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!

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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.

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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

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

Palm Sunday: Its the End of the World as We Know It!

Jesus triumphal entryIt was my turn to speak on Palm Sunday. I began my talk with a bit of context, sharing that my take on Holy Week was that the Easter story is about our own personal transformational journey. Every facet of the story, beginning with Jesus’ so called “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, culminating with his crucifixion and resurrection, and including the disciples’ ordeal, can be looked at through this lens.

It is also about a very specific aspect of transformation that includes acquiring a difficult life situation through no fault of our own, that looks and feels like we’re headed for our own personal crucifixion experience. A part of us not just dies, but goes through a dying process, not unlike the emotional suffering that Jesus and the disciples experienced.

Nonetheless, it leads us to a reckoning between letting this experience define us by eclipsing our awareness of who we are as Source, the One, and Presence, or seeing it as what we are having as our experience. Acquiring a life condition that necessitates the differentiation between who we are and what we are having is integral to the transformation process. And what ultimately can prolong or derail this process is mistaking ourselves for what we are having. We either use what we are having or what we are having uses us.

I mentioned to my congregation that I would be sharing one such life condition that I have recently acquired later in the talk.

Most challenges are not a direct path to Golgotha. Many difficulties arise and pass away in the context of our evolving personal reality. Yet, from time to time and at least once in a lifetime for most of us, we may acquire a life condition that is so challenging, in human terms, that we are compelled to bring forth the felt sense of a higher part of ourselves. This higher part is what I call my More Than Enoughness. Our More Than Enoughness is what our Divinity feels like. As this felt sense becomes elevated and sustained, it develops into the context I bring to my dying process—seeing that what I am dying to is a belief that I am not enough.

When I consider the Palm Sunday story, I can imagine Jesus knowing what awaited him as he approached Jerusalem, taking in the crowd’s triumphant overtures as innocent naivety, totally oblivious to what Jesus foresaw as his transformational journey. I also imagine R.E.M., the rock band singing in the background as Jesus rode into the pending bedlam. Here it is for your listening pleasure:

If Jesus knew that the end of his world was near, he also knew that his process, whatever that would become, would result in evolving humanity’s consciousness. And for us, this story can provide insight into the transformational process, its aim, and the effort that is required.

When we are faced with a life situation that has the potential to takeEnd of the World our plans, dreams and personal goals, and shred them to pieces, when these “crucifixion” circumstances take the form of a loss, critical illness, abuse, abandonment, suicide, terrorism, misfortune, or any other perceived evil, we have also arrived at a portal, the gateway to our own emotional healing and spiritual awakening. And, yes, we may have to literally die in order to receive such a treasure.

Before I shared my story, I wanted the congregation to know that, now that Jane and I have been at the church for nearly a year, and after having introduced and spoken each Sunday about our year-long theme, The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You, we have arrived at a tipping point in our church culture. The majority of our spiritual community knows that they are Source, the One, and Presence unto their life, and that being More Than Enough is what their essence or Divinity feels like.

Using the Q Process™ has become part of the culture – we get triggered, discover an underlying limiting belief or shadow quality, choose to shift how we are being with what we are having, and apply persistent, and systematic effort to living into a new way of being.

What’s more, we can now apply transformative teachings more effectively because our minds are spending less time focused on what we are having and more upon who we are being. For me, this means that the congregation is able to receive my narrative as my story to tell, rather than giving in to the temptation to make up their own story about what I am having. This is crucial to avoid triggering the family system.

Seven weeks ago, I was diagnosed with cancer, stage 4 melanoma, a relatively rare form of internal skin cancer. Typical skin cancer begins with a mole or blister caused by ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure. Because there is no point of origin, the doctor assumes that cancera childhood blistering sunburn is the culprit. I have the same cancer as former President Jimmy Carter, and ironically, Rev. David McClure, who preceded us at Unity Spiritual Center. David’s courage and authenticity in dealing with his condition actually prepared the way for me sharing my news with the community.

The plan is to receive the very same treatment, Keytruda, a monoclonal antibody class of immunotherapy that focuses on Keytrudafortifying the immune system to recognize and shrink melanoma cancer cells. The excellent news is that both President Carter and Rev. David are now cancer free from this treatment. I am in good company. I plan to get it started in the next week or so. Pretty much don’t like things growing inside of me without my permission.

I told my congregation that cancer is a gift because it is taking me into my process of reckoning, sorting out whether or not I am really more than enough. Since this is a gift, I practice gratitude, thanking my body for manifesting something that has the capacity to take me to the next level, whatever that may be.

The second really important thing is that my cancer is what I have. It’s not who I am. Since everything that I have is my abundance, as Source, it is imperative that I use what I have to break the habit of being my not enoughness. How do I use it? By being in the question, what actions do I need to take that value, respect, honor, and leverage what I am experiencing? And then, taking authentic action. This is a question for our heart, not our head. It’s amazing the guidance that comes which simply reiterates what your higher self has been trying to get you to do for years.

I made a list of things to do and things to stop doing. I decided that I didn’t want to feed the cancer or any parasites that might be lurking (most cancer patients also have hidden parasite infestation), so I cut out sugar and alcohol (yes, no Scotch). Jane and I also made a list of the alternative approaches for healing and treatment. Rev. David had shared with me that when I told the congregation, I would get a couple hundred well-meaning remedies immediately thrown my way, possibly ranging from the ridiculous to exactly what is needed. I told the congregation to bring it on! I welcome their caring support.

My oncology doctor gave me permission to explore anything that I could use as a path to hope, empowerment, and engagement. He did caution about “going all in” on any one treatment possibility, including what he would offer. He said I should avoid remedies like alternative careputting chicken shit in my ears or having echinacea enemas. Made perfect sense to me. I shared that bit of wisdom with the congregation and it was good to lighten things up. They appreciated the comic relief.

So, by now you have discovered that I am using this blog post to share the news about my cancer. I say “my cancer”, not in terms of creating an identity, but to objectify what I am having. I have a body that has cancer. My body is not the Truth of me. I can be in the experience of having a body in a healing process without being diminished by what I am having.

While its the end of my world as I know it, I feel fine.

To listen to the Palm Sunday talk, Preparing a Place, click here.

Blessings, Gary

Rebranding Tithing: Part 4 (Final)



My first exposure to tithing was shortly after my first marriage in 1971. My wife Stephanie, who had been born and raised in Unity and whose father served on the Board informed me that we would be tithing 10% of our monthly income. I said, “No way!” It was inconceivable to me that we hand over 10% of our hard earned money to the church. What kind of game was this?

I eventually conceded and a year later I found myself on the Board of Trustees as well of this Unity church in San Francisco (when I was only 22 years old).

When I became a minister in 1980, I was fully aligned with teaching tithing and prosperity principles as this was considered the foundation of a thriving ministry. I believed at the time that funding issues were, in effect, spiritual practice issues. If the ministry was struggling financially it was likely because the congregation was not engaged and committed to their tithing practice. I believed that if a significant number of people were committed to the practice of tithing, the ministry would have more than enough. I even ran the numbers in my first ministry (calculating what I imagined the income of my congregation might be and what a 10% tithe would net the church), convinced that if people were serious about their spiritual journey, the ministry would be adequately supported.

Jane and I have always tithed a full 10% of our income to the 10%churches we have served because it was important to model what I was hoping others would also embody. But, as time has unfolded, and with issues of ministry funding appearing on the horizon, tithing as I had known it seemed to have become less a spiritual practice and more a way of dealing with not enough.

As I reflect upon the history of tithing and the church, I never considered that tithing didn’t originally start out as a spiritual practice. I had no idea that tithing became such when instituted by religious leaders hundreds of years ago. A simple Google search on the origins of tithing reveals that it is only mentioned 13 times in the Bible, all of which are in the Old Testament, and none of which have any linkage to money or finances. There is no mention of tithing in the New Testament. So, what I am wondering now is two things: What is the proper context for teaching tithing as a spiritual practice and what must tithing become, independent of religious and Biblical agendas in order for it to be a 2nd tier spiritual practice? And, what does Radical Generosity, Quantum Spirituality, and Tithing as Source have to do with rebranding tithing? Let’s get to it.

If tithing really has no Biblical basis, how do we make it relevant as a spiritual practice amidst 2nd tier evolutionary influences?

Quantum Tipping PointIn comes Quantum Spirituality. Science is the new language of mysticism, and quantum science is the language of the theology of consciousness (in contrast to a theology of belief. See past blog post on this topic). In addition, consider that for a practice to be transformational, its impact must establish a new state of being, a new neural architecture, and a new body-mind. In other words, tithing as a transformative spiritual practice must create a new habit of being that is linked to our more-than-enoughness.

Radical generosity invokes the felt sense of more than enough. Intentional, systematic, and consistent generosity when added to a 10% immersion in the practice creates a quantum tipping point in consciousness—a cognitive dissonance that arises in the context of giving 10% in defiance of our sense of not enough. A quantum tipping point is a principle associated with creating new states of being and a corresponding neural architecture when coupled with elevated positive emotions.

Tithing as Source is the spiritual practice of radical generosity insofar as the intent is to be an extension of Spirit, tithing to what we wish to see flourish. Tithing as Source is God in expression. Tithing as Source is not indifferent to the appreciation of the wondrous ways we are spiritually nourished and blessed. It is rather a focus of First Cause—seeing that our purpose is to make the difference. That’s how we can rapidly evoke our more-than-enoughness.

Jane and I recently held a Tithing as Source class and found that while many people were familiar with the traditional practice of tithing (tithing to Source), they saw tithing as Source as a much more coherent practice because it requires a focus on witnessing one’s more than enoughness as a part of the practice itself. People are guided to create a short list of benefactors for their radical generosity / tithing as Source practice. If people are not quite ready to “go all in” at the 10% level, they can arbitrarily select a percentage to begin their practice (say 5%) and then increase a percentage each month until they reach their goal.

Now, you may be wondering if we have created a tithing class or program based on these principles. The short answer is that the program is under construction. We will eventually offer prosperity courses for purposes of providing people with best financial practices for their personal lives as well as continuing the use of the Q Process to help people deal with their limiting beliefs about money. We are currently planning to introduce Doris Hoskins’ prosperity program: An Integral Approach to Sustainable Prosperity as this is an excellent curriculum to help people sort out their money issues from matters of principle and prosperity.

Blessings, Gary



Rebranding Tithing: Part 3

I mentioned in Part 2 that one of the unique milestones we have reached at Unity Spiritual Center is that the majority of our congregation now has shifted its SOURCING. It is normal for the average person to source their discomfort as well as their well-being outside of themselves. This orientation makes perfect sense as simple observation will testify that external events and circumstances APPEAR to be the cause or “source” of how we feel and whether or not we are safe or okay. As you can imagine, when our attention and awareness are outer-directed, we become hypersensitive to how our I am sourcelife looks and feels. We have to have things be a certain way in order for us to feel whole or complete. We either suffer or are satisfied, seemingly so, by how we are having our life. Sourcing our discomfort or our well-being outside of ourselves is a phenomenon of our sense of separation and is sustained by our ego and 1st tier consciousness. This is also, in part, why traditional tithing practices are short-lived, because they infer that Source is external to us.

Now that our community has “flipped” the illusion of “Source”, and is fully aligned with understanding IT as our spiritual identity rather than the location of our highest good, we can focus more comprehensively on applying spiritual principles designed to address the context of how we create our personal reality (transformational) rather than using spiritual principles to improve the outer circumstances (translational) of our lives. In other words, is the context of your reality “I am Source, and therefore, I am more than enough, ” or is it “I am not enough. My life has to look and feel a certain way in order for me to be okay”?

3 keys to transformationA transformative approach to living means that we consciously engage what we are HAVING as a pathway to making conscious HOW WE ARE HAVING OUR LIFE. Are we having our life or is our life having us? Self-awareness is the first element of a transformative approach to life and the first step in breaking the habit of our sense of not enough. Because 95% of what runs us is unconscious, we need to make conscious (become aware) of how our “self” system is sustaining our personal reality. Once we can plainly SEE that a limiting belief is running us—that our not enoughness is our state of being—we can see that our way of being determines how we are HAVING our life. If we wish to have our life be different, then HOW we ARE BEING with what WE HAVE needs to change. In comes the choice point.

choice pointThe choice point comes with the realization that a limiting belief is influencing our perception and meaning making. It is an opportunity to bring into consciousness a true belief, one that has the power to shift our state of being and therefore, how we are being with what we are having. When I consider my sense of not enough or any of its nuances (I am not good enough, I am a misfit. I don’t measure up, etc.) I can recognize that I ACQUIRED that belief and that it is not the TRUTH of me. If I acquired or took on the belief, and if it is not the truth of me, then the next step is to create a practice that supplants the false belief with the truth that I am MORE than enough! Creating an authentic action that reinforces the true belief is the third key to a transformative approach to life.

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Keep in mind that simply affirming the true belief is insufficient to rewire the neural architecture that keeps not enough running in the background. It is not until we create a state of being that is reinforced over time that we create a neurological tipping point where the new belief can become the foundation of a new identity (body-mind). So the issue is: what practice can we take on that reinforces the state of being MORE than enough with what we are having?

Our practice (authentic action) needs to create the FELT SENSE of our more than enoughness because it is only through sustained elevated emotion that we recondition the body to memorize a new set of inputs consistent with the emergence of a MORE THAN ENOUGH state of mind. And, so what can you do with what you are having to create the felt sense of your more than enoughness? In the context of having more than enough money, the authentic action that demonstrates the intrinsic quality of more than enoughness is Radical Generosity!

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Think about the last time you expressed generosity. What did you FEEL when you were in the experience of being a channel for another’s blessing? I feel gratitude when I express generosity. I also feel more than enough. You actually cannot be in the expression of authentic generosity without coming from your own sense of more than enoughness.

“Radical” generosity enhances your capacity to amplify the benefit of ordinary generosity when the practice is systematic and intentional. This is where tithing as source comes in. I have already mentioned that tithing 10% of one’s income will produce an increase, but the Quantum Tipping Pointproblem is that our sense of not enough makes the ongoing practice of tithing unsustainable. But what if there could be an increase in the context of more than enough? What if the practice of radical generosity at a 10% level of intensity is the formula for activating the unified field? In other words, simply to increase one’s practice of generosity is insufficient to create a neurological tipping point. However, as you increase the difficulty or the intensity of the practice, say increase the practice one percentage point per month until the tipping point is reached (around 10%), you will realize both a tangible increase in money as well as an increase in your own more than enoughness.

My final blog in this series will provide more details regarding a “tithing as Source” practice and some guiding principles regarding the object of generosity. In other words, WHO you are generous toward can be as important as the place from which your generosity flows.

We have discovered that our community resonates well with the concept of radical generosity. Those that have enjoyed a more traditional practice of tithing are excited about shifting the emphasis  to TITHING AS SOURCE because it raises the self-responsibility bar. It requires more emotional and spiritual maturity to tithe as Source because it is more about our MORE THAN ENOUGHNESS rather that getting more money per se.

Blessings, Gary

Rebranding Tithing: Part 2

Radical Generosity1I began this series on the topic of rebranding tithing to explain why our current tithing principles and prosperity teachings need to evolve and align with 2nd tier imperatives. Where I am going with this is simple: our current, 1st tier tithing practice is tithing TO Source (the source of your spiritual nourishment).  Whereas 2nd tier tithing practice is tithing AS Source (which I refer to as Radical Generosity.) In addition, our 1st tier prosperity teaching is that our abundance is something we acquire, tap into, or otherwise bring forth into our life. Our 2nd tier prosperity teaching is that everything we HAVE is our abundance.

I mentioned in Part 1 the fact that funding issues are becoming the primary concern for ministry leaders in today’s social / spiritual economy. I also explained that the strategies used to deal with organizational “not enough” can actually create more lack and insufficiency. The common strategies reported by ministry leaders that don’t really work in the long-term are: 1) asking the congregation to give more; 2) Teaching a prosperity class; 3) Taking in new members; 4) Changing ministerial leadership. In Part 1, I explain why these efforts are ineffective.

“For whoever has, more will be given to him, and he will have more than enough. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” Matt 13:12

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A more sustainable approach to long-term funding of our ministries is possible when our focus is on evolving our organizations and maturing our spiritual communities. Moving from a minister-centric to mission-centric paradigm of ministry shifts the focus of what matters most in the funding issue. Do you want people to fund your ministry or your mission? People give money to what can become an extension of themselves. Fading fast are the days when people give money to the church because they like the minister and his / her way of doing things.

Now you may question: isn’t funding the ministry the same as funding the mission? In your mind, that may be so. But, what is the mind of your congregation and where do they live? Do they live in your ministry or in your mission? It is likely that they live more in the ministry and less in the mission. You may be in the practice of reciting your mission and vision on Sundays. But that does not necessarily mean that your congregation is inhabiting your mission. If you are following me so far, can you see how people are likely to give more generously to that which is an extension of themselves and their desire to make a difference? The question is: can the congregation see that (making a difference) better in the context of the ministry or the mission?

I stopped asking people to consider how they have been spiritually fed by their experience at Unity Spiritual Center, and instead, asked them to partner with us in our efforts to transform lives and inspire people to make a difference in the world (our practice mission statement). So many in our community resonate with this because so many have had extraordinary and transformative experiences.

Now, you may be wondering HOW to move from minister-centric to mission-centric. This is the subject of future blogs, but suffice it to say it is about evolving the context of your ministry practice. Is it focused on your ministry or your mission? To move our cultural centrism from the ministry (minister) to the mission, we are implementing SpiritGroups. SpiritGroups is a powerful, coherent small group ministry program which has the capacity to shift the entire context of the ministry. Click HERE to learn more about SpiritGroups.

Growing the culture of ownership is the second key to sustainable ministry. Absent of an intentional process of growing the culture of ownership in the ministry, ownership happens randomly rather than intentionally. We are currently implementing a phased approach to membership as a seamless path from first-timer to governing member. It is called the Integral Membership System. (See the link for more details.)

The third key to sustainable ministry is a thriving congregation. If you have a congregation that is thriving, your ministry will have more than enough. This is not to say that our ministries are void of people who are thriving in their personal and professional lives. The problem is that the sense of not enough is integral to the ego and the conditioned self. It eclipses our intrinsic knowing that we are more than enough. It is a limiting belief that has become a part of our identity and the backdrop of the human condition.

We have begun a very candid conversation at Unity Spiritual Center about our enoughness and how our “not enoughness” underlies all insufficiency and lack. The church’s not enoughness is underwritten by the congregation’s not enoughness. The key to a thriving ministry is a thriving congregation. Tithing to source does nothing to arrest or integrate the sense of not enough. Tithing as Source is a practice that creates a cognitive dissonance between our not enoughness and our “more than enoughness”. The truth is that you cannot tithe as Source from your not enoughness.

Some in our congregation are ready to engage this area of spiritual work head-on by saying YES to a radical generosity program designed to integrate the sense of not enough. I will outline this program in detail soon. (If you are interested in finding out more about this program now, you might listen to my last two Sunday talks: Lack Attack! and Source It, Don’t Force It!)

Our efforts to support a thriving congregation began when we first arrived at Unity Spiritual Center with our introduction of The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You / Q Process™ workshop. The majority of our community now has completed the program, some up to five times! This translates into the majority of our community now sourcing their well-being and discomfort within themselves rather than in outer circumstances. This shift in SOURCING is KEY to creating a tipping point where enoughness can now be seen as an intrinsic quality rather than something that must be acquired outside of one’s self.

My next blog post in this series will look at the three components of transformational living: self-awareness, choice point, and authentic action. From there, I will provide a perspective for bringing the practice of tithing into a 2nd tier context, referring to it as Tithing AS Source. Or, Radical Generosity!

Blessings, Gary