Speaker: Sandy Souder, October 23, 2016
I saw this back in Pennsylvania, on the doctor’s office wall as I was visiting for some check-up or other. I thought it a very interesting quote. And a telling one too.
What is your first thought when you heard it?
We make all kinds of choices through-out our day. Just think about that for a moment… what choices have you made so far today? Maybe to get up! What to wear? Breakfast items? To attend today?
The option to choose Unity as your Spiritual path isn’t always an easy one. Oh, it seems very easy in the beginning, it feels soooooo right when you first walk into a Unity Church or Center. Spiritual seekers often say that finding Unity is like coming home. Many people cry tears of happiness, and some tears of relief for FINALLY finding where they belong.
Is that how you felt the first time? Do you feel that again as you walk in the door here at Unity of Rehoboth Beach?
I often do, but I admit, sometimes I don’t feel that special feeling right away. Sometimes it takes the gathering of you folks and seeing you work together to make this happen. Then it feels right. That’s when I feel that this is where it is happening, for me and, for many, if not all of you.
Only you can answer that.
SO, I found a while back that this was RIGHT for me. I had searched for years for my Spiritual Home.
But Right isn’t always easy.
With finding that RIGHT Spiritual home, came responsibility. Personal responsibility. Unity’s 5th Principle—putting what we know into action.
The Unity movement was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889 as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality. The Fillmores regarded Jesus as the great example rather than the great exception; Charles interpreted the Bible metaphysically instead of literally; and they taught that God is present within all of us, in everything.
Charles Fillmore sought to make his spiritual and metaphysical ideas coherent with scientific theory. In philosophy, metaphysics attempts to describe the first, universal or most general principles of the universe, not just of the physical but also of consciousness. The existence of God is not a physics question, but a metaphysics question. The nature of the physical universe is a physics question; what that nature says about the Source of the universe is a metaphysics or theology question.
The “fundamental truth” for Charles was God the good as Primal Cause of all. From that premise, Fillmore sought to reason and, in that way of thinking, found healing and other “goods.” This deductive reasoning is the basis of affirmations. “God is omnipresent good, therefore good is present in my mind, body and affairs.” “God is omnipotent good, therefore all good is possible.” “God is the source of all, therefore I am an offspring of God and heir to all good.” “I am a child of God, therefore I do not inherit sickness.” And so forth.
Charles and Myrtle Fillmore both relied upon intuition, meditation, reason and experience to seek spiritual Truth.
A VERY different philosophy from what was taught and believed at the time by most Christian churches. But the Fillmores found a following and the movement grew to a worldwide presence of centers and churches and study groups.
In part, it grew because Unity is an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God and helps people discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose. Does that still feel right for you?
A positive alternative to negative religion, Unity seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus as well as other spiritual masters. Unity affirms the power of prayer and helps people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Does it still resonate?
Unity emphasizes the practical, everyday application of spiritual principles to help people live more abundant and meaningful lives.
Although personal and spiritual growth come from within, most people appreciate learning, friendships, support and companionship along the way. Unity is committed to helping you find your way to your own understanding—and experience—of God.
Think about that…how has Unity and the philosophy behind it aided you along your way? Is it still working for you?
Look around you. We have started with a small group of people and grown to over 60 and now gone back some. I know numbers are not important in the important sense of helping people find a better way, but they are important in keeping Unity of Rehoboth Beach strong and present.
Unity is still a strong and vibrant part of my life. Is it still strong in yours? Let’s talk about that…
Are you a Unitic or a wanabe one?
Are you committed to growing as a follower of the 5 Principles?
Do you see Unity as a Shining Light here in this area? In your Life? What are you doing to help us make and keep Unity as a Shining Light so it can be a Shining Light for you?
Take the Mission/Vision/Values card. What is YOURS to do?
See that it is responsibility. That is taking ownership of URB.
In Isaiah 42:9, it says: “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
Whatever happened in the past is done. What we place into manifestation by our imagination and then fruition, is what is coming.
What do you see as Unity’s future? Let’s meditate on that for a bit.
Now… what did you see?
Take another few moments and lets place in prayer that the perfect future space comes to us easily and in the perfect time. Or as Carol placed earlier this week and is an excellent prayer:
In the beautiful space of Your world, our ideal meeting place manifests, one where we can be at home with one another & the God of our being. We walk from what no longer serves us into a fountain of blessings as all our needs are met to perfection. And so it is! Thank you, Mother/Father God!
Edgar White Burrill said, “We walk into new life under our own power. No one else can carry us.”
We have to open the door, and walk through it too, not just look inside. I have walked through the door of committing to Unity of Rehoboth Beach. But we all must step through if we want it’s presence to continue.