Basic Unity Truths & Teachings
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.
The Five Basic Principles Of Unity
1- There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe and in our lives, God the Good, Omnipotent. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
2- As children of God we know that humankind is divinely endowed with the Christ potential. I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
3- Thoughts and feelings held in mind and heart produce after their own kind. I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe. What we think about, we bring about. Thoughts held in mind, produce after their kind.
4– There is healing power in prayer and meditation. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life. Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use.
5- Whatever we believe must work in practice and improve our lives measurably. I do and give my best by living the Truth I know. I make a difference! Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the Truth we know.
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 speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law, and Universal Mind.
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours 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.
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 co-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.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the 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.
Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.
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.
The 12 Powers of Man
The “Twelve Powers” refer to inner spiritual abilities that originate from God. These capabilities help us in our daily living and our spiritual growth. Everyone has all the powers, and they develop and grow as we practice using them. These God-given tools are ours to help develop inner balance, peace, and harmony.
By familiarizing ourselves with these inner gifts of our Christ-nature, it becomes possible for our inner light to shine more clearly.
Each month we will focus on one of the twelve powers. Each power is associated with a color, disciple, a symbol, a song, an affirmation, and a scripture.
Each student has a name badge, and will receive a colored bead for that month each time they participate in a lesson. When they have earned 12 beads for attendance, they will receive a special silver bead to recognize outstanding participation.
They will also be able to earn special beads when they memorize the color, disciple, and affirmation or scripture associated with a color. They can also earn a bead for giving a report (written or oral) about how they have used their power that month. Appropriate age adjustments will be made as necessary.
Remember: Unity leaves no one out!