I talk about my church, Unity Eastside, a great deal on this blog. A few people have asked about Unity or made remarks about wishing they could find a church or minister like mine. There are Unity churches all over the country. If you visit their website you can see if there is a church near you. Over the next year I am going to be teaching the kids at my church and Unity lesson plans are going to be on my mind a lot (particularly on Sundays). I thought it might be nice to share some of those lessons here for anyone who wants to learn more about Unity. So here goes my first such post…
Sunday morning, I taught my first real lesson to the 5-8 graders in my group at church. Our first unit of study is on the Unity Basics. I find myself getting stumped when I try to explain the beliefs and ideals of my church to people so I am really excited about the opportunity to learn as I teach. Although I feel that most of the time I live the Unity principles, I couldn’t quote them for you if you asked me.
Yesterday’s lesson was an introduction and overview of the 5 Basic Unity Principles. They are as follows:
1. There is only one Presence and one Power active as the universe and as my life. God the Good.
2. Our essence is of God, therefore we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ.
3. We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
4. Through prayer and meditation we align our heart-mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use.
5. Through thoughts words and actions, we live the Truth we know.
The lesson quoted the scripture Matthew 7:24-27. This is the section where Jesus talks about building your house on a foundation of rock verses sand. The house built on rock withstands winds and floods, the house built on sand does not.
How does this relate to the 5 principles? Well because in Unity, those principles are the rock on which we build our spiritual life. Basically if we face difficult times in life and we know that at our core we are connected to God, that God is the only real power (Omnipotent), then we will take the time to get quiet and make that connection. We will listen for the still small voice or the inspired idea that gives us the answers we need. Another illustration of this is to imagine a lost child in a grocery store. The child goes into full-on panic mode. They are running, calling for their mom or dad as tears stream down their face. But usually the minute an employee or helpful bystander stops them and reminds them their parents are still in the store and they will find them, they calm down. If your spiritual life is built on the idea that God is always there and all you need to do is be still and experience it, life will run more smoothly and effortlessly.
The other very important aspect of this foundation that Unity offers is the idea of paying attention to your thoughts. Like I’ve said in here before and it is also a song we sing at church…our thoughts are prayers. Whatever we give our energy and belief to is created in our life with God’s help. God is more or less the Super-Conscious. If we give enough energy to a thought it goes from our conscious or unconscious mind out to God’s and pulls to us, like a magnet, whatever it is we are focused on. So when your egoic mind (which is as close as you get to a Devil) is thinking crazy thoughts, it is good to say “No that’s not real” and replace the thought with something that brings you feelings of peace and love.
I’d say that the most important of these principles is number 1. All we really need to know is that. If that is where our thoughts lie, life will be easy breezy. Even when things are tough you can get through. The other principles, in my opinion, reiterate that one and give you tools that help you get to the place where you are living number 1 to its fullest.