Divinity

 

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for this month is Divinity. For traditional Christians, the word usually refers to the Christian God or the nature of Jesus. For Jews, divinity could apply to anything from the orthodox God of the Old Testament to the cosmic Ein Sof (without end) of Kabbahlistic teaching. For many Indigenous People, divinity could refer to the animating spirits of nature or the mysterious forces that turn the seasons or the world.

In the Unitarian Universalist tradition we accept the findings of modern science, and we understand that the ancient wisdom and religious teachings from world religions have something deeply truthful to tell us. We celebrate that each of us will have different approaches, preferences, hopes, fears, and ways of understanding. And, we celebrate the nearly universal human experience of transcendence, revelation, connection that many associate with divinity.

Some questions for communal or individual reflection:

• What experiences, forces, powers, principles, or feelings, that actually exist in your life or experience do you identify as divine?

• Is there a plan or purpose for the universe and existence? If so, where does it come from?

• There are many names for divinity; God, Spirit, Being, Allah, etc. Emerson called it The Oversoul. The Tao Te Ching calls it the Tao. Einstein referred to a “Unified Field.” Whatever you call it, is divinity… Good? Evil? Indifferent? Conscious? Free?

• It is a fairly common saying that “God is Love.” But if God is Love, then Love must be God! Consider, even if just as a metaphor, that if Love is equivalent to God, then you only need to be capable of love to be inherently holy, and so is everyone else! Could this idea transform the world? Could it transform you?