At Easter this year, Bob Farrell joined his family at service in Unity in Frederick and shared with me how Unity principles had supported him through a very rough period in his life. I asked if he would write about his experience and allow me to share with the community. Here is his story. Thank you Bob!
Positive Aspects Of My Unity Experience
In November of 2011, I was, regrettably, in a terrible accident on my motorcycle
Some years ago, I was a member of the Gaithersburg Unity church. My term there was lengthy and active. In addition to being a board member for several years, I assisted in the planning and construction of the new sanctuary addition, I was a regular service greeter and a volunteer for just about anything.
All this is just to show I was very involved. But more importantly, I was involved with the principals and teachings of Unity. This spread over time to such extensions as “The Law of Attraction” clarified by Esther Hicks and Abraham, and many others. Today, I find similar positive messages in the lessons of Joel Osteen in his books.
In regards to my accident... thought I’d forgotten didn’t you, the teaching and principal that I found most powerful and lasting is Unity’s “Thoughts held in mind, produce in the outer after their kind.” I’ve been fortunate to find this lesson in so many places, even back to the old “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. But I heard it most clearly in the voices of our ministers, Ann and Allen Quay.
When you awake in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma ICU in Baltimore with a tube down your throat and hands tied down so you won’t tear out the tube, the mind does amazing things. I had no idea where I was, why I was where I was or what had happened. I remembered nothing at all about the accident.
But... I also recall no fear. Yes, I was upset my hands were tied, repeatedly asking what happened and where was I. But after more than two years, I’ve had time to reflect. I firmly believe now I wasn’t afraid because the first faces I saw were my most excellent daughter, her most excellent mom and so many outstanding friends and family members from everywhere. If I saw them, everything must be OK. After all, I was alive and aware. I believe my mind realized everything was going to be fine. So it was.
Of course I had my bad moments, but somehow I just kept taking each as it came along. But the most critical point is how I managed to see positive after all that had happened.
“The Law of Attraction” was working. Unity’s “Thoughts Held In Mind...’ was working. I may have struggled in therapy, hopping on one leg since I couldn’t put any weight on my left, but my wonderful daughter brought me a laptop so I could listen to my music and Audiobooks while in recovery.
After I got home, I plodded slowly up my driveway with great effort using a walker, but loved being outside in the air. My many months using a cane was OK because I was actually making it through the grocery store. There was always something very positive to see and focus on. I even dreamed up a way to make my disabled foot work on my drum set!
The point is, the more I paid attention to all that I still had that was good, the better things got and the better I felt about my new life. Like “The Secret” says, when we focus on what we want more of, and less on what we don’t want, that’s what we attract to ourselves. It was so reassuring to see the living proof. Even today, over two years later, I’m still attracting so much good into my life. So for me, “And it really works!” is no longer just an advertising expression.
I may never ride another motorcycle, but by holding a positive outlook, I’ve found another way to experience the “Wind Therapy” that my claustrophobia needs so much. The gifts we need are all around us if we’re willing to slow down and see them.
I’m very blessed. Truly beyond words. My education with Unity and all its fellow positive teachers have helped me, not so much just overcoming the accident experience, but allow myself to be open to all the good that can come my way.
And life just keeps getting better all the time. Thank you Unity.