The Seven Beliefs of our Divinity

Affiliating with Divine Unity

  • We believe in the unity of all life with the Divine Energy that is the root and fruit of all being.
  • We believe in responsibility and compassion. We take full responsibility for our lives because we are free, spontaneous, and unique individualization’s of the Divine and we embody Divine love through compassionate action.
  • We believe in the goodness of Spirit and in our innate goodness.
  • We believe in healing. We believe in using doctors and healers to achieve healing but that any condition can be transformed through affirmative prayer (Noetic).
  • We believe there is truth in all religions. We respect all love based ministries and all compassionate spiritual paths.
  • We believe in harmony among diverse peoples, cultures, families, and life styles of the world rooted in and respecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • We believe in spiritual transformation. As we open our minds and hearts to the Divine, and consciously love and serve others, we are transformed into the embodiment of the Divinity. We choose our lives as spiritual beings with courage and grace.

There are Tools of Transformation which can be used to enable us to transform our thinking, our lives and the world we live in.

The tools are:

  1. The Words,
  2. Journaling   
  3. Goal Planning   
  4. Contemplation  
  5. Visualization  
  6. Affirmative Prayer   
  7. Meditation  
  8. Silence  
  9. Affirmations
  10. Exercise

Source: Divine Unity – World New Thought of the 21st Century Copyright © 1969, 1972, 1983, 2008, 2009 Unity & © 2008, 2009 Serving New Thought. All Rights Reserved.

In the 19th century, following the teachings of Phineas Quimby. There are numerous smaller groups, most of which are incorporated in the International New Thought Alliance. The concept of New Thought (sometimes known as “Higher Thought”) promotes the ideas that Infinite Intelligence, or God, is everywhere, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and “right Although New Thought is neither monolithic nor doctrinaire, in general, modern-day adherents of New Thought believe that God or Infinite Intelligence is “supreme, universal, and everlasting”, that divinity dwells within each person, that all people are spiritual beings, that “the highest spiritual principle is loving one another unconditionally, and teaching and healing one another”, and that “our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living”.The New Thought movement originated in the early 19th century, and survives to the current day in the form of a loosely allied group of religious denominations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualization, and personal power.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (February 16, 1802 – January 16, 1866) Was an American spiritual teacher.A philosopher, magnetizer, mesmerist, Healer, and inventor. Quimby’s work is widely recognized as Leading to the New Thought movement.

Psychological, physiological, and transcendental explanations. Research from neuroscience considers the NDE to be a hallucinatory state caused by various physiological and psychological factors.

Characteristics

Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch is associated by some NDE researchers with aspects of the NDE. The equivalent French term expérience de mort imminente (experience of imminent death) was proposed by the French psychologist and epistemologist Victor Egger as a result of discussions in the 1890s among  philosophers and psychologists concerning climbers’ stories of the panoramic life review during falls. In 1968 Celia Green published an analysis of 400 first-hand accounts of out-of-body experiences. This represented the first attempt to provide a taxonomy of such experiences, viewed simply as anomalous perceptual experiences, or hallucinations. These experiences were popularized by the work of psychiatrist Raymond Moody in 1975 as the near-death experience (NDE).

Researchers have identified the common elements that define near-death experiences. Bruce Greyson argues that the general features of the experience include impressions of being outside one’s physical body, visions of deceased relatives and religious figures, and transcendence of egotic and spatiotemporal boundaries. Many common elements have been reported, although the person’s interpretation of these events often corresponds with the cultural, philosophical, or religious beliefs of the person experiencing it.

Identified according to the person’s individual faith; for instance, in the USA, where 46% of the population believes in guardian angels, they will often be identified as angels or deceased loved ones (or will be unidentified), while Hindus will often identify them as messengers of the god of Another common element in near-death experiences is encountering people, which are generally death

Although the features of NDEs vary from one case to the next, common traits that have been reported by NDEs areas follows:

  • A sense/awareness of being dead.
  • A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness. Positive emotions. A sense of removal from the world.
  • An out-of-body experience. A perception of one’s body from an outside position. Sometimes observing doctors and nurses performing medical resuscitation efforts.
  • A “tunnel experience” or entering a darkness. A sense of moving up, or through, a passageway or staircase.
  • A rapid movement toward and/or sudden immersion in a powerful light (or “Being of Light”) which communicates with the person.
  • An intense feeling of unconditional love and acceptance.
  • Encountering “Beings of Light”, “Beings dressed in white”, or similar. Also, the possibility of being reunited with deceased loved ones.
  • Receiving a life review, commonly referred to as “seeing one’s life flash before one’s eyes”.
  • Receiving knowledge about one’s life and the nature of the universe.
  • Approaching a border, or a decision by oneself or others to return to one’s body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return.
  • Suddenly finding oneself back inside one’s body

Connection to the cultural beliefs held by the individual, which seem to dictate some of the phenomena experienced in the NDE and particularly the later interpretation there of.

Kenneth Ring (1980) subdivided the NDE on a five-stage continuum.

The subdivisions were:

  1. Peace
  2. Body separation
  3. Entering darkness
  4. Seeing the light
  5. Entering the light

He stated that 60% experienced stage 1 (feelings of peace and contentment), but only 10% experienced stage 5  (“entering the light”).

Clinical circumstances associated with near-death experiences include cardiac arrest in myocardial infarction (clinical death); shock in postpartum loss of blood or in perioperative complications; septic or anaphylactic shock; electrocution; coma resulting from traumatic brain damage; intracerebral hemorrhage or cerebral infarction; attempted suicide; near-drowning or asphyxia; apnea; and serious depression. In contrast to common belief, Kenneth Ring argues that attempted suicides do not lead more often to unpleasant NDEs than unintended near-death situations.

Tools for transformation / Keys to heaven

  1. In the beginning there was the word
  2. Meditation
  3. Prayer
  4. Journaling
  5. Goals Plans
  6. Visualization
  7. Contemplation
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