A positive path for spiritual living

8-30-20 Talk Notes: How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? (Rev. Mark Schindler)


Unity's Five Basic Principles


  1. God is the name that we give to the source and essence of all that is; there is no other enduring power.

  2. If God is the name we give to the source and essence of all that is, then human beings may properly be called manifestations or expressions of God.

  3. The way we think directly influences the way we experience the world.

  4. Prayer is creative thinking that changes us - our consciousness - so that we can know and experience what it means to be an expression of God.

  5. Knowing and understanding these principles is not enough; we must live them.


“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time- when the United States is a service and information economy, when nearly all of the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; “when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.” Carl Sagan The Demon Haunted World


Richard Rohr OFM


“We are all conditioned, programmed, wounded, addicted, repetitive, habituated and compulsive in our brain processes -- which indeed largely determines the content of what gets in and what stays out. True free will is largely a myth, as most of us initially operate almost entirely out of conditioning and culture.”

“… the problem is not what we think nearly as much as our universal entrapment in our own compulsive way of thinking. The problem only becomes clear when we fully realize that we are all victims of the mind and its hard wiring. The human capacity for true inner freedom is initially quite small in all of us, because our mammalian brain pretty much runs the show -- until love, suffering or meditation expands it.”




“Research is clear: Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice.

That’s why UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab, launched Greater Good in Action. Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that's easy to navigate and digest.


The practices in Greater Good in Action are for anyone who wants to improve his or her social and emotional well-being, or the well-being of others, but doesn't necessarily have the time or money to invest in a formal program.”