Understanding Unity Series: Part 5 of 8
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Two words you often hear in Unity are meditation and prayer. Though most of us are familiar with these terms, it’s a good idea to revisit them from the Unity perspective, especially from within the context of the paradigm of oneness.
The paradigm of oneness starts with the idea that we are each one with God. That we are unaware of this relationship of oneness at the experiential level is attributable to the fact that most of us were raised with a paradigm of separation—the belief that God is outside of us, traditionally up in the sky. The paradigm of oneness embraces the idea shared by Jesus that we should not look lo here or lo there for the kingdom of God, for this kingdom is in the midst of, or, within us (Luke 17:21). So it is within that we go. And we do this through the practice of meditation.
Meditation is an intuitive infilling of God’s presence in our awareness. Our first attempts at finding this inner kingdom are thwarted by a busy and easily distracted mind. With practice, however, we become aware of this deeper dimension and it becomes our conscious companion throughout our day.
From the standpoint of the paradigm of oneness, prayer becomes an affirmative process rather than a beseeching activity. If we are one with God already, then we affirm that all the power, all the love, all the life, all the intelligence we need to live a successful life is now present and expressing through us. The beseeching prayer, on the other hand, asks God to give us something that we do not have.
Take the thought, I am in God and God is in me as one you use as a starting point for meditation. Carry this thought throughout your day. In your times of need, affirm the truth about your conditions, that God is present and now manifesting as perfect life, love, power, and intelligence. Affirm the guidance and healing activity of God right now. See God as your unfailing supply. With practice, you will find your mind automatically moving to the paradigm of oneness.