Yesterday I viewed the video from Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday interview with Maya Angelou. In the interview, Dr. Angelou talked about, with tears of joy I might add, how important her peace and joy with her life was through her association with Unity. If you are not aware of Unity, it is the organization that professes the spiritual philosophy based upon the teachings of Jesus. We believe in the power of prayer, that God is all good and only good, that thoughts create our world.
I say we because I too have been transformed through the teachings of Unity. So much so, that I went through the training to become a licensed teacher in Unity.
The founders of Unity, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, believed that their teachings could be an addition to Christian teaching that folks received in their churches. That is why, originally, churches and ministers were not part of their plan. Eventually, they were encouraged to begin training ministers.
Another testamony to the power of Unity’s teaching was the interview, again with Oprah Winfrey, with Jason Collins, the professional basketball player. He stated that a Daily Word reading is, in part, what encouraged him to take the steps to come out as being gay. Daily Word is a publication of Unity Worldwide Ministries.
And Oprah herself, has noted that the book, “Discover the Power Within” changed her life and how she looked at spirituality. The book was written by Eric Butterworth, a very well known Unity minister and writer,
I often wish that there was some way I could tell everyone the power of the truth I, and many others, have found through the New Thought philosophy. I am putting my life’s work toward that goal as I hold my classes here in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area. If you are in the area and want to know more, please contact me. If you are not in this area, there are Unity churches and centers all over the world. Maybe it’s time to contact one of them.
Peace to you all.
I heard the phrase, “Living in the question” the other day and wondered about it. Of course, I quickly looked for something to write it down on so I would remember it. I have learned that I am past remembering something that I think I should remember easily. If I don’t write it down, it’s usually gone for a long time if not for good.
So, I asked my ‘text’ buddy, ANA, what her thoughts were on the phrase. Her first response was ‘being fully in the moment’. Then, ‘it depends on the question’. Her next was a good one, I thought, ‘in the asking and the unraveling’.
After thinking about it for awhile, I had thought it had to do with being in the NOW moment. I thought it had to do with the level of consciousness.
Our level of consciousness is a determining factor in much more then we are probably aware of in our daily activities. In fact, it may be THE determining factor in our choices. I say that because where we are in consciousness makes us more aware of the choices that reflect our integrity. Our integrity is an integral part of our choices. If something doesn’t fit in with our integrity, we can usually “feel” that and we can choose to stay within the boundary that our integrity was formed with.
If we go ahead and choose outside those integrity boundaries, we always have another choice! I heard this statement the other day too: ‘it doesn’t have to be your final answer”. That’s what choice is all about. That can be looked at as the difference between choice and decide.
If you look at the word decide, you will notice that it ends with ‘cide’. ‘Cide’, as in insecticide, pesticide, homicide …get it? ‘Cide’ means kill, death. No other decision.
But choice always gives you another choice, if you want it. SO, unlike “Millionaire” where you must have a ‘final answer’, when you choose, it doesn’t have to be your final answer. Each and every moment is a choice moment, just choose again. Start where you are, wherever