Few events in the 20th century have captivated world
attention more profoundly or been more inspiring than
the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the concrete and steel
barrier that stretched between East and West Germany
during the Cold War. For 28 years it had served as a
physical obstruction to the free movement of people. More
important, it had sought to stifle the liberty of thought and
the free exercise of the human spirit.
Then in November of 1989, thanks to pressure from a
revolutionary movement of hundreds of thousands of East
Germans seeking freedom, the wall began to come down.
How could something that seemed so physically strong
and politically fixed be brought down in a matter of hours?
The answer is a powerful, time-honored principle. The wall
came down because it had already come down. It had been
demolished first where it mattered most—in the minds and
hearts of people. The wall had stopped being their reality. It
had lost its power over them. But why?
Abraham Lincoln once made a very cogent observation:
“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it
strictly.” Lincoln knew that in the long run, a strictly
enforced bad law is an awakener. Some 70 years earlier
such a bad law had awakened the American colonies to
the truth that “all men are created equal” and “endowed
by their creator with” ... “life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness.” And this truth was “self-evident”—we know it
from within us.
Our wall builders had unintentionally built an awakener
of spiritual power—a power Jesus called simply “the truth.”
“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”
(John 8: 32).
“That truth,” said Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore
in Talks on Truth, “is not the doctrine of any church, nor
the creed of any sect—not even Christianity. That truth is
written in the inner sanctuary of every soul, and all know
it without external formulas.”
This Truth is a quiet but powerful spiritual ally that
accompanies all of us through life. Every day we are
awakened to it when we rush to the aid of someone who is
injured, pray for those who are troubled, or give someone
a helping hand. Truth takes us beyond appearances,
beyond facts. We once thought we were to remain in the
state into which we were born throughout our lives. The
spirit of Truth showed us we are free to be whatever we
want to be. We once thought illness was God’s will. The
spirit of Truth showed us that if illness were God’s will,
no one could be healthy. We once thought of ourselves as
separate from each other. The spirit of Truth showed us
our literal oneness with each other.
There is no spiritual practice more powerful than
stopping throughout the day, getting still, and becoming
fully aware of the Truth of your being and yielding to its
deep promise for your life. As you begin your work for
the day, know that Truth is working with you. As you sit
quietly in the evening, feel Truth sitting with you, blessing
your body and mind. If illness is draining your energy, the
wholeness of Truth is working to heal you.
Take it from thousands of East Germans seeking
freedom: In the middle of the deepest conflict or the
greatest threat, Truth walks with you, opening surprising
avenues of new life.
The Fall of the Wall
Reflections and ruminations from respected Unity reverends
AS YOU BEGIN YOUR WORK
FOR THE DAY, KNOW THAT
TRUTH IS WORKING WITH YOU.
REV. PHILIP WHITE, AN ORDAINED UNITY
MINISTER, IS A FORMER DEAN OF UNITY
INSTITUTE AND SEMINARY AND A FORMER
EDITOR OF UNITY MAGAZINE. NOW RETIRED,
HE LIVES IN LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI.