In 1893, while Charles Fillmore was meditating in the silence, the word Unity leaped into his mind as the name for his newly developing movement. Charles continued throughout the remainder of his life to study world religions and philosophies. He also studied the link between religion and science.

In my studies of metaphysics, I have been drawn to the universal concept of UNITY, but also to ONENESS and WHOLENESS. For many, all three of these words tend to refer to the same thing: the oneness of life. However, I believe that each of these three words can describe three unique metaphysical conceptualizations – each of which can be quite beneficial in our daily lives.

#1. The universal concept of Oneness states that there is only one Life – that there is only one Source for all that is, both visible and invisible. Life emanates from One-Intelligence, One-Spirit. God is the name we give to that One. The key mark of Judaism is the affirmative Shema: “Hear O Israel: the Lord our God is One.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

The One Intelligence and Consciousness we call God manifests as countless forms and expressions. You and I are such individualized expressions of the One Source. Jesus declared in John 10:30 that “the Father and I are One” and prayed in his farewell prayer that “they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us.”  (John 17:21).

#2. The universal concept of Wholeness implies that the One Source is whole, complete, lacking nothing. Jesus taught “All things are possible with God”, which implies there is a solution or answer for every happening that is not to our liking.
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I see the Wholeness of God as a Self-Organizing System, capable of making adjustments to bring forth a better expression. I perceive the earth as a self-organizing system, as well. Moreover, I believe that each soul is self-organizing; that our body is self-organizing . . . and has the potential to heal itself.

We see this when we cut our finger – the body innately has the know-how to repair or heal. Jesus exclaimed to a woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years, “‘Your faith has made you whole.’ And the woman was healed from that hour.” (Matthew 9:22). We have so much more to discover about the ever-present Wholeness of Life.

#3. The universal concept of Unity can, of course, be understood as oneness or wholeness. But I think of unity as a way to conceptualize “inter-connectedness”. In his book, Unity of All Life, Eric Butterworth writes of this teaching, addressing how everything is connected to everything else. Actually, prayer is contingent upon synchronization with each other -- and with God.

Maybe the inter-connectedness of all life is being reflected in Luke 19. Jesus told a huge crowd that were celebrating and praising God that “if they were silent, the very rocks would start to shout!”

Quantum mechanics is now providing proof for all three of these concepts at the sub-atomic level. I’m certain that Charlie would be studying these scientific discoveries along with me if he were still living upon the earth today.

Right, Charlie?

Three Basic Universal Concepts
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
May 1, 2013