2021 Catalyst, Issue 13 – Awakening With Spirit Summit
Shift Network Update
By Sister Dr. Jenna, host of the Awakening With Spirit Summit
In today’s world, there have been repeated attempts to awaken and find a better way to co-exist with one another. A pandemic that keeps on continuing can speed things up, but only if you listen.
I am reminded by my wisdom keeper, Dadi Janki, who transitioned last year, to keep asking oneself these questions: Who am I? and Who do I belong to?
Powerful questions like these can take you into a space of awakening.
The real spiritual opportunity is to explore what tools are available to remain awake, especially when mass media has the power to feed us information that distracts us from our true selves. This is the self that has innate wisdom, only to be realized by a silent, awakened mind. What if the whole world awakens to being wise and mindful of each other’s feelings, because they feel so in tune with their own self?
Imagine sitting with 20 luminaries to talk about health, abundance, spirituality, psychic phenomena, life after death, and the world we live in? The Awakening With Spirit Summit, which I had the fortune to host, has awakened me to a clearer perspective on why I/we are here on Earth and with each other. The birthing of this moment in time will serve each viewer and offer your own liking.
I was humbled to sit down with the incredible Deepak Chopra to talk about consciousness, Dr Joe Dispenza to guide us about the power of thoughts, Sister Jayanti about our connection to God, Marianne Williamson on the politics of love...
I could go on and on. With the smorgasbord of online events, there has never been an event quite like the Awakening With Spirit Summit, which takes place August 31 to September 2. It calls you to feel your inner world at a much greater level.
The profound call for an experience of the original energy of the soul might be the awakening that leaders and protagonists are seeking, consciously or unconsciously, to move the drama of life forward.
The awakening is now, but the question arises, “Will we awaken through love or tragedy?”
The call to shift our consciousness is happening now! Are you ready to awaken to a whole new world?
Register here for free for the soul-enriching Awakening With Spirit Summit.
Hello. I’m Sister Jenna, and it delights me that the Awakening With Spirit Summit is on its way. You’ll be able to enjoy thought-provoking insights from many of my friends from around the world. What would you do if your husband suddenly died and left you with a newborn child and $3 million debt? Master DDnard from Thailand had a profound sharing about how she raised her awareness into financial opulence.
To watch this 1-minute video and read the rest of your invitation from host Sister Jenna, click here.
We are seeking unique and talented individuals for important positions at The Shift Network. If you're inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about these positions. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal-opportunity employer.
The Nicest Thing
In this special video series, prominent authors, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?”
EXCERPT: I was very young in my spiritual journey with the Brahma Kumaris, and I was going through a hard ego crunch, you know? There I was, running my two nightclubs, and dating, and jet-setting with my luxury cars, and dressing up all fancy, and thinking that life is about just the image, the image.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Sister Jenna’s 5-minute story of emotional awakening, click here.
EXCERPT: When I was 25 and arrived in India with a backpack on a trip that I really had no interest in going on, I was not a spiritual seeker. I always felt somehow that I wasn’t quite qualified for spiritual life. The idea of grace, and God, and consciousness, and infinity, and perfection... never felt like these were things that applied to me... Certainly one like me, who had experienced trauma, and difficulties, and pain, and abandonment, and eating disorders, and addiction, and anxiety, and all of these things. The ability to manage that seemed like the absolute highest that one could hope for. I was managing that and I thought that I was in good shape.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Sadhvi’s extraordinary 11-minute story of spiritual awakening, click here.
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.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Miranda’s 11-minute expression of gratitude for her two American angels, click here.
EXCERPT: I know that she could see that I was becoming increasingly angry... really, really deeply resentful and angry at the world — in part, because I totally felt alone and I didn’t have a home to go back to, or the family that I could connect with. And so one day she said that she and her husband Larry wanted me to live with them and use their spare room, which was their daughter’s room. And at that time, I didn’t know that they had lost their only daughter a year earlier in a car accident. I ended up staying at their home, and for the first time in my life I witnessed a deep, loving, and caring relationship — and unbearable grief of losing their only child.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Masami’s 9-minute story about her quest for belonging and family, click here.
People ask, “How did your seva begin?” “How did you start working for Pujya Swamiji?” The seva began on the fourth or fifth day after I arrived. My eyes were flooded with tears, the beach within my heart being shaped by waves of love rising and crashing on the shore, each wave so high I was sure it would drown my very heartbeat.
I saw Pujya Swamiji three times each day: at morning and afternoon darshan, and in the evening aarti, during which I joined the yellow-clad boys and orange-robed sadhus (Hindu monks) to stand on the steps leading to the river’s edge and sing along to words I didn’t understand.
To read more, click here.
Ego Relaxation Makes You More Peaceful AND More Productive
By Shift faculty Miranda Macpherson, a featured speaker in the Awakening With Spirit Summit
A question I am frequently asked is “If I let my ego relax, how can I problem solve or get anything done in daily life? How is it possible that ego relaxation could make me more peaceful AND more effective?”
Ego Relaxation is not a strategy of avoidance and nor it is a collapse. It is simply an invitation for the “me” who feels separate, insecure and afraid, who automatically reverts to historical patterns of control to get things done — to resign as the director of your life.
To read more, click here.
We have been exploiting and violating nature, destroying the fragile ecosystem that supports life, and today there is a question about the future of the planet. Many feel helpless in the face of the forces that seem to be sweeping us further toward disaster.
Through meditation, we can help bring about renewal in nature. The problems are so great that it might seem our thoughts could never be more than a drop in the ocean. However, human consciousness created the destructive forces, and now God needs us to align our consciousness with divine truth to restore order.
To read more, click here.
After completing the spinal tap procedure to further investigate my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, as the two nurses transferred me from the operation table to my wheelchair, the doctor asked if I wanted to see my very own cerebrospinal fluid. . . . He smiled and said, “Then you will be very surprised to see this,” and handed me a sealed glass vial.
Cerebrospinal fluid is essential to Life. This fluid of ultra refined blood plasma surrounds and buoys your brain. It flows through the spaces between the cells, cushions the tissues, supplies nutrients to the central nervous system, gets rid of waste products, and protects you from neurodegenerative inflammation. Many neurotransmitters and signaling molecules make their home inside CSF, and therefore, your quality of life depends on its health.
To read more, click here.
Racial Healing & Justice
What is The R.A.C.E. Project?
A note from Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon, Chief Inclusion Officer for The Shift Network:
Come learn more from — and add to — a live conversation on Clubhouse!
Join us on Saturday, September 4, at 1:00pm Pacific for a special live conversation (by phone, not computer), What is The R.A.C.E. Project?, featuring Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon, Joy Donnell... and YOU.
Sign up for Clubhouse (it's easy peasy) and access the conversation here: CLICK on this direct link to join on your phone that day.
A Playlist for Cultivating Future-Building Children
A note from Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon:
This edition’s focus will be on children — which is to acknowledge that far beyond being cliché... children REALLY ARE our future!
Imagine this... what if every child now alive — or to be born — is seen as a contributor to the ideal that people talk so much about:
A world that works for everyone.
Each child in our lives is an opportunity for us to invest in their development and well-being — a realization that caused me to ask myself while in shutdown during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic...
What are some of the elements “education” should contain to give a young person a solid foundation to becoming a leader, evolutionary, and significant contributor to this world that needs so much from each of us right now?
My initial answer was these five main categories:
- Relationships = Connection to others
- Nature = Environmental health and regenerative practices
- Medicine = Healing and supporting health
- Government = Societal leadership
- Business = Money matters and entrepreneurship
I have selected several videos that correspond to these five categories that I personally feel are a fine way to educate our children — in fact, I share them with my own family.
Enjoy, because these videos are inspirational and helpful for us adults too — and please be sure to share them with many others!
Liberating Race Podcast
Mixed race children are simply the blending of two people with different skin colors and ethnic backgrounds. Yet, their very existence debunks the myth of race. This episode of Shift’s Liberating Race podcast explores Mixing Race and reveals the economic and divisive roots of mixed-race identity, how the spiritual dilemma of these origins persists today, and how we can start to think differently about ancestral healing.
Special guest Dr. Nicole Haggard of CIME joins hosts Aliah MaJon, Gillian Shelley, and Joy Donnell to dive into how TV and film have taught us to see the mixing of race, also referred to as miscegenation, and mixed race children. Darryl Finkton, Jr. shares his insight as a scientist and his work to course correct part of his ancestor’s legacy through, End Poverty Make Trillions, Darryl’s movement for universal basic income.
This podcast is an invitation to all those who are willing to take this journey and be architects of the process of racial healing. Evolution is a stretch, but our convictions matter.
— Aliah MaJon
A Narrative of Love
By Sister Jayanti
Dr Scherto Gill hosted a series of conversations with thinkers and spiritual teachers on their understanding of love, and how they see the significance of love in our personal and political lives. In this conversation with Sister Jayanti Kirpalani, the European Director of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, she addresses questions about how love might be integrated into our everyday lives, politics, and education.
Melting into Ego Relaxation
By Miranda Macpherson
This guided meditation from the audiobook version of The Way of Grace can help you begin to experience the transmission of ego relaxation. This is the foundation for many of the other meditations we will engage in on this journey. Embrace it as a daily practice, as an entry into peaceful abiding. Take that true vacation from unnecessary stress and struggle often!
Sacred America, Sacred World
Infused with visionary power, this book by Stephen Dinan, Shift Network’s co-founder and CEO, is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.
Sacred America, Sacred World is so crucial to the times we’re in that we are serializing it in every issue of Catalyst. You can read the fifth installment (as well as the previous one) here.
Join a leader in somatics and healing, the Strozzi Institute, for a free event series and discover how to build more justice, belonging and dignity — especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color — into your work in the world.
As the profound impacts of racism and white supremacy demanded to be recognized and named like never before, many of us have felt unsure how to show up during this time — in our personal relationships, our communities, and our work in the world.
Click here to discover how to transform patterns that reinforce unhealthy power structures — and receive somatic practices to embody the values of liberation, justice, and healing.
God’s Healing Power
By Sister Jayanti
Through this process we can live like yogis, break free of negative habits, and improve our relationship with others — and the planet.
To order your copy, click here.
Release: Create a Clutter Free and Soul Driven Life
By Peggy Fitzsimmons
Most of us are overwhelmed by stuff that is not essential to our lives and is out of alignment with our true spiritual nature. Physical clutter is the most obvious, but we are also burdened with mental, emotional, energetic, and relationship clutter. Release: Create a Clutter Free and Soul Driven Life introduces the skills of presence, mindfulness, resonance, and inspired action to help you free yourself from clutter and live a more soul-directed life.
To order your copy, click here.
The Way of Grace: The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation Book
By Miranda Macpherson
Many of us struggle to truly live what we believe spiritually. What if closing that gap wasn’t about trying harder, but something quite the opposite? The Way of Grace is a guide to spiritual surrender and nondual realization based on the practice of ego relaxation — a holistic, feminine approach to welcoming all of your experience and responding with compassion and wisdom in a world in need of your unique gifts.
In The Way of Grace, Miranda shares reflections, inquiries, and meditation practices for each phase of your journey in life.
To order your copy, click here.
We’re very pleased to invite you to register for this year’s One Planet Peace Forum (OPPF), a free virtual gathering September 24 - 26, 2021 designed to cultivate a culture of peace. They have an outstanding lineup of presenters with timely and critical topics, all part of an ongoing process of building the future we envision, and includes two 1-hour sessions each day consisting of short keynote talks with interactive dialogue, punctuated with contemplative interludes of sacred practice, music, and performance.
Hosted on Zoom the weekend following International Day of Peace (September 21), this event allows peacebuilders everywhere to have focused time with world-renowned peace ambassadors offering their visions for a peaceful future. Within this inclusive framework, OPPF invites people from all backgrounds to gather to reflect on how we can build bridges that will unite the human family.
Register today — and please share with friends. We look forward to seeing you in September!
There are some who believe humanity is at an “inflection point.” We are living at a time when a confluence of multiple intersecting crises not only threaten humanity’s survival , they can also erode our confidence that we can actually work together to address these challenges. That is why moments of collective action and celebration like 11 Days of Global Unity are so important.
2021 is 20 years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. And 2021 is also 40 years after Avon Mattison worked hard for the UN to pass a resolution establishing the International Day of Peace. Those two occurrences form the surprising origin of 11 Days of Global Unity. And on September 11 to start off 11 Days this year, there is an online public Tribute to Avon Mattison and her decades of work for unity and peace during which she and others are speaking.
Click here for Tribute details and all the featured participants in 11 Days this year.
Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World
By Phil Bolsta of The Shift Network
Through God’s Eyes is a roadmap for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that shows you how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to bring joy and vitality to your daily life.
Through God’s Eyes is a superb book, a truly enlightened piece of work that is an essential read for all people who are truly devoted to the care and refinement of their soul. Phil is a contemporary mystic, a man whose life is a living commitment to spiritual service. I am honored to know him.
— Caroline Myss, author of Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Anatomy of the Spirit, and Defy Gravity
One of the most important books I’ve ever read. An incredible compilation of spiritual wisdom and insight. It’s the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.
– Robert Peterson, author of Answers Within
For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free.
The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings, and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion, and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all.
The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform, and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.
World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.
Shamanic Practices to Cultivate Spiritual Immunity for Yourself and the World — A free video event with award-winning author and shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman. Create more healing, peace, connectedness, and love in the world by accessing the Medicine of the Earth to transmute negative energies coming from within and from others, heal divides, and cultivate spiritual immunity. Saturday, September 4, at 10:00am Pacific
Crystal Singing Bowls and the Healing Power of Sounds of the Earth — A free video event with internationally acclaimed sound-healing pioneer Jeralyn Glass. Discover the transformative aural power of crystal singing bowls and nature’s sounds to ground, heal, and revitalize how you live in the world, while bringing you back to your perfect original divine blueprint. Wednesday, September 8, at 5:30pm Pacific
Access Your Personal Guidance System to Align With Your True Purpose — A free video event with Tim Kelley, the author of True Purpose and the founder of the True Purpose Institute. Redefine the parameters of what’s possible for your life using a step-by-step process that catalyzes the wisdom and inspiration of your unique higher guidance to help you discover and validate your life’s true mission. Saturday, September 11, at 10:00am Pacific
Communicate Soul to Soul With the Spirit World — A free video event with mystic, medium, and author Suzanne Giesemann. Experience soul-to-soul communication with your Higher Self in a guided exercise that heightens your soul awareness to answer an important question in your life. Now available!
Awaken Powerful Primitive Somatic Reflexes With TRE® to Shake Free of Trauma & Find Safety, Freedom & Joy — With bodyworker (TRE®, craniosacral, chiropractic), teacher, and author Steve Haines. Optimize and sustain your health on every level of your being with integrated TRE — so you can disrupt your overactive fight-or-flight response patterns and experience feelings of connection and peace. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, August 31
Awaken the Healer Within Through the Chakana Portal of Andean Shamanism — With Andean medicine man Puma Fredy Quispe Singona. Immerse yourself in the power, sacred gifts, and guidance of the Chakana to connect to your divine origins and activate your innate inner healer... as you cultivate strength and resilience, and learn to live in unconditional love and service. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, September 8
Access the Quantum Field With Energy Medicine Yoga and Tuning Forks — With Lauren Walker, the creator and author of Energy Medicine Yoga. Explore the tangible effects of full-spectrum healing that calms your nervous system and harmonizes all facets of your being — awakening and aligning you with who you really are through targeted mind-body-soul coherence practices... and the activation of your life’s true blueprint. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, September 9
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