Charles Fillmore

A Snapshot From the Past: The Birth of Unity

One hundred twenty-five years ago, Myrtle and Charles Fillmore published Modern Thought magazine and unknowingly birthed a worldwide spiritual movement. They adopted the growing city of Kansas City, Missouri, as their home. They embraced the purpose of encouraging spiritual progress.

In 1889, the middle-aged couple found a new sense of resolve. Myrtle had experienced a healing after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Prayer was central to Myrtle’s healing practice, directing life-affirming words to “every life-center” in her body. With daily meditation, Charles left behind the pain of a childhood hip injury. An increasing number of friends and acquaintances took notice.


Written in 1939 for the Introduction to Unity’s Fifty Golden Years by Dana Gatlin

It is no easy task to write about oneself, especially when the call is for a personal1ife sketch, in which must appear those insignificant little things which are no different in the case of millions of others of the human family yet in which it is claimed that readers have particular interest.

"I winna blaw about mysel,
As ill I like my faults to tell,"

sang the Scotch plowboy when he found himself in the public eye; and this is probably the feeling we all have.

Charles Fillmore Collection Unveiled Online

The legacy and inspirational works of Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, are now immortalized in a new online collection. The compilation includes his personal files, manuscripts, lectures, ceremonies, chronologies, services, and a photo gallery.

Visitors will see handwritten text for baptisms, christenings, marriage ceremonies, and memorial services. They can study Fillmore’s notes, typed talks, the courses he taught, plus discover the places he visited on his nationwide lecture circuit from 1933 to 1946. Fillmore’s personal correspondence and certificates from various institutions are also incorporated.

Heaven Can Be So Cold

Heaven Can Be So Cold

“Heaven’s where you live it,
So the prophets say.
Heaven is within you.
Find that place today.”

   —Barbara Louise Clark


“Come here, Mama,” my daughter, Danielle, called to me excitedly as she stared outside the window. “Now!” Hearing her urgency, but wanting to finish my breakfast, I reluctantly hurried to look outdoors. Twenty-plus inches of snow on the ground, and being trapped in the house like an icy prison for days had made me grouchy. I did not want to move.

“Look; you see it?” I saw nothing, only whiteness amid a snow-capped landscape. “The tree,” she pointed as I peered closer.

Thank You, God!

Thank You, God!

Some time ago when I was experiencing a distressing mental, emotional, and physical challenge, the affirming of “Thank You, God!” brought me through—bridging the gap between doubt and inner knowing, discouragement and upliftment, fear and faith. During this period of months spent in seeking, listening, and following guidance from within as I could best understand it, thankfulness helped more than any other method of prayer. I found it to be a miracle-working process of thought and feeling that first brought about inner transformation, then outer healing.

Speak To Me, Holy Spirit

Speak To Me, Holy Spirit

Reprinted from Atom-Smashing Power of Mind

We may take it for granted on the basis of many Scripture passages that all of us who accept God as an associate in life are consciously in intimate contact with the Holy Spirit. However it will strengthen our faith and greatly add to the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit in its work with us if we understand its character and the law under which it cooperates with us in the development of mind, body, and affairs.

The Power of Praise

The Power of Praise

Reprinted from Christian Healing.

Praise is closely related to prayer; it is one of the avenues through which spirituality expresses itself. Through an inherent law of mind, we increase whatever we praise. The whole creation responds to praise, and is glad. Animal trainers pet and reward their charges with delicacies for acts of obedience; children glow with joy and gladness when they are praised. Even vegetation grows best for those who praise it. We can praise our own abilities, and our very brain cells will expand and increase in capacity and intelligence when we speak words of encouragement and appreciation to them.

Silence: A Profound Practice

Silence: A Profound Practice

We tend to think a grand spiritual quest is necessary to discover God and our inner divinity. But there is no need to go anywhere or do anything to find God. In the midst of all experience, whether we label it spiritual or human, is Silence. Silence is the Ground of All Being. The modern-day Christian mystic Father Thomas Keating says, "The language of God is Silence. Everything else is a poor translation."

How Unity Adopted Eastern Religious Ideas

Multiple Hands

On New Year’s Eve 1914 a large crowd gathered to dedicate a new Unity administration building in Kansas City, Missouri. Bundled in heavy winter coats, the people stood in the dark street before two giant limestone columns. Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, founders of Unity School of Christianity, watched as handwritten blessings from around the world were added to the cornerstone. At midnight the crowd saw electric lights illumine the dark structure as the ring of chimes ended the silence.

Affirm Life!

When he was 94 years old, Charles Fillmore wrote the following affirmation: “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.” How wonderful to affirm such energy and vibrancy!

Affirmative prayer is a useful tool for focusing our thoughts on the truth that we are spiritual beings, filled with vibrant energy and renewing life. We, too, can use this tool in our daily lives. When we pray affirmatively about a health challenge, we are recognizing the life of God within.