In January 2012, I had the intense desire to find a spiritual family. But where to look? I considered the New Thought church that I had attended years ago, but something told
me that a “better” place was out there for me, one more
suited to my spiritual path, and that this new
place was actually waiting for me to show up.
I searched the internet for a New
Thought church close to me, but to no
avail. I searched for weeks. Nothing.
Then one day that summer, my husband
and I went for a bike ride. We rode our
usual trail route that follows alongside
a creek, but after about four miles,
we decided to venture off the trail and
headed into historic Olde Town in Arvada,
Colorado. We rode around a corner and
stopped, beautiful xeriscape gardens grabbing our
attention. I wished my front yard looked half that good. The
modest stucco building sitting behind the gardens wasn’t all that
shabby looking either, its front door inlaid with beveled glass. A
sign out front read: Unity Living Water Spiritual Community.
Once home, I couldn’t wait to look up Unity. Wow! I thought,
I need to go there and see what it’s all about. And I did, but the
“I’m kind of scared” crept in, so I sat in the back row in case I
wanted to make a mad dash for the door. I stayed for the entire
service, and a few weeks later, I attended their Introduction to
Even though I wasn’t new to New Thought, I hadn’t heard
of Unity founders Myrtle Fillmore and Charles Fillmore.
I was fascinated by the story of Myrtle’s healing from
tuberculosis. The idea of divine, spiritual healing, through
affirmations, belief, and feeling, deeply resonated with me,
much like the words of Jesus: “He that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do” (John 14: 12 KJV).
Because of the teachings, I wanted to delve more into the
concept of healing energy. I completed Reiki Level I, but other
than self-treatments, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do
with this energy. So I put a request out to the Universe to help
me figure out how to proceed, for my highest good as well as
for the highest good of all.
On another bike ride later that year, my husband and I
passed a horse property. The sign out front read: The Horse
My experience is proof that when you ask, you receive.
In 2012, I’d put out a request to the Universe for a spiritual
family, which was answered in seeing the sign for Unity
Living Water Spiritual Community. After finding Unity, I’d
put out a request for a way to honor the teachings of Unity
and the teachings of Jesus. I’m convinced that’s why I saw the
sign for the Horse Protection League and was able to become
an equine Reiki practitioner.
I can hardly believe the journey that I’ve been on in the past
four years, and I humbly give thanks to both Unity and to the
Universe—all because of setting the intention, and being on
that bike, out in nature. Bike rides really are good for the soul!
C. C. Holmes is the author of the young
adult novel A Gift Like Zoe’s (LAmur
Books, 2016). She received her B.A. in
communication from the University of
Northern Iowa. Her spiritual family is
Unity Living Water Spiritual Community
in Arvada, Colorado, where she is a
member of both the prayer chaplain team and the youth-
education team. Email Holmes at email@example.com.
By C. C. Holmes
Why Bike Rides Are
is proof that
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