God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
THE NATURE OF HUMANKIND
We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
We believe Jesus expressed his divine potential and wanted to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and His ministry was about the wonder of God’s Presence within all of us. It was a ministry, not of fear and morality, but of a potential for living life successfully and happily. In Unity, Christ is the divinity in all humankind.
Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts, as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heightens our awareness transforming our lives.
· Heaven is not a place, it is a state of consciousness; we create our own heaven and hell here and now.
· We all have an innate capacity to know God through direct experience.
· The “Christ” is the part of God in every person. There is a spark of divinity within all people, just as there was in Jesus.
· Prayer works.
· We are here to set a positive example and be a role model for others.
· We are here to make the world a better place.