Natural disasters. Civil unrest. In challenging times fear can be widespread. To help shift fear to faith, Silent Unity is inviting the world community to unite in prayer for 30 days by affirming the following prayer: The healing, harmonizing spirit of God is present in my life and all life. Peace, order, harmony, and well-being are restored.
Five Smooth Stones
By Rev. Tom Thorpe
This article originally appeared in Unity Magazine®.
Unity gives us five smooth stones to use in our overcomings. These are the five basic Unity teachings. David, you'll remember, brought down Goliath with his first stone.
So, too, can we overcome any fear when we have developed sufficient skill in using our first stone: There is only One Presence and One Power in the universe: God, the omnipotent Good.
Consider that if God is the only power in the universe, there can be nothing to fear. Why, then, do we have fears? We have them because our skill in using this first smooth stone has not been fully developed. We don't completely believe in One Presence and One Power. Our fears offer proof of our unbelief. We need to practice to build our skill by using the four remaining stones.
Our second smooth stone is our own identity as the Christ, the beloved child of God. Our nature and God's nature are the same, since we are expressions of God. Paul writes, "I can do all things in him who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13 RSV). So can you and I. When, from my humanness, I feel powerless and defeated, I can remember my divinity, my God-given Christ nature. Through this remembering, I "come over" to a new understanding.
Our third smooth stone is our understanding of the formative power of thought. We call this power the law of mind action. It reminds us that our thoughts create our experience. Through our habitually held thoughts, we decide how we will respond to the people, events, and circumstances of our lives.
Our response may have no immediate effect on what happens to us. Our response does, however, dictate whether we will see ourselves as victims or know our dominion. Through practice with this third stone, we "come over" to the understanding that we are lords of our lives.
Our fourth smooth stone is affirmative prayer, the prayer that knows the Truth. Through denials (statements that release the grip that error thinking has held on our minds) and affirmations (statements that build a strong consciousness of Truth), we "come over" to a clearer view not only of ourselves but also of how God's universe is structured to offer us constant support.
Our fifth smooth stone is, next to the first, the most important. It reminds us to base every thought, word, and action on our growing understanding of the Truth we know. As we use this fifth stone more and more, we "come over" to a renewed awareness of our God-given dominion. We live from our dominion as executive directors of our lives. As we continue to approach the "giants" (the fears in our lives) armed with our five smooth stones, we come closer to complete acceptance of the Truth that God is the only Presence and Power active in all the universe. As we approach constant God awareness, our first smooth stone will shine with a light of Truth that will quickly dissolve any fear.
Silent Unity would love to hear from you. Please share any thoughts, reflections, and blessings you received during the 30 Days of Fearless Living prayer initiative.
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