2020 Issue 23 • Oct 25

By Lisa Bonnice, host of the Beyond the Veil Summit

The magic inherent in human existence has never been more palpable for me, as a result of hosting a series of profound interviews for the Beyond the Veil Summit. I went in thinking I knew a thing or two about the nature of the “veil” between the worlds, so imagine my delighted surprise to discover that my years of exploration only scratched the surface.

I spent weeks conducting these interviews and, now that they’re in the rearview mirror, my ability to dance with one foot in both worlds has grown exponentially. Like the flow of a river eroding rocks along its way, expanding its shores, the flow of powerful information broadened my perspective. 

Imagine what it will be like for you to listen to them in the space of one week, at the time of the year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest.

You’ll hear familiar voices and new ones, too. Dr. Raymond Moody graces us with his shiny presence, as do experts in the field of NDEs and Mediumship like Eben Alexander, MD, and Suzanne Giessmann

I also talked to Elizabeth Anne Hill, whose relationship with her deceased twin sister continues beyond death, carrying her on an amazing journey through life trusting her needs will be met. 

Carrie Paris, creator of the Relative Tarot, talked about working with oracles to connect with our ancestors and guides. Rob Schwartz and Linda Backman spoke about the planning sessions we participate in between incarnations.

Many beloved Shift faculty members also shared their stories. Sandra Ingerman, Robert Moss, Michael Stone, and don Oscar Miro-Quesada have all experienced NDEs, and Mona Delfino and Matthew Fox shared wisdom about soul contracts and the physics of angels. 

The list goes on, with each interviewee adding their own magnificent story. And, although almost three dozen people shared unique perspectives on a vast and ineffable concept, the takeaway can be boiled down to three inspiring points:

  1. You are never alone, no matter how strongly you feel to the contrary;
  2. Love is literally all there is, no matter how vividly the world is demonstrating otherwise;
  3. Every little thing is gonna be alright, due to the absolute Truth of points 1 and 2.

Yes, we’ve heard these platitudes before, and it can be hard to believe they’re more than just pretty words. But if you listen to these people, and hear their evidence, you’ll see there’s no truer way to look at life.

Before the interviews began, even though I’m fairly well-adjusted, I felt alone and abandoned by the Big U. I thought, because I’d never heard anyone else say the things I know to be True, I must be wrong and maybe a little bit crazy. I felt despair at the chaos swirling around us, presenting us daily with some new fresh hell.

Now, I feel connected and peaceful. My anxiety levels have dropped. And I know, for the first time in my life, that I am not alone and I am love. This. Is. Massive.

My wish is for you to feel the same. Listen to these life-changing conversations by registering for free here

See you on the “other side.”

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 twenty-fourth installment (as well as the previous ones) here.
— Phil Bolsta

The uplifting stories in this issue’s “The Nicest Thing” section come from summit speakers Norma Edwards and medium Suzannne Giesemann, whose free online event, Communicate Soul to Soul With the Spirit World: The Key to Accessing Your Innate Mediumship Skills & a Life of Love & Joy, airs Wednesday, November 11…

… and energy medicine teacher Ellen Meredith, whose new 7-week live video course, Activate Your Body’s Miraculous Ability to Heal & Thrive Using the Language of Subtle Energy, begins Wednesday, October 28.


Join us as we call on local, state, and federal leaders to promote peace and patience as election tensions grow — and to speak out explicitly against violence and threats of violence that undermine our American ideals and aspirations. Add your voice here!

Finally, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, How have your views on life after death been shaped by your own experiences? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

Within a near-death experience, life changes, love grows, and the universe moves into another world.
— Petra Hermans

Hi, I'm Lisa Bonnice and I'm the host of The Shift Network's first-ever Beyond the Veil Summit, where we explore near-death experiences, mediumship, and everything in between — in an effort to understand the nature of what we call the veil between the worlds. Because this is such a vast and ineffable subject, we brought in almost three dozen speakers to talk about their own experiences. 

We discovered that even though each brings their own unique perspective and understanding, there is absolutely a common theme. It may not surprise you to learn that the theme is, We are truly loved beyond measure and are guided by loved ones and spirit beings on the other side.

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


Waking Up to Whiteness: An Open Letter to White-Bodied Healing Practitioners
By Trish DeRocher

I spent 15 years as a professor teaching anti-racist curriculum and social justice focused classes at predominantly white colleges and universities. Ultimately, I woke up to the reality that meaningful anti-racist work cannot happen through only educating one’s mind. Why? Because ultimately our cultural inheritance of white-body supremacy is energetic. As a white-bodied person, I came to realize that healing the energetic legacy of white body supremacy needed to start with me, and my own energy field. To read more, 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 twenty-fourth installment (as well as all the previous installments) of this profoundly moving book.


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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?

Rev. Dr. Norma Edwards’ Story
Spiritual therapist and life coach, and a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

EXCERPT: And she says, "Well, my husband and I have just booked you into the Marriott hotel for four days and five nights. And we will come into your home and take care of the children. And what we would like for you to do, is to really just relax and rest and build your confidence back."

To watch the video and read the transcript of Norma’s 6-minute story about a dear friend’s life-changing gesture of goodwill, click here.


Suzanne Giesemann's Story
Shift faculty, medium, and a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

EXCERPT: We ended up getting off a ferry in Croatia for the final leg of the trip. We needed a taxi or we needed a bus and basically we were dumped out in this parking lot and there was nobody around but this tow truck. We had to get back to our boat. We didn't speak the language. We were exhausted. We were numb from the grief. I looked over at this tow truck and I said to my husband Ty, “Well, that's our only hope right there.”

To watch the video and read the transcript of Suzanne’s harrowing 11-minute story about tragic loss and finding some measure of healing in a vacant parking lot in Croatia, click here.

Suzanne will be presenting a free hour-long video event on Wednesday, November 11, called Communicate Soul to Soul With the Spirit World: The Key to Accessing Your Innate Mediumship Skills & a Life of Love & Joy. For more details — and to register for this free event — click here.


Ellen Meredith's Story
Shift faculty and energy medicine teacher

EXCERPT: I went into work and my boss said, “How are you doing?” And I said, “Well, to be honest, I'm a little worried. I'm having this “voice thing,” and I'm hearing this guidance. It's kind of interesting, but I'm very worried that maybe I'm having some kind of nervous breakdown.” She looked at me and started laughing. She said, “I don't think you're having a nervous breakdown; I think you're having a spiritual awakening.”

To watch the video and read the transcript of Ellen’s 3-minute story about a perceptive boss pointed her in the right direction towards a spiritual awakening, click here.

Ellen’s brand-new 7-week live video training, Activate Your Body’s Miraculous Ability to Heal & Thrive Using the Language of Subtle Energy, begins Wednesday, October 28. For more details, click here.


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


“Deepen Your Intuitive Healing Powers” Facebook Live Q&A with Judith Orloff, MD

Would you like to know how to freely love and give compassion to a world that desperately needs it? Dr. Judith Orloff, a New York Times bestselling author, psychiatrist, empath, intuitive healer, and “Godmother of the Empath Movement,” will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Monday, November 2, at 11:00am Pacific to share how you can clear blocks to your intuition and act on the true answers that come from within. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.


“Cultivating a Sacred Life Rooted in Haudenosaunee Teachings” Facebook Live Q&A with Kahontakwas Diane Longboat

Would you like to discover the Haudenosaunee principles of the Good Mind, giving you the spiritual discipline to hold deep peace within? Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, ceremonial leader, educator, healer, teacher of Indigenous spiritual ways, and founder of Soul of the Mother heaing lodge, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Monday, November 2, at 3:00pm Pacific to share how you can help heal the Earth — by your refined presence alone. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.


“Dream Journeys Beyond the Veil” Facebook Live Q&A with Robert Moss

Would you like to connect with your ancestors and catch glimpses into your future for inner peace and healing? Bestselling author and dream shaman Robert Moss will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, November 5, at 11:00am Pacific to share how you can go on dream journeys beyond ordinary perception into a deeper reality and get inspiration for navigating your life in this realm. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.


“Advanced Radical Energy Medicine” Facebook Live Q&A with Cyndi Dale

Would you like to know how to use the power of energy medicine and your chakras’ extrasensory abilities to clear yourself of negativity, and restore balance and vitality? Cyndi Dale, a preeminent intuitive, world-renowned healer, and prolific author, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Friday, November 6, at 1:00pm Pacific to share how you can create your personalized energy medicine toolkit to address emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges.. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.


Why Be a Medium?
By Michael Mayo, a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

“Why be a medium?” That’s the question I posed to a mediumship development circle of mine. “What draws you to mediumship? Why take time and energy out of your life to learn this skill? What do you want to do with it?” We went around the circle, one by one, introducing ourselves to the group and sharing the answer to these rather personal questions. To read more, click here.


Four Tips for Remembering Our Resilience and Navigating Change
By Vanessa Codorniu, a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

We are all going through this, and we are not all going through it the same way. Some are more prepared spiritually, mentally, and/or financially. Those that have historically suffered from systemic racism are suffering the most. Anxiety, PTSD, and depression can abound during these times for all peoples. Honor yourself wherever you may be. 

The first invitation for us all is to be aware of accessibility and diversity. If you offer healing services, create scholarships for BIPOC. If you attend events and can afford it, see if you can purchase tickets for BIPOC as scholarships. Be kind, for you do not know what your neighbor is going through. To read more, click here.


End of Life LIteracy Protects Us All
By Tarron Estes, a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

Let’s face it. Elder care isn’t ideal care. No one wants to age and die. We don’t like to hear about or see into the reality of aging, death, dying. Most of us don’t want to talk about it, much less know how to find ease in being with people who are facing the later stages of aging and death. The reality is, we have allowed medicine and politics to govern end-of-life, a sacred life event, with a bottom-line mentality. To read more, click here.


Energy Medicine: The Missing Component in Cancer Healing
By Mary Lee McRoberts, a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

The word cancer, the thought of cancer, is so frightening to most of us. Almost everyone has been touched in one way or another by cancer, whether from personal experience or through a loved one or friend. Science, research, and our medical professionals work so hard to find treatments and cures. But they are missing an important piece of cancer healing that science doesn’t see. To read more, click here.


10 Essential Mental Health Vitamins for a Supple, Vital Body & Mind
By Shift team member Anita Boeninger

Vitamin #1: If you are not feeling strong, you are not feeling strong. Don't contrive "strength." Artificial displays of strength erodes mental health across time.

To read more, click here.


“I Can’t Remember My Dreams”
By Shift faculty Robert Moss

“I can't remember my dreams.” You may hear this a lot. We are living in an era in which many people are suffering from a protracted dream drought.This is a serious malaise because if you have lost touch with your dreams, you have lost access to many gifts, including your power to tap into a wiser source than the everyday mind, to rehearse the possible future, to hear the voice of conscious and to find energy and direction to carry you through the day.. To read more, click here.


Yvonne Kason, MD, on Spiritually Transformative Experiences
Video interview with Yvonne Kason, a featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit

In this exclusive 83-minute video interview for Catalyst, author and medical doctor Yvonne Kason describes her five near-death experiences, Kundalini awakening, and other spiritually transformative experiences. Her writings and research in these areas have fundamentally contributed to a deeper and richer understanding of these phenomena.

EXCERPT: Heroically, the pilot managed to do sort of a semi-guided crash landing onto the surface of a semi-frozen lake. The plane came down and skidded across the ice. And at first, it looked like we were going to be safe but we were skidding right to the edge of open water. The plane miraculously came to a stop right at the edge of the ice. But as soon as it stopped, the weight of the plane settled and it broke the ice and the plane started sinking very rapidly.

To watch the video and read the text, click here.


Mary Lee McRoberts: “Clear Direction”

Mary Lee McRoberts, a psychic medium, energy medicine practitioner, and featured speaker in the Beyond the Veil Summit, explores the Other Side with viewers on her TV show, “Clear Direction.” Here is an episode from her show. You can find more episodes on her YouTube channel.


One Simple Trick to Reclaim Your Power
TEDx Talk by Shift summit speaker Kasia Urbaniak

Throughout centuries, women have been trained to give up their power. With a simple communicational hack, they can reclaim their power when facing gender inequality, no matter the stakes. But the question is, why do women freeze in the first place? In this provocative and insightful talk, Kasia Urbaniak explores the effects of cultural conditioning and the difference between power and gender dynamics, while teaching us to change the way we have conversations as a society, so both women and men can reach their full potential as human beings. Click here to watch the 20-minute video.


How Not to Be a Hot Mess
By Devon Hase and Craig Hase

The dumpster fire of life rages on, but you got this. Practice six rules to keep you grounded, weather the storm, and actually be a decent person. It may seem like the world is going to hell in a handbasket right now. Whether it's big stuff like politics and climate change, or just the daily spin of paying your bills, getting to work on time, and fending off social media trolls, we can all admit, modern life ain't easy. Here are six really good guiding principles, inspired from the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and mindfulness practice, to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos. 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.


Radical Energy Medicine for Your Most Deep-Rooted Blocks to Wellbeing — A free video event with Cyndi Dale, a preeminent intuitive, world-renowned healer, and prolific author. Experience the gamma brainwave state and power of your ninth chakra — the most potent means for rapidly clearing everyday and longstanding emotional blocks to your wellbeing… some that may span lifetimes. Wednesday, October 28, at 5:30pm Pacific


Dream Journey Beyond the Veil — A free video event with bestselling author and dream shaman Robert Moss. Discover how to safely connect with those on the Other Side through shamanic dream journeying — and your nighttime dreams — for healing, forgiveness, and mutual support. Saturday, October 31, at 10:00am Pacific


Cultivate a Resilient Heart in Times of Suffering — A free video event with mystic scholar Mirabai Starr and renowned spiritual pioneer Matthew Fox. Delve into the life of Julian of Norwich, a survivor of the “Black Death,” and see how the transformational power of loss can lead us to liberation and redemption. Thursday, November 5, at 5:30pm Pacific


Indigenous Plant Medicine Rituals for Purification & Protection — A free video event with Adriana Ayales, herbalist and founder of Anima Mundi Herbals. Purify your physical space, raise your vibration, dispel negativity, and reconnect to your spirit with Adriana’s ancient smudging ritual, guided visualization, and meditation practice. Saturday, November 7, at 10:00am Pacific


Deepen Your Flute Journey — With author, speaker, drummer, and music therapist Christine Stevens. Feel the profound effects of flute playing, and the warm connection of a virtual community, as you learn scales, songs, and ornamenting techniques — to find your own personal soul song and create healing experiences for yourself and others. New 10-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, October 27


Activate Your Body’s Miraculous Ability to Heal & Thrive Using the Language of Subtle Energy With medical intuitive, energy medicine teacher, and author Ellen Meredith. Discover how to use all your senses to develop your own rich, personalized energy medicine vocabulary — to communicate with your body in its own language and experience self-healing and deeper wellbeing. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, October 28


Immunity-Building Qigong for Self-Healing With Qigong master, teacher, and healer Master Mingtong Gu. Discover Wisdom Healing Qigong and sound-healing practices to transform isolation, anxiety, and physical illness in these troubling times — and restore balance and wellbeing. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, October 28


Deepen Your Intuitive Healing Powers With Dr. Judith Orloff, a New York Times bestselling author, psychiatrist, empath, intuitive healer, and “Godmother of the Empath Movement.” Clear blocks to your intuition that will allow you to freely love and give compassion to a world that desperately needs it. New 12-Week Live Video Training Starts Monday, November 9


Cultivating a Sacred Life Rooted in Haudenosaunee Teachings With Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, ceremonial leader, educator, healer, teacher of Indigenous spiritual ways, and founder of Soul of the Mother healing lodge. Discover the Haudenosaunee principles of the Good Mind, giving you the spiritual discipline to hold deep peace within, and enable you — by your refined presence alone — to help heal the Earth. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Monday, November 9


Upcoming Events (all subject to change):

• Cyndi Dale 12-week course
• Robert Moss 7-week course
Energy Medicine & Healing Summit
• Matthew Fox & Mirabai Starr 7-week course
• Adriana Ayales 5-week course
Enneagram Global Summit

• Suzanne Giesemann 8-week course
• Daisy Lee 7-week course
• Giten Tonkov 7-week course
• Fredy "Puma" Quispe Singona 7-week course
• Judith Aston 7-week course
• Mona Delfino 7-week course

• David Crow 7-week course
• Chloe Goodchild 13-week course
• Roger Jahnke 7-week course
• Lavinia Plonka 7-week course



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