their innocence, may have more mystical experiences than adults, but with further socialization, and conditioning by the culture, the illusions of the ego, the drama of life soon repress the awareness of the spiritual level of consciousness deep into the unconscious.
Having lived a life in on the ego plane, as we mature, we slowly become aware that there is something more to life than what we have been living. Sometimes our lives become so painful, so distressful, even traumatic, that we hit bottom and become convinced that there must be a better way. It is often in our greatest suffering that we become desperate enough to shirk off our participation in the illusions of the ego world and start looking, searching for another dimension of life that can bring us peace and make us more whole again. While the search seems miraculous to ourselves and to other witnesses, the Course reminds us that it is not the search that is miraculous although it is important, but what really matters is the Source of the other dimension of Unconditional Love that we intuitively sense and therefore seek.
Implementing the values of our Unitarian Universalist faith, the seven principles, at a deep level on a daily basis can help us remove the blocks to our awareness of What Really Matters that is “far beyond evaluation.”