I’m just like you: a spiritual being having a human/spiritual experience, following my bliss in this lifetime.
I’m a mother and grandmother, a friend, a sister. I’m a life long learner. I’m a college graduate. I was a school teacher for 18 years, teaching pre-adolescents. I have been an activist for most of my adult life, befriending the homeless, assisting refugees, honoring the Appalachian poor, and pursuing every child’s right to a nurturing learning environment.
I’m a woman who woke up from the illusion that she was a victim to realize that she had the right to think, feel and dream for herself, and the ability to change her experience of life simply by choosing which thoughts to focus on.
I’m a graduate of Unity Institute & Seminary, where I set my sights on learning all I could about the evolution of consciousness. I was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2012. I’m founder of New Vista Learning Center, and adjunct faculty for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. My ministry is teaching: helping people awaken to the spiritual truth that they are beloved, precious and evolving. I served as a church minister for a while until I created this online spiritual education ministry, which gives me great happiness!
I am committed to being relevant, accessible and honest with the seeker of the 21st Century. I offer a thriving spiritual online learning center where together we can grow in self-awareness and self-esteem, where we can fully embrace being spiritual beings having a human experience.
Unity Institute ‘s Masters of Divinity program offered me a priceless opportunity to allow my mind and heart expand to transcend and include my old embedded theology. I am grateful to the Unity movement, founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore over 125 years ago!
Daily, I practice being heart-centered, and I am also a keen thinker and an effective facilitator, who provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for personal sharing and exciting theological conversations.
I utilize various teaching methods to present materials. I am responsive to the tone and pace of the group, and I create a sense of stimulation as well as a circle safety for you to feel comfortable asking the tough questions or sharing something aloud that will help you move through a block.
I believe that transformation takes more than a couple Sunday sermons per month, and the classroom setting of no more than 10 people is an effective way to facilitate lasting transformation.
There are two phrases that echo in my mind as I walk through this life: Teilhard’s “I am a spiritual being having a physical experience.” I hope that through these musings, you’ll begin to see that you, too, are a spiritual being having a physical experience. And Joseph Campbell’s “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you.” I believe that, but first they have to find their bliss! I believe that continued self-awareness practices will help you find your bliss. The Unity SEE courses I teach, along with my personal touch, are designed to help you do just that.
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In Rev Pat’s office behind her during every session, is a beautiful painting. Students comment on it all the time, and Rev Pat is pleased to share her story about this painting.
It was created by her younger sister Susan Veenema, a professional artist, who died in 2003 at the age of 46 from breast cancer. During Susan’s hospice months, she painted with passion. Most of her final paintings were the simple things that she could see while she laid in bed: a potted plant, a mobile, or a tree outside her window. This painting, which she entitled “Warrior Woman,” was her personal visual journal. She didn’t talk to her family members about it. Everyone knew it was hers to experience and not to explain.
Susan was a dedicated spiritual seeker, dabbling with many faith practices, especially enjoying earth-based rituals like New Moon ceremonies. The painting displays her awareness of the divine feminine and other spiritual symbols.