The symbols below, used in the painting Many Paths, One God, represent the Unity philosophy.
Unity Wings – 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
Christian Cross - Symbolizing Christianity, the cross memorializes Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. It symbolizes the victory of Jesus over death and serves as a reminder to the Christians of God’s love for humanity for which he sacrificed his own son.
Dharma Wheel – This wheel has universally become the symbol for Buddhism. It symbolizes the endlessness of life and rebirth. The hub of the wheel is symbolic of moral discipline that is required to stabilize the mind, and the spokes stand for wisdom. The rim symbolizes mental concentration that is a must for holding everything together.
Taiji (Yin and Yang) – This Taoist symbol of a circle that contains 2 swirling sections, white and black is representative of flawless harmonic balance. It denotes the interdependence and inter-connectivity of the opposite forces of the world, which are in fact complementary.
Om (Aum) – The most important of all Hindu symbols, Om represents the 3 major Hindu Gods. It is also representative of the 3 worlds – earth, atmosphere and heaven. When said aloud, Om is considered a mystical and sacred sound, the greatest mantra.
Star of David
Star of David – Named after King David, the Star of David represents the Jewish faith. Known as Magen David or Shield of David in Hebrew, the six-pointed symbol is said to be derived from the shape of the star on King David’s shield.
Ankh – Symbol of eternal life. The gods are often seen holding an ankh to someone’s lips. This is considered to be an offering of “The Breath of Life”; the breath you will need in the afterlife.
Star and Crescent
The Star and Crescent – The symbol of Star and Crescent has come to be associated with Islam, although the religion is supposed to be against using holy symbols.