2015 Fall Program
Seven Weeks
to a New and Improved You!
Living Originally: Ten Spiritual Practices to Transform Your Life [Robert Brumet]
"Week 1"
Oct. 4
Transformation vs. Translation
"Week 2"
Oct. 11
Radical Self-Awareness"
Week 3
Oct. 18
Deep Self-Acceptance
Week 4
Oct. 25
Unlimited Forgiveness
Week 5
Nov. 1
Universal Benevolence
Week 6
Nov. 8
Compassionate Communication
Week 7
Nov. 15
Everything is my Teacher
 

   "Week One: Transformation
   “A life transformed is lived with radically new meaning and sense of purpose.
   It is a life that is lived originally.” page 5

  1. What do you wish to see transformed in yourself more than anything else?
    What do you wish to see transformed in your life?
    What does one have to do with the other?
  2. What difference do you think living originally would make for you?
  3. Discuss the author’s distinction between transformation and translation.
  4. Most of the time would you say you are looking to improve your life rather than to transform your life? Why do you think that is?
  5. Are you committed to awakening from the dream of who you think you are?
    What might you have to give up?
  6. Have you ever had an experience of the Christ within? Share.
  7. Have you felt a call to transformation?
    Have you felt called to “grow up” as the author puts it?
  8. What was the most important quote or insight you had from the material this week?

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week One

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week—Introduction , at least one time
Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations


A thought from Dr. Gary Simmons. Click Here

Organizationally, translation initiatives-the adoption of practices geared to create profits, growth, productivity, or mission fulfillment,
are inherently about leveraging opportunities and enhancing the sustainability of the enterprise.
In churches, translation strategies are about predict and control, increasing revenues, attendance,
and preserving the heritage (identity) of the ministry.
However, just as for the individual trapped in a dream of not enough,
our ministries are also sleepwalking through this maze of compelling forces.
When a ministry is dealing with not enough it is looking for relief, for a bailout,
or for evidence that prosperity teachings and prayer are truly the answer to insufficiency.
Once again, the translation strategy for alleviating the discomfort of lack is to get more-more people and more money.
The fix from the dreamscape is seen to come from efforts to improve the dream rather than from transformation which is all about waking up.
Waking up organizationally, from the dream of lack is a gradual process that begins with the leadership of the ministry (the Minister(s) and Board).
Transformation at the leadership level of the ministry is not always welcomed, easy, or direct.
Shifting from predict and control to being Spirit-led when lost in the dream of organizational insufficiency
almost always triggers the sense of not enough in individual Board members themselves.
They in turn attempt to manage the church's sense of not enough the very same way that they try to deal with their own
experience of lack-by trying to get more.
The problem is that leaders look to their communities for the more that is needed to relieve the discomfort.
These efforts are all about trying to improve the dream rather than waking up from it.
If lack is really a dream state, then abundance is our reality when we awaken.
We don't have to create sufficiency, we have to awaken to its presence as our essence.
We can only experience sustainable abundance when we are engaged in demonstrating generosity without ceasing.
Just like Paul admonished his followers to pray without ceasing, we need to admonish our communities as well as
ourselves to practice radical generosity as an antidote to falling asleep.
When we give as Source for the purpose of being Source unto our life, we come from an awakened context.
Generosity that flows from Source (from our essence) is energetically attuned to integration rather than increase.

   "Week Two: Practice Radical Self-Awareness p30-48
   “"When we can simply observe the activity of the mind rather than assume our
   perceptions are eternal truth, we begin to interrupt this self-reinforcing cycle.
   We can then begin to relate to the mind rather than from the mind." p 35

  1. Discuss the paragraph shown above.
  2. Page 30 outlines what radical self-awareness is defined as by Brumet.
  3. Discuss the Fillmore model of consciousness as outlined on p 38. Is it helpful?
  4. Brumet uses the analogy of 'rose tinted glasses' p33. Can you share a similar experience?
  5. Radical self-awareness means being aware of the experience and of the interpretation I give it.
    How much of a challenge is this for you? How often do you succeed?
  6. Were you able to do the body awareness exercise on p34 without adding interpretations?
  7. Would you agree that your habituated thinking patterns are driven by a core sense of self relating to your desires, emotions, and beliefs? Can you identify some of them? Are you able to identify the subconscious deficiencies, desires and conflicts that you tend to project onto others and the world?
  8. What was the most important quote or insight you had from the material this week? End the group with the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process.

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week Two

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week—Radical Self Awareness
. Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations
Optional extra:
Watch video #69 Direct Experience at truedivinenature.com


   "Week Three: Practice Deep Self-Acceptance p49-64
   “"Deep self-acceptance is simply the unconditional acceptance of my present moment
   experience, whatever that experience may be." p 49

  1. "The self is not an image but rather a felt experience.' Discuss your experience of this.
  2. How aware are you of being the observer or 'the unchanging witness of that stream'?
  3. Do you find it difficult to accept whatever arises internally? What prevents you?
  4. "The intention is the ideal toward which we move; it is not a goal we pressure ourselves to achieve."
    Are you able to do that when setting the intention of deep self-acceptance?
    If not, what is the obstacle for you that arises?
  5. As you do this practice how self critical do you notice yourself being? Share
  6. If you noticed some internal resistance to an experience, were you able to detect the attachment involved,
    and then allow it to arise without judgment. Give an example.
  7. Can you choose to be happy always or even if you don't get your own way? Discuss
    Our resistance blocks our access to the superconscious. - p 55. Discuss
  8. Are you able to let go of chasing the story? If not, why not? Why do you hold on?
  9. Discuss what Ken Wilber says about resistance and unity consciousness on p56
  10. What was the most important quote or insight you had from the material this week?

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week Three

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week— Deep Self Acceptance
Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations

Optional extra: watch video #93 A Shift In Awareness at truedivinenature.com

   Week Four: Practice Unlimited Forgiveness p65-80
   "When I explore my judgment of another, I see there is a component of self-judgment present as well." p 65

  1. Brumet claims that forgiveness is a two step process on p 65. Discuss
  2. How does giving up the hope of a better past assist in the forgiveness process?
  3. What blocks you now, or blocked you from forgiving in the past?
    Do we forgive in the end for our own sake, or the other person, or both?
    Does forgiving require forgetting?
  4. Discuss the 7 steps that Brumet outlines as part of the process of forgiveness.
  5. Discuss the quote at the top of this page.
  6. What part does willingness play in forgiveness?
  7. Next time you don't understand someone's behavior try making up a story to explain or excuse why they behaved as they did like the example on p 72.
  8. Has 'original sin' or 'original innocence' been more prevalent in your life?
    What was the most important quote or insight you had from the material this week?

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week Four

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week—Unlimited Forgiveness, at least one time
Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations


Do a fearless inventory of your life and see if there is anyone you haven’t forgiven.

Recite the following daily for forgiveness of self and others-
“I allow my soul to be pardoned and set free, now, as I AM.”
“I allow the soul of …(insert name).. to be pardoned and set free, now, as I Am. “

   Week Five: Practice Universal Benevolence p81-94
   “This practice is not so much about feeling benevolent as it is cultivating the intention of benevolence.” p 81

  1. Why is it such a challenge for us to extend benevolence to all and not just our family and friends when 'all' includes our friends and family? Discuss
  2. "Each of us is of infinite worth simply because our intrinsic nature is an expression of the ever-present origin." Discuss the connection between self-worth and essence.
  3. Discuss the 3 elements of benevolence: appreciation, kindness and generosity.
  4. "That which is innate in us can best be discovered by expressing it to others." Discuss
  5. Is true benevolence universal having no exceptions?
  6. "Hatred never ceases by hatred; but by love alone is healed.
    This is an ancient and eternal law." Discuss this.
  7. Have you felt these practices help you experience your original identity; do you feel
    a shift from attachment to the false ego-identity to your essential self?
  8. Spiritual practice is the ultimate act of self-love. Discuss why this is so.
    What was the most important insight or quote from the material this week?

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week Five

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week—Universal Benevolence
Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations


Optional extra:
Think about people on the world scene who repulse you and extend benevolence to them.
Recite the following daily- "Hatred never ceases by hatred; but by love alone is healed."

   Week Six: Practice Compassionate Communication p95-109
   “Our relationships with others may offer us the greatest potential for transformation.” p 95

  1. What is the greatest challenge you face when dealing with other people?
    Do you think that others expose your woundedness? How so?
  2. Discuss what Brumet means by 'Right Speech' as outlined on p 96
  3. Discuss the three guidelines for Right Speech on page 97
  4. Share what you have discovered about your motives for not telling the truth.
  5. How does one speak with kindness and honesty at the same time. Share examples.
  6. W.A.I.T. is an acronym for 'why am I talking'. Ask yourself that when feeling compelled to
    speak during the group, or in any social setting, or with a partner or friend.
    What did you discovered was compelling you?
  7. How often do you enter into third level listening? (p101)
  8. Discuss what Brumet describes as fourth level listening. Have you ever experienced this?
  9. Discuss the difference between surrendering one's will to our essential nature as
    opposed to surrendering it to another person.
  10. The most important relationship we have is the one with our own true nature. Comment
  11. What was the most important quote or insight you had from the material this week?

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week Six

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week—Compassionate Communication
Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations


Optional extra:
Watch video #25 The Love Revolution at truedivinenature.com

   Week Seven: Practice 'Everything Is My Teacher' p 110-123
   “It means every person, place, object, event and experience in my life is a
potential teacher. My work is to learn from it. But what does it mean to learn?” p 112

  1. How would you respond to the question in the paragraph above?
  2. Discuss the author's description of discipline as outlined on p 112.
  3. Living originally means being open to deep learning in every moment.
    Discuss what deep learning is and whether you live your life like this. If not, why not?
  4. What do you think of the concept of being a disciple of your essential nature?
  5. "Transformative spiritual practice does not attempt to destroy the ego, but to
    transcend, and include, the ego." p 115 Discuss this.
  6. . The roots of ego-identification are attachment, resistance and identification with the
    mind according to Brumet. Share your thoughts on each of these.
  7. "The ego is not open to truth; it wants to see and hear only that which protects and
    supports itself." What do you think of this statement?
  8. Share your experience of journaling as outlined on p 119.
  9. Do you find it difficult to let go of the idea that spiritual practice is about becoming a
    'better person'.
  10. What was the most important quote or insight you had from the material this week?

End the group meeting by reading the 12 Steps of the Consciousness of Mastery Process
Suggested Practice for Week Seven

   Some things to do this week:
   Keep a journal of your reflections and experiences.
   
Each day:    
  1. Read the affirmation for this week.
  2.    
  3. Listen to the meditation for this week—Everything Is My Teacher
Audio meditation— or
www.unity.org/publications/unity-books/living-originally-guided-formal-meditations


Optional extra:
Watch video #16 Understanding the Ego at truedivinenature.com