“If we're all innately good, what happens to those who didn't reach the awareness of that good while living their human experience?
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
I believe that awakening to the awareness of the innate goodness of one’s self is a divine destiny that everyone will ultimately experience. It’s important to remember that, in the cosmic scheme of things, an entire human lifetime can be contained in one fleeting moment. While it would seem that many never awaken to their goodness during the course of their life, the awakening is certain regardless. Many people in Unity embrace the idea of reincarnation, which has the soul returning from lifetime to lifetime until the awakening is experienced. Others in Unity are hesitant to explain how the awakening occurs beyond this lifetime, but still rest in the certainty that it does take place.
From my perspective, it doesn’t really matter how or when the awakening takes place – only that it does happen. Like the parable of the prodigal son, we can be sure that our journey into the ‘far country’ of forgetting our innate goodness will end with a return home, to the remembrance of our divine identity. This adventure is under divine orchestration. Every one of us is made in God’s image and likeness, and the eventual demonstration of that spiritual truth is promised to all.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
When we speak of our divine self as innately “good”, it is a “good” that is beyond the duality of the world of time and space, and beyond the conditioning of our egoic mind. It is a “good” that can only be fully understood, and experienced in the stillness, with and open heart, that knows it’s oneness with God. God is beyond right or wrong, beyond, time and space reality. God, the good, is the underlying presence, ever present in creation and beyond; the space where all creation arises and disappears into.
The soul will continue to incarnate in a body as long as it believes to be a separate entity. This cycle will continue until it realizes its true nature, and awakens to the Christ Mind. As we deepen in spiritual understanding, and practice relaxing into our divine nature, we come to realize that the awakening is a here and now experience. At any time we can awaken to the Christ Mind and see into the nature of reality. Then we can compassionately embrace the human experience and find the freedom our soul longs for and know without a doubt that it is, indeed, all good, all God.