“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.” These words are taken from an essay Charles Fillmore wrote in the early years of the Unity movement. Mr. Fillmore’s statement offers what I consider the clearest, most powerful explanation of what our Unity movement is.
Before deciding that his spiritual path would focus on the teachings of Jesus, Mr. Fillmore had explored many spiritual teachings, including Hinduism, Theosophy, and even spiritualism. That’s right! Charles Fillmore, at one time in his life, was fascinated by the idea of communicating with disembodied spirits. He later came to the conclusion that, although communication with disembodied entities was possible, there was little value in it. One by one, Mr. Fillmore let go of his interest in other spiritual paths — spiritualism, I believe being the last to go — and focused his attention on the Christian Scriptures, with a special emphasis on the teachings of Jesus.