The Shift Network Catalyst


2021 Catalyst, Issue 17 – Energy Medicine Summit

Shift Network Update

By Vanessa Codorniu, co-host of the Energy Medicine Summit

Hi, I’m Vanessa Codorniu, your co-host along with Dr. Christine Shaffner for The Shift Network’s fifth annual Energy Medicine Summit, a free online event from November 1–5. I love this summit because the information and guidance is truly timeless — and it offers many ways forward through the changes, challenges, and uneasiness we’ve experienced during the pandemic.

What if we had the ability to understand our energetic language so we could increase resilience and expand our capacity for health and wellness? Healing from the inside out is ancient wisdom and humanity is always exploring new holistic perspectives to support our vitality and wellbeing.

While Western medicine may focus on symptoms, energy medicine empowers us to be an active participant in our overall wellness through practical and often simple solutions such as Qigong, hands-on healing, Reiki, acupuncture, chakra-clearing, shamanic practices, intuition, breathwork, and many more. Western medicine and energy medicine can co-exist in our lives as we take on an active role in our health practices and healing protocols.

All of us, in one way or another, have been deeply affected by these times we are living in; these extraordinary circumstances have changed the way we live and interact on a daily basis. Whether it’s experiencing illness or loss or figuring out how to live the best life we can during these times, we are all in it. Together we can move forward as we empower ourselves to engage in energy clearing and energy-enhancing practices that can also create waves within our families, communities, and the global collective!

The inspiring sessions in the Energy Medicine Summit touch upon our global human experiences as well as the practical aspects that support our day-to-day wellness. When these energetic practices are followed, you can shift your energy on the spot! I was thrilled that every expert and guide supported almost immediate energy shifts through sharing their wisdom, practices, and life experiences!

Energy medicine is ancient medicine, and this summit explores the recent scientific and research-based practices that are revolutionizing what we know about healing. Dr. Dawson Church, the author of Bliss Brain, shares which one of the practices he explored works best with trauma and creating change — as well as the understanding that we can move beyond our DNA to create even greater health!

Rasmus Gaupp-Berghausen, a mentee of Dr. Masaru Emoto, demonstrates in our conversation how translating our heart-rate variability into sound and color can support our healing and his dream of peace on earth. Dr. Beverly Rubik has been on the forefront of this kind of research, and what she shares is eye-opening!

Dr. Maya Shetreat speaks to our interconnection with the invisible terrain, while Dr. Sue Morter guides us through understanding our energetic codes and intuitive knowing.

We also explore the science behind energy medicine along with its impact on our whole being. A breathwork session with Kathleen Booker followed by a deep discussion on grief and loss gives us the tools to support ourselves no matter what may unfold in our lives.

Ancient wisdom supported by modern-day science, shared by a diverse group of renowned experts who are passionate about energy medicine, health, and healing make for a transformational and empowering experience for our minds, bodies, and spirits. Prepare to go on a deep exploration of what makes us healthy and joyful!

Register for free for the Energy Medicine Summit.

The uplifting stories in this issue’s “The Nicest Thing” section come from summit co- host Vanessa Cordorniu and speakers Lynne McTaggart and Dr. Marie Mbouni.

A Personal Invitation to the Energy Medicine Summit (November 1 – 5)
From Your Co-Host, Vanessa Cordorniu

Hello, everyone. I’d love to invite you to the Energy Medicine Summit. I’m Vanessa Codorniu, a clinical hypnotherapist and soul coach — your co-host along with Dr. Christine Schaffner, a naturopathic physician.

I believe that your inner knowing has brought you here so you can receive. What you will receive will be specific to you.

To watch this 1-minute video and read the rest of your invitation, click here.

Would you like to join The Shift Network team?

We are seeking unique and talented individuals for important positions at The Shift Network. If you're inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about these positions. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal-opportunity employer.

The Nicest Thing

In this special video series, prominent authors, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?”

Vanessa Cordorniu’s Story
Founder of the School of the Healing Artes, and co-host of the Energy Medicine Summit

EXCERPT: And one day I show up at my job that I love very much and my boss says to me, “I have to speak to you privately. Please come into my office.” Now I’m terrified. I’m like, Great. I left my apartment. I’m in this difficult living situation. I feel like I can’t ask for help. What am I going to do?" And so I was really scared. I go into her office and I’m like, "Did I do something wrong? Am I going to get laid off? What’s going to happen to me?” And she closed the door and she’s like, “What I’m about to share with you is really out there. It’s really something that I can’t believe I’m about to share with you.” 

To watch the video and read the transcript of Vanessa’s astonishing 8-minute story about how her boss’ dream altered the trajectory of her life, click here.

Lynne McTaggart’s Story
Award-winning journalist and author, and a featured speaker in the Energy Medicine Summit

EXCERPT: We just returned from a trip to the bathroom there and we were about to have our snack when I looked up and there was a guy with a gun pointing right at my face. And he said, "You, get in the back." And he was pointing to all of the other customers in turn and ushering us all to a little cupboard in the back, a little closet. As soon as he got us in, he looked around at all of us and then he shut the door and he put a broom through the handle outside so we were in effect locked in. I was completely terrified.

To watch the video and read the transcript of Lynne’s 3-minute story about the young man who calmed her fears in a terrifying situation, click here.

Dr. Marie Mbouni’s Story
Author, healer, and a featured speaker in the Energy Medicine Summit

EXCERPT: A couple of months later, I traveled to Costa Rica to visit friends. When I got to those friends’ house, I just felt inspired to share what was happening to me every time I was going into meditation. I described the house, it was a house with, like I said, a rooftop with grass on the rooftop with birds, and there was a pool, an infinity pool, and below the pool, there was a rainforest, and in the distance, the ocean and the mountains. When I finished describing the place, they started laughing. They said, "I know exactly where that house is."

To watch the video and read the transcript of Marie’s 6-minute story of a life-altering gift, click here.

Feature Articles

Water IS Our Energy Medicine: Get It Without All That Guzzling + A Replacement Recipe
By Gina Bria, a featured speaker in the Energy Medicine Summit

As an anthropologist, I have been trying to answer the question: How do people in the desert survive without 8 glasses of water a day?

This is a question for our times, where the recommended prescription for hydration is a one-size-fits-all recommendation. Is it true that 8 glasses a day is a medical must for everyone? How can that be? First we come in all sizes, conditions and environments, and secondly, research from my work, shows plenty of well-hydrated people (not to mention animals) using other approaches to hydrating without all that guzzling.

To read more, click here.

The Power of NO, Boundaries, and Cutting Cords
By Sharmila Mali, a featured speaker in the Energy Medicine Summit

Learning to say “no,” especially as an empath, can be difficult. You want to help. You feel their pain and, naturally, you want to help.

However, we have limits and though we want to help our friends, clients, neighbors; there isn’t enough time in the day for everyone. Inevitably, this leads to burnout because you have spent so much of your precious energy and time giving to everyone — you have nothing left for yourself.

To read more, click here.

Honoring the Beauty of Spiritual Gifts
By Shawna Bluestar Newcomb, a featured speaker in the Energy Medicine Summit

Like many people, my personal spiritual journey has been filled with many ups and downs, ultimately moving me towards a deeper acceptance, honoring my innate spiritual gifts. This is something I recognize that each and every person on the planet has within. And yet how many of us were taught to honor, accept, or trust these abilities?

My own journey began very early on with deep and profound spiritual connections. As a young child, I was not prepared for (and did not have guidance to) understand these experiences. I did not yet know how to accept my ability to see and hear intuitively — or understand my prophetic dreams. Yet, I also felt a burning inner calling to make a difference in the world with my gifts.

To read more, click here.

Racial Healing & Justice

Curated Just for You... In Support of Our White-Bodied Racial Healing Partners

From Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon:

I believe that the foundation of Racial Healing work, when it is genuine and is coming from true intention, invites us to start with the truth and take whatever time is needed to build our way to trust...

These two cornerstones cannot be skipped over nor can they be speeded up. To arrive at an authentic place of being able to stand side-by-side, the only shortcut that we have is to lead with our hearts.

Simply put, cross-racial partnerships invite us to go from “being woke to being real. ” However, please know that the process of doing that is not at all simple. Everyone involved has to be willing to do their own personal work so that we can show up for what we are committing to achieve and, in particular, share the responsibility. Such collaborations are just what the world needs right now. Working across the historical divides is imperative to fix the long standing problems.

For my column in this issue, I want to offer a special bundle that I’ve curated for our White-bodied partners. I have chosen some things that I feel will be informative, useful, and inspirational. And, I should add, that as a woman of color I made the selections hoping that I had made good choices — but how could I know for sure. I, too, am learning what the needs are for everybody. So, if you are a White-bodied person and you have suggestions, feel free to let me know about them... I am always happy to learn new things and to grow in understanding!

Speaking of your bundle, please check out the four items that I pulled together for you — at this link.

In Memoriam

Avon Mattison

Friends and colleagues around the world are mourning the loss of a brilliant and dedicated Peace leader, Avon Mattison. Avon passed on October 13, 2021, and her legacy lives on in all of us, as we continue to pursue Peace in our lives and on our planet. We know Avon is sending her love, wisdom, and support as she experiences the infinite Peace that is beyond our earthly imaginings yet remembered in our hearts.

You’re Invited to Celebrate Avon’s Life
(An Online Memorial Service)
December 8 (Pathways To Peace Anniversary)
5:00pm Pacific
Click here to join via Zoom

Avon would want you to know that you are a pathway to Peace, regardless of your chosen work. You can bring Peace to our world through living Peace in your life and in your relationships.

For five decades and up until the end of her life, Avon worked tirelessly for Peace. She kept a busy schedule of presenting, consulting, and mentoring. She will be remembered for her love, humility, wisdom, and selfless acts of compassion, and continually lifting up the beauty, strengths, and talents of others. We will miss her bright light, her unconditional love, her passion, and her unwavering spirit. Through her work for Peace, Avon touched the lives of millions around the world. Avon is the recipient of four Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Featured Media

Why Energy Healing Can't Heal “Everything”
Dr. Karen Kan, a featured speaker in The Energy Medicine Summit

In this series, Healing Myths, Mistakes & Misconceptions, Dr. Kan goes over some of the issues preventing healing. In this video, she shares why, despite energy healing's immense power and speed, that it may be necessary to do human 3D actions to complete the healing.

Click here to watch this 14-minute video.

The Dirt Cure | Talks at Google
Maya Shetreat, MD, a featured speaker in The Energy Medicine Summit

In the tradition of Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and Andrew Weil, pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, how it’s harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. And she presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy — a plan that any family can follow.

Click here to watch this 60-minute video.

Love and Group Coherence
Rollin McCraty, PhD, a featured speaker in The Energy Medicine Summit

As our world experiences dramatic change and polarization, and we see the stress it is causing, people from all cultures are looking for practical ways to deepen heart connections in their communities and affect social change through compassionate awareness and actions. This presentation explores new research on group coherence and the importance of physiological synchronization in increasing group cooperation, collaboration, harmony and performance.

Click here to watch this 24-minute video.

Sacred America, Sacred World

Infused with visionary power, this book by Stephen Dinan, Shift Network’s co-founder and CEO, 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.

Sacred America, Sacred World is so crucial to the times we’re in that we are serializing it in every issue of Catalyst. You can read the seventh installment (as well as the previous one) here.


Movement News

Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration
By Dana Cohen, MD, and Gina Bria, a featured speaker in The Energy Medicine Summit

Based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration, Quench debunks many popular myths about “getting enough water” and offers a revolutionary five-day jump start plan that shows how better hydration can reduce or eliminate ailments like chronic headaches, weight gain, gut pain, and even autoimmune conditions.

Readers will be surprised to learn that drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where "gel water" comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level. In fact, Ms. Bria's work as an anthropologist led her to the realization that desert people stay hydrated almost exclusively from what they eat, including gel plants like cactus.

Discover more about this book.

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 roadmap 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.

For more information and to order your copy, click here.
To access a free sample chapter on forgiveness, click here.

Through God’s Eyes is a superb book, a truly enlightened piece of work that is an essential read for all people who are truly devoted to the care and refinement of their soul. Phil is a contemporary mystic, a man whose life is a living commitment to spiritual service. I am honored to know him.
— Caroline Myss, author of Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Anatomy of the Spirit, and Defy Gravity

One of the most important books I’ve ever read. An incredible compilation of spiritual wisdom and insight. It’s the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.
– Robert Peterson, author of Answers Within

For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free.

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 want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.

World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.

Shift Spotlight

Discover a Qigong Sounding Practice With Grandmaster Mantak Chia to Release Negative Energy and Receive Wellness and Joy — A free video event with Qigong Grandmaster Mantak Chia, a master of inner alchemy. Discover how to balance positive and negative emotions as you move through a guided Qigong practice that helps release difficult feelings of fear, anger, grief, sadness, or worry — so you can live with optimal health, happiness, and vitality. Wednesday, November 3, at 5:30pm Pacific


3 Keys to Unlock Your Powers of Mediumship — A free video event with mystic, medium, and author Suzanne Giesemann. Discover an evidence-based approach to mediumship to make reliable connections with the spirit world — and validate the existence of life on the other side. Saturday, November 6, at 10:00am Pacific


Andean Shamanic Rituals for Healing Yourself and Our World — A free video event with Andean medicine man Puma Fredy Quispe Singona. Connect with the transformative forces of Pachamama’s elemental energies (water, fire, air, and earth) in a profound journey... and receive healing through oneness with their powerful energies. Wednesday, November 10, at 5:30pm Pacific


A Transformative Journey Into the Cosmic Mind Through Psychedelics — A free video event with author and speaker Chris Bache PhD, professor emeritus at Youngstown State University. Delve into how the perfect creative intelligence of the Universe is shaping your destiny so you can leave your existential fears behind and live with greater joy and intention. Saturday, November 13, at 10:00am Pacific


Transmute Fear-Based Living Into Empowered Presence With Restorative Mind-Body Practices With Dr. Katie Hendricks, author and co-founder of the Foundation for Conscious Living. Unlock your fear code and unleash the power of your authentic, resilient self for a life of deepened connection and alignment, self-assuredness, heightened wellbeing, and newfound courage to face life as it comes. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Monday, November 1


Experience the Healing Power of Devotional Chanting With Jai Uttal With Grammy-nominated kirtan artist Jai Uttal. Experience the power of kirtan to help you release your worries and concerns to the Divine... enhancing your spiritual awareness and awakening compassion in your daily life. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, November 2


Expand Your Healing Powers With the Preeminent Energy Medicine Toolkit With author, speaker, and intuitive energy healer Cyndi Dale. Learn advanced energetic practices to access powerful healing energies through the extraordinary Power Pathway, its miracle-level energy bodies, and much more to create a healthy, happy life full of new possibilities. New 12-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, November 9


Shamanic Lucid Dreaming With bestselling author and dream archeologist Robert Moss. Come home to your true calling with shamanic lucid dreaming and become an empowered co-creator of new possibilities for your life. New 12-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, November 9


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