FIVE BASIC UNITY PRINCIPLES
What We Believe
There is only one Presence and one Power active as the Universe and as my life, God the Good.
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 all have the capacity to know God through direct experience.
Our essence is of God; therefore we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ.
We are each individual, eteranal 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.
3) LAW OF MIND ACTION:
We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
4) PRAYER & MEDITATION:
Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use.
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negitive 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 therefore transform our lives.
5) LIVING THE TRUTH:
Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the Truth we know.
We see Jesus as a Master Teacher of Universal Truths, and as our Way-Shower.
We believe that Jesus expressed his Divine Potential and sought to show humanity how to express ours as well. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the Divinity within all of humanity. Jesus is the great example of Christ Consciousness in expression. 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.
Unity co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory, and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation fo humanity's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening.
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 resource for us.
HEAVEN & HELL:
Heaven and Hell are states of consciousness.
We believe that Heave and Hell are not places, but states of consciousness, and that we create our own experiences of Heaven and Hell in the here and now.