Unity Magazine

Calling It Good!

Excerpted from the past Unity Magazine® column "Metaphysically Speaking."

One person's junk is another person's treasure. Anyone who has ever been to a garage sale or flea market knows that. My wife Chris likes to have garage sales. We never sell everything, so I guess it's also true sometimes that one person's junk is just ... junk!

Almost everybody thinks they know what good is and what is good. One thing I learned from studying philosophy is that almost everybody is mistaken on this point. There are a lot of opinions and beliefs about what is good, but no definitive proof that is persuasive to everyone.

The Little-Used Power of Praise

The Little-Used Power of Praise

Native Americans daily recognized and kept closely attuned throughout the day with the Unseen, the Eternal. Ohiyesa, the Santee Dakota physician and author once said that in the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty—the duty of prayer.

In describing the manner in which his people worshiped, Ohiyesa told how each morning the Indian would bathe in a stream and, after getting out of the water, would face the sun to offer unspoken praise.

Journey to the Heart of God

Journey to the Heart of God

I sat in prayer this morning at the bedside of a precious, kind, loving woman, who was sleeping soundly on the first morning after surgery for cervical cancer. She is a student of metaphysics; a woman who studies, prays, and meditates daily and who has been an active Unity member for a number of years.

She was struck with terror two weeks previously when, without any prior indication as to her physical diagnosis, her primary care physician had sent her to another doctor, who proposed several possible dates for surgery. Dumbfounded and puzzled, she asked, "Why in heaven's name do I need surgery?"

The doctor replied, "Didn't your primary care physician tell you why you were coming to see me?"

Choose the Path to Forgiveness

Choose the Path of Forgiveness

As we look at our complex and conflicted world, we might agree that the one most needed ingredient to bring forth universal peace and harmony is the attribute of forgiveness.

When we study the history of civilizations, we see that there are old resentments, old hatreds, old injustices, which continually stir the fires of revenge simmering somewhere in the human psyche.

There are religious feuds, ethnic feuds, family feuds—feuds that continue from generation to generation. The memories of past injustices roll down through the ages, and few people seem willing to forgive or forget.

So to heal our world, we human beings must learn the art of forgiveness. And the healing process must begin with us.

God's Love Made Visible

God's Love Made Visible

Mother Teresa once referred to herself as a pencil in the hand of a writing God. I've always liked that image, because it seems to capture so well the idea of God's love expressing itself. We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God who is sending love letters to the world.

I was reminded of this recently when I heard that teachers at a local high school were collecting funds to purchase glasses for a student who couldn't see well enough to read the texts. I remembered it when a friend told me that a local church was looking for volunteers to work in an inner-city soup kitchen. Kindness is God's love in expression.

Overcoming Loneliness: How to Heal a Lonely Heart

Overcoming Loneliness: How to Heal a Lonely Heart

Reprinted from the December 1994 issue of Unity Magazine®.

The story is told about Dorothy Parker, poet and theater critic, who occupied a small, dingy cubbyhole of an office in the Metropolitan Opera House building in New York City. At that time she had few friends and no visitors. As a result, she became lonely and depressed. When the sign writer came to paint her name on the office door, she persuaded him to write instead the word Gentlemen.

The Challenge of Receiving

The Challenge of Receiving

One Christmas, when my daughter was 6 years old, she received a gift that thrilled her so much she actually squealed when she opened it. What is remarkable about this is not that the gift was so fantastic, but that she received it so openly and joyfully.

How are you at receiving? If you don't necessarily squeal with delight, are you able to accept the gifts given to you and the love that goes with them? Or do you have difficulty receiving? Perhaps you are concerned that the gift costs too much or somehow you don't deserve it. Do you say to yourself, "Oh dear, they gave me more than I gave them,'" or maybe even, "I gave them more than they gave me"?

A Priceless Gift

A Priceless Gift

When I went to school, I had a teacher who told us about a Christmas party she went to where nobody really knew each other. She never told how this was organized or how the people found each other. That wasn’t important. What she told us left such a desire in me that I could never forget her story. She said that everyone was supposed to bring a gift but it was forbidden to bring anything materialistic. I was really young at the time and had, unfortunately, grown up in a very materialistic environment, so my first thought was, What? What could you bring then?

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