By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
My beloved wife, Devaa, and I, along with many friends, recently attended the Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City. We want to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Parliament for hosting a spectacular event that had 10,000 people from around the world.
One of the overriding messages at the Parliament was the call for people of all religions to live their spiritual values in daily life and to work together to take inspired action to address climate change, racism, violent conflict and other global challenges.
We were being called to create a world that works for all; or, in essence, to co-create “heaven on earth.” (See my Featured Article.)
One of the first people who I have known to openly embrace the idea of creating “heaven on earth” is Martin Rutte, the founder of Project Heaven on Earth. As a corporate consultant, Martin discovered people are guided by a deeper essence to create a better world.
As Martin says, we've all had moments when we have experienced heaven of earth: beauty in nature, love from a friend, generosity from a stranger.... With these moments, we tap into our soul’s wisdom of what’s possible... a thriving global family, united in a peaceful, sustainable civilization.
By focusing on heaven on earth as a tangible and achievable possibility, we can create a new story of what it means to be a human and what it means to be humanity.
This is why we are partnering with Martin Rutte to launch the first-ever Co-Creating Heaven on Earth summit (November 3–5, 2015) — to provide practical ways to move toward fulfilling this bold, beautiful dream of a planet that works for all. (To register free, click here.)
In this edition of The Catalyst, we have thought provoking articles by Martin Rutte and Tim Kelley. We also have a piece by Rory McEntee, Mirabai Starr, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston and Adam Bucko about how science is challenging religion by proving people are hard-wired for altruistism.
In our Member Profile, Nathan Crane takes a hard look at co-creating heaven on earth through the lens of sustainability. Nathan is launching The Search for Sustainability Series (November 1–12, 2015), a free online series that examines “the tragic and crucial emergencies going on in the world and how we might be able to avoid all of this disaster and thrive in a sustainable way.” (See Featured Media.)
Our other Member Profile is from Shift’s beloved Nadirah Adeye who shares what heaven on earth is to her as an inspired mother.
For the Shift Philanthropy, we are continuing with our deep commitment to the 125th Memorial of the Wounded Knee Massacre. We invite you to stand with us in supporting our Indigenous brothers and sisters in creating healing ceremonies on this historic occasion.
Our Featured Artist comes to us from James O’Dea. When asked what musician inspires heaven on earth, he immediately referred to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams that circled the world. (See Featured Media.)
Finally, for people in the San Francisco Bay Area, we invite you to two events: celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with The Shift Network and Evolutionary Collective on October 30, 2015 – click here; and, join acclaimed voice pioneer Chloe Goodchild’s Naked Voice events on October 31, 2015 – click here. (See Movement News.)
Broadcasts free online between November 1–12 — 49 uplifting voices speak out about the tragic and crucial emergencies going on in the world and how we might be able to avoid all of this disaster and thrive in a sustainable way. To learn more – click here.
There is a desire, a longing, deep within us, for a world that works. We yearn for the immoral and recurring sufferings of the planet like war, hunger, disease, and poverty not simply to get better — but to end. We want our soul's dream of a world that inspires hope, engagement, and creativity to flourish. To put it simply, we want Heaven on Earth . . . [read more]
My buddy Martin Rutte and I have long and wonderful dialogues about the process by which we humans will create Heaven on Earth. It’s a miraculous thing, to be born in a time when such a conversation actually makes sense! Although Martin has spent many more years in this endeavor than I, I do have some important wisdom that has been gifted to me, which I would love to share with you . . . [read more]
A few weeks ago, I was delighted to attend the Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City with my wife Devaa and our Director of Peace, Philip Hellmich.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I came away so heartened by the prospects for our future. Like so many in "new paradigm" or "evolutionary" circles, I've tended to focus more on spiritual and transformational practices rather than religion. What became clear to me at this event was just how wrong-headed that is. In fact, some of our closest allies and deepest support for co-creating a new world come from traditional religions . . . [read more]
Pope Francis' May 24, 2015 encyclical, Laudato si', on the state of the earth's environment and humanity's responsibility for action, represents a growing transformational shift in the relationship between science, social justice, progressive secularism, and religious consciousness
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As I traveled the country seeking a better way of life — a more meaningful, sustainable, vibrant life — I had deep excitement and profound joy for what I was about to experience. I knew intuitively that what I would learn along my journey could inspire me and many others to live closer to the land and more in harmony with our life’s purpose — but I had no idea how deeply it would shift my entire life and bring me closer to experiencing heaven on earth . . . [read more]
When I initially began the process of responding to the question What does Heaven on Earth look like to me? the response that felt most true was: Heaven on Earth is Spiritual Practice. Heaven on Earth is Service to Others. Heaven on Earth is Self-Care . . . [read more]
Celebrate All Hallows' Eve with The Shift Network and Evolutionary Collective Friday, October 30, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Pacific in Berkeley, California. All Hallows' Eve is a celebration of both the sacred and the profane. We invite you to dance with the shadows, ritually honor the departed, and, celebrate with mischief and merriment. We also invite you to express some of those hidden sides of yourself that don't get quite enough air time in our day to day lives . . . So we truly welcome all sides of your wonderful, perhaps wacky, and wild self to join us for this year's All Hallows' Eve Celebration. To learn more and to register, click here.
Join Chloe Goodchild for her "Naked Voice" Book tour! October 31, 2015 — The Marin School, 150 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael, California.
• “Naked Voice” workshop – 5:00 pm, All Ages, All are invited
• “Songfest Gathering” Concert w/Barbara Borden – 7:00 pm
• “Halloween Dance” w/DJ Heartbeat – 9:00 pm
Chloe Goodchild is an acclaimed voice pioneer, sound visionary, international singer-performer, and recording artist. Her global brand The Naked Voice and its charitable foundation have reached thousands of people with their radical approach to the transformative impact of sound. Being with Chloe is a treasure of rare proportions! To learn more, click here.
The Search for Sustainability Documentary Series is available for free starting November 1! During this series, which broadcasts online between November 1–12, 49 uplifting voices speak out about the tragic and crucial emergencies going on in the world, the potentially imminent food, water, and financial collapse, and how we might be able to avoid all of this disaster and thrive in a sustainable way. Watch the series here by visiting this web page – click here.
Writing, Truth, and Community with Best Selling Author, Elizabeth Gilbert — On November 7, you're invited to participate in a rare opportunity to learn from a creative genius and further your path on becoming a brilliant writer! Set in the beautiful Meritage Resort in Napa, California, this daylong creativity workshop with bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love will include a gourmet lunch, workshop with writing prompts, an inspirational talk, book signing/wine reception, and more. If you are simply a fan, enjoy a glass of wine with Elizabeth Gilbert and get inspired! Participation is open to all. For tickets and more info, click here.
Friends Committee on National Legislation — Building A Pathway to Peace: Annual Meeting, Quaker Public Policy Institute & Lobby Day — November 12–15, 2015 — Washington, DC. This November, we'll be asking Congress to prevent violence before it starts. The US too often waits until war or atrocities begin, and then it only provides military solutions. But it doesn't have to be that way. We believe that by paying attention to warning signs, the international community can respond before deadly conflict erupts. Participants will learn how to lobby from FCNL's expert staff; hear from congressional staff and other speakers; connect with people from your state; practice lobbying skills; meet with your representative and senators and hear presentations on peacebuilding. To learn more, click here.
Kia Miller and Tommy Rosen are so excited to announce the 2015 Recovery 2.0 Thanksgiving Retreat to Costa Rica from November 19–26, 2015. They will be back at Blue Spirit in Nosara for what is always a powerful and blissful Recovery 2.0 experience. The retreat always sells out. If this calls to you, apply today to secure your space.
Collective Coherence: Co-Creating a New World — December 2–6, 2015 — Tao Wellness Center, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico —
HeartMath and Global Coherence Initiative Special Event: Come join us for a transformative experience in Collective Coherence: Co-Creating a New World, our fourth annual Mexico event. We will practice tools for Collective Coherence and learn how this accelerates our personal unfoldment into higher potentials. Energetic connectivity will be explored and why it is effective for co-creating a new world. Be sure to use code "Mexico1" when you register to receive the Early Registration discount rate. To learn more, click here.
Costa Rica Retreat — Light On Kundalini is delighted to invite you to our 2015 Costa Rica Retreat December 12 to 19, 2015 led by Karuna, an Academy Member of the Kundalini Research Institute. Experience a week of deep spiritual exploration in the serene and beautiful surrounds of the Blue Spirit Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center in Nosara, Costa Rica. Join us in Chanting, Dancing, Breath Walking, Meditation and Kundalini Yoga. All levels welcome. For more information and registration click here.
Maadhiam World Peace Festival — December 23–30 — Middle East Cruise — Take time off to participate in The Maadhiam World Peace Festival aboard a cruise — the Costa Fortuna. The Festival will bring together like minded people from many diverse backgrounds, talents and domains of expertise who are committed to promoting world peace. The Festival will explore many innovative ways to communicate about peace through yoga, literature, music, dance and art. Travel on an awesome mind transforming and life changing journey. And of course, do experience the warmth and hospitality of the Middle East as the cruise stops in ports in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. To learn more, click here. (Note: Shift Network’s Philip Hellmich will be a guest speaker on the cruise.)
Awake: The Life of Yogananda — DVDs available with subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch and Japanese. Plus there are new film showings in Australia and United States! You also can bring Awake to your yoga studio or community. To learn more, click here. (The filmmakers were interviewed in the Yoga Day Summit, the recording is available for free.)
New Book: Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation —
David Thomas Nicol introduces the concept of “subtle activism” to describe the use of consciousness-based practices like meditation and prayer to support collective transformation, such as global meditation directed toward peaceful resolution of a conflict. Subtle activism represents a bridge between the consciousness movement and the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is not a substitute for physical action but rather a potentially crucial component of a more integrated approach to social change. To learn more and order a copy, click here.
World Peace Library — Free Resource — Be sure to take advantage of the World Peace Library, a wide-ranging resource on peace newly compiled by the Shift Network: It contains more than 300 inspiring talks and mini-workshops from individuals such as Archbishop Tutu, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, James O'Dea, Karen Armstrong, Chief Phil Lane and many more. With neuroscientists and lamas, faith-based activists and political leaders, this Library offers something for all in their peacebuilding efforts. The Shift Network has made the World Peace Library a free resource for all and encourages its use to promote peace in your families, schools, and wider community.
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• Co-creating Heaven on Earth Summit
• Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit
• Michael Stone 7-week course
• Robert Moss 12-week course
• George Kao 12-week course
• Martin Rutte 12-week course
• Wounded Knee Indigenous Healing Summit
• Andrew Harvey 7-week course
• Sandra Ingerman 7-week course
• Chief Phil Lane, Jr. 7-week course
• Peace Ambassador Training 16-week course
125th Memorial of the Wounded Knee Massacre — 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre that took place on December 29, 1890. The Shift Network is committed to standing with our Indigenous brothers and sisters to create healing ceremonies on this historic occasion. We invite you to join us in unity and determination to end massacre. Let us use this unique opportunity to collectively begin a great and momentous turning. Come heal with us in spirit at Wounded Knee! Click here to learn more.
When visiting James O’Dea in Crestone, Colorado, I asked him, “What musician inspires ‘heaven on earth.’” James immediately said, “The song Happy, it went viral around the world.” James and I then watched several youtube videos of Pharrell Williams’ song "Happy" being people performed by people in numerous countries. James loves the line in the song, “Happiness is the truth.” Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, "Happy" hit number one and has topped charts in more than seventy-five countries worldwide. Pharrell is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and fashion designer. To learn more about Pharrell, click here. To watch one of the many videos of "Happy" being sung around the world, click here.