Saturday, October 22, 2016

Principle Two: The Divinity of Mankind

[Ed. Note: This is the second of five articles in a series on the Unity Truth Principles. It is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the thinking that forms the basis for our teachings and lives.] 
“Man is the expression of God, and is ever one with His Perfect Life, Love, Intelligence, and Substance.”—from What Unity Teaches About Man.

One of Jesus' greatest teachings is that we are both human and divine. We are spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual law.

How often we forget this very important law. We develop spiritual amnesia and lose remembrance of our divine heritage. Our true identity is this: We are God's beloved creation in whom He is well pleased; we are made in the image and likeness of God; we are individualized expressions of God. We did not create ourselves, we are the creation of God. It has been said that “Mankind is God masquerading on earth.” When we look beyond flesh and bone, every one of us is the presence of God, Perfect Life, Love, Intelligence and Substance. We need to stop and think about who we really are and learn to identify ourselves correctly as spiritual beings. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Man is a piece of the universe made alive.”

“And God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth'.” (Genesis 1:26-27).

Often it can appear that our limiting factors are outer situations or the behavior of other people. The Truth is, the only thing that limits us is forgetting “who we are” and “whose we are.” The story of creation in Genesis tells us who we are. It tells us we were made in the image and likeness of God. That means, we are more than human beings, we are Spiritual Beings. As children of God, we are loved without condition and always have immediate access to God's compassion, generosity and graciousness. Understanding and realizing the Truth of what and whose we are leads to the demonstration of the good God wills for each of us.

Paganini, the great violinist, appeared before an audience one evening and made the discovery, just as they ended their applause, that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked closely and saw that it was not his famous and valuable instrument. He turned to his audience and told them there had been some mistake, and he did not have his own violin. He stepped behind the curtain thinking his violin was there, and discovered that someone had stolen it.

They had left an old secondhand one in its place. He paused for a moment, then went before the audience and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I will show you that the music is not in the violin, but is in the soul.” And he played as he had never played before. Out of that secondhand, poorly made violin, beautiful music poured forth until the audience was enraptured. The applause almost lifted the roof off the building. 

When we know the Truth of our own Divinity, we can walk out on the stage of our life and demonstrate to the world that the music is not in conditions, not in things, not in other people, but the music of our life is within us. 

We are both human and divine, made in the image and likeness of God. 

Let us come out of the spiritual amnesia that has kept us in bondage and begin living the lives we were created to live. Don't let the outer appearance of things and people command all your attention. 

Remember, as children of God we are heirs to all His richness and goodness. We are Spiritual Beings living in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual law. “Man is the expression of God, and is ever one with His Perfect Life, Love, Intelligence and Substance.” What Unity Teaches About Man

[Principle Three will be in the Jan./Feb. 2017 issue]

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