Seminary Program

This is where we post the essays from many of our Universal Life Church Seminary students. When students finish a ULC course, they write a comprehensive essay about their experiences with the course, what they learned, didn't learn, were inspired by, etc. Here are their essays.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

A Course In Miracles

Throughout this course Love has been mentioned. Lightworkers in general, and those who follow New Age beliefs often mention Unconditional Love. Many of them claim to love everyone, but if you really pay close attention to some of their comments, you soon realize that this is simply not true, there is one person that they do not have Unconditional Love for, and that one person is themselves.

True Unconditional Love has to start with ourselves, until we love ourselves unconditionally, it is impossible to love others unconditionally. Lets forget about others for the moment and concentrate on ourselves. How can we know that we do not love ourselves unconditionally? It is really very simple. If we find ourselves getting angry at someone because of their actions or speech, unless they are doing something to harm us or someone else, it is because they are reminding us, if even only subconsciously, of some aspect within ourselves that we do not like. The guilt of that aspect makes us project anger at them.

Having determined that there is something within us that we don’t like, we cannot feel Unconditional Love for ourselves. And since we are angry at someone else, obviously we do not feel Unconditional Love for them. Unconditional Love is not judgmental, it judges neither ourselves nor anyone else, it simply accepts all as they are and loves without conditions.

If we find ourselves becoming angry about other’s behavior or words, it is time for some serious soul searching and meditation. We need to find out why we feel that anger, and then to rid ourselves of the cause.

If we can almost immediately come up with a reason that we are angry, it is very likely that we have not really found the cause, only an excuse. If on the other hand, we do find the cause, it may be a secondary cause of an even deeper aspect. So we need to eliminate the secondary cause and then find and eliminate the original cause.
Only once all of the things within our makeup that we don’t like have been eliminated can we find Unconditional Love for ourselves and others.

Charles H. Grooms


The Universal Life Church Seminary is a comprehensive online seminary where we have classes in Christianity, Wicca, and Paganism.  We have two courses in Metaphysics, as well as courses in Mystical Christianity, Buddhism and Comparative Religion. I have been a proud member of the ULC for many years and the Seminary since its inception.

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