How to Stay Centered,
No Matter What
12 Tools for Achieving Inner Peace in a
When we feel our inner peace persistently challenged, Unity offers an answer. Unity teachings include the awareness of our own innate power. We were born with the attributes of the Infinite, and our life’s work is to develop and express them.
Each divine faculty offers a way to view the world and to stay centered, no matter what comes our way.
Our theme, “How to Stay Centered, No Matter What,” is based on a system devised nearly a century ago by Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore.
Fillmore defined the 12 powers—attributes that he believed formed the basis of our Christ consciousness. The more we develop them, the closer we are to expressing our true being, our divine nature
The 12 powers provide the subtopics for this spiritual resource program. Each month, you’ll find a section of new resources related to one specific power, with ideas for using it to stay centered.
The power of my thoughts and words moves me ever closer to the Truth of my being.
Pumping Up Your Thought Power
How your beliefs and words possess the ability to manifest beauty
—or make a mess
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”
—Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
By Rev. Karen Romestan
These are the words of God as he spoke creation into existence. We as humans have been endowed with the power of dominion over all that lives upon the earth.
What that means from a metaphysical perspective is that each of us has power over our thoughts. The fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, as well as the animals and creatures that move along the ground, represent the many phases of development and evolution of our thinking.
I needn’t be bound to any particular thought, regardless of how frequently it appears in the landscape of my mind. Like a good gardener, I tend to my thoughts, remove those that obstruct growth, and nourish the thoughts that bring me closer to the truth of my being.
When I practice the power of dominion, I am free to choose at any time the thoughts I allow to remain. I tune in often and discern the vibration of my thoughts. I ask myself whether they are uplifting, inspiring, and true.
I also ask whether my thoughts are depleting, demoralizing, or false. Recognizing the quality of my thoughts, I then choose which thoughts I invite to stay and which thoughts I release.
As I develop my power and ability of dominion, I allow thoughts to move through the spaces of my mind.
I only invite thoughts of Truth, peace, harmony, and love to linger.
I allow those thoughts that do not uplift my spirit, entice joy, or move me toward my Truth to return to the nothingness from which they originated. In time, and with consistent practice, I clear my mind more quickly of thoughts that do not serve my spiritual life.
Dominion of our thoughts translates to dominion of our words. The creative and formative power of our words rests in our ability to call forth dominion over them. As we speak, our words bring our life into manifestation.
Our words possess the ability to make messes and to manifest beauty.
Our words create an environment of safety, love, and security, or their opposites.
Living with conscious awareness of the impact our words
hold and with a life practice of mindful speaking,
we co-create our world
with intention and on purpose.
Mindfulness is a practice that keeps me
aware of the thoughts that tumble
through my mind and words that flow from my lips.
What Was I Thinking? A Mindfulness Practice
On any given day, tens of thousands of thoughts run through my mind. As I live mindfully, I become aware of more of those thoughts.
I use the following very helpful practice to taking dominion over my thinking:
1. Pause each time I cross a threshold. As I pause, I notice the thoughts that are present.
2. Oh, my! Sometimes it’s quite surprising where my thoughts have unknowingly drifted. Thoughts of cheerful gratitude may have slipped into old patterns of judgment or insufficiency.
Now that I am aware of my thinking:
3. I consciously choose to carry those thoughts and energy into the space I am entering, or
4. I can choose again. I can allow my thoughts to drift away, realizing they have no power over me.
The fact is, I hold the power over my thoughts.
Use power to release good into the world
Affirmation: I have the power to create my world.
Power—Self-mastery and spiritual presence.
The disciple is Philip. He represents power over our thoughts and feelings.
The corresponding color is purple, and the location is the throat.
A Gift for Good
Power, power, power! Like a siren song, the idea has lured people on. And always, in the end, those who have sought power for its own sake have found disillusionment and disappointment …
Truly, power is a gift of God, freely given, but it is a gift to be used under God direction only. Wrong use of the God-given power potential will bring disappointing or even disastrous results. But power, rightly used under the direction of the Christ, the God self of each individual, will accomplish good beyond our present ability to imagine.
Power, we must understand, is not an end in itself, not a goal to be sought.
Rather, it is simply a means that enables us to attain the end result of bringing forth God ideas on earth. It is not to be used for selfish gain or satisfaction of the personal ego, but for the forward spiritual movement of the whole. It is to be exercised not for the purpose of controlling others, but for the purpose of taking dominion over our own thoughts and feelings in order to come into a greater God awareness …
[Power] is not to be used for selfish gain or satisfaction of the personal ego, but for the forward spiritual movement of the whole.
A Meditation on the Power of the One Power
By Rev. Bronte Colbert
As I recognize my connection with Spirit, the one power, I become more aware of my inner faculty of power. I feel it energizing and renewing me from within. I am invigorated in mind, body, and consciousness.
How wonderful that I have the power to choose my reaction to circumstances. Aligned with Spirit, I take charge of my thoughts and words, knowing they have creative energy.
I think and speak only positive, kind, affirming words regarding myself and others. As a result, my body thrives. I manifest loving, harmonious relationships, and I demonstrate prosperity and well-being.
With gratitude and respect for this spiritual gift, I use my power to create my best life. Nothing is stronger than the power and love of God that flows within me.
Affirm: The presence and power of Spirit now manifest in me and through me. I use my inner power for good in our world