In 1893, while Charles Fillmore was meditating in the silence, the word Unity leaped into his mind as the name for his newly developing movement. Charles continued throughout the remainder of his life to study world religions and philosophies. He also studied the link between religion and science.
In my studies of metaphysics, I have been drawn to the universal concept of UNITY, but also to ONENESS and WHOLENESS. For many, all three of these words tend to refer to the same thing: the oneness of life. However, I believe that each of these three words can describe three unique metaphysical conceptualizations – each of which can be quite beneficial in our daily lives.
#1. The universal concept of Oneness states that there is only one Life – that there is only one Source for all that is, both visible and invisible. Life emanates from One-Intelligence, One-Spirit. God is the name we give to that One. The key mark of Judaism is the affirmative Shema: “Hear O Israel: the Lord our God is One.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
The One Intelligence and Consciousness we call God manifests as countless forms and expressions. You and I are such individualized expressions of the One Source. Jesus declared in John 10:30 that “the Father and I are One” and prayed in his farewell prayer that “they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us.” (John 17:21).
#2. The universal concept of Wholeness implies that the One Source is whole, complete, lacking nothing. Jesus taught “All things are possible with God”, which implies there is a solution or answer for every happening that is not to our liking.