April 2017

Dear Friends: We're already through the first quarter of the year and are now prepared for what the next quarter will offer. As I shared in a recent meeting/service, all of our committees at Unity are working incredibly well and sharing more love and collaboration than ever before. Our Board Members have been in their Board positions for a longer period than any others at Unity of Sedona and, over the past several years, we have been the Sponsors of the largest spiritual events in Sedona's history. And we are just getting started. Within months you will see some of the incredible surprises we have in store. For the time being, just look at the talent and events coming to Unity of Sedona this month. This is one of the reasons why we are the premiere center of spirituality here ...
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March 2017

Dear Friends: I pray this monthly e-blast finds you well and prosperous. Thanks to all of you, Unity of Sedona is absolutely at its best ever. Every single year the energy and inspiration rises to a new level. The first couple of years after I arrived here, the attendees called on me to share teachings that were diverse and deep, and I delivered. Then, through various circumstances, I was challenged with the question as to whether I was going to stay here for a longer term and commit to being a grounded part of our Unity Community, to which I said yes. The next couple of years were about integrating what had been taught for the last few years, and once again, we pulled it off. So now where are we at and where are we going? The attendees of ...
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February 2017

Dear Friends:           It's that time again to share a monthly message.      For starters, we have kicked the year off with a beautiful burst of Light. Thanks to you, we closed last year without any debts (for the first time ever) and we've accomplished the same for the month of January. This is greatly due to our Sunday donations, our annual pledges, and our Sponsorship Program. To any of these that you contribute, we thank you. If you do not yet contribute, please consider doing so.          This year, we have our best schedule of events and guest speakers than we've ever had--including very special events such as the upcoming Deva Premal concert. Also, I personally am honored to be co-facilitating a workshop this month with acclaimed author of The Way of Mastery--Jayem ...
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January 2017

Dear Friends:      I can't tell you all how happy and grateful I am for all that we have co-created at Unity of Sedona. I told everyone several years ago that what we were building needed to be shared with the world and yet there was no great medium with which to manifest this dream. One could say we had limited time, funds, staff, etc. but after spending so much time implementing so many new inspirations last year, we've seen incredible transformations in nearly every part of our wonderful center.    One of the changes we implemented was how we do our bookkeeping. We have co-created a system that feels so much cleaner and effective for creating greater prosperity--which we are achieving with your help through attendance and through sponsorships. Another change is related to our upgrading our "Usher" program ...
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December 2016

Happy Holidays to you all!
I pray you are feeling the Holy-Day Spirit of God.
There are two main messages I would like to share with you in our special monthly e-blast for December:
First, let's all remember the true nature of this Holiday Season --which is seen by most religions as a very special time of the year. This is mainly the time of the year that we remember the "birth of Jesus," which actually commemorates the "First coming of Christ," which is the moment wherein we were ALL given birth (or were created) by God. So Christmas is NOT just a time that commemorates the birth of Jesus but rather commemorates the original creation of you and me--in Spirit and one with God. The "second coming of Christ" is what we all aspire to (even if we ...
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November 2016

Greetings Everyone and a Happy Fall Season to you all!    This is clearly a time to allow things to "fall" away from our lives that are not in alignment with our coming new year, but remember . . . it doesn't mean we are supposed to judge or resent the things we let go of. Instead, if they were positive experiences, we should give thanks for them. If they were negative experiences, we should give thanks for what we've learned from them. In this, we draw both into a positive vibration.     And although the Fall Season is about letting go of the past/old, it doesn't mean we can't also use this time to make new plans or begin new things. It merely means that the majority of our time and energy should be spent on going within ...
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October 2016

Dear Friends:  I pray this e-blast finds you well. In life, no matter how clear our guidance and direction happens to be, we always need to be aware of any micro-adjustments that might be needed to better keep us on course. After completing another quarterly meeting with our members and attendees, we (our Board, staff, volunteers,  chaplains, etc.) feel even more inspired in regard to the fine-tuning of our direction.  In my personal life, and at Unity of Sedona, we tend to make changes in sync with the seasons. So at the end of each year, we begin to release things that are no longer serving us and then begin planting the seeds of a new life. This year we are clearing the way for a tone of greater gentleness, devotion to cooperation, and responsible communication--all of which is made easier ...
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September 2016

How glorious it is to see the consistent evolution we are all co-creating here at Unity of Sedona. A great deal of our current upgrades are the result of our workshop from last month that focused on "Consciously Co-creating a New Life." This workshop covered many key topics and tools for creating a better life. And now, as we have put those into practice to a whole new level at Unity, we are immediately seeing the wonderful results--which is no surprise. CO-CREATING AT UNITY:
As a result of that workshop, we determined that there were a few things on the property to upgrade (which includes painting our buildings), as well as 1-2 projects that we needed to let go of. We also gained greater insights and inspirations as to how to further improve our prosperity level and launch our plan to bring our ...
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August 2016

This past Sunday, we had our quarterly Community meeting. These gatherings are a great time to share, brainstorm, and catch everyone up on what we are doing and how we are doing. We update everyone on many things, including our finances, the amazing community that we are creating together, and how that is achieved in a spirit of collaboration and co-operation. OPENING COMMENTS*The Board was introduced, as well as several individuals who do a great deal to make Unity of Sedona the great place that it is.*We were reminded that we are one of the top two spiritual centers in Sedona and that we are now going to embrace this and make it known--greatly with the assistance of our new social media crew.*Our Chaplain program is doing very well and we are very happy that our Chaplains are beginning to play larger ...
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July 2016

All of us on the Board, staff, and list of volunteers and Chaplains wish you all a joy-filled month (and lifetime) of freedom and independence--internally and externally. As we enter the second half of the year, it's becoming clearer that the lessons related to healing, patience, and reaching new levels of learning how to be a healthy co-creator with God are finally giving way. Astrologically speaking, many of us already know that the stars (and planets) have been mirroring to us persistent delays in our hopes and dreams. It's as though the universe (and our own heart and soul) is trying to tell us that with time getting so short on earth,we need to learn to only create the finest creations from the highest aspects of ourselves and to never again settle for anything less. We've probably all heard this before from teachers or ...
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June 2016

CAN SOME TEACHINGS BE TOO DEEP? One of the most incredible experiences since I arrived at Unity of Sedona several years ago is that people were/are constantly praising the power and the depth of the work and the teachings, as well as what we all have accomplished. At Unity of Sedona we have never had a lack of good teachings (including from our guest teachers) nor a lack of good application of the teachings. In fact all of our successes and miracles come from the depth of the teaching and the willingness (most of the time) to apply the teachings. And even when we experience occasional challenges, it might never occur to anyone that such challenges are rooted in the depth of our teaching, because some people do well with deep teachings and others do not. There are generally two types of people who do well with deep ...
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May 2016

As a spiritual teacher, I have learned that some people take my messages lightly and others really take them to heart--sometimes too seriously. This is why I choose to often say things in a funny way. It's to get people to lighten up. I like to share deep concepts and then lighten things up so the message enters the soul of the listener instead of merely entering their head--which is likely if they take me too seriously. So I add a little levity to break the trance that some people get into with the messenger. This way they get the message but remain a little detached from the messenger. It also helps to add a little humor about myself or my own life. If you read this carefully or listen to my teachings carefully, you will see a theme: I ...
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April 2016

When I am on tour, teaching in any venue around the country (or world), I usually teach at whatever level the group is at--adding something more, however, in order to encourage them to stretch their minds a bit. But, being at Unity of Sedona for several years now is different. Here, the attendees seem ready for something profound every week and I am happy to oblige. And yet it can still push some people's buttons to have someone standing up there on a consistent basis speaking on such deep and varied topics and doing so with such confidence. It's especially intimidating to those with a competitive male ego--especially when I failed to condone some of the "free-for-all" behaviors practiced by many in Sedona. Students on the spiritual path (including those in Sedona) are well represented in a story I created about two fresh-water ...
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March 2016

Last month the Members of Unity of Sedona gathered for their "Annual Member Meeting." The attendees were asked to share feedback about their experiences at Unity, as well as if they had any suggestions or requests. Their feedback was as follows: *The Buddhist Monks, when they visited last spring, said that Unity of Sedona's property is the strongest vortex in Sedona. *Destinee said that she finds that she is more grounded and centered since attending Unity of Sedona. *Suzanne feels that she has come home and we are her spiritual family. *Linda Mae noted that there is so much love here that it is rewarding and fulfilling and many people have told her the same thing. Michael added that this feeling is contributed by all of us. *Marc and his wife, Rondi, have always gone to other Unity churches and are ...
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February 2016

In one of our most recent Sunday services, our message focused (in part) on the need for people to deepen their understanding of EVERYTHING. It's true! We have to evolve beyond being so shallow and weak. We are divine beings and have forgotten our Divine Origins in God, which led to our having a tendency towards low self worth and a lack of courage in our ability to pass our various tests in life. And you can bet that without learning to see the greater depths of all things, there will be little chance of returning to our True Nature. For example, when things happen in our lives, a typical human being sees it only at face value and fails to realize that we should actually do the following: 1) See the event as somehow reflecting a greater lesson or message to us. 2) ...
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January 2016

The Spiritual Center we call Unity of Sedona is NOT a building and grounds but, rather, is an entity. It certainly spent most of its 45 year existence being merely a structure (a church and property), but in the past 5 years, all of us have birthed this center to a new level by giving it to God, as a gift. God then returned it to us, not as a building, but as a Being--a Being of Light. She is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit, Shekina Presence of God. This Being holds in place, a Divine Vessel in which we teach, pray, sing, heal, and gather in oneness and love. And, like most entities, this entity has gone through initiations as a means of awakening its own sense of Christ Consciousness. And, just as each of us must do as individuals, we consistently ...
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December 2015

[Note: This month's message is similar to the one I shared in my own "Grail Productions" e-newsletter.] Recently, an event called, "God Talks" was premiered (at Unity of Sedona) to the world. This event is like the popular internet show called, "Ted Talks," which features very brief talks by various people about pivotal moments in their life. The difference here is that "God Talks" focuses on sharing raw, personal experiences that turned into a "God Experience." As the keynote speaker in this event, I was asked to reference something from each of the speakers for the evening premier but then add an experience of my own. So, during my talk, I pointed out how each individual talk clearly had one common theme, which is that even though we might consciously or unconsciously set our course for God, or for a ...
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November 2015

As the year begins to wind down, now is a good time to integrate what we gained from all of this year's experiences--positive or negative. So it's imperative that we "give thanks" for our positive experiences and then "give thanks" (as well) for the lessons we learned (thus far) from the negative experiences. Giving thanks brings closure to the past (and its lessons) while anchoring and integrating that for which we are giving thanks. There is one precaution, however, that should be mentioned. Be careful not to give thanks with an attitude of self pity. It is not in our best interest to say I am grateful for even the little I have with an attitude of "woe is me" or even false humility. Instead, the thanks and Gratitude that I am referring to here is one that feels sincere, empowering, ...
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October 2015

What an incredible month we've just had and now, with only the first weekend of October having past, we've already done so much. First of all, we had another incredible Sunday of services. Second, we supported the launch of the new and successful "God-Talks" program that will likely take the world by storm. We also had a very special meeting of our members today wherein we discussed several ideas and developments, including the following: *We asked that our members do their best to be involved at Unity and one way to do so is to volunteer occasionally at some of our events. *Michael discussed why we allow and include ceremonies such as Native American or Druid or whatever else. We only allow such because we enjoy many playful, creative, and sincere facets of spirituality. We also only allow such when the facilitator ...
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September 2015

Summer is ending but the sun is still shining as brightly as ever at Unity of Sedona. As we shift into a new season and are seeing the return of many residents (and attendees) from their Summer vacations, we already have quite a bit in store for everyone. We have raised the bar, yet again, on the level of teaching and events at our lovely center. We have an incredible list of workshops, concerts, facilitators, and special events--many of which are FREE to all. Our long-awaited Advanced Spirituality class is finally starting again. We also have some very special surprises for this year's "Sedona Winter Solstice Festival." This event is on Saturday, December 19th--so mark your calendars. In the meantime, as part of our commitment to manifesting the Love and Light of God to our attendees and community, we are providing our monthly Psychic Sunday ...
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August 2015

In the State of Arizona, the Summer months are often slow, as people tend to feel overwhelmed by the high temperatures. This lowers our Sunday attendance a little and quiets things down all around the region. But that's not how we roll at Unity of Sedona. We believe and teach that we have the power to change our life experience by connecting with God, getting inspirations, and then moving forward. And in alignment with these ideals and principles, we completed over a dozen major projects--including renovations to our yard, our cafe, and several parts of our sanctuary and bookstore. So how is it that we can accomplish so much during the season where most people in the Southwest accomplish so little?  ...
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July 2015

As I've shared many times, I am often asked by church leaders and board members how we have created the magic that we have at Unity of Sedona. We are often complimented for our success, growth, and depth, as well as for the beauty of our grounds and sanctuary, and most of all for the "feeling" of love, safety, and authenticity. But how did we create it? Explaining what we have, is easy. Explaining how we created it, is a little more complicated. But the most complicated piece of all is getting these other spiritual centers to actually do the work that it takes to create such a vortex of light. After all, "talking the talk" is one thing but "walking the walk" is another thing entirely. But the most consistent piece of advice we can offer them is the ...
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June 2015

It's time, once again, to celebrate the Summer Solstice. This is such a wonderful opportunity for us all to dance in the Light of who we really are. This Light is symbolically born at the Winter Solstice but reaches maturity at the Summer Solstice, which is why it's such a perfect opportunity to join together to learn, laugh, and celebrate the progress of work well done. At Unity of Sedona, we've created such a rare and incredible center that is rich in learning and healing, as well as integrity and inspiration. I've often said that one of the most under-estimated reasons why people don't heal or discover improvements in their lives is that they fail to recognize and appreciate the progress they've made. The Summer Solstice is a perfect opportunity to share our appreciation for one another and for all ...
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April 2015

As one might expect, our Easter services last Sunday were fantastic.The depth of topic covered, the level of consciousness of the attendees, the music and laughter, and the blessings of love and light were all "off the charts." We had the largest number of people we've ever had for any event. And rather than talking about "Easter eggs and bunny rabbits," the message focused on the deeper symbolism and use of Easter. Easter is highly symbolic of how we all go through tests and initiations in life as a means of deepening and raising our consciousness--which we can do the easy way or the hard way. Easter reminds us how we are crucified on a regular basis in this world but that we are also supposed to learn to resurrect and ascend to new levels of awareness.Most people, however, only know how ...
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March 2015

I’ve lived in Sedona for nearly four years now and have been blessed to meet numerous, extraordinary people – nearly all of them at Unity of Sedona. And although many of them have incredible gifts, ranging from creativity to channeling, the people who impress me most are those who actually LIVE the life of someone who is spiritual, rather than just “talking the talk.” In my experience, these individuals are usually loving, authentic, giving, and yet able to get things done, as well as having no agendas in their relationships. Doesn’t that sound like the same kinds of people we all want to meet more often? And when we do finally come across such souls, it’s always a little harder to say “farewell for now.” I can’t help but notice the large number of friends, employees, and students who ...
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February 2015

Greetings Everyone! I pray this monthly message finds you all well and prospering. As we begin another month, I am elated at all the great things that we are sharing at Unity of Sedona. We have an incredible Board, as well as an incredible group of Chaplains. Our “in-house” psychic (James) is blowing everyone’s minds with his readings and we were recently blessed to have an incredible healer (Brother Gregorio) visit us to offer his healing work that is nothing short of extraordinary. We’ve also experienced some of our best workshops ever–including those offered by Penny Genter and Eva Maurice. But the most incredible thing of all is that the year is just beginning ...
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January 2015

What an amazing year--especially the last few months. There has been so much magic and beauty in all we are doing and experiencing. Those of you who've attended the last few services most likely know what I'm referring to. There are many reasons for most of this goodness that flows into our lives at Unity of Sedona. Some reasons are because of the intentions we've created and committed to since I arrived at Unity of Sedona. Intentions are important to setting the course for where we expect to go with our lives (including relationships and businesses) in the future. One helpful intention is to remain clear of all forms of "excess baggage." This involves remaining clear of regrets, unhealed wounds, and unfulfilled dreams and goals. Another intention to remain clear is to not carry "secrets" to our grave, nor ...
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December 2014

What a month it's been! At Unity of Sedona we shared another several weeks of incredible Sunday services and some of our best guest workshops and musicians ever. We hosted the 5-day workshop intensive on "Awakening Christ Consciousness," as well as a joy-filled community Thanksgiving gathering. Also, we topped off the month with a fairly intense (but thankfully short-lived) earthquake. Although the quake seemed a little out of place for Arizona, it seemed to fit in quite well for our Christ workshop, as there was a fair amount of focus on breaking up the old patterns in our lives and preparing for the new. Now it's time to move into December wherein we can enjoy our usual sacred services and our upcoming Sedona Winter Solstice Festival, as well as our special Christmas and New Year's services ...
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November 2014

Attendance for our Community Meeting was one of our largest ever. The meeting was called to order by our Board President, Eva Maurice, who thanked everyone for attending. Next, our Vice President, Issa (Kim) Wight, introduced our Board Members, Committee Chair People, Volunteers, Lead Chaplains, our bookkeeper and our Spiritual Leader—Michael Mirdad. Michael then led us through the following: ...
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October 2014

Life is a funny thing. No matter what we do, our lessons cycle around again and again--usually until we get it just right. And then the pattern will still likely cycle around again, just to make sure we've "got it." This is really what "Mercury Retrograde" is all about. Some folks treat this time-period as though it's some sort of cursed phase when, in fact, it merely represents the recycling of some particular lessons--especially those related to communication. And so some of us deal with this period by not dealing with it. They prefer hiding away or staying in bed. Others choose to make every attempt to fight this retrograde period by trying to force things to happen--usually at the expense of their nervous system ...
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September 2014

We are all mentors and teachers to others in one way or another — sometimes in a more official form than others and some of us take our role a bit more seriously. And, as I have often said, I personally take my role very seriously — possibly a bit too seriously. But the way I look at it, when we have people looking up to us as examples of a better life or as a role-model for spiritual living, I feel we should... do our best to shine brightly and be the best examples we can be. Of course we are still human beings with human challenges but we can, nevertheless, manifest the Presence of God into our day-to-day lives. Speaking for myself, my thoughts are almost always on God and how to better myself as a spiritual being, ...
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August 2014

It's now the peak of Summer and, if we live in tune with nature and the Tao, we should all be seeing the fruits of our labors arising from the last several months of our internal and external planning and preparation. If you see these manifested fruits, be sure to give thanks and be sure to share a portion of these fruits with others. If you do not see the manifestation of these fruits, you might ask yourself if you did, in fact, properly prepare your "inner and outer garden." Did you consciously ask for Guidance to receive new Inspirations? If so, did you follow through and do all you could to help things along--including properly processing any obstacles that may have arisen along the way? Lastly, did you remember to give thanks for the fruits, knowing that they ...
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July 2014

It was three years ago, this month, that I came to present a workshop at Unity of Sedona, as part of my annual tour to Sedona. It was at this time that I was first asked if I would be interested in serving here as the "Spiritual Leader." And although, it was a huge unlikelihood (based on my pre-scheduled life), I have to say that I was taken by the sincerity behind the requests and by the excitement that was generated as soon as the word got out. It was clear that this was a Divinely Inspired idea. And since that time, so much has changed in my life and at Unity of Sedona. Most of you have probably heard me say that all relationships can go through three stages... And although most people only make it to the ...
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June 2014

Have you ever stopped to wonder why you do what you do? Most people don't! They just go through their lives making decisions on a regular basis but not knowing from where their decision came. This is not only true for major life decisions but also for the hundreds of decisions that we make each day (such as how much to tip a waitress or what we might choose to eat) without realizing that even these are decisions. What this ultimately means is...that most people go through life asleep and unconscious, rather than awake and conscious. It is our destiny, however, to become aware of each and everything we do and why we do it. This is the ultimate definition of mindfulness ...
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May 2014

The first third of the year is already over and in just three months I will have been in Sedona for a full 3 years - such a magical number. Being here, and serving as the Spiritual leader at Unity of Sedona, has been an incredible experience. As with many things in life (but especially when a person comes to Sedona), we can often "expect the unexpected." I originally came here with the intention of assisting Unity for only 1-2 years with deep spiritual teachings and inspirational leadership. The fact that we've been so successful came as no surprise to me, as they are the natural fruits of "living the Christ life." I was even impressed by the way we handled the occasional challenges that popped up along the way. Such challenges assisted us in integrating (and now celebrating) ...
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