One of Unity’s “Golden Keys”
One of the things that first attracted me to Unity Church was that prayer was a keystone of Unity’s practices. I grew up as an atheist, but changed my mind in my early 20’s, when I realized that I did believe there was a God, I just wasn’t sure that He could be found only in organized religion. In fact, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t find Him there. So I started to call myself an agnostic.
I began to explore psychic phenomena with a boyfriend in Denver, who invited me to a series of lectures at the University of Denver, about ESP and other “paranormal” expressions that couldn’t be explained by the science that was the prevailing understanding of such events. This led me to the Edgar Cayce teachings and books. When I moved to Missoula, I became a member of a group that met weekly to study his book A Search for God. I was told this is what Cayce had given to people who were interested in learning how to access their own psychic abilities; he said they should concentrate first on becoming closer to God.
After a couple of years of meetings, my life had changed a bit, and I was interested in deepening my spiritual understanding. A friend, who was also a member of the study group, suggested I might like Unity Church, because a lot of people who liked Edgar Cayce also had a home at Unity. Little did I know that I was about to find my life’s path!
One of the things that had resonated with me with the Cayce readings was his emphasis on prayer. So when I learned that Unity had been founded on the practice of prayer, and that Unity stressed that everyone needed to connect with their own spirit within, through prayer and meditation, I was hooked! My understanding of God, Unity, prayer, and meditation has only deepened through the years I have been a part of Unity. In fact, I still am learning how to pray from the connecting point of Spirit Within, instead of to a disconnected Spirit located somewhere else. I am comforted in the knowledge that this is an ongoing struggle for lots of other people, including Unity ministers and Licensed Unity Teachers. We are all working on healing our idea of being separate from God, and maybe, someday, we will give up this silly idea of separation and be truly at home in the Oneness.
Blessings to you all,
Linda Andrus, your Licensed Unity Teacher