Talking in Circles

Published on: December 12, 2016

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  1. It is not enough to know the truth. We must put the truth we know into action in order to create a better world.
  2. Prayer and meditation connects us directly to the spiritual essence of all things, enhances our wisdom, and expands our capacity to love.
  3. The quality of our thinking determines the quality of our experience.
  4. We are Spirit expressing as diverse human beings, here and now.
  5. One Spirit is manifesting as All—all manifestation, all power, all intelligence, all love, everywhere present, all the time.

These are our five basic Unity principles … rephrased and inverted from our traditional order. While it may make sense to those of us who are accustomed to reading them from the top down to begin with One Spirit (Presence, Power) and work our way through to the fifth principle, the action principle, it may be equally plausible to start from the bottom and go up.

Research shows that, to our younger generations, theology is often secondary to personal involvement. There is a desire on the part of our Millennials and GenXers to make a tangible and sustainable difference in the world. Within these generations, what one does is more important than what one says he or she believes. Action is the authenticity marker of undergirding beliefs, and authentic action must come first before theology becomes important and/or credible.

But how do we reach all people, not just particular generations? How do we span the generational gaps in disseminating our message? For starters, it may require that we begin to see our basic five principles, not as a progression of theology from top to bottom, or bottom to top as depicted above, but rather, as a circle of points.

At any point, one may enter the circle and begin to experience the transformation Unity offers through its path for spiritual living … a path that is a circle whose center is within the heart and mind, and whose circumference is infinitely expanding and radiating light, love, wisdom, right action and peace.

A question to ask is, does your spiritual community offer opportunities for all points of entry to be experienced?

Just as all paths lead to God, all points eventually lead to a deeper realization of one spiritual essence expressing as all. It doesn’t matter if a person is seeking a deeper experience of God through prayer or a venue for compassionate social action, his or her point of entry is the right point.

As we are led by Spirit, we come to see the truth of all five points, and all five points as the essence of one truth: God is all power, all intelligence, all love, everywhere present, all the time.

Donna Johnson
Rev Donna Johnson is the President and CEO at Unity Worldwide Ministries.

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  • Carol Schultz

    Thanks for this,Donna. I always appreciate a new way to express the principles in classes. Carol Schultz, LUT

  • Ellen_Debenport

    I love this, Donna!

  • Joy Cleary

    Thank you, Donna, for shaking things up! I taught the 5 Principles class for my LUT requirement and am now using this in training our center’s Prayer Chaplains in the Unity Basics workshop. I am excited to share this new way of looking at and practicing the principles in daily life. I know this will be enriching and expanding.