When I first came to Unity in 2002, the language was, of course, very much of the previous century. God was still masculine, known as ‘father and He’, as seen in the original Unity texts and books. Our co-founder, Charles Fillmore, did in fact use the term Divine Mind instead of God to move away from the idea that God is a separate being. In Unity, we have always been encouraged to use our minds to connect with Divine Mind, to release the Christ energy within, that is here as our perfect potential.
If you take Daily Word today, or receive our modern publications, you may have noticed that the language is changing. It is now about Oneness. Instead of God as He or even Father/ Mother God, we use words like Spirit, Pure Being, All that is. What was once termed simply ‘Metaphysics’ is now ‘Heart-Centred Metaphysics’, thanks to the updated writings of Unity minister and author, Paul Hasselbeck.
Using my language today, I am taking the journey from my mind to my heart. In fact, according to HeartMath Institute experiments, when the mind and heart are connected to machines that measure their responses to computer-generated images, always the heart responds first, sometimes even before the image appears! The mind follows.
For all of us, recognising old thought patterns and beliefs is important. It is only when we recognise and then release the previously unconscious responses that we truly connect with life-affirming statements and God-inspired ideas. God as our good is here all along.
However, for me, it is our heart energy; our compassion; the opening and softening of our heart centres that enables deep, abiding change. Ideas open our minds, but it is the ‘whole’ experience of heart/mind/body that changes us.
Unity is so positive, uplifting, encouraging and restoring that for me it goes beyond language into a feeling experience. This is what changes us. It has changed me. Unity is very much of the heart.
When you find yourself caught up in negative thinking, or your mind distracted and engaged only by the things of the world, know that you are so more than your thoughts. Gently, compassionately, move your awareness from your mind to your heart. For me, it is the heart-energy that sets us free.
Rev Kimerie Mapletoft
Director of Silent Unity and Daily Word UK
Unity in the UK