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.

Healing the Wounded Soldier’s Heart

Soul wounds, PTSD, Ed Tick, Soldier's Heart, healing, PTSA

His mission was simple—stay in the jungles, search out the enemy, and destroy. In 1969, Vela Giri was drafted into the United States Army and sent to Vietnam. Trained as an infantry rifleman, he fought in the jungles during the war surrounded by constant attacks, death, and sheer “craziness.”

David Pierce joined the United States Navy in 1985. Two years later, he was deployed off the coast of Iran during the Iran-Iraq War. A gunner’s mate who specialized in weapons, his orders were to handle the ammunition and kill anyone who boarded the ship. For three months Pierce stared out into the waves worried that an enemy gunboat would attack.

Unity Media Network Provides A Lifeline

Just a couple weeks shy of his 28th birthday, Meico Whitlock made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go out for dinner with a co-worker. That decision changed his life.

“It was a great night,” Meico recalls, remembering the conversation and sushi he enjoyed with his work friend. At the time Meico, who is from Atlanta, Georgia was living in Silver Springs, Maryland, and working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Let Go to the Healing of Laughter

Laughter is therapeutic, a balm for body and soul. Being constantly serious during an illness, no matter how challenging the diagnosis, adds heaviness to an already difficult situation. One thing I love about Buddhists is that they laugh and giggle at everything-illness, death, pain, heartbreak-not disrespectfully, but with innocence and cosmic lightness about the very real, sometimes excruciating trials of the human predicament.

The Spirit Gives Life

A happy face, an enthusiasm for life, an energy that achieves worthwhile things—all these kindle our admiration when we see others expressing them. As we delight in every evidence of good health that we observe in others, we may even wish that we had the same zest for living.

Changing our thoughts about our bodies can bring us a new consciousness of life and health. By thinking and praying positively, we develop a firm realization of the spiritual quality of life and a better understanding of Jesus’ words, “It is the spirit that gives life” (Jn. 6:63).