“Spiritual Awakening as Service to the World”
a four-week webinar by
Dr. Don Weiner, PhD, retired psychologist, UU and Sufi teacher
Tuesdays 5-6pm Pacific Time, 8-9pm Eastern Time
(Note: this is an hour earlier than our typical Tuesday gatherings)
February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019
This series is open to everyone for no cost nor obligation so please feel free to share!
The third principle of Unitarian Universalism is “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.” The first source of our living tradition that UU congregations affirm and promote is “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” While many UU congregations are actively involved in fulfilling other UU principles, including “justice, equity and compassion in human relations” and “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all,” much less emphasis has been placed on ways to help members deepen their spirituality.
Some may wonder what spiritual awakening has to do with changing conditions in the world. Hazrat Inayat Khan (who brought Sufism to the West in the early 1900’s) stated:
“Every attempt made today to better the condition of humanity through politics, education, social reconstruction, and many other ways, all these, however excellently planned, can only be fulfilled if this something which was missing is added to them. But in the absence of this, all the efforts of many, many years will prove to be futile. For this something which is missing is the most essential of all. The world cannot remain a world without rainfall. The world cannot progress without a spiritual stimulus, a spiritual awakening.”
Spiritual awakening means radically changing one’s perspective and relationship to the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Contemporary science has proven what mystics have said for thousands of years – that everything is interconnected. So long as we are confined to a dualistic vantage point, then breakthroughs needed to solve problems which have persisted for millennia will not be possible, however well-meaning our intentions. Awakening does not require any particular belief system or methodology, but various spiritual traditions have developed techniques for awakening that can be utilized independent of the system from which they arose. There are ways to realize expanded states of consciousness while remaining firmly grounded in the world. There are stages of transformation on anyone’s spiritual journey, and understanding these stages is essential to navigate on one’s own unique path.
In this series, we will explore stages of transformation, shifts in consciousness, relational unity (in distinction to dualistic consciousness and merged transcendent consciousness in which personal identity is dissolved), tools for awakening, scientific research on subtle energy and its ability to alter basic properties of “ordinary reality,” and possibilities that can be realized through our collective awakening and uniting of intentions. Awakening does not happen on auto-pilot. Come discover with us. I hope some of you will be able to participate.
New Years blessings,