2022 Catalyst, Issue 1 – Ancestral Healing Summit
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
From Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon:
I grew up during the early Civil Rights Movement, so I've known about Martin Luther King, Jr. my whole life. In fact, he was so important to our family that I even considered him an “ancestor” — socially speaking. My mother is from Alabama, so the racial justice activities he led in her home state were routinely the topic of conversations.
Of course, I also knew that Dr. King was a Christian minister, and often delivered actual church sermons along with the historic speeches he came to be known for.
Another way of putting this: Rev. King was a true leader and teacher from the time he was in college until he left us when he was assassinated in 1968.
During my research on his life and his historic contributions, I discovered a few resources that contain archives of Dr. King’s sermons and speeches — and one of my favorite sermons is called The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life, which you can listen to here while viewing a slideshow of historical photographs of Dr. King and others. (Read the transcript here.)
I wasn't at all surprised to learn that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also taught about what I would call “Practical Spirituality” — he delivered illuminating words to congregations long before he stood on a platform to bring forth racial and social justice. I personally feel that you cannot be a leader of his caliber without knowing about, and putting into practice, what I consider to be high level spiritual growth and personal development principles. My own life proved this to me.
Dr. King seems to have been quite a student of those principles early in his life — this sermon is from 1953. It really speaks to me that I can now look at him as a role model in this regard, as well as knowing him to be an icon of civil rights. I agree with the words of his sermon, and I especially love and that he put forth that a “Complete Life” must have the following three parts:
1. Length: Love Yourself
2. Breath: Love Others
3. Height: Love God (or whatever name you call your Higher Power.)
I sincerely hope this helps to deepen your reflections on Dr. King as we celebrate his life and contributions tomorrow.
Sending sweet blessings to our ancestors,
Rev. Dr. Aliah K. MaJon (she/her)
The Shift Network
Chief Inclusion Officer
I Am MLK Jr. tells the story and celebrates the life of an American icon. The documentary features interviews with civil rights-era activists such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis and Rev. Al Sharpton. It also features contemporary writers, activists and influencers in sports entertainment and media such as Van Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon, Shaun King, Malcom Jenkins, and more. Watch Trailer
Shift Network Update
By Lisa Bonnice, host of the Ancestral Healing Summit
Hi. I'm Lisa Bonnice, your host for The Shift Network's fourth annual Ancestral Healing Summit, a free online event from January 18–21.
If you, like so many others, are wondering what you can do to help humanity find its way through these strange and transformative times — especially if your skillset doesn’t include inventing new ways to adapt to climate change or running for political office — this is something you can do to help.
Our current world’s condition is the culmination of centuries of built-up, unhealed traumas — and our ancestors are beseeching us to help right their wrongs… before it’s too late.
Many of us are finding that this powerful and important work is exactly what we’re here to do. We are, as Heather Dane calls us, Generational Pattern Shifters. We feel an urge… we hear a calling… to work with our ancestors to heal not just our own dysfunctional family patterns, but global damage done to and by generations past in the forms of plagues, diasporas, holocausts, slavery, colonization, wars, and other extreme traumas that are still causing ripple effects today.
This year’s summit includes powerful conversations with luminaries like Thomas Hübl, Sandra Ingerman, Christina Pratt, and Jill Purce. We discuss the big picture and our places in it, and what our contributions to global healing can be.
Even more conversations include practical tools we can use to communicate with our ancestors to ask for their help and work with them, hand in hand.
Shelley Kaehr talks about generational regression, which is similar to past-life work, except that we can be regressed into ancestral storylines. Masami Covey shares how our bodies demonstrate ancestral traumas, and how to interpret the stories they’re trying to tell us. Kelly Sullivan Walden offers an excellent method of tapping into ancestral messages via our dreams.
Carrie Paris offers a practice using phases of the moon to release ancestral family patterns, and Nancy Hendrickson talks about how we can use the Tarot to divine messages directly from Spirit, and our kin, to help us along our path. Fern Vuchinich and Christina Caudill both offer information about how astrology can help us dig into our stories and untangle snarled webs.
Dr. Velma Love offers a beautiful and empowering reframing of the experience of enslaved peoples. Liza Miron discusses the repercussions we are all feeling due to generations of our grandmothers experiencing painful loss of pregnancies and difficult childbirths, and Langston Kahn offers a perspective on healing the “father wound.”
Ancestral Healing is breathtaking in its scope — once you’ve experienced the power of this work, you’ll never look at life the same way. You can see for yourself when you register for the event and check out the power-packed lineup of speakers for this year’s Summit. I promise, you’ll be glad that you did.
Register for free here for the Ancestral Healing Summit. I’ll see you there!
The uplifting stories in this issue’s “The Nicest Thing” section come from Akashic records authority and summit speaker Linda Howe, and dream analyst, summit speaker, and new Shift faculty Kelly Sullivan Walden.
I’m Lisa Bonnice and I’m honored to once again host The Shift Network’s Ancestral Healing Summit — for the fourth year — where we gather in conversation about how events that shaped the lives of our ancestors are still reverberating today and driving our behavior... most of the time without our awareness.
Every summit, although focusing on the same subject overall, has its own personality. They take on a life of their own once we begin the production process, and I never know what to expect each year. And this year takes on a new depth as we go beyond the ins and outs of how ancestral healing works and into conversations about why it’s so very important that this work be done now, while humankind is going through such a strange and fascinating transformation.
To watch this 4-minute video and read the rest of your invitation, click here.
As part of this year’s Ancestral Healing Summit, The Shift Network is honored to invite you to a special screening of the film Home From School: The Children of Carlisle, the weekend following the Summit, January 22 and 23.
As we commit to Ancestral Healing, we acknowledge that not only do many Native traditions offer avenues for attitudes, practices, and relationships…
… but also that recognizing the wounds inflicted on Native Americans for centuries is an important starting point in our collective healing.
In 2017 a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1880s.
It’s a journey into the troubled history of Native American boarding schools and a quest to heal generational wounds.
Register for the summit to watch it at your convenience on January 22-23. The film can be accessed via Associate Producer Jordan Dresser’s session page.
Impact Partner Spotlight
In our commitment to be an ally and to amplify Native American voices, in addition to this special screening, we will be donating a portion of the Ancestral Healing Summit proceeds to First Nations Development Institute for their intertribal work forwarding Reclaiming Native Truth — a national effort to foster cultural, social, and policy change by empowering Native Americans to counter discrimination, invisibility, and the dominant narratives that limit Native opportunity, access to justice, health, and self-determination.
The format of 1) establish common values, 2) discuss the truths of history, 3) visibility — demonstrate the present experience of Native people in their modern experience without being romanticized, and 4) present a call to action follows the guidance of First Nations’s Changing the Narrative About Native Americans: A Guide for Allies (PDF). Reclaiming Native Truth’s goal is to move hearts and minds toward greater respect, inclusion, and social justice for Native Americans.
First Nations serves more than 400 Native American tribal organizations, improving economic conditions through direct financial grants, technical assistance and training, and advocacy and policy. The core strategies and programs that First Nations has implemented for four decades, and the strong traditions of relationship building and trust, have positioned the organization to step up and help where needed to support grassroots initiatives. First Nations believes that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native Peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual, and cultural well-being of their communities. First Nations is committed to supporting Native-controlled and tribally-operated organizations. First Nations received the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator. The 41-year-old organization again earned the Platinum GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and was named an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.
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: And it was during a time of tremendous growth that came from a place of tremendous flailing and hitting such a dark place, such a dark bottom. And it was a time of... I remember saying to somebody, I wanted to just wear a sign across my shirt that said, “Pardon the mess. I'm under construction.” Don't ask me any questions. Don't expect anything of me. I'm under construction. So I was just super-vulnerable, super-like what am I going to do with my life?
To watch the video and read the transcript of Kelly’s 10-minute story about the “spiritual slap across the face” that opened the floodgates of her life, click here.
You can still join Kelly’s brand-new 7-week live video training, The Way of the Awakened Dreamer: 7 Dreamwork Practices to Reinvigorate Your Life & Realign With Your Soul’s Wildness, in time for her third class this Thursday, January 20. (Plus, you’ll get instant access to the complete video and audio recordings from her first two classes.) For more details, click here.
EXCERPT: It was about two years. I realized I was still on my bicycle and I was furious. And in my fury, I took down all these treasure maps. I tore them up. I had been to the car dealership in my best outfit. And I sat in that car, because I heard that if I could feel like it was mine, it would be mine. I had done all those things. Oh I was mad. I was hurt. I was betrayed. I was just flooded with all these terrible emotions.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Linda’s 7-minute story about how the Universe creatively answered her prayers… twice, click here.
For the Maya, the ancestors are the building blocks of our lives and ancestral worship is customary and celebratory. We honor our ancestors in prayer, ritual, and ceremony. I believe my ancestors are walking with me on my sacred path and my sacred journey. We are taught that all one needs to do is remember our ancestors and call upon them for help whenever it is needed.
To read more, click here.
The idea of the souls of the dead returning home on one night of the year has ancient origins and is found in many cultures throughout the world. In October and the first two days of November we celebrate Samhain, Halloween, Day of the Dead, All Soul’s Day, and All Saint’s Day.
However, you don’t have to wait for a specific season or date to work with your ancestors. It’s always the right time to honor those who lived before you, and to ask for their aid in doing healing work for your family line or healing work for yourself.
To read more, click here.
For over 20 years, I’ve worked in the fascinating field of past life regression. During my childhood, my family discussed reincarnation at our dinner table one night, and from that moment on, the concept resonated with me at a soul level. Years later, after a friend died in an accident, past life regression helped me successfully heal unresolved grief, and that’s when I knew I wanted to make this my life’s work.
For any regression to be effective, the recipient must go to the earliest event where challenges became an issue, whether that’s within the person’s current life, or something that happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
To read more, click here.
Our Ancestors’ Wisdom Leads to Spiritual Strength & Passion for Living
By Sandra Ingerman, a featured speaker in the Ancestral Healing Summit
Life feels so surreal to many of us right now. Time does not feel like it is following a linear cycle. But we do use certain markers of time to help us ground, giving us a sense that life keeps moving on in the midst of dissolution and also rebirth cycles.
Many people feel relieved when a New Year is welcomed in. Just celebrating that event helps us put some of our past behind and gives us a sense of something new to look forward to. We get inspired to regain a sense of hope, even though many of us have lost so much during these times of such upheaval that will lead to a different way of life that we can’t quite imagine yet.
To read more, click here.
Can Dreams and Ancestors Help Us Find a Missing Person?
By Kelly Sullivan Walden, a featured speaker in the Ancestral Healing Summit
He was right.
We had enough drama in our combined families as it was, without me spending time I didn’t have looking for a young woman who’d been missing from my neighborhood for nine years, when the only foreseeable outcome would be murder, suicide, abduction. Even in the best-case scenario, the fact that she’s been gone for so long probably meant she didn’t want to be found. But I’m getting ahead of myself…here’s what happened the day before…
To read more, click here.
Our society is now in the labour pains of a new age of environmental responsibility, climate change, and the fear and hopelessness of confronting the possibility of annihilation of humankind, as well the gender and race inequalities, all of which is creating a turning point in our human story.
To read more, click here.
Racial Healing & Justice
Let’s Work Together to Heal Racism… What Would You Like to See?
From Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon:
It’s a brand-new year, I want to kick it off by hearing from YOU! You’ve been listening to me and now it’s my turn to listen to you. Racial Healing is an enormous endeavor, and If you are reading these words you probably already understand that this work is critically important — and becoming more and more important with each passing day.
However, it is too much of a challenge for just a few of us to have to try to carry out. You may feel that way too. So, let’s embark on this journey together and generate new ideas, support each other, seek out partnerships and, especially, join our hands and our hearts to invite as many people as possible to share their thoughts and convey their visions so that we all can heal.
I’m up for doing this — are you with me?
I’m extending this ask to you in this first column of 2022, by literally inviting you to tell me what you think we ought to do, as well as what you feel could help us to become empowered to do it?
The link below is to a survey that I have prepared so that I can harvest the valuable things that you will say. Don’t worry, I have made it short and easy to complete. I can’t wait to hear from you, and feel free to not be concerned about grammar and spelling. Seed ideas and partial thoughts are welcome, as well as the sharing of the questions you’ve been asking yourself or others. I promise that I will share your gems of wisdom in one of my columns in the near future.
Please complete this survey by January 28, 2022. Thank you all SO very much! ♥
Liberating Race Podcast
We’re starting a fresh cycle! It is my pleasure to take this time to introduce the new Inclusion Program Manager Kapi’olani Laronal by way of her short introduction to our latest episode of Liberating Race entitled “Policing Race.” Kapi’olani’s significant other has a background in Law Enforcement, so I invited her to review and speak to us regarding this piece. I’m also happy to let you know that you will hear more from her here in the future — she is fast becoming indispensable in the Inclusion Unit, and I truly value her voice and partnership.
Here is what she has to say about this episode (you’'ll find the link to the podcast below):
As seekers of enlightenment, we are often called on to stretch ourselves beyond the comfort of our own perspective in order to arrive at the Truth that is connected to something much greater than “I” in a superficial sense. When we look at our personal truths and start to examine our identity in connection to race, gender, religion, and our experiences with policing and law-and-order, it can become very challenging to rise above the pain. I feel that a critical question in such an examination is to ask: Can we stretch ourselves in the ways that support significant and meaningful change?
In this episode of the Liberating Race podcast, we are invited to look at today’s controversial topic of policing and race in America, and its impact on Black and Brown bodies. We are taken on a journey that allows us to both explore the early history of policing as well as hear about some current encouraging things to consider.
Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon talks with Lora King and Chief Mike Alexander, as they each share their experiences and challenges, including their optimism about the possibilities for policing in the U.S. today.
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
In this prayer to the Creator, Grandmother Flordemayo shares how we have to prepare ourselves for the difficult challenges ahead. Watch now…
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 eleventh installment (as well as the previous one) here.
Exploring the Ceremony and Modern Science of Psilocybin
A Five-Part LiveStream Series — Begins TODAY, January 16, 2022
Whether you’re newly curious or interested in deepening your relationship with psilocybin mushrooms, you’re invited to the newest Entheowheel LiveStream Series, where you’ll receive the wisdom of one of nature’s most powerful tools through the voices and experiences of elders, lineage keepers, thought leaders, and scientists. Take a journey of discovery as we reconnect ourselves to the mycelial web of life. Explore…
On this day, thousands of people throughout our planet create sounds filled 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, even silent sound — as long as it is created with the intention of compassion and love and healing, and the sounds will resonate with all others to create a powerful shift in planetary consciousness on February 14, 2022. Discover more details…
Join the International Yoga Festival on the banks of the sacred Ganga River, in the lap of the Himalayas, in Rishikesh, India from March 8–14. Learn from revered spiritual masters, togis and globally renowned yoga teachers. Deepen your practice and expand your consciousness in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga. Register for tickets here.
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.
Explore the Paradox of Ego With the Wisdom of the Enneagram — A free video event with renowned Enneagram teachers Russ Hudson and Jessica Dibb. Explore how the uncultivated gifts of your ego can help you shift into embodied presence, kindness, and self-awareness… so you can appreciate and celebrate the little miracles found in the present moment. Tuesday, January 18, at 5:30pm Pacific
Explore the Wisdom of Your Cellular Memory Through a Multisensory Experience for Deeper Intuition, Manifestation & Self-Healing — A free video event with energy medicine healer and medium Marie Manuchehri, RN. Experience a cell activation and guided visualization into a human cell for a powerful multisensory experience of your cellular memory, which holds the key to what you need to be happy, healthy, and fulfilled. Thursday, January 20, at 5:30pm Pacific
Experience Lucid Dreamplay to Transcend Fear & Become a Conscious Creator of Your Reality — A free video event with lucid dreaming author and speaker Dr. Clare Johnson, Ocean Retreat Leader at Deep Lucid Dreaming. Re-enter an unsettling dream (or any type of dream) with loving guidance, and watch it transform — allowing you to uncover its healing wisdom and connect with the calm core of your soul. Saturday, January 22, at 10:00am Pacific
Evolve Your Ability to Navigate Personal and Global Change With Powerful Energy Medicine — A free video event with medical intuitive Ellen Meredith, energy medicine teacher, author, and conscious channel. Activate your inner guidance systems to discover your True North and expand into a spherical, more global consciousness — to navigate our changing world with a sense of purpose, possibility, and interconnection. Tuesday, January 25, at 5:30pm Pacific
Explore the 3 Minds Approach to Consciousness for Greater Ease, Resiliency & Possibility — A free video event with author and consciousness explorer Anoop Kumar, MD. Experience a profound meditation to “mentally flex” within perceived boundaries between yourself, the material world, and the collective — for important insights into your true relationship to consciousness... and the infinite flexibility you need to navigate your future. Thursday, January 27, at 5:30pm Pacific
Gentle, Effective Somatic Practices to Move From Pain to a Life Full of New Possibilities — With Martha Peterson, the founder of Essential Somatics® and author of Move Without Pain. Release tension in your muscles, calm your nervous system, and reverse the feeling of “getting old” through a variety of gentle yet powerful movements that can greatly reduce pain and provide more ease and mobility… so you can fully thrive. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Monday, January 24
Unveil the Power of Your Presence With Deep Clearing EFT — With energy psychology pioneer Mary Sise, LCSW, creator of Soul Weaving and director of Magdalena Healing. Delve into the energetics of your personality to recognize what’s blocking you from aligning with your soul — and use Mary’s powerful customized EFT practice to transmute contracted energy as you uncover and embody the real you. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, January 26
The Client Attraction Code for Success — With Sharla Jacobs, the co-founder of Thrive Academy. Connect with your ideal clients as you showcase your passion for what you do — using a proven heart-based selling approach. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, January 27
For Empaths & Sensitives: Ignite the Intuitive Power of Your Emotions to Heal & Transform Fear, Anxiety, Loneliness & Disappointment — With psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD, empath and New York Times bestselling author. Transform challenging emotions like anxiety, frustration, depression, and anger into uplifting, life-affirming ones — as you embrace more happiness, empathy, intuition, peace, and mastery over negativity. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Monday, January 31
Open Your Third Eye — With spiritual teacher, filmmaker, and speaker Raja Choudhury. Receive ancient Indian wisdom and practices to activate your gateway to higher consciousness — and access vast reservoirs of peace, stillness, inner light, and divine guidance. New 9-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, February 2
Connect to Your Inner Joy Through Qigong’s Xi Breathing — A free video event with Qigong Master and healer Robert Peng, author of The Master Key. Reinvigorate your energy flow, clear blockages, and cultivate a sense of wellbeing through Qigong’s Xi Breathing technique and discover the spiritual abundance that awaits you. Now available!
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