I’d like to share something that happened the day after a Unity meditation on ‘Beauty’.
I went out into the garden and lay down on the grass. I like to do this…I feel connected.
I looked up at the sky. It was blue with big white clouds drifting slowly by.
I noticed what looked like a ribbon of wispy cloud further up from the big clouds. It wasn’t moving….it was coloured, as if a piece had broken off from a rainbow.
I watched it for about 5mins, entranced. Was I the only one to notice it? How many others were looking up at the sky at this moment. The colours started to fade. I felt wonder, gratitude but also sadness that this world which has so many beautiful gifts, is so often taken for granted and so often unseen.
I closed my eyes for a second or two and it was gone.
Myrtle Fillmore, Unity co-founder who experienced self-healing through affirmative prayer and an awakened mind used to say, ‘what about the children?’ She herself was a teacher and recognised the importance of educating our young ones with positive thoughts about themselves, their lives and the potential within them.
To help our children, we begin with ourselves. Both Charles and Myrtle Fillmore realised that when we change our thinking we are changed. In my words, when we allow ourselves to be changed by the infinite power of Divine Grace, Love and Wisdom, we awaken to who we are and live from our awakened potential.
This is why Unity was originally called, ‘Unity School of Practical Christianity’. Using the practice of affirmations, prayer, silence and meditation, as Jesus did, we are all encouraged to practice going within to discover our experience of God and how this energy works through us to serve us and our world. Charles and Myrtle knew the importance of education in the original way it was intended: to drawout of the student the innate wisdom and understanding that lies within.
With all of this in mind, we are offering a new way of engaging with Unity in the UK through our Friends membership scheme. We have put together a package that offers a yearly subscription to the digital Daily Word for those who want it, classic talks, free downloads, monthly Zoom live meetings and meditations, all for just £5 a month.
Of course, we continue to share our FREE daily prayer and meditation meetings, book club, Thursday evening meditation and monthly Sunday service, all on Zoom, details here, honoured and blessed to do so. For as we build our spiritual community, we are all blessed.
September is also the month when we hold Unity’s annual World Day of Prayer. This profound and potentially life-changing day offers you the opportunity to connect with us in silent prayer and shared meditations, from 9am-9pm, Thursday 14th September 2023.
Through our personal experience of prayer, the ‘drawing out’ of our innate wisdom and sharing Unity’s practices and teachings, we learn, grow and bless our world.
Join us – be part of something greater than your human self. Allow yourself to be changed. Claim the energy of God as a power and presence working through you. As you do, know that together, we support and encourage our inner child, the children around us and our world.
The truth is, relationships cannot always meet our lofty expectations and sometimes this causes us to feel hurt. When we encounter this, we may start to doubt love and our relationship to it.
Perhaps the belief that love is a feeling, an emotional state to be achieved, that we either “have it” or are “in it” needs a radical rethink. Let’s try this instead.
Love is action. Not a feeling. A choice that we make when we care not just about the outcome for ourselves but for the whole. It is complex connection, not just to any one person, but to the all attributes that make us both human and divine. It is empathy. It is the ability to commit to radical emotional responsibility and to keep trying, even when things get tough. It is embracing the idea that there are always two sides and to strive for the happiness of all parties. When we start to see love as a set of actions we can release ourselves from it needing to feel perfect every second of every day. Embracing what is truly real.
Forget the master plan on how to get love. Go out there people and “do” love.
Unity administrator and student
Angus, one of our regular Zoom attendees and contributors to Unity, sent me this message recently:
I wanted to share a thought I had. My first wife's dad was the principal of a United Reform Church Missionary College in Birmingham. He said that traditional missionaries had gone out and told people that they were doing everything wrong, adding that we (The United Reform Church) went out and asked people how they could help. That's how Unity seems to work and as more people learn of this the congregation will expand. Keep up the excellent work.
If we all went through life saying, “How can I help?” how amazing life would be. Some of us might even learn to ask for help as well!
Further, one of the very first things we say to people who join us on retreat and in class is that we are do not tell anyone how to think or what they must do. Instead, we offer ideas and practices that support us as leaders, in the desire that they help others, too. We believe in the real idea of education – that of drawing out from within us, that which at one level we know to be true.
So this week let us ask each other – how can I help today.
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Rev. Kimerie Mapletoft
Director of Silent Unity and Daily Word UK
I am the light of the world,
Love is my only function,
That is why I am here
Unity and A Course in Miracles (ACIM) have been linked for many years, with many Unity people finding much joy and support in both practices. This expression is another example of the two coming together.
One of our Unity students in fact, recently shared this during a study class, as something everyone in their Unity Church says each week. It is a beautiful reminder of who we are and why we are here.
In Scripture, we read of Jesus saying to the people around him,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
For students in Unity, Jesus is our guide – the example for all of us to follow. In our language, we say that Jesus was portraying, living, the Christ energy as his Truth – the full embodiment of God working through him. Thus, as Jesus is our example, when we follow the teachings and ministry of Jesus, we too, can embody God. We, too, become the ‘hands, voice and feet of God on earth.’ It is a calling for every one of us to hear and respond to, wherever we are and whatever our life experiences.
Right where you are, can you say these words and mean them as your truth? Speak them aloud to yourself now. Say them with faith, authority and joy. For I would say to you, that is why you are here.
Rev. Kimerie Mapletoft
Director of Silent Unity and Daily Word UK
Unity in the UK