What is the character of a religious community I would be proud of?
By Michael Wayne Lewis
In considering the character of a religious community I would be proud of I wouldn’t say proud but appreciative of.
An idea community would implement the creed by Frederick E. Gillis found in the booklet A Unitarian Universalist Primer:
“May the Love that overcomes all differences,
which heals all wounds,
which puts to flight all fears,
which reconciles all who are separated,
be in us and among us
now and always.”
Frederick E. Gillis
Living according to this creed involves the recognition and use of the religious experiences of humanity for short and long term survival and meaningfulness in our lives which are:
- Life in this realm.
- Eternal recurrence of life in this realm.
- Transmigration or anyoneness: which is basic mind body interchange of all identities where anyone is anyone an infinite number of times each; each for an infinite amount of time.
- Transmigration or everyoneness: where each of us is everyone at once and our individualities are extinguished for an infinite amount of time.
- Transfiguration: where we have eternal before and after life and we choose life in this realm before living it. Also we exist in total love bliss in that before after life with all those we touched lives with in this realm.
- Transcendence: where each of us is a breath, the mantra Om or emptiness, forever now.
- Omniscience: where the religious experiences are complimentary and interdependent forms of knowledge and each of us will experience everything there is to experience from our own unique perspective.
I will now apply the religious experiences to Gillis’ creed
May the Love which overcomes all differences:
All the life form differences involve species, age, gender, skin color, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, political orientation, personal history, etc.
The religious experiences applied here are:
Eternal recurrence: where each of us is worth the universe.
Anyoneness: you will be anyone else including those who you have helped or hurt. And anyone else will be you including those who have helped you or hurt you.
Transfiguration: you will exist in eternal love bliss with all those you have touched lives with in this realm.
Transcendence: you and everyone are Om.
Omniscience: where there is no conflict between religious experiences and everyone experiences everything there is to experience from their own unique perspective.
Which puts to flight all fears:
For example; harm and death of one self and ones loved ones:
Eternal recurrence: where each of us is an immortal god being.
Anyoneness: where anyone is anyone involving positive evolution of life from more suffering to more enjoyment on all levels of human interaction. Where each of us will be identities in the future who suffer less and enjoy more.
Transfiguration: where one has eternal before after life with ones loved ones until our lives in this realm rolls round again.
Which reconciles all who are separated:
From Hitler to Manson and all violent criminals
Life in this realm: where we unconditionally accept all persons and incarcerate criminals not to punish them but to protect other potential victims from them.
Anyoneness: (existential justice) where these individuals will experience all the suffering they’ve caused an infinite number of times each and each for an infinite amount of time. And anyone will experience the violent identities also.
Everyoneness: where we all transcend our identities and are everyone at once.
Transfiguration: where we all volunteered for these lives including all the suffering and enjoyment of these lives.
Omniscience: (the great equalizer) where we experience all there is to experience from our own unique perspective.
The Poverty stricken for whatever reason.
Life in this realm: where we strive to assist those without money, food or shelter through humanitarian intervention.
Anyoneness: where those who are well off realize that they will be those who are poor an infinite number of times each and each for and infinite amount of time.
Be in us and among us now and always:
Through prayer, meditation and contemplation of nonviolence, love, compassion and forgiveness and enacting them on all levels of human interaction.
Gillis’ creed of nonviolence, love, compassion and forgiveness is as close as you’ll come to getting a Unitarian Universalist creed. It is very difficult to achieve but not impossible. We can achieve it through implementing the religious experiences we all share. Such a religious community would be appreciated by everyone.