Entries by Rev. Pat Conway

Get Your House in Order

“Get your house in Order,” can mean to get things arranged before you die. But it can also mean being able to relax and enjoy life without old habits of thought that aren’t conducive to being peaceful. One of the most important habits or thoughts in “getting your house in order” is forgiveness. Psychologists generally […]


The simplicity of the yin-yang symbol is very interesting. The swirling black and white forms each contain a dot of their opposite, and all is contained within the circle of wholeness that represents both the Universe and our own being. These include opposition, interdependence, relative waxing and waning, and transformation. The concept of yin and […]

Power of Will

This concept of the Power of Will is interesting and challenging to me. One aspect of it is the willingness to release our will and turn things over to Divine Will. We have within us the power to do this, but it’s not always easy. Sometimes we think we know what’s best or possible based […]

Hope of Glory

Christ in you, the hope of glory, is a key idea in using your will to achieve your goals. You are a spiritual being living a physical existence. And you have within you the power to make things happen the way you want them to. This power is exercised through your personal will. So whatever […]

Managing Our Human Will

It’s interesting to look at the different definitions of will. For example, there’s willful as in deliberate, intentional, planned, conscious. And then there’s willful as in headstrong, obstinate, uncooperative, pigheaded. Individualism can be defined as the habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant. But the flip side of that is a self-centered feeling or […]

Learning to Notice and Appreciate

Remember that song by Otis Redding? – “I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh I’m just sittin ’on the dock of the bay Wastin’ time” It makes me think of last month’s Power of Understanding in terms of what the world is going through these days. We seem […]

The Beliefs We Hold

One of the reasons I appreciate Unity teachings is how it has given me a deeper understanding of Bible stories. A great website I just discovered is “Bible Interpretation” on www.unity.org/resources/bibleinterpretation. Metaphysical interpretation is, of course, just one approach, but it brings these stories alive and into the modern world. For example, in Matthew 16:18-19, […]

Power of Understanding

Understanding our common humanity is an important aspect of the Power of Understanding as suggested by Charles Fillmore. And it seems that one of the hardest lessons we have to learn is understanding our fellow humans. We all can do something that other life forms can’t do: we can think about what we think about. […]

Understanding Ourselves

According to the dictionary, understanding is “a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to use concepts to model that object. It is the ability to make sense of, fathom, unravel, decipher, interpret, figure out, work out, make head(s) or tail(s) of, […]

The Power of Our Imagination

One of our twelve powers is at work when we humans ask, “What if…?” That’s our IMAGINATION, of course, as described by Charles Fillmore in his book The Twelve Powers. So I was thinking about all the inventions that have come from us asking that question: what if we could fly? what if we could […]