A sense of well-being is one of life’s greatest blessings. Because Unity believes in healing through spiritual and mental means by prayer, we are often asked if we believe in doctors and medical help. The answer is that we believe in people getting help in every way they can, and we bless and give thanks for everyone who helps people find health.
Unity began as a healing movement. Its founders had physical disorders that had been pronounced incurable. So the Fillmores sought to heal themselves by spiritual and mental means, by prayers. When they succeeded in doing this, it was natural that they should teach that the source of health lay in prayer. Prayer, helping us to change our thinking, to change our inner state, to call forth our inner power – this is the work of Unity, and it is natural that this is what we emphasize.
However, through the years, Unity has come more and more to realize that man truly is a unity. Who can say where body ends and mind begins, or where mind ends and spirit begins? The vital Unity teaching is that health and wholeness come from within you, where the Spirit of God – life itself – resides.
Charles Fillmore said, “Health, real heath is from within and does not have to be manufactured in the without. It is the normal condition of man, a condition true to the reality of his being.” What a remarkable insight! Though medicine, surgery, and doctors are wonderful expressions of healing energy, they are not the source of healing. We know that only God is the source of healing.
We cannot limit ourselves to the mental side of life. We must expand our spiritual understanding of the Life idea in Divine Mind which is the source of wholeness. “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily.” (Isa. 58:8).
Each morning, if we choose, is a new beginning. Let us consider how we start our day. Hopefully, for most of us, it has its foundation in prayer. Each morning ushers in unlimited potential for us to be expressions of light and joy. We accept joyfully the gift of “abundant life” and to the best of our ability are living it moment by moment.
Life is enriched to the degree we live in the present moment. We free ourselves from the wastelands of yesterday and look to “the fields white unto harvest.” Today belongs to us, and we have choices as to how we will invest our time, talent, and gifts.
For some, it is time to reassess our value system. Do not allow guilt or regret to darken this process, but fill it with LIGHT as the power of God opens the way for us to find healing, prosperity, and peace. Know that which is true, real, permanent, and eternal can merit a place in our thoughts and feelings. Take guidance from the Creation Story as the sequence of life is order. Step by step allow time for the evolution of thought to bring forth under law God’s good. Focus on what has value on the journey . . . be kind and compassionate with life as the unfolding good is made manifest in daily living. Acknowledge the divinity within and trust the guidance of Infinite Mind.
“Unto every one that hath it shall be given, and they shall have abundance.” To every one that has developed the consciousness of abundance the “All- providing” Spirit of God will bring the increase with our cup running over, blessing us individually and collectively.
As expressed in the scriptures the windows of heaven will be opened and blessings will pour out into our lives. Let us take the following affirmation to express our appreciation and gratitude for the good filling our lives. I daily praise and give thanks for a strong healthy body and abundance to fill every need.
Rev. Richard Billings
Unity of Oak Park is dedicated to teaching Spiritual Truth; awakening individuals to the indwelling Christ - I AM; and putting into practice Universal Laws of Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Healing.