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Seriousness is one of the major causes of
truth decay on the planet.
– Swami Beyondananda

Could experiencing greater health, success and well-being involve something as simple as bringing more joy and laughter into your life? Could you really change the world with more playfulness?


You laugh, and we say, “Terrific! You have a head start!”

It might be a bit of a stretch to take humor seriously. But as writer Norman Cousins discovered when faced with a life-threatening illness, laughter can heal the body, mind and spirit.

Laughter is medicine, all right ... in the Native American sense of medicine: a transformational tool to turn the dross of life into the gold of loving laughter.

On the physical and emotional level, laughter instantly releases and eradicates stress. Mentally, laughter cultivates flexibility and creativity. And when we use laughter to take ourselves less seriously, we instantly gain more spiritual and emotional freedom.

As Swami Beyondananda says, “Life is a joke – but God is laughing with us, not at us.”

When we cultivate “self-facing” laughter, we view situations from a higher perspective. We laugh with God at our human foolishness, we attain “fool realization,” and we recognize that we are way, way bigger than our problems and situations.

Now you may be thinking, “OK, you’ve got a point. But I’m simply not funny!”


We say, “HA!”

Seen from the outside, we’re all much funnier than we think. God thinks we’re funny. The Creator is watching the “Comedy Channel,” and WE are what’s on!

The trick isn’t BEING funny ... it’s SEEING funny, and by immersing yourself in “cosmic comic consciousness”, just about anyone can learn to see the jokes “hidden in the picture.”

Why a Sense of Humor is So Desirable

Did you know that one of the most sought-after traits in a spouse or partner is “a sense of humor?” Why? Because a sense of humor is a sense of perspective, and people who have that amazing knack can change another individual’s mood for the better.

Levity certainly helps overcome gravity, and allows us to see from the higher perspective of love.

Laughter shakes us loose, releasing us from no-longer-helpful B.S. (belief systems). When you apply the perspective of laughter to your own story, you are liberated from the grip of that story – and your energy becomes available for more constructive things.

Think about it ... what if you were able to bring more genuine joy to all of your life’s situations? What if you could laugh at your problems, and then use the “aha” in the wake of the “ha-ha” to see new solutions? What if you were able to turn your grumpiness into a grumpy “alter ego,” who helps you to laugh at your grumpiness?

What if you were able to effortlessly light up a room, and get much better smileage on your karma?

And what if you could actually become the person your dog thinks you are?

Seriously ... and humorously, what if you became more of who you REALLY are, and discovered how much you really, really like the real you?

How You Can Benefit From Developing Your 6th Sense

When you develop the 6th sense of humor, you gain the power of freedom and personal magnetism.

When you learn to see the humor in more situations, expand your emotional range, and practice letting more of your inner sub-personalities out to play – you become a more engaging, powerful and fun person to be around. Just this magnetism alone attracts more clients, love, friendship, business, etc.

Laughter is good medicine for all of us, but it also helps in a lot of very specific situations:

#1: Laughter Heals the Body and Mind


When you laugh, your whole body chemistry changes. It’s like a cleansing effect – you feel better and lighter. But laughter goes beyond the feelings of wellness and joy. Scientific studies have shown that laughter has tangible health benefits. Laughter can:

  • Boost your immunity and lower stress hormones, which slows the aging process.
  • Give you better health, faster recovery from disease, and higher rates of feel-good hormones.
  • Release endorphins, which helps to decrease pain in your body, as well as reduce cravings associated with addiction.
  • Flush blood clots, cholesterol and inflammation from your body by expanding your blood vessels and increasing blood flow.

Laughter is the fastest stress reliever on the planet. What’s even better – it’s FREE. Laughter, in fact, has been found to have similar benefits to exercise. So next time you feel like you can’t get off the couch to go to the gym, have a good belly laugh instead.

#2: Use the Power of Laughter to Call in “The One”

Laughter is the natural magnetism that will increase your animal magnetism. Not only will cats and dogs love you – you will instantly become a people magnet and start attracting the love you deserve in life. With laughter, you will:

  • Add more levity, lightness and play to your all relationships.
  • Create more satisfying and long-lasting romantic relationships (unless you’re a fan of first dates only).
  • Become the world’s best self-lover – ALL parts of yourself, not just THAT part.

If you’ve been seeking that one soul mate, with whom you can live out the rest of your life, the gift of humor will make a memorable first impression on that all-important first encounter. More laughter and levity is guaranteed to instantly get you to Date #2 – or even just the first half of Date #1.

And even if those blind dates turn into blind alleys, having more fun and being more fun, will get you invited more places – and increase not just your chances of meeting “the one” – but in BEING the one who will attract the one you want to meet.

#3: Gain an Immediate Edge in the World of Business

Even if you are focused more on work and business these days, laughter can give you a better return on investment than almost any other investment you can make. How?

Well, for one thing laughter is like loaves and fishes. One person can enter the room with a hilarious story, and 300 people can leave with it! And they can continue to “play it forward” ‘til the sacred cows come home.


Have you ever noticed that many of the best business presentations start with humor? Well-applied humor is a “people tenderizer” that facilitates communication and all kinds of transactions – giving you an immediate edge in the world of business.

If you’re a coach who needs to speak in front of groups and convince people to work with you, using humor in just the right way is an essential tool for your toolkit. As some wise guy once said, “He who is stiff in front of the room, usually gets stiffed in the back of the room.”

Market studies show that funny people are more successful in business:

  • Laughter floods our systems with dopamine, which turns on all the learning centers in the brain, boosting creativity, productivity and engagement.
  • In an analysis of 225 academic studies, happy employees were found to be 31% more productive, and enjoyed 37% higher sales – while doctors who used humor were found to arrive at correct diagnosis 19% faster and more accurately.
  • Humor enhances spontaneity and creative thinking – helping you think outside the box, and attract the big bucks if you get paid to be innovative.

If your occupation has anything to do with speaking to, or connecting with, others – humor helps you make a far better impression (people simply like you better if you’re more authentic, fun and relaxed).

All of which goes to show ... bringing more fun into your life is serious business. When you turn on your “laugh force,” you ramp up your “life farce,” and elevate the “work force.”

#4: Become a much more effective agent of evolution

If you’re like us, you want to leave the world a far better place than when you arrived. But to do that requires, not only upshifting your own life, but helping others to do the same. That’s when we REALLY begin to create a mass upwising – where the center of gravity for our culture goes to another level that is a lot more juicy, loving and creative.

Humor unites us in a spirit of Oneness, as we learn to laugh together across political divides, cultural chasms and gender wars.

So it’s up to us to lift the vibration and make the new world a far more delightful place – which means making it more fun.

A revolutionary fomenting an uprising tends to turn into something like an angry truth-teller waving a threatening placard on a city corner – with no one listening.

An evolutionary fomenting an upwising makes changing the world far more fun – and attracts a lot of others to the party!

Your Humor Un-Guru


So, you may ask, I certainly like to laugh and I can see the many benefits, but why do I need a guru for laughter?

The simple answer is that it’s more fun than trying to bring more laughter into your life alone!

All it takes to playfully liberate your life’s laughing track is practice with the guidance and expertise of a master mischief-maker like Swami Beyondananda, and his slightly-more-serious alter ego, Steve Bhaerman.

Swami is known as the “Cosmic Comic” for a reason – he’s a master of humor that enlightens, and not only leaves people laughing, it leaves them smiling. Swami and Steve are teaming up on this 7-week course to bring more laughter – and more merriment, more wisdom, more love, more fulfillment – into your life.

For decades Steve Bhaerman – and his alter ego, the “cosmic comic pundit,” Swami Beyondananda – have been entertaining (or “innertaining”) thousands with wit and wisdom.

He holds a 6th degree black belt in “Joke Jitsu,” and is masterful at teaching others how to accelerate through their own laughter learning curve to emerge funnier and happier (while creating good karma).

Marianne Williamson calls him “the Mark Twain of our generation.”

Steve will teach you about humorizing your life with a transformational twist, so even if you see yourself as a non-comedian, you can practice "situational comedy" in almost any situation.

Who the Upwising Course is For

Whether you’re a salesman or a teacher, a transformational coach – or someone looking to transform your own life – whether you’re trying to change the world or just your baby’s diaper, more laughter gives you the edge you need to create the life of your dreams.

The Upwising course is like a “laughter bootcamp,” where you give boredom and mediocrity the boot. (Swami says it’s even more like a “Buddha camp,” where you use humor to create equanimity). This course is for anyone who is:

  • Curious about how to bring more fun into your public persona in a way that is authentic, rather than forced.
  • Wanting more satisfying connections to other humans.
  • Suffering from “truth decay.” and merely using mental floss isn’t enough.
  • Wanting more lightness of being in their daily life.
  • Noticing that seriousness has become a serious issue with them.

It’s also important to be clear who this course is not for:

  • Fundamentalists may resist it, UNLESS they are willing to put the "fun" before the "mental."
  • People who have been sticking to their story, and are willing to be stuck with it.
  • Hermit crabs – people who are grumpy and isolated, and like it that way.
  • Dead people – laughter is an “in-body” experience.

We guarantee you’ll double your daily laughter and uplevel your life, if you put all Swami’s practices into action! Or double your grumpiness back!

What You’ll Learn in These 7 Sessions

In this 7-module light-hearted virtual course, Steve will guide you through the fundamental skills and competencies you’ll need to successfully experience the transformational power of laughter – which will, in turn, give you the tools to find humor in unlikely places.

Each session will build humorously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to brighten and enlighten your daily life.

And, jest for fun, the Swami will be on-hand to offer his cosmic comic commentary as part of each session.

As the Swami says, “You will wake up laughing, and leave laughter in your wake.”

Module 1: It’s a Joke. Laugh. (Recorded April 15)


We begin with the aforementioned punch line to the cosmic joke, “Life is a comedy of situations and we are just having an episode.” What if the hokey pokey IS what it’s all about? What if your friends greet you on the other side with a big banquet where they tell funny stories about you – i.e., you roast in heaven? What if everything we think matters doesn’t matter – and not even matter matters – because it is all energy anyway? This opening session will lay the groundwork of cosmic comic perspective as a filter to apply, not so we can deny tragedy or disappointment, but so we can successfully transform those – and be a light in the world. Oh, and NO homework in the Upwising course, just “home play.” You’ll learn to:

  • Discover the “cosmic joke” in your life story, and use it to transform your story into a healing one.
  • Trace your own "fool’s journey.”
  • Unleash the transformational power of: "... and then, a funny thing happened..."
  • Use laughter to achieve a complete release of all tension, so you can relax, restore and rejuvenate your body.
  • Allow humor to feed your internal fountain of eternal youth, and shave years off your true age – instantly (hearty laughter keeps you young at heart ... and stretches your liver too, and remember those with longer livers, live longer).
  • How to laugh when the joke is on you, and become a “cosmic fool.”

Module 2: The Art and Science of Seeing Funny
How to See More Possibilities (Recorded April 22)


This module focuses on how to put yourself slightly out of whack – to get yourself back in whack. It’s about finding the joke hidden in the picture. Says Swami, "When you look at yourself slightly askew, it’s like getting a new pair of ‘I-glasses’." The art of seeing funny according to the very "farce-sighted" Stephen Wright, is the art of seeing with innocent perception – with a child’s eye. The science of seeing funny involves intentionally putting things together that don’t belong together, and taking joy in the surprising results. You’ll learn why and how the simple act of putting a smile on your face (even when you don’t feel like it) will cause you to see funnier – and be happier. You’ll learn to:

  • Help you see funnier, and to see your way “out of the box.”
  • Shift the way you view certain challenges, so your can go beyond the typical “fight or flight” response to greater creativity and mastery.
  • Cultivate your own “natural” sense of humor effortlessly.
  • Gently help others see funnier too

Module 3: Self-Facing Laughter
Freeing Yourself from Your Old Stories (Recorded April 29)


This module will help you laugh in your own face, and in the face of life’s challenges. This is not denial, not whistling in the dark ... it’s a proactive way to mine your life for gems of comedy, and then use these as reminders of what is really important. If you’ve been looking to release the grip of your ego, and find yourself bragging, "I am the most ego-less person I know!" – this module is for you. A key step in mastering the ego is learning to make fun of one’s own seriousness. You will learn some keys – from comedians and non-comedians alike – for how you can bring the perspective of humor to situations that are, if not life-threatening, than certainly laugh-threatening. Obviously not everything is grist for comedy ... AND when we choose to lovingly laugh at our own foibles – our problems become less solid, and our path more fluid. You’ll learn to:

  • Understand the “anatomy” of jokes, so they can be truly used as "healing stories."
  • Find the "aha" after the "ha-ha" – how to seed insight in a "harmless" joke.
  • Master the art of the “Zen Cohen” ... finding and using cosmic comic teaching stories.
  • Use humor to break patterns ... and leave the real you standing taller.
  • Use situational comedy to apply “loverage” to life’s situations

Module 4: Humor Relations
Enhancing Your “Serious” Relationships with More Fun (Recorded May 6)


Remember: "It’s a joke, laugh?" Here’s where you REALLY need it. You’ll discover humor to bring people together, and raise the overall energy of you, your partner – and all your relations. In this module, you’ll not only learn why a sense of humor is rated as a most desirable trait in a mate, you’ll learn what kinds of humor work, and how to cultivate these. We will include wisdom from some of the most effective relationship teachers and coaches on the planet to help YOU use the magic of humor to create more joyful and authentic connections. You’ll learn to:

  • Continuously infuse your relationships with the joy and levity of laughter.
  • Instantly transmute negative, stressful situations and dramas into humorous, optimistic ones – and use hearty laughter to get to the heart of the matter.
  • When NOT to use humor.
  • Shift toxic relationship patterns, without the other person even realizing it!

Module 5: Bringing Levity to Gravity
How to Become a Light-Hearted Change Agent (Recorded May 13)


Swami tells us the world is in serious condition largely due to our conditioning to be serious, and this module is about how to use humor to shine a light on the most serious shades of darkness. He will offer two examples of how jokes transformed deadly situations by embracing them, and how the energy was shifted in the field. By choosing to laugh – out of awakening, not denial – you will be able to look at the craziness in the world through the eyes of forgiveness and compassion. And you will also see how this "cosmic comic consciousness" will enable you to be more effective than ever before. You’ll learn to:

  • Distinguish between positive and negative humor, and how you can use jokes to build bridges, rather than blowing them up.
  • Appropriately shift the conversation from serious to humorous ... and back.
  • Turn what seems like an intractable “negative” into a transformative “positive”.
  • Shine as a beacon for others to wake up laughing instead of hitting “snooze”.

Module 6: The Comic-Kaze Path
Humor And Activism (Recorded May 20)


Is there a relationship between humor and activism? Well, ask Dick Gregory ... or the Yes Men ... or the students who overthrew the regime of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia. There’s a reason why one of the first things Hitler did upon coming into power was jail the cabaret comedians, and why rigid and oppressive regimes fear humor. On the other hand, humor can also be used to distort the truth. In this session, we will explore the relationship between humor and the art of persuasion, from propaganda to “impropaganda.” You’ll even get to design and practice random acts of comedy designed to heal the heart and free the mind. Or, as Swami says, "You’ll learn to milk the sacred cow and take the bull by the horns." You’ll learn to:

  • Transform a protest march into a pro-fun parade.
  • Find, create and use language that playfully awakens.
  • How to compost media BS and turn it into fertilizer for new growth.
  • Use the right kind of playful perspective to keep your own spirits up.
  • Have others look at you and your work and say, “I’ll have what THEY’RE having!”

Module 7: Daily Practice for the Upwising Wake Up Laughing and Leave Laughter in Your Wake (Recorded May 27)


In this final module, we will focus on YOUR comic creations and best practices. What makes classes unique are the participants – and the unique contributions that even non-comedians can make to the domain of comedy. Here, participants have an opportunity to post their own comic creations, and best-loved pieces that others created. You’ll learn to:

  • Connect with playful sub-personalities and alter egos within your own psyche that bring self-love, self-appreciation and self-knowledge.
  • The first rule of improvisational comedy – serve the scene.
  • Why the first – and best – joke is always on yourself.
  • Play ... laugh ... and play some more, and embody your own cosmic comic self.

The “Upwising” Bonus Collection

In addition to the transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll also receive these powerful training sessions with the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course – and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

“The Art of Humor Relations” Audio dialogue with Steve Bhaerman and Errol & Rochelle Strider


Errol and Rochelle Alicia Strider have developed a new model for entertainment and spiritual education, called “Innertainment,” which combines philosophical inquiry, spiritual discovery and psychological growth with comedy and theater. They have devoted the last 40 years to this ministry, travelling extensively all across the United States doing performances and conducting workshops and classes. Not only are they wise, but they are as funny as “all get out”! In this session, you’ll have a chance to tap into their deep insight, and discover ways to humor yourself and others. You will also have access to one of their comedy videos, so you can experience their out-of-sight insights for yourself – and experience cosmic comic consciousness.

“Think Globally, Laugh Locally” Audio dialogue with Steve Bhaerman and Richard Stockton


Richard Stockton is a nationally touring comedian with many appearances on national television and radio, and a NeuroLinguistic Programing teacher who focuses on blasting through the fear that blocks you from being all you can be. He says that if you are not living your own dream, then you are living someone else’s. His tales of transformation appear regularly on NPR stations. He will show you how to see things with a different perspective, so you can use your fears to move you forward. In this insightful (and “inciteful”!) conversation, Richard will discuss comedy as a tool for activism, and for reframing issues – personal and political.

"The Comedy of Spirit, the Spirit of Comedy" Audio Training with Steve Bhaerman and Alicia Dattner


In this laughter and insight-inducing conversation, find out how human is spiritual, and spiritual is funny.

After a dozen years of doing standup comedy, Alicia Dattner made the transition from working the comedy club circuit to performing around the world with her award-winning one woman shows, Eat, Pray, Laugh! and The Oy of Sex. She is the founder of the online Spiritual Comedy Festival.

"Shoot-Out At the I’m-OK-You’re-OK Corral" Audio Training with Steve Bhaerman and Greg Tamblyn


Singer / songwriter / humorist Greg Tamblyn offers his wise and witty insights on using humor to "see the best of yourself and laugh at the rest of yourself."

Greg Tamblyn, NCW (No Credentials Whatsoever), has been a successful singer, songwriter, speaker, and humorist for over 20 years. He combines outstanding audience rapport with an irreverent sense of humor, and has a special interest in the relationship of music, laughter, and lifestyle to physical and emotional well-being.

Greg’s humorous musings on cultural absurdities, as well as his messages of effectiveness, optimism, and service, have garnered him a large international following.

Upwising Course book collection


Wake Up Laughing: An Insider’s Guide to the Cosmic Comedy

A 75-page downloadable e-book that tells you all you need to know about The Cosmic Joke, The Fool’s Journey, The Divine Comedy... and how and why to laugh – even when it’s just not funny. $15 value.


The Zen Cohens of Harry Cohen Baba

Three Dozen of the Funniest Stories Ever Told, a 58-page downloadable e-book, with wise and hilarious stories – suitable for after dinner speakers, or way after dinner speakers. $15 value.

Activating the Compassionate Trickster
Audio dialogue with Steve and Caroline Casey


In this enlightening, entertaining and funny session, Visionary Activist and mythic / cultural "uncommontator" Caroline Casey will help us discover and use
the "compassionate trickster" archetype to in her words, "be ever more effective players on the Team of Creation at this time of dire beauty." Caroline, who is versed in mythology, astrology, language and the comedic arts will open her entire trickster bag of tricks (that are actually treats) including new and playful forms of blessing, her magic mirror, and her "harumphitude-composter". Get ready for profound playfulness and practical wisdom.

Caroline W. Casey is the host-creator of The Visionary Activist Show. Her unique art of Astro-mythological-political-guiding-meta-story-telling is presented in myriad multi-media venues. Primary astrological consultant for Time-Life Books’ 1989 book “Cosmic Connections”, she has offered mythological-astrological news analysis on ABC”s “Nightline”, CNN’s “Crossfire”, in “People Magazine “, on Public Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CBS’s “Nightwatch”, “Fox Morning News”, “Equal Time” etc. Her audio book, Visionary Activist Astrology is published by Sounds True. She is the author of Making the Gods Work For You – the astrological language of the psyche.

She offers Trickster Training Council weekly tele-class as well as councils at a wide variety of conferences all over America as well as in South Africa (presenting at the Parliament of World Religions), Bali, Sweden, UK, New Zealand, Hawaii, the Caribbean, British Columbia. A rousing and frequent keynote speaker, offering the Mythic News at the Bioneers Conference,(for over a decade), Green Festivals, New Living Expo etc. and with the great poet-ally Robert Bly for over 11 years at his Great Mother Conference.

Using Humor to Keep Love in "Bloom"
Audio dialogue with Steve and Linda and Charlie Bloom


Linda and Charlie Bloom have been using humor as a tool in their own relationship for more than 45 years, and will be sharing insights from their own marriage and those they’ve counseled. They both have graduate degrees in Clinical Social Work and they have been relationship counselors, seminar leaders, and psychotherapists since 1975. They have also authored two widely-acclaimed books: 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last (over 100,000 copies sold) and Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love. In this enlightening session, Linda and Charlie talk about the when’s, the where’s and the how’s of using laughter to heal, to connect, and to reach higher truths.

What People Are Saying About Steve Bhaerman...


Swami Beyondananda is the Mark Twain of our generation.
– Marianne Williamson, International bestselling author, A Return to Love

My heart was wide open with joy hearing and feeling Steve’s wise and loving humor. He is a master alchemist of change and healing brought about through his playfulness and deep understanding of our true nature.
– Melody Bach, Irvington, NY

Highly recommended for education, expansion and increased INJOYment. Steve is a superb and delightful teacher who touches any human depth and height, but with a conscious agenda that is really effectively enlightening.
– Mary Carroll, Tivoli, NY

Little did I know when I signed up for the course that the company I had worked for for many years would fold, creating extra chaos in an already challenging scenario. This course has helped me put it all in perspective and move forward with a lighter heart and a desire to bring more levity into the next chapter as I develop my “laugh story.”
– Carolyn, Berea, Kentucky

I looked forward each week to my class with Steve, not just to be entertained and educated, but to practice my own humor. I learned from sharing with others in our break-out groups that I am funnier and bolder than I gave myself credit for. I intend to continue the study of humor. I recommend this class to all who want to bring more humor into their lives.
– Anna Rheim, Carmel Valley, CA.

Here’s What You’ll Receive


Seven 90-Minute Recorded Class Sessions with Steve Bhaerman

Experience a rare opportunity to mentor and learn with one of the world’s most conscious comics from the comfort of your own home. Each class session helps you create the specific skills and abilities to awaken your “humor-potential.”.


Seven PDF Transcripts of Each Class Session

In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices that you’ll learn.

The Upwising Bonus Collection

  • “The Art of Humor Relations” Audio dialogue with Steve Bhaerman and Errol & Rochelle Strider
  • “The Shared Hearty Laughter” Audio dialogue with Steve Bhaerman and Barry & Joyce Vissell
  • “Think Globally, Laugh Locally” Audio dialogue with Steve Bhaerman and Richard Stockton
  • “The Comedy of Spirit, the Spirit of Comedy” Audio Training with Steve Bhaerman and Alicia Dattner
  • “Shoot-Out At the I’m-OK-You’re-OK Corral" Audio Training with Steve Bhaerman and Greg Tamblyn
  • Upwising Course book collection
  • Activating the Compassionate Trickster Audio dialogue with Steve and Caroline Casey

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Upwising Revolution!

We, at The Shift Network, feel deeply honored that Steve Bhaerman has chosen to partner with us on this exclusive online training. As you may know, this is a rare opportunity to learn directly from a modern cosmic comic who reveals the power of humor and play and to connect with a global community of like minds and hearts who are doing this seriously “unserious” and transformative work.

Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals –which would cost thousands of dollars). But you’ll be able to benefit from Swami incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home – at your own pace!

If you are serious about bringing more laughter, play and joy into your life, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training with Steve Bhaerman. If you’re ready to take the step into a world of laughter, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

More Praise for Steve Bhaerman...

Steve/Swami is irreverently funny when it comes to norms, and reverently funny when it comes to what matters: compassion, heart our humanity. I loved how the course analyzed humor and helped me be more attune to the cosmic comedy, always taking place around me.
– Crina

This course helped to confirm the central role of humor and laughter in my journey towards ho-ho-wholeness. Thank you Steve/Swami and the Shift Network!
– April

Steve/Swami is a gentle, perceptive facilitator who showed us how to connect with our difficulties and use them to open our hearts and deepen our communications. Using the farce is proving to be life changing for me and my family!
– Gail

The course with Steve/Swami was by far the most delightful way to do the sometimes difficult ’inner work’ we all seem to be involved in these days. Swami’s slant on FUNdamentalism is the only way we will be able to become a sane world. If we can laugh together we can love each other. Thank you Steve. You and your message are priceless!
– Shirley

The contents of this course were very good and i so enjoyed steve/swami’s insight and interpretations to the participant’s questions.
– Jan

About Steve Bhaerman. . .


Steve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist and workshop leader. For the past 23 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the "Cosmic Comic."

As the Swami, Steve is the author of Driving Your Own Karma (1989), When You See a Sacred Cow, Milk It For All It’s Worth (1993), Duck Soup for the Soul (1999) and Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction (2004).

In his "past life" (before Swami), Steve started an alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and co-authored a book about his experiences, No Particular Place to Go: Making of a Free High School. A political science major, he later taught history to autoworkers at Wayne State University in Detroit as part of the Weekend College.

In 1980, Steve co-founded Pathways Magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of the first publications bringing together holistic health, personal growth, spirituality and politics. Subsequent to Pathways, Steve was a freelance writer and co-author with Don McMillan of Friends and Lovers: How to Meet the People You Want to Meet (Writer’s Digest Books, 1986).

Since 2005, Steve has written a political blog with a spiritual perspective, Notes From the Trail, hailed as an encouraging voice "in the bewilderness." His latest book, written with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House, 2009). Steve is active in transpartisan politics and the practical application of Spontaneous Evolution.

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