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2017 Catalyst, Issue 9: Dreams

[Catalyst 9 - April 30, 2017] Dreams

By Ben Hart, VP of Marketing and Media

This week’s issue focuses on the topic of Dreams — their mystery, power and ability to offer deep healing and guidance.

As you’ll read, a precognitive dream opened a whole new world of magic and mystery for Shift staff writer and dreamwork guide Susan Audrey. The recognition that our nighttime dreams could offer a glimpse of what is to come radically altered her perspective on life. “I was discovering that our dreams can be the fast track to our higher Self and inner knowing,” writes Susan in her candid profile in this issue.

Author and speaker Dr. Larry Dossey experienced the same recognition, but unlike Susan, he turned away from the beckoning whisper of his precognitive dream. It occurred during his first year of practice as an internist and he was too heavily invested in the world of medicine to embrace a concept that was beyond the scope of science.

Dreams can not only open up a whole new world to us, they can reveal that the world itself is a dream. That’s a tenet of Hinduism, which views the material world as a dream of God’s, a projection of cosmic consciousness. Vishnu, a deity exalted as the highest God in the Bhagavad Gita, is portrayed as the Divine Dreamer of the world dream.

Since we are not separate from God, we dream the dream along with God. The dream and the dreamer are one and the same. What we call reality is but a dreamscape within Reality, the divine realm where peace, love, and beauty reign.

Susan Audrey writers in her profile piece that her dream experience bestowed a knowing “that we’re not alone and that help is always available to us.” It is this realization that enables us to become awake in the dream, awed by the unity, timelessness, and perfection of Reality.

One does not dream: one is dreamed. We "undergo" the dream, we are the objects.
— Carl Jung

In this issue of The Catalyst, we’re featuring compelling articles by Robert Moss, the creator of Active Dreaming, on the essential nature of shamans; Linda Backman on the challenge, opportunities and necessity of attending “Earth school”; Dr. Larry Dossey on the disturbing dream that threatened to upend his vision of reality; and Yoshi Aono explains why he founded Hanuman Festival, which this year takes place in Boulder, Colorado from June 15 to 18. Yoshi and the Hanuman team were with Philip Hellmich, our Director of Peace, in Rishikesh, India in March, filming interviews for the Yoga Day Summit.

In our Featured Media, we offer a post — highlighted by a 5-minute audio by dream teacher Robert Moss — on how dreams can help you find answers to life’s problems; a TEDx talk by Shift faculty Mark Gerzon in which he challenges us to harness both the “liberal” and “conservative” parts of our being in order to better love our country and more fully love ourselves; and a brief documentary about Chris Robinson, who partners with law enforcement authorities by sharing his precognitive dreams about disastrous events.

Our Member Profiles feature bestselling author and Shift faculty Mirabai Starr, who relates how Ram Dass personally introduced her to the Divine Mother when she was just a teenager; and Shift writer Susan Audrey, who shares how dreams played a crucial role in her awakening during a difficult time.

Our Featured Artist is Joe Muscatello, a California-based musician who combines uplifting pop vocals with modern electronic bass music.

We would love to hear your answer to the question, “Can you share a story about how a particular dream gave you valuable insight into an important issue?” To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

Our Shift Philanthropy section features The Schoolbox Project, which provides mobile, solar-powered schoolhouses offering trauma-informed education, art and play to children in refugee camps throughout Greece; and Dreamscape Foundation, a nonprofit founded by college student Joseph Sehwani to help improve the lives of people struggling with disease or disability.

May your dreams steer you toward a richer, more fulfilling, more abundant life. Just remember that dreams can’t fulfill their promise until you have the courage to act on them. May we all heed these words of wisdom penned by an anonymous sage:

Believe in your dreams and they may come true;
believe in yourself and they will come true.

Discover How to Use Your Nighttime Dreams to Heal & Transform
By Susan Audrey (with 5-minute audio from Robert Moss)

What if you could find the answers to your daytime problems at night while sleeping?

Renowned dreamwork expert and bestselling author Robert Moss travels the world teaching others how to look to their nighttime dreams to do just that....

He shows us how your dreams are actually portals to your higher knowing, your soul’s most coveted desires and even to other realms and times where you can explore and discover all sorts of important insights into how to live a more fulfilling, healthy and happy life.

To read more, click here.

And click here for details about Robert Moss’ new 7-week live training, which begins on Wednesday, May 3.

Loving Your Country, Loving Yourself
A TEDx talk by Shift faculty Mark Gerzon

Do you love your country? Do you love yourself? Mark Gerzon, Shift Network faculty and conflict resolution mediator, challenges us to learn to listen to bridge the divide between liberal and conservative, by asking the unasked question that just might make the inner workings work beyond bipartisanship.

To watch the 11-minute video, click here.

Chris Robinson’s Precognitive Dreams

This 12-minute documentary features Englishman Chris Robinson, whose astonishing ability to predict future events from his dreams have been documented time and time again. Watch the documentary by clicking here. You can read more about Chris by clicking here.

Global Shift Meditation - Join Free! Free Event on the First of Every Month

Join The Shift Network, The Gaiafield Project and people around the world for Global Shift Meditations the first of each month — click here to register for free. We’ll be featuring Harold W. Becker, Founder and Director of the Love Foundation, on May 1, 2017.

Your Voice

We want to know: Can you share a story about how a particular dream gave you valuable insight into an important issue? To share with our Facebook Page community, click here.

Shamans as Dreamers, Dreamers as Shamans
By Robert Moss

The shamans who interest me are world-class dreamers who can travel between different worlds in the multiverse at will.

They know the roads of the afterlife because they have died and come back. They walk with Death at their left shoulder, as an ally, not a dread.

They know where to find lost souls and how to guide them to where they belong, in one world or another.

To read more, click here.

Soul Evolution: Clear Past Life Karma and Live Your Life Purpose
By Linda Backman

Just as a baby needs to eat, sleep and be held, you as a soul have an innate impetus to reach higher levels of spiritual learning. Advanced souls residing in the celestial realm are your “classroom teachers” as you begin the equivalent of pre-school-level training to prepare your soul for incarnation. Think about the critical job of a parent who initially cares for every need of the newborn and toddler.

By approximately age five, the child is ready to take that first step toward independence by beginning school. Coming into body and moving through life on Earth comprise your dense and challenging “laboratory of learning” in terms of soul evolution. After your newborn and toddler education in the celestial realm, you are sufficiently prepared as a soul to begin the Earth school of evolution from one lifetime to the next.

To read more, click here.

Dreaming: Doorway to a New Reality
By Larry Dossey, MD as told to Phil Bolsta

The most important aspect of my spiritual life is a sense of oneness with the Divine. It permeates my life and manifests as a sense of oneness and unity with other people.

A lot of people believe that unless they have some sort of incredible, life-changing sudden epiphany, their spiritual journey is not valid or genuine. We have to guard against that. The spiritual path is extraordinarily varied and it comes in many flavors. One of the things I would want to suggest to folks is that it’s the depth and the endurance that really matter, not the pyrotechnics, the fireworks that one may experience from time to time.

To read more, click here.

Hanuman Festival
By Yoshi Aono

A teacher once asked, why did you start Hanuman Festival? It’s a mountain of work to run a yoga festival — why would you put yourself through that? What a great question!

Well... Hanuman Festival was born out of the essence of devotion. It has been about serving Hanuman just as Hanuman was devoted to lord Rama. We head into year seven and I realize the "work" that has been put forth is merely in support of the festival's natural course of development.

To read more, click here.

How I Met My Mother
By Mirabai Starr

Click here to register for Mirabai’s free virtual event on Saturday, May 6: Receiving the Gifts of the Goddesses: How to Connect to the Powers of the Sacred Feminine & Awaken to Greater Love, Liberation and Beauty.

As this weird world grows weirder, I find myself turning more and more to the Divine Feminine for a clue about how to navigate the emerging landscape. Few of the familiar signposts feel reliable, and the spaces where I once took refuge — some semblance of sane leadership in my government, for instance, and a kind of baseline respect for the voice of the feminine in society — have vanished.

To my great relief, I find that a gorgeous array of goddesses reliably comes to the rescue whenever I call on them. When my outrage rises in response to pervasive injustice, I call on Kali, the Divine Mother in the Hindu tradition, to wield her sword of unconditional love, dispelling illusion and setting Truth free. When my heart breaks for the pain of the world, I connect with the mercy of Kwan Yin, the courage of Mother Mary, and Tara’s Bodhisattva Vow to help me bear the unbearable.

To read more, click here.

Divorce, Dreams & the Divine
By Susan Audrey

One of the best things about being a writer and editor for The Shift Network is getting asked: Tell us the story of your awakening.

Well, here goes…

When I was 33 years old, I became a divorced, single mother of two, ages three and six. It was a tough road. There’s nothing like single parenting to sober you up to how hard your reality can become — and how fast.

To read more, click here.

THE HUMAN POTENTIAL SUMMIT: New Mindsets for Breakthroughs in Creativity,” a 2.5 day summit for innovation professionals, coaches and consultants, will be held May 10 to 12, 2017 at EarthRise Center in Petaluma, California. Science shows that by tapping into deeper human states, we are often able to find solutions (often multiple solutions) to seemingly unsolvable problems. Organized by BEING at Full Potential, a nonprofit center for Human Potential realization, this summit will dabble in the various human states. FOr more information, click here.

Hanuman Festival ~ Yoga + Music + Boulder, CO ~ June 15-18, 2017

If you’re ready to deepen your practice and immerse yourself in conscious community, then join us for four epic days of master classes, music, inspirational talks & celebration in the heart of Boulder. Featuring Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Annie Carpenter, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sherman, Saul David Raye, Janet Stone, and so many more. Come together to RAISE THE VIBRATION! For more information, click here.

The intention of the 5-day Kriyas Conscious Living gathering in Ibiza at the end of September is “to bring the divine feminine energy shakti into our everyday actions such that a life of consciousness can arise from within its authentic form.” See the accompanying article by Shakti Anand in this issue. For more details, click here.

Through practical recipes and advice, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions takes you through the diet Dr. Terry Wahls used to heal her MS. This cookbook, which brings groundbreaking functional medicine into your kitchen, is a step-by-step guide for reclaiming your health, reversing inflammation, and treating autoimmune disorders. To order your copy, click here. Terry was interviewed by Stephen Dinan for The Shift Network’s Winter of Wellness when her first book, The Wahls Protocol, was published.

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 thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge! To learn more, click here.

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. To order your copy, click 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 road map 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. One reviewer called it “the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.” To order your copy, click here. To request a sample chapter from the author, email Phil at GodsEyes@me.com.

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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(#9, 4/30) (#8, 4/16) (#7, 4/2) (#6, 3/19) (#5, 3/5) (#4, 2/19) (#3, 2/5) (#2, 1/22) (#1, 1/8)

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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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Start a dream journal and set the intention to start each morning by recording your dreams from the night before. Then reflect on what these dreams may mean and jot your thoughts down. This process of introspection is sure to provide helpful insights that will deepen your appreciation of life.

Accessing Nature’s Healing Pharmacy: How to Unlock the Medicinal & Nutritional Secrets of Herbs & Flowers for Health, Longevity & Spiritual Growth - A Free Virtual Event With Holistic Health Expert & Co-founder of Floracopeia Sara Crow, LAc, MTOM. Discover Surprising Insights and Nourishing Daily Recipes From One of the World’s Top Pioneering Nutrition Experts and Holistic Healers to Increase Your Energy, Longevity and Full Spectrum Wellness. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 5:30pm Pacific

Receiving the Gifts of the Goddesses: How to Connect to the Powers of the Sacred Feminine and Awaken to Greater Love, Liberation & Beauty - A Free Virtual Event With Mystic Scholar Mirabai Starr. Tap Into the Enlightening Goddess Wisdom of Sacred World Traditions — Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Native American & More. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific

3 Keys to Awaken Your Heart’s Intelligence: How to Increase Happiness, Reduce Stress & Tune Into the Wisdom of Your Heart - A Free Virtual Event With HeartMath Pioneers Deborah Rozman, Howard Martin & Sheva Carr. Discover the Scientifically Proven Methods To Reduce Feelings of Overwhelm, Increase Your Energy, Revitalize Your Relationships and Access the Intuitive Guidance of Your Heart. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:30pm Pacific

The 3 Keys to Shamanic Healing: Ancient Medicine Tools for Soul Healing, Energy Cleansing, Diagnosis & Protection - A Free Virtual Event With Leading Shamanism Teacher, Healer & Author Itzhak Beery. Discover the Powerful Shamanic Way of “Seeing” to Diagnose and Heal Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Ailments. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific

Soul Evolution: Clearing Your Past Life Karma & Fulfilling Your Life’s Purpose - With Renowned Author, Psychologist and Regression Therapist Dr. Linda Backman. Explore Your Soul’s Journey in This and Past Lifetimes to Better Understand Your Life Experiences, Gain Insights Into How to Clear Karma and Clarify and Live Your Life Purpose. New Live Training Starts Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Enneagram of the Virtues Advanced Program: Holy Ideas, Illumined Mind & Integrating Your Basic Instincts - With Renowned Enneagram Teacher Russ Hudson. Discover the Liberating, Innermost Teachings of the Enneagram to Cultivate the Deeper Heart and Mind Qualities Embedded in Your Personality Type and Discover a Path to True Enlightenment, Intimacy and Self-actualization. New 24-week Program Starts Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dreaming Into the Dreamtime: Tapping the Power of 7 World Traditions for Transformation - With Bestselling Author and Shamanic Dream Teacher Robert Moss. Discover new sources of guidance, healing and transformation beyond the reaches of your everyday mind as you look to your dreams for self discovery, personal evolution and adventure. New Live Training Starts Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Essentials of Energy Medicine: 12 Keys to Unlock Your Inner Life Force for Health, Joy & Vitality - With Energy Medicine PioneersDonna Eden & David Feinstein, PhD. Tap Your Inner Reserves of Life Energy for Healing, Radiant Health and Wellbeing! Restore and Revitalize Yourself Naturally — and Open to a Truly Abundant and Joyful Life. New 12-week Video Training Starts Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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Dreamscape Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Seton Hall University student Joseph Sehwani (see accompanying article this issue), is dedicated to improving the lives of people who are struggling with disease or disability. Through donations and sponsorships, the Dreamscape Foundation offers medical and organizational referrals, assists with education accommodations, provides healthcare, supports career goals, and fulfills a wide variety of special requests. To find out more and make a donation, click here.

The Schoolbox Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides mobile, trauma-informed education, art and play to children in refugee camps throughout Greece. They provide mobile, solar-powered schoolhouses that operate out of converted shipping containers. Their volunteers come from around the world and go through specialized training on how to work with children who have been through trauma and are living in a camp environment. Children in these programs are given 1:1 support at school and at home (tent, sidewalk squat, wherever is "home") to promote full inclusion and healing, while also avoiding retraumatization. To find out more and make a donation, click here.

The Ravenheart Center, a mystery school for advancement of the soul, was established in 1997 by psychologist Dr. Linda Backman, reflecting Linda's transition from conventional psychotherapy into client psycho-spiritual work. Dr. Backman's passion for past-life/between-lives regression and grief/loss has become the focus of her ongoing practice. To learn more, click here.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We want to acknow- ledge the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for their leadership and commitment to a nonviolent approach to DAPL. To learn more about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, click here. To follow them on Facebook, click here.

Joe Muscatello
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Joe Muscatello is a California-based musician who combines uplifting pop vocals with modern electronic bass music. The result is blissful yet deep music that is heart-opening, body-shaking and truth-awakening. Visit Joe’s website by clicking here.

Joe’s debut album, The Truth, is a musical chronicle of his personal transformative journey from lost to found, from seeking approval to knowing himself, and from reaching for fantasy to standing in his truth. This collection of eight songs is designed to connect us to our heart's wisdom in the midst of major life changes. You can listen to — and order — The Truth by clicking here.

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