Carving Unity as a project began when I started writing about two of the hardest years of my life. As I tried to figure out how to move forward, I began to remember past struggles and the powerful moments that helped. I treasured these memories and recorded them, thought about how to apply them, found similarities and differences between my past and my present, and a new hope for the future began to emerge.
One pattern that became visible was that division caused trouble and worsened it while unity healed it.
Unity is a tremendous source of spiritual power. “Building” is the most common verb paired with unity, but I’ve noticed that carving is its pre-requisite. In order for blocks to fit together, their shape must be corresponding. Whether smooth and flat, cornered, or curved, they must be shaped such that they complement one another and fit together to form the whole.
We, likewise, must be carved before we can achieve unity. As we carve out assumptions, fears, prejudices, pride, pain, and anger, we can build power in unity.
I talk about unity in three different phases. They are all interwoven and one type will help in developing the others. But a weakness in one will also make the other two impossible, so we must work on all three.
Unity within yourself requires accepting your past as a part of you while moving forward. It means knowing your worth as a whole person and carving out incorrect perceptions of value.
God and Spirituality are defined differently by different people, but we all need to be at peace with the world around us. To be united with God gives confidence and hope, but we must first carve out assumptions and pride to know our God.
Unity with people around us is the most talked about type of unity, but comes with certain pitfalls. I have found it’s easier to achieve when you have a strong foundation in the other two types of unity.