Joyce Schones, Communications Team Member, UCSA
I asked Birdie how I could help in the office in this extra busy week for her. She asked me to write this article for Light for the Road Ahead. I said…uh…okay… I GUESS I could…. I suppose that’s how many things happen! I was Unity Church of San Antonio (UCSA) Communications Coordinator preceding the wonderful, dynamic woman who serves in this position now.
Over the years, I’ve seen how dedicated people were and are to remodeling, painting, landscaping, and other tasks involving our physical campus; how people step up and into the duties needed for our services, operations, workshops, education, fellowship, etc. — all the things that keep the wheels of any church humming along and supporting its people.
At this time especially, we continue to support Unity Church of San Antonio and keep it strong, not because of any one leader or not because we “should” go to “church” on Sunday; rather we support UCSA because of what it stands for – i.e. our principles. That’s a rather basic motive. It’s just that simple!
I hear descriptions of Unity thought as “non-traditional, not mainstream, new thought” —whatever, our principles are basic and simple. Whatever one’s religion or denomination, I can see that the truths of what humans are trying to live by come down to similar basic concepts. However, I have sometimes thought we don’t fit “mainstream” description because we keep it TOO basic — too simple.
The simplicity makes the Unity principles strong and relevant in our everyday lives. However, this simplicity calls us to live out the personal accountability involved, which is not so simple.
I reviewed the principles and share my thoughts with you.
Five Principles of the Unity Church – Ron Kurtus
- God is absolute good and everywhere present. “There is only One Power and One Presence active in the universe and in my life, God, the Good, Omnipotent. God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere.” Biblical reference: Deut. 6:4-5
What does this mean to me? So much of traditional religious language refers to God as something separate – “out there” – something we are praying TO and IT will make a decision about whether our prayers are answered or not. However, as Rev. Linda explored so well in her book on prayer, whatever we conceive God to be, it’s not “out there” and not something separate that we talk to. I think of God as an energy — stronger than any other because it’s total love, goodness, positivity, and it’s flowing into, through, around me at any moment. The accountability here: Me, myself, and I must remember it’s here – to visualize it, to KNOW it wants only goodness for me. It’s just that simple!
- People are good. “Since humans are made in the image of God, they have a spark of divinity within them and therefore are inherently good also. Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ. We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good.” Biblical reference: John 14:20
What does this mean to me? I read this Bible verse and wonder how anyone could interpret that humans are born with sin within them. Since the verse says that God, Jesus, each of us are all one, a belief that humans are born sinful would be saying that God is sinful. Do we believe this? Of course not! It’s just that simple! The accountability here: Remembering that even someone who commits a horrible crime was not born sinful.
- Thoughts create experiences. “Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thoughts. We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.” Biblical reference: Galatians 6:7
What does this mean to me? It simply says something we probably all grew up with, “You reap what you sow.” A popular term now is the law of attraction, as if it’s a new philosophy. But controlling our thoughts is not easy. Rev. Linda often used the term “Monkey mind” – so apt; our thoughts will jump all over the place if we let them. The accountability here: God’s energy is here in my mind to “herd” my errant thoughts but I must remember this! It’s just that simple!
- Prayer is connection. “Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life. There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God.” Biblical reference: Matthew 5:37 and 6:6
What does this mean to me? “Connection” means to me simply recognizing and embracing the God energy that is already here within me, and manifesting in the world. The Bible verse about going into your room and closing the door is to me, a way to say, in a literal way, to people who had very little understanding of human psychology, to go within their own mind/psyche. The accountability here: Shutting out the in-coming thoughts and simulations. Tune into the God energy and see what’s playing! It’s just that simple!
- Action is needed. “Knowing and understanding the laws of life—also called truth—is not enough. A person must live the truth that he or she knows. Through thoughts, words and actions, we live in the truth we know. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.” Biblical reference: James 2:14-18
What does this mean to me? It’s just common sense and a natural result. If these are my thoughts, my guidance, this is how I interact with others. More specifically or intentionally, I get involved in bettering my community in some way by volunteering in a area where my actions can make a difference.
It’s just that simple! The accountability here: Overcoming my own ego and self-involvement.
Simple??…I must REMIND myself of this many times a day. The God energy is within, available, ready for me to pay attention. Me, myself, and I am accountable for tuning into it, embracing it, activating it. But, really… it’s just that simple!