Myrtle Fillmore
(Ohio, 1845-1931)

The cofounder of Unity, an important nineteeth-century American religious movement, Myrtle Fillmore (with her husband, Charles) was seeking Christianity’s essential oneness in its dozens of often conflicting denominations.  The vision they shaped together of that oneness led to the Unity School of Christianity, which, a hundred years later, operates a vast global outreach.  Headquartered near Kansas City, Unity sponsors a twenty-four-hour telephone prayer ministry responding to some two million annual requests for prayer.  The Unity School enrolls fifteen hundred students each year and has a ministerial training program. The publishing company produces, among many other publications, the Daily Word, which has a circulation of 1.2 million in 53 countries.
-- Mary Ford-Grabowsky

Gold StarAll of us sooner or later come to the place in our development where we are not longer satisfied to go on living the old life, without the knowledge of our oneness with God, the source of our being. Sometimes, when we reach this point in our soul’s progress, we do not at first know what is taking place. We may become restless and dissatisfied.  We may go through experiences that we do not understand. We may even be tempted to think that our good has gone from us. But just as surely as there is God the one Presence and one Power, we shall find that…we are going from one room, as it were, into another, larger and lighter room.

We need more often to think of our body as being the temple of divine love, the very substance of health and harmony in order that this truth may be implanted in the subconscious mind, which controls the body functioning.

It is my great joy to perceive somewhat of the mother side of God – the Divine love that never fails and that is equal to the drawing of souls to itself.  It is my prayer to be able to radiate the qualities of this divine love to all.  You too are the mother of Unity, because in your own heart you have the same ideals, and the same great generous spirit, and the endless and tireless service, and the love that never fails!  The mother of Unity is the universal mother.  How happy we are to represent this universal Mother!

"There are no discords in my being.
Being is peace."
-- Myrtle Fillmore

Additional reading:

Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Wisdom Through the Ages, edited by Mary Ford-Grabowsky
(San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2002).

Reprinted here with the kind permission of Mary Ford-Grabowsky.