The Secret Place, Part 1

By Rev. Allen Liles

Is there any place that is truly safe today?

In an age of rampant crime, random violence, and international terrorism, “safe places” are much sought after and even harder to find. Most cities now have gated communities designed to isolate and protect those inside. People everywhere are seeking refuge from outside forces perceived as negative and dangerous.

However, the Psalmist tells us this: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1 KJV). And we are further assured: “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent” (Ps. 91:9-10).

What is “the secret place of the most High”? Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, calls this place of safety an “inner chamber … the place within where we consciously meet God.” Dr. H . Emilie Cady, author of Lessons in Truth, calls it a place or meeting between the Christ at the center of our being and our consciousness—a hidden place unrevealed and inaccessible to any outside person.

It is the secret place of the Most High that Jesus refers to when He says, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me" (Jn. 14:11 ). Jesus also affirms the truth of an innermost spiritual sanctuary: “The kingdom of God is in the midst or you” (Lk. 17:21 RSV). Paul adds his own realization: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).

The True Place of Safety

Possessing an inner place of safety remains crucial for achieving peace of mind. Relying on anything in the material universe for protection leads to eventual disappointment. The highest gates can be scaled or broken through. Even weaponed bodyguards may be powerless in preventing injury to those they protect. In addition to our physical vulnerability, emotional scars also may be nonpreventable with strictly material defenses.

Wealth, fame, and power are transitory conditions that seldom offer safe passage over an entire lifetime. In the uneasy and superficial world of materiality, constant change remains the only certainty. Markets fluctuate, bank accounts dissolve, youth and beauty erode, physical and mental health deteriorate, and personal and corporate powers evaporate.

Once we enter our secret place of the Most High, eternal protection awaits us.

We enter a realm of assurance, calmness, serenity, and peace. This divine intersection of God, Christ, and our highest consciousness provides a zenith of silent power. In this secret place open only to us, we rest in this splendid perfection of our spiritual heritage. We become imbued with the essence of God. In this essence lies not only security but a respite from all outer conditions. We enjoy the enrichment that comes from alignment with Spirit.

We experience love, wisdom, peace, joy, life, and all the positive attributes that come from the reflection of God realized. This place of inner peace becomes our ultimate sanctuary. Blessed by the presence of God, it serves as the grand provider of every spiritual and material need. We are comforted, encouraged, and strengthened.

We may face challenges of health, prosperity, and disharmony in the world. In our private kingdom of the Spirit, we find the solace and energy to confront, embrace, and overcome any negative appearance.

Part 2

Rev. Allen Liles is an author and longtime Unity minister. His new book is called Sitting With God: Meditating for God's Divine Guidance.