with a 10-article series in Unity Magazine. Unity expanded
the series into a book called Finding Yourself in Transition
(Unity Books, 1994), which invites readers to envision
change—whether joyful or painful—as an excellent
opportunity for spiritual awakening. Instead of recoiling,
Brumet advises, we can choose to apply ancient teachings
of mindfulness and nonresistance to help us lean into
change. In doing so, he assures, we will undoubtedly
discover support that seemed previously invisible.
To help the reader navigate change, Brumet’s book weaves
together psychology, Eastern and Western mysticism, Bible
interpretation, and personal history. It quickly became a
Unity best-seller and has been taught continually in Unity
churches since its publication.
Brumet’s next work, The Quest for Wholeness (Unity
Books, 2002), applies a transformative model to the healing
process. Using Unity principles, he expands the definition
of healing to include mind, body, soul, relationships, and
“Most healing books focus on restoration rather than
transformation,” he explains, noting they often start with
the wrong premise. Wholeness means transformation, not
simply repairing the damage done by illness, injury, or aging.
To get this process underway, he insists, requires awareness
that “we are not our former selves anymore. We are humans
who are beginning to fulfill our fuller potential as human-
Brumet suggests we no longer think of ourselves as Homo
sapiens, but instead as Homo Divina, humanity expressing
its divine nature. Eastern Orthodox Christianity calls
his process theosis, based on the idea that humans can
become one with the Divine. Brumet’s sole objection to that
definition is that humanity does not need to become divine.
We need only realize we already are divine.
“Think of the oak tree in an acorn,” he advises.
Transformation is not about conversion from lowly mortal
to oneness with God but expressing the divinity already part
of our nature.
In Birthing a Greater Reality (Unity Books, 2010),
Brumet continues exploring the transformative model for
spiritual growth. “Our personal transformation is intricately
connected to global transformation,” he says. “Our
awakening contributes to collective awakening.” This book
combines ideas from current psychology and other Unity
thinkers to discuss the evolution of human consciousness.
Brumet’s ambitious goal is to give humanity a little push as
we climb the ladder of spiritual evolution.
In his fourth book, Living Originally (Unity Books,
2013), Brumet discusses how most of what we see as
problems originates with a false sense of self. The solution,
Brumet is also known for spiritual leadership beyond
Unity. He has practiced Insight Meditation (a type of
Buddhist meditation traditionally known as Vipassana)
since 1988 and taken facilitator training from the renowned
Shinzen Young, an American-born monk who collaborates
with the likes of Harvard Medical School on contemplative
neuroscience. In 1995, Brumet began conducting meditation
retreats. In 2000, he completed a Community Dharma
Leader training program led by Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock
Meditation Center near San Francisco.
In 2004, Brumet founded Mindfulness Ministries (visit
robertbrumet.com), an alternative ministry affiliated with
Unity Worldwide Ministries. He serves as spiritual director
to individuals and groups and has presented programs
on meditation, self-awareness, and spiritual development
at more than 100 Unity churches throughout the U.S.,
Canada, and the Caribbean. Brumet also leads a local
sangha (now meeting on Thursdays at Unity Temple on
the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri). It’s no surprise that in
2012, Unity Worldwide Ministries honored Brumet with its
Light of God Expressing Award for outstanding service to
the Unity movement.
I consider myself honored to have served with such a great
minister and daily source of insight as Robert Brumet on
the faculty of Unity Institute and Seminary for 11 years. He
became my friend and pastoral guide. When I felt gloomy,
a knock on his open door brought a few moments of calm
reflection that restored my flagging spirits. He is one of the
finest human beings I have ever known. When I taught,
students gained knowledge; when Brumet stood before
them, they saw wisdom in action.
“WE ARE HUMANS WHO
ARE BEGINNING TO
FULFILL OUR FULLER
POTENTIAL AS HUMAN-
—REV. ROBERT BRUMET