By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
One of the joys of being part of The Shift Network is highlighting the most brilliant and innovative ways to transform consciousness and make practical changes in lives around the world.
The Enneagram is one of these powerful vehicles for personal and social transformation — a map of our deeper psyche that not only helps us understand ourselves but spurs insight into creativity, team-building, collaboration and more. It has fascinating applications in fields from coaching to therapy to business development to recovery.
This is why we are delighted to feature the second annual The Enneagram Global Summit 2015 (last year’s was a huge hit with the 15,000 registrants) – Click here to register free.
The Enneagram Global Summit brings together the most significant thought leaders in the space including Russ Hudson, Helen Palmer, Hameed Ali and 20 others — to explore the leading edge thinking on Enneagram and its practical applications in the world — from parenting to intimate relationships, to the prison system and beyond.
In this edition of The Catalyst, we feature inspiring articles about the Enneagram from summit presenters Sandra Maitri, Andrea Isaacs, and Tracy Tresidder. We also have a beautiful and powerfully transparent Member Profile from Susan Olesek, another summit presenter and the founder of The Enneagram Prison Project. (See Shift Philanthropy.)
We are also delighted to share an article from our very own Ben Hart, Director of Marketing, who recently represented The Shift Network at The Fuji Declaration ceremonies in Japan. This global celebration called for people of all nations and walks of life to consciously evolve with each other and with nature to bring that new world into being. (See Featured Videos and Featured Article.)
We also have sad and grateful hearts about the passing of our friend and longtime peacebuilder Louise Diamond. Louise had a lifetime of service to humanity, bridging spirituality and practical international peacebuilding. We are republishing a letter from Louise announcing her final stage of life and her gift to all of us — an extensive free resource of writings and videos. (See Member Profile)
The Fuji Declaration is an invitation to people from all nations and walks of life to join in a commonality of purpose beyond borders and a call to consciously evolve with each other and with nature to bring that new world into being. The launching of this powerful declaration was just held, along with the 11th annual Symphony of Peace Prayers, at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan and Ben Hart of the Shift Network hosted the global broadcast of the event.
The program included peace prayers from religious leaders from many different faiths, prayers for every country of the world in their native language and powerful speeches and music.
Mr Saionji is President of the Goi Peace Foundation founded in Tokyo, Japan with the approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. He is also President of The World Peace Prayer Society a non profit organization with headquarters in New York. He is known for launching the initiative for Creating a New Civilization and his “4-S Concept” integrating the four pillars of sustainability, systems, spirituality and science.
Here at The Shift Network (as you’re likely aware if you’ve been a part of the community for some time), our work is about much more than sharing transformational content through online courses and summits. We’re here to create real change in the world by supporting the shift of human consciousness to greater levels of awareness, purposefulness and love and helping evolve our collective ways of being in various sectors of society to create a more sustainable and harmonious world . . . [read more]
The first time I heard anything about the enneagram was in the backyard of Claudio Naranjo’s house in Berkeley in the fall of 1971. He had just returned from Chile where he had been studying with the Bolivian mystic, Oscar Ichazo, in the desert city of Arica far to the north. Claudio, who was a psychiatrist, had fleshed out the enneagram teaching conveyed by Ichazo with his vast understanding of psychology. Upon his return to California, Claudio announced that he was starting a group dedicated to spiritual transformation and a number of us had gathered that autumn afternoon to find out more about it. From the moment he presented the enneagram that day as the major psychological tool that would be used in the group, I was fascinated by the system. It was such an accurate map of the ego structure in its nine archetypal variations that I was galvanized . . . [read more]
Knowing, or rather, embodying the Enneagram has changed my life, and I think it can change yours as well.
The Enneagram personality system gives us incredibly beautiful, accurate, insightful and helpful descriptions of human nature. It’s information I can’t imagine living without and has been useful in every relationship in my life . . . [read more]
Being a parent is one of the most challenging, interesting, stressful and rewarding roles we will ever take on. It’s one of the toughest jobs we’ll do and we set extremely high expectations for ourselves on how we perform in the role.
To thrive as effective parents in this world, we need to be able to question our own parenting style in ways that go much deeper than simple questions like “Was I too strict?” or “Am I too easy on him?” . . . [read more]
I have reached that moment when, for health and age reasons, it’s time to bring my professional life to a gentle close. I am celebrating that passage by making my life’s work available to all on a new/renewed website: www.louisediamond.com.
In addition to much of the writing I’ve done over four decades (books, articles, e-newsletters, etc.), I’ve also included on this site the material from many of the courses I’ve taught, lectures I’ve given, and films or videos I’ve made.
The highlight of this last category is my new video memoir: Shazam! Stories from a Life of Spirit-in-Action. Not having the mental attention to write my memoirs, and having lived a most exciting and somewhat extraordinary life, I’ve chosen to share special moments of my journey by telling stories on video, with plenty of pictures for visual interest. I count it a great blessing that I can share this gift with you . . . [read more]
It was dark out as I approached my parked car one night last month, but I saw the light was on inside the vehicle. Seeing a shadow inside, I felt an eerie, gut-sinking-knowing that someone was in the front passenger's seat. In a bizarre instant, I realized that I was being robbed. I felt at once terrified and equally incensed at the injustice, but kept walking towards my vehicle despite my mounting panic. What do I do? I asked myself, turning and looking frantically around . . . [read more]
Tsum Valley Earthquake Relief: Shift Network community member, Kaline Alayna Kelly, was in Tsum Valley leading a spiritual retreat when the earthquake hit. Kaline, her sons and spiritual community miraculously survived and are now assisting in relief efforts in this remote area of Nepal that is yet to receive international support — to learn more, click here. Kaline just sent us a video from Tsum Valley. (See Video)
Our friends at UPLIFT are partnering with Tents to Nepal to get tents and supplies to where they are most urgently needed on the ground in the remote areas of Nepal. Tents To Nepal partners, Abari (a Nepalese design and construction company) are on the ground in Dwaha, a devastated village in Gorkha that previously received no aid, building shelters with bamboo and canvas tents. To support Tents to Nepal, click here.
The Community Resilience Challenge is like a New Year's Resolution for the planet. It is a community mobilization campaign seeking to inspire thousands of engaged citizens, leaders and groups — like you — to take action to grow food, conserve water, save energy, reduce waste and build community. During the month of May, participants in the Challenge can choose from over 40 suggested actions from installing a greywater system, to planting a fruit tree, to unplugging unused electronics — no matter where you are on your journey, to lighten your footprint, there’s something for you. Click through here to learn all about it!
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.)
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.
Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability — This three session online discussion course is offered by Northwest Earth Institute. It begins June 3 and will help participants find pathways for powerful change in our everyday lives. You’ll learn about what it means to co-create peace and sustainability, as well as how to apply systems thinking skills in order to take action. We’ll meet weekly for three, interactive hour-long course sessions online and the course will run from June 3 to June 17. For more information and to register, 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. The Alliance for PeacebuildingUpdate: The US Department of State recently released the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), a major policy document that shapes US strategies and programs in peace, security, and development. The current QDDR lists four strategic priorities: Preventing and Mitigating Conflict and Violent Extremism; Promoting Resilient, Open, Democratic Societies; Advancing Inclusive Economic Growth; and Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change. You can find the 2015 QDDR 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.
The Christ Path Advanced Intensive —
A 9-Month Practicum to Awaken and Embody Christ Consciousness in Daily Life.
With Renowned Mystic, Author and Scholar
New Program Begins Thursday, May 28, 2015
• Enneagram Global Summit
• Summer of Peace
• Yoga Day Summit
• Margaret Paul 7-week course
• Robert Moss 7-week course
• Devaa Haley Mitchell 10-week course
• Rabbi Michael Lerner & Cat Zavis 10-week course
• Tim Kelley 5-month intensive
• David Crow 6-month intensive
• Shakti Summit
• Global Compassion Summit
• Shiva Rea 7-week course
• HeartMath 7-week course
• Lisa Schrader 7-week course
• Enneagram 10-week course
• Oscar Miro-Quesada 8-month intensive
• Friends of Democracy Summit
• Global Shamanism Summit
• Robert Moss 7-week course
• Mirabai Starr 7-week course
• Christine Kloser 7-week course
• Mark Silver 7-week course
• Mingtong Gu 7-week course
• Margaret Paul 9-month intensive
• Mark Matousek 9-month intensive
The Enneagram Prison Project — The Shift Network is delighted to support and promote The Enneagram Prison Project — a non-profit dedicated to serving the incarcerated and their potential future. Founder, Susan Olesek, writes, "In bearing witness to the courageous inner-work taking place in the unlikely place that is prison, I became downright convinced that the benefit of self-understanding through the lens of the Enneagram is a critical missing piece for real criminal reform." We invite you to support The Enneagram Prison Project. To learn more, click here.
The Fuji Declaration is a call to consciously evolve with others and with nature to bring about a sustainable, flourishing world for all people and future generations. It is a call to all global citizens to recognize and nurture the full human potential and divine spark within each human spirit so as to collectively catalyze a timely shift in the course of human history. To learn more, click here.
At the Fuji Declaration ceremonies in Japan (see featured article), I was inspired by feeling part of a global family committed to taking the next steps in our collective evolution. A big part of the celebration was music and singer/songwriter Kristin Hoffman provided an exquisite experience of how music can and does open and connect us. Kristin says her goal is "to spread love, light, peace and truth into the world through the vehicles of music and energetic frequency." Kristin, along with musical director Kenji Williams and other great musicians and singers, created a powerful, beautiful and deeply transformative space that moved thousands of people’s hearts. I highly recommend Kristin’s music if you are looking for a moving experience. To learn more and to hear her music, click here.