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About The Unity Wings

The Unity wings symbol, the winged globe, appears in many Unity publications. This ancient symbol has been re-created in many variations, from the older pen and ink drawing you see above, to wood carvings, stained glass, and modernized drawings. 

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, adopted this artistic creation as a Christian symbol as early as 1891 in the first issue of Unity Magazine. In 1923 he gave this explanation of the Unity wings: 

"The winged globe or sun disc...represents the relation existing between Spirit, soul and body. Soul (the wings) gives wings to the body (the disc). Spirit is the (invisible) enveloping Principle, like the atmosphere in which both soul and body exist, and from which they draw their original inspiration."

~ Charles Fillmore, in Unity magazine, April 1923.

In 1956, he further explained the symbolism of the winged globe this way:

It is an ancient Egyptian symbol, but it is found in various forms in the religions of other races. It represents the relation existing between Spirit, soul, and body. Soul gives wings to body. Spirit is the enveloping principle, like the atmosphere in which both soul and body exist, and from which they draw their original inspiration.

The winged globe is also a symbol of the earth and its soul. The earth has soul, as have its products of every description. All exist in the ether, the anima mundi, the divine mother. When people of the earth lift up their thoughts to God, and the Animus Dei or directive Spirit, then the planet takes wings into a higher radiation of universal life.

As man develops spiritual consciousness, he attains the realization of the soul as the wings of the body. Back of the Soul is Spirit, which quickens and energizes the soul; that is, gives the soul wings. Artists paint their angels with wings representing in this way their freedom from physical fetters. But the soul does not have wings like a bird. The life activity of the soul is quickened by Spirit until it rises above the thought of matter and floats free in the ether of the fourth dimension, which Jesus called the kingdom of the heavens.

~ Charles Fillmore, from the Unity publication "Good Business," April 1956.
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