Unity Village: Place of Light
Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett
Within the first twenty-four hours of arriving at Unity Village, Missouri, I knew its value for my spiritual development. Just as I had felt on the property of Kripalu Yoga Center in Summit Station, Pennsylvania, many years before, I sensed the vibration of sacredness. I could not sleep but arose in the morning feeling fully refreshed. I seemed to float across the walkways leading from one building to another. I felt alive. Sacred. Still.
It’s easy enough to feel good at Unity Village. Exquisite gardens, walking trails, the memorial rose garden, and spectacular fountains await you. The buildings, too, display a glorious beauty and order. At the heart of Unity Village, though, is the perpetual light, the Silent Unity light, “The light that shines for you.” Knowing that someone is sitting in prayer and meditation at every moment of every day, upholding people’s highest intentions and supporting their deepest desires, fills me with the peace that passes understanding.
When I was approached a year ago and invited to become a candidate for the Board of Directors of Unity World Headquarters, located at Unity Village, I felt honored to be recognized as a Unity minister and leader. Although my plate was full — and continues to be — I agreed with a sense of purpose to take my turn at serving Unity. Gratefully, our Unity of San Antonio Board of Trustees encouraged my service even though it would mean times away from my office here at home. I am in a one-year term on the Unity Board, and will be available to serve a full three-year term if that becomes a path ahead. Meanwhile, I feel especially blessed to have been asked to offer a particular service this coming week while I will be at Unity Village for August Board meetings.
On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (central time), I will sit in front of the Silent Unity chapel on the grounds of Unity Village, and officiate the Silent Unity prayer service. Mondays through Thursdays, over the past century, a Unity leader has offered a guided Silent Unity meditation at this hour, in this place. I will sit in the place occupied through the years by Unity ministers I have learned from, who shaped the Unity message and services over time. What an honor I feel it is to have been asked, and to offer twenty minutes of sacred meditation time. A special treat for me will be that my friend, colleague, and personal prayer partner (over the past 12 years), Rev. Coco Ramos, will be co-leading the Spanish language retreat at Unity Village this week, and Rev. Coco has agreed to translate my meditation sentence by sentence during Tuesday’s Silent Unity Service.
My heart is full and I wanted to share with my Unity of San Antonio CommUNITY about my love affair with Unity Village. Perhaps we will schedule a pilgrimage to Unity Village next year, and hold a retreat there for our San Antonio family? Let me know if you are interested. Meanwhile, Spirit, Peace, Light is nonlocal. Wherever you are, Unity is “The light that shines for you.”