By Lisa Bonnice, award-winning author and program host at The Shift Network
Hi. I'm Lisa Bonnice, your host for The Shift Network's first-ever Ancestral Healing Summit, a free online event from April 8–12 The topic of ancestral healing is so expansive and diverse that it takes a whole five days with over three dozen expert speakers to even begin the discussion — and we’re still only scratching the surface.
We’ll be talking about the hard science of epigenetics, which tells how our ancestors’ experiences affected their DNA, which then got passed down to us in the form of illnesses, phobias, unhealthy social behavior patterns, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. You’ll be able to watch my video interviews with some of the top experts in the field, like Drs. Dan Siegel and Sue Morter, Dawson Church, and Gregg Braden.
We’ll look at the psychological aspects of how our ancestors affect us, how past lives enter into the equation, and we’ll explore ancestral healing from a shamanic perspective, with many shamanists like Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, don Oscar Miro-Quesada, and, of course, Daniel Foor — a renowned expert in ancestral healing work. They, and many others, offer powerful insights into how you can explore communication with your ancestors and work with them to create a more satisfying and healthy life for you, your family, and your descendants.
We’ll also be talking with Natalia O’Sullivan, a psychic medium who specializes in ancestral healing work, and Desda Zuckerman, an expert in working with the energy field in clearing up stuck ancestral patterns. We’ll even address how adoptees, who may have no idea who their ancestors are, can absolutely participate in this work.
And because ancestral history is something we all have in common, we adopted a global perspective and connected with experts with backgrounds in some of humankind’s most destructive historical events like the African diaspora, the Holocaust, the displacement of Indigenous peoples, Japanese internment camps, and the oppression of the LGBTQ community.
Each and every expert we talk with offers incredible insights and wisdom, and there are far too many to name here. Please take a look at the lineup and make a point of listening in to as many as you can. These illuminating conversations will change the way you look at your life, the lives of those who came before you, and those who are yet to come.
In observation of Women’s History Month, here is a note from Stephen Dinan, President of The Shift Network:
This past week, I joined my wife and co-founder of The Shift Network, Devaa Haley Mitchell, as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) for Pathways to Peace, an NGO advancing a Culture of Peace.
More than 5,000 women, ranging from grassroots leaders to policymakers, gathered from around the world for the UN’s largest annual commission.
The schedule was packed with meetings from morning until evening, engaging with some of the hardest aspects of life faced by women around the world. The issues that were explored ranged from sex trafficking to domestic violence, from female genital mutilation to “gendercide” of 200M unborn females, from discrimination in media to the lack of legal rights for widows.
It was a sobering wake-up call about just how far we still have to go as a planet. Yet, it was an incredibly hopeful event that left us feeling a deep optimism that we can, and will, rise to the challenges we face.
Click here to watch Devaa offer more detailed commentary in a 4-minute video she posted from the event.
Finally, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, Which woman in history has inspired you the most and why?To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
Three major feminist principles: that violence cannot solve problems, that cooperation is more supportive and life-enhancing than competition, and that life, including the quality of life of all living things, is the foremost consideration in making decisions. — Sonia Johnson
Hi, I'm Lisa Bonnice, your host for The Shift Network's first ever Ancestral Healing Summit, a free online event from April 8-12. The topic of ancestral healing is so expansive and diverse that it takes a whole five days with over three dozen expert speakers to even begin the discussion, and we're still only scratching the surface. .
You'll be able to watch my video interviews with some of the top experts in the field, like Drs. Dan Siegel and Sue Morter, and Dawson Church, and Gregg Braden. We'll look at the psychological aspects of how our ancestors affect us with Mark Wolynn, head of the Family Constellations Institute and Director of the Inherited Trauma Institute.
We'll even address how adoptees who may have no idea who their ancestors are can absolutely participate in this work. And because ancestral healing is something we all have in common, we adopted a global perspective and connected with experts with backgrounds in some of humankind's most destructive historical events like the African diaspora, the Holocaust, the displacement of Indigenous peoples, Japanese internment camps, and the oppression of the LGBTQ community. Each and every expert we talk with offers incredible insights and wisdom, and there are far too many to name here.
To watch the video and read the rest of the text, click here.
In 1968, it was pretty shameful to be 19 and an unwed mother. So I went off to California and told everybody I had transferred to a different college. All throughout the pregnancy, whenever I would rebel and think, I’m going to keep this baby, my intuition kept saying, No, you’re not. And I would get the word adoption every time. Even though I had made arrangements with an adoption agency, in the back of my mind I kept thinking that when it came right down to it, I was going to take my baby home with me. Sometimes, out of desperation, I thought, Maybe the day my son is born, my intuition will tell me, Okay, now you can keep him.
Would you like to befriend difficult emotions, release blocked energy, and heal old narratives to free your authentic Self — through the healing sound of your own voice? International singer, educator & author Chloë Goodchild will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Monday, March 25, at 10:00am Pacific to share how you can dissolve the illusion of separation — from yourself, others, and the world around you — through the music of your soul. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to discover the crucial link between self-love, romantic love, and loving ALL of life? Host of the Deeper Dating podcast & renowned psychotherapist Ken Page will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, March 28, at 5:00pm Pacific to share how you can embody and express your core intimacy gifts to find and cultivate deep and lasting love in every area of your life. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to know how to master your intuitive gifts and energetic boundaries so you don't “absorb” other people’s energy? Author, trainer & intuitive healer Wendy De Rosa will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, April 3, at Noon Pacific to share how to tune into your body and chakras so you can accurately access your intuition in all its forms. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to access the evolutionary wisdom of 13 feminine archetypes, guided by a leading teacher of the Sacred Feminine? Transformational leader & Inspiring Women With Soul founder Devaa Haley Mitchell will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, April 4, at Noon Pacific to share how you can align with the cycles of the moon to complete a key piece of your soul work. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
In this 43-minute video interview exclusively for Catalyst, beloved Shift faculty Mirabai Starr shares her thoughts on and experiences with her brand-new book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.
Well, one of the women that I'm really happy to be introducing to the world in a fuller way — I've written about her before but not as much as I would have liked until now — is my namesake, Mirabai, the 16th-century Bhakti poet from India. Bhakti means devotion, right? Mirabai was an ecstatic poet devoted to Lord Krishna, the God of love. Her poetry is very much like the poetry of Rumi or Hafez or some of the Sufi poets that we know of. It was ecstatic; it was drenched in metaphor, very much embodied in the human experience and the experience of nature.
To watch the video and read the transcript, click here.
In this 35-minute audio interview exclusively for Catalyst, Barbara Winter, author of the classic bestseller, Making a Living Without a Job, shares her thoughts on why the two most frequent complaints she hears in her seminar, “Becoming an Idea Detective,” are "I have too many ideas" and "I have no ideas" — and why both positions produce the same result.
This is what I hear when people call me on the phone, Phil. And they'll say, "I have an idea. I want you to tell me if it's really dumb." And I always say, "I haven't heard a dumb idea yet. So if yours is, it'll be the first one that I've heard that was dumb." And I often hear people kind of apologize, and they'll say, "Well, it's just an idea." What does that mean, "just an idea"? Everything we see around us was first an idea... and at the same time, if we say, "Oh it's just an idea," it’s like it doesn't really matter much.
And so dismissing things really quickly also is just death to our ideas. So it's understanding that when we have an idea, whether it seems wildly original or just like a really pleasant way to make some little aspect of our own lives or other peoples' lives better, we need to pay attention and take action, that alters our relationship with it altogether.
To listen to the audio and read the transcript, click here.
Recently, someone told me she was so riled up about our current political climate that she can’t meditate. She’d grown increasingly irritated, angry, and despondent, and now, after the unspeakable violence in Pittsburgh, the pipe bombs that mercifully failed to go off, and the daily vitriol of the midterm election campaign, she says she is so agitated that she can’t settle down, and she feels so compelled to hear the latest news that she won’t take the time for a valued practice she’d been doing for more than twenty years. “I can’t turn within with so much going on and so much at stake,” she said. My response was, “You have it backwards. At times like this, you want to meditate more, not less.”
There’s a beautiful gift contained within our personal reaction to an external event. Processing and healing our own reaction first helps create inner alignment and balance, affording us the opportunity to see things more clearly. You have to get clear within, before you’ll see clearly without! The resulting experience can be one of profound peace, understanding, compassion and a sense of authentic personal and universal power.
Can you imagine being in a relationship where every week brings another discussion about whether you should stay together? Sounds exhausting. Yet, that’s the traditional private practice model that most Coaches and Holistic Practitioners are taught to create.
The Traditional Private Practice Model is Broken The biggest problem with the Traditional Private Practice Model is that you’re counting on your clients/patients to recommit to their healing and transformation every single time they have a session with you. It’s exhausting for everyone to have to reconsider their commitment over and over again each week.
What happens when the most important parts of your life come into conflict? When Evangelical Christian mom Susan Cottrell’s daughter came out, she faced an impossible choice: her LGBTQ child or her non-affirming church. In this heartwarming talk, Susan explains why she chose her LGBTQ child, how she fights for progress inside the Christian Church, and why she became a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children. Click here to watch the video.
In this TEDx Talk, Shift faculty Raja Choudhury talks about the open source gift of India to the world: Yoga! Yoga is not just a system of physical wellbeing, but a system of life. Yoga leads to harmony, balance, and better understanding of the self. Hence, Yoga is a system that if better understood can be the bridge that the world needs for peace. Click here to watch the video.
Join Subtle Activists and life partners David T. Nicol and Kate Naga the first Saturday of each month for their Web of Light Subtle Activism Series, in which they tap into a different quality of our shared essential presence as a strand of light in the global Web. April’s presentation, “Weaving Threads of Clarity,” is designed to transmute confusion and overwhelm in the collective psychosphere. Click here to listen on or after Saturday, April 6.
We’re thrilled to invite you to The Ancestral Healing Summit, which will take place online from April 8–12. It’s a global gathering of leading ancestral healing experts and inspiring teachers who will be sharing a powerful synthesis of spirituality and shamanism, science and psychology, and ancient wisdom from around the world that promises to transform your life and your lineages.
Whether you’re new to ancestral repair work or you already incorporate it in your life, you’ll discover new practices and insights for connecting with those among your ancestors who are bright and loving… to break free from the painful legacies of those who aren’t yet at peace… and to open the door to healing and transformation.
The more than three dozen visionary speakers in this summit, including Gregg Braden, Sandra Ingerman, Dr. Sue Morter, Yeye Luisah Teish, don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Daniel Foor, Raja Choudhury, Hank Wesselman, and Grandmother Flordemayo, will bring to light the curative powers of ancestral healing, which you can experience to shift your present and our future.
Discover how to manifest your vision as an online teacher or healer with visionary leaders in the field of online holistic education, including Stephen Dinan, co-founder and president of The Shift Network.
Have you ever desired to write a spiritual blog followed by millions? Or put your most powerful knowledge and teachings into an app or online presence? Join visionary minds in the fields of mobile and online holistic education as they share their wisdom, inspiration, and experience on creating blogs, video courses, and mobile apps touching lives of millions of people around the world. In this workshop, you’ll take a deep dive into the business of online education and how to manifest your vision as an online teacher or healer. You’ll gain insights in how to reach a wide audience and offer convenient tools to teach people around the globe through growth hacking and online marketing. For more information and to register, click here.
In our December 2, 2018 issue, we invited you to support the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after storms and tornadoes whipped through the Oglala community. More than 450 homes were severely damaged by this natural disaster. FEMA had denied the Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Disaster Funds, leaving hundreds of families facing the winter months with broken windows and holes in their walls and ceilings.
We wanted to share this positive update we received:
Hello everyone! This is Jackie with Sacred Healing Circle. I wanted to reach out to you and provide an update on the work we have been able to complete in Pine Ridge, made possible by your help in getting the word out. So first, thank you! The support that flooded in after teaming with you all was so beautiful to see. We surpassed the goal set on our crowdfunding campaign by almost double!
We have repaired over 100 windows, doors, and walls, distributed physical donations of gloves, thermal wear, children’s and adult winter coats and shoes, warm socks, hats, and scarves to multiple families in need, and have begun to build a local team of community members who are skilled in doing the repairs that have been needed. It’s been a great start to addressing the needs of the People and we thank you very much for being such a big part of this success!
Factfulness is the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends, we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED Talk phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. Click here to watch a short video by the authors. Click here to order your copy.
Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases. — Former U.S. President Barack Obama
Dr. Roy Vongtama, a board-certified cancer doctor with extensive experience in emotional, mental, and spiritual techniques, shows through scientific evidence how ownership over your own healing process can enhance and ultimately heal your own system. Healing Before You're Cured: The Evidence-based Guide to Taking Control of Your Body and Mind, is a compelling, well-cited, and easy-to-read handbook for taking control of your health. Click here to order your copy.
Ten years ago, Sarah Prout walked away from an abusive marriage with two suitcases, two kids, and $30,000 in debt. Now she teaches millions of people how to manifest through their emotions. Dear Universe first contains 100 meditations and stories for you to rise above feelings like anger, loneliness, or powerlessness. Then you're invited to aim for a love-based word from a second set of 100 meditations such as abundant, devoted, or passionate. This is your invitation to call upon the energy of the Universe and manifest your reality: a combination of practical guidance, soulful exercises, and nuggets of wisdom. 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.
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Practical Animism: Reclaiming Kinship Through Earth-Honoring Ritual — With Psychotherapist and Animism Teacher Daniel Foor. Discover powerful practices and a down-to-earth framework for navigating your relationships with the Earth and with the rest of life. 2 Exclusive LIVE Pre-Course Sessions Starting March 25; New 14-Week Video Training Starts Monday, May 13
Too many girls in developing countries cannot afford or access sanitary pads, which means that when they get their period, they have to turn to unhealthy alternatives like dirty rags, leaves, or ashes. On top of their high risk of infection every time their period comes, they also have to miss school--and the more school they miss, the more likely it becomes that they will fall too far behind and have to drop out entirely.
But there is a new invention that solves this problem. A man named Muruganantham created a machine that makes affordable, biodegradable pads from locally sourced materials. Better still, the machine does more than just supply girls with pads: it supplies a steady income to the women in the area who want to work on it. In other words, this machine helps both girls and women gain independence.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Raised on an island in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Trevor Hall realized at a young age that music was more than just a passion — it was, rather, his life’s art. At 16, he recorded his first album, and soon after he left South Carolina for Idyllwild Arts Academy in California where he studied classical guitar and was introduced to the practices of yoga and meditation, which would greatly influence his life and his music.
Trevor’s music, a blend of roots and folk music, is imbued with a deep love of Eastern mysticism. This powerful symbiosis fostered a deep connectivity with his growing fan base and Trevor quickly matured into a leader of the burgeoning conscious musical community.
His previous full-length album releases, Chapter of the Forest (2014) and KALA (2015), debuted at #3 and #2 on the iTunes singer/
songwriter chart respectively and were supported by extensive tours around the U.S. and Australia. Beyond his intention to spread love and healing through music, Trevor also collects donations to support children’s education in India and has continuously donated to charities and relief funds.
The Fruitful Darkness is Trevor’s first independent release — supported by his fans known as THE VILLAGERS — after a decade-plus recording for established labels. “There have been many hurdles and triumphs along the way” he reflects. “This album conveys the deep vulnerability of journeying through the unknown, as opposed to playing it safe.” Besides the change in infrastructure, the album itself explores completely new sonic terrain and is being released unconventionally, in 3-5 song installments on specific lunar dates. Listen to The Fruitful Darkness here.