As part of my process to become a credentialed minister, I am taking four courses right now from Unity Worldwide Ministries. These are some of the same courses required to become a Licensed Unity Teacher, as well. The online courses are on metaphysics, “Acts to Revelation,” and interpretation of Jesus’ teachings. I’m in class almost every night of the week.
But, just when I think I have mastered the understanding of our relationship with God, I am introduced to a missive by Charles Fillmore or a lecture by Rev Paul Hasselbeck or a sermon by Rev Eric Butterworth and I realize, yet again, that my studies will truly never end.
It’s not because I haven’t learned the mechanics of Unity. It’s because I haven’t yet completed the internalization and realization of what it means to be a Christ-expression of the Divine Mind.
We all come to our own place in our relationship with God in as many different paths as there are people. I suppose it would make it easier if we were all alike — then there would only be one prescribed path needed. But, as individualized expressions of our Creator, we come into our spiritual life at different levels of understanding, with varied backgrounds and shadows, and with different aims and outcomes.
Our souls resonate differently to different messages. Concepts that are strange to some are quite familiar and comforting to others. That’s why despite the fact there is one Bible, there are thousands and thousands of books on Christianity. And that’s not even considering other religions and teachers.
What is beautiful about my studies is that I find insights from a wide variety of authors and teachers. Besides the amazing metaphysical glory of the Gospels, I am inspired by a broad assortment of authors: Fillmore, Butterworth, Cady, Hawkins, Tolle, and Turner. I have learned from A Course in Miracles, Quest, and the Gnostic Gospels.
And I still have over 80 books on my iPad that I had added to my reading queue, expecting to get to them some day. In short, I have a never-ending supply of amazing, wonderful, and inspired works into which I can be immersed.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.Luke 2:46-47
How do you study your spirituality? Is your spiritual journey over? Like Jesus, it’s healthier to listen, read, ask, and pray.
Especially in times like this, there can be no greater need for a personal unity of soul and spirit. There is nothing that can possibly help us lift ourselves from any crisis as well as being whole.
And to be whole is a daily regimen of asking and listening. The very same actions of a student.