"THERE'S MORE TO ME
MY HAT AND BOOTS"
- WALT WHITMAN
MY HAT AND BOOTS"
- WALT WHITMAN
Joanne Burns is a licensed and ordained Unity minister with over 20 years serving ministries
across the country.
My journey has not been a straight line. It has zig-zagged across relationships, various career paths and the continental United States. As I reflect on the journey, I see the spiral of personal growth hidden in the travels across time.
This spiral is the true journey. An inner journey of getting to know myself, my truth, healing the trauma of the past and stepping into living a life of my own creation, showing up in a way to support others on the planet and encourage fellow seekers to find for themselves a different way to live. I share what has proven to be helpful to me and ideas I find interesting.
A critical part of the evolution has been my personal spiritual awakening. Being raised Catholic and as a pre-teen I questioned a lot and therefore began rejecting the teachings, I was born into. Following high school, I began a life long exploration of beliefs, human behavior, world religions, philosophy, consciousness, brain development and quantum mechanics.
Along the way, I chose to work in areas that allowed me to share what I have learned with others. Not in a way to tell others what to do, but from a mindset that life is an experiment; be courageous, take time to meditate - be open to learn - try something new - be honest with yourself about the experience (heart) - collect the data on your experience (mind) - trust your intuition (soul) - forgive as needed - change as necessary to continue to learn and grow - continue to practice the spiritual tools that speak to your heart. It’s a rinse and repeat process. Oh, and it never ends! I’m still on the spiral of expanding consciousness.
Well into the journey, I began to find communities with other seekers and much later still I began to teach others. This led me to becoming a Certified Spiritual Educator, Licensed Unity Teacher for both Adult and Youth education, and a Licensed and Ordained Unity Minister for Unity Worldwide Ministries. As I continued to expand my spiritual life, I learned and now practice Transcendental Meditation and joined AGNT, the Association for Global New Thought. My desire is to be a part of something bigger and greater to help others along the journey of the awakened life.
In the words of the Buddha, “Your work is to discover your work. Then with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” I’ve found my work.
I’ve come to realize and accept that I’m not what some people would envision as a “minister.” I’m a human being - just like you. A human being who has spent time exploring the wisdom of the ages and sharing it with others. A human being with a compassionate heart, with a knowing connection to all life. A human being who has traveled the journey of being taught about a god in the sky, and became an atheist until I found teachings that resonated with the truth already in the core of my being; the wisdom of the ages, quantum physics and universal energy. A human being who came to learn that the sacred books have bits of wisdom presented in allegory and metaphor. A human being who has found purpose and meaning in the little things on this planet that we sometimes take for granted.
I’m just a human being living the teachings found in many of the world's religions expressed as the Golden Rule. Here’s the version I live…
“First, treat others as you want to be treated. Teach others to treat you with kindness. Accept nothing less. Know when to walk away with compassion in your heart. Your individual peacefulness does more for the vibration of the planet than lowering your energy to engage in any ego based conflict. ‘Love’ them anyway.”
My journey continues. Join me.
Share in the oneness of all life.
Peace is within you.
Joanne (aka Rev. Jo) Burns
New Mexico 2019
Feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org