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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Unity Symbol

WINGS FLYING UPWARDS - Charles Fillmore explained the symbol of his faith, which is wings flying upwards, in Unity Magazine in April of 1923. "As man develops spiritual consciousness, he attains the realization of the soul as the wings of the body. Artists paint their angels with wings, representing in this way their freedom from physical fetters. But the soul does not have wings like a bird. The life activity of the soul is quickened by Spirit until it rises above the thoughts of matter and floats free in the fourth dimension, which Jesus called the kingdom of the heavens."

Unity

The Unity movement sprung out of mainstream Christianity in the late 1800s when many became interested in how its co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore was healed through prayer and affirmations.1 Myrtle and her husband, Charles, began small prayer circles to teach how the repetition of Jesus Christ's "positive statements of truth" could bring health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind.

Charles was born the son of a Chippewa trader on a Minnesota Indian reservation in 1854 and was considered physically disabled after a childhood skating accident.2 Myrtle Fillmore was adopted in Ohio at an early age and described herself as "an emaciated little woman" with a cabinet full of medicines for tuberculosis, aggravated by malaria.3 The couple was plagued with physical difficulties when married in 1881.

Five years later, they attended a New Thought Lecture by Dr. E.B. Weeks. At that time, Myrtle accepted the idea expressed in the Christian scriptures that she was a child of God and did not inherit sickness.4 Within two years, she was healed completely. Charles adopted a similar, spiritual healing process and the chronic pain in his leg and hip eventually ceased.5 He continued studying world religions and philosophies, and the couple began writing about their beliefs. In April of 1889, the Fillmores published the first issue of Modern Thought, a national magazine that was renamed Unity in 1894. Unity was born.

Today Unity is followed by many throughout the world under the Association of Unity Churches. It produces the Unity and Daily Word magazines.

The Bible is the supreme and most deeply spiritual of all scripture and their "textbook." They see the Bible as relevant today and followers turn to it for its historical, literary, and moral teachings.6 "The Bible is the history of man. In its sixty-six books it describes in allegory, prophecy, epistle, parable, and poem, man's generation, degeneration, and regeneration."7 Unity interprets these Scriptures in a metaphysical sense to learn spiritual lessons from the people and their experiences. For example, Unity teaches that the cross Jesus Christ died on symbolizes the destruction of all false beliefs.

Unity also believe that other teachings contain spiritual truths. They use instruction from Buddha, the Koran, the Tao of Lao-tse, Confucious, the Upanishads, and Zend-Avesta.8


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Unity: Symbol and History Footnotes

1 The Association of Unity Churches, http://www.unity.org/, Obtained 12/13/04.

2 Joanne Blum, Ph.D., contributer to Unity and New Thought publications, "Judgment―Don't Go There." She can be contacted at blum.2@osu.edu. (An edited version of this article appeared in the August 1997 issue of Unity Magazine, under the title "Escape the Judgment Trap." ), Foound at: The Association of Unity Churches, http://www.unity.org/, Obtained 12/13/04.

3 Ibid.

4 The Association of Unity Churches, http://www.unity.org/, Obtained 12/13/04.

5 Joanne Blum, Ph.D., contributer to Unity and New Thought publications, "Judgment―Don't Go There." She can be contacted at blum.2@osu.edu. (An edited version of this article appeared in the August 1997 issue of Unity Magazine, under the title "Escape the Judgment Trap." ). Found at: The Association of Unity Churches, http://www.unity.org/, Obtained 12/13/04.

6 The Association of Unity Churches, http://www.unity.org/, Obtained 12/13/04.

7 Charles Fillmore, "Mysteries of Genesis," page 9; http://websyte.com/unity/mog.htm,Obtained 3/2/05.

8 Unity School of Christianity, "What Unity Teaches," page 4. Found at: The Association of Unity Churches, http://www.unity.org/, Obtained 12/13/04.


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