By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
It is a delight to share with you an edition of The Catalyst dedicated to African American Wisdom.
February is African American History Month (also known as Black History Month) in the United States.
For the United States and world at large to fully realize our potential we all must face and heal the historic wounds caused by racism, oppression, and a sense of disconnection. It will take all of us to create an inclusive world where we celebrate our differences and rejoice in the things that bring us together. One way to do this is by honoring the beauty, brilliance and wisdom that African Americans are contributing to the world.
I absolutely love the African American Wisdom Summit! It is created and hosted by Nadirah Adeye, who is an authentic, passionate, powerful and beautiful member of our team. Nadirah is our Faculty Relations Manager and every time she speaks in a staff meeting I am riveted.
For Nadirah, the African American Wisdom Summit comes from her heart, as she wants her beloved son Torin to grow up in a world where he is valued for who he is and the gifts he brings to the world.
Our Featured Artist is Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, described by Nadirah as a rock star of science. Our Shift Philanthropy features Pearl Jam which is raising money to help Flint, Michigan with clean water.
In the Featured Media, we have the video Lift Every Voice And Sing, MPrynt’s special rendition of the Black National Anthem. We also are sharing a recording from the World Peace Library of Belvie Rooks and Thomas N. DeWolf about racial healing.
We also want to bring special attention to the start of The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence. The annual 64 day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought, is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th. We encourage you to join this annual celebration – click here to learn more. (See Movement News)
Since I was given the opportunity to co-create and host the African American Wisdom Summit, I have been viewing it as a love letter to all that I honor and appreciate about Black people. Our resilience, our commitment to changing the world in positive ways for our children, our deep spiritual anchoring and the multitude of ways we are doing work that aligns with the mission of The Shift Network — empowering people to build a world that works for all of us beings who are living here together.
From the deck of the “Freedom Flotilla” destined for the Gaza Strip, to standing on the frontlines of healing America’s own violent history, author and activist Alice Walker has been a voice for peace for nearly 40 years…
And in an enlightening conversation with The Shift Network, she shares the keys to being a LOVE Activist passionately committed to healing our troubled world through peace and an open heart.
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
This is a plan to support you in moving to a higher vibration and experience of your life. There are several tools. Pick the ones that feel right for you and commit. You are the only one that can create the life you want. I see you as an amazing being full of the potential to make a difference. Much love and light.
The African-American experience is such a diverse one that it is almost impossible to articulate all that is “African-American” Wisdom. However for me, when I hear that phrase, I can’t help but think about the amazing women in my life who have shaped and molded me.
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) commences on January 30, in cities across the globe. The annual 64 day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To learn about the many ways you, your school and community can participate, click here.
Free: Nonviolence for Beginners, the free online 8-week course by Metta Center. To learn more, click here. We wish you much success in contributing peace to the world!
A Sacred Pilgrimage into the Soul of India — 14 Days on the Banks of the Holy Ganges and into the Heart of Joy, Yoga and Devoted Service — February 29 to March 14, 2016. Join His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati, Stephen Dinan, Devaa Haley Mitchell, Philip Hellmich, Sandra de Castro Buffington, Karuna Ashley, Kurt Johnson, AmyJo Mattheis, Julia Maryanska and other Shift Network community members. In this journey of a lifetime, we will be participating in the International Yoga Festival, Kumbh Mela, Holy Arti Ceremonies, service activities and more. To learn more, click here.
The Happiness Track — Drawing on the latest findings from the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience — research on happiness, resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, mindfulness — Dr. Emma Seppälä, science director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, shows that finding happiness and fulfillment may, in fact, be the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally. Filled with practical advice on how to apply these scientific findings to our daily lives, The Happiness Track is a life-changing guide to fast tracking our success and creating the anxiety-free life we want. For more information, click here.
Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art — Kurt Johnson is co-editor of a new book from Yale University Press on genius in the arts and science: Fine Lines. The book examines, with additional world-class essayists and copious illustrations, the "fine lines" between the muses of art and science — the worlds of subjective and objective "knowing". Famed Russian-American novelist, and scientist, Vladimir Nabokov looms primary, in a detailed probing of the multi-levels of the human drama in his famous books Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the like. This complexity is juxtaposed with previously unseen materials from his 3000 pages of scientific journaling (from archives at the New York Public Library and Harvard). To learn more, click here.
The Spiritual Life TV Channel features free wisdom teachings from many spiritual traditions and gives a practical focus that shows how a person can use these teachings to live a more spiritual life. New videos feature: James O’Dea, Edgar Mitchell, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marilyn Schlitz, Gleen Mullin, Stephen Dinan, Philip Hellmich, and more! To learn more, click here.
Iran! Splendors of the Persian Empire — April 3–16, 2016 — Tehran, Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan and Kashan. Join Cross Cultural Journeys on an odyssey to the Republic of Iran, commonly called Persia by the West. A multicultural nation with many ethnic and linguistic groups (mostly Shi’ites), this ancient country straddles Eurasia, Western Asia, the Caspian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Iran has played a vital role in the Islamic Golden Age, producing hundreds of influential scientists, scholars, artists, and thinkers. To learn more, click here.
Positive Peace Report 2015 — Positive Peace is a transformational approach to achieving development, resilience and peace. It offers an alternative perspective to identify and measure long-term investments that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish. The Positive Peace Report 2015 analyses the factors that build sustainable peace, and includes a statistical analysis of Positive Peace in 162 countries, covering 99 per cent of the world’s population. It is the first global, quantitative approach to defining and measuring Positive Peace and is based on the social factors that have the strongest statistically significant relationships with the absence of violence.To learn more, click here.
Awake: The Life of Yogananda— DVDs available with subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch and Japanese. Plus there are new film showings in Australia and United States! You also can bring Awaketo your yoga studio or community. To learn more click here. (The filmmakers were interviewed in the Yoga Day Summit, the recording is available for free.)
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.
How are you committing to expressing radical love in 2016? What concrete steps are you taking to support and embody inclusion in your organization, community and how can that move outward to be reflected in your nation and our world? if inspired, share it with The Shift Community – click here.
Way of the Trickster:
Liberating Your Soul to Liberate Our World —
With Visionary Activist Astrologer
& Chief Trickster at Coyote Network News
Caroline Casey —
Free yourself from outdated habits and sculpt a more dynamic YOU by opening to mythological mischief, unpredictable wisdom and trustworthy intuition.
New Live Training Starts
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
• Transforming Aging Summit
• Plant Medicine Summit
• Enneagram 7-week course
• Mirabai Starr 7-week course
• Katie Hendricks 7-week course
• Luisah Teish 7-week course
• Ron Pevny 7-week course
• Andrew Harvey 10-week course
• Earth Day Summit
• David Crow 7-week course
• Arden Reece 7-week course
• Mark Matousek 7-week course
• Donna Eden 12-week course
• Robert Moss 6-month program
• Caroline Casey 7-month program
Join Pearl Jam. Help Flint (Michigan). The Shift Network invites you to join Pearl Jam and a close group of friends and partners who have pledged $300,000 and counting to support relief efforts for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. They encourage all fans and supporters to join in their efforts. Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and longterm needs of the community. To learn more, click here.
When I was asked for an artist to feature in this edition of The Catalyst, I immediately thought: African Americans are often associated with music and the arts. So I decided to switch it up a bit... and shine a light on someone who is bringing their brilliance and artistic skills to other areas of endeavor. This is why I am featuring Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, a scientist who is living her purpose through her work on cancer research. Dr. Green is one of fewer than 100 Black female physicists in the United States and she recently won “a $1.1 million grant to further develop her patent-pending technology for using laser-activated nanoparticles to treat cancer.” Her passion comes from losing family members to cancer. To learn more about this rock star of science, click here. She may help save your life someday!