The Shift Catalyst — The Reuniting Science & Spirituality Summit
By Stephen Dinan, founder and President of The Shift Network
Everything in this world is connected to everything else...
Whether viewed through the lens of fact or faith, of science or spirituality, everything melts into oneness…
At the deepest level, the two approaches are indivisible. Both have much to offer us, from sophisticated, evidence-based medical procedures to mind-body medicine that can transform chronic illness, trauma, and other conditions that science alone hasn’t been able to heal.
By combining these two wisdom streams into one river of intelligence and insight, we can unleash the full healing power of both…
This 4-day global gathering of leading energy healers, physicians, researchers, and inspiring spiritual teachers features Dr. Sue Morter, Nonty Charity Sabic, Lynne McTaggart, Dean Radin, Rollin McCraty, Kim Barta, Terri O’Fallon, Dr. Alberto Villoldo, and many more speakers who will share a powerful synthesis of inner and outer knowledge that promises to shift your consciousness, reveal leading-edge research and practices, and unlock your innate capacity to heal — body, mind, and spirit.
We are so grateful for Dr. Shamini Jain’s leadership in creating the Reuniting Science & Spirituality Summit. Shamini is the founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, a collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, innovators, and social entrepreneurs to forward the science and practice of healing.
We hope you’re enjoying our newest section, “The Nicest Thing,” a special video series in which we ask prominent authors, performers, thought leaders, and others to answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?” Their revealing and uplifting stories offer glimpses into the personal lives of people you already know and admire.
This issue’s stories come from Nonty Charity Sabic, a shaman, facilitator, speaker, climate and social change activist, and featured speaker in the Reuniting Science & Spirituality Summit… and Joan Steffend Brandmeier, a longtime television news anchor and former host of Decorating Cents on the HGTV network.
Finally, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, What is the most powerful self-healing experience you’ve had or heard about? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
One can search the brain with a microscope and not find the mind, and can search the stars with a telescope and not find God. — J. Gustav White
We are re-running this 2013 Catalyst article to honor the life of U.S. Ambassador John W. McDonald, Jr. (retired), the man credited with drafting the legislation at the United Nations that created the United Nations International Day of Peace, celebrated globally every September 21. Ambassador McDonald passed away on May 17, 2019 at the age of 97.
There are coincidences in life that we come to see are not coincidences. Such was my experience one overcast November 2003 afternoon in Washington, DC as I approached the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial off Dupont Circle… To my left at the monument stood a distinguished looking man with his wife. He was stately, yet humble.... Little did I know at that time what an impact the friendship I developed with this man would have on not only my life, but on countless other lives. After a brief conversation, I came to learn that my new acquaintance was U.S. Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald, the originating founder of the United Nations International Day of Peace — the man who conceived the Day by penning its enabling legislation.
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In this special video series, prominent authors, performers, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?”
EXCERPT: I am completely humbled by this question and I'm completely in such deep gratitude by this question you ask because it actually sent me into a space where I felt like I needed to take a pen and paper and write down names of my family members and names of every single person that has been in my life until now, call them by name, which is like ceremonial, to honor them and to thank them for being part of my life… In this short life span you get to connect with a certain number of people; you don't get to connect to everybody...
To watch the video and read the transcript of Nonty’s thoughtful 4-minute story, click here.
EXCERPT: I was in the sixth grade and I have always struggled with weight. I like to think that maybe I struggled with height... so it's kind of been an issue for me. I was one of the shorter, rounder kids in the sixth grade, and my sixth grade teacher was a man by the name of Sid Freitag. He was my first male teacher and I always had kind of a fear of the masculine authority figure. After he measured me and weighed me at the beginning of the school year, he could see that...
To watch the video and read the transcript of Joan’s heartwarming 3-minute story, click here.
Would you like to receive ancient Kabbalistic practices that can help you release negative emotional build-up and clear energy blocks? Rav Doniel Katz, a visionary educator, international speaker, teacher, and founder of The Elevation Project, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, July 17, at Noon Pacific to share how you can crack the code of spiritual reality and experience moment-to-moment access to the Divine. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to work holographically with the Enneagram to transform your orientation to life, your relationships, and your capacity to express your gifts? Celebrated Enneagram teacher Jessica Dibb will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, July 18, at Noon Pacific to share how you can immerse yourself in a unique journey to discover and integrate the many dimensions of your type… Essence, Instincts, Virtues, Holy Ideas, and more. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to receive tuning fork ‘tune-ups’ — sound healing treatments to detect dissonance and restore resonance through vibrational cues? Researcher, Biofield Tuning founder, sound therapy practitioner, and author Eileen McKusick will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Monday, July 22, at 5:00pm Pacific to share how you can clear energy blocks in your “half-step” zones to harmonize your WHOLE electric body, calm your nervous system, and boost your immunity. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
We all are a symphony of love. An amalgamation of music and instruments all working together to transmit love vitality through the air to and between each other. The first step in this magical journey is to learn what it means to actually receive love. We love to feel loved. It softens us, excites us, relaxes us, and vitalizes us all at once.
But sometimes we don't receive the love that is given to us. We are like the child’s toy where you put the square object in the square hole and the round object in the round hole and the star object in the star-shaped hole. Sometimes we only experience the love in one shape.
How did you come to be involved in mindbody medicine? After I graduated from Berkeley, I had a 2-year fellowship, during which I traveled through Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. At one point, I ended up on the Greek island, Ios. Ios is to the Greek Orthodox Church what Lourdes is to the Catholic Church — a place of miracles. I happened to be there during a pilgrimage to a church on that island and I saw changes in people that defied explanation. People in wheelchairs would stand up, and people who were obviously in excruciating pain seemed to be relieved of pain, and people who had terribly deformed hands, probably due to rheumatoid arthritis, suddenly flexed their hands and moved their limbs. I was astounded. The things I was seeing didn't conform to any understanding I had of neurophysiology and anatomy and how the body is supposed to work. That experience has stayed with me and I ve had an abiding curiosity ever since.
From left: Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr., Ponca Nation of Oklahoma Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek, Nebraska landowners Helen and Art Tanderup. (Photo: Alex Matzke / Bold Nebraska)
In a first-of-its-kind ceremony on June 10 near Neligh, a Nebraska farmer signed a deed returning ancestral tribal land back to the Ponca Tribe — sacred land that lies on the historic Ponca “Trail of Tears.” The land gifting ceremony and deed signing between farmers Art and Helen Tanderup, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr., and Ponca Nation of Oklahoma Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek took place during an event that also included the fifth annual planting of sacred Ponca corn on the Tanderup farm. The event included Native singers and grass dancers, prayers on the land led by Mekasi Camp-Horinek, and the historic signing of the agreement gifting land on the Tanderup family farm to the Ponca Nation.
From host Michael Sandler: If you’ve ever wanted to attract anything into your life, then do we have the Real Magic show for you! Today I’ll be talking with Dr. Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, author or coauthor of over 250 technical and popular articles, three dozen book chapters, and three books, including the award-winning The Conscious Universe, Entangled Minds, the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award winner, Supernormal, and his latest, another all-time new favorite of mine, Real Magic. And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about ancient wisdom, modern science, and a guide to the secret power of the Universe. Click here to watch the video interview.
At 35 years old, Kate Bowler was living the life she always wanted for herself. She had married her high school sweetheart, become a mom for the first time, and had landed a dream job in academia. She worked hard, and she felt like those efforts were paying off for her just as they should. After all, good things happen to good people, right?
But that same year, Kate received an unexpected diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. In that moment, her life — and her system of beliefs — was turned upside down. Today, more than four years later, Kate is working to understand how people can live full lives in the face of pain, suffering, and uncertainty, and she’s sharing her findings with the world. Watch and listen to Kate’s emotional talk to learn what happens when we finally give up control and accept that there may not always be a hidden logic to the chaos of life.
Anticipation is building for the Reuniting Science & Spirituality Summit, a free online event held from August 6-9 hosted by Dr. Shamini Jain, the founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative. Register for free to listen to Dr. Sue Morter, Nonty Charity Sabic, Lynne McTaggert, Dean Radin, Rollin McCraty, Kim Barta, Terri O’Fallon, Dr. Alberto Villoldo, and other visionary speakers to discover leading-edge practices that can bolster your body’s natural ability to heal. You can join this one-of-a-kind online event — at no charge — to find out how to bridge science and spirituality to rejuvenate your entire being from the inside out. See our list of dynamic speakers and find out everything you need to know by clicking here.
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is extending early-bird registration for PeaceCon 2019! Attendees will have until July 19 to register for discounted rates to the conference. Curious what PeaceCon 2019 will have in store? A full agenda will be released in August. Register now for a discounted rate to the world’s best-in-class peacebuilding conference, with additional discounts for AfP members. If you are not an AfP member, sign up for membership with AfP today to receive the membership discount. You can make a donation here to help support collective action for peace.
According to noted scientist and bestselling author Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. Radin, who worked on the U.S. government's top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate, has spent the last 40 years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives.
Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic 2,000 years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically-informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science. To order your copy, click here.
Our biology is no longer destiny. Our genes respond to everything we do, according to the revolutionary new science of epigenetics. In other words, our inherited DNA doesn't rigidly determine our health and disease prospects as the previous generation of geneticists believed. Managing the biochemical effects on our genome is the new key to radiant wellness and healthy longevity.
According to Dr. Pelletier, the real upshot of the epigenetic revolution is that it opens the door to what futurists call personalized medicine. He explains in layperson's language the genetic biomarkers that will become the standard reference for measuring which specific lifestyle changes are required to optimize a given individual's health. In the very near future, each person's state-of-the-art genetic and epigenetic profile will guide their daily health practices. This profound book reveals the steps that each of us can take today to change our genetic expression and thereby optimize our health for a lifetime. To order your copy, click here.
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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Invite your family and friends to participate in the Reuniting Science & Spirituality Summit, which takes place August 6-9. Life-changing insights await! To discover more — and register for free — click here.
Wheels of Life Chakra Workshop — A Free Video Event With the #1 Bestselling Author and Expert on the Chakra System Dr. Anodea Judith, PhD. Discover how to open, align, and heal your chakras to activate your energy system, nurture your spiritual awakening, and enjoy a vibrant, thriving, and full-spectrum life. Wednesday, July 17, at 5:30pm Pacific
Discover Egyptian Shamanism — A Free Video Event With Celebrated Author and Teacher of Egyptian Mysteries Nicki Scully. Discover the healing path of Egyptian shamanism — and experience a liberating “Heart Breath” practice to evoke inner and outer harmony. Wednesday, July 24, at 5:30pm Pacific
Relaxed & Successful — A Free 2-Hour Video Workshop With Stephen Dinan, Founder and CEO of The Shift Network, and Lisa Schrader, Founder of Awakening Shakti. Learn how to take your vision to the next level as a transformational entrepreneur, plus get instant access to the Shift Leadership 5-part video series. Saturday, July 20, at 10:00am Pacific
The Divine Map of Human Conscious-ness — With Rav Doniel Katz, a Visionary Educator, International Speaker, Teacher, and Founder of The Elevation Project. Receive ancient Kabbalistic practices that can help you release negative emotional build-up and clear energy blocks. New 8-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, July 24
The Holographic Enneagram — With Leading Enneagram Teacher Jessica Dibb. Work holographically with the Enneagram to transform your orientation to life, your relationships, and your capacity to express your gifts. New 13-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, July 25
Upcoming Events (all subject to change):
• Eileen McKusick 10-week course
• Robert Moss 9-week course
• Nicki Scully 7-week course
• Anodea Judith 7-week course
• Julie Bjelland 7-week course
• Thriving in Your Third Act
• Kenneth Pelletier 7-week course • Jane Burns 7-week course
• Anita Moorjani 7-week course
• Tim Freke 7-week course
• Matthew Fox 7-week course
• Christine Stevens 7-week course
• Sound Healing Summit
• Shamini Jain 7-week course
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Wake Up World offers articles on a range of topics, from consciousness and meditative practices to energetic healing and the exploration of our 5-dimensional reality… to articles on environmental issues and humanity’s relationship with our Mother Earth… to articles on love, life and loss, relationships, and self-discovery, to help you heal your heart, empower your spirit, and live a life of conscious gratitude… to articles on health, home, society, science and tech, and more. Click here to visit their website.
Since the tender age of nine, Aea Luz has been singing to heal herself, to heal this world, and to honor all that is sacred in life. Her soulful original songs, melodic guitar, and angelic voice are acoustic medicine that inspires the heart to open wider.
Her newest album, Grow, is now available to stream free online or for purchase. Grow is the sonic transmission of a heart cracking open to return to the true self. It’s acoustic world-soul folk that serves to remember surrender. Exquisite vocal harmonies weave with melodic instrumentals, inviting the listener to let go and let love lead.
Shift team member Ben Hart says his favorite song in the world right now is track #6, "Cradled in the Balance."