Find Your Zeal for Life

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, identified 12 spiritual abilities perfectly expressed by Jesus, which are also present in each one of us. Fillmore called them the Twelve Powers. Unity is designating 2010 “The Year of the Twelve Powers.” This article is one of the many inspirational materials featured this month as part of our Twelve Powers Online Resource Center.


By Gail Dobert
Director of Silent Unity's Telephone Prayer Ministry

I am so excited about this month's Power—Zeal. My favorite quote by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, explains Zeal nicely. He wrote this quote when he was 93 years old! “I fairly sizzle with Zeal and enthusiasm and I spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.”

At Unity Village, the world headquarters for the Unity movement, there are masses of beautiful Monarch butterflies around campus this fall. They have been dancing in the air outside my office window for several days now. And I am aware that they, too, seem to have an innate zest for life.

The butterfly is frequently used as a metaphor for change, but in addition to the metamorphosis that each butterfly makes, there is another truly inspiring part of a Monarch butterfly's life—a yearly migration.

Their fall migration begins in Canada and the northernmost parts of the United States. Their ultimate destination is central Mexico in the Oyamel forests. During the long migration, monarchs encounter many dangers including storms, predators, vehicles and simple fatigue. Yet their innate sense to move forward pushes them onward.

So how does butterfly migration relate to Zeal? When it is time to make a change in life, often one must “migrate” away from limiting thoughts and ideas. Old patterns of thought often need to be left behind to allow new thought patterns to emerge. These more focused and positive thought patterns help one grow spiritually.

During times of change, I find that I must rely on an innate enthusiasm and Zeal for life to help me achieve my goals. Zeal is a spark that helps moves divine ideas into reality. Without Zeal, it's easy to become “stuck” in seemingly difficult situations. By accessing Zeal through prayer and meditation, even when life becomes hard, I am more able to “spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.”

This month, I invite you to take any thoughts of fear, confusion or indecision and wrap them in the peace of God through prayer and mediation. As you breathe and get quiet, feel the gentle ebb and flow of life opening up within you. You will then begin to feel your enthusiasm and Zeal build as you awaken to the possibilities of your life.



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