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DWELLING IN UNITY

From the May 1931 issue of The Christian Science Journal


THE true sense of dwelling in unity is to recognize and be continually conscious of the fact that there is only one Mind, God, and that man is the expression of Mind. Does this seem too wide an assertion to make? No; for what it comprises is only what Jesus the Christ emphasized as God's law, and the way by which we may attain the understanding of our spiritual inheritance, eternal life: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." The true sense of living in unity with those around us, in the home, in business, in times of happiness or times of trial, is the recognition of our own spiritual oneness with infinite Mind, as an individual, perfect idea; and also of the equal spiritual oneness with Mind, in their true being as Mind's ideas, of all with whom we are thrown in the relations of daily life.

But, it may be said, that task is easy when our companions show the lovable and good qualities which express God, good. It is natural for us to reflect those qualities in our turn when friendliness and affection are met with kindness and understanding, and a right thought is met with the flash of answering thought. This is spontaneous and simple, and we recognize that dwelling in unity is, as the Psalmist said, "good and . . . pleasant." But what if those about us seem to meet our cheerfulness with discouragement, our kindness with churlishness, our progressiveness with obstruction? What then? Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has written (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 262): "God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image. Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection —an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original perfection". It is therefore our part to be conscious of Love's ever-presence and of man's unity with Love, no matter what the situation may be, or how much the false belief of hate, malice, or anger may try to obtrude itself on our thought. In becoming conscious of our spiritual unity with God, we arrive, in some measure at least, at the practical and only true way to dwell in unity with our fellow men.

Divine Mind is reflected and expressed through its ideas. Our work, then, is not only to express perfect Mind in our thought, word, and action day by day, moment by moment, but to hold the true concept of all God's children as equally at-one with Him, and as constantly able to express His qualities and desirous of doing so. This effort will be found to bring into our surroundings an increasing measure of harmony, progress, and right activity; and as we ourselves entertain harmonious and kindly thoughts and the desire for unity—inseparability from God— and see our fellow men as having an equal share of intelligence, goodness, and every other quality of God, we shall receive helpfulness in return. True consciousness, reflecting Mind, sees everywhere intelligence, friendliness, kindness, trust, and answering confidence.

Some may grant that all this may be true here and now, but that death is able to break the unity of friends and families. Here again speaks so-called mortal mind, the false sense of intelligence; for if God is All,—all presence, all power, all knowledge,— it will be seen that logically He constitutes all reality. What opportunity, then, is left for death, the supposed absence of life, to do anything? How can death be real when there is no room for any reality but God and His manifestation?

Webster defines "unity" in part as the "state of being one; oneness;" and if the truth of man's oneness with his creator, God, is accepted, and idea is seen to be at-one with its divine Principle, then it must be acknowledged that no experience, not even that called death, can cause separation between those ideas which are each and all individually and spiritually at-one with Him.

Mrs. Eddy answers the question "What is God?" in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," as follows (p. 465): "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." An idea of God cannot, then, be separate or have entity apart from Life, since God is Life; nor from Love, since God is Love. Those, therefore, whose loved ones have to human sense been parted from them by the experience of death, which Paul says is "the last enemy that shall be destroyed," are believing that what is not cause can have effect. This must be seen as an illusion, since God is the only cause. The unity of man with God is the truth of being, and it can never be reversed or altered by any material event claiming to have power or reality. Death has no power over the real man. As our spiritual understanding grows and our vision becomes clearer; as we go farther in our study of the Christian Science textbook, in which its author has set forth the truth about God and man, we shall grasp more firmly our rich inheritance, our unity with the one Father-Mother God.

We may prove this unity in our home and begin to carry it farther, into our work and daily business. Brotherliness, which is the fruit of spiritual unity, will help us in applying the Golden Rule; for in seeing and comprehending our true selfhood we shall better understand those about us, and show them more kindness and consideration. Unity in the home and in the office will broaden into unity between nations; for unselfishness can bring about only mutual good will, unity of interests, a universal desire for peace, and more harmonious conditions and prosperity. Unity of thought and action is the strongest bond, the truest happiness, the surest way to success, and the greatest power for good between men and nations. One ray of sunshine alone cannot make a bright day; but let many shine and all the landscape is glorified! In unity of purpose self is forgotten in the desire for the good of all.

"One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations," writes Mrs. Eddy (Science and Health, p. 340). To unify is to cause to be one. God being the one cause, and effect being at-one with cause, each idea is a complete unit, yet at-one with all. No spiritual idea is ever isolated, each shares good with the countless ideas which proceed from divine Principle, each has its part in the inheritance: universal, eternal; divine good is for all equally.

Unity means concord, harmony. Thus, spiritual unity is the foundation of peace, which a war-weary and storm-tossed world so much desires, and which all may find in putting into practice that brotherly love which grows out of the understanding and constant awareness of man's unity with God, and which is clearly and practically explained in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook.

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