Recovered vs Recovering
Guest Post by a Grateful Member of Recovering in Unity
Recovering in Unity at Unity Church of San Antonio is a group for those who may have struggled with a compulsion or suffered from a sense of separation from Oneness. You may have wondered, “Why does Recovering in Unity call itself “Recovering?” Aren’t we of a thought that one is essentially whole and complete? Don’t we use affirmative prayer, upholding the highest Truth? Why not Recovered in Unity?
Or maybe you’re a person who has been in other 12-Step Programs. You may have an understanding that once someone has achieved a state of refraining from a compulsion, aka “in recovery,” one does not usually consider themselves “cured.” Declaring oneself recovered could imply that one can safely engage in moderate consumption of whatever the compulsion was. So, the word “recovering” or the phrase “I’m in recovery.” is used.
It’s of importance to note that dictionary.com defines recovery as, “restoration or return to health from sickness.” Recovery is a powerful word and state to be in when looked at in that way. What some people may not know is that recovery can also imply continued learning and growth for some people. To me, recovered vs. being in recovery is highly personal. Both are truly powerful states, a win/win either way.
I have some personal thoughts on what it means in the context of the name of our group. To my mind, recovery work is healing work. I prefer Recovering in Unity to Recovered in Unity because we follow in the footsteps of our Way Shower and brother, Jesus the Christ. If ever there was a soul on Earth who could safely say they were “recovered” or “fully healed” it would be He. Jesus did not stop there. He continued (healing) or recovering work. He did so by sharing his encouragement, strength, and hope with many people. Just as do we in recovery. We are as fully qualified to do so as he because of our Truth of Well-being, despite any circumstances in the human experience. We are always doing the work of recovery based on the scripture, John 14:12 -14 (MSG) where Jesus stated, “The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things.”
The same can be said of a number of great mystics and spiritual leaders, past and present. The entire Unity Movement sprang from the healing work of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. They were both healed from their diseases with their spiritual healing work. They continued to practice and share this work with others. I can’t help but think they would both be very pleased with our group and the work we do.
As described in our 5th Unity Principle, we live the Truth we are. We work the steps, we live the principles, we continue to learn and go about the work of healing (recovery). It doesn’t just all come to a halt and we go on our merry way.
Whatever words you use, you might benefit from our group if you have ever suffered from a sense of separation from the Source. You are more than welcome to join us. Regardless of whether or not you come to meetings, please celebrate our 3rd anniversary with us. Click here for more information. We look forward to seeing you!