[Catalyst 9 - 2016] Yoga Day and Enneagram

By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network

Yoga is practiced by people around the world and is helping catalyze a global shift in consciousness. Yoga is one of our most ancient spiritual practices (estimated between 5,000 and 10,000 years old), which is part of why the United Nations has designated June 21 is the UN International Day of Yoga.

The spread of yoga around the world truly gives me hope that there is a global shift in consciousness taking place — one person, one breath, one posture and one meditation at a time.

To celebrate and accelerate yoga’s impact in the world, we have teamed up with UPLIFT, in association with Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India, to create the annual Yoga Day Summit — a free online event on June 21. This is our second year and we are offering over 12 hours of free videos featuring some of India’s saints, world-renown yoga teachers, kirtan performers, scientists, and much more! (To pre-register free for the Yoga Day Summit, click here.)

The Yoga Day Summit will include Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Sri Mooji, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Deepak Chopra, Janet Stone,Tommy Rosen, Kia Miller, Anand Mehrotra, and Richard Miller, plus free yoga classes. One of my mentors, Michael Singer has produced profound videos about yoga and karma yoga based on his New York Times bestselling books The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment.

On Yoga Day, you can join a global sunset yoga wave unifying the world through our friends at UNIFY – click here.

We would love to know: Do you think children should be taught yoga and meditation in school? Why, or why not? Please post a few sentences on this topic on our Facebook page and read what other Shift Network community members are sharing too – click here.

Another wisdom tradition that inspires me is the Enneagram — a roadmap, or soul map, for understanding who you are and finding compassion for others. Enneagram is a time-tested system that integrates your whole being and can be applied to every area of your life.

We are launching our next annual Enneagram Global Summit on June 7–10 featuring Helen Palmer, Russ Hudson, Cheryl Richardson, Kathlyn Hendricks and many more! We want to thank Jessica Dibbs for her leadership in hosting and producing this amazing offering! (To register free, click here.)

In this edition of The Catalyst, we have inspiring articles about yoga by Philip M. Hellmich,our Director of Peace and co-producer of the Yoga Day Summit, and Kelle Walsh. We also have articles about Enneagram from Lee Doyle and Susan Olesek — Susan provides a heartfelt update on the Enneagram Prison Project.

I also want to bring special attention to the article by Mark Gerzon, The Day After We Vote, and his new book, The Reunited States of America. Mark is a leading voice in a transpartisan movement striving to transform the political dynamics in the United States.

Conscious political engagement is dear to my heart and I will be launching an extensive speaking campaign for my new book Sacred America, Sacred World to be released on July 5. I have timed the book and an upcoming American Citizens Summit to take place leading up to the US elections. (See Movement News for more about Sacred America, Sacred World.)

Our Member Profile is from Sharona Fein about her trip to India with The Shift Network. Our Featured Artist is the stunning Ixchel Prisma.

On June 1, we will have a Global Shift Meditation on Uplifting the Sacred Feminine featuring my wife Devaa Haley Mitchell. (To join free, click here.)

Finally, I want to say that as a reminder, I will be co-leading with Philip M. Hellmich a Shift Trip to Iran in October — Splendors of the Persian Empire. (To learn more, click here.)

Yoga: from Ancient Wisdom to Modern Science

Join people around the world in celebrating the International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2016. To learn more, click here.

Global Shift Meditation — Join Free Event — 1st of Every Month

On June 1 at 12pm Pacific, we will feature Devaa Haley Mitchell and Uplifting the Sacred Feminine. Join The Shift Network, The Gaiafield Project and people around the world for Global Shift Meditations the 1st of each month – click here to register free . You can participate free live or via recordings.

Your Voice:

We want to know: Do you think children should be taught yoga and meditation in school? Why, or why not? Please post a few sentences on this topic on our Facebook page and read what other Shift Network community members are sharing too – click here.

12 Exciting Reasons Why Yoga is Impacting So Many Lives Around the World
By Philip M. Hellmich

On a recent trips to India, I was blessed to interview a wide range of swamis, yoga teachers, scientists and practitioners, and what I discovered truly opened my eyes and my heart....

To read more, click here.

What Karma Yoga is Really About
By Kelle Walsh

While the masses flock to yoga studios to perfect their poses, some Western yoga practitioners have been embracing karma yoga — one of the 5 branches of yoga often defined as “selfless service,” or the yoga of work.

To read more, click here.

The Enneagram: Discover 9 Essential Pathways for Your Emotional & Spiritual Growth
By Lee Doyle

At first blush, many people mistake the Enneagram for a simple personality typing system, something akin to a psychological parlor game, which forces people into convenient little boxes.

To read more, click here.

The Enneagram: The Missing Piece in Criminal Reform
By Susan Olesek

I had to obtain extra security clearance to first bring them in, but now regularly, on week five of the eight-week program we teach in jail, we purposely drop two, 100-piece puzzles, a pair of kittens made “for under five years old,” onto the floor and direct 45 supposed “hardened criminals” to divide into two groups to assemble. Personality comes online like giving a ball to boys at recess.

To read more, click here.

The Day After We Vote: What Happens Then?
By Mark Gerzon

On November 9, when we wake up from our long slumber of the 2016 election, we will once again face the reality behind this crazy election year drama. Like a family returning to their termite-infested home, we will recognize that our nation is worse shape than when we left. After the “victors” on Election Day have finished their fleeting celebration, we will face the consequences of another toxic dose of hyperpartisan poison, which will leave the body politic weaker than ever.

To read more, click here.

India — The Sweet and the Spicy
By Sharona Fein

After 36 hours in transition, I came home from India to find that the people who had rented my apartment while I was gone had completely disorganized all of my carefully arranged closets and shelves. Sitting among the chaos of unpacked and unwashed things, and the disorderly nature of my thoughts I know that soon all will be restored. But do I want really it to be? It would be a shame to put everything back the way it was. I don’t travel in order to come back the same as when I left. And India, in her wild bedlam and cacophonous colors had rearranged me down to my soul.

To read more, click here.

New Book by Stephen Dinan: Sacred America, Sacred World — Infused with visionary power, Sacred America, Sacred World 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. Special Pre-Order Campaign now through May 31 — order today and get the American Evolution series for free! Click for details  To stay updated on Stephen’s upcoming speaking engagements, click here.

New Book: The Reunited States of America: How We Can Cross the Partisan Divide

"Although we come from opposite ends of the political spectrum, we believe our country needs to come together. The Reunited States of America: How We Can Cross the Partisan Divide will help us do that. It reconnects us to our country's motto — "out of many, one" — and helps us meet the challenge of reuniting the country that we both love." Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform; and, Joan Blades, co-founder MoveOn.org and Living Room Conversations. To learn more, click here.

Shift Network Trip: Iran — Splendors of the Persian Empire — Dates: October 22 – November 4, 2016. Join Stephen Dinan and Philip Hellmich of The Shift Network, and Cross Cultural Journeys on an odyssey to the Republic of Iran, commonly called Persia by the West. A multicultural nation with many ethnic and linguistic groups (mostly Shi'ites), this ancient country straddles Eurasia, Western Asia, the Caspian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Already a crossroads culture of great geo-strategic significance, Iran has endured invasions by the Greeks, Arabs, Turks and Mongols. Meet indigenous communities from the Zagross Mountains; Nomadic tribes near Tehran; Armenian Christians, and the people of remote Abyaneh, who have kept their traditions, dialect and costumes intact for hundreds of years. To learn more, click here and call Cross Cultural Journeys at (800) 353-2276 or via email at travel@crossculturaljourneys.com and they will start the process with you.

Join the Greater Good Science Center June 4, 2016 for a day of the Art and Science of Awe on the UC Berkeley campus. At this event, the leading scientific experts on awe — including Dacher Keltner and Michelle "Lani" Shiota — will reveal the latest findings from their research. The scientists will be joined by world-class artists and creators, including Shots of Awe creator Jason Silva, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Grammy Award-nominated musician WuMan, folk musician Melanie DeMore, and experts from the Exploratorium, NASA, the Sierra Club, the Bay Lights & more. The program will explain what makes an experience awe-inspiring, shed light on why we feel awe, and explore how to inspire more awe in daily life — through nature, art, technology, and more. 10% off with code PERGCS! To learn more, click here.

SEC Sports Festival: Awakening Human Potential Through Sports

The Sports, Energy and Consciousness Group

June 10–12 (PDT) San Rafael, California

Ever wonder what the future of athletic performance and coaching will look like? Join the Sports, Energy and Consciousness Group for a taste of that future; a weekend celebration of integral coaching that combines cognitive, somatic, psychological, energetic and consciousness training into everyday take-home practices that will harness the power of your true athletic ability. Keynote speakers include Michael Murphy and Ken Wilber, two of the leading figures of the integral movement. To learn more, click here.

The From Self Care to Earth Care Conference – Boulder, Colorado (June 11, 2016), Carbondale, Colorado (June 13–14, 2016) & Crestone, Colorado (June 16, 2016). These live events provide space for the leading voices and activists across the interspiritual, ecospiritual, sustainability and other transformative landscapes to vision and effectuate future programs, events and initiatives across these areas of passion. To learn more, click here.

The Points of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service is the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders in the world. This year the conference is in Detroit from June 27–29 and the Compassion Games is organizing a "coopetition" to Pass the Compassion Torch and Connect Points of Light! Join us and sign up to play! Click here to learn more.

Native American Bearing Witness Retreat From July 25–29, 2016 the Zen Peacemakers will conduct the in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actor and practicing Zen Buddhist Michael O’Keefe invites you to join him, and the Zen Peacemakers, to learn from, support, and meditate with Native American leaders. To learn more, click here.

New Film: Be Here Now is an inspiring love story between superstar, Andy Whitfield, of Spartacus fame and his charismatic wife, Vashti, who together take on the most heroic role he’s ever had to play. With matching 'Be Here Now' tattoos on their forearms, they go on a quest to heal Andy from a cancer diagnosis — by embracing life, rather than fear, and bravely allowing Oscar-nominee Lilibet Foster to film their journey. You can bring this film to a theatre near you or join a screening: click here.

The Spiritual Life TV Channel features free wisdom teachings from many spiritual traditions and gives a practical focus that shows how a person can use these teachings to live a more spiritual life. New videos feature: James O’Dea, Edgar Mitchell, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marilyn Schlitz, Gleen Mullin, Stephen Dinan, Philip Hellmich, and more! To learn more, click here.

Awake: The Life of YoganandaNow available on Netflix, Amazon and other livestream programs. Plus, 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 Free App: Spirit & Nature — The gorgeous new Spirit & Nature App takes people out of their busy lives, into a tranquil space, where they can truly transform their consciousness. Access it free today at the App Store: 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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2016 Catalyst:
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(#6, 4/3) (#5, 3/13) (#4, 2/28) (#3, 2/14) (#2, 1/31) (#1, 1/17)

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2016 Issue 9 • May 29

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Invite your family, friends and yoga studios to participate in the International Day of Yoga on June 21. To learn more, click here.

The 7 Pillars of Awakening A Feminine Approach to Spiritual Liberation Through Ego Relaxation — With Miranda Macpherson. Release all the seeking, grasping and struggling and relax into a limitless stream of spiritual nourishment. A Free Virtual Event June 1, 2016 at 5:30pm Pacific

Shamanic Journeying for Community Healing How Shamanic Practices Can Heal Families, Communities & Nations — Featuring Sandra Ingerman. Discover how the powerful and ancient practices of shamanic journeying can be applied to collective challenges, upheavals and wounds, to create deep healing that goes beyond the personal. A Free Virtual Event June 4, 2016 at 10:00am Pacific

Creating a Feminine Soul Sanctuary Practices to Renew your Spirit with Grace & Beauty — With Devaa Haley Mitchell, Anodea Judith, Lisa Schrader, Luisah Teish, Mirabai Starr, Zuleikha and Chandanni Miglino. Take a break from your everyday life and relax into some spacious “sanctuary time” to discover the path of grace, beauty and open-heartedness. A Free Virtual Event June 7, 2016 at 5:00pm Pacific

Activating Your Happiness Genes How Energy Psychology & Epigenetics Can Empower Your Health & Wellbeing — With Dawson Church, PhD. Discover how to increase your baseline of happiness and access greater vibrancy, joy and energy through transformational practices rooted in cutting edge science. A Free Virtual Event June 8, 2016 at 5:30pm Pacific

Mindfulness & Healing Transforming Your Relationship to Pain, Illness & Stress Through Meditation — With Bob Stahl. Discover simple, proven practices to bring more peace, calmness and clarity into your life. New Live Training Starts Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Christ Path Advanced Intensive A 9-month Practicum to Awaken & Embody Christ Consciousness in Daily Life — With Andrew Harvey. Discover the advanced teachings and practices hidden within the depths of esoteric Christianity to transfigure your body, mind and spirit and birth a truly sacred culture. New Program Begins Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bestowing Your Blessing on Yourself How to Heal Yourself, Liberate Your Gifts & Expand Your Impact — With Tim Kelley and Beth Scanzani. Discover a step-by-step system to use your own unique gifts to take your growth, influence, and success to the next level. New Live 12-week Training Starts Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Becoming the Flame of Love Retreat Uniting Your Inner Feminine & Masculine in the Heart of Sacred Union — With Spiritual Teacher Andrew Harvey and Shift Network Co-Founder Devaa Haley Mitchell. Be prepared for a week of soul expansion, heart-opening wisdom and spiritual practices that will help you fuse the sacred masculine and feminine within you in a sacred marriage. Through this alchemical process, you’ll begin to come into fuller embodiment as a Divine Human. September 11–16, 2016

More Upcoming Events: (all subject to change)

• Summer of Peace
• Dawson Church 7-week course
• Jan Phillips 7-week course
• Lion Goodman 7-week course
• Andrew Harvey 7-week course
• Sandra Ingerman 12-week course
• Miranda Macpherson 14-week course
• Devaa Haley Mitchell membership program

• Lisa Schrader 7-week course
• Enneagram 10-week course
• David Crow 6-month program
• Mirabai Starr 9-month program
• Mark Matousek 9-month program

• Stan Grof 7-week course
• Marilyn Schlitz 7-week course
• Margaret Paul 7-week course
• Oscar Miro-Quesada 7-week course
• Sue Morter 7-week course
• David Nicol 7-week course
• Richard Miller 7-week course
• David Crow 6-month program

Enneagram Prison Project — The Shift Network is delighted to support the Enneagram Prison Project — a non-profit dedicated to serving the incarcerated. Founder Susan Olesek says, "In bearing witness to the courageous inner-work taking place in the unlikely place that is prison, I became downright convinced that the benefit of self-understanding through the lens of the Enneagram is a critical missing piece for real criminal reform."

We want to give a special thanks to UPLIFT and Parmarth Niketan Ashram for their partnership in co-creating the Yoga Day Summit!

Ixchel Prisma
By Eleanor Tara

Ixchel Prisma invokes a unique and cosmic consciousness through her intentional music. Her long-awaited debut album of healing songs, Full Spectrum Medicine, is finally here. This subtle yet powerful collection of original work combines electronic beats, live instruments, poetic lyrics and gorgeous vocals that invoke the listener to return home to their open heart and listen to the inner whispers of truth. This album is a beautiful prayer to behold. You can listen here by click here. To watch Ixhel Prismas’ stunning live video of "Full Spectrum Medicine," click here.

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