UNITY is a positive, practical, progressive approach to spirituality, which honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
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.
Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha & Other Great Teachers
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 cofounders 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.
Five Basic Unity Principles:
1. God is the only presence and power in the universe and God is absolute good.
2. We are individualized expressions of God. Each of us has a spark of divinity within us, the “Light” within. Our essence is of God, and therefore we are also inherently good.
3. We create our experience by the activity of our thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
4. Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.
5. Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. We must also live the Truth we know.
UNITY was co-founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri by Myrtle (1845-1931) and Charles (1854-1948) Fillmore. It was never their intention to found a church or a spiritual movement.
Both grew up with physical limitations. A skating accident at the age of 12 left Charles in constant pain, with one leg withered and shorter than the other. Tuberculosis ran in Myrtle’s family, and at an early age she showed signs of inheriting the disease It flared again in 1884, shortly after their marriage, yet she was told nothing could be done.
In 1887, Charles and Myrtle attended a lecture by Dr. E.B. Weeks, where Myrtle heard these words: “I am a child of God and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” A “lightbulb” moment! She began apologizing to every cell in her body for wrongful thinking, and affirming positive prayers of health.
In just two years she experienced a full recovery. Naturally, people wanted to know how, and this led to others seeking her out for healing. Charles, skeptical at first, was so taken by the change in his wife, he began his own study and prayer regimen. By 1889 his chronic pain had ceased, and slowly his withered leg grew stronger.
Writing about their beliefs and the power of prayer, “Modern Thought” magazine was founded. Nightly prayer circles led in 1890 to the Society of Silent Help, still in existence today as Silent Unity, serving over a million annually in prayer support 24 hours a day. In 1891, the name “Unity” came to Charles in meditation, and thus became the name for this emerging movement.
By 1894, the publishing empire grew with “Wee Wisdom,”a magazine for children, followed by “Lessons in Truth” by H. Emile Cady and “DailyWord,” a devotional magazine, in 1924. By 1953, Unity Village, 1400 acres in Lees Summit, MO became the home and headquarters of what is now an international force with over 1000 Unity centers worldwide.
Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.