A Passion for Self-Transformation

Published on: May 4, 2016

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The purpose of my ministry—and my life’s passion—is self-transformation. I view self-transformation as a process that has three primary components or stages: 1) Wake Up, 2) Grow Up, 3) Show Up.

To Wake Up means to realize our True Nature. This process addresses the question, Who am I? Waking Up requires spiritual disciplines such as meditation, mindfulness practice and self-inquiry.

To Grow Up means to develop into spiritual maturity. This process addresses the question, Who am I becoming? Growing Up requires disciplines such as spiritual formation, self-awareness and shadow work.

To Show Up means to become a vehicle for transformation in the world at-large. This process addresses the question, How shall I live? Showing Up requires disciplines such as interpersonal skills, conscious living and sacred social action.

My Varied Forms of Ministry

The forms or expressions of my ministry include teaching, leading retreats and small groups, spiritual mentoring and writing.

Teaching includes presenting classes, seminars and conferences at Unity seminary, Unity spiritual communities and non-Unity venues. Teaching also includes pulpit speaking at Unity ministries; in the past thirty years I have spoken at over 125 Unity communities across North America and the Caribbean Islands.

In the past 25 years I have led over one hundred Insight Meditation retreats as well as some other types of retreats. I have been leading an Insight Meditation group at Unity Village Chapel for the past 20 years, and I often lead groups focusing on a variety of other topics.

Spiritual mentoring is the process of guiding and companioning another person on her spiritual journey. Unlike pastoral counseling, the sessions are not issue-based and are conducted over a longer period of time—typically a year or more. Most sessions are held monthly and are face-to-face, but some are conducted via telephone.

Writing can take many forms: books, articles, essays, computer blogs and other options as they unfold. I currently publish a bi-weekly blog on my website: robertbrumet.com.

Interspiritual Journey

My spiritual journey has been decidedly eclectic and interspiritual; that fact is reflected in my ministry. I define interspiritual as being inclusive of the core spiritual practices of all major spiritual traditions. (Interspiritual is not identical with interfaith which generally focuses more on ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue than on spiritual practice.)

My spiritual formation has been shaped by the following seven psychospiritual systems:
•    The Jesus Christ teachings
•    Unity metaphysics; especially Charles Fillmore and Eric Butterworth teachings
•    Buddhism and Theravadan Buddhist practice
•    Christian mysticism and contemplative practice
•    Sufism; specifically: The Enneagram and The Ridhwan School
•    Jungian Depth Psychology
•    Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, my own life experiences have provided the raw material which has been shaped by the mold of the aforementioned philosophies and traditions.

Moving Forward

My view of the ministry of the future (and the template for my own ministry) consists of six elements:

  1. Personal contemplative practice
  2. Spiritual mentoring
  3. House churches/small groups/classes/seminars
  4. Churches/worship services/celebrations/sacred dances
  5. Retreats/conferences/pilgrimages
  6. Community and global service/sacred social action

I see these individual elements related as a group of concentric circles with personal contemplative practice at the center, and community and global service as the outer ring.

My most recent passion is the New Contemplative Movement. This movement is described beautifully in the book The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living by Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko.

Some characteristics of this movement: It can take many different forms; it is not contingent upon a particular lifestyle or profession; it is interspiritual yet it honors deeply the wisdom in all traditional religions; the essential element is living with complete commitment to the maturation and development of one’s spiritual life, which includes one’s personal transformation of consciousness as well as transformation of the world-at-large.

Some quotes from The New Monasticism:

We have found many people today are feeling the same deep calling as the monks of old, a calling to complete commitment to the transformative journey, yet without the urge to act out the calling in the traditional way. They do not find themselves drawn to a monastery, or to celibacy, or to disengagement from the world. They instead feel a radical urge to live out this calling in the world … in the midst of a contemporary society that does not support such a calling…. Yet those of us who feel the calling could never do otherwise, for deep in our souls we know the journey to wholeness lies in bringing the radical … transformative energy of our paths firmly into the world.

It cuts across humanity’s wisdom and religious traditions, bringing us into the midst of something new, a revelatory impulse of Spirit that as of yet has no home. While embedded within our wisdom and religious traditions, it is beholden to none and encompasses modern psychological and scientific truths…. This is a journey that takes us into the fullness of our humanity, allowing divinity to flower within us….

Our book is a rallying call for these new types of spiritual life and community, lives that are dedicated to building a sacred world through commitment to ones spiritual maturity, to the growth of community life, and to living these values while fully engaged in the world.

At present I am not sure exactly how my ministry will reflect this movement, but right now it clearly speaks to my heart and may very well become a significant influence in my life. I also believe that this New Contemplative Movement has great relevance to the Unity movement today. Note: I spoke of this at the at the 2105 Unity Institute Lyceum. See www.youtube.com, search 2015 Lyceum Robert Brumet.

 

Robert Brumet

Rev Robert Brumet taught at and received an honorary doctorate from Unity Institute. He is the author of four Unity books and many Unity magazine articles. He teaches Insight Meditation, is a Spiritual Director, and received the Light of God Expressing Award from UWM in 2012.


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