There is a Tibetan story about an old, blind turtle that lives in the depths of the ocean. Once every 1000 years, the turtle swims to the top of the sea and sticks its head up through the waves, surfacing for air. Now imagine that there is a wooden ring floating somewhere on the surface of the ocean. How rare would it be for the blind turtle, coming up for air once every 1000 years, to put its head through the wooden ring? It is just that rare, say the Tibetans, for a being to gain human birth. An occasion as rare as this is to be highly prized and celebrated. To the Tibetans, to be born with a precious human body is to be born with the perfect vehicle for obtaining realization or enlightenment.
Unity’s co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore believed this as well. They set a powerful example for us of the importance of celebration as a part of our unfolding spirituality. In the early days, band concerts were held at Unity Village every Sunday night during the summer.
As the adults danced, children would sing along, pretend to direct the orchestra and chase fireflies. When Unity was young, Charles and Myrtle celebrated everything. If they awakened to a beautiful morning Charles would suggest that they stop work and go out to the farm (Unity Village) to have a big picnic and celebrate life.
Mr. Fillmore loved life and never quit celebrating it. He wrote this affirmation when he was 94. “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.”
Unity is a wonderful and joyous way of life. My family and I became a part of it in 1977, the same year (coincidentally) that Unity of Vancouver was founded. This July I am celebrating 36 years as your Spiritual Leader and on August 13, 2017 we will celebrate 40 years as a Registered Unity Ministry and Spiritual Family.
Come home and celebrate with us!