By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
We did it!
As a community, we came together to support the Indigenous Summit that took place in Panama and raised over $64,000 in less than a week that helped make the Indigenous Summit possible. Over 800 people in 42 countries contributed, sending a clear message to our Indigenous brothers and sisters: we are standing with you, as a global family.
On behalf of Chief Phil Lane, Jr., our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and our team, we want to thank all of you who supported this campaign. Our beloved Alison Marks who joined Chief Phil Lane, Jr. in Panama, offered inspiring updates and shared photographs on the campaign website (more to come in the future): Indigenous Summit Updates.
We are committed to supporting our Indigenous brothers and sisters over the long haul as the prophecy of the Condor and Eagle is fulfilled.
Meanwhile, this edition of The Catalyst is dedicated to celebrating Inspiring Women! Part of indigenous prophecy it that this is a time of bringing balance and harmony in the world, including between women and men. For too long, patriarchal societies have undermined the power and gifts that women bring to the world.
This is part of why the work of the Inspiring Women Summit is essential. It’s a free offering with over 30 incredible women sharing their wisdom, insights and guidance on how to creating a truly fulfilling and high-impact life. Men also will benefit from the gifts our sisters will share. (To register free, click here.)
In this edition, we have profound articles from our faculty members Dr. Margaret Paul, Luisah Teish and my beloved wife, Devaa Haley Mitchell. We also have inspiring pieces from summit speakers Rha Goddess and Dr. Sue Morter.
Our member profile is from Laura George who tells about her inspiration to create the upcoming Building the New World Conference which is taking place in beautiful Radford, Virginia in May 2015. We are proud co-sponsors of this event designed on Barbara Marx Hubbard’s wheel of co-creation. (To learn more, click here.)
I also want to bring special attention to a several items in the Movement News: First, our good friends John and Ocean Robbins are hosting the 4th Annual Food Revolution Summit April 25–May 3. They have an amazing line up of speakers including Paul McCartney, Tony Robbins, and Vandana Shiva.
The Peace Alliance, a founding partner of the Summer of Peace, is launching Be the Movement! Take a Step for Peace — In Your Life, In Our Communities and Among Nations. This bold initiative is moving us all forward in practical ways to creating a culture of peace.
Michael Singer, a dear friend of the Shift Network and #1 New York Times bestseller, is coming out with his new book — The Surrender Experiment. It is an amazing story about learning to surrender to the magic of life. I predict it will be another New York Times bestseller.
If you feel called, please join Devaa and me on a special trip — Life List Ecuador, June 2–11, 2015. You can combine exotic travel, make a tangible difference in the world, share your own unique message and gifts, capture amazing footage to build your own business and also be part of a reality TV show. The trip is led by Inspiring Woman Spryte Loriano and her business partner, Robert Evans.
And by the way, here's an article on Richard Branson I wrote up after a very exciting recent trip – click here.
A Free Global Online Event — May 1–4, 2015 — Join a vibrant community of visionary women to discover a feminine path for more fulfillment, a deeper connection with Spirit and guidance for creating a rich, meaningful life you absolutely love.
Can you feel it in the air? It’s the pulse of women around the world, waking up spiritually. Claiming our power. Opening our hearts even wider. And putting our deepest visions into action.
Women are rising to create a more just and beautiful world, the kind of world we know is possible. Inspiring women. Amazing women. Just like you (or perhaps someone you know!). Women who long to feel deeply connected and want to align their hearts, bodies and souls. Women who have had great successes and some failures too! Women who have loved and lost… and loved again. And through it all, we are all living our commitment to be the change . . . [read more]
Many years ago, struggling to find inner peace and joy, I asked my spiritual Guidance, "Why are we here? What’s the purpose of life?" She answered:
"You are here to evolve in your ability to love and to fully manifest your gifts upon the planet. Each person is a spark of the Divine — an individual expression of the whole which is God, and as you evolve, the Love-which-is God evolves."
The shivers throughout my body told me I was hearing the truth. Since then, learning to love myself and others has been my inspiration . . . [read more]
This article is dedicated to a circle of women whose power, courage, knowledge and love, fed, shaped and sharpened my concept of Self. I pray it does them proud.
The most inspiring women in my life have been “the Mothers.” “The Mothers “ is a name given to the power of the Great Mother as it manifests through the bodies, minds, hearts and hands of individual women who ”Mother” the children, the community, and the Earth . . . [read more]
This year is all about courage and currency — that is, the relationship between what you choose and what you value.
I was recently in a training session where the facilitator kept pressing us to choose our No. 1 value. “Only one?!” everyone asked. ”Yep. Just one.” She had us sit with a partner and write out our top five, and then used a rapid-fire sparring method to get us each to our top pick . . . [read more]
The Law of Attraction is a beautiful principle that many of us already engage with and benefit from. We are blessed to have such influence infiltrating our culture. The realization that we play a role in our reality and our entire life experience, to the degree that what we merely focus our attention on can manifest in our lives, changes lives in amazingly powerful ways every day. “Focus up and attract great things into your life" . . . [read more]
I will never forget the day Thomas Jefferson called me on the telephone. I was enjoying an exalted state of synchronicity — a stage, according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, when God sends regular “sweets” to help us remember our soul assignment . . . [read more]
With John & Ocean Robbins & 24 of The Top Food Experts on The Planet — including Paul McCartney, Tony Robbins, Vandana Shiva, John and Ocean Robbins — April 25–May 3, 2015. Sign up for the free summit and claim your complimentary Real Food Action Guide! You’ll get the top ten most critical food facts, and discover how to eat your way to the best health of your life! To register, click here.
The Surrender Experiment takes the teachings of The Untethered Soul and applies them to real life circumstances. Michael Singer uses the extraordinary events of his own life to teach the process of deep inner surrender that leads to spiritual liberation.
Pre-order your copy and receive a free audio recording from Michael Singer. To learn more, click here.
Life List Ecuador— Special Trip to Ecuador — June 2–11, 2015
Join Stephen Dinan and Devaa Haley Mitchell
Combine exotic travel, make a tangible difference in the world, share your own unique message and gifts, capture amazing footage to build your own business and also be part of a reality TV show. Inspiring Woman Spryte Loriano and her business partner, Robert Evans, are putting together a series of trips to do all of this and more.
Shift Founders Stephen Dinan and Devaa Haley Mitchell have signed-on as "Team Leaders" for the forthcoming trip to Ecuador happening June 2–11th. And they're allowed to bring up to 4 others along with them who have powerful messages to share and who are up for a bit of adventure. You can learn more by clicking here. If you are interested in potentially being a part of Devaa and Stephen's team, please fill out these 4 simple questions, and we'll get in touch with you ASAP – click here!
New Film screenings of Awake: The Life of Yogananda are taking place in Theaters across the United States and Canada. To find a showing near you or to arrange for a screening, click here. (The filmmakers were interviewed in the Summer of Peace, the recording is available for free.)
Please join Global Wave 2015, Governments will be meeting at the UN from April 27–May 22 to discuss nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The Global Wave will start at a huge peace rally in New York on April 26, and then go around the world in 24 hours arriving back in New York on April 27 as the government conference begins. To learn how you can participate, click here.
The Alliance for Peacebuilding – 2015 Annual Conference – Peacebuilding and Democracy in a Turbulent World – May 13 to 15, 2015 – Washington, DC — The peacebuilding and governance/democracy communities recognize the need to work together. The conference will explore the links between these fields, and will help build bridges in both theory and practice to take on today’s most complex global crises. For more information - click here. A Historic East-West Celebration — Fuji Declaration Launch Events — Tokyo • Copenhagen • Mt. Fuji • May 15–17, 2015 — The Fuji Declaration is an international alliance of individuals and organizations who are united by a commitment to live and collaborate toward the advancement of a more harmonious and flourishing world. The Fuji Declaration is an invitation to people from all nations and walks of life to join in a commonality of purpose beyond borders. To learn more, click here. To sign the Fuji Declaration: click here.
Building The New World Conference – Hosted by Radford University in Radford, Virginia May 28–31, 2015. BTNW is based on the “Wheel of Co-Creation” designed by Barbara Marx Hubbard. Barbara will open the conference and other evolutionary speakers include: Jerome Glenn, Grandmother Mona Polacca, Charles Eisenstein, Glen T. Martin Ph. D., Yuval Ron, Dot Maver, and Philip Hellmich. To learn more, click here.
Nibi Water Gathering– A Gathering of All Nations – June 4 and 5, 2015 – Ogimakamik Lodge of Leadership at Turtle Lodge – On the Shores of Lake Winnipeg - Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. We are making an International Call to attend the Nibi Water Gathering at the Turtle lodge, on the Shores of Lake Winnipeg, one of our most endangered lakes, where the four rivers meet. For More Information, Please Click Here. Watch YouTube video on the Gathering Here.
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference — Santa Fe, New Mexico — August 6–9, 2015. Presentations, nonviolence workshop, and vigils at Los Alamos on the 70th anniversary of the nuclear age. Featured speakers include James Lawson, Erica Chenoweth, Roshi Joan Halifax, John Dear, Kathy Kelly, Lennox Yearwood, Jr, Kit Evans-Ford, Medea Benjamin, and Ken Butigan. To learn more, click here.
Praxis Peace Institute: Cuba — November 29 – December 6, 2015 — Praxis Peace Institute, in conjunction with Cuba Educational Travel has prepared a spectacular program for our travelers. Lecture and Discussions with Cuban economists, historians, and journalists at Havana University and the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Visit agricultural cooperatives, organicfarms, and meet locals in their homes, and much more. Details and to Register: click here.
World Peace Library – Free Resource — Be sure to take advantage of the World Peace Library, a wide-ranging resource on peace newly compiled by the Shift Network: It contains more than 300 inspiring talks and mini-workshops from individuals such as Archbishop Tutu, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, James O'Dea, Karen Armstrong, Chief Phil Lane and many more. With neuroscientists and lamas, faith-based activists and political leaders, this Library offers something for all in their peacebuilding efforts. The Shift Network has made the World Peace Library a free resource for all and encourages its use to promote peace in your families, schools, and wider community.
1 Billion Acts of Peace — a global community of everyday people performing thoughtful actions that contribute to world peace. The Shift Network is delighted to join Peacejam Foundation, Google, Wells Fargo, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and many others have come together to create the "One Billion Acts of Peace" Campaign — an international global citizens' movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet. To learn more, click here.
Reach out to a woman in your life who has inspired and/or supported you and thank her for how she has impacted your life. Also, identify a young woman/girl in your life who you can support with words of encouragement in realizing her dreams and special gifts.
• Inspiring Women Summit
• Politics of Love and Justice Summit
• Oscar Miro-Quesada 7-week course
• Margaret Paul 7-week course
• Robert Moss 7-week course
• Luisah Teish 8-week course
• Rabbi Michael Lerner & Cat Zavis 10-week course
• Andrew Harvey 9-month intensive
• Enneagram Global Summit
• Summer of Peace
• Stan Grof 7-week course
• Devaa Haley Mitchell 7-week course
• Sheva Carr 7-week course
• Enneagram 10-week course
• Tim Kelley 6-month intensive
Shared Hope International — The Shift Network is proud to support Share Hope International whichs strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. Shared Hope International envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice — one life at a time. Proceeds from the Inspired Women’s Summit will go to support their efforts. To learn more about Shared Hope International, click here.
Life List Ecuador — Join Stephen Dinan and Devaa Haley Mitchell on a special trip to Ecuador June 2–11, 2015. The amazing trip is led by Inspiring Woman Spryte Loriano and her business partner, Robert Evans. To learn more, click here. To join Stephen and Devaa’s team, please answer this survey – click here.
Hanna Leigh (pronounced "Hanalei") is from the island of Maui. Her music is prayerful, powerful, earthy, and heartfelt. She just released her first album, Nourish, a collection of 12 meditative mantras in multiple languages, including English, Sanskrit, Spanish, and Hawaiian. Hanna says, "Through weaving original and traditional sacred songs, my prayer is that this album nourishes the vibration of love within us, as we nourish the earth and those around us." The album was masterfully produced by the talented medicine musician, Murray Kyle, and includes many fantastic guests contributing a rich assortment of exotic sounds like bansuri, tabla, congos, sarangi, djembe, and coconut drum. My favorite songs are Sat Narayan and Vuela Vuela, but I've been keeping the entire album on repeat. I am deeply inspired by this woman's music! To listen, click here.