The Five Principles

1. Enlightenment Through Art

Art has the amazing property of giving us the ability to create our own meaning. Through Art we can understand others as well as ourselves by being reflections of the Great Creator and make creations of our own to communicate our inner states on an outter medium.

2. Freedom Through Self-Education

To free thyself thou must know thyself. Through gaining knowledge we gain a higher consciousness of the world around us. Only when we take the initiative to educate ourselves will we gain freedom of self because we will not easily be led astray or manipulated by others who would use us for their own gain.

3. Healthy Living Through Habits

Habits are like small steps on a long journey. We may not see their effect immediately but when we look back in time we will see how those steps led us down paths towards our goals. Use small habits every day if you wish to achieve big goals. Beware habits that do not bring you benefits even if they bring temporary pleasure.

4. Unity Through Community

"No man is an island..." a much repeated phrase but a true one nonetheless. In our fast paced evolving culture we may sometimes feel lost and alone but nothing can be farther from the truth. You are where you are supposed to be and it is up to you to regain the connection to our human family. Through community we gain support when we have trouble finding the strength to go on and can support others who may be suffering. In Unity we find strength.

5. Change Through Charity

The best way to change the world is to take action locally to help others, But in our busy world we don't always have the time to take action. So if we don't have time we should support those who are taking action to help our world grow and help those in need.

Above All Love

Without Love none of these principles mean anything. Only through Love can we change ourselves and the world around us.

"1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all
knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body,but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no account of wrongs. 6 Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth.7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be restrained; where there is knowledge, it will be dismissed. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial passes away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside childish ways. 12 Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13