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Listening in With Karen Armstrong
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Karen Armstrong was born in England to an Irish family and became a Catholic nun at 18. She left the convent in 1969, later writing a memoir about the physical and psychological abuse she endured during her seven years there, and eventually became became a broadcaster and noted religious historian. In 2008 Armstrong won a $100,000 TED Prize to launch the Charter for Compassion, an international call to follow the Golden Rule. Leading scholars and thinkers from the world’s major religions collaborated on its pledge after 150,000 people in 180 countries offered suggestions. The charter was unveiled in 2009. More than 400 cities in 50 countries have signed on, as have almost 1,600 partner organizations (including Unity) in 10 sectors, such as art, business, education, environment, health care, religion,spiritual,interfaith communities, and more. Armstrong recently spoke with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about why compassion is more crucial than ever...

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The Multifaceted Face of God
By Rev. Nhien Dougherty, Unity Magazine

Rev. Nhien Dougherty, Unity Minister and expert on the Enneagram, extolls the virtues of learning to read this sacred map of our true selves. All roads lead to the same destination...the Divine...

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Listening in With Michael Singer
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Michael Singer has lived through incredible highs (founding a billion-dollar health systems company, appearing on Oprah, and writing two New York Times best-sellers) and challenging lows (getting divorced in his mid-20s, having his Ph.D. dissertation rejected, and being indicted for, and ultimately cleared of, accounting fraud). But to him, none of those events is particularly good or bad. Any reaction that arises he merely notices and then releases, like watching mist dissipate. He insists that what matters, what’s real, is not his personal self and his story but the observer who watches it all unfold, the eternal, divine, and blissful soul who is his real identity. Here, Singer talks with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about the practice of letting go and enjoying the ride, no matter the bumps in the road, traffic snarls, and detours beyond our comfort zone...

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Listening in With Iyanla Vanzant
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Iyanla Vanzant knows a thing or two about what it takes to change your life. Coming from a background that included abuse and violence, she earned a law degree on her way to becoming a popular spiritual life coach and inspirational speaker known for her humor and straight-shooting style. She’s hosted a handful of television programs (one of which won an Emmy) and has written several best-selling books, all designed to teach others how to change their lives too. One potent key, she says in her most recent book, Get Over It! (Hay House, 2018), is shifting negative thought patterns. Here, Vanzant talks to Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about how she discovered Unity, embraced her true calling, and developed a healing practice she calls thought therapy...

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The Zen of Hanging 10
By Annie L. Scholl, Unity Magazine

To a 16-year-old junior in high school, living in the suburbs of Sacramento, California, surfing represented ultimate freedom. With this passion in mind along with a desire to leave his troubles behind, Jaimal Yogis purchased a cheap, one-way ticket to Maui...

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Listening in with Byron Katie
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

In 1986, at age 43, Byron Katie hit bottom in Barstow, California. She was in her second bad marriage, filled with rage, wracked with addictions, and suicidal. She moved into a halfway house, where she slept in the attic on the floor because she didn’t feel deserving of a bed. Waking up one morning as a cockroach crawled over her foot, she discovered that somehow her identity had entirely fallen away overnight, leaving only pure consciousness. She saw how we create our suffering and have the power to end it by giving up our false beliefs through a method of self-inquiry based on four simple questions. The Work was born...

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Listening in with Cheryl Richardson
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Cheryl Richardson, a best-selling author and public speaker, is considered one of the founders of the life-coaching industry. She’s known as an advocate for what she calls ’extreme self-care,’ nurturing ourselves in an empowering way that naturally enables us to better nurture others. Her latest book, Waking up in Winter (HarperOne, 2017), chronicles the start of the inward journey she took at midlife to discover what really matters most to her. Here, she talks with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about how taking such a hero’s journey changes your life and why the effort is worth it...

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Listening in with Jill Bolte Taylor
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

At 37, Harvard-trained brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., experienced a massive stroke in 1996 when a blood vessel on the left side of her brain exploded. Throughout the next four hours, her left brain gradually shut down until walking, talking, and reading were impossible and she was unable to remember anything about her life. With a lot of nontraditional rehabilitation, she made a complete recovery in eight years. The insights she gained from this experience have radically shifted her perspective of who we really are. Her 2008 TED talk was the first to go viral. Her book, My Stroke of Insight (initially self-published in 2006 but republished by Viking in 2008) became a New York Times best-seller. Here, Taylor explains to Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz that deep inner peace is a reality we can all access at any time by shifting into right-brain consciousness...

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Listening in with Judith Orloff
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Judith Orloff, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and an intuitive known for pioneering the field of energy psychiatry, which combines conventional medicine with the healing protocols of intuition, spirituality, and subtle energy. This approach recognizes that we all have energy fields extending beyond our physical bodies that interact with and affect the energy fields of others. Orloff has long believed that the understanding of subtle energy and intuition are the missing pieces in health care...

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Listening in with Ram Dass
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

As a guru entering the scene during the tumultuous 1960s, Ram Dass introduced Eastern spirituality and philosophy to Western minds hungry for (or at least curious about) enlightenment. The author of Be Here Now (Lama Foundation, 1971), he taught millions to meditate and devoted his life to sacred service. And then one day in his mid-60s, everything changed. He suffered a debilitating stroke that left him partially paralyzed and made speaking difficult. While initially struggling to accept these new physical limitations, he soon learned that he could still access immense inner joy. Here, he talks with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about aging, living, dying, and who we really, really are...

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Fire In The Temple
By Mark Nepo

Here is a story of how I was drawn to what I need to learn...

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Listening in with Doreen Virtue
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., grew up on Unity principles. She initially worked as a clinical psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders and published several books on psychology and nutrition. In 1995, Virtue - who had always been clairvoyant - switched gears, devoting herself to researching and teaching about divine intervention, publishing dozens of books and oracle card decks about communicating with angels. One of her recent books, The Courage to Be Creative...

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Personal Path to Wellness
By Michelle Robin as told to Annie L. Scholl Unity Magazine

When I look back I can see the Holy Spirit, the Christ, God -whatever you want to name it - working magic in my life. The babysitter I had from age 3 to 9, who sent me birthday cards every year until she died. The nun at the Catholic school where my stepfather taught, who befriended and encouraged me. They were angels, placed there to help me get to the next step. Unity was an angel in my life too...

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Listening in with Tererai Trent
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

When Tererai Trent, Ph.D., was growing up in rural Rhodesia during a war that would liberate Zimbabwe, poverty kept girls out of school. Undeterred, Trent dreamed of getting an education and taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks.

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Listening in with Arun Gandhi
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

As a boy of Indian parentage growing up in apartheid-era South Africa, Arun Gandhi was brutally beaten up by both blacks (for being too white) and whites (for being too black). His mother and father, Mahatma Gandhi’s second son, anti apartheid activist Manilal Gandhi, wanted to quell their son’s escalating anger about racism, so they sent him to India to live with his grandfather from age 12 to 14. Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings during those two years changed the course of the younger Gandhi’s life. Now an octogenarian, he is keeping his grandfather’s legacy alive through peace activism, teaching nonviolence, and working to end poverty. Here, he talks to Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about the next evolution of his grandfather’s philosophies.

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Listening in with Andrew Weil
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Wellness pioneer Andrew Weil, M.D., learned about healing first from Harvard Medical School and then from indigenous peoples on three continents. Recognizing value in both allopathic and alternative treatments, Weil made his life’s work melding the two to create a more holistic discipline he called integrative medicine. He’s since made major strides in both reforming medical education and teaching consumers the lifestyle choices that will greatly improve their health. In this discussion with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz, Weil shares his thoughts on nutrition, the benefits of breathing right, and why time is on his side for integrative strategies to become standard medical practice.

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Listening in with Anita Moorjani
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

In 2006, in a coma and dying of cancer, Anita Moorjani found herself in a place she could only describe as heaven. With startling clarity, she looked at her life and saw what had previously been clouded by fear and doubt. When she chose to return, understanding that heaven is more a state than a place, she shocked everyone by leaving the hospital fully recovered in a matter of weeks. She now shares what she learned on the other side in her lectures and books, including What If This Is Heaven? published this month by Hay House. Here, she explains to Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz just how powerful we really are when we truly love ourselves.

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Listening in with Matthew Fox
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Theologian and activist Matthew Fox, Ph.D., was a Dominican friar for 34 years before Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) expelled him in 1993. Fox’s faux pas? Reviving Creation Spirituality, which decries original sin (the doctrine that we’re all born sinners) in favor of Original Blessing (seeing all creation as divine). Creation Spirituality blends teachings from the Christian mystics with science, the arts, social justice, environmentalism, and ideas from other spiritual traditions worldwide (including those of indigenous cultures). Wasting no time, Fox became an Episcopal priest the year following his ouster. Here, he talks with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about seeing challenge as an adventure and what it’s like to get a pink slip from the Vatican.

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Listening in with Robert Thurman
By Jackie Woodside, Unity Magazine

In 1964, ROBERT THURMAN, PH.D., became the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. These days, Thurman is no longer a monk; instead, he’s a Buddhist scholar and professor at Columbia University - not to mention an author, a speaker, a retreat center spiritual director, and cofounder of an organization dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture. Here, the self-professed WASB (white Anglo-Saxon Buddhist) talks to Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about Jesus’ bodhisattva status and what it’s like to be buddies with one of the most popular spiritual leaders on the planet.

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From Chaos to Calm
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

It’s hard to say exactly where the chaos began in my life. In some ways it was always there—sort of like an old friend I didn’t like very much but had grown accustomed to having around. In grade school, I was always the kid whose desk looked like a tornado had hit it - papers hanging out the front and books strewn sideways (some half-open with the pages crumpled in a heap). I lost track of things, couldn’t focus on the task at hand, and had difficulty organizing myself throughout the day.

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Listening in with Deepak Chopra
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Mind-body medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra, M.D., was born in India, where his father was a prominent cardiologist. After becoming increasingly disillusioned with conventional medicine, he turned his attention to the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda. Chopra is now the prolific author of many best-selling books and cofounder of the Chopra Center for Well-being in Carlsbad, California. Here, Chopra talks to Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about embracing a new way of looking at who we are and where we come from— as well as where we’re headed.

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Listening in with Joe Dispenza
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Joe Dispenza, D.C., is a master of manifestation. After miraculously healing from a spinal cord injury that his surgeon said no one else had ever refused surgery for an injury that threatened to paralyze him for life Dispenza became fascinated with the body’s ability to heal itself. Here, the New York Times best-selling author of You Are the Placebo talks with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about the biology of change.

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Listening in with Eckhart Tolle
By Katy Koontz, Unity Magazine

Tolle, the best-selling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, has long taught that silence is less about zilch and more about Zen. Learn to be truly present, he urges, and doors you never before noticed will open wide to reveal exquisite treasures that exist only in each moment. Here, he talks with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz about teaching kids to be more conscious and how our children are returning the favor.

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