We are in an age of great change … corporations are streamlining their workforces … industries are either being eliminated or are moving into new fields. … Jobs once considered to be secure are being eliminated. Many workers are being faced with … retraining for new fields of work [or] … launching out in entrepreneurial endeavors, calling for faith and vision and the need to tap into the universal flow of substance.
As a spiritual movement, Unity has evolved in its consciousness of race relations. Letters written in 1956 between a congregant and minister provide a snapshot of the social landscape and how attitudes were being challenged.
It was 1956, and racial conflicts were escalating in the United States. Although a Supreme Court ruling upheld "separate but equal" facilities in 1896, African-Americans were beginning to challenge institutional racial segregation. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education had outlawed segregation in public schools in 1954.
A distinguished professor at Harvard University once said, "The University pays me for doing what I would gladly do for nothing, if I could afford it." Most persons might laugh at his naivete. However, what he is saying is that his work is not just a place to tediously make a living but an opportunity to joyously live his making. In other words, he is looking at his teaching work in terms of the privilege it gives him to grow as a person. And growth is what life is all about ... not just paychecks and fringe benefits, but growth. It is probably true that the best living is "made" by those workers whose chief motivation is to give themselves away. …
Refreshing is the holism of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
When Jesus says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn. 8:32 KJV), He implies that our bondage in life is caused by our acceptance of erroneous beliefs. A Greek philosopher, Zeno, says, "The most important part of learning is to unlearn our errors." In the study of spiritual economics, nothing is more basic or more rife with mistaken beliefs than our attitudes toward work.
Why do you work? You may smile at the question, for it seems perfectly obvious that everyone works to make a living. However, if this is the only reason you can come up with, then it is one of the errors that needs to be unlearned. It is an attitude that may well be frustrating your creative flow.
Perhaps the great prerequisite to meditation, or to engaging in the “love affair with God,” is the conviction that there is a Center within you and within the universe, and at that Center of convergence with the Infinite within you, your self is the emanation or image-likeness of God, and thus totally good. Charles Fillmore puts it thusly: “There is a divine goodness at the root of all existence .... No man is so lowly but that at the touch of its secret spring this divine goodness may be brought to light in him.... This goodness sleeps in the recesses of every mind and comes forth when least expected.”
Some of the clearest insights into the mysterious cosmic energy of love have been revealed by Teilhard de Chardin, the Catholic priest-paleontologist. In his concept of the whole universe and the whole human, he found love to be an attraction exercised upon each conscious element by the Center of the universe, “the call toward the great union, whose attainment is the only real business in nature.”
We are living today in a complex and changing world. If there is one thing one needs more than anything else, it is light: light in terms of insight into self, guidance along life’s way, knowledge of the secrets of the universe, and the wisdom to use light and not abuse it. The clearest thinkers the race has produced have always seen the course of their lives as the quest for light. It is said that Goethe, who spent his life on this quest, gasped the last words on his deathbed: “More light!”1
Excerpted from In the Flow of Life.
Some years ago there was a Widely published news item telling of the conclusions reached by a former professor at Harvard Medical School. He pointed out that most illnesses are cured without the victims ever knowing they have had them. He cited many instances in which postmortem examinations revealed unmistakable traces of diseases which the subject had conquered without knowing it.