By Alec Sims, host of the Sound Healing Summit

Ancient Vedic mystics crafted the phrase Nada Brahma, which means “the world is sound.”

It’s true. We live immersed in an ocean of sound. And perhaps like fish dwelling in water, we may not always be conscious of its presence and effects. Yet it is always there, acting on us in ways ranging from the subtle to the profound. 

The use of sound as a healing modality dates back to prehistoric times when shamans chanted and drummed to heal people. In the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Greece, India, and other centers of knowledge, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science. 

Numerous spiritual traditions honor sonic vibration as the fundamental creative force in the universe. Though the use of sound and music for healing has ancient roots, we are only now witnessing a tremendous emergence of awareness for the power of sound as a tool for transformation.

It has been my honor and pleasure to interview over 35 of the top voices in the sound-healing field. I’m now excited to share with you the Sound Healing Summit, featuring a generous gathering of sound-healing teachers, practitioners, researchers, and musicians who will be sharing a rich variety of topics and perspectives related to the therapeutic and transformative aspects of sound, music, voice, and vibration.

I hope you’ll join us for this free 5-day summit from August 3-7. You’ll find all-new video interview sessions with an array of extraordinary speakers, including Eileen McKusick, Jonathan Goldman, Gregg Braden, John Beaulieu, Chloë Goodchild, Russill Paul, and many more!

Sound healing is a vast field. I genuinely believe there’s something in it for everyone! As you tune in to these sessions, it’s my hope and belief that you will discover something that will spark your interest, something that will inspire you, and something that will initiate you into new sound practices you can apply to your daily life right away.

We are all part of the global symphony. The lessons of sound healing can teach us how we can tune the instruments of our own being so that we can continue to play our best parts in the overall collective harmony for the benefit of all.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you into the universe of sound healing and offering insights into how you can learn to surf the sound current to experience enhanced wellness, wellbeing, and personal empowerment. 

You can register for this free summit here. May joyous sounds resonate with you!

Nada Brahma!

 


EDITOR’S NOTE: “The Master Key” by Robert Peng, a featured speaker in The Shift Network’s 2019 Qigong Global Summit, is one of the most profoundly important books I’ve ever read. I can say that it’s life-changing with complete confidence, because it changed my life before I even finished reading it. I was so impressed with this book that we are serializing the section called “One Hundred Days of Darkness and Light” in future issues of Catalyst. You can read the nineteenth installment (as well as the previous ones) here.
— Phil Bolsta
 


The uplifting stories in this issue’s “The Nicest Thing” section come from three speakers in the Sound Healing Summit: Biofield Tuning founder Eileen McKusick, energy healer Mona Delfino, and sound healer Kelvin Young.

 


 


Finally, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, What sound-healing modalities have you found most helpful? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.


Physical sound can lead you to the inner vibration of Prana. Prana is the cause of all sound, and sound is the expression of Prana.
— Swami Satchidananda
 


A Personal Invitation to the August 3-7 Sound Healing Summit
From Your Host, Alec Sims

Hello everyone. My name is Alec Sims, and I'm here to invite you to the 2020 Sound Healing Summit. It's been my honor and pleasure to interview over 35 of the top voices in the sound-healing field. So now I'm excited to share this full summit event with you. We have a generous gathering of different sound-healing practitioners and teachers and researchers and musicians — all coming your way to share many different perspectives on the therapeutic and transformative aspects of sound, music, voice, and vibration. 

To watch this 2-minute video and read the rest of the text, click here.

 

I Want You to See the Story Through My Eyes
By James Wade, Head Coach of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA

I was in Memphis, at home from college, and I had a week or so before I went back. My sister was a senior in high school, and I was picking her up because she had a job interview. I pulled into the high school parking lot near the bus bay, where school buses drive up to the curb to pick up the students. There was a parents’ waiting area, and so that’s where I headed. I see parents hanging out, waiting. Some are going into the school and other young people my age are walking into the school as well. I parked the car, and as soon as I got out I heard someone say, “Hey! Hey! Get back in the car. I know what you’re doing here. Get back in the car and go home.” I looked up, and saw it was a police officer. To read more, click here.

 

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

In this popular video series, former NFL player and sports analyst Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform about racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting, and the hurt African Americans are feeling today.

Episode 4: Emmanuel directly addresses questions and emails from white brothers and sisters.
Episode 5: Emmanuel sits down with two interracial couples. Click here for additional footage.
Episode 6: Emmanuel talks to white parents raising back children.

To watch all the episodes, click here.

 

Spiritual Responsibility in the Age of Black Lives Matter 
By Philip Goldberg, author of Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times

Despite my upbringing, my education, and my experience, I still have a lot to learn about racism in America. I thought I knew all there was to know. I did not. I understood that African Americans — even those who are wealthier and better credentialed than I am — walked through life with disadvantages I did not have. I knew a lot about the social and economic burdens of Blackness, but I never thought in terms of whiteness or of white privilege. I thought I could come close to knowing what it's like to navigate everyday life with dark skin, but I’ve learned there will always be a yawning gap in my comprehension. To read more, click here.

 

Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea
Documentary trailer featuring Chelsea Handler

The documentary "Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea," which was released last year, follows comedian Chelsea Handler as she confronts and explores her personal and cultural impacts around white privilege. Handler travels around the country speaking with a wide range of people on the topic of race including fellow comedians Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and W. Kamau Bell, anti-racism writer and activist Tim Wise, a Republican women’s group in Orange County, California, college students at an open mic night, and her former high school boyfriend in New Jersey.

To watch the two-minute trailer, click here
To watch the documentary on Netflix, click here.

 

Here are the anti-racism and philanthropic activities we’ve undertaken as a company to uplift BIPOC voices and support key organizations whose mission is to transform racism. 

We hosted 30 speakers last month in the free Transforming Racism Facebook Live Series. Click here to view the names of all 30 Transforming Racism speakers and their presentations. You can watch all 30 sessions here.

You can also watch these 20 archived interviews from our African American Wisdom Summit, and the 23 archived interviews in the Healing Cultural Wounds section of our World Peace Library. 

Click here to read our Company Statement regarding George Floyd and incidents of police brutality.

You’ll find more resources and information here and in the “Racial Justice and Healing” section in future issues of Catalyst.

 

The HSP Podcast with Sensitivity Psychotherapist Julie Bjelland

Shift faculty Julie Bjelland has been publishing a number of supportive podcasts to help HSPs (highly sensitive people) navigate these uncertain times. Titles include “Working From Home Tips,” “How To Deal With Anxiety While Navigating Chaos And Uncertainty,” and “Meditation for Exhaustion or Irritability.” Click here to access them all.

 

A Chakra Perspective on the Corona Crisis
By Shift faculty Anodea Judith

We are witnessing a powerful teaching in the world, an intelligent force that is speaking to us in the only language we can understand – our immediate survival. This virus is just contagious enough, just fatal enough, and just clever enough to push us in the direction we need to go – because we weren’t going there fast enough on our own. To read more, click here.

 

Supportive Tools for Uncertain Times
By Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters

Prayer, intention, visualization, and body-based focus are more powerful than many comprehend. Here you will find short downloadable audio and video tools, ranging from “nature-based support if you are unwell” to “perspectives and useful tips on adapting to radical change” to “help with difficult feelings, as the insanity of the old world starts to flounder and we begin to hold space for the new.” To access these tools, click here.

 

The Master Key
By Robert Peng, a featured speaker in The Shift Network’s 2019 Qigong Global Summit

It's 1972 in the industrial city of Xiangtan, China. A frail child with a heart condition sneaks into a hotel boiler room and befriends the elderly yet vibrant attendant, who eventually reveals his true identity as a revered Qigong master. He heals the boy and, for the next 13 years, secretly teaches him the keys to unlocking the spiritual and healing dimensions of the Life Force.

It sounds like a modern-day fable, but the story is true. And with The Master Key, that grateful student, Robert Peng, invites all of us to enter the next chapter of this empowering path. Here, Master Peng brings together the unique insights of his teacher with the moving account of his own journey.

Click here to read the nineteenth installment (as well as all the previous installments) of this profoundly moving book.

 

Would you like to join The Shift Network team?

We are seeking two unique and talented individuals for important positions at The Shift Network.

While answering support and registration emails and phone calls, the Customer Support Specialist must work skillfully and rapidly, navigating multiple web platforms simultaneously, while remaining gracious, warm, and friendly at all times. 

The Program Host provides support and oversight for highly engaging and interactive delivery of online courses and summits offered by The Shift Network in collaboration with faculty partners.

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.

 

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

Eileen McKusick's Story
Biofield Tuning founder

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.

To watch the video and read the transcript of Eileen’s 3-minute story about a generous benefactor, click here.

 

Mona Delfino's Story
Quantum shaman and energy healer

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.”

To watch the video and read the transcript of Mona’s 7-minute story about a life-changing gift, click here.

 

Kelvin Young's Story
Sound healer

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 taking 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 in this physical realm.

To watch the video and read the transcript of Kelvin’s touching 6-minute story about his friend and mentor, click here.

 

If you missed any “Nicest Thing” stories, you can catch up on all of them here.

 

“Wounds Into Wisdom” Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Tirzah Firestone

Would you like to embark on an experiential journey into the healing of your ancestral legacies to discover untapped vitality and spiritual resources? Author, rabbi, and Jungian psychotherapist Dr. Tirzah Firestone will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Monday, July 27, at 4:00pm Pacific to share how you, your lineage, and the world around you can be freer, more radiant, and more compassionate. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

 

“Somatic Dance for Emotional Alchemy” Facebook Live Q&A with Bernadette Pleasant

Would you like to release constricted emotions, calm your nervous system, and step more confidently into your authentic Self? Bernadette Pleasant, speaker, somatic healer, and creator of Femme!, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, July 29, at 9:00am Pacific to share how you can embody healing somatic movements that open you to the wisdom and guidance of your emotions. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

 

“The Dark Night of the Soul as a Portal to the Shaman's Light” Facebook Live Q&A with Sandra Ingerman

Would you like to release blocks to your transformation and cultivate the strength of your light and spirit? Shamanism teacher Sandra Ingerman will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, August 5, at Noon Pacific to share how you can embark on guided shamanic journeys to carry you through life’s challenges. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

 

“Deepen the Loving Presence Within & Develop Inner Strength Through Devotional Chanting” Facebook Live Q&A with Krishna Das

Would you like to embrace the love that lives within you and become more at ease, resilient, grounded, and compassionate? Worldwide icon and bestselling Western chant artist Krishna Das will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, August 5, at 3:00pm Pacific to share how you can continue to spiritually evolve in the midst of life’s greatest challenges. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

 

“Deepen Your Healing Power as Your Own Medical Intuitive” Facebook Live Q&A with Mona Delfino

Are you intrigued by name reading, plant and animal medicine, crystal programming, sound communication, and body language? Quantum healer, teacher, and author Mona Delfino will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, August 6, at Noon Pacific to share how you can master a range of practical energy medicine tools to read the energy within and around you, so you can truly thrive. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

 

Your Voice:

We want to know: What sound-healing modalities have you found most helpful? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

 

Nine Insights Into Sound Healing
By Jonathan Goldman, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Summit

Sound and music have been used since ancient times for healing and transformation. Yet there is today a growing re-emergence of interest in this field of sound healing with many different thoughts and ideas about the effects of sonics and their use as a transformative energy. Many of the major questions about sound healing are still unanswered. The following thoughts are just my own and may not be based upon the reality of anyone else. They may, however, prove to be useful insights and considerations for others. Click here to read more.

 

Illumination of the Shadow: Healing With Inaudible Source Sounds
By Anthea Durand, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Summit

Challenged by the pandemic? Are you finding the intensity of the challenges hard to handle? Allow yourself to dive deep into the shadow and the self to witness what the shadow has to teach you. This is the time for intense inner work. The shadow allows the taking of responsibility to step up and change the shadow, which has been causing distortions in your energy field over many lifetimes. When we are ready to accept the shadow that exists within us we begin a process of healing by shining light on the shadow. Click here to read more.

 

Finding Freedom From Behind Bars
By Kelvin Young, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Summit

While I was in prison, I found freedom from my addiction, and it was there that I began my healing process in a drug treatment program. As a result of this prison program, I learned about the healing powers of meditation, sound healing, yoga, and expressive arts. I had many misconceptions about yoga and meditation because I didn’t see people who looked like me practicing these modalities. I knew I had to step out of my comfort zone and try something new, because what I was doing prior to my prison sentence wasn’t working. Click here to read more.

 

Sound: The Ultimate Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit
By Satya Brat Jaiswal, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Summit

Sound medicine effectively dissolves physical, mental, and emotional blockages, and has been found to be extremely beneficial for healing several modern lifestyle and stress-related disorders ( i.e., hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, severe joint pain, addiction, heart problems, family discord and violence, premature aging, cancer, and more). Fast relief, zero side-effects, and easy application are the best parts of this wonderful sound-healing science, which is gradually emerging as one of the most powerful and potent healing sciences of the 21st century. Click here to read more.

 

Make a Dream Your Portal for Adventure Travel and Healing
By Shift faculty Robert Moss

The best way to understand what is going on in a dream is to go back into the space of the dream. This is the sovereign cure for nightmare terrors: learning to go back to the place of the challenge and confront it on its own ground. You may discover along the way that a dream is the ideal launch pad for a shamanic journey that can take you to places of healing and initiation, of adventure and delight. If you can't get on an airplane right now, enjoy the way your dreams give you itineraries for destination travel.You can take off any time and won't have to wear a mask or wait for your bags. To read Robert’s post, click here.

 

How To Solve Racism With Tah Whitty
The Mike Dillard Podcast

The murder of George Floyd set this country on fire, figuratively and literally, and it’s led millions of people around the country to ask some very important questions: Why does racism exist? Can you actually bring it to an end, and if so, how? To listen to the podcast, click here.

 

Teddy Roosevelt's Great-Grandson Says Remove the Statue
CBS Sunday Morning

Mark Roosevelt, the president of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, wants the memorial to the 26th president removed from the Museum of Natural History in New York City. To watch the 4-minute video, click here.

 

Systemic Racism Explained in 4 Minutes and 23 Seconds

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the U.S., from incarceration rates to predatory loans. Trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it. Click here to watch the video.

 

Principles and Policies for Inner and Outer Peace
Summer of Peace interview with Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the U.S., from incarceration rates to predatory loans. Trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it. Click here to watch the video.

 

Please Join us for this FREE Shift Network 
Facebook Live Series
As we explore many facets of peace

Monday, July 27, 5:00pm Pacific — The Next Evolution of Peace with Marilyn King, two-time Olympian and peace enthusiast  

Wednesday, July 29, 10:00am Pacific — The Gaiafield Project with David T. Nicol, PhD, co-founder and Executive Director of the Gaiafield Project and Institute for Subtle Activism.

Friday, July 31, 10:00am Pacific — The Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project with Cynthia Jurs, Buddhist teacher in the Order of Interbeing who received Dharmacharya transmission to teach from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994.

Monday, August 3, 10:00am Pacific — The Power of Media for Peace with Emmanuel Liter, producer, actor, director, and writer. His films include the Peace documentary “The Invocation,” narrated by Sharon Stone and starring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, and Deepak Chopra, as well as many worldwide peace activists. 

Wednesday, August 5, 10:00am Pacific — What is Peace? with Jhody Polk, Director of Community Justice at the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and a 2018 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow.

 

Race & Healing (Weekly Lunch and Learn)
Mondays at 9:00am Pacific

Join us each week for these 1.5-hour workshops, as racial healing and equity expert Milagros Phillips draws on history, science, research, and storytelling to offer insights into our current crisis, and practices to help us heal from racism. Cost is $25/session. Register here.

Weekly topics
August 3: Race, Trauma & Healing
August 10: Race & Grief
August 17: Race & Emotions
August 24: Race: America's Spiritual Journey
September 7: How Supremacy Became Whites

 

Two Free Pandemic-Related Webinars With Dr. Paul T. Wong
Dr. Paul T. P. Wong is the President of the INPM (International Network on Personal Meaning), a renowned psychologist, and a pioneer in the new science of flourishing through suffering.

Session A: Thursday, July 30, at 8:00am Pacific
Growing During the Pandemic: What We Can Learn From the New Science of Flourishing and Suffering.
We’ll be exploring why we need to accept COVID-19 as an opportunity to develop existential courage to transcend suffering as a rock foundation to build a better life, and why the new science of suffering is necessary for sustainable flourishing in times like this.

Session B: Thursday, July 30, at Noon Pacific
Growing During the Pandemic: Why is Viktor Frankl’s cure essential for overcoming Covid-19? Learn the Existential Positive Interventions for meaning-focus therapy.
We’ll be exploring how Viktor Frankl developed the antidote against suffering, and how existential positive interventions transform suffering into character strength and joy.

For more information and to register for either or both of these free webinars, click here.

 

Illumination of the Shadow: Ancestral Wisdom From the Past for the Future
By Anthea Durand

Imagine a world where everyone has access to all the stories of your ancestors, which would help you connect to your lineage, heal relationships, and enable these stories to be passed down to future generations. One of this book’s many real-life stories is about a family with a history of Parkinson’s disease across many generations. The ancestral healer tracked the origin of the illness to a time in Africa when an ancestor witnessed the death of her brother, who was bitten by a snake. This caused the essence of this trauma to manifest in Parkinson’s disease for future generations until the time came for it to be reviewed by the ancestral healer, which cleared and healed it for all future generations in the lineage. To order your copy, click here.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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2020 Issue 17 • Jul 26

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• Racial Justice and Healing
• Navigating the Shutdown
• Profiles
• The Nicest Thing
• Facebook Live Q&As
• Featured Articles
• Featured Media
• Movement News
• Action of the Week
• Shift Spotlight
• Shift Impact
• Partner Spotlight
• Featured Artist
• Allies of the Shift
• Back Issues

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Invite your family and friends to participate in the Sound Healing Summit, taking place August 3-7. Life-changing insights and practices await! To discover more — and register for free — click here.

 

Discover Loving Presence in the Eye of the Storm & Develop Inner Strength Through Chanting Practice With Krishna Das — A free video event with worldwide icon and bestselling Western chant artist Krishna Das. Learn how to return to your authentic Self, move out of reactivity and into choice, and maintain peace of mind even amidst challenges — both inside and out. Wednesday, July 29, at 5:30pm Pacific

 

The Near-Death Experience – Where Spirituality & Science Meet — A free video event with Eben Alexander, MD, renowned academic neurosurgeon and bestselling author of Proof of Heaven, and Karen Newell, author, spiritual journey facilitator, and co-founder of Sacred Acoustics. Discover evidence that we are not alone when we die... and that unconditional love is the binding force of the universe. Saturday, August 1, at 10:00am Pacific

 

Living From Grace in Challenging Times — A free video event with spiritual teacher, modern mystic, and author Miranda Macpherson. Uncover what’s limiting the flow of grace in your life — and explore how to live as a truly grace-filled human being who’s awake, present, grounded, and open. Wednesday, August 5, at 5:30pm Pacific

 

The Path to Spiritual Allyship — A free video event with Dereca Blackmon, speaker, facilitator, and national expert on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Begin your journey to becoming the ally you want to be in ending racial injustice… by compassionately exploring your unconscious biases, privilege, and social identification, and navigating your fear of making mistakes. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00am Pacific

 

Advanced Kundalini Shakti Initiation With spiritual teacher, speaker, and filmmaker Raja Choudhury. Work with Kundalini Shakti — the evolutionary force of sacred feminine power within you — for healing, vitality, success, and true inner peace in a time of unrest and uncertainty.
New 6-Month Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, July 28

 

Awaken & Rebalance Yourself & Our World Through Feminine Alchemy With renowned author, priestess, and unconventional initiator Ariel Spilsbury. Explore how to shed millennia of masculine conditioning and rediscover the depths, magic, and sacred irreverence of the Divine Feminine — to empower yourself and shift our world.
New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, July 30

 

Somatic Dance for Emotional Alchemy With Bernadette Pleasant, speaker, somatic healer, and creator of Femme! Embody healing somatic movements as a powerful and easy way to unveil and release constricted emotions, calm your nervous system, and step more confidently into your authentic Self.
New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, August 5

 

Wounds Into Wisdom With author, rabbi, and Jungian psychotherapist Dr. Tirzah Firestone. Embark on an experiential journey into the healing of your ancestral legacies to discover untapped vitality and spiritual resources — so you, your lineage, and the world around you are freer, more radiant, and more compassionate.
New 9-Module Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, August 5

 

Upcoming Events (all subject to change):

August
Mona Delfino 12-week course
Sandra Ingerman 9-week course
• Krishna Das 8-week course
• Eben Alexander & Karen Newell 7-week course
• Miranda Macpherson 7-month course
• Dereca Blackmon 5-week course
Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

September
• Cyndi Dale 7-week course
• Shamini Jain 7-week course
• Wendy Stern 7-week course
• James Twyman 7-week course
• Dr. Sue Morter 9-week course
• Eileen McKusick 10-week course
• Connie Zweig 7-week course
• Teresa Boardwine 7-week course
Tai Chi & Qigong Summit

 

Equal Justice Initiative — EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. We’ve earned the top ranking from Charity Navigator and won a Skoll Award for our impact on social justice reform.The work of this organization was featured in the film Just Mercy, which has received critical acclaim.
Click here for more information.
Click here to watch EJI’s 2-minute overview video.
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The Center for Sacred Studies is dedicated to sustaining ways of life, based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all Her beings. We collaborate with the Global Community to serve our Earth-Based Initiatives, to honor our ceremonies in our Sanctuary, and to inspire with our Global University through our Ministry and Educational programs. We continue to unite with people in many countries around the world growing our prayer for the next seven generations! Join us on this sacred journey as a walking prayer for Mother Earth. Click here to visit the website.

Click here to make a donation. Your donation supports our common prayer for peace and unity and makes possible the worldwide efforts of our staff and volunteers.

 

Yogetsu Akasaka, the beatboxing Buddhist monk
By Miran Miyano for VICE.com

Yogetsu Akasaka is a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk who creates music for meditations. But not the kind most people are familiar with. In videos uploaded on YouTube, he stands in the middle of a white background, grabs a mic, and beatboxes to a loop machine.

The 37-year-old went viral in May, after posting his “Heart Sutra Live Looping Remix,” a video that’s relaxing like ASMR, and engrossing like a DJ set. With the loop machine, he layers sounds and chants all coming from one instrument — his voice. The video now has over 100,000 views, with comments from people around the world.

Akasaka realises the irony of seeing a monk, robe and all, beatboxing, but told VICE that he didn’t do it for the shock factor. “It’s not that I wanted to gain attention for my ‘uniqueness,’ I just wanted to continue my passion for music,” he said. “In the same way someone plays the guitar or the drums, I myself am just a normal performer.”

To him, Buddhism is actually a religion about living peacefully and without pain and sutra, or canonical scriptures, can help heal people’s hearts.

“I have had fans tell me that they were able to sleep well and relax due to my beatboxing videos, which is absolutely amazing,” he said. “I am honoured to be able to combine my passion with my religious beliefs, and that this has impacted people around the world."

Click here to watch Yogetsu perform “Heart Sutra Live Looping Remix.”
Click here to visit Yogetsu’s YouTube channel.

 

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