Practicing the Presence

The basic premise in Unity is that there is One Presence and One Power in the Universe, and that power is good. The spiritual practice for that principle we call, “Practicing the Presence of God.” It means that we practice looking for the blessing in all things. We look for the good, because that is where we find God.

Here is an example of looking for the good in spite of outer appearances.

“Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, regained her health through the power of blessing and thanksgiving, rather than complaining. She had reason to complain, she was told that her tuberculosis was terminal. But she began blessing and thanking each organ of her body, praising the intelligence within it, and encouraging it to come forth into new life. Try thanking your cells regularly and see how eagerly they respond with increased health. (Jaffolas, The Quest, p. 324)

When we discover the blessing or good in others, we can praise and say thank you to them for all that they do. The more we see the blessing and give thanks, the more the universe keeps on giving because there is great power in blessing and gratitude.

Giving thanks in advance causes us to focus on what we do want rather than what we don’t, thereby manifesting our desires. Gratitude is like a magnet. It draws and attracts to us that which is equal to it. So, for example, in the midst of a physical injury, instead of merely bemoaning our bad luck, we can pause and feel gratitude that we are alive. We can be grateful for the health we do have. We focus on the feeling of peace and well-being that still exists in parts of our body. Praise and bless it and focus on our body being renewable and rechargeable.

In the midst of a financial crises we pause and find the blessing in the fact that we have a roof over our head, or perhaps a new door is opening. We focus on prosperity and abundance. What we give our attention to is what we manifest in our life. We must see beyond the problems to the answered prayer. Focus on what you want — the blessing, rather than what you don’t want, with a spirit of gratitude, and you will have it.

Love & blessings,

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