Unity on the Bay

A positive path for spiritual living

Unity on the Bay is a diverse spiritual home that embraces and radiates unconditional love, acceptance, energy and healing.  At Unity, we believe that there is one power: God, the good, omnipotent, and that the awareness and connection with this power opens the manifest world to its highest and best good in every individual and the universe as a whole.  As this awareness becomes an intricate part of our lives, we begin to transform ourselves, our community and our world.

“How do we know what is true?"

Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister

From a Unity perspective, there is a single, absolute truth – the one presence and one power of God.  I believe this truth resides in the depths of every heart.  From it, right thought and action can be discerned.

We can access this truth by identifying with the Christ presence.  For me, this requires relaxation, surrender and willingness.  One of my favorite affirmative statements is “I am the Christ, I live in God.”  As I focus on this statement and let all other thoughts subside, I begin to experience a sense of divine wisdom.

If I am pondering the truth about something in particular, I bring it into the realm of this divine wisdom.  The “something” I am pondering either resonates with this field of wisdom or it does not.  Another way of stating this may be to say that there is a sense of rightness – or there is not.

I am an advocate of this space of wisdom within every person, and the more it is used the easier it is to access.  I discourage others from looking to anyone or anything outside of themselves to understand what is truth and what is not.  Truth reveals itself a little differently in every person, and the only understanding or awareness of truth that will work for you is the one that resonates in your heart. 

We spend most our lives trying to live by the truth of other people, which always brings a degree of suffering.  As we take on the identity of the Christ presence, we forgo looking to know what is true from outside sources and find a sense of relief and integrity by standing confidently in our own unique and wonderful truth.

Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister

Truth resides at the very core of our existence.  It is the unchanging Presence of the Absolute that has no beginning and no end.  When it comes to the world of manifestation everything is in constant change. What was true yesterday may no longer be true today. 

Once one enters a spiritual path and has a burning desire to awaken from the dream of separation it is advisable to question all beliefs. Under inquiry not one thought can stand as true. Under the light of awakening it is discovered that everything our senses tell us is “true” is nothing more than phenomena.  

One practice I highly recommend is to separate facts from our interpretation.  This is one way we can begin to look at and discover the many lies we tell ourselves. Mind loves to create stories around our thoughts and then define it as our truth.  

The wise one loves to visit the place of, “I don’t know, “ for it knows that with an open mind one is available for infinite possibilities.

Rev. Juan del Hierro

If we are talking about Truth, we know it through experience it in our life, whether through meditation, a relationship or a situation we have moved through. And yet, we must realize that in many ways it is Truth through our own filters. We can continually clean our filters through meditation, self-inquiry and our spiritual path. I love how Charles Fillmore, our co-founder, once said that this philosophy was his beliefs at the moment but he reserved the right to change his mind. Of course, he did not change his mind often but the openness by which he saw his philosophy is what is important. The most important thing to note is "is this understanding of Truth serving me right now for my highest good and expression of my authentic self." If so, that Truth is bringing you closer to a deeper understanding of life and God.

Now, if we are talking about truth in the world of senses (ie. He is not nice to me), we are invited to recognize that there is a difference between fact and truth. And that our facts may be colored by once again our filters and perceptions, many of which are created by the Monkey Mind. So how can we get to the truth in these cases? I would invite us to look into Byron Katie's work for further exploration of it. Do it! You will enjoy it! Eer, is that true? Hmmm.