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The Art of Knowing

Have you ever watched a child take its first wobbly, insecure steps? The little legs move forward, hesitantly at first, and the child sometimes tumbles to the floor. But he continues to put forth effort and his steps gradually become more firm and effective.

The quest of the Spirit is also a growing process. It is a training process. It requires steadfast effort and devotion. It requires action on your part. Start now to think of yourself as being everything you know you should be and want to be.

Transcendent Love

Transcendent Love

I grew up going to Catholic school, and although I always felt a deep connection with God, there was a point in my life when I set aside all religious practices. Later, I became familiar with Unity teachings through my mother, Rev. Carmen Fe Figueroa, an ordained Unity minister leading Unity en Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.

The Courage to Love

The Courage to Love

In a scene in Shakespeare’s romantic play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet takes her place atop the balcony and says, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Translation: A rose will always be a rose.  

More than a famous line, these words remind us that love can never be anything other than love, and it blooms inside our hearts, regardless of sexual orientation.

Such is the case with Annie Scholl and her partner, Michelle, and Rev. Ken Daigle and his partner, JD, two same-sex couples who keep spirituality and togetherness at their core.

Praying for Others

Praying for Others

Most of us have found ourselves wanting to help someone else through prayer. This is understandable, for it is natural, since love and caring are built into our hearts, to want to help those who appear to be going through a difficult time in their lives. But how do we do this? …

I Willingly Forgive Others

I Willingly Forgive Others

One of the great barriers to an experience of God's presence is lack of forgiveness. We justify our anger, and it becomes resentment, and if it is fed long enough by hurtful memories, thoughts of revenge and behavior, it grows into hatred, and a hate-filled soul cannot feel God's love. We may strike out at the other person, but our hands are around our own throat, restricting our ability to breathe peace and harmony into our world. We limit ourselves with our lack of forgiveness of others, but it is also possible to be unwilling to forgive ourselves ...

Another Dawn

Another Dawn
Faced with the passing of someone we love, our heart cries out in the passion of its loneliness and is not comforted with easy answers.
 
Our heart tells us that we are meant to live, not to die. We are meant to express life ever more consummately. When someone fails to do this, we wonder why.
 
To understand the meaning of death, we must understand the meaning of life. Looking at life, we see that all things change. But although all things change, nothing perishes. Things only change.
 

Our Love Affair With God (Part 2)

Our Love Affair With God (Part 2)

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.”

Our Love Affair With God (Part 1)

Our Love Affair With God

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.”

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