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The Power in Forgiveness

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 6:00am
When despair and anger set in, learning to forgive others—and yourself—can set you free I had visualized this happening time after time for years: I was behind the wheel of my car, stopped at an intersection. Then the very person who had ruined my life walked in front of my car. With a terror-stricken face, he turned to look at me, just as I hurled the car forward at full throttle. Now—right...

A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 6:00am
Bishop Spong’s powerful statement on LGBTQ acceptance and the Christian right I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss...

The First Step in Spiritual Healing

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00pm
The first step in spiritual healing is to recognize our own needs for healing. With physical illness these needs may seem obvious. In other situations, the needs may not be so obvious. Some conditions of suffering seem to involve other persons or external circumstances. If we are blaming other persons or circumstances for our suffering, then we are not seeing the need for our own spiritual...

10 Techniques for Abundant Living

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 12:00pm
Unity emphasizes practical interpretations of Jesus’s teachings The following excerpt is from Eric Butterworth’s book Unity: A Quest for Truth. Unity is not simply a church to join or a creed to espouse. Unity is a study of religion as a science of living. It is an interpretation of the teachings of Jesus Christ with prime emphasis on practice. Obviously, it will hold no interest for those...

Praying for Others

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 11:00am
To Help Others Through Prayer, Release Judgment, and Harness the Power of Love 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? … While things such as "being there" for...

On Releasing Stress

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:00am
When tension starts, one surefire practice will help you get centered again One of the most widespread problems of modern times is what is often called the “pressure syndrome.” Certainly most of us are all too familiar with the high-level tension seemingly built into life and work, causing stress and all sorts of compound problems of mind and body. Why Stress Feels So Significant There are...

10 Rules for Healthy Friendships

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:36am
It takes effort to maintain healthy, long-term relationships with our friends Research continues to show how important strong relationships are—and how detrimental loneliness can be to our overall health and well-being. In an age of constant connectivity through technology, our deeper and committed relationships can suffer as we spend more and more time screen-to-screen instead of heart-to-heart...

Stop Comparing Yourself: The Real You and the Treacherous Voice of Comparison

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:00am
When Ted Ligety won the 2014 Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom, the man who came in one second behind him languished in fifth place. Those in between? Fractions of a second. One second. Five men, carving curves in the snow with their skis, flew down a steep mountain in exactly the same amount of time, give or take one second. If we had been standing at the finish line, we’d have had no...

Brett Hurd’s Photographic Impact on the Words of Kabir

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 2:48pm
Canadian photographer wins Nautilus Books award for Turn Me to Gold, a serendipitous collaboration with mystic Andrew Harvey Brett Hurd, a professional camera operator, bonded with renowned mystic Andrew Harvey in a van in South Africa. The two discussed their passion projects: Harvey talked about his Kabir translations. Hurd shared his passion for still photography. “We were returning from a...

The Power of Learning to Live Intentionally

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 2:25pm
When You Are Ready to Start Living Intentionally, the Right Tools Will Help You Build Good Habits What would you do if you truly believed that every step you take could make an impact? How much of your life would stay the same as it is right now? How much of your life would you choose to live differently? Learning to live intentionally is about deliberately taking each step forward to further...

Seven Common Myths About Grief

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 10:05am
Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss but is often misunderstood. Most of what we were taught isn't useful, and mistaken myths about grieving only set up unrealistic expectations. I became familiar with these myths through my own experience and while working with hospice families and other grievers throughout the years. In the past, I believed most of them myself. Myth #1: Be Strong...

Awakening Joy

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 3:40pm
Affirmation: I am a perfect child of God, filled with wisdom, peace, joy, and light. Joy Comes from Divine Connection When we moved from the city to the country, we were delighted by two mother deer and their fawns ambling through our property. During a drought, we provided water and a few carrots. Word spread through the deer community, and we eventually kept a big bowl of sliced carrots...

Radical Wholeness

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 4:33pm
A Unity minister challenges the idea of what healing and wholeness look like. I was born with a rare form of dwarfism in the 1950s in small-town southern Missouri. The doctors told my parents I was “too deformed to survive” and discouraged them from holding me to avoid getting too attached. I was isolated in the back of the nursery until I was 3 days old, when my daddy demanded to take his...

Silent Unity Caller Granted Wish of a Lifetime

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 2:47pm
Barbara Mariano visits Unity Village after years of praying with Silent Unity Like many regular callers, Barbara Mariano has been praying with Silent Unity® for decades. Unlike most of the thousands of people who call in every day from around the world, Barbara recently received a personalized tour of Unity Village to see the prayer ministry that has meant so much to her during the years....

Why We Need More “Open Heart” Conversations

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 5:00pm
United Palace of Spiritual Arts invites listeners to connect with the world’s spiritual traditions When Rev. Heather Shea and Rev. Dr. José Román reunited at the United Palace of Spiritual Arts in New York City years after graduating from the same seminary school, they both recognized the importance of having inclusive discussions about spiritual traditions in the modern world. Having seen the...

Why Celebrating Juneteenth Matters Now, More Than Ever

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 2:16pm
The question Why celebrate Juneteenth today? brings into focus the importance of remembering what was and celebrating what is. I posed this question recently to two African-American men whom I’ve known all of my life. Demond is in his early forties and has lived all of his life on either the East or the West Coast. “The plight of African Americans in this country has been minimized,” he said...

Willingness: When a Heart Breaks Open

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:49pm
How Self-Compassion Supports Spiritual Healing For most of my life I did not understand what it meant to feel my feelings. I had emotions and reactions. I would judge and demand, react or act out. The highs were high and the lows were low. However, deeper feelings of grief or loss—feeling small and unworthy because I wasn’t accepted, appreciated, or loved for just being me—stayed locked away...

The Art of Gratitude

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:21am
Affirmation: I am gratefully and wonderfully blessed! There is an art to gratitude. There is a form, structure, a knack for growing it, developing it, and subsequently owning it as a way of life. But why does it matter? Why grow gratitude? Why spend the time developing it? Aren’t there other fun, uplifting, exciting things to do with one’s time? The art of gratitude means there is a way to...

Unity Books Wins Three Nautilus Book Awards

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 3:12pm
Two Books win Best of Small Press, Gold, and Silver for the 2018 season Nautilus Books has recognized books for a better world for the last twenty years. Each year, they honor the books that have contributed to conscious living, social change and social justice, and spiritual growth. This year, Unity Books is delighted to be have been honored with three of the Nautilus Book Awards for the 2018...

Why Observe Ramadan? A Unity Minister Answers

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 8:45am
For Non-Muslims, Fasting and Iftar Offer Connection and Reflection When was the last time you participated in something sacred with 1.5 billion people? The thought of that may sound exciting or possibly a little daunting, but I can tell you it is enlightening and deeply rewarding. I am referring to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is considered the holiest month of the year for Muslims,...

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