This week’s issue focuses on the topic of Dreams — their mystery, power and ability to offer deep healing and guidance.
As you’ll read, a precognitive dream opened a whole new world of magic and mystery for Shift staff writer and dreamwork guide Susan Audrey. The recognition that our nighttime dreams could offer a glimpse of what is to come radically altered her perspective on life. “I was discovering that our dreams can be the fast track to our higher Self and inner knowing,” writes Susan in her candid profile in this issue.
Author and speaker Dr. Larry Dossey experienced the same recognition, but unlike Susan, he turned away from the beckoning whisper of his precognitive dream. It occurred during his first year of practice as an internist and he was too heavily invested in the world of medicine to embrace a concept that was beyond the scope of science.
Dreams can not only open up a whole new world to us, they can reveal that the world itself is a dream. That’s a tenet of Hinduism, which views the material world as a dream of God’s, a projection of cosmic consciousness. Vishnu, a deity exalted as the highest God in the Bhagavad Gita, is portrayed as the Divine Dreamer of the world dream.
Since we are not separate from God, we dream the dream along with God. The dream and the dreamer are one and the same. What we call reality is but a dreamscape within Reality, the divine realm where peace, love, and beauty reign.
Susan Audrey writers in her profile piece that her dream experience bestowed a knowing “that we’re not alone and that help is always available to us.” It is this realization that enables us to become awake in the dream, awed by the unity, timelessness, and perfection of Reality.
One does not dream: one is dreamed. We "undergo" the dream, we are the objects. — Carl Jung
In this issue of The Catalyst, we’re featuring compelling articles by Robert Moss, the creator of Active Dreaming, on the essential nature of shamans; Linda Backman on the challenge, opportunities and necessity of attending “Earth school”; Dr. Larry Dossey on the disturbing dream that threatened to upend his vision of reality; and Yoshi Aono explains why he founded Hanuman Festival, which this year takes place in Boulder, Colorado from June 15 to 18. Yoshi and the Hanuman team were with Philip Hellmich, our Director of Peace, in Rishikesh, India in March, filming interviews for the Yoga Day Summit.
Our Featured Artist is Joe Muscatello, a California-based musician who combines uplifting pop vocals with modern electronic bass music.
We would love to hear your answer to the question, “Can you share a story about how a particular dream gave you valuable insight into an important issue?” To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
Our Shift Philanthropy section features The Schoolbox Project, which provides mobile, solar-powered schoolhouses offering trauma-informed education, art and play to children in refugee camps throughout Greece; and Dreamscape Foundation, a nonprofit founded by college student Joseph Sehwani to help improve the lives of people struggling with disease or disability.
May your dreams steer you toward a richer, more fulfilling, more abundant life. Just remember that dreams can’t fulfill their promise until you have the courage to act on them. May we all heed these words of wisdom penned by an anonymous sage:
Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true.
What if you could find the answers to your daytime problems at night while sleeping?
Renowned dreamwork expert and bestselling author Robert Moss travels the world teaching others how to look to their nighttime dreams to do just that....
He shows us how your dreams are actually portals to your higher knowing, your soul’s most coveted desires and even to other realms and times where you can explore and discover all sorts of important insights into how to live a more fulfilling, healthy and happy life.
Do you love your country? Do you love yourself? Mark Gerzon, Shift Network faculty and conflict resolution mediator, challenges us to learn to listen to bridge the divide between liberal and conservative, by asking the unasked question that just might make the inner workings work beyond bipartisanship.
This 12-minute documentary features Englishman Chris Robinson, whose astonishing ability to predict future events from his dreams have been documented time and time again. Watch the documentary by clicking here. You can read more about Chris by clicking here.
Join The Shift Network, The Gaiafield Project and people around the world for Global Shift Meditations the first of each month — click here to register for free. We’ll be featuring Harold W. Becker, Founder and Director of the Love Foundation, on May 1, 2017.
Just as a baby needs to eat, sleep and be held, you as a soul have an innate impetus to reach higher levels of spiritual learning. Advanced souls residing in the celestial realm are your “classroom teachers” as you begin the equivalent of pre-school-level training to prepare your soul for incarnation. Think about the critical job of a parent who initially cares for every need of the newborn and toddler.
By approximately age five, the child is ready to take that first step toward independence by beginning school. Coming into body and moving through life on Earth comprise your dense and challenging “laboratory of learning” in terms of soul evolution. After your newborn and toddler education in the celestial realm, you are sufficiently prepared as a soul to begin the Earth school of evolution from one lifetime to the next.
The most important aspect of my spiritual life is a sense of oneness with the Divine. It permeates my life and manifests as a sense of oneness and unity with other people.
A lot of people believe that unless they have some sort of incredible, life-changing sudden epiphany, their spiritual journey is not valid or genuine. We have to guard against that. The spiritual path is extraordinarily varied and it comes in many flavors. One of the things I would want to suggest to folks is that it’s the depth and the endurance that really matter, not the pyrotechnics, the fireworks that one may experience from time to time.
A teacher once asked, why did you start Hanuman Festival? It’s a mountain of work to run a yoga festival — why would you put yourself through that? What a great question!
Well... Hanuman Festival was born out of the essence of devotion. It has been about serving Hanuman just as Hanuman was devoted to lord Rama. We head into year seven and I realize the "work" that has been put forth is merely in support of the festival's natural course of development.
Click here to register for Mirabai’s free virtual event on Saturday, May 6: Receiving the Gifts of the Goddesses: How to Connect to the Powers of the Sacred Feminine & Awaken to Greater Love, Liberation and Beauty.
As this weird world grows weirder, I find myself turning more and more to the Divine Feminine for a clue about how to navigate the emerging landscape. Few of the familiar signposts feel reliable, and the spaces where I once took refuge — some semblance of sane leadership in my government, for instance, and a kind of baseline respect for the voice of the feminine in society — have vanished.
To my great relief, I find that a gorgeous array of goddesses reliably comes to the rescue whenever I call on them. When my outrage rises in response to pervasive injustice, I call on Kali, the Divine Mother in the Hindu tradition, to wield her sword of unconditional love, dispelling illusion and setting Truth free. When my heart breaks for the pain of the world, I connect with the mercy of Kwan Yin, the courage of Mother Mary, and Tara’s Bodhisattva Vow to help me bear the unbearable.
One of the best things about being a writer and editor for The Shift Network is getting asked: Tell us the story of your awakening.
Well, here goes…
When I was 33 years old, I became a divorced, single mother of two, ages three and six. It was a tough road. There’s nothing like single parenting to sober you up to how hard your reality can become — and how fast.
If you’re ready to deepen your practice and immerse yourself in conscious community, then join us for four epic days of master classes, music, inspirational talks & celebration in the heart of Boulder. Featuring Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Annie Carpenter, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sherman, Saul David Raye, Janet Stone, and so many more. Come together to RAISE THE VIBRATION! For more information, click here.
The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all. The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge! To learn more, click here.
Book by Stephen Dinan: Sacred America, Sacred World. Infused with visionary power, Sacred America, Sacred World is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.
Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World by Phil Bolsta of The Shift Network. Through God’s Eyes is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that shows you how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to bring joy and vitality to your daily life. One reviewer called it “the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.” To order your copy, click here. To request a sample chapter from the author, email Phil at GodsEyes@me.com.
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.
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Start a dream journal and set the intention to start each morning by recording your dreams from the night before. Then reflect on what these dreams may mean and jot your thoughts down. This process of introspection is sure to provide helpful insights that will deepen your appreciation of life.
• Sara Crow 7-week course
• Mirabai Starr 7-week course
• HeartMath 7-week course
• Itzhak Beery 7-week course
• Enneagram Global Summit
• Andrew Harvey 7-week course
• Mark Matousek 9-month program
• Mingtong Gu 7-week course
• Sandra Ingerman 12-week course
• Yoga Day Summit
• Summer of Peace
• David Crow 6-month program
• Robert Moss 6-month program
• Sue Morter 7-week course
• Shamanism Global Summit
Dreamscape Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Seton Hall University student Joseph Sehwani (see accompanying article this issue), is dedicated to improving the lives of people who are struggling with disease or disability. Through donations and sponsorships, the Dreamscape Foundation offers medical and organizational referrals, assists with education accommodations, provides healthcare, supports career goals, and fulfills a wide variety of special requests. To find out more and make a donation, click here.
The Schoolbox Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides mobile, trauma-informed education, art and play to children in refugee camps throughout Greece. They provide mobile, solar-powered schoolhouses that operate out of converted shipping containers. Their volunteers come from around the world and go through specialized training on how to work with children who have been through trauma and are living in a camp environment. Children in these programs are given 1:1 support at school and at home (tent, sidewalk squat, wherever is "home") to promote full inclusion and healing, while also avoiding retraumatization. To find out more and make a donation, click here.
The Ravenheart Center, a mystery school for advancement of the soul, was established in 1997 by psychologist Dr. Linda Backman, reflecting Linda's transition from conventional psychotherapy into client psycho-spiritual work. Dr. Backman's passion for past-life/between-lives regression and grief/loss has become the focus of her ongoing practice. To learn more, click here.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We want to acknow- ledge the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for their leadership and commitment to a nonviolent approach to DAPL. To learn more about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, click here. To follow them on Facebook, click here.
Joe Muscatello is a California-based musician who combines uplifting pop vocals with modern electronic bass music. The result is blissful yet deep music that is heart-opening, body-shaking and truth-awakening. Visit Joe’s website by clicking here.
Joe’s debut album, The Truth, is a musical chronicle of his personal transformative journey from lost to found, from seeking approval to knowing himself, and from reaching for fantasy to standing in his truth. This collection of eight songs is designed to connect us to our heart's wisdom in the midst of major life changes. You can listen to — and order — The Truth by clicking here.