What and Why We Teach

Unity National School founded on healing prayer

Unity began in the late 1880s when co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore, discovered the power within ourselves to heal. For most of her life Myrtle had been suffering many symptoms, that today we might call irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, migraines, arthritis, anxiety, as well as other things, that in her day, would have been “lumped together” and labeled as “tuberculosis.”

Myrtle was a sickly child, and grew up in a family that “passed these ailments down” from one generation to another by telling Myrtle that her aunt had suffered such-and-such, or whatever was ailing her was the same thing her grandfather suffered with. As an adult she had been told she would not live to old age. Then she attended a lecture by physician Dr. Eugene B. Weeks when he was giving a class in Kansas City, Missouri in 1886.

She heard within herself the affirmation, “As a child of God, I do not inherit sickness.” She had tried everything to heal but to no avail until she started a regular practice of thinking and talking to her body in a different way. This launched her on her journey of affirmative prayer in order to embody and demonstrate healing and wholeness – it was also the beginning of Unity.

“She said, over time, she could feel the cells in her body waking up.”

Myrtle Fillmore

Principles of Truth

“Mastery of these universal Truth principles is the basis of Unity. Instead of thinking about herself as sick and her body as weak, Myrtle began to think of herself as whole. She started with forgiveness – she forgave herself for thinking unkind thoughts about her body and mind, she forgave herself for complaining about how her body didn’t work well, and forgave her judgments about failures as a parent and wife – she began to think of herself as whole. She then began to praise her body and she said, over time, she could feel the cells in her body waking up.”

Unity National School is a continuation of these teachings

Over time many lessons they taught were written down and there is now a great body of material available both from the Fillmores’ and others who followed. The Fillmores’ never intended to start a new religion. They were teaching what they called “practical Christianity.” Charles Fillmore spoke in one of his lessons that it was not a new religion, nor a religious fad, but points out what is real and true in any religion.

All classes, webinars, and workshops are offered on a free-will love offering basis. People who enter the program with a view to becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher or Minister pay a registration fee for each class. There are currently 22 classes in this program. It provides the foundation for those wishing to become Licensed Unity Teachers or ministers. UNS for Australia and New Zealand provides all 22 classes plus other webinars and workshops.

Unity National School for Australia and New Zealand was established by the Association of Australasian Unity Leaders, Inc. and is proud to be part of the worldwide Unity movement.