Sunday, March 25, 2018

To what are Unitarian Universalists faithful?

Unitarian Universalism has a theology which is fuzzy. Its principles and sources contribute to ambiguity. In its respect for, and attempt to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, it provides too little guidance and assistance.

As W. Edwards Deming, the teacher of Total Quality Management, said one time, "If you don't know where you'
re going, any road will take you there."

UUAWOL's mission is to provide a map, a cognitive model of the stages of the spiritual life. Currently we are describing the Walk With Love on the path of the spirit. We have been describing some of the milestones on the path of the spirit and one of them is faithfulness.

At present, we can ask, "How faithful are you in affirming and promoting the seven principles?" The question seems overwhelming and unwieldy. It might be easier to ask, "When you make decisions about choices you have in front of you, to what extent do you ask yourself, 'What would Love have me do?'" Are you faithful to this practice?

Faithfulness is another milestone on the spiritual path. Faithfulness implies an understanding and acceptance of who one is (a creation of the Divine) and the desire to walk with Love on the path of the spirit.

Faithfulness means giving up the path of the ego and all the idols that are placed on that path. We no longer crave money, power, status, sex, control and all the things that the path of the ego tells us are necessary for us to acquire if we are to be happy.

We have recognized the lies that the idols on the path of the ego have told us, and we have committed ourselves to finding a better way to live our lives, but sometimes that commitment is half-hearted. Sometimes that commitment applies to some things and not others. Sometimes that commitment is intense in times of desperation and stress, but less so when we are less desperate and the stress has been reduced.

We may see the benefit and desirability of walking the path of the spirit but we still are ambivalent. Matthew tells the story in Chapter 19:16-22:

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 

17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 

18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 

21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 

22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

The rich young man lacked faith. His faith was still in his possessions. He seemed to desire to leave the path of the ego and turn onto the path of the spirit but he was not ready and it made him sorrowful.

At the early stages of our spiritual development, after the dawning and the turning and beginning the search, we still are ambivalent. There is part of us that does not want to leave the path of the ego or we wish we could have our cake and eat it too. Our faithfulness is weak. Over time, though, and with increased practice, we become more faithful to the path of the spirit and we walk it with more confidence with increased peace, bliss, and generosity of spirit.

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