Words to Light Your Way

Sometimes I’m a little scatterbrained. Being the dad of a 4- and 1-year-old will do that to you. My morning usually starts with me trudging to my office in search of caffeine and not paying much attention to my surroundings. But in a recent moment of unusual clarity, I happened to notice something I’d never looked at closely before.

All things work together for good. That affirmation along with nine others—all etched in clear plastic panels, backlit, and shining down at me—hit me with a jolt of energy. They line the upper edge of the circular walls of the Room of Shining Words, built as a reception area in the Administration Building. I walk past this open area or through its heavy wooden doors to the courtyard almost every day, but I’d never just stood in this space and looked around.

Completed in late 1949 and early 1950, the Room of Shining Words is another example of Rickert Fillmore’s design genius. The room is adorned with walnut paneling and wainscoted copper panels. In the center of its ceiling is a dome that creates an echo effect when anyone speaks when standing directly under it. The affirmations displayed here (which Unity lore holds were favorites of cofounder Charles Fillmore), accented by eye-catching lighting, give the room its name.

The Room of Shining Words has been a favorite spot for Unity tourists, workers, and Truth students since its inception. Rev. Mark Fuss, director of Unity Outreach and Engagement, says it’s a go-to place when he takes guests on tours of the campus.

“One by one they come to stand in the center of the room under the domed ceiling and speak an affirmation aloud,” Fuss explains. “My instructions to them are to speak the words with power and conviction. Often people are startled or moved to tears as they feel the vibration of the words resonate in their bodies as a result of the effect of the dome. It’s a dramatic demonstration of the power and vibration created by affirmation.”

For Rev. Leddy Hammock of Unity Church of Clearwater, Florida, who grew up at Unity Village, the Room of Shining Words is a sacred space. “I must have witnessed this experience a hundred times,” she remembers. “People would step in for the first time, stand, and gaze around the curved wooden entry area and read the affirmations.” Many would feel led to sit in prayerful contemplation on the room’s deep red-cushioned benches along the wall, “silently rereading the powerful words. It was—and is still—a place of awe and reflection.”

Room of Shining Words Affirmations

  • The joy of the Lord is your strength.
  • God in me is infinite wisdom. He shows me what to do.
  • In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy path.
  • I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me.
  • Naught can disturb me, for Christ is my peace and my poise.
  • All things work together for good.
  • In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
  • Faith is the strength of the soul inside, and lost is the man without it.
  • The greatest teaching ever given is—Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  • God is my help in every need!
Author Biography: 

David PennerDavid Penner is the senior copy editor and proofreader for Unity World Headquarters. Prior to coming to Unity, he spent five and a half years as the editor of The Lexington Clipper-Herald in Lexington, Nebraska.