Monday, February 5, 2018

Week one of Interior Spiritual Life 101 course

Today is the first day of the first week of the UUAWOL class on the Interior Spiritual Life (ISL). This class will run 16 weeks during the spring semester 2018 of the UUAWOL academy

This first week we will be considering the introduction to the course which will include the purpose, eligibility for admission, the hoped for outcomes, the format, the rules of participation, and the evaluation.

Then we will describe the beginning  of developing an interior spiritual life. While some argue that the ISL is there all along and people are not just aware of it, others would argue that unless people are aware of it, they don't have one, at least one they are aware of.

The existential philosophers argue that every one has a raison d'etre, a reason for being, and other existential philosophers argue that there is no raison d'etre and suicide is the most appropriate response to life if it has no meaning.

The hedonists argue that the only point of life is pleasure and we should strive to experience as much of it as we can in all its shapes and forms, otherwise what's the point of life?

UUAWOL takes the position that it is not a bad life if one knows how to live it. The Dali Lama says that the purpose of life is happiness and this statement leads to the question, "What will make me happy?"

It is the position of this course on the interior spiritual life that we have to choose between the path of the ego and the path of the spirit but we can't make this choice until we become aware that there is a choice to make. How do people come to realize that they have a choice?

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1 comment:

  1. This is just what I have been looking for. Thank you for offering it.

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