Yearly Archives: 2015

The Gift of Button Pushers

As we move through the holidays, many of us are finding ourselves facing the usual stress associated with this time of year. Whether it's financial stress, change of seasons, loss of light, time with our family of origin, or temptation to drink or eat in unhealthy ways, we often find our buttons being pushed. And now,…
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With Light Comes Shadow

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." ~Carl Jung The shadow concept has its roots in the work of Sigmund Freud, later developed and enhanced by Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung. In 1912, Jung used the term “shadow side of the psyche” to describe the hidden side of…
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Taking Authentic Action

The final step in the Q Process consists of taking authentic action, which has the potential of creating significant transformation. Choosing and implementing an authentic action demonstrates to your body-mind that there has been an internal shift based on the insights gleaned from the worksheet. There can often be confusion about what authentic action actually…
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Shadow Work: A Path to 2nd Tier Ministry

Last Sunday during my Center Update I shared the Q Card / Shadow Card of Unity Spiritual Center. And together, as a congregation, we affirmed: "Please have compassion for us when we are being fearful, not enough, a victim, distrusting, not important, or powerless, because THIS is who we have come here to be: in integrity, compassionate,…
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The Power of Self-Compassion

In the Q Process, we are asked to feel compassion for that part of ourselves that has shown up for healing. It can be easy to overlook this vital step, to merely check it off on the worksheet or stay on a more intellectual level of understanding, rather than actually taking a moment to sink…
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Transformation vs Translation

Last Sunday, Jane shared from Rev. Robert Brumet's book, Living Originally, an important distinction between two types of spiritual teachings: transformational and translational. Brumet cites Ken Wilber as the originator of this distinction, defining translational teachings as those that are intended to improve or translate a moment--from a difficulty or hardship to an opportunity or something to leverage within…
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The Q Process Workshop

Ministry leaders who have followed the progress of the Pilot Program (a three year program, 2009 - 2012, where 13 Unity ministries participated in field-testing a new ministry practice) know that much of the program's design was informed by my doctoral work. I sought to formulate a research-based new paradigm of ministry based on Ken Wilber's integral theory that was…
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Who Have You Come Here to Be?

Who Have You Come Here To Be? We are the ones we have been waiting for. ~Hopi Elders Prophecy In our world of busy-ness, rarely do people inquire of themselves or of each other, “Who have we come here to be?” Instead we gather at parties and PTA events and ask each other, “So, what…
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The Point of Power is Now

When you look ahead at your goals and dreams this year, what do you envision? Do you see 365 days filled with infinite possibilities for you and your loved ones? Will it be a time of great transformation, teeming with opportunities for new growth? Who have you come here to be this year? The choice…
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An Honest Look at my Inner Yeller

Honesty Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi A few years back my husband and I were having a picnic dinner together. My daughter was spending the week with her grandparents and we had settled…
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Love and love some more

Let me count the ways... February 14, Valentine's Day, is a day adopted by many people the world over as a day to express their love. Having morphed from a saint's feast day into a day to express love for one's lover, the day now boast expressions of love in all relationships. School children look…
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What is Authentic Action?

What is Authentic Action? A key aspect of The Q ProcessTM is the final step of taking Authentic Action. People sometimes get a bit hung up about what exactly is it and why is it important. In a nut-shell, it is important because it gives us an opportunity to practice showing up differently, showing up…
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How well do you know your shadow?

How well do you know your shadow? The Shadow is a tricky concept to nail down. That's it's nature. It hides in dark places and thrives on being unseen. Yet the effort to uncover the shadow material hidden in our memories and our meaning making, trapped inside our neural connections and our nervous system, is…
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What if we have it all Wrong?

What if We Have it All Wrong? Have you ever noticed how easy it is to become attached to your favorite possessions? Maybe it's the broach your grandmother left you, or the dream car you finally bought, or the Mother's Day card your child made in kindergarten. The thought of losing a treasured possession like…
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