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Myrtle Fillmore and Healing

Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, was often sick during much of her early life. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis in her youth. Since several members of her family had the disease, she was told she inherited the disease. Mrs. Fillmore, decided that she was incurable and destined to die young.

In 1886, she attended a lecture by metaphysician Dr. E. B. Weeks. At the age of 41, she learned of her potential for healing through prayer. She regularly affirmed, “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” Eventually, she was healed of the tuberculosis that promised an early death. She lived to be 86 years old, making her transition in 1931.

This sounds quaint given our current knowledge of disease processes and genetics. We begin to get a better picture from these quotes from her manuscripts and papers held by the Unity Library and Archives:

The light of God revealed to us—the thought came to me first—that life was of God, that we were inseparably one with the Source, and that we inherited from the divine and perfect Father. What that revelation did to me at first was not apparent to the senses. But it held my mind above negation, and I began to claim my birthright and to act as though I believed myself the child of God, filled with His life.

Others saw that there was something new in me. They asked me to share it. I did. Others were healed, and began to study. My husband continued his business, and at first took little interest in what I was doing. But after a time he became absorbed in the study of Truth too. We consecrated ourselves to the Lord, and kept doing daily that which we felt led to do. We began to prosper, a little at a time, and our health continued to improve.


Our success and satisfaction in business, in home, in our social lives is always greater when we take Christ Jesus as our partner. It is, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Why not follow in the footsteps of One who has demonstrated and proved every step of the way?


Prayer is an exercise to change our thought habits and our living habits, that we may set up a new and better activity, in accord with the divine law rather than with the suggestions we have received from various sources.


We have a very decided part; we are to cease worrying, and being anxious, and thinking and speaking of the past and of the apparent lack and idleness. We are to concentrate all our attention upon the Truth of God, and the truth of our own being, upon the very things we would see taking place in our lives. We cannot do this so long as we have negative thoughts in our hearts.

Clearly, Myrtle saw more changes than the healing that some moderns may doubt. Today, positive psychology is proving that Myrtle and Charles had many good ideas. Are we healed? I can’t be sure. Do we live better lives? Science and my own experience say yes!

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