The Enneagram — a powerful personality typing system used by individuals, therapists, spiritual teachers and professionals across the globe — is a gateway to your inner wisdom that can help you access wholeness, true intimacy and fulfillment of your life’s purpose.
The 9-point Enneagram symbol represents nine unique types, or energies, each with specific traits, behavioral patterns and tendencies — and each with unique gifts.
Working with the Enneagram sheds light on the fears, desires and motivations that — often unconsciously — fuel your world view and behavioral patterns. It also helps you understand specific dynamics within your relationships, opening you up to compassion and empathy, for yourself and others.
The enormous transformative potential of the Enneagram is why we created The Enneagram Global Summit, a groundbreaking free online event offered from June 5 to June 9.
The 5-day event features Helen Palmer, Russ Hudson, Cheryl Richardson, Kathlyn Hendricks and many more speakers who can help you discover the insights and practices you need to break free from unhealthy patterns, reconnect with your true Self, and realize your highest potential.
In our Featured Media, we offer an excerpt from Sandra Maitri’s book, The Enneagram of the Passions and Virtues; and two interviews with executive coach and consultant Mario Sikora. Sandra and Mario are both featured speakers for The Enneagram Global Summit.
Our Featured Artist is Scarlet Crow, who explore the wounding and healing of the Feminine through the powerful transmission of their medicine songs.
We would love to hear your answer to the question, “What insights into your personality have you gleaned from your Enneagram results and how have they helped you in your daily life?” To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
Our Shift Philanthropy section features Spirit in Action, which provides micro-grants to help individuals, families and grassroots organizations in Africa start small businesses and community programs; and The Schoolbox Project, which provides mobile, solar-powered schoolhouses offering trauma-informed education, art and play to children in refugee camps throughout Greece.
On a trip to Korea, Mario, a featured speaker in The Enneagram Global Summit, was interviewed by HRD, the largest HR magazine in that country. Click here to read the full text of that wide-ranging interview.
And click here for a 9-minute video interview with Mario in which he introduces the subtypes of the Enneagram.
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 featured Harold W. Becker, Founder and Director of the Love Foundation, on May 1, 2017. (The free recording is available here.)
We want to know: What insights into your personality have you gleaned from your Enneagram results and how have they helped you in your daily life? To share with our Facebook Page community, click here.
Could it really be possible that this is a time when many people are waking up together? The harshness of the political landscape, the horrific nature of indiscriminate terror attacks, war, the scale of refugee and migrant flows, the density of materialism, famine, the overwhelming jeopardy of ecological catastrophe and many more threats to health and wellbeing — all these would suggest that humanity is heading in the wrong direction. A heavy cloud of moral darkness threatens to obscure our collective evolutionary promise.
Take a quick look at today’s news headlines and it’s easy to see that our world is facing a crisis of disconnection. Modern life — fast-moving, stress-filled, at times aggressive and violent — tends to disconnect us from our inner lives and from each other. People are coping the best they can, but they often choose destructive strategies such as addictions, isolation and antisocial behaviors to handle their challenges.
In schools, disconnection reduces learning and leads to acting out in unhealthy ways. At home, it causes incessant fighting, domestic violence and increasing divorce rates. In business, it impacts teamwork and the bottom line. Between countries, it can lead to war. Not knowing how to consistently connect with others keeps us stuck, personally, professionally and globally. It creates needless suffering and impairs our hope for positive change.
“We are currently living in the Earth time of Dwapara Yuga,” noted Swami Sri Yukteswar in his book, The Holy Science. The yogic understanding of Dwapara Yuga is that is is the age of information and technology. It is a higher age than Kali Yuga, which is the dark, densest period. We are in the beginning stages of Dwapara Yuga. One of the biggest threats we are now facing is that we are losing our signs of intelligence; it is in the hands of our neurosis. Because we are in the first phase of this time, it is the Kali Yuga within Dwapara Yuga, the Dark Age within the Twilight Age. As we look around the world the fastest hour that is arising is separation. People are confused as to their own identity.
Talking to someone who has just lost a loved one is never easy. In fact, many people avoid the situation by staying away or sending a generic card. They are afraid of saying the wrong thing. While there is no one right way to offer condolences, there are a few mistakes that well-meaning people often make. Learn from others so you don’t make these three errors.
I sit knees to chin in the preschool chair in my darkened church basement-turned-bistro at a community gathering of music and storytelling. In my role as church lady, I replenish the dessert table when the selections become low. One beautiful cake is ominously labeled ‘Seriously Bittersweet Chocolate Torte” Emphasis clearly placed on the underlined word ‘bitter.’ Fair warning.
I admit, I am tempted. I have been trying to lose a few pounds, but I have a serious addiction to bittersweet chocolate! I smile as I notice the inner argument I am having with my willpower is not unlike my struggle years before to quit my addiction to some seriously bittersweet love, emphasis on bitter. The kind of drama-filled, roller-coaster, anything-tamer-than-a-dish-throwing-argument-is-boring kind of love.
Anticipation is building for The Enneagram Global Summit, a free online event held from June 5 to 9 and hosted by Jessica Dibb, the founder of Inspiration Consciousness School and Community. You can click here to sign up so you can listen to visionary speakers such as Russ Hudson, A. H. Almaas, Cheryl Richardson, Sandra Maitri, Mario Sikora and Ben Saltzman, who will explain how the Enneagram can help you operate in your daily life through the lens of your own innate wisdom, resulting in truly authentic relationships and a deep sense of living “on purpose.” You can join this one-of-a-kind online event — at no charge — to discover why this powerful personality typing system is used by individuals, therapists, spiritual teachers and professionals across the globe. See our list of dynamic speakers and find out everything you need to know by clicking here.
In this free webinar, coaches and therapists will learn how to apply the Enneagram in the trenches with clients to open hearts, expand consciousness, and support spiritual evolution in clients. You will discover the biggest challenges change agents face as they try to use the Enneagram and how clients unknowingly resist the exact path of self-exploration that will set them free from the trance of type!
The facilitator, Master Coach Ben Saltzman, is a spiritual maverick, coach to thought leaders, fortune 500 executives, and multimillionaire entrepreneurs. He has been training coaches and therapists how to do deeper-level work and emotional healing with the Enneagram for over 20 years. This event promises to take your coaching or therapy and depth.
This brand new book of prayer and contemplation is for evolutionaries and activists, for deep ecologists, for spiritual seekers engaged in passionate renewal, and for all those thirsty for a spiritually coherent worldview.
Prayer and contemplation can access the deepest aspect of our will to radically change our lives and transform the world — the deeper the contemplation the more profoundly we can be stirred to meaningful action.
Each set of poetic reflections concludes with a short essay by outstanding spiritual leaders and thinkers: Barbara Marx Hubbard on soul awakening; Anodea Judith on heart opening; Ervin Laszlo on light shining; Michael Singer on wounds dissolving and Hopi elder Mona Polacca on peace radiating.
This global webinar educates adults in the Connection Practice®, an efficient, scientifically-based social-emotional skill for creating a world that works for everyone. Attend this free hour-long webinar, A Simple Solution for Our Disconnected World, and learn about this powerful antidote to violence that is enriching lives around the globe. For more information, click here.
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.” Click here to read an article on this gathering by Shakti Anand. For more details, click here.
The Sattva Summit is a boutique conscious gathering, offering the opportunity for yogis from across the globe to gather as a community for a week of deep healing, expansion and reasonless joy at The Sattva Retreat, a luxurious sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Himalayans. We will gather as a community to deepen in our silence through daily group meditation and rituals, harmonize with the body in our yoga practice with globally renowned teachers, connect to ancient yogic wisdom and the evolutionary teachings of consciousness, and nourish our bodies with healing foods from leading Ayurvedic chefs of India, while enjoying live music, chanting and dancing. We will also have the opportunity to discover the beauty that Rishikesh has to offer, including hikes to Himalayan villages, temple tours, ganga dips, cave meditations, rafting, ayurvedic spa treatments, cooking classes, and much more! Click here to watch a short video invitation to the Sattva Summit.
Join us for 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 (Blue Spirit has been named a Yoga Journal “Best Yoga Escape 2017”). We will be breaking down the walls of resistance by going deeper into peace and tranquility through meditation. The week will include in-depth exploration of the technology of Kundalini Yoga for re-rooting, rest and restoration of the Complete Self from the stresses of daily life. You’ll develop a fulfilling everyday discipline, creating devotional practice with Sadhana at the ambrosial hour, meditation and chanting, and breath walks on the oceanfront, experiencing deep immersion into the Soul! For more information, click here.
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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Spirit in Action International (SIA), a 501(c)(3) organization, supports grassroots community action in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda with small grants ($500 to $5,000) to local community-based organizations that are working together to reduce poverty and support vulnerable families. Their partners run job training programs in Nairobi slums, start low-interest loan cooperatives in rural Malawi, and support LGBT “inclusivity clubs” in Uganda.
They also provide families in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda with $150 microgrants and business training to help them take the first steps out of poverty and improve their lives. Rather than ask these entrepreneurs to pay back the funds, SIA’s Sharing the Gift initiative encourages them to pay it forward to support another family in their community. In this way, the impact of SIA continues to ripple long after the initial grant. Click here to visit their website and to make a donation.
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 SEC Festival is a growing community of practitioners, coaches and high-performance athletes who come together to connect, grow and support each other, and to learn the transformative, multi-disciplined methodology of accessing higher consciousness through sport.
At the SEC Festival — held annually at beautiful Dominican University, just outside of San Francisco, you’ll receive powerful training, profound consciousness shifts, flow-hacking techniques, deep connections, incredible adventures and unique opportunities to take your connection to sport into the stratosphere, so that you can elevate your game AND consciousness to new heights.
Panelists, presenters and speakers include Shift Network faculty and speakers Dawson Church, Katia Peterson and Michael Murphy. Donna Eden's organization, Innersource, is also participating. For more information, 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.
Marya Stark and Carmen Crow have joined forces as Scarlet Crow to explore the wounding and healing of the Feminine through the powerful transmission of their medicine songs. In their genre-defying debut album, Remembrance, they liberate Her voice through their angelic yet soulful singing. Each song weaves together long-forgotten stories and codes of ancient wisdom, some even offering blunt reflections of how far off track we are collectively, while envisioning a future where we are thriving, and the masculine and feminine are truly in balance. Click here to listen to "Child of Magdalene," an especially potent prayer that I've had on repeat for days. Click here to watch their music video for “It’s Easier.”