The Balance of Independence

Published on: March 1, 2013

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I’ve noticed over the years that Unity people, myself included, deeply value independence. I believe this value resonates with our desire to go within and access the Christ Presence, align with it and allow it to shine through us, as us. Truly this is the goal of our Unity teachings.

Over the years I have also learned that values don’t stand alone, but rather come in pairs. A pair of values offers us balance, i.e., activity and rest, strength and vulnerability. Beena Sharma shares with us an understanding of how this works in her article, “Midwifing the New Unity.” When the light of our attention shines so brightly on one value, we end up losing what is available to us if we also embraced its opposite.

So what value balances our independence? Perhaps it’s our connection with others.

What gifts lie in wait for us as Unity individuals, spiritual communities, regions and national organizations as we begin to embrace our collective whole? What possibilities can be created locally, nationally and internationally when we recognize, organize and orchestrate our efforts as one? What redundancy can be streamlined, what new efforts undertaken, what liberation and clarity can we tap into? I, as an individual, don’t know the answers to these questions; but I know that, through connecting with the individuals in our Unity community, the answers can be revealed.

Let’s take a moment and learn more about how we are connected. By taking a look at the whole, one can better understand how he or she as an individual plays a part in that whole. We can begin to see how we can do things in better ways. We can be inspired to share our Christ Light in the areas in which we’re called to play our part.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe recognized, “In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” May we bring the beauty of our independence to the collective whole, learn and discern how we are part of it, and work together to co-create a world that works for all.

Kristen Preud'homme
Executive Director of Communication and Technology at Unity Worldwide Ministries
Kristen, ordained Unity minister, is responsible for overseeing events, graphics, printed and media communications of all kinds as well as directing the Unity Identity Program. Her focus is to create greater connection and communication among ministers, ministries and Unity Worldwide Ministries.

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