Traveling today is a lot different than when I was a kid. Back then, Daddy loaded up the trunk with suitcases and a cooler filled with food and drinks. We fought over who would sit by the windows first and who got stuck in the middle of the back seat. Mama rode shotgun and functioned as the navigator. She had a map that stretched halfway across the front seat. There were few interstates, so we traveled down two-lane highways and stated in “Mom and Pop” motels. As kids, it was all about where we were going and how fast we could get there.
When did the journey become more important than the destination? For me, it began when I entered high school. Emblazoned on the cover of my denim-covered three-ring binder were the words: “Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out of it alive anyway.” Sensing even then that I had an expiration date, I was determined to have as much fun as possible. With that attitude, I’m surprised I didn’t get caught up in the growing drug culture of the times! What did hook me was the search for the meaning of life.
As a cradle Catholic attending an all-girl Catholic high school, most of my friends just wanted to live a good life and go to heaven when they died. They also seemed to accept the choices presented on the cultural menu of life: Marriage and motherhood, with a side order of working at a profession. To me, there had to be more to life than a predictable journey from cradle to grave. I wanted to know the answer to my haunting question: “Why am I here?” Little did I realize that, with that question, I was embarking on my spiritual journey.
The journey has taken me a long way from my childhood path. Not only did I move across the country, but I left Catholicism behind when I found a “religion” that more closely reflected my beliefs. The “religion” is, Unity®. Co-founder Charles Fillmore defined it this way:
“Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ; our objective is to discern the Truth in Christianity and prove it. The Truth that we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles. Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal Truth taught by the Master.”
Unity has given me a framework for inner growth that provides the meaning for which I was searching. I have found that life is an inner journey to find one’s True Nature. From this inner place, I can move outward to be a presence of that Nature in the world. This work raises my awareness of our inner-connectedness. By raising my own understanding, I have learned that I can accomplish two things: 1) Continue to evolve into the next phase of life everlasting; and, 2) Lay a good foundation in consciousness for the next generation of seekers.
This inner and outer journey is symbolized by the labyrinth on our property. “Walking the labyrinth” is a meditation on and an experience of the search for meaning in one’s life. It is a deeply personal and spiritual experience, and one that you can undertake with a guide on Wednesday mornings at our church.
At Unity Eastside, we are a community of spiritual seekers, who have individually and collectively decided that the destination is unimportant. We’re all about the journey, and we invite you to join us on our path of awakening to the truth of Who We Are.
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