Heart Thoughts: Conscience

What a treat to go to the Peace concert on Sunday night with Rev Todd Glacy. As always, Todd hits the right tone to bring you right into your heart. It was wonderful to be sharing the hour with other folks both in person and online. If you missed it, you can watch it here… you will want to, for the gong meditation is awesome. Todd and I agree that he will do an event like this once a quarter; we are looking at a June date. Stay tuned!

Last Sunday was the Spring equinox and the energy in the service was high and sent the message that we are ready for new life both within and without. As we are continuing with the series Keep a True Lent, I hope you are following along daily on our Facebook page as I post the daily meditations from this book. This past Sunday’s topic is one we don’t usually think of in Unity and it is “conscience.”

Dictionary definition: The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives; impelling one toward right actions.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity and author of Keep a True Lent, said: “Whoever has felt the prick of conscience has been spoken to by the Holy Spirit. Whoever has sat at the feet of his own inner conviction has been aware of God’s presence.” (Keep a True Lent, page 43)

Achieving Moral Health: An Exercise Plan for Your Conscience is the title of a book written by Charles M. Shelton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Regis College in Denver and a licensed psychologist in private practice.

“We know that for our muscles to maintain their form, we must choose to stay physically active. The same principle applies if we wish to become morally fit. We must develop an exercise plan for our moral lives; otherwise, moral fitness declines, leaving us morally weak and infirm.”

Dr. Shelton suggests a “daily Moral Inventory” comprised of four steps:

  • recalling that we are moral persons,
  • spending some time in gratitude,
  • examining how we have lived a moral life today,
  • and taking up the moral challenge.

The author suggests that conscience is vital to a free society and a touchstone for living a virtuous life.

There is a lot more, so, if you missed the service, you can watch it here.


Divine Understanding in me unites with the Holy Spirit, and I always know what to do.

Have a wonderful week and join me next Sunday as we look at “The Affirmative Word.”

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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