The Inside Scoop

Katy Koontz

You might expect someone who deals with grief, loss, and death to be rather somber and dismal—but David Kessler is anything but gloomy. In fact, he’s extraordinarily positive. As he demonstrates in his new book, You Can Heal Your Heart, coauthored with Louise Hay, he has a remarkable ability to take a painful situation and turn it inside out to reveal an amazing gift. I assure you, his take is not Pollyanna—it’s profound. After all, which would you rather do: stay mired in anger, frustration, and resentment, or discover something about yourself that you can use to improve both your life and your relationships? Sounds like a nobrainer to me!

In this month’s “Listening in With …,” Kessler fields questions about relationships, offering insightful advice about how to make those you have now thrive and how to see those that didn’t work out in a new and more helpful light. His healing perspective, developed with the unassailable Louise Hay, involves looking at the past constructively so you can move forward in a positive direction and stop repeating the same mistakes.

He explains that the idea isn’t so much to find the right person as it is to be the right person—the type who is not afraid to examine issues when they surface for signs of old wounds so you can heal them. That, he assures, is one of the hallmarks of a successful relationship. I hope our conversation will spark a few “aha!” moments for you. They certainly sparked a few for me!

Our back-page essay, “Expressions,” takes a slightly different turn with this issue. We plan to share inspiring stories from readers that focus specifically on how they found Unity or on what Unity has meant to them. This month, Rev. Jamie Sanders of Unity of Pensacola writes about being mesmerized at the age of 4 by Unity public service announcements on television. Years later, when Rev. Sanders first visited a Unity church, he says he felt as though he was coming home—not just to Unity, but ultimately to himself. Want to share your story with us? We very much look forward to reading it.

Finally, we’ve heard from you about the new look of the magazine, which made its debut with the January/February issue, and we’ve reprinted some of your comments in “Feedback.” Most of you have been enthusiastic supporters, for which I’m truly grateful. I’m also grateful for the talented Amy Nell, the  art director for Unity Magazine  and the person who is responsible for the bold and beautiful new graphic design that now graces these pages. Amy and her team, Hailee Pavey and Sharif Wilson, have made the magazine come alive in an engaging way that is bound to strengthen your relationship to Unity Magazine.

Katy Koontz, Editor
umageditor@unityonline.org