Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, recently said, “It’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, we don’t pretend unification, but that we truly and actually unify…” Of course, he is referring to the need for the different wings of the Republican party to unify. But, it made me think of unity in a deeper way.
One of the most important points in the study of Christian Science is man’s oneness with God, divine Principle. This divine Principle is the law of good that underlies our being. Why is it so important to recognize this unity? Look what it did for Jesus! He said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Living this truth equipped him with the understanding to overcome things like raging seas, leprosy, paralysis, and even death.
Nineteenth century healer, Mary Baker Eddy, also recognized the importance of man’s unity with God. She said, “The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 202).
For both of these healers, unity with God wasn’t a choice. And it isn’t a choice for us, either. We can’t fake this unity with God—just wish that it were true. Our oneness with God is a present and powerful fact that each of us can exercise in our lives today and every day.
I had opportunity to glimpse the power of my unity with God just the other day. I was driving home from a long weekend in Nebraska. I ran into a torrential rain storm, complete with black clouds, wind, lightning and thunder. As I exited onto the interstate and passed through Cheyenne, Wyoming, I suddenly came upon a stretch of road that had already accumulated about an inch of pea sized hail. My car slid, and I lost control. I applied the brakes and hung on to the steering wheel.
In that split second I heard myself say loudly, “God!”
This wasn’t a request for God to come down from “on high” and help me. For me, this one word was an affirmation of all I knew about God and my oneness with Him. This included facts that I think about every day. Things like: Because God is infinite, there is no place where His power isn’t felt. He is my refuge, my safe place. Since He fills all space, He and I can never be separated. I could feel the strength, confidence, and peace that come with the daily living of these truths. The indestructibility of my unity with God was like a shield that kept me safe.
My car went into the ditch and hit some barbed wire fencing, but the damage was minor. I easily backed out and was back on my way in no time. The whole incident took place in a minute or two. During that time, I didn’t feel helpless—I actually felt dominion. That may seem counterintuitive. But, for me, those couple of minutes of dominion over vulnerability go along with a quote by Mrs. Eddy that I know well. “The Principle of Christian Science is divine. Its rule is, that man shall utilize the divine power” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 69).
Wow! That’s a powerful thought! Using God’s supreme power is a rule He has laid down. In other words, our indestructible unity with His omnipotence, gives us dominion over whatever problems may come our way.
That dominion, or my individual expression of the divine power, was what I felt in the car that day. It was right at hand, and it didn’t fail me. I didn’t have to go looking for help, it was already included in my inseparable oneness with the all-powerful divine Principle, God.
Like Paul Ryan, I also say unification is important. And the best news you’ll hear all day is that you’re already at one with the only power of the universe. Acknowledging that fact and living it moment by moment, gives you dominion, too!
"As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being."
~Mary Baker Eddy
I hope these insights will inspire readers to think more spiritually about themselves and the world around them!