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Bestselling author Anita Moorjani

EXCERPT: Whenever I would try and figure out how to make it up to him for everything he was doing, he didn't want anything. His payback was doing this and he would just say to me, "No, don't feel you owe me. Don't feel you have to pay me back. One day there'll be somebody who inspires you and you will want to do this for them, and just do that, and in other words, pay it forward."

Celebrated author and mystic teacher Andrew Harvey

EXCERPT: This sounds completely wild in a time as dark and ferocious as ours but as Bede reminded me, when I asked him in a lucid moment what he meant, he said, "All great births are terrifying because they are more than transformations," he said. "They are mutations. They are the birthing of a new species, a species that has taken a quantum leap of embodiment."

Judith Orloff, MD, bestselling author and “Godmother of the Empath Movement”

EXCERPT: I’d never had a boyfriend before, and so going through the first boyfriend experience or the first partner experience, it's so sacred to have... Who goes through that with you? She went through that with me and she supported me. And girls need support going through that first love experience. And down the road, he dumped me and left me precipitously for this blonde-haired, blue-eyed cheerleader. And I was more the girl by the auditorium, the outsider. And he left me and it was just this huge, huge wound.

Plant medicine pioneer David Crow

EXCERPT: He was in Kathmandu after leaving Tibet, after being in Chinese prison camps for almost 30 years after the Chinese invasion. And he had been the physician of a large monastery. As he was going through his training as a young man, he had trained in the classical ways of going out into the forest with his teacher, harvesting the herbs, having ceremonies to give thanks to the plants, and all these classical kinds of ways of learning and practicing Tibetan medicine.

Biofield Tuning founder Eileen McKusick

EXCERPT: When we moved to Vermont in 2002, my kids were little, they were two and five, and we had gone through a very devastating experience where my husband had been in a car accident. He was hit by a drunk driver, and he wasn't able to work for a few years, and this combined with some other things caused us to lose everything. We went into a complete and utter financial meltdown.

Shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman

EXCERPT: And so my grandfather came to me in a dream, and it was a really interesting dream. We were in a waiting room, it was dirty, the furniture was all torn. And we were sitting on a couch together and he said to me, "You have to let me go." And I said, "Grandpa, I can't let you go; I can never let you go." And he said, "You have to let me go. Please let me go." And so I finally agreed to let him go, but then I didn't understand what the dream was about. So I called my brother, and my brother said…

Shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman

EXCERPT: And so my grandfather came to me in a dream, and it was a really interesting dream. We were in a waiting room, it was dirty, the furniture was all torn. And we were sitting on a couch together and he said to me, "You have to let me go." And I said, "Grandpa, I can't let you go; I can never let you go." And he said, "You have to let me go. Please let me go." And so I finally agreed to let him go, but then I didn't understand what the dream was about. So I called my brother, and my brother said…

Belief therapist Lion Goodman

EXCERPT: The second person I thought of was a man named Ray, and Ray traveled with me for three days when I was a traveling salesman. And then he pulled out a gun and shot me in the head four times. Now, that would not be called nice by anyone's definition, but it actually kick-started me in a different direction. it got me started in my career as a headhunter. After having my head hunted, I became a headhunter, which is a little ironic.

Akashic Records guide Lisa Barnett

EXCERPT: Jack was so very lovely and kind and he said, "So, what do you do?" And I got a little dumbstruck, and I stumbled around a little bit thinking, Can I say I work in the Akashic Records? That seemed a little wild for me to say, but I did. I said, "Well, I help people to find their soul path and purpose through the Akashic Records." And Jack said, "I love the Akashic Records."

Spiritual teacher Raja Choudhury

EXCERPT:  I moved into this attic and I was living upstairs with her five cats and me up there. His wife was equally eccentric. I started living there and he became this kind of friend of mine. I was paying literally no rent. The agreement was that I would help him out. I didn't know what that would require, but he started... we started having dinners every evening and we'd light candles and drink wine and it was a very civilized two years of my life. He introduced me to philosophy.

Dream shaman Robert Moss

EXCERPT: I was busy, as usual, traveling and teaching a lot around the world, and my book deadline was two weeks away. Although I write fast, two weeks isn't very long to write a book when you actually haven't knuckled down and done any of it as a draft up to that point. A friend of mind in Europe said, "Okay. Maybe this dream will help you, Robert. I want to give you a dream. It's a dream about you."

Intuitive energy healer Wendy De Rosa

EXCERPT: And so I was really hesitant. Is this person for real? And she got a team together. And they started to book my gigs and do publicity and promotions up and down the West Coast for me. All of a sudden, I would have all these gigs booked. I was still pinching myself and a little bit skeptical. What do they want? They have to want something.

Psychologist and scientist Dr. Shamini Jain

EXCERPT:  And I just remember sitting with Paul, and Paul saying to me, "You know, Shamini, sometimes these people that we think are enemies are actually here to teach us a lesson. And it's a lesson that's actually for our spiritual growth. It's not to teach us a lesson by putting us down or whatever. And I want you to just kind of sit with that and think about it."

Shamanic healer, author, and teacher Christina Pratt

EXCERPT:  My shamanic community is basically organized around my teachings, which are not even a generation old, so it's a very young tradition. It doesn't have a lineage. So I always feel a little sad... we don't have our myths yet… we don't have our heraldic banners yet… Honestly, I joke in my own head with myself that if I were to write an autobiography of my life it would be called The Naked Shaman, because I just feel so naked of all the richness and beauty that we find in these different shamanic cultures around the world.

Chakra expert Anodea Judith

EXCERPT: You know, when I was down and out as a single mother, I had a three-year-old and I was suffering from Lyme disease and I'd been living in the country off the grid, trying to come back to the city to make a living, didn't have a place to live.

Quantum shaman and energy healer Mona Delfino

EXCERPT: “However, he's going to want to say something's wrong with it, so in order for you to sell it as fast as you want for cash, you need to tell this man, when he comes to look at it, and he will come to look at it..." I said, "... is that there's a little leak in the sink, you're going to hear a little drip once in a while. Tell him something is the matter with it and he will buy it on the spot.”

Author, teacher, and speaker Mirabai Starr

EXCERPT: And he said, "So what are you working on?" And I said, "Well, I'm working on this new book about the sacred feminine. It's called Wild Mercy, and I just happened to have written yesterday about Siddhi Ma and about being with her in India. In that same section, Ram Dass, I also wrote about you." And he said, "Well, this is perfect timing. Why don't you read it to me?" I said, "Ram Dass, right now?" And he said, "Right now."

Grief guide, life purpose coach, and author Uma Girish

EXCERPT: Back when I was in college, I was dealing with my father's alcoholism at home. I would go into college feeling really broken, wanting to cry, but having to hold my tears. And because I couldn't tell anybody, I was carrying a lot of shame and hurt around my family circumstances, so I wasn't able to talk about it with anybody.

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, a global leader in the application of integrative thinking

EXCERPT: I'm in my first year of grad school, it's 1999, I'm at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and I was invited by Ken Wilber, who's the founder of Integral Theory, to come to his house and attend what became the first meeting for the Integral Institute. This went really well and I was asked to come back and be part of the emerging team. And you can imagine I was totally over the moon with this because…

Spiritual teacher and author Miranda Macpherson

EXCERPT: She looked at me in the eye with such kindness and she said this to me... it makes me cry even thinking about it… she says, “I'm a pretty good judge of character. I can tell you're going to be just fine.” I had to restrain myself from just falling in a puddle on the floor and thanking her on bended knee. Her kindness just went so deep into my heart.

Author HeatherAsh Amara

EXCERPT: And he made the announcement that he was disbanding our group, and that he was setting us all free. And I was in complete shock for days after that. And I remember sitting and just being like, This can't be happening, this is my family. And I fought it for a while, and really tried to hold people together and to figure out how could we continue.

Author Dawson Church

EXCERPT: He helped me move to a much better school, a public school, where I was exposed to bigger ideas, bigger worldviews, much nicer people. That really set me on a new path and made me start to realize I actually had sparks of potential inside of me. Before, in the public school, I was kind of nobody and beaten up and miserable and failing. I just was headed for a life of being a nonentity.

Author and Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

EXCERPT: I remember watching her in total awe and seeing things that I didn't know existed as a fairly entitled kid, and so I followed her again. Day after day, I followed her and became her apprentice and learned how to scrub floors and learned how to work with dying people and pick up babies and diaper babies and feed people that couldn't feed themselves. Anyway, for several months, I lived with her or lived near her and then worked with her daily. I saw things I had really no preparation for and they changed me.

HSP expert Julie Bjelland

EXCERPT: She was also a sensitive person, and there was this sense of, "Wow. We really got each other." And we could tell each other things that maybe we didn't feel like we could tell other people — reactions that we were having, emotions that we were having, and the intensity of our experiences. There was something just so beautiful about being able to have somebody truly see me and love and accept me, and to give that right back to her. 

Peruvian curandero, psychologist, and author don Oscar Miro-Quesada

EXCERPT: She also expressed extraordinary trust, because during that time that we were together in Santa Barbara without the other members of this welcoming committee, her beloved husband Sidney crossed over. She asked me to hold her hand and spend the entire afternoon together, holding her, as she released the pain of that loss, and cleared her resistance to letting go. That was a gift of deep, deep appreciation for who I am in her life.

Renee Baribeau, wind whistler and soul coach

EXCERPT: I really want to thank Sandra Ingerman. We were doing a podcast one day, she didn't know me from Adam and she said, "Wow, my spirits just told me we should do a weekly podcast." From that, The Shaman's Cave was born. The wind went from Hay House to worldwide Hay House, and now I'm sitting here talking to you, Phil, about how things come into your life that are unexpected...

Dr. Marc Halpern, Ayurvedic doctor and teacher

EXCERPT: I went to visit with him and he was so kind to invite me to his home. He was so kind to come where I was staying at the ashram and do a personal initiation with me, something that he didn't do very often with people. And he came to my room, we did a personal initiation. We spent several hours together and while that's a story in itself, that was a moment, the initiation itself, that spiritually transformed my own life. It was as though I died that day and was reborn the next day. It was a really, really, truly remarkable moment. 

Lavinia Plonka, body language expert and teacher of the Feldenkrais Method®

EXCERPT: Her name is Dr. Terry Wulster and she did an examination, and she said, "Well, you're going to need several adjustments." I had no insurance and I couldn't even pay my mortgage at the time. I went, "How much is that going to cost me?" She said, "Well, the adjustments are $35 a session," and I fell apart. I just completely like weeping and sobbing about how I can never get it together and I don't have any money. She just went, "Well, don't pay me." And right in the middle of all my tears I just stopped cold, and I realized that, wow, when you get the right kind of shock, your emotions can change instantaneously. I was like, "What?"

Suzanne Scurlock, a leading authority on conscious awareness

EXCERPT: I just went rushing into the gym. I came back out, got in the car, and I'm looking around for my deposit and I'm thinking, "There is no way that this deposit is actually going to show up again." Literally, it had hundreds of dollars of cash in it, I had, 20 checks, the deposit slip, and I just couldn't figure out... I knew I had locked the car; it didn't make any sense to me that it was gone. And then a woman comes running out of the gym waving my deposit slip. I said to her, "What happened?" She goes, “Mrs. Scurlock, Mrs. Scurlock, your deposit slip. A man just brought it into me. He said that he found it on the ground and he knew you must be absolutely desperate for it."

Bevin Niemann, founder of 1 Million Empaths

EXCERPT: And this is what I think they would call one of those crucial conversations. I was really startled by it, kind of taken aback a little bit. And then I realized this was really coming from a place of love and caring. And she said, "I want you to do this so much that I'm going to allow you to flex your hours and flex your days off and so forth so that you can arrange your schedule." And that is exactly what she did. And because I had failed my last semester, I had to stand in front of a group of faculty and talk about what happened and why I knew that I could be a different kind of student, which is a very humbling experience...

Music therapist Christine Stevens

EXCERPT: We made a video of how you can make drums; we said, "Okay, we can make this happen." I mean, it just was really an act of kindness and reminds me that sometimes the people that we meet have some higher purpose in our lives; we don't know what it is.

Qigong teacher Lee Holden

EXCERPT: Way back in the day I had a low back injury. I was playing competitive soccer. I was tackled by a competitive and rival team and I landed on my tailbone, and I was in so much pain, I didn't know what to do with myself. I'd never experienced pain like that. I had seen the team doctors, I had taken cortisone shots, a physical therapist didn't know what to do with me. I was out for the season, so I was really depressed.

Evelyn Rysdyk, shamanic teacher

EXCERPT: I had a group of students, and one who became a dear friend of mine and my partner, who got together and paid for a trip to send us to visit the polar bears in Churchill [Manitoba]. This was years ago. And at that time, that felt so out of reach financially. But they raised the money together and actually bought the trip.

Sabrina Chaw, CEO of A Feminine Feast

EXCERPT: So I was running up the stairs, my house stairs, and a sudden wave of panic came over me. I had left my purse on that park bench and realizing that the likelihood of seeing my purse again was increasingly slim as time passed, I ran, ran, ran higher and adrenaline back to the park. By the time I reached the park being an asthmatic, I was severely out of breath. I hurried as fast as I could for the remaining say, 200 yards to the park bench. As I got closer to the bench, came into view, my purse was gone. So, exhausted, I just collapsed in front of the bench.

   

 
Shift Summit Speakers
 

John Gray, bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

EXCERPT: So I went off to become a student of Maharishi, and he gave me an amazing gift. He allowed me to be successful in getting to know him... the way he thought, the way he experienced life, and so forth. I became his personal assistant. I became a yogi, a monk. I was celibate for nine years and he was like a father to me.

Actress Dee Wallace

EXCERPT: I have so many, but the one that comes to mind is when my husband passed away and all of my best girlfriends got together and...

Sharon Salzberg, meditation pioneer and bestselling author

EXCERPT: I think I would choose the time that my goddaughter chose me as her godmother. She was three or four years old, and I had known her mother somewhat, and we were friendly and I met the little girl. Her name is Willa, then a little girl. She's not anymore. And later she told her mom, "Sharon is my fairy godmother." And her mother said, "You know, you have to ask." So they asked me, and I was so delighted and honored and I thought, "Oh, this is a nice gesture. This will be a great thing."

Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries

EXCERPT: And these words turned my life around. He just looked at me and said, "You do good in there ‘cause I believe in you." And I was so deeply moved. There was something about the words from this stranger: "I believe in you." And I remember being so humbled, thinking, this man who's here working at this kiosk probably never had a chance to have any education.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center

EXCERPT: If he caught your eye, as he often did with me, he would say, "You're beautiful, keep smiling. Have a good day." All kinds of just really heartwarming, genuine, sweet things that shifted my mindset from that of a kind of sulky teenager who maybe felt like I wasn't getting enough attention and wished that someone had driven me to school.

Cosmologist and futurist Dr. Jude Currivan

EXCERPT: And when I was 19, Dennis invited Stephen [Hawking] to give a talk, a seminar to postgraduate folks at Oxford, and he invited me. I was the youngest person in the room, I think I was the only undergraduate, and it was phenomenal to see this great mind that is Stephen Hawking begin at that point, because this is back in 1972, to talk about black holes.

Sound healer Kelvin Young

EXCERPT: After about an hour and a half, I could tell he was getting tired. I gave him a rose quartz crystal, and I'll never forget him taken that crystal and putting it in between both of his hands and holding it there to his heart, holding back tears as well. He gave me the universal gesture for “namaste,” honoring each other, not knowing that would be the last time I would see him on this physical realm.

Psychotherapist Deborah Egerton

EXCERPT: As the cars were all passing by, he came up to my window and I reached into my purse to give him something. That's not always been my practice. But there was something on that day that touched my heart and said, "Go ahead and give him some money." I pulled over to the side out of the traffic, and I went into my purse, and I handed him a $20 bill.

Social change activist Nonty Charity Sabic

EXCERPT: I am completely humbled by this question and I'm completely in such deep gratitude by this question you ask because it actually sent me into a space where I felt like I needed to take a pen and paper and write down names of my family members and names of every single person that has been in my life until now, call them by name to honor them and to thank them for being part of my life.

Kiara Windrider, transpersonal therapist and science researcher

EXCERPT: One day a group of us were out hiking and we came to this beautiful waterfalls where we used to go on many occasions. And on this occasion, one friend and I were up ahead. We came to the edge of the waterfalls, looked over, tried to climb down as much as possible, and ended up actually falling. We fell about 200 feet, both of us, and it was just interminable.

Jaiya, award-winning sexologist and bestselling author

EXCERPT: I'll never forget the day we were at school and we got taken out of school and drove home and then we were given a garbage bag and said, "Pack as much stuff as you can in this garbage bag because we're actually going to a safe house." That person, my mom's friend, was the one who said, I've got to get these kids out of here. I've got to get my friend out of here, out of the situation, because our lives were in danger. And this to me was the beginning of realizing that there were people out there who would take action to help another person in a really strong way.

Ariella Daly, dream weaver and bee tender

EXCERPT: So I said yes and we went to go book our flights to England, to get onto the training and still we were not in the training. We were 13th and 14th on the waiting list. I said, "Look, okay, let's say yes anyway, let's go to England, let's go to France, and let's leave that week of this shamanic training for women around women and honey bees. Let's leave this open. I bet we're going to get in."

Rhonda Magee, author, Professor of Law, and teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction

EXCERPT: And there came a time when there was an opportunity for the students in the band to go on a trip and to experience traveling outside of the state from Virginia to New York. I remember really having done all I could to try and raise the whatever extra money was required of us — like a family or personal contribution to be able to make the trip. I participated in fundraisers and did whatever I could and just wasn't able to raise all of the money necessary.

Maya Fiennes, an author, yogi, and musician who travels the globe teaching a mix of Kundalini yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong

EXCERPT: So that's when I was invited to go to a dinner party at Prince Andrew’s and the Royal Family. And as soon as I arrived there, I saw this amazing, beautiful piano, nine foot, handmade, engraved with different colors. And Prince Andrew was saying, “Oh, Mommy (meaning the Queen), has just given them this as a present. Nobody knows what to do because nobody knows how to play. And I go, “But I can play.”

Medical anthropologist Dr. Alberto Villoldo

EXCERPT: So we pick up the goldfish and we put it in her cup of water and we go up to the deck and there's this huge, vast expanse of ocean, and I have this little goldfish that I'm holding with this beautifully kind lady sitting next to me saying, "We're going to return this little fish back to the great ocean, back to the great sea so that it might find its destiny.”

Bianca Alexander, Creative Director and Emmy Award-winning host of Conscious Living

EXCERPT: A friend of mine who I worked with back when I was working as an attorney here in Hollywood at Paramount, and she was at Fox. She and I used to party together, drink, and smoke, and straight West coast total partying — non-spiritual, non-yoga, any of that. One day, she said, "Well, why don't we, on a Sunday morning, meet me for church?”

Sister Jenna, author, speaker, and host of the America Meditating radio show

EXCERPT: I had the introduction of the Brahma Kumaris since I was 17, so I saw the transformation in my mother's life and in my stepfather's life. And when I had met the sisters, there was such an angelic presence about every single one of them that I met. So I just had this feeling that this was just a good bunch of folks, but I had no intentions that I would even try to do this path. I mean, come on. I mean, I'm a nightclub owner, right? It's just an opposite experience to the way that they were living.

Empowerment coach Karen Kulenovic

EXCERPT: In the early 2000s, when being highly sensitive and being an empath was not as widely known, I had an experience where my life was going down a path that was really challenging. I had actually been misdiagnosed with a mental illness. My sensitivity was misinterpreted as a pathology.

Alicja Heyda, PhD, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, and certified breathwork practitioner

EXCERPT: And as a kindergarten child, I was conducting research: is it possible to enter the world of fairies. Later I had a little microscope, so I was searching for various answers, observing the world. But I wasn't really accepted and it was difficult to feel well in my classroom, to have friends. So I was often rejected or people laughed in my face.

Nubia Teixeira, author, yogini, and Odissi dancer

EXCERPT: I started practicing yoga when I was 16 and I started teaching yoga when I was 18, so it really saved my life. It got me out of trouble, and gave me a sense of path and an opportunity to be of service. The reality is that I had to pay for my own yoga training and I worked really hard to do that. I grew up in a very, very poor family in São Paulo, Brazil.

Kia Miller, internationally celebrated yoga teacher and the founder of Radiant Body Yoga

EXCERPT: When you first asked this, one story came to mind because it was quite unexpected. I lived in London for many years and I worked as a model in London and in different parts of Europe. And as a model, I guess one expects, usually there's an ulterior motive when people are offering things. But there was this one occasion where I worked with a director...

Ashanna Solaris, co-founder of Clarity Breathwork

EXCERPT: So I started to pray. And I started to imagine money raining down in my car, piling up on my car seats, filling my bank account. I just visualized the money. And I got home that night on New Year's Eve, and on my pillow in my room, in a beautiful envelope, it said, "Tee-hee-hee, we thought giving you $2,000 on 2000 would be so fun." And it was a check for $2,000 from the Angels. And I just cried thinking, I am supported; here it is. And these were true Angels in my life.

Ash Johns, spiritual life coach and conscious business strategist

EXCERPT: And through by having this white woman be an ally in that moment, I could feel the spirit of what was going on within me and in the interaction just completely came and was like, "No, you're not crazy, this is actually happening. This person just treated you differently and then turned to me as if it was going to be okay in front of me."

Dr. Marie Mbouni, author and healer

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."

 
Shift Team Members
 

Natalia Karoway, Course Manager and Host

EXCERPT: It was a simple moment... we were sitting together and sharing, and still, it shifted me at my core. It was like this huge granting of permission. And not that I felt like I needed permission to be who I was, but it was like this self-permission and this self acceptance that came about from just those few simple words.

Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace

EXCERPT: And every day, Tendy would come by with a plate on her head with rice and sauce. And I always looked forward to that time of day. Then her daughter, Josephine, volunteered to wash my clothes, which was done on rocks down by a stream. These were the original stonewashed jeans.

Phoenix Singer, Marketing Writer on the Shift Community Transformation Team

EXCERPT: Sometimes I've wondered... the only other time I ever saw him was at the arraignment. He showed up there and we didn't speak; I was in the front row and he was in the back. He didn't approach me, I didn't approach him, and he didn't speak to me after. And sometimes I wonder if he didn't exist in physical form, but came as my angel, my guardian to take care of me when I needed it the most.

Jennifer Myers, Marketing Writer on the Shift Community Transformation Team

EXCERPT: So I taught for a year at this amazing school, these little kids, and I bonded with all of them — and then I got the news that I had been accepted to law school and decided to go that route. And this little boy, Jared, who was four years old at the time, he gave me a going-away gift...

Matthew Dimond, Senior Marketing Manager

EXCERPT: And a perfect example of that, and this was super nice and kind and without asking anyone, was about five years ago, my mother-in-law, my wife's mother, was diagnosed with lung cancer, stage four, I believe, and a very bad prognosis. It was pretty devastating for our family to hear this, and knowing that my wife was going to wind up being the one who's going to be pretty much responsible for helping her mother.

Marit Mesipuu, Administrative Support

EXCERPT: I had just arrived to Australia, I had been there for a month, and I was still looking for work. I was starting to get a little bit stressed out because there was nothing, and I had made tons of calls, which was very challenging for me at that time, because in Estonia... Estonia's where I'm living right now and where I'm from, and in Estonia we do most of the communication by email. So I had to make lots of calls and tried to get many contacts to find some kind of work. And I wanted to do farm work.

Liz Field, Marketing Writer on the Shift Community Transformation Team

EXCERPT: I used to follow a band around called the Grateful Dead back in the '80s and '90s, and there’s a community of people involved in that. And one of the values of this community is kindness. So, there were a lot of little examples of kindness going around, but one thing that Deadheads would often do for each other is give each other concert tickets, and these were called "miracles."

Shashi Tusken, Senior Production Manager for Summits

EXCERPT: And I went and we sat there, and of course after about three sips of delicious soup, I fell apart and just shared all of what was going right and wrong. And I didn't... I hardly knew her, I had met her at three events over the course of the summer. And she looked at me and she took a deep breath and she said...

Indigo Arco Iris, Marketing Specialist on the Shift Community Transformation Team

EXCERPT: So I had to make a choice, doing all these quick calculations in my head... And the softest place to hit, it turns out, was the edge of this other car. So, I aimed at a specific spot on that car, so that when I hit it right here I'm going to bounce over here and I won't bounce against the wall, I won't bounce into the river. So I did that. We hit, and as we hit, I remember this very spiritual moment where I started hearing some kind of benevolent beings talk to me...

Nick Mattos, Faculty Recruitment and Engagement Manager

EXCERPT: When the first of the two lineages fell, there was a certain way in which I was able to excuse it for the fact that I had the other one to lean on. Basically, that I was able to bypass the real engagement with what it meant — that I was part of a lineage in which this abuse occurred — by saying that at least I had this other one that was pure. When that one was proven to be unpure as well. It was stunning.

   

 
Other Luminaries
 

Yvonne Kason, transpersonal MD-psychotherapist and author

EXCERPT: One day I had my son drive me to the local grocery store just to pick up some fresh milk, and I was very, very weak. I couldn't drive the car. I had trouble walking. I was holding onto the buggy for support and the manager of the grocery store, he knew me because I used to shop there regularly, he came over to me and he said, "Yvonne, are you all right? You look like you're not feeling that well."

Le Ly Hayslip, author, humanitarian, and peacemaker

EXCERPT: And so I come home, I don't know what to do, and I just get down on my knees and I pray and I cry, and then here she is, she walked in and she asked, “What are you doing?” And I say, “I am praying. I just so much want to sell this book to the publisher.” And then she gets down on her knees and both we pray. We say a prayer and she said a prayer for me, and we both pray to get my book sold. And guess what happened?

Joan Steffend Brandmeier, Emmy Award-winning news anchor, and Ambassador of Kindness for Fun Is Good

EXCERPT: I was in the sixth grade and I have always struggled with weight. I like to think that maybe I struggled with height... so it's kind of been an issue for me. I was one of the shorter, rounder kids in the sixth grade. Sid Freitag was my first male teacher and I always had kind of a fear of the masculine authority figure. After he measured me and weighed me at the beginning of the school year, he could see that...

Author Philip Goldberg

EXCERPT: I ended up with a tiny book contract to write what turned out to be my first book. It was one of the early books on TM. And I was incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Because suddenly I was under contract to write a book, and I remembered Bill Gibson and what he said, and I thought, My God, this isn't four short stories. It's a couple hundred pages I have to turn out. Can I do it? I panicked and I was nervous and I thought of backing out, but I didn't.

Don Samuels, the founder and CEO of MicroGrants

EXCERPT: At the end of the second week, Ray told me that he had told my story at his church, and that a gentleman there was making me an offer. He was going to propose that I produce the bill for the semester. He would give me a check for the full amount of the tuition, and then at the end of the semester if I produced my grades and the bill for the next semester, he would produce another check for that semester.

Sherry Burditt, Director of Clinical Services for Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat

EXCERPT: The nicest thing that he did for me was to really, really harass me to write a book. So why I say harass, I'm not somebody that has a lot of time to do things like that. Many patients have said, "Do you have a book? Do you have something that we can take with us? Why don't you write a book?" I would always say, "I would love to do it, but I don't have any time, but thank you very much." Well he — his name was Marty — was just tenacious and just wouldn't give up.