Unity Means “Harmony”
Unity means “Harmony” with God’s Spirit, life in general, within ourselves, with others and with the world within and around us. Every step towards experiencing “Harmony” reduces or eliminates one’s struggles and discords. The life of every individual is based on beliefs. We believe that the sun will rise. We believe that we will get up in the morning. We believe that when we go to sit down on a chair that it will support us…and that if we don’t believe it, then we act with caution. As one proceeds on the path of greater “Harmony” it necessitates giving up a multitude of old, unhealthy, unproductive and outgrown beliefs.
Unity uses the terms “false beliefs” and “true beliefs”. “False beliefs” have no value, they are inaccurate personal opinions and are like trees that don’t “bear fruit”. Some people unfortunately are determined to not change their beliefs no matter what it costs them. We look at “true beliefs” on two levels. On one level, it refers to what is “true” in the material realm, for example, mathematics and honest science. Science has provided windows into the micro world and into the universe itself. Science however does not believe in miracles. Most scientists believe that everything can be measured and will eventually be able to be explained. On a spiritual level, “true beliefs” are also provable, demonstrable and reliable. However, “True beliefs” are based on spiritual realities which apply in both the spiritual and material realms. “True beliefs” require a person to believe in something that is invisible, intangible and undefinable. Have you ever experienced something, even in the material world, that was so wonderful, so beautiful and so precious that you called the moment indescribable? This is the basic characteristic of a spiritual experience. Spiritual “true beliefs” that are on a higher order, lead a person to a profound realization and experience of “Harmony”.
The path to “Harmony” can be slowed by persistent “false beliefs” that we have not been able to identify, or, have not been able to release. Jesus encountered this same issue in the people of His day. Jesus illustrated this same hurdle when addressing detractors. Many said, regardless of John the Baptist’s great work that he was crazy! Then, referring to Himself, they called Him a drunkard and a glutton. They clearly didn’t or didn’t want to accept His teachings or message. This didn’t bother Jesus because he let His work speak for itself saying “Ah, well, wisdom stands or falls by her own results.” So, no teacher can compel students to believe something that they are unwilling or not ready to accept. An effective spiritual teacher can offer and explain spiritual truths which have the ability to ‘ring true’ within a student, prompting the student to listen and remember the wisdom that is being awakened inside of them. Intellectual understanding is usually the forerunner of spiritual understanding because a spiritual experience without intellectual understanding can be terrifying, shocking, unbelievable and as wonderful as it may be, if it came in the form of a miracle, a person might label it as ‘good luck’. “True beliefs” are based on spiritual realities. When one adheres to “true beliefs”, in their thoughts, words, actions, reactions and deeds, the results will become evident and will change the way one thinks and what one believes, thus inspiring one to have confidence in giving up more “false beliefs”. This builds trust in one’s relationship with God, creating a deeper connection and intimacy, thereby increasing greater “Harmony” in one’s life and outlooks.