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A Life of Joy

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

In Unity, we teach that the qualities of the Divine are present within us, and we can call them forward into our lives consciously. The spiritual quality of joy is simply part of our nature as expressions of Spirit, as children of God. It’s in us, now and always. It’s not dependent on the circumstances of our lives.

According to Unity principle, we can experience and express the joy of God even in the most difficult times of our lives.

I find that easier said than done.

I Am Grateful

“Heaven and earth listen and respond to the soul that is quickened into praise and thanksgiving … Praise is gratitude in action.”

—Myrtle Fillmore (How to Let God Help You, Unity Books)

Gratitude is recognizing our abundance, acknowledging it, and openly appreciating it by giving praise and thanks. It is knowing everything is a gift. Even challenges and heartache bring opportunities for blessings. Gratitude is the spiritual practice of taking nothing for granted.  

I Am Prosperous

manifesting prosperity, Rev Elise Cowan, I am prosperous

Part 10 of our annual series “The Courage to Imagine

When I think of prosperity, my mind automatically goes to thanksgiving for the people and things already in my life, and how blessed I am.

I haven’t always felt prosperous. In fact, for many years I felt poor, so I was poor. Then I learned one of the spiritual principles taught in Unity: We create our experiences through our way of thinking.

Breaking the ‘Limitation’ Habit

Discovering this simple step didn’t automatically cause me to start thinking positively. It was many years before I broke the habit of seeing lack and limitation in my life.

I AM the Light

I AM the Light

Claiming the Light—a Work in Progress

As I consider the power of light, I remember a cold, dark October night in a small town on Long Island—a town in which I was a visiting stranger. I still recall the feeling of roaming up and down the confusing streets, looking for a light.

My life to that point—especially the preceding decade—had largely been spent in a sort of dark fog, trying to make my life work on my own terms. I think we’ve all walked those dark streets, in one form or another, at some time in our lives. Those uncomfortable memories are what make our eventual discovery of Truth so much richer.

I Am Healthy

What does it mean to be healthy? We usually think of the physical aspects of health first. A perfect body. The imagery that bombards us daily illustrates healthy as thin. As tanned. Flashing a blinding white smile. Tossing back thick, glossy hair. But this is merely marketing. Health isn’t based in appearance. And it isn’t limited to our physicality.

Myrtle Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, diagnosed with tuberculosis, was sickly as a child and young adult. Then from a New Thought lecture by E. B. Weeks, she came away with a life-changing affirmation: I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.

Cultivating Our Creativity

I Am Creative

Affirmation: Creativity is my natural state of being; I am immersed in endless possibilities.

During World War I, a brilliant Austrian piano virtuoso was wounded and his right arm amputated. His musical career seemed to be at an end.

Yet his creative spirit persevered, and Paul Wittgenstein spent many waking hours and resources devising new techniques that allowed him to play chords once thought impossible for a one-handed pianist. His call to find a greater way to express his creativity continues to bless and inspire pianists to this day.


Affirmation: I am bold and confident. I live with divine audacity.

When my aging father was hospitalized after a stroke, I heard in his voice on the telephone that he felt scared. I felt scared too. My thoughts began leaping from stroke to death, from having my dad to losing him. Tears welled and my voice caught.

I paused. In the pause, I breathed into my power center at the throat. Immediately, I became aware of my dominant intention in that moment to support my dad rather than focus on my own experience. Withdrawing my attention from frightening thoughts, I redirected my attention to the power I have practiced, the power of self-mastery.

We Are That

I Am Inspired

Affirmation: I am inspired to do all that is mine to do.

According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to inspire someone is “to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on” them. The origin of the word is found in the Latin inspirare, meaning to “breathe into.”

As I read this, my mind went to the people and the ideas that have inspired me. They breathed into who I am—what I think and believe about myself and the world around me.

I Am Blessed

Rev. Kelly Isola

Say these words out loud: I am blessed.

Now say them again with a pause in between each word. I. Am. Blessed.

Now one more time with a longer pause and with your most powerful voice: I … Am … Blessed!

Even as I write the words, a smile emerges slowly across my face, my breathing slows, and my shoulders drop.

Just saying these words activates my imagination of the blessings already in my life, knowing many are not yet in my present awareness.

I AM Guided

I AM Guided

Affirmation: I am in tune with Spirit’s guidance.

I’m not asking for much. All I want is a little guidance. A burning bush would be nice. A few words written in the sky. Some days, I’d even settle for a particularly relevant fortune cookie. Please, God, just give me clarity in the midst of my confusion.

But alas, I’ve yet to discover a message emblazoned on the horizon, I’ve never seen a burning bush, and my last fortune cookie instructed me to learn Chinese.

The truth is that we live in Spirit’s wisdom. Like the fish in search of water, we are swimming in wisdom all the time but just don’t see it. Guidance is not something for which we have to grasp. It is something to which we attune.