Five Basic Unity Principles
1. God/Creative Spirit is the perfect, eternal, unchanging, ever-present Good of all.
2. Since we are one with God/Creative Spirit, we are divinely, perfectly, and unquestionably good.
3. Prayer/Meditation is the pathway to the realization of our oneness with God/Creative Spirit.
4. The Divine Art of creating a successful life originates in our thoughts/beliefs, emotionally-filled words, and daily activities.
5. Life is a celebration, and it's my responsibility to show up for the Divine Party the universe is throwing for us all.
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we name God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
The Nature of Humankind
We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and therefore inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
- Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and our world.
- Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the Law of Mind Action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words, and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
- Heaven is not a place, but a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
- We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
- The “Christ” is that part of God that is in every person. There is a spark of divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.
- The heart of the Unity work is prayer. We define prayer as an affirmative, thankful inner knowledge that our good cannot be kept back from us. Prayer is not begging, beseeching or pleading for an outside God to give us something. True prayer is the realization that all we need is within us now; our prayer work is to faithfully know it is already done; and then we fully anticipate and watch as health, abundance, success, and all blessings flow forth in the right and perfect way at the right and perfect time.
- Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
- We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
- We are here to make the world a better place.
- Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace, and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression. Unity believes that Jesus’ call to, “follow me,” and his assurance that, “these and greater things shall you do,” are central to his message that we are all called to awaken to, and to manifest, the Christ Consciousness within us.
Unity believes that everyone and everything in life is an expression of God, and therefore, is inherently good. We may see sin around us, but it has no necessary power over us, unless we give it such. Acting as if we were separate from the Divine, we “miss the mark” of living up to our true Divine nature. Unity further believes that the concept of “original sin” does not mean that we are flawed by nature, but that as part of the human experience we are here to awaken fully to our Divine nature. In Unity we believe we are an “Original Blessing.” Our life on Earth is a long, gradual, transformative process of remembering our Divinity.
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
Prayer and Meditation
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts, as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.
About Our Wings
The “Unity Wings” symbol appears in many Unity publications and is prominently displayed in many Unity churches all over the world. Its origins are so ancient they are lost in the mist of pre-history. A similar design has been present in many cultures and spiritual traditions. In ancient Egypt it represented the sun, as it did in ancient Hebrew times. Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore adopted this artistic creation as a Unity symbol as early as 1891 in the first issue of Unity Magazine. In the April 1923 issue Charles gave this explanation: "The winged globe or sun disc represents the relationship existing between Spirit, soul, and body. Soul (the wings) gives wings to the body (the disc). Spirit is the (invisible) enveloping Principle, like the atmosphere in which both soul and body exist, and from which they draw their original inspiration."
The following joint statements have been adopted by Unity and Unity Worldwide Ministries:
What is Unity?
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
Statement for Peace
Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God, by whatever the name, for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetimes.
Honoring Diversity Within the Unity Movement
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore, we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive in our ministries, publications and programs to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. It is imperative that our ministries and outreach be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity.
In our effort to reach out to all people as did our Way Shower, Jesus Christ, we support the modification of our facilities to make them accessible to all people, regardless of physical challenges; the translation of our materials into braille and other languages; and respect for the wonderful variety of human commitments and relationships.
We encourage ministers, teachers and others within Unity to honor the strength of diversity within their spiritual communities. It is with love and in celebration of our unity, in the midst of our wondrous diversity, that we affirm this position.
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