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.
MY LIFE IS BALANCED AND IN ORDER, AND ALL IS WELL.
Grow in order by cooperating with spiritual law
Order—The intelligence of the Universe expressing through each of us.
The disciple is James, son of Alphaeus. He represents the harmony and balance available through centering our awareness.
The corresponding color is deep green, and the location is the navel.
Establish a Center for Order
By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann
(excerpted from Your God-Given Potential)
Why is it that humankind, the highest form of life, seems to have so much difficulty establishing harmony, right relationships, and orderly growth, while the animals, plants, and birds go right along living as they are intended to live? …
All lower life-forms have a built-in intelligence that enables them to adjust to their environment, complete a cycle of growth, and produce the results which are expected of them by virtue of their nature.
Yet humans seem to run into problems in adjusting to their environment, getting along with others, and fulfilling a worthwhile pattern in living.
How are humans different from the birds, trees, animals, and plants?
The answer is that we have been given freedom of choice.
Humans alone, as cocreators with God, can think consciously, make decisions, and determine the direction their lives will take. All other forms of life simply follow instinct. Only we can think for ourselves and say “I will” or “I won’t.”
We must first work on ourselves and then, from harmonious,
happy feelings within, bring forth God ideas into our
We are charged to use this ability to think, reason, and choose wisely to establish an orderly growth for ourselves as God's highest creations …
We do this by awakening and training our center for order.
Order is one of our 12 powers, an essential part of our God-given potential. To develop divine order in our lives, we must learn to cooperate with spiritual law … It is the secret that will make our lives happy, harmonious, and balanced …
Order starts with the establishment of this concept in our thinking and then works from within out …
Some people, in establishing order, think first in terms of urging their systems and methods on other people. This is not the purpose of this power.
We must first work on ourselves and then, from harmonious, happy feelings within, bring forth God ideas into our immediate environment …
In the case of order, once we have put ourselves in tune with God ideas and are cooperating with divine principle, we will find that we attract right relationships with other people, satisfying and fulfilling activities, time for all the things we need to do, and right growth and development of all our powers …
Order is the outgrowth of our complete agreement and cooperation with spiritual law. This is a process that must be complete—in mind, in emotions, and in actions.
A Meditation on the Power of Order
By Rev. Bronte Colbert
I call upon divine order for balance in my daily journey.
If I'm feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities or life feels out of balance, I turn away from outer appearances. I picture my life as a beautiful path, a journey of discovery and joy.
One step at a time, I move forward into that which is mine to do. I see all aspects of my life in order against a backdrop of gratitude, spiritual purpose, and direction.
If I am wishing for something that has not yet appeared, I trust that my good easily comes to me in divine timing.
I see my body working in divine order. It is healthy, whole, and full of energy and life.
I take time to appreciate nature—its beauty, balance, and perfect timing. I delight in the symmetry of a seashell or the layers of art in a cloud.
As I create a sense of order in my home, work, and activities, I discover balance and peace.
AS I AFFIRM THERE IS ONE PRESENCE AND POWER IN MY LIFE, ALL ELSE FALLS INTO PLACE. I CLAIM DIVINE ORDER NOW.