At this time of transition in our country and our world, we need more than ever to find and follow a guiding compass for each of us as individuals, for our nation and for our world. To serve the highest and best for all, that compass must derive from truth, integrity and love.

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reverend Patricia Bessey, minister of Unity Church of Greater Portland in Maine, offered just such a compass. She called upon all of us to stand in Truth, and from that truth to take the following oath (slightly modified to apply to every nation):

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of an Awakened Being blessed to live upon this planet, and will, to the best of my ability, stand for Love, Light and Truth, for cooperation among all for the highest good of all and for stewardship of planet earth.

This is an oath for all of us, regardless of political or religious beliefs and values.

I have taken this oath, as have countless others inspired by Reverend Bessey’s invocation to the best within us. Will you?