(Catalyst #11] Peace is in the air from Iraq to the Supreme Court
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
What a blessing to have launched the Summer of Peace 2013! In this issue, we'll begin our coverage of inspiring peace building activities from around the world over the next 3 months as we build momentum towards the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st.
We launched the Summer beautifully with Rev. Elouise Oliver in Oakland and James O'Dea and many passionate peacebuilders. After Chief Phil Lane's mini-summit last week on the Reunion of Condor and Eagle (still available for free here) it's clear that the prophecies of this time around the reunification of tribal peoples are also well underway.
Let's add to the momentum by helping to create a Dept. of Peacebuilding (this issue's action), celebrating our gay brothers and sisters (my article) and sharing inspiring videos such as the Global Unity video from Iraq.
Music Video for Global Unity Filmed in Iraq
Acclaimed singer and activist Stephan Said has made a music video in Iraq for global unity. Filmed with an all-Iraqi crew over the 10th anniversary of the war, the video is an uplifting call for unity across the world and within Iraq. Stephen Said was interviewed during Summer of Peace, listen free.
Reunion of the Condor and Eagle
Indigenous Leaders from South, Central, and North America share the Prophecy of the Condor and Eagle as seen in the award winning film Shift of the Ages.
Celebrating the Advance of Gay Marriage By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
Five issues ago in the Catalyst, I wrote about why gay marriage is central to the Shift, not only for gay people but for all of us.
With this recent landmark Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, we've crossed a critical threshold in banishing one of the last legal forms of discrimination in America. There's a sense of inevitability now even among opponents that gay marriage will become the law of the land . . . [read more]
Reframing Games and Competition: Challenging Us to Create a Culture of Peace and Compassion By Jon Ramer
What kind of culture are we cultivating? Culture refers to everything that makes up our way of life. Our culture comes from the process of cultivation. We have learned how to grow our culture as in agriculture and horticulture. This suggests that our culture is a function of how we think and act, individually and collectively, and that we can change our culture by acting imaginatively and creatively . . . [read more]
Diamond Alignment – A Sacred Technology for the 21st Century and Beyond
We live in a world that is more alive with possibility than ever before. Yet it is also easier to get overwhelmed or lost in the confusion and chaos of a fast-paced, frenetic, and often-tumultuous world. How can we experience and nurture the unlimited potential that lies within when our daily lives leave us so depleted? What can we do when we don't have time for an hour-long meditation or a yoga class, or we can't afford the self-care we need to thrive instead of just survive? Enter Diamond Alignment, a transcendent, high-tech tool for cultivating higher consciousness and igniting true Joy, Equanimity, and a complete Wealth of Being . . . [read more]
One of the most extraordinary experiments in intentional community in the world, Damanhur, grieved the passing of its founder Falco recently. An article on him is here.
Stephen Dinan writes, "Falco offered a truly inspired example of spiritual leadership through real service to his community. Most remarkably, he designed of systems of leadership, governance and guidance that no longer required his leadership. He leaves an amazing template of sacred community as a legacy."
International Cities of Peace
More than 70 communities around the world have declared themselves cities of peace. The number is growing and you can join too! Click here to learn more, be sure to watch the wonderful video!
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In the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of working with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr. on the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle summit that was featured in the Summer of Peace this past week.
The first thing that stood out when beginning to work with Chief Phil was how he signed his e-mails: "With warm love and greeting." As we proceeded to work together, I realized his words of love permeated all aspects of his approach to relationships and service. The effect was an opening of my heart, especially after he requested that I call him "Brother Phil" . . . [read more]
This July 11th marks the 12th anniversary of the current iteration of legislation calling for a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peacebuilding.
To mark this moment, we are supporting the Peace Alliance's action of petitioning the President, asking him to support the establishment of a U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding, and interimly, an Office of Peacebuilding in his administration.
Summer of Peace – Registration now open! Over 50 of the world's top peacebuiders share their wisdom on how we can create peace, including Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Col. Puck Mykelby, James O'Dea, Ambassador Chowdhury and more. Plus FREE bonus recordings from Summer of Peace 2012.
The Shakti Summit: Re-juice your life with more sensuality and enjoyment! July 10
with John Gray, Lisa Schrader, Danielle LaPorte, Thomas Moore, Chameli Ardagn, Sera Beak, Sally Kempton.
Mark your calendar for a special event on July 20 with Ervin Laszlo, Ken Wilber, Riane Eisler and more on "The Next Scientific (R)evolution."
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