[Catalyst 11 - May 28, 2017] Enneagram

By Ben Hart, VP of Marketing and Media

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.

We are so grateful for Jessica Dibb’s leadership in creating The Enneagram Global Summit. Jessica is a faculty member with The Shift Network and the founder, spiritual director, and principal teacher of Inspiration Consciousness School. To watch Jessica‚Äôs 4-minute video invitation to the Summit, click here.

To register for this free summit, click here.

In this issue of The Catalyst, we’re featuring compelling articles by Enneagram expert Andrea Isaacs on how to resolve “multiple whammies” revealed by your Enneagram chart; Peace Ambassador James O’Dea on the imperative of igniting a collective soul awakening; Rita Marie Johnson, who offers a solution to the epidemic of disconnection that is simple and efficient enough to be implemented globally; Shift faculty Anand Mehrota, who explains his motivation for creating and hosting November’s Sattva Summit in Rishikesh, India; and Suzie Kolber on the common mistakes people make when they offer condolences.

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 Member Profile features Lori Anne Yang, who consciously changed the legacy of destructive relationship patterns she realized she was passing down to her children.

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.

Jessica Dibb, host of The Enneagram Global Summit, filmed a special 4-minute video inviting you to the Summit. Click here to watch it!

The Enneagram of the Passions and Virtues
By Sandra Maitri

In this excerpt from her book, The Enneagram of the Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home, Sandra Maitri, a featured speaker in The Enneagram Global Summit, speaks about the inner journey and the place of the enneagram as a useful map of its terrain. In particular, this excerpt highlights the place of the passions and virtues here, as that is the central focus of the book.

To read more, click here.

Magazine Interview and Video Interview with Mario Sikora

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.

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 featured Harold W. Becker, Founder and Director of the Love Foundation, on May 1, 2017. (The free recording is available here.)

Your Voice

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.

The Enneagram Whammies
By Andrea Isaacs

Can you imagine finding a whammy — a surprise with a powerful and unpleasant effect — in the results of a personality profile?

Discovering “double whammies” and “triple whammies” in profiles sure surprised me as I started going over dozens, and then hundreds of charts.

My initial surprise gave way to an aha! moment when I started seeing patterns in these “whammies” that explained why so many people were struggling so mightily. Suddenly, it all made sense!

To read more, click here.

A Time of Soul Awakening Together
By James O’Dea

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.

To read more, click here.

Facing the Crisis of Disconnection with Confidence
By Rita Marie Johnson

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.

To read more, click here.

The Sattva Summit: Current Times Call for Us to Transcend Positionality & Come Together in Unity
By Anand Mehrota

“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.

To read more, click here.

Common Mistakes People Make When They Offer Condolences
By Suzie Kolber

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.

To read more, click here.

Seriously Bittersweet Love
By Lori Anne Yang

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.

To read more, click here.

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.

Learn The Three Biggest Issues That Keep Coaches from Delivering Heart Opening, Consciousness Expanding, Emotionally Healing, Evolutionary Coaching with the Enneagram
Free webinar by Ben Saltzman

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.

For more information, click here.

Soul Awakening Practice
By James O’Dea

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.

For more information, click here.

A Simple Solution for Our Disconnected World
Thursday, September 7, at 5:30pm Pacific

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.

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.” Click here to read an article on this gathering by Shakti Anand. For more details, click here.

The Sattva Summit
November 7 to 13 at the Sattva Retreat in Rishikesh, India

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.

Costa Rica Retreat with Karuna from Light On Kundalini
December 2 to 9, 2017
Blue Spirit Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center in Nosara, Costa Rica

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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Invite your family and friends to participate in The Enneagram Global Summit, which takes place June 5 to 9. Life-changing insights await! To discover more, click here.

Shamanic Journeying for Collective Healing: How Shamanic Practices Can Heal Families, Communities & Nations — A Free Virtual Event Featuring Shamanic Teacher
Sandra Ingerman. Discover how you can apply the powerful, ancient practice of shamanic journeying to ignite healing and release trauma in your loved ones, ancestors... and your greater community. June 7, 2017 at 5:30pm Pacific

Discover Your Soul Type: How to Embody the Gifts of Your True Self, Break Through Financial Blocks & Restore Physical Harmony — A Free Virtual Event With Author and Mind-Body Trainer
Ryan Angelo. Discover a blueprint of your true nature to unlock your deepest gifts, elevate your consciousness and liberate the unique expression of your soul. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific

Shamanic Healing: Ancient Medicine Teachings and Techniques for Cleansing, Spiritual Diagnosing & Protecting — With Renowned Shamanic Teacher & Healer
Itzhak Beery. Discover simple, earth-based shamanic tools and techniques for cleansing and protecting yourself, your family and home from negative energies to prevent disease-causing imbalances and to promote wellbeing. New 7-week Live Training Starts Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Transformative Path of Writing: A 9-month Journey to Uncover Your Hidden Truths & Liberate Your Authentic Self — With Bestselling Author & Teacher
Mark Matousek. Experience a profound sense of freedom by pouring your heart’s deepest truths into a journal or personal piece of writing — "lifting the veil" on your story, uncovering the gifts of your shadow, and experiencing witness consciousness.New Live Training Begins Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Divine Love Course: Mystical Practices & Principles for Connecting Directly With the Sacred Energies of the Universe — With Pioneering Contemporary Spiritual Teacher & Internationally Renowned Scholar
Andrew Harvey. Discover your direct connection to the Divine and receive essential practices and insights for tapping into the loving energies behind all Creation and becoming a vessel of love and grace. New 10-week Program Starts Tuesday, June 6, 2017

More Upcoming Events: (all subject to change)

Mingtong Gu 7-week course
• Sandra Ingerman 12-week course
• Ryan Angelo 7-week course
Yoga Day Summit
Summer of Peace
• David Crow 6-month program
• Miranda Macpherson 7-week course

• Sue Morter 7-week course
• Robert Moss 6-month program
• Linda Backman 5-month program
Shamanism Global Summit
• Pamela Miles 4-week course

Spirit in Action

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 Sports Energy & Consciousness Festival (June 23 to 25)

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.

Scarlet Crow
Recommended by Tara Divina

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.”

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Peace Through Commerce

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The Foundation for Conscious Evolution

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Humanity's Team

Green America

The National Peace Academy

Sacred Centers

Center for Sacred Studies

International Cities of Peace

Agape International Spiritual Center

Gaiafield Project

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