Basic Unity Teachings: a
layman's perspective, by Richard Gurbin
teachesthere is but one GOD, individualized (and readily/directly
accessible) in every person as the Christ within. Christ is that
individualized expression of perfect Love, Omniscience, Omnipotence, and
Omnipresence. Top of Page
We believe that the
fundamental nature of man is perfection (in the likeness of God) and that
we had chosen to obscure our perfection with error thought. Repenting
is simply changing our minds, redeciding and releasing the error thoughts
to rediscover our Divinity and the joyous beauty of our highest and best
is a way of life; a way of approaching and living life. It is an
attitude more than a dogmatic religion. It is positive thinking. It is
practical Christianity. As Christians, Unity believes that the Christ
presence is “....the way, the truth, and the life”. At the same time, we
know that God, as infinite love and all good, loves all people regardless
of the many and varied paths we may take to Him/Her. Therefore, we are
inclusive of all. Top of Page
Unity has some Basic Understandings that give us foundation:
There is only one presence and one power in the universe ... God
the good, omnipotence. God is ALL, more than we can humanly imagine.
God is the only reality.
Made in God's image and likeness, man is Divine. God is individualized
in every person as the Christ. “Christ in you. Your hope of glory.” (Col.1:27).
This Divinity is fully demonstrated in Jesus the Christ.
We do not expound the notion of original sin. Rather,
Unity teachings are based on the notion of original innocence.
Love is considered to be that notion which fuels a sincere
desire for the genuine well-being of the recipient. We may
have the direct experience of Christ & GOD anytime we choose.
the Law of Mind Action explains how we effect our circumstances.
Our minds are our field of operation. Thoughts are powerful and creative.
The Law of Mind Action is: “Thoughts held in mind, reproduce after their
kind.” or ”Whatever you give your attention to prospers.” or “You create
your reality through your beliefs.” or "As within, so without".
Our premise is that: results are nurtured by actions; actions are nurtured
by thoughts; thoughts are nurtured by attitudes/beliefs/paridigms.
When we invite our attitudes/beliefs/paradigms to be inspired by God (on
an ongoing basis), then only Good results. The self-fulfilling prophesy
is then preempted by the Self-fulfilling Prophesy.
the Law of Substitution enables us to use the Law of Mind Action
to our best advantage. The only way to be free of a certain thought
is to substitute another one for it. You cannot dismiss a thought
directly. You can, however, nullify it by substituting another
thought for it. If I say to you, "Do not think of purple chickens,"
of course, you immediately think of purple chickens. Even if I say,
"I am not going to think of purple chickens" that is thinking about it.
But if you become interested in something else, you forget all about purple
chickens -- and this is a case of substitution. When negative thoughts
come to you, do not fight them, but think of something positive/empowering.
Preferably think of God; but, if that is difficult at the moment, turn
you attention to something quite different.
Denials and Affirmations make use of the Law of Mind Action and
the Law of substitution and work to affect and change man's mind, not God's,
and therefore change our thoughts and beliefs. They provide the “transference”
of power from error belief to Faith in the Truth. Note: Denial has
a meaning unique to Unity in this context and refers to the awareness,
renunciation, release, and replacement of that which is being denied -
in a context of surrender to God/Christ, being humanly powerless.
Prayer is an acknowledgment and affirmation about the Truth of God
and our relationship to Him/Her. Prayer and Meditation are ways to open
ourselves to insight, intuition and conscious awareness of the greater
reality. Acceptance and expression of our Divinity through
forgiveness and love is our primary purpose and function for being here.
Every thought, word, and action can move us toward the Divine perfection
that is God's Will for us all.
Unity seeks to relate our spirituality to our daily lives, affirming
that for every need there is God's perfect answer. The Bible is our main
source book of Truth, a spiritual map we interpret (mainly metaphysically)
to assist us in finding our way to that realization of our unbounded Spiritual
Living by the Grace of God is to have an ever growing awareness/appreciation
of God's unbounded Love for us, His Creation, and an understanding that
Love is His gift to us. A gift given to us and through us ...
to be given by us to others. As a gift, it does not in any way have
to be earned (for how could we possibly earn perfection?). It merely
needs to be invited, received, accepted, and appreciated by our thoughts
... to master all our actions. God's Love is unconditional in the
sense that it is equally available to all at all times for all aspects
of all life. God's Love is, however, conditional in the sense that
we must be willing to give it away (share it) in order to experience it
fully. In order to actualize it we must be willing to express it
in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
In short, Unity emphasizes the Divine potential within each and
every one of us as children of God and teaches that, through a practical
understanding and application of what Jesus taught, every person can
realize and express his or her Divine potential for a happier, fuller and
more prosperous life - right here, right now!
We support tithing (as
individuals and as an organization) our time, our material treasures, and
our talents; although, we note that it is important to give the tithe(s)
unconditionally in the context of Spiritual Love (definition
above) for full benefit. Tithing is distinct from charity in that
charity is given out of compassion/pity while tithing is done out of gratitude
to those who nurture us Spiritually.
Unity Church of Mississauga
is a self-supporting, independent centre which operates under the auspices
of the Association of Unity Churches and in co-operation with the Unity
School of Christianity (est. 1889) near Kansas City, Missouri. We
have often offered our facilities on a Love offering basis and we
pay our church and outreach expenses using: money provided on this
Love offering basis; tithes from like-minded
organizations; and, donations of others who value our service. Any
contribution you choose to make will be gratefully accepted. Please
direct donations & communications to Outreach Programs -
CSAR, Unity Church of Mississauga. We are currently upgrading our facilities
so please call for the proper address (905-608-9310). Donations totaling
over $100 (when accompanied by name and address) in any calendar
year will be receipted for tax purposes. We are a registered, nonprofit,
Programs: Unity of Mississauga actively supports "satellite" study
groups interested in nurturing a "Home for your Heart". If
you would like more information, please feel welcome to contact us directly