And for women: The U.S. Senate just passed a strong, inclusive, bipartisan bill to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act. Join One Billion Rising and its coalition partners to now get this bill to the House floor for a vote. Go to this link to help get this Act passed by International Women's Day on March 8th.
Moving Birth 2012 Film from the Cape Town Hub
This special video from the Cape Town, South Africa hub—which features Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu among others—was originally produced for the Birth 2012 broadcast, but was not aired in its entirety on December 22. In it, Desmond Tutu directly addresses "dear friends of The Shift Network," and speaks powerfully for four minutes, especially discussing Ubuntu, the indigenous South African ethical philosophy of unity. (The Tutu clip is at 4:20-8:30.) This 29-minute piece produced by Ian McFarlane has many other moving segments of our friends in the Cape Town hub, including one from Michaela O'Driscoll that begins at 9:50.
On December 6, 2012 we received the very disturbing news that Michaela, a graduate of TSN's ACE and Peace Ambassador training, had been gang-raped while on charitable mission to South Africa. Michaela had been assaulted by four men at knife-point in the middle of the night. "Throughout the experience," she said, "I saw them as sacred beings. I knew that in my being and I was strong and clear and praying. I left my body some of the time but was very aware—trying to create a field of peace." One of the men remained after the other three fled, to whom she offered forgiveness before he too fled. We urge our readers to watch this profound video and to send love and prayers to Michaela as she continues her healing journey.
Remembering Debbie Ford By Stephen Dinan, The Shift Network
For those who haven't heard, bestselling author Debbie Ford passed away earlier this week, which has led to a great outpouring of love and honoring for her life and legacy . . . [read more]
What's the one core thing all men need to live a fulfilling life? According to Chris Kyle—and fourteen experts he'll be featuring at a summit between February 27 and March 2—the answer is constancy of purpose. A public service of the Mankind Project (one of the world's most prominent organizations for men's empowerment), this unprecedented event aims to evoke the hero in men by showing us that purpose is the key to bestowing our unique gifts upon the world. The Power of Purpose summit features many beloved TSN teachers, including Jack Canfield, Dan Millman, Neale Donald Walsch, and Lion Goodman. Learn more here.
On March 3, 2013 from 11am-6pm, Qigong Master Mingtong Gu—a featured teacher and healer at The Shift Network's Winter of Wellness Summit and Birth 2012 Celebration—will lead a day of practice to open our hearts to the unlimited possibilities for healing ourselves and healing our world. Master Gu says he "will present successes, updates and insights from Birth 2012 to continue fostering the intention and resolve of rebirth in our local and global communities. I invite you to join me in experiencing the healing power of Qigong." The event is at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on Saturday, March 3, 2013 from 11am-6pm and will also feature a presentation from Shift Network founder Stephen Dinan. Learn more here.
Hubs Share Their Birth 2012 Experience
From Robin Goff of the Light Center in Baldwin City, Kansas:
"The experience of Birth 2012 at Unity Village was the most powerful energy link-up I have ever felt. For the Three Days of Love, I spent much of my time in meditation and every time I would touch in to the field that was connecting us around the globe, it was tangible and amazingly strong. It was moving in and through my body and the frequencies were magnified tremendously due to so many of us being focused at the same time. I felt then and continue to believe that the linking up internationally is the most important thing we can do at this time. I really relate to Barbara's descriptions of "post-partum blues" and my feelings were just that! After the Birth, I missed the intensity of the connections and the vivid feelings of the magnified frequencies. Any ways we can continue to create those opportunities to meditate and ground the energies at the same time are so important now."
From Janna Mitchell of Sunnyvale, California:
"About thirty of us gathered together at the Sunnyvale Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for guided meditation, sacred dance, and play. We created human sculptures to explore "what is our heart's desire to create for the love of this planet" We used the wheel of cocreation to guide us. It was wonderful to cocreate this event with dance therapist Holly Crain; energy healer Joan Prohaska; and me, Janna Mitchell drama therapist [facing the camera]. With love!"
From Mary Lou and Mario of Lenoir, Hawaii:
"While Sage played her flute, I sang and spoke a meditation in the female energy of the heart realm, inviting the group to experience the flow of their love energy melding together with the Goddess chi of the water flowing through our stream, down the rivers into the sea to every being on every continent, embracing them with our love and lifting them to join us in the transformation and healing of our beings as ONE. We had lighted torches on the path down to the beach and when the group arrived we were already in deep meditation in music, song and angelic tones...it was a very sacred experience for everyone, and many put their feet into the water to feel more intensely the mystical flow that enveloped them. When we completed the meditation, my husband Mario came across the water, knelt before Sage and me, and then walked between us as we crossed the water arm in arm in union together...the silence in these moments spoke profoundly to our spirits as the experience of the reverence of the male and female for one another embraced us deeply in our hearts..."
From Lin Murphy of Saratogo Springs, New York:
"We are at a time in history when all of us need to step up and have the courage to create the life we envision, that in our heart of hearts we know is possible. We all need to tap into our deepest essence, discover true life purpose, transcend our fears, limiting beliefs and self-doubts; and live lives of passionate self-expression. When that happens, we will truly create heaven on Earth. We can already see seeds of this process emerging. I work in a holistic health center that ten years ago would not have flourished in the way that it is now. There are schools that encourage cooperation. A number of corporations and businesses are being consciously managed. We see more young people turning to organic farming. Together, we can chart a path forward. We must start with ourselves. I hope you will join me to continue your own evolution and join with others who are asking what to make of this Birth on a personal level."
When I was a young boy, my father was an evangelical minister. At age six, my parents divorced and he lost his position with the church. The split left my mother feeling unappreciated and my father in spiritual doubt. These circumstances set the stage for my own personal search for human connection that my mother felt she was lacking and spiritual truth, which still eluded my father. It took many years to become conscious of my quest and the many synchronicities which guided me along the way . . . . [read more]
2013 Catalyst - Issue 3
Share your Birth experience / Women rising Feb 14 / Historic climate change rally / Functioning cooperatives
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During the buildup to Birth 2012 last year, we often said that don Miguel Ruiz, the bestselling author of The Four Agreements, is like our planetary grandfather in parallel with Barbara Marx Hubbard as planetary grandmother . . . . [read more]
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