The Shift Network Catalyst
2022 Catalyst, Issue 3 – Shift Your World Film Festival

Shift Network Update

Filmmakers are increasingly becoming the storytellers to an emergent global community.

The new stories are similar to the old ones, but tell about a new “holy land” that is the entire planet — and a new “chosen people” who know nothing of borders and bondage.

The most powerful stories awaken our curiosity and imagination. They show us the possibility of a thriving future. Through film, we can truly envision a brighter, more meaningful tomorrow.

Humans are born storytellers, and the Shift Your World Film Festival, which runs February 17 – 20, showcases compelling stories that blend inspiration, possibility, and activism — while touching our hearts and souls.

Experience an enriching 4-day journey exploring the power of film to open our hearts and provoke positive change — 17 feature-length films, world premieres, shorts, sneak previews, conversations with filmmakers, special screening events, and more!

The event is completely FREE and you’re invited to engage in unique online experiences inspired by in-person film festivals — including panel discussions with filmmakers and audience participation in voting for awards.

Register here for free for the Shift Your World Film Festival.

Short Film:
Inseparable From the Sunlight

When we understand that everything in the world is medicine then we understand that everything in the world has healing powers, and that gives us a type of respect, a reverence for nature. That's really the beauty of plant medicine. When we use plant medicine, we are reconnecting with the beauty and healing power of nature. We need that connection more than anything, now, globally as a species.
— David Crow, Inseparable From the Sunlight

It is our honor to present Inseparable From the Sunlight, a short film featuring Shift faculty and world-renowned plant medicine pioneer David Crow that dives into the heart of Illuminated Herbalism.

In this poignant and intimate documentary, David invites us into his personal journey with plant medicine, what he’s come to understand about the key to living in alignment with nature…

… and how he sees the world as a garden of medicine.

Enjoy a sneak preview of the opening scene of Inseparable From the Sunlight: David Crow on the Spirit of Plant Medicinehere.

Watch the full film during the Shift Your World Film Festival.



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Upcoming Free Video Event

On Thursday, February 17, join Russill Paul, founder of the Yogic Mystery School, to rediscover the transformative power of the chakras.

In this free 1-hour online event, Russill will take you through the life journey each soul takes — and explain how your chakra system has developed along your journey since before you were born.

Finding a Sense of Joy & Wholeness Using Chakras as Your GPS: Powerful Healing Practices Inspired by Ancient Wisdom Traditions

During this life-enhancing hour, you’ll discover:

  • How to use your chakras as your inner GPS system for your journey through life
  • How Tantra can liberate you from pain and limitation through a shift in perception
  • A guided practice to help you reorganize your body, mind, and spirit — enabling you to live with greater flow and grace 

Even if you’re familiar with other chakra work, please join us for this powerful hour and prepare to expand and deepen your knowledge in ways that will challenge your previous knowledge and practices — as you learn how to rely on your chakras’ guidance system to add more beauty and harmony to your life.

Shift Impact

We’re honored that the Shift Your World Film Festival is presenting the North American preview of Mission: JOY, featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

This wonderful film will be featured on opening night, followed by a lively panel.

In support of this important work, we’d like to invite you to feel and perpetuate JOY by participating in The BIG JOY Challenge.

With the challenges of the pandemic, we are facing a distinct set of existential crises, including socio-economic inequities, systemic racism, increasing climate-related disasters, and related issues of food insecurity and residential dislocation.

Even in the midst of such widespread human suffering, it’s essential that we remind ourselves that we can still live joyfully, and that doing so benefits us all.

We are reminded of this by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both of whom faced profound adversity, yet unwaveringly continued to serve humanity.

We now have an opportunity to leverage science in ways that will not only bring us relief and spread joy, but also help address some of the serious social problems we’re confronting. The BIG JOY Challenge promises to increase wellbeing in a large global sample by providing a platform for people to engage in Acts of Joy (e.g., specific activities, exercises, and practices that have been shown to benefit wellbeing).

Discover More: The BIG JOY Challenge


Movement News

World Sound Healing Day — February 14, 2022

On this day, thousands of people throughout our planet will create sounds infused with gratitude and love, and project them onto Mother Earth in order to raise the vibrations of all living beings in love and light through sound. This sound can be a tone, music, song, poem, and even “silent sound” — as long as it is created with the intention of compassion, love, and healing, the sounds will resonate with all others to create a powerful shift in planetary consciousness. Discover more details…

Shift Spotlight

Explore the Healing Energy of Your Hormonal System With Qigong Grandmaster Mantak Chia — A free video event with Mantak Chia, Grandmaster of inner alchemy and Qigong. Discover a powerful exercise for generating healing Jing (sexual) Qi… and a revelatory approach to wellbeing that alchemizes the primordial and higher consciousness of Qi to bolster your health and spiritual evolution. Tuesday, February 15, at 5:30pm Pacific


Finding a Sense of Joy & Wholeness Using Chakras as Your GPS — A free video event with Russill Paul, author of The Yoga of Sound and founder of Yogic Mystery School. Explore a new and exciting understanding of the chakras as a single integrated system rather than seven separate energy centers — as you discover how to use your chakras’ guidance system on your spiritual and evolutionary journey through life. Thursday, February 17, at 5:30pm Pacific


Unlock the Power of the Enneagram for Radical Self-Acceptance & Spiritual Evolution With renowned Enneagram teacher Russ Hudson and guest faculty Jessica Dibb. Explore the Enneagram as a dynamic tool for revealing and evolving the wholeness of who you are, so you can live in full embodied presence with profound self-acceptance and empathy for others — and bring new levels of wellbeing, wisdom, and creativity to your life and relationships. New 8-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, February 15


Empower Your Inner Voice of Silence With international voice pioneer Chloë Goodchild, author, singer, and founder of The Naked Voice. Explore weekly meditations, breathing exercises, sound-healing techniques, and energy movement practices to harness the dynamic presence of silence and transform your life — as you uncover newfound wisdom, self-discovery, vocal empowerment, and spiritual upliftment. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, February 15


Energy Medicine to Navigate the Winds of Change and Support Personal & Global Transformation With Ellen Meredith, a medical intuitive and conscious channel. Work with powerful energy medicine tools, including your own internal guidance system, to evolve your body and mind to support awakening consciousness in this rapidly changing world. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, February 16


Explore the Boundlessness of Being Using the 3 Minds Approach to Greater Consciousness, Ease & Wellbeing With author and consciousness explorer Anoop Kumar, MD. Discover the gateway to Oneness Consciousness and receive a skeleton key to the vastness of your own being by softening the mental boundaries that exist between you and everything else… including your deepest desires. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, February 17


The Psychology of Astrology With astrologer and psychotherapist Debra Silverman, creator of Applied Astrology. Silence your inner saboteur by empowering the wisdom and gifts of the astrological archetypes of your personality — and receive a roadmap from the stars for cultivating your potential and purpose… and compassion for yourself and others. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, February 22


Breaking Free From the Spell of Wetiko to Heal the Mind Blindness That Plagues Our World With spiritual emergence pioneer Paul Levy. Unveil the illusion of wetiko — a psychic mind-virus within us all — and receive tools to transmute its influence on you, your relationships, and our world… as you unlock your immeasurable creative power to craft your own joyful experience of being alive. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, February 23


Weaving Wisdom Traditions With the Science of Psychedelics for Resilience, Inspiration & Open-Hearted Living With Laura Dawn, psychedelic integration guide and host of The Psychedelic Leadership Podcast. Access the sacred intelligence of plants, Eastern philosophies, Indigenous mythology, and the latest neuroscience on psychedelics as powerful visionary tools for growth, transformation, and creative manifestation… to catalyze mind-body-heart alignment and wisdom in your everyday life. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, February 24


Celtic Shamanism — A free video event with shamanic teacher and practitioner Jane Burns. Unveil and reclaim the life you’re meant to live — one of gratitude, wonder, and meaning — through the wisdom of the Celtic Medicine Wheel. Connect with Celtic Gods and Goddesses, the ancestors, Bards, Druids, and Faeries to awaken your soul and the sacred within you. Now available!


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