Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Unity - Anywhere Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Unity - Anywhere Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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You'd have to know how close the three of us are - standing by each other constantly in our work on a project we dearly love - to understand how we felt that December night in a city on the other side of the world.

It had been a long day of travel through beautiful countryside - from lush tropics to a modern megalopolis to our final destination. We were all tired. Suddenly one of us (I honestly don't remember who) said something thoughtless. Then there was a comeback that was equally thoughtless. And within seconds - right there in the glow of the twinkling Christmas tree in the hotel lobby - we were all arguing with each other.

As I headed back to my room to change clothes before the first meeting, I felt heartsick. And for the first time in many weeks of traveling, I felt alone. I asked myself: How could this conference, which we'd traveled halfway around the world to attend together, be anything less than a disaster now? How could we possibly set aside the foolish things that had just happened? How could we get back to the vision - and the mutual love - that we'd always shared? The answer to these questions came in one word: God. Obviously, my friends and I - on our own - weren't capable right then of anything but making the situation worse. We'd proved that out in the lobby! But with God ... the impossible is possible. The foolish is forgotten. The unforgivable is already forgiven. Because God - and the flawless spiritual universe He/She made - is all there is. God is the only One. The totally good One. The one One. The truth is, God doesn't know anything but His/Her oneness and goodness. So, I thought to myself, why should I? Why should my friends? Why should anybody? What I was starting to see was that this irreducible unity of God isn't something esoteric out there. It's right here. It's everywhere. It's wherever you and I are - in Indonesia or Russia or Zimbabwe or the United States. All of us are in God's oneness, always. …

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