Part One: Unity Principles
While Unity has a set of principles located on their web page www.unity.org, Some other churches have their own version. This is possible because Unity has no hard doctrine or dogma. I have provided the Unity’s version first, then two others from different churches.
Unity Version, 5 Principles
- “God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.
- We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The Spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.
- We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.
- There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God.
- Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.”
Unity of Gainsville, Georgia has restated them this way:
- There is one presence, One Power active in the Universe and in my life – God, the Good, omniscient, omnipotent. The Five Principles were written to provide tools for daily living and suggests answers to the great questions of existence that humans have been asking since the dawn of conscious awareness.
- And this shows up as our second principle which is “Christ in you the hope of glory.” We believe that each of us has the same inherent divinity that Jesus Christ expressed fully. And we are on this earth plane, at this time, to express our divine nature in any and every given moment – as fully as we can.
- In order to help do that we have a spiritual law called “The law of Mind Action.” This means that whatever we think and feel in combination, long enough and strong enough, we will experience in our lives in some way.
- And to help us gain clarity on our thoughts and feelings we practice the 4th principle which is daily prayer and meditation. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, we can change any limiting beliefs that are not congruent with our Christ nature.
- And the 5th principle is ACTION. Action is setting our intention on living the rich, fulfilled life that God has intended for us from the beginning through the Spiritual Principles. Charles Fillmore, Unity’s co-founder stated “The Truth you know is the Truth you see. Otherwise it is only theory and has no power to change your life.” We use these 5 principles on a daily basis – and in all life situations to keep us in the flow of well-being – and to have a greater awareness of God’s presence.
As you can see, this one is an expansion and modernization of the original principles. They give us a clearer understanding of the principles and what they stand for.
Unity Way in California has yet another version of the 5 principles as follows:
- There is only One God. God is absolute good, omniscient, and omnipresent.
- God is Spirit. Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ Spirit within. Their very essence is og God, and therefore they are inherently good. God is neither male or female, but is Spirit and resides in everything (people, animals, trees, soil, and in the very air we breathe.) God is present in all people, not just some. Jesus Christ attained the fullest expression of God. He is the example, not the exception.
- Thought dictates action. Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
- Prayer is the direct link to God. Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.
- Daily practice – knowing and understanding the laws of life – also called the Truth are not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he or she knows.
Each of these variations brings added light to what we Unitics believe and practice.
We know that God is not “out there” as Eric Butterworth has said many times. God is in each of us as the Christ-Mind.
We know that God is a spirit and that through the Christ -Mind, we are all linked to that God-mind. Some of us call that God-Mind “Oneness” because it expresses that that is all there really is. We are an expression of the Oneness, and thus have access to all the power of the Oneness.
We practice positive, affirmative prayer daily coupled with meditation. Meditation is our way to connect with the Oneness within through the Silence and to hear that still small voice, or have flashes of ideas that apply to the subject of our prayer and how to attain it.
As they all say, we must practice these principles daily, following the Truth, but we also must LIVE them, striving to be the Best Christ we can be.
I hope those of us Unitics who read this enjoyed this refresher on the 5 Principles, and those who are not, this gives you a better idea of what we believe.