I think it’s really important for us to have a clear understanding of what Unity teaches. There are a lot of places to look, as you know. Charles Fillmore’s Unity’s Statement of Faith is a good place to start. I’d love for you to check out the five basic beliefs I put together many years ago. Even saying “positive, practical Christianity” or (my personal favorite) “God is Good, you are good, go do good” is a great start. And of course everybody should read Lessons in Truth.
But that’s what Unity believes. What do YOU believe? There’s probably a lot of overlap, but the differences are really important. Yes, we all believe that God is all there is, that humanity has a divine inheritance, that what we think about is what we experience, that people should be free, and that Jesus Christ is our hero. But where are we at, as individuals, as far as living that out?
Your religion isn’t what’s given to you from on high. Your religion is the story you tell yourself. So what’s your story? I’m inspired by the examples I’ve seen. Charles and Myrtle’s dedication and covenant is huge for me; as I’ve said, it’s the background image on my phone, just so that I’ll see it all the time. Jack Kerouac’s is just as strange and interesting as you’d expect. Bill Hicks is a hero of mine, and his rules (warning: some of the language there is rough) have a special place in my heart. I revisit the secret rules that Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson came up with all the time.
Please take some time and think about what your story, your rules, your credo might be. If you could tell a younger version of yourself what’s really important, what would you say?