Unity’s first principle
This evening, we are starting something new in our ministry. I am conducting a teleconference call where I will join other Unity and New Thought students from around the country as we explore our first Unity principle. First of all, I continue to be amazed at technology and how it has expanded our capacity to connect with one another. It truly gives the phrase, “We are one” a whole new meaning. I will let you know how it goes and it is not too late to join us. We will meet once a week at 8 PM CST Wednesday evenings for the next 4 weeks. Just let me know that you would like to join us by posting something here.
Tonight we begin with our first Unity principle, “God is absolute good, everywhere present!” We could spend a lifetime on that one principle. If we really internalize this idea, then nothing else would be necessary. Everything really comes down to this first principle which says that God is all there is. In other words everything generates from the mind of God because God is the very substance from which everything was created. And it also means that no matter where we go or what we do or even what we believe or don’t believe, we cannot be separated from the presence of God.
William Cameron wrote an article for a little booklet called Keys to the Kingdom: Five Fundamentals of Truth that we hand out to first time guests to explain a bit more about Unity. We don’t have a dogma necessarily. Rather we do have five principles that sum up what we teach and stand for.
In this booklet, he shares how he now spends his life “upgrading my concept of the one, good God.” There can be no greater endeavor. I have come to discover that my concept of God colors everything about me and my world. It is the lens through which I experience life. As I grow in my understanding of God as everywhere present and God as good, I feel better. I learn to trust life more. I pay notice the evidence of God more and life just becomes a bit lighter. It does not mean that the bad stuff goes away although it does seem to cut down quite a bit. It means that whatever I am facing, I do with the knowledge that the power and presence of Spirit is always with me and ultimately it is good.