The Unorthodox Life: Walking Your Own Path to the Divine
by Kathy McCall
- Size: 6 x 9
- No. Pages: 242
- Published: 2010
- ISBN: 978-0-9841140-0-9
The Unorthodox Life is an enticing blend of pragmatism and mysticism, a compendium of the gems of Kathy McCall’s more than 30 years as a Unity minister, astrologer, dream analyst, and storyteller. Drawing from her explorations with contemporary teachers Matthew Fox, Andrew Harvey, and Jeremy Taylor (and many others), McCall takes us on a journey that is both personal and autobiographical, arousing one’s own story and shedding light on one’s own spiritual journey. Filled with insight, humor, myth and mystery, the book inspires readers to delve more deeply into their inner world as they traverse four stages of the spiritual path to claim the treasure of their unique mystical awakening. This “wise, brave, clear, and profound book” includes 12 sets of Spiritual Practice exercises that guide readers to embrace their greatness while walking their own path to the Divine.
A life-long spiritual seeker with a passion for service, Kathy McCall has taught and facilitated a host of classes and workshops. Fascinated with Mythology, Mysticism, and the study of the universe in her teens, she became a Professional Astrologer by the age of twenty one. Her unique Astrological consultations and classes have transformed the lives of many people who have utilized her unique services.
Kathy’s “unorthodox” journey led her to the Unity Ministry in 1990. She has served as a Minister in four different Unity Churches in both Arizona and Northern California. Also, she served as a three-state Regional Board President, a Chaplain for high school age Youth of Unity, a Peace Worker for the Association of Unity Churches, International, and a Mentor for prospective Ministers in the Field Licensing Program of the Unity Movement.
Kathy founded “Sacred Journeys,” an alternative Unity Ministry dear to her heart and committed to helping individuals “journey home to the true self” through innovative workshops and seminars.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree from the University of Creation Spirituality, founded by Theologian and Author Matthew Fox in Oakland, CA. She is a Certified Astrological Professional by the International Society for Astrological Research, and a Certified Dream Worker through the Marin Institute of Projective Dream Work.
In addition to The Unorthodox Life, Kathy is a co-author of a previous book, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love, In Spirit.
Her new book reveals that she is an eclectic person who loves to synthesize Truth from many sources. Her ever-growing audience has called her “a gifted, inspired teacher with the ability to invoke mystical depth through storytelling, myth, scripture, and ancient traditions.” Amidst this important spiritual work, she has a naturally enlivening sense of humor which she considers essential to all of us in these challenging times.
“The Unorthodox Life is an amazing book! It is mystical, practical, and inspiring. Kathy McCall has given us all a wonderful gift that will guide and illumine us as we go forward on our spiritual journey. This is the best book I have read in a long time!”
Rev. Rosemary Fillmore-Rhea, Granddaughter of Charles & Myrtle Fillmore, founders of the Unity
Movement, Author, That’s Just How My Spirit Travels
“This book resonates with a gentle and congenial tone but carries a deep message. It takes the reader on a journey that is both personal and autobiographical, one that arouses one’s own story and sheds light on one’s own spiritual journey. It is well told and inviting and needed as all of us today are called to see our stories as spiritual journeys, adventures that we can choose to steer into places of ever greater depth and ever more generous living.”
Matthew Fox, PhD, Theologian, Author of 30+ books, including Original Blessing, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
“I wholeheartedly endorse this wise, brave, clear and profound book. Kathy McCall guides us through her vision of the revolution of the Direct Path and its transformative crucial importance at this stage of history with grace, learning, radical honesty, and humility, a humility that makes all welcome.”
Andrew Harvey, Mystic, Author, The Direct Path, Return of the Mother, Son of Man, The Sun at Midnight, and The Hope
“As surely as inhaling of air is followed by exhaling, and night the day, so does this book follow the pattern of its creator, the Reverend Kathy McCall. McCall is a master storyteller and inherently the story gives birth to its ‘point.’ The Unorthodox Life: Walking Our Own Path to the Divine is filled with pragmatisms and mysticisms that lead one into a direct experience of the Divine. Nor do the points of the stories stop in the reading. As a true spiritual guide, McCall closes the chapters with exercises that encourage and assist the reader in walking the path to the Divine. This author provides inspiration in print and excites the reader with insight into the depths of his/her own psyche, with a map to navigate one’s world, with understanding of self and others, and midwives an understanding of our place in the universe. This book is a keeper, a ‘must read’ for beginning and re-reading for advancing students of life.”
Rev. Glenn Mosley, Former CEO, International Association of
Unity Churches, Author, Global Positioning for the Soul: New Thought, Ancient Wisdom
“The Unorthodox Life is one of the most interesting and compelling accounts of an authentically evolving spiritual journey that I have read in a long time. The breadth and depth of lived spiritual experience revealed in this book is alive and growing; it is both profoundly moving and deeply instructive. If you are a person who takes science seriously, and at the same time has an inescapable feeling that rationalist materialism is not enough to make deep sense of your experience, then this is a book you owe it to yourself to read.”
Jeremy Taylor, D.Min, Author, Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill: Using Dreams to Tap the Wisdom of the Unconscious; Dream Work: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Powers in Dreams; The Living Labyrinth: Exploring Universal Themes in Myths, Dreams, and the Symbolism of Waking Life
This is not just another spiritual book. It is written at a time of great menace and danger in the world in order to help you awaken and reconcile the powers within and without. It describes four stages of the spiritual path in ways that are easily accessible whether you are a beginning or advanced seeker. Personal stories, examples, and practical methods are presented so that you can give birth to a more enlightened consciousness and a new world.
I have been willing to open my own life to express what I have learned and to share some of my very personal experiences, specifically related to my spiritual path. My journey has included an exploration of Eastern studies, Astrology, the Western Mystical Tradition, Creation Spirituality, Jungian thought, Dream Work, and Shamanism. Along the way I embraced the teachings of Unity, one of the New Thought traditions with roots in Transcendentalism and a special niche in the world as a more progressive and mystical Christianity, and I became a Unity Minister. My eclectic path unfolds in the following pages through the various encounters and anecdotes. Some of the stories may be familiar, but they are brought together for readers to experience in a new original context.
Walking my own path to the Divine has been an initiation into my power. It is a path that calls each one of us to our destiny for it is the spiritual journey that we all take, even in spite of ourselves. It is essential at this time that we consciously understand the path to enlightenment for the sake of our species and our Earth. We have the power to give birth to a universal humanity that is awake to its oneness. It is our calling and responsibility, and each of us must walk our own path of awakening.
I have been aware of my spiritual path for most of my life; however, it took years to discover a framework that would help me to see its universal dimensions. This discovery has been an evolving process that I actively engaged when leading groups on transformational journeys in my ministry over a period of weeks and sometimes months. In facilitating the spiritual quest for others I discovered my own inner depths as well. I also found that the path to the Divine can be named in four stages since four is the foundation number of wholeness and completion….
Having explored the number four for many years in various spiritual frameworks, it was exciting to meet others along the path who had delved into the power of four on their own mystical journeys, especially Matthew Fox, Jeremy Taylor, and also Andrew Harvey. Matthew and Jeremy have been important teachers in my life, and I was so blessed to study with them at the former University of Creation Spirituality, founded by Matthew Fox. There I learned the four paths of that tradition: The Via Positiva, Via Negativa, Via Creativa, and Via Transformativa. My experience of those paths had a tremendous impact on my work and continues to enrich my approach to ministry.
I was also delighted to discover Andrew Harvey’s book The Direct Path since it confirmed my conclusions about the Divine potential in each one of us without the need for gurus or outside authorities, and it presented a framework that I have also found to be very powerful and that I have chosen to use in this book, with his permission. This four-fold map that can guide us in our personal and collective heart awakening is a metaphor for our own relationship with the Divine. It explains the path that we walk whether we are conscious of it or not. The four stages are: FALLING IN LOVE, ENGAGEMENT, SACRED MARRIAGE, and BIRTHING.
Though we generally think of falling in love and getting married in regard to a person who is our true love, this map describes the relationship with our true Self, with God and all of creation as we begin seeing with our heart. My use of this particular framework is to provide one interpretation of this universal archetypal Path based on my own experience.
During a Fall Program that I created in my former ministry at Unity Temple of Santa Cruz, the congregation and I journeyed together in Sunday Services and supportive study groups. Through meditation, discussion and spiritual practice we activated the power of the archetypal path to the Divine. This can be done individually and in any group setting where the goal is greater spiritual enlightenment through practice and action. Becoming both “mystics” and “prophets” is an important result, for the nature of the path is such that one cannot remain complacent. A mystic is one who sees, while a prophet is one who acts, thus “interfering with injustice,” in the words of Matthew Fox.
This book focuses on the four stages of the path with each Section containing: 1) a description of the particular Stage of the Path; 2) an autobiographical account of the important spiritual events of my life as experienced in that Stage; 3) three additional chapters with deeper insights, explanations and stories of the Stage; and 4) Spiritual Practices at the end of each of the Chapters within the Section.
It is my prayer for you as you read this book that you discover your own unique path to the Divine that you have been walking your entire life, and that you awaken your own personal power. I invite you to commit to spiritual practice by completing the exercises at the end of each chapter. These include: prayer, meditation, physical activity, and journaling. Keep a journal as you read and practice, noting your thoughts and your dreams. This will enable you to find your own connections and help the ideas become more real to you. I suggest that you set an intention to journey through these four paths in a deep personal effort to wake up, to discover the power of love, and to become consciously involved in co-creating a new world.