I first met Christiane Northrup in 2004, when she hired me to do editorial research for her third book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom. I’d always found her mission—to empower women by teaching them to both recognize and trust their bodies’ own wisdom—to be profound. What began as a professional relationship quickly deepened to a wonderful friendship, and I’m proud to say that we’ve worked together on many intriguing projects since then.
What I loved about her right from the start is that she’s a way-shower—when she believes something in her bones, she just puts it right out there, without being bothered by detractors. Visionaries are like that. She certainly values rigorous medical training and research (her M.D. is from Dartmouth, after all), but she’s never stopped reaching for newer and deeper understandings about the seamless nature of mind, body, and spirit.
So I paid immediate attention when she started talking about the importance of joy and the significant physical benefits it bestows. And I noticed that something almost mystical happened when I started using joy as a barometer for evaluating what I wanted to do with my life and how I wanted to do it (whether it was as simple as choosing what to eat for lunch or as life-changing as accepting the offer to become the new editor of this magazine). It was as though my already very blessed and full life somehow went from being two-dimensional to three-dimensional. And everything just worked better.
My conversation with Dr. Northrup is the first of what will be a regular question and- answer feature called “Listening in With …” I hope you’ll “listen in” on my conversation with a different New Thought luminary each issue.
Also new this issue is frequent contributor Peter Bolland’s column “A to Zen,” which focuses on world spirituality as it relates to New Thought—and Unity in particular. His first column discusses the surprising benefits of the Hindu concept of renunciation, ending with a stunning lesson about hope from the Holocaust experience of Peter’s father.
You will also find that we morphed “Unity Classics” into a new department called “Classic & Contemporary.” As always, we will reprint a passage from a classic Unity publication, but now appearing opposite will be a contemporary view of the same subject, written by our own Rev. Ogun Holder. In this first pairing, we’ve reprinted Vera Dawson Tait’s thought-provoking 1981 discussion about release, while on the facing page, Rev. Holder examines the virtues of nonattachment—including giving up God. (Did that get your attention? It certainly got mine!)
So welcome to the new year, and the new look of Unity Magazine. One of my goals as editor is to be a conversation starter, bringing you all sorts of intriguing New Thought voices with sharp insights to share. I hope the ideas you read here will spark further insights of your own that will not only make your life work better, but will also fill it with infinitely more joy!
Katy Koontz, Editor