One Presence, One Power

Have you ever wondered what Unity believes?  Or maybe you have been asked that question and had no idea how to answer.

Over the years I have been asked that quite often, and depending on how much time I have to answer, my response differs.  What never changes, however, is my belief in the core principles of Unity, and how they have been life-changing for me.  They have given me strength and comfort no matter what is going on in my life. 

Unity’s first basic principle is that there is one Presence and One Power in the Universe, and that Presence/Power is Good.

As a child, I never could understand how the version of God, as some being in the sky with a long beard and robe, made any sense.  If God was like a man how could he possibly be with everyone at all times?  In Unity, we believe that God is Presence – meaning It is everywhere at the same time similar to the air we breathe.  There isn’t more air in one place than another or more available to one person than another.

We live and breathe in that Presence like a drop of water lives and breathes in the ocean.  It is part of the ocean, has the qualities of the ocean, but is not the ocean.

God is Power, not powerful like humans can be, but Power itself and is always available to us whenever we need it and seek it.  Like the drop of water, it may have the same molecular structure as the ocean but it does not have the power of the ocean but gets its power from the ocean.

When I am challenged by events in life, there is a great comfort knowing the Presence and Power of God, is not only all around me but within me as well.  All I need to do, is stop and connect to that Presence and Power and I know that whatever happens, good will come from it – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly – but it will come.

Quote of the Week

“God, Who is everywhere, never leaves us. Yet He seems sometimes to be present, sometimes to be absent. If we do not know Him well, we do not realize that He may be more present to us when He is absent than when He is present.” 

Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

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