Myrtle 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.

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.

In the Words of Myrtle Fillmore

Myrtle Fillmore

Myrtle was afflicted with tuberculosis at a young age and spent many years believing she was incurably weak and sickly. While attending a lecture by metaphysician Dr. E.B. Weeks in 1886, Myrtle learned of her innate potential for divine healing through the use of affirmative prayer. She began regularly affirming, “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” Over time, she was healed of the tuberculosis that had threatened her life.
 

A Story of Healing

I have lived with multiple sclerosis for over 25 years. In 1993 the disease kicked into full gear, ravaging my body and rendering me a quadriplegic within 10 years.

My life and my family's were completely turned upside down and changed forever. I struggled with bouts of illness, feeling as if my body was completely out of control. I had periods of depression and was hospitalized several times. I had toxic medications shot into my veins and my muscles. No matter what we tried, multiple sclerosis did what it wanted to do. As multiple sclerosis continued its rampage through my body, that was indeed my perceived reality.

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.