MindMovie Visualization Tool: Part 4–It’s My Time

not-good-smart-etc-enoughIntegral to the life changing power of the mind movie visualization program is using it as a tool for transforming the sense of not enough. Otherwise, the entire system is simply a high tech treasure mapping process. There is little benefit for people to manifest a greater good in their lives if it is for the purpose of resolving some discomfort associated with their current life circumstances. (How to use discomfort to transform the sense of not enough will be discussed later.) If we can see that the discomfort we experience with what we are currently having as our life situation arises from our sense “I am not enough” it is evident that to “get more” of something at best only provides a temporary reprieve from what is otherwise a mirror unto our own internal insufficiency.

To be clear, there is no problem with the HAVING of anything. The problem is when our HAVING has us. When in the having of something we want or in the not having of something we don’t want we can become emotionally altered, feeling either diminished or self-important, what we HAVE has become a part of our identity. This happens because HAVING is almost always experienced in the context of our sense of not enough.

IF I have to HAVE things be a certain way in order for me to feel okay about myself, I am living from my sense of not enough. In this sense, what I HAVE, has me. This is a kind of “spiritual incongruence”–when HAVING equals BEING. What we HAVE becomes an extension of who we are and therefore, what we DO arises out of our need to feel better about things or to minimize our discomfort.

The HAVE, BE, DO incongruence arises out of our sense of not enough. It bedohavereframes what we are HAVING into the context “I AM this that I am having.” Think about all of the things that you have–your body, your job, your story, your beliefs, etc. When you confuse yourself with what you have, living as if what you have is who you are, you suffer.

If spiritual congruence is BE, DO, HAVE, then it is our BEING that informs what we DO with what we are HAVING. This order of principle arises when our more than enoughness becomes the context of our HAVING. It is our more than enoughness that uses whatever we have as a mechanism of fulfilling our purpose and passion. It is our more than enoughness that sees EVERYTHING that we have as our ABUNDANCE. When our context for HAVING is our more than enoughness, everything that we have serves the greater purpose of moving us into a transformational relationship to life. We are free to desire anything we can imagine, providing that it becomes something that we USE to fulfill our purpose and passion, otherwise, whatever we draw into our life will eventually HAVE us.

ProsperityWhen HAVING is experienced from our sense of MORE than enough, everything we have becomes our ABUNDANCE.

For the longest time people have been saying to me that I am “ahead of my time.” I am just coming to realize that being branded as “ahead of my time” has really played well into my sense of not enough. The years I have spent trying to aid in the evolution of the New Thought movement, while appreciated, has left me empty when my effort is described as misaligned or ahead of my time. There was a “time” when I wondered if my advocacy was even worth it given what I have to show for it, career wise. I mean, if my work was really relevant and of value, why do I feel like I am pushing the river, rocking the boat, or otherwise a prophet crying in the wilderness in his own country and sometimes without much honor. (This is my sense of not enough running my thought process.)

Most of us have been waiting for something. I have been waiting for my work to matter and for it to translate into some tangible evidence of my worth. I have been waiting something to happen in the outer for confirmation that I matter, that I make a difference.

So here’s the hideousness of my sense of not enough: My life is filled with countless moments of praise, letters, calls, thoughtful and heartfelt acknowledgements of how my work and my presence has helped others. But my sense of not enough won’t let me take in all in, to my core, in part, because my good deeds have yet to translate into more income and a greater capacity to manage my retirement goals. My sense of not enough has caused me to push away the very evidence I have craved that gives me the sure and certain knowing that I am more than enough.

Enter, stage right…the mind movie visualization tool. Here is my movie: (https://youtu.be/15PU5CUOfMw)  Pay particular attention to the words of the  song: It’s My Time.

The moment I began working with this song I noticed that the music invoked in me the “felt sense” that IT’S MY TIME! I started listening to the music over and over as I took those words into my consciousness, It’s My Time. It’s MY time!

And then in a moment of insight, I realized that my higher self was singing to me:

There’s a feeling inside of me, it’s telling me that I can be more and more of who I am, it’s a power that says I can. Open up to the passion in me, it’s a call to rise that’s calling me to wake up to what I want to be; it’s my time to claim my destiny. Time to let go, get ready to fly, open my heart and reach for the sky; starting today I know the reason why there’s nothing I won’t try.

I’m not holding back, I’m not giving in. There are choices to be making, it’s time to begin the journey that never ends, I create the space that I am living in. My imagination is pulling me; I’m on a path toward success and clarity, I’m in the its-my-time3flow of life for all to see. My intentions are guiding me. Time to let go, get ready to fly, open my heart and reach for the sky. Starting today I know the reason why there’s nothing I won’t try.

When I commit to integrity you know what flows from me is authenticity and I will follow my heart because it’s telling me; it’s my time to claim my destiny. It’s my time to let the world know that I can stand up and declare just who I am.

These words transported me to the realization that I had been waiting for something that has always been available to me, the awareness that I am more than enough, right now. And, if that is true, then this IS my time! It has been my own sense of not enough that’s been the real issue over these last 18 years, not the value or relevance of my work. I get that now. What’s more, the awareness that it is my time has become a “state of being” that carries with it the felt sense that I am more than enough. My mind movie helps me to sustain these feelings and the images that I have chosen form the substance of what connects me to the FEELING of more than enough.

Now this is important. The movie is NOT for the primary purpose of attracting something into my life, but serves to help me sustain the elevated feeling of my more than enoughness state of being. To be sure, it is likely that the visualization tool will help me to manifest a greater good, but it is my FEELING of more than enough that is the focus of the process.

Recently, I had some people ask if I am okay with not manifesting as much follow-your-heart money as I have visualized in my movie. My response is: That’s not the point. The transformative power of the mind movie process is not with respect to what happens in the outer, but rather what happens within me right now, today, in this moment. How I feel as an effect of a more than enough state of being with whatever I am having is the critical issue. Can I be with whatever is arising in my experience (HAVING) from the context of my more than enoughness? To the degree that I am able to relate to what I am having as my abundance is the degree that this now moment is a stepping stone to the fulfillment of my purpose and passion. And, it is this FEELING that I want my entire congregation to experience as evidence of their magnificence and worth. It is from my more than enoughness that I want everyone in my ministry to experience what I am now HAVING.

As my more than enoughness continues to inform my thinking, how I see things, what I do, and what I choose to empower, I see that my new found state of being requires practice to sustain and expand. Our more than enoughness remains dormant until something in our life activates it. Then it is necessary to teach our brains how to see from the context of more than enough because our brains have been conditioned to see our life in the context of limits and obstructions. It is necessary for us to create new neural pathways surrounding our more than enoughness in order for our body / mind to have easy access to what is a growing sense of our innate worth. Once the “state of being” of our more than enoughness becomes well established, our HAVING is an extension of our capacity to make each now moment a connecting link in the causality chain that brings forth a greater good that is a blessing to the entire world. We USE what we HAVE to make a difference.

In Part 5, I will share our plans for getting our entire congregation involved in the project and how this coherence will aid in the shifting of our culture to the mission-centric model of ministry.

Blessings, Gary

MindMovies Visualization Tool: Part 3

walking-my-talkI am in the habit of walking my talk every evening. What I mean to say is that I take a daily walk through a scenic course of paved hiking trails in our neighborhood, talking out loud to myself into a digital tape recorder. I find it helpful to see what flows from within me when I “speak” to a specific topic or issue I plan to address in a subsequent Sunday talk.

I have never been able to write out my ideas in a coherent fashion nor deliver content based on thoughtful consideration via manuscript, outline or notes. And while I take time to prepare my talks, I never know what I am going to say ahead of time because I speak extemporaneously and note-free, what some might describe as “channeling.”

In recent weeks, I have experienced a new dimension of this routine (walking and talking out loud) that now includes conversations with my Higher Self. I am aware that I can access something in me that is not tethered to the limitations of my current habit of being. In other words, I am aware of another voice in my head that is not my ego, not my limiting self talk, and not my mind’s attempt to impress me with bold ideas or inspiration. I imagine that what I am now experiencing is similar to someone who has just discovered automatic writing. Some greater part of myself is trying to get through, trying to communicate from beyond my established structures of knowing.

One evening last week while walking and talking out loud, my Higher Self chimed in asking that I refer to IT, or rather us, as WE. In other words, when I would say out loud, “What should I talk about…?,” IT said to me: “Say it this way: What should WE talk about?

The title for this talk was Manifesting 1.0. It would be an introduction to a subsequent talk about the MindMovie visualization tool. In this introduction, I wanted everyone to understand the principles and science behind how we manifest our personal reality and how the breaking the habit of being our unconscious selves is necessary if we are to manifest a greater good in our lives.

So knowing that this was my topic and aim, I asked my Higher Self, “What should WE talk about?” The reply came quickly and without effort. Here’s how the conversation unfolded:

Higher Self (HS): How do you want to FEEL?

Gary: What do you mean, how do you want to feel?

HS: How do you want to FEEL after you have finished our talk?

Gary: What does how I want to FEEL have to do with what WE are to talk about?

HS: Since you are talking about the mechanics of manifesting, how you want to FEEL is key. Most people are conditioned to FEEL in response to an outer condition or circumstance believing that HAVING creates the FEELING. Because outer conditions have the power to make you FEEL a certain way, it appears that how you feel is in response to something that’s happening. If you can be emotionally altered by what you are HAVING instead of choosing how you wish to FEEL in spite of what’s going on, what gets manifested is an extension of the unconscious, conditioned aspect of yourself. You are simply rehearsing your past and how you feel is a reflex to what is going on.

Gary: So, by choosing how I wish to FEEL, I can affect what I am having as my life experience?

HS: Yes, by focusing on how you wish to FEEL, you bring an emotional coherence to “how you are being with what you are having”. In other words, you must first FEEL your more than enoughness before you can HAVE the outer experience of abundance, rather than wait for some outer increase before feeling prosperous. You must first FEEL worthy before you can have the outer experience that evokes well-being. You must first FEEL capable before you can have the experience of measuring up.

Gary: So, I must create and sustain an elevated emotion or feeling associated with whatever I wish to manifest in my life, FIRST, and then be on the lookout for it to happen in the outer?

HS: Not exactly, but you are getting there. Your job is to convince your brain that the desired future is happening already. Then, without looking for how or when it can happen, live each moment as if it has already come to pass. Take steps as necessary to give expression to what “wants to happen” given the emotional state you have manifested. Take authentic action that moves you toward your desired good, but don’t be on the lookout for anything as “evidence” that something is working or not. Just focus on sustaining the FEELING associated with whatever you wish to manifest.


I share this conversation as a revelation of sorts as it helps me understand why a mind movie visualization tool is so effective in helping to sustain elevated emotions. Part of the mind movie process is selecting a song that can evoke strong positive feelings. Music has the power to transport us to another time. Take this medley for instance:


While these selections may invoke thoughts and feelings from our past, the neural mechanism for this phenomenon works the same as a triggering moment. We may reminisce and become conscious of a specific time, place, and circumstance when listening to oldies, we can easily see how our mood or state changes when nostalgia sets in. We readily see how our feelings encapsulate certain mental states or memories or beliefs. When we are triggered and strong uncomfortable feelings arise, we are not as resourceful when it comes to connecting these “neural dots” to our sense of not enough (or other limiting beliefs). Nor are we aware of how or when we took on these beliefs, so we are left with sourcing our discomfort in outer experiences. (The Q Process™ makes conscious the shadow beliefs underlying the triggering moment.)

law-of-attractionNow, consider what might happen if we were to listen to a song that could emotionally transport us to the future. New neural pathways would wire together to form the circuitry for new experiences, new perceptions, and new meaning-making, the substance of a new state of being. Next, imagine sustaining these positive feelings by linking them to images, affirmations, and subliminal messages that together comprise a coherent representation of one’s more than enoughness as imaged in the context of fulfilling one’s passion and purpose. This gives you a sense of the transformative power of the MindMovie visualization tool.

In Part 4, I will speak to a conundrum that was recently pointed out to me by a colleague: Isn’t how you are using the mind movie visualization tool another “translational” practice —improving the dream so to speak? My personal experience of creating my movie will shed light on this issue as well as reveal the power within the movie-making process that is wondrously transformative.

Blessings, Gary

MindMovies Visualization Tool: Part 2

Before I get started with Part 2 about how we plan to use the MindMovies visualization tool as a community-wide spiritual practice for manifesting greater health, abundance and fulfillment (and attracting Millennials to Unity Spiritual Center), I want to reiterate how jazzed I am about finding a way for EVERYONE (who wants one) in our community to have their own mind movie.

Here is my movie (https://youtu.be/15PU5CUOfMw) to check out before I go into the details.

As you can see, my MindMovie consists of uplifting music, personalized pictures, dramatic transitions, video segments, affirmations, and subliminal messages (well you can’t see these). I have gone the extra mile with respect to the timing and synchronization of my affirmations, transitions, videos, and picture effects with the words of my song: Its My Time. (Finding the right music is key to the “workaround” I discussed in my previous blog post. More about that later.)


In addition, the MindMovies platform provides a selection of stock pictures, videos, affirmations, music, and subliminal programing along with the ease of a drag and drop process for creating a highly polished personalized movie. Everything on the platform is organized into a variety of themes: spirituality / gratitude, personal wealth & money, relationship / life partner, health, material possessions, family / friends, contribution, business / career, and audacious goals / lifestyle. The website also includes numerous tutorials and a script-writing process that is useful in creating a coherent “storyboard” in preparation for pulling together the various elements of the movie making process. Finally, the finished movie can be previewed, saved, and then processed into a downloadable .mp4 formatted file. The movie file can then be uploaded to any device so it can be easily accessed and used as a part of a visualization practice. I have since learned that there are other “mind movie making” platforms that offer similar features, more or less.

As I have mentioned in Part 1, Jane and I are using the MindMovies platform in preparation for our participation in Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Advanced Workshop. He is a master at explaining the science behind how we create our personal reality and how to upload consciously to the quantum field. Since we already unconsciously establish, maintain, and perpetuate our habit of being our current selves, something truly awesome happens when we learn the science behind manifesting.

We quickly see that the “mechanics” of manifestation are an effect of a body/mind process that includes: 1) coherent thought (positive or negative), 2) sustained elevated emotion (once again, positive or negative) 3) that leads to the “felt sense” that something is happening now, all of which results in establishing 4) a habit of being (good or not so good habit).

Shifting from manifesting unconsciously to consciously is about creating a coherent image or representation of a desired state, with sufficient clarity in order to evoke a positive elevated emotion. This emotion needs to be sustained over time in order to activate new neural pathways, resulting in a new habit of being that is not tethered to the PAST.

Because our habit of being is a body/mind phenomenon, the effort to manifest a new personal reality requires that we recondition our body to a “greater mind.” Simply put, we must “break the habit of being ourselves.” By creating a clear, specific, coherent intention and by coupling it with an elevated emotion or the felt sense of whatever image or images that represent our coherent intention, we can then apply a spiritual practice of sufficient intensity to recondition our body to a new state of being (a greater mind). When our new state of being is practiced and its felt sense sustained, we can begin to override our unconscious programming. This cannot be a haphazard practice, however. How often are our best intentions undermined by self-doubts, limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, etc.? In other words, we must “pray without ceasing” so to speak with respect to our desired future.

law-of-attractionSome may question the spiritual integrity of what might be construed as a hybrid application of the “Law of Attraction.” I have certainly been a critic of such “translational” principles that seem to attribute importance and validity to the endeavor of manifesting greater abundance or the achievement of audacious goals as an indicator of spiritual consciousness. For me, however, I make the  distinction between manifesting as a means of moving away from or minimizing some discomfort in one’s life, as opposed to manifesting a desired future as a means of fulfilling a deep passion and purpose in life.

In other words for me, I want to make $10,000 a week, not because I am dealing with not enough or because I have credit card debt, but because $10,000 a week is what I need to fulfill my passion for aviation, travel, staying connected to family and friends, building our retirement home, and supporting my spiritual community. The key is to focus on moving toward your passion, rather than away from your discomfort. In this way, learning how to manifest consciously can also be linked to knowing one’s own worth, magnificence, and capacity to co-create a world that works for everyone.

I have often felt that as a ministry leader I have made the mistake of trying to get my congregations to support the ministry BEFORE they know how to demonstrate greater abundance, well-being, health, and fulfillment in their own personal lives. Our plan at Unity Spiritual Center is to teach people how to manifest a greater good consistent with their passion and purpose FIRST, before we ask them to help sustain the ministry in a greater way. This way, any sense of not enough is eclipsed by their capacity to move toward their passion and purpose. People’s support will flow more authentically when they have confidence in their own ability to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of their families, friends, and community.

In Part 3, I will share how the process of creating one’s own mind movie in a manner of speaking, is like uploading to the quantum field. I will also provide more details with respect to how the mind movie helps to create a coherent intention surrounding a desired future representative of one’s passion and purpose as well as how it helps to create sustained elevated emotions of such magnitude as to minimize the influence of limiting beliefs.

Blessings, Gary

MindMovies Visualization Tool: Part 1

Making your mind matter

Jane and I are attending Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Advanced Workshop this November in Cancun. We had such a powerful experience last May at his Progressive Workshop held in Seattle that we immediately signed up for his advanced program.

We originally registered for the workshop in response to my cancer diagnosis last February. Since I was in total remission by April, instead of my healing as our purpose, we were to learn the brain and quantum science behind manifesting any greater good. This, of course includes healing, financial independence, etc. As many of you know, Dispenza first appeared on the movie What the Bleep Do We Know? prior to becoming famous for his ground breaking books: Evolve Your Brain, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and The Placebo EffectOur most popular book study at Unity Spiritual Center thus far has been exploring the principles of two of these amazing books.

Dr. Joe teaches workshop participants how to “upload” to the quantum field via our body’s energy centers and then provides coherent meditation practices that, in turn, enable us to download a “specified desired good” from the field into the manifest realm.

We are already masters of manifestation since our current personal reality is an effect of the same quantum process, albeit unconscious for the most part. And until recently, we lacked the science behind the process necessary to amplify a coherent spiritual practice. As so, if we are already capable of bringing forth the substance of our experience through our thoughts, feelings, and states of being, it’s time to make both the system and process of manifestation conscious and intentional.

We also know that any good intention along with the proper elevated emotion can go nowhere if our unconscious programing is contradictory. In other words, we may get very clear about the principles of abundance, very dedicated in the practice of prosperity, but to no avail due to an unconscious sense of not enough. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, this is the primary reason why traditional tithing practices are unsustainable. Whatever increase is realized through the practice of tithing, a person’s unconscious belief that they are not enough will prevail in the long run.

90 % ProgramingThe reason for this is that our subconscious mind and our body have become so integrated that our bodies have memorized the emotional states that define its sense of “normal”.  That includes the 90% of our programing (beliefs) that is unconscious, and therefore runs us without our permission. If you wonder why your life does not change for the better when you employ spiritual principle, it’s because your body-mind seeks to fulfill the default programing of your impoverished self.

Dispenza has basically formulated a “workaround” for this problem. Absent of making conscious the unconscious, we would need to acquire decades of meditative discipline to control our waking thoughts and our states of being in order to override the biochemical circuitry that constitutes our body-mind. “When the body has become the mind,” Dispenza asserts, “we replicate our past and remain locked in habitual patterns of being that reinforce our current personal reality.”

In addition, he suggests that at the beginning of each day, we reboot the subroutines that define us–preferences, reflexes, habits, addictions, aversions, etc. Whatever new or creative intention arises, it emerges in the context of limiting beliefs and habits of being. That’s why it is so difficult to apply spiritual principle to manifesting a greater good, because at our core, we are “all in” with respect to our conditioned being.

Brain resercherDozens of brain researchers and scientists attend these workshops to record and see firsthand how Dispenza’s meditation techniques alter states of consciousness that affect genes (epigenetics), the immune system (psychoneuroimmunology), HRV (heart rate variability) and the capacity to impact matter (manifestation). The results are tangible, measurable, and transformative. People with terminal illnesses have walked away cured after three days of meditation.

YogiWe have heard of yogis who manifest rings or ash out of thin air. People at these workshops learn the science behind this phenomenon as well as how thoughts can heal the body while scientists monitor their brain activity and document the correlation between brain waves, mental states and the changes in the physical body. Jane and I have volunteered to be among the dozens of participants who will be hooked up to high tech monitoring devices.

In preparation for the Advanced Workshop, Dispenza has partnered with MindMovies.com by providing all of his Advanced workshop participants with their own subscription to this transformative visualization tool. He has requested that we each come to the workshop having created our own mind movie for the purpose of amplifying the affect of the program. Mind movies are not new. However, this particular platform enables an individual to create a movie that is personal and powerful. My experience of creating my own movie has been so provocative that I plan to find a way for our entire congregation to have their own personal movie, if they so desire.

Subsequent blog posts will chronicle my efforts to make this happen at Unity Spiritual Center. The principle for me is very simple. Before our ministry can thrive and overcome its sense of not enough, the people in our ministry must thrive, and have a concrete experience of manifesting a greater good in their own lives. MindMoviesOnce a tipping point has been reached where the majority of our spiritual community is utilizing the same visualization tool, just as we are now utilizing the same shadow work tool (the Q Process), we will witness the benefits of a more coherent and intentional collective consciousness. Then, our next step will be to create a single mind movie for our ministry’s future that everyone in our church will use to manifest needed property and facility improvements.

Part 2 will go into more specificity regarding the MindMovie platform itself and how this particular visualization tool is aligned with Dispenza’s workaround and our New Thought teachings. Please subscribe and share these posts. I will also share my plan to engage and attract scores of Millennials to support this project. And isn’t that what all of us really want anyway, more Millennials?

Here is my mind movie. Most of what you will see is about my desired future. I have selected affirmations that are aligned with my goals and dreams. The one rule is that you refrain from specifying How or When these things will come to pass. (Some of you may have seen the movie I posted on Facebook. It received over 900 views within 18 hours. This one is quite different.) Enjoy!


Blessings, Gary

My New Body Has A Problem

houstonEver since my cancer remission, what has become my new body has begun to assert itself as having a problem with…well the easiest way to say it is: my new body has a problem with ME! More specifically, it has a problem with my mind insofar as my mind, as my body has determined, is not aligned with its (my body’s) need for me (my mind) to treat it with respect, appreciation, dignity…you know, the whole temple of the living God thing.

My new body doesn’t like what I try to feed it, for instance. Nothing in my old cookbook or playbook works for it now. While I am delighted to have achieved a healing that has resulted in a new body that is more resilient, energetic, and alive, I am struggling to adjust to having what has become an awakened companion that is also trying to awaken my mind to its presence.

I remember when my previous wife, Nan, became a vegetarian. She suddenly stopped cooking all of the things I loved to eat ( I am a meat and potatoes guy, you know, comfort food). I felt like I lost a best friend. There was no warning or announcement. It just happened, just like what is happening with my new body right now. It wants to go to bed early now, where before we stayed up late, and it wants to poop after every meal. And, as you might have guessed, it wakes me up very early, too early, before people have had a chance to update their Facebook status. What’s up with that?!

To be clear, I could very easily whip my body into shape, get it back on track, force it into submission, or otherwise restore the previous operating system, but that seems like defeating the whole purpose of getting a new body.

I remember when I decided to lose weight. This is a picture of me in 2008 just before my position as Assistant Vice President of Integral Very Fat GaryOperations at Unity Worldwide Ministries was eliminated. Rather than getting depressed and upset over the circumstances of my employment, I made the conscious choice to focus on getting healthy and to lose the weight that was contributing to a number of health issues. I went from about 240 to 155 pounds in six months and got off all my meds. A year later, I gained half of the weight back. I later realized that it was my old mind that caused me to regain the weight. My new body at that time had insufficient awareness to assert itself like it has now. My cancer got me down to 127 pounds, and now my new body is a solid 143 lbs.

So, yes, I am suggesting that our bodies can become conscious partners in our spiritual journey. And, until we attain a level of appreciation, respect, and the willingness to listen, it is difficult if not impossible to view our bodies in any other way than as something we HAVE rather than as the temple of the living God. This may not be news to anyone else, but it is news to me insofar as I now need to pay attention to what it needs and wants. Not to do so would be to subject my new body to the tyranny of my old mind.

It could be said that the purpose behind acquiring a new body is that it becomes the evolutionary driver toward a more mature and awakened mind. Yes, my body wants a new mind. Not that my old mind had any ill will regarding how it treated my body. It’s just that my old mind’s beliefs, habits, addictions, preferences, and reflexes didn’t necessarily have my body’s best interests in mind (pardon the pun).

Could our heartburn, upset stomach, constipation, indigestion, fatigue, ED, migraines, allergies and everything else they advertise during the evening news be our bodies trying to get our attention?  If we have issues with our body or health, it is likely on some level, our body is trying to get our attention and partner with us. Our bodies will literally die for us if that is how far we need to go to in order to discover our true worth and purpose. We don’t need a new body to discover our worth or purpose, but we may likely need a new mind to do so.

Part of the problem is that our health and healing efforts are often entangled in the competing imperatives of medical care and the treatment of diseases. The western or allopathic approach which influences how we relate to, treat, and understand our bodies reinforces the sense that “the body” is one thing and “the mind” is something else. While the homeopathic, alternative, or holistic approach asserts that there is nowhere where the mind leaves off and the body begins, it’s best to consider our corporeal nature and our mind as two poles of a single continuum.

Oh, I forgot to mention that next month I get new eyes. Now that my deductible is maxed out, I thought I might as well get some upgrades while my healthCataract insurance covers everything. I’m wondering, though, if my new eyes will have a similar problem as my new body. Will my new eyes be received by a mind capable of perceiving a more bright and expansive vista? Or will my new eyes be bound to a myopic mind that continues to gather evidence to confirm its sense of not enough?

If it’s true that our bodies are print-outs of our subconscious mind and that, when subjected to a mind that is indifferent to or unaware of the body’s efforts to get our attention, we need to move quickly into the recognition that our bodies are partners in our spiritual journey.

YouAreTheTempleWhen I mentioned to my congregation that my new body was having a problem with my mind, I realized that many people are in a struggle just to coexist with their body much less see it as an agent of transformation. I believe that there is virtue and empowerment in honoring our earthly vehicle, not only as the temple of the living God, but most importantly, as our willing partner when we are ready to embrace its wisdom and purpose.

Blessings, Gary

Our SpiritGroups Celebration Event / Launch Debrief

Final1Medium_JPGDuring the week of April 25, 2016 we launched our SpiritGroups pilot program–where 50% of our entire congregation participated in 10 small groups, meeting in members’ homes for a 10 week period. Group participants’ primary aim was to field-test SpiritGroups’ program video curriculum (Thy Will Be Done), experience the Five Disciplines of SpiritGroups (Communion, Connection, Community, Compassion, and Challenge), meditate and pray with / for one another, complete a service project, and create some kind of fun activity or social event for their group.

Last week, Tara Wear,Tara our SpiritGroups Program Leader, facilitated our Celebration Event and Debriefing Gala where nearly 75% of those involved in our first launch came together to celebrate what was accomplished as well as to provide important feedback regarding everyone’s experience. We were overwhelmed by the numbers of people who came out for this mid-week evening meeting to share how their SpiritGroups experience has impacted their lives. (Integral to the success of this launch was our hiring Tara as a part-time program leader. See her SpiritGroups Program Leader Job Description. She puts in about 18 hours a week.)

ThyWillBEDonAnd, while all of the groups utilized the Thy Will Be Done video
curriculum, the event was an opportunity for SpiritGroup participants and their hosts to share with others how the “small group experience” impacted their lives.

As I mentioned above, this was our first launch of the program. Our intention was to “field-test” it as a means of introducing it to our community and building the necessary infrastructure and systems for its ongoing sustainability and growth. Since small group ministry was not new to Unity Spiritual Center, we wanted to make sure that our introduction of SpiritGroups was not a “been there done that” deal. We wanted our launch to give people a taste of how powerful small group ministry can be in bringing people into a more profound experience of personal transformation. We were not disappointed!

Our Celebration Event and Debriefing Gala began with a sharing of the various service projects from each group. We were amazed at the creativity and passion people had for their projects which included:

  • A group of women went to a women’s recovery center to take a tour, donate food, and participated in a feminism project with shelter residents.
  • A group of gardeners shared their harvest with our congregation and provided delicious recipes linked to our website.
  • A bi-monthly blood drive was set up
  • Feeding people at Ronald McDonald house
  • Road trip to a cedar grove and meditating for planetary healing.
  • A clean-up of our church kitchen and pantry.
  • Brought homemade soup to our annual membership meeting as a fund raiser for our Youth of Unity. We raised over $400!
  • Clearing debris from the roof and cleaning windows.
  • A group of artists, poets, and photographers plans to create a video relating to the Five Disciplines of SpiritGroups and share it with our congregation to promote the program’s next launch.
  • In a group of mostly baby boomers, two millennials in the group provided dance lessons in preparation for their 60 year high school reunion
  • Watered trees and volunteered at a teenage homeless shelter.

Next, people were invited to share how their experience of SpiritGroups impacted their lives. Here are some of the comments we heard from participants:

  • Transformed and healed feelings and thoughts around the Bible. The video curriculum was a trigger for some. The group was able to see the Bible in a new way as they explored the ideas of the program.
  • We appreciated the structure of the program. Half of the people in our group were new to Unity so it was a perfect way for them to get know us. We now have lifelong connections and friends by participating in SpiritGroups.
  • It was such a joy to get to know people on a deeper more authentic level. This is just not possible on Sundays.
  • Our group was able to be vulnerable, trusting, and close. We laughed, sang, cried, and had fun together. Isn’t that what a spiritual community is all about?
  • Biblical scene also a trigger for us, but we got past it! The name “SpiritGroups” is aptly named–such a band of trust in our group. I would wake up at night and think about my group and feel so blessed and enriched.
  • We really bonded. We all knew each other, or so we thought. We became so much closer because of our time together. I’d be dragging my butt, feeling crabby after my day’s work. After my group, I was feeling high, great, and relaxed!
  • Now when I see people at Sunday services, its more than just hello or a handshake. We actually have things to share with each other and photos to swap. It’s about community.
  • As a host, spiritual energy filled my living room. Many of us knew each other socially, but the depth of sharing spiritual truths with each other was the greatest gift.
  • I got to share my home with the people I love. Every person was absolutely amazing. Intrigued about the content, but the questions helped open us to each other.
  • I didn’t attend any of the SpiritGroups this time around, but after hearing everyone’s comments, I can’t wait to get started!

Check out this video: https://youtu.be/PHyf2UuhUUY

This Celebration Event has a dual purpose insofar as it provides valuable feedback to program leaders about the program itself and it helps sets the stage for the next launch. It is an opportunity to recruit new hosts and participants as well as enroll established participants in more advance forms of leadership development. From this latest event we enrolled 9 new SpiritGroup hosts, 5 past hosts have agreed to lead groups this fall, and 6 previous hosts have agreed to become Mentors to new hosts. Our goals for our fall launch will be 20 groups and 75% of our congregation involved.

In addition to the comments and feedback we received, Tara has created a SurveyMonkey poll to further document some of the benchmarks we wanted to measure as our program unfolds. This follow-up survey of program participants is another component of establishing the metrics needed to track how we are doing. It is also a way to deepen participants’ understanding of the program aims and what we hoped to accomplish.

We are so pleased with our initial rollout, we are spending the summer planning our fall launch. Jane and I think that SpiritGroups is the perfect program for our ministry. It is integral to our efforts to transition toward a mission-centric paradigm of ministry. We are confident that this program is creating a tipping point within our ministry that translates into the embodiment of our mission to: Transform Lives and inspire people to make a positive difference in their world.

Here is more information about SpiritGroups and the upcoming Train the Trainer Certification program that gives you what you need to get started.

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Blessings, Gary

Breaking Healing Journey News Update!

Jane and I met yesterday with my oncologist to review the results of my latest PETScan. I had my first scan on March 1st, two weeks after my diagnosis. Jane and I went to the appointment very confident that my scan would reveal a noticeable remission of my cancer, seeing as how I was reporting the shrinkage and disappearance of tumors since my second infusion. What was so surprising, and pleasantly so, was my doctors elation as he entered our examination room. He was so excited about sharing the NEWS!

I imagine these doctors don’t get to share good news often enough. It seemed like he cured his first patient, he was that thrilled with the results. Not only did the latest scan reveal the complete remission of all of my tumors (over two dozen), the healing occurred much faster than any he has known–complete remission within less than three months with only three infusions of Keytruda.

I was also pleased that he validated my so called “alternative treatment”, that it was probably responsible for the rapid remission. At any rate, because there is likely small traces of cancer that didn’t get picked up by the scan, he encouraged me to continue with both the Keytruda and the alternative options I have used thus far.

PETSCANBESTOur doctor was so excited that he invited me to take a picture of the scans side by side. As you can see, there is no trace. The bright yellow / white objects in the left-hand scan are the tumors. Notice that there is no trace of the yellow / white masses (red areas are not cancerous) in the adjacent scan. The white areas in both scans are the brain, heart and badder, so these areas are normal.

We are delighted to share this news with everyone. Jane will share the details with our congregation this Sunday as I am in Bend OR conducting a Q Process™ workshop and speaking at Unity Simmons-Slider-1280x474Community of Central Oregon.
Love and Blessings, Gary


The Q Process for Boards (Teams)

Last weekend we held our annual Board retreat. It is traditionally an opportunity for new trustees to get acquainted with our current Board culture as well as a time of deepening our connection and caring for one another. It is also an opportunity for building greater capacity in our efforts to take the ministry to the next level. To this end, I introduced a transformative spiritual practice called The Q Process for Teams™.


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The Q Process for Teams™is an extension of the individual application of the Q Process™in which a group of individuals experienced in the Q Process™utilize a structured discovery process to observe and participate in a series of inquiries when faced with organizational challenges. The process takes teams, such as the board, through a powerful five-step experience that allows for organizational tension to be resolved in a way that strengthens the core integrity of the team and organization.

The Q Process for Teams™ was originally created by The Q Effect, LLC for Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Transformation Experience (a whole-system church development program that ended in 2012). Ten Unity ministries participated in a “pilot program” to field test the Integral Model of Ministry (Thriving Ministry Model) which was based on my doctoral work and designed to evolve ministries and congregations. To learn about the program and what ministry leaders had to say about their experience, CLICK HERE.

Before I go into the process in more detail, I wish to provide a scenario so you can readily glean the process’ value and especially its benefit to Board members when faced with uncomfortable issues.

Here’s an example:

Imagine that you are a board member of a church that needs $25,000 and month to cover expenses, but only receives $19,000 each month. The ministry is soon to deplete its cash reserves and is faced with drawing down from a line of credit to make payroll. not enough1This is not the first time the board has been forced to make tough decisions concerning funding issues. In the past, fund raisers, prosperity classes, and the occasional bequest has seen the ministry through such difficult times.

If you are like most board members, you probably have your own money issues. The problem is when your sense of not enough is triggered by your ministry’s sense of not enough, guess what happens…you and anyone else on the board who has money issues or not enough issues in their personal life will react to the church’s not enough in much the same way. And when that happens, what is most people’s default strategy when faced with not enough? GET MORE.

Most of our “get more” strategies are short-lived and tend to exacerbate insufficiency because the focus of MORE is typically OUT-SOURCED or outside of ourselves. So, whenever we source our discomfort (and therefore, the fix) outside of ourselves, we are no longer working on the level of transformation, but on the level of translation.

By now you are seeing what the problem is: we cannot manage the church’s issues from the same consciousness we  try to manage our own baggage. And, if we could somehow differentiate our stuff from the church’s stuff, we might become more resourceful in our efforts to get the ministry to the next level. The Q Process for Teams™offers boards and teams a step by step structure for doing just this.

PREREQUISITES: The Q Process for Teams™ (and Boards) requires that ALL participants be skilled in The Q Process and familiar with filling out Q worksheets. In addition, the church’s Q card and Shadow card needs to be discerned. Here are the examples of Unity Spiritual Center’s Q / Shadow Card that was generated as a result of another process called: The Genogram Activity. Click HERE for more info about this process.

Unity Spiritual Center's Shadow Card
Unity Spiritual Center’s Shadow Card
Unity Spiritual Center's Q Card
Unity Spiritual Center’s Q Card






A certified Q Coach facilitates the Q Process for Teams™ when all members are present and focused upon a specific issue to work through. Typically, once board members are trained in the process by a facilitator, they are then able to plan specific meetings for implementing the process. It is not a quick conversation, however. It is a deep and authentic dialogue and consequently requires from 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete. The experience can be quite transformative for participants and revitalizing for the ministry as well as offer personal healing for individual team members.

Keep in mind that each of the five steps of the process is a facilitated “aware-apy conversation” where specific questions are asked and then a facilitated debriefing by the Q Coach occurs.

STEP ONE: Uncovering the Field

In this step the team’s focus is on:

  • Seeing how the current organizational challenge is triggering them personally
  • Noticing how they can use the opportunity for personal shadow healing
  • Differentiating themselves and their personal shadow work from the shadow work of the organization (ministry)

This first step is doing personal work. Each person receives an index card and is asked to write concise responses to the following questions:

  1. Name the situation, challenge or issue you are as a team facing.
  2. How stressful is it for you? (1 – 10) ________
  3. What uncomfortable feelings are connected to this situation?
  4. What is this touching in you? For example, is there any aspect of your personal life that this situation reminds you of, or is there anything here that you recognize from your work with the Q Process™?
  5. What belief about yourself is connected to these uncomfortable feelings?

Once everyone has jotted a few notes in response to these questions, people are invited to go around and briefly share what they have written. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice compassion as they listen to each person’s sharing.

STEP TWO: Clarifying Roles

In this step the team’s focus is on:

  • Discovering the implicit beliefs about their role as a team/board member
  • Noticing how some part of the discomfort comes from their effort to fulfill that role and how it’s related to their personal shadow
  • Acknowledging that responses to organizational challenges are often sabotaged by personal “shadow creep”
  • Seeing the importance of setting the intention to remain on their personal Q Card as the primary way to fulfill their role
  • Asking for and receiving support from the team regarding that intention

The transformative aspect of this step occurs when participants shift from their personal work to the team members’ roles within the organization. It begins by asking each person what they believe their role to be (as a board member, for instance). After each person has shared, everyone is invited to consider the following:

  1. Can you see that some part of the discomfort around this issue is related to your struggle to fulfill this role?
  2. Can you see how this struggle is also connected to the myth, message, belief surfaced in Step One?
  3. What quality on your Q Card allows you to be in this situation and not feel diminished by it?
  4. What do you need from your team to support you in being on your Q Card?

STEP THREE: Releasing the Discomfort

In this step the team’s focus is on:

  • Consciously and symbolically releasing any personal attachment to the organization’s issue
  • Shifting out of viewing it as a “problem to solve” into viewing it as an “evolutionary driving with which to align”

The facilitator helps the team see the ministry’s issue in the context of getting to the next level. The following ideas are shared for consideration:

  1. Discomfort reveals a place that wants to be healed so you can move into a greater expression of your wholeness. It is not against you, it is for you.
  2. The Q Process™ helps you USE the discomfort to heal and evolve yourself.
  3. The same is true for the organization. This discomfort is arising because the organization wants to heal and evolve.
  4. It can’t do that if you take on the discomfort as your own.
  5. While it may feel as though it is, this discomfort is not yours.

STEP FOUR: Renaming the Issue & the Team Member’s Role

In this step the team’s focus is on:

  • Scanning the organizational environment across all four quadrants (integral theory) and looking for instances of incongruence and incoherence that expose areas requiring conscious evolution.
  • Noticing what aspects of the organization’s shadow is coming up for healing and what new way(s) of being for the organization is being called forth
  • Declaring that the role of the team is not to “fix the problem” but to facilitate an evolutionary shift for the organization
  • Tapping into the power of compassion for the organization in its efforts to evolve (which reduces stress) and gratitude for the opportunity to make the needed shifts (which creates energy and enthusiasm)
  • Checking in with the organization’s Q Card (or values) to see what may need to be expressed, redefined or released

Team members are asked to “source” the organization’s discomfort: What incongruence and / or incoherence is this discomfort connected to? In addition, team members link organizational discomfort with unresolved issues of the past in order to map shadow issues that have surfaced to be healed.

  1. Quadrant One – Leadership Intentionality: Confusing who we are with 4 Quad Problemswhat we have (is there a sense of not enough?)
  2. Quadrant Two – Culture & Congregational Identity: Lack of shared identity / future
  3. Quadrant Three – Social System: Dysfunction in relationships / behavior (interpersonal difficulties, drama)
  4. Quadrant Four – Organizational Behavior: Organizational integrity (Is something missing, broken or not working in your structures, practices and systems? Where are you “leaking” energy?

STEP FIVE: Taking Authentic Action

In this step the team’s focus is on:

  • Authentic action1Honoring the need to create space and time for an authentic response that allows for the organization to evolve, and acknowledging that it may be challenging staying in the “in between” time as that evolution takes place
  • Discerning what authentic action each individual can take to facilitate the evolution of the organization
  • Discerning what organizational action may be arising that team members (in their role as leader / board member) are willing to facilitate
  • Setting a time to discuss the implementation of the authentic action that is arising (Teams may close the Q Process™ and go directly into planning)

In this final step, the team is invited to become heart-centered and to take some time to listen to Spirit for an authentic action to take.

  1. What authentic action are you personally called to do at this time?
  2. What organizational action do you see arising that you in your role are willing to facilitate?

The Q Process for Teams™session concludes with a check-out to debrief the experience and to affirm specific next steps.

As I mentioned above, our Board’s first experience of the process happened during our recent Board Retreat. While parts of the training scenario were painfully realistic and revealing, the entire Board found the process beneficial. We plan to use it for any issue where there is shadow creeping into our work. Board members will complete special worksheets prior to our scheduled meeting to expedite the process, reducing the entire process time from two hours to one hour or less. Eventually, individual board members will divest themselves “in the moment” of any projection of their baggage onto the ministry.

Q effect logo pageThe Q Process for Teams™ is an advance module for Q Coaches. To learn more about our work or if you are interested in finding out  about The Q Process for Teams™ or about what’s entailed to bring the Q Process™ to your ministry, check out www.theqeffect.com.

Blessings, Gary



My Healing Journey Update

Hate WritingI sometimes lament my blog posts aren’t more frequent and that I had a greater love for writing as to make the effort even enjoyable. The truth is that I like writing about as much as I like to visit the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. I enjoy the finished product, but the process of getting there is typically an ordeal for me. This may be surprising to some but the fact is that a lot of what I have “written” has been transcribed from something I have shared as a speaker. No doubt, many of you are not as squeamish when it comes to putting fingers to keyboard. So I am not so much complaining as explaining myself. Of course, you will grant me some slack considering my current health challenge and the distractions that accompany the dealing with not dying right away. Far be it from me to either go out prematurely or without fanfare.

So, instead, this blog will focus on the premature remission of my cancer and the fanfare that helped to make that happen. Since its been a while since I have posted, I feel … well not guilty, but, like I’m late sending in my quarterly income tax estimate. With that said, let me get right to it…

I received my cancer diagnosis (stage 4 metastatic melanoma) on February 17th. I had six tumors bulging from underneath my skin, two were golf ball size, three pea size, and one, an orange size. In addition, a body scan revealed two dozen or more smaller tumors throughout my entire body, including one on my liver,
bowel and lung. Thankfully, no tumor was causing an obstruction or was otherwise immediately life threatening. Consequently, Jane and I immediately registered for Dr. Joe pw_seattle2016_2Dispenza’s Progressive Workshop to be held 3 months later in Seattle, just a 5 hour drive away. As many of you know, Dr. Joe appeared in the What the Bleep movie and is author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and The Placebo Effect. We regularly cite from these two great works during our Sunday talks and find that our congregation is hungry for everything “Quantum Spiritual” (a blending of spirituality, brain and quantum science).

Having already lost Nan, my previous wife to brain cancer 14 years ago, and Jane, her mother to breast cancer almost 9 years ago, we immediately knew that my healing journey would include a reckoning with issues relating to the heart—my regrets, unforgiveness, limiting beliefs, and the shadow qualities that I have taken on that keep me affirming my addiction to a sense of not enough. In other words, my healing journey began with the recognition that my cancer is a symptom of heart issues that need acknowledgment, understanding, self-compassion, forgiveness, healing and integration. I am learning that I need to recognize that my body is simply a hardcopy of my subconscious mind, an out-picturing of my inner world of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and emotional, psychological and physical cravings (addictions). And so, I need to create a new body-mind independent of my past self that is free of imbalance, incoherence, and driven behavior. Dr. Joe’s program uses a “brain aligned” meditation process of reformatting the neurocircuitry of the brain as a foundation for activating and amping up immune function of the body, providing coherent energy to healing centers and the balancing of all systems that are impacted by thought, behavior and states of being (Epigenetics).

We waited to tell our congregation about my diagnosis until after I was clear about the methods and treatment options I would engage in as a part of a “whole person” approach to my healing. Before we learned about the medical options, I made the conscious decision not to have chemo or radiation therapy because of the quality of life issues that Nan and Jane’s mom suffered and the fact that both treatment options are carcinogenic.

We soon learned that the only conventional treatment option that would be helpful was Keytruda, the same immunotherapy drug that former President Jimmy Carter used to affect his cancer remission (and the same treatment used by Rev. David McClure, minister emeritus of Unity Spiritual Center). It was made clear to us, by the oncologist, that there is “no cure” for melanoma, that the immunotherapy would at best, reduce the size of my tumors so I could manage the disease, not cure it. This “best case scenario” was considered to help 35 – 40% of the time. In other words, the Keytruda doesn’t work for everyone.

Well, telling a Unity minister, and especially me with Jane by my side, that “there is no cure” is like telling Marty McFly that he is chicken. Jane and I would give no power to “there is no cure.”

I saw two doctors after I was told of my cancer. The first was a surgical oncologist. He encouraged me to have multiple options and treatment strategies, and not to go “all in” on any one, including what they would offer. He even encouraged me to try medical marijuana as it would not interfere with the Keytruda. Having some experience with the recreational use of the drug, I had always thought that if I ever had the need, I would definitely use it if circumstances warranted it. I partially credit the rapid shrinkage of all my tumors to the cannabis oil regimen I began shortly after meeting with my first doctor. (Contact me if you wish more details regarding my experience with Rich Simpson Oil. It’s NOT fun, but works!)

My first doctor handed me off to another oncologist who specializes in melanoma cancer treatment. He’s a very smart Turkish immigrant who is a Unitarian Universalist. It took us two visits with him before he finally admitted that my tumors were gone well before the Keytruda could be considered making any difference and that the medical marijuana was, indeed, effective.

In addition the the medical marijuana treatment, Jane and I also healing codesbegan using The Healing Codes, a self-directed energy healing process that guides the user through a series of hand positions in relation to the healing centers of the body. The practitioner sends energy through the fingers of each hand to direct healing energy at specific locations. (You can find YouTube demonstrations of the Healing Codes hand positions online.)

I also utilized the services of message therapists, Reiki practitioners, distance healers, Silent Unity, our ministry’s prayer team, laying on of hands healing, CSL mind treatments, the Q Process, and a number of supplements (Vitamin B-17 & B15–bitter apricot seeds) for immune health (Turkey Tail mushroom), parasite cleansing, and detox. I consulted a naturopathic chiropractor who did muscle testing on me for every supplement I took to insure that my body was responsive to the treatment. It was especially helpful to have his support for determining how to dose everything.

Blessings of energy centersThe capstone of my healing approach has been Dr. Joe’s Blessing of the Energy Centers meditation program. This is perhaps the most powerful meditative process for healing that Jane and I have ever experienced. It is quantum healing at its very best.

My oncologist has scheduled another PetScan to verify that I am, indeed, in remission. I believe my tumors are gone, however, my healing journey continues no matter the result as Jane and I recognize that many in our spiritual community are walking the same path. Our community is excited about integrating spiritual principles, brain and quantum science into maximizing everyone’s efforts in engaging the deeper work of spiritual transformation. It’s very inspiring to have our spiritual community on the journey with us.

Blessings, Gary

Our SpiritGroups Launch

LaunchI have mentioned in previous posts that our efforts to evolve Unity Spiritual Center include three major initiatives:

In my opinion, progress in these three arenas of development will create a tipping point within our ministry’s culture resulting in a more resilient and sustainable organization and community dynamic. We are already seeing the early benefits of our year-long focus on shadow work. We launch both the Integral Membership System and SpiritGroups™this spring and will integrate all aspects of community, leadership, and organizational development within the context of these three initiatives over the next 4 years. It may take this long for our systems and programs to reach their full effectiveness and maturity. When we bring a new program or system online it is always a test run rather than an imposed structure that compels new organizational behavior. Instead, we demonstrate the value and effectiveness of a new program before a new ministry practice is institutionalized.

I have every confidence that this will come to pass providing we do not increase in numbers too rapidly. It may seem counter intuitive to say that an increase in numbers might be counterproductive. However, until we have our infrastructure and systems in place, a rapid increase in numbers would actually create more expense.

Independent of increasing numbers, my other concern is finances. There is a balance between managing funding issues and rushing to bring new things online that will eventually translate into more financial support. None of these initiatives are intended to directly increase revenues in the short-term, with the exception of the Integral Membership System. Even still, the challenge is that a phased approach to membership is very structure dependent—meaning that foundational systems which support the membership process need to be in place. This takes time. And time  often exacerbates the sense of organizational not enough.


Next week we launch our SpiritGroups small group ministry program.

Last January, we hired Tara Wear to fill our SpiritGroups Program Leader staff position for the purpose of overseeing the roll-out, launch, and continuation of our program. Mendhi Audlin, President & Founder of InfinteConnections Academy and SpiritGroups, came to Spokane to conduct a SpiritGroups train-the-trainer Host training. We had 25 people from 9 ministries participate. Then, in February, we conducted a SpiritGroups Host training within our own ministry in preparation for our community-wide launch.

This first launch will include 10 small groups with over 80 community members (1/2 of our congregation) participating. Our recruitment process included a Connection Event where our congregation was invited to meet with individual group leaders and sign up for a SpiritGroup near where they live (all groups meet in homes or meeting venues other than the church campus). Thy Will be doneFor this first launch, each group will be using one of the video programs developed by Mendhi called: Thy Will Be Done as curriculum. Her interactive video-based curriculum makes it very easy for people to serve as Group Hosts insofar as the videos minimize the need for facilitation skills. Five PrinciplesAdditional media resources include a program on the Five Unity Principles, featuring Rev. Ellen Debenport. Much of our new member orientation will be delivered via the SpiritGroups program. In other words, no membership classes. Everything happens in a small group.

12 PowersRev. Steve Bolen has also collaborated with Mendhi featuring Your 12 Mystical Powers video services specifically designed for the SpiritGroups program. Click here to learn more about this as well. Each video series consists of six 15 – 20 minute videos. Group Hosts will start and stop the video program for discussion and deeper inquiry into the topics discussed. Prior to our launch, we conducted a test run with a select group of individuals who agreed to service as hosts for the first roll-out. Jane and I participated in the test run and found the whole experience quite transformational. Our ultimate goal will be 100% participation of our congregation in the SpiritGroups program.

After everything is up and running well, subsequent launches (3 launch windows each year), will not be tied to any specific curriculum. Each group leader / host can choose a topic of interest for their individual group, from a book study, for instance, to any specific area of interest (yes, including basket weaving). The unique aspect of SpiritGroups is the operational structure. Each group, regardless of a group’s topic of interest, has the same internal practice called the Five C’s. You can learn more about these unique features that help insure each small group stays aligned with the ministry’s mission and never becomes an independent subculture within the ministry by clicking here.

JUNE EVENT: 2016 Small Group Ministry Summit
JUNE EVENT: 2016 Small Group Ministry Summit

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY SUMMITHosted by Unity Village Chapel, June 10 – 12

If you are planning to attend the Unity Convention this year, you won’t want to miss this pre-conference training opportunity hosted by Unity Village Chapel.

If you’re running a small group, or thinking of kicking off a small groups ministry program at your church, mark your calendar today for the first annual Small Group Leadership Summit.  This event brings together small group leaders, future leaders, program directors, and ministers from throughout the New Thought movement who are committed to growing their communities by leveraging the power of small groups.

You’ll hear from some of the trailblazers of small group ministry in our movement, as well as enjoy live music, mastermind sessions with other leaders, and have time to connect, relax and enjoy the beauty and spiritual inspiration of Unity Village.

50 off CouponMendhi has graciously offered my blog readers a special Summit Discount of $50 off the event training fee of $295.  Click here for full details of the training. The program is packed with everything you need to know about small group ministry and how it fosters  transformation as well as attracts Millennials into your church community.

Blessings, Gary