The Shift Catalyst — Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network

One of the simplest ways you can take your health and your family’s health into your own hands can be described in two words — essential oils.

Essential oils, which are highly concentrated forms of herbal medicine, have exploded in popularity recently, and it’s obvious why…

Science has shown that these aromatic healing tools from nature’s pharmacy are a powerful tool that can be used to improve all aspects of your life.

And aromatherapy — using essential oils to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit — is effective in treating illness, reducing stress, strengthening your immune system, improving mood, and so much more…

That’s why we’re so excited to present our FREE online Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit, which takes place from October 23-26.

Join us to receive insights, practices, and teachings for experiencing the profound benefits of essential oils for your health, wellbeing, longevity, and spiritual transformation.

David Crow

Summit host David Crow, one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare, has put together an incredible lineup of more than two dozen distillers, botanical medicine experts, acupuncturists, doctors, educators, clinicians, and scientific researchers to educate, surprise, and inspire you with profound insights about essential oils and aromatherapy that can help you transform your day-to-day life.

Whether you’re new to this field and intrigued by essential oils and aromatherapy or you’re an established practitioner of natural medicine and Chinese herbs, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the healing and evolutionary benefits of botanicals.

Speakers include Rosita Arvigo, Kurt Schnaubelt, Acharya Shunya, Arjun Das, Nyssa Hanger, Dr. Jessie Hawkins, Florian Birkmayer, MD, Cathy Skipper, Farida Irani, Raghda A Maksoud, and many more. For a sneak peek at some of the topics that will be covered — and to register for this free summit — click here.

And before you delve into the illuminating articles, videos, and other content below, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, What is your favorite essential oil and why? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.
― Vannoy Gentles Fite

A Personal Invitation to the October 23-26 Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Summit From Your Host, David Crow

Welcome to everyone. I'm David Crow, the host of the first ever Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Summit at the Shift Network, taking place online from October 23-26. I've brought together some of the most highly respected and well-known authorities in this rapidly growing field of natural healing for this 4-day event. This summit is not about marketing essential oils. It's about raising the level of awareness about the safe and effective uses of these powerful botanical substances.

To watch the video and read the rest of the text, click here.

Once Upon a Country, Once Upon an Oil
By Raghda A. Maksoud (a featured speaker in The Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit)

It was a hot summer day in ancient Cairo in 1998, and my first day at my first job. It was a journey that started with 13 different countries, airplanes, cars, airport terminals, a lot of travel time, friends, experience, education, and love — and yet still exploring and discovering.

To read more, click here.

“Evolving Beyond Your Wounds” Facebook Live Q&A

Would you like to make a real difference in the world and evolve to your highest potential, yet feel like something is holding you back? Renowned change agents Tim Kelley and Beth Scanzani will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, October 25, at Noon Pacific about how to liberate yourself from your deepest emotional wounds and the ways they’ve constrained your freedom and success. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Egyptian Shamanic Alchemy” Facebook Live Q&A

Would you like to journey across the boundaries of time and space to steep your soul in the mysteries and magic of Ancient Egypt? Nicki Scully, a renowned teacher of Egyptian mysteries, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, October 25, at 5:00pm Pacific about working with the same Egyptian gods and goddesses with whom the great pharaohs and priests performed the transformative alchemy of the ages. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Mastering Your Charge” Facebook Live Q&A

Would you like to transform trauma, meet difficult challenges with ease, and truly thrive — with proven practices for mastering your life-force energy (also known as “charge”)? Chakra expert Anodea Judith will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, October 31, at 5:00pm Pacific to explore how to manage and harmonize your charge in order to initiate deep and transformative healing. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“The Radiant Lotus Qigong Path for Women” Facebook Live Q&A

Would you like to heal and rebalance your body with simple Qigong movements to feel vital and powerful — and grounded, yet graceful? Celebrated Qigong teacher Daisy Lee will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, November 1, at 5:00pm Pacific about the Radiant Lotus Qigong practice for women, which is designed to empower you to actively participate in your own self-care and renewal. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

Your Voice:

We want to know: What is your favorite essential oil and why? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

Aromatic Molecules, Medicine of the Soul, and the Alchemical Journey
By Cathy Skipper (a featured speaker in The Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit)

It took me many years to feel I had the right to sing my song. The herbal situation in France, where I trained, is very precarious. The French are still under the heavy influence of the witch trials in Europe, which they brushed under the table rather than processed. More women were killed in France than any other European country and it is even now having a powerful effect on the subconscious. The fear of being “hung and burnt” in the marketplace for working with plant medicine is still part of the collective unconscious in France and a very real fear in many people. It is for this reason that the school where I trained made it a priority to concentrate on scientifically based teaching and clinical herbalism. Albeit still illegal, this made them and their students feel a little safer.

To read more, click here.

By David Crow (host of The Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit)

Aged sentinels watching over a vast arid silence, gnarled paper-barked trees grasp bare rock with twisted roots. Sharp knives draw the milky sap; shimmering resins fit for offering to the divine dry slowly in Bedouin caves. Merchants in bustling casbahs proclaim the virtues of their finest, largest, sweetest, rarest, most translucent drops of sunlight, all the names of al luban’s subtle grades rolling off their tongues in desert-perfumed Arabic.

To read more, click here.

Heal US: World Healing for the Body and Soul of America
A New Free Series

How can each of us, as cells in the body of America, help heal and shift the heart-wrenching conflicts we witness every day in our country? Join with world-healer David Sun Todd, in partnership with Kate Naga and David T. Nicol, in this vital new program where we explore "what's up" in our national psyche each month and take powerful steps to resolve the underlying causes in ourselves and in the collective field of the U.S.A.

To read more, click here.

Angels Saved My Life . . . Twice!
By Christopher Barbour

One evening, I got into bed and fell into that state just before sleep called the hypnagogic state. That is when a profound vision was downloaded into me. I was shown a scenario, seen from my own point of view, of flying back to Arizona from the east coast. It was stormy and raining as the plane landed. I looked to my left and in the seat next to me, there she was again, my angel — beautiful, light-filled, with long hair — the same woman who had called my name that day in the forest two years earlier. She was so light-filled, in fact, that I couldn’t look at her for more than a few seconds for fear that my eyes couldn’t take the brightness.

To read more, click here.

Keynote Lecture by David Crow, the host of The Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit

In this keynote address at the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy's "Beyond Aromatics" Conference at Bastyr University on September 13, 2014, popular Shift faculty David Crow spoke about “Essential Oils as Expressions of Botanical Intelligence.” Click here to watch David’s presentation.

Quantum Qi Documentary Series Fundraiser

Sharron Rose, the host of The Shift Network’s recent Qigong Global Summit, is the director and producer of the forthcoming documentary series, Quantum Qi: The Taoist Art of Nurturing Life.

Sharon is inviting you to participate in the funding of this powerful documentary film series — and launch a global movement in the process.

Sharron is a filmmaker, choreographer, composer, author, teacher, and performer who has spent the past 40 years working in the fields of education and the arts to investigate, integrate, and impart the knowledge and wisdom of ancient and traditional cultures throughout the world.

Click here to watch Sharron’s 4-minute video invitation and to contribute to making Quantum Qi a reality.

The Way of Grace: The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation
By Miranda Macpherson

Many of us struggle to truly live what we believe spiritually. What if closing that gap wasn’t about trying harder, but something quite the opposite? The Way of Grace is a guide to spiritual surrender and nondual realization based on the practice of ego relaxation — a holistic, feminine approach to welcoming all of your experience and responding with compassion and wisdom in a world in need of your unique gifts.

Here is a brief excerpt:

“Perhaps you hunger to finally end the struggle of living from a consciousness of fear and separation. Perhaps you yearn for a saner, wiser, more spiritually elegant way to move through our world. Perhaps you are weary of the dizzying pace of a culture that drives us ever further from our true nature. There is another way: a way of Grace. This book is a hand of friendship to help you come to abide in the living presence that you are and always were."

Click here to order your copy.

The Peace Journalist magazine

The October, 2018 edition of The Peace Journalist magazine features a special report about the safety of journalists, and about whether reporters are safer when they employ peace journalism tactics. Other featured stories include dispatches from Lebanon (about the Media Association for Peace’s fifth anniversary), South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Click here to view the magazine online and download your copy.

Prelude: Every Life Is A Prelude To The Next
By Cheryl A. Malakoff

Prelude is a riveting, well-researched metaphysical mystery. Based on a psychologist’s past-life regressions, compelling evidence is revealed, igniting a high-stakes legal battle to prove the legitimacy of reincarnation. An explosive trial concludes with unimaginable results, upending the belief that death is the final chapter. More truth than fiction; a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the purpose of life. Click here to find out more. Click here to order your copy.

For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free. 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 want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.

World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.

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

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Invite your family and friends to participate in The Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit, which takes place October 23-26. It’s free — and life-changing insights await! To discover more, click here.


A life-enhancing weekend program with the founders of The Shift Network

November 16-18 in California

Are you ready to unlock the next stage of your life and take flight with clarity, passion, and confidence? You’re invited to a rare opportunity with Shift Network's founders, Stephen Dinan and Devaa Haley Mitchell.

They’ll guide you in essential practices for expanding your reach, success, and abundance while also living in alignment with your deepest truths.

In this life-changing two-day program, you’ll:

• Hone your vision and magnetize aligned opportunities and partners

• Uncover and break through all blocks that keep you from your destiny

• Learn the key tools of enhanced and truly conscious leadership

• Commit to a bold action plan that will move you into birthing and fulfilling your soul’s path

Hosted at the beautiful new 1440 Retreat Center in California, you'll step into an amazing sanctuary and a program designed to infuse your core vision with a combination of both sacred masculine power and ancient feminine wisdom. Click here to find out more.

Discover the Radiant Lotus Qigong Practice for Women: 3 Keys to Heal Your Body, Nourish Your Spirit & Empower You Daily — A Free Video Event With Renowned Qigong Teacher & Author Daisy Lee. Experience deep self-care and renewal with simple Qigong movements to dissolve stress, clear energy blocks & enhance your wellbeing. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:30pm Pacific

The Healing Blessing of Tara: Receiving Awakened Feminine Wisdom From the Female Buddha — A Free Video Event With Founder and Senior Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation Lama Palden Drolma. Receive a healing transmission of the sacred feminine from the Savioress, Tara, to help you release unbeneficial narratives, woundings, and any shame that may bind you. Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10:00am Pacific

New Instincts Teachings From the Enneagram Trenches: Getting Real About ‘Enlightenment’ & Your Basic Human Drives — A Free Video Event Featuring Renowned Enneagram Teacher Russ Hudson. Discover the secret to real transformation — a dynamic approach to the Enneagram “subtypes” and embracing your instinctual drives. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00am Pacific

Awakening Your Kundalini: A Step-by-step Process to Liberate the Divine Power Within — With Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, and Filmmaker Raja Choudhury. Safely activate the evolutionary energy at the base of your spine to access unlimited bliss consciousness to live in your heart in bliss and evolve into a more beautiful, radiant soul while being fully engaged in the world. New 7-week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Evolving Beyond Your Wounds: Freeing Yourself to Manifest Your Purpose — With Renowned Change Agents Tim Kelley, Beth Scanzani, and Jeffrey Van Dyk. Liberate yourself from your deepest wounds and the ways they’ve constrained your freedom and success to access your full potential and live your true purpose. New 20-week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, November 1, 2018

Egyptian Shamanic Alchemy: Ancient Deities, Ceremonies & Mystery School Practices to Rebirth a New You — With Renowned Author & Teacher of Egyptian Mysteries Nicki Scully. Experience a profound shamanic journey to reach back to the sacred sites of Ancient Egypt and bring forward the healing magic of its gods and goddesses. New 7-week Video Training Starts Thursday, November 1, 2018

More Upcoming Events: (all subject to change)

Dr. Sue Morter 6-month course

Anodea Judith 7-week course
• Daisy Lee 7-week course
• Lama Palden 7-week course
Dreamwork Summit
• Russ Hudson 10-week course
• Roger Jahnke 7-week course
• David Crow 8-week course

• Andrew Harvey 10-week course
21 Days of Sacred Awakening
• Hank Wesselman 12-week course
• Suzanne Scurlock course

Camino Verde

We know there are ways to bring back the rainforest while improving the livelihoods of people. These green ways are more than sustainable, they're regenerative. We know that successful regenerative planting systems exist because we have been creating them for over a decade. Now we're sharing our most successful strategies with farmers and native communities in the Amazon of Peru, bringing back forests to areas degraded by agriculture, gold mining, and ranching. For more information, click here. To make a donation, click here.

Center for Sacred Studies

The Center for Sacred Studies is dedicated to sustaining ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all Her beings. We continue, through the decades, to unite with people in many countries around the world, growing our prayer for the next seven generations. Join us on a path of personal transformation for a global prayer.

Click here for more information. Click here to watch a 2-minute video narrated by Julie Roberts. Click here to make a donation.

Wake Up World

For years, we watched the powerbrokers posing as democratic governments around the world tighten regulation in the name of “freedom,” tighten the censorship of opinions that contradict their agenda, disparage and outlaw effective and ancient natural (ie. unpatentable) medical interventions, and feed the public “news” that seems invented solely to manipulate, control, and instill fear and division. Finally, like many of you, we felt overwhelmed, angry, and in disbelief, and decided to stop watching and do something positive to help change the status quo. That was the day that Wake Up World was born.

Our mission is pretty simple; we offer information that we think will help people to live better, see through the lies, and break down the old ways of thinking and being that no longer serve our society. And we hope that, in some small way, we contribute to the sustainable, heart-centered and enlightened future we know is on the horizon. Click here for more information and to make a donation.

Shankar Tucker

Shankar Tucker blends classical Indian music, jazz, and popular music to create a unique and original fusion sound, both in solo recordings and with some of the most talented and accomplished young Carnatic and Hindustani vocalists and instrumentalists. Shankar himself plays a wide range of instruments in his recordings: piano, bass, kanjira, tabla, and other percussion instruments. His videos feature his own compositions, and his arrangements of traditional and classical songs, film, and popular music, in Hindi, Tamil, and English.

Shankar was the name given him as a young child by “Amma” – the spiritual leader and renowned humanitarian Mata Amrityanandamayi Devi on her U.S. tour, and he has gone by it ever since.

As a clarinetist, Shankar has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Raghu Dixit, and recorded with music director Amit Trivedi for MTV’s Coke Studio. Shankar’s ensemble has had the distinction of performing at the White House Diwali function of 2012, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden.

Listen to music from Filament, Shankar’s new album, here.

Watch Shankar’s YouTube videos here, here, and here.

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