The Shift Catalyst — Sound Healing Global Summit

By Stephen Dinan, founder and President of The Shift Network

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class that included Tibetan singing bowls… or experienced the beneficial effects of a tuning fork… or felt a sense of peace wash over you during a drumming circle…

… you’ve experienced the healing power of sound, and benefited from an approach that dates back thousands of years...

It will come as no surprise then that cultures from around the world have used vibrational medicine to treat illness, revitalize the body, and elevate the spirit.

Sound therapy has been remarkably successful in treating everything from fibromyalgia to digestive issues to autoimmune disorders…

These modalities have also lessened the tremors in Parkinson’s patients, calmed autistic adults, and brought a sense of safety and peace to homeless shelter residents.

These therapeutic sound-healing tools can be deeply transformative — and help you enjoy a healthier and more peaceful, grounded, and resonant life…

That’s why I’m so pleased to invite you to our first-ever Sound Healing Global Summit, a free online event from September 9–13.

More than 35 of today’s most respected experts, sound-healing pioneers, and practitioners, including Eileen McKusick, Jonathan Goldman, John Beaulieu, Christine Stevens, Chloë Goodchild, Deva Premal and Miten, Barbara Borden, Steven Halpern, Mona Delfino, John Stuart Reid...

… will be sharing the curative and evolutionary powers of proven sound-healing therapies, enabling you to create vibrant health for you, your family, and your clients.

Please join us for this transformative 4-day event! You can register for free here.

We hope you’re enjoying our newest section, “The Nicest Thing,” a special video series in which we ask prominent authors, 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. 

The stories in this issue come from four featured speakers in the upcoming Sound Healing Global Summit: Mona Delfino, a quantum shaman and energy medicine practitioner... Kelvin Young, co-founder of Toivo, a nonprofit initiative that includes statewide classes, workshops, and a center for holistic healing and stress management… 

… and encore interviews with summit speakers Christine Stevens, the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles... and Eileen McKusick, the founder of Biofield Tuning, a groundbreaking sound-therapy modality...

… plus, Natalia Karoway, a course host and course manager for The Shift Network. Look for stories from other members of the Shift team in future issues. We look forward to having you get to know us better!

We’d love to hear your answer to the question, What sound-healing modalities do you find most intriguing? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

Tones themselves correspond with and affect specific areas of the body. The ancients understood that a simple sound could reorganize the body’s structure. Sounds that are harmonious activate the body and create healing.
— Barbara Marciniak

Drum Passages
By Barbara Borden, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Global Summit

Dear Readers of Catalyst

I am happy and honored to be part of The Shift Network’s upcoming Sound Healing Global Summit. As I was looking at some of my writings to share with you, I came upon the following piece that is titled “Drum Passages.” I began chronicling it during my 7th seven-year cycle at age 49.

To read more, click here.

Would you like to join The Shift Network team?

We are seeking a unique and talented individual for the important position of Project Coordinator for Online Summits at The Shift Network.

If you are inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about this position. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

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?

Mona Delfino’s Story

EXCERPT: “However, he's going to want to say something's wrong with it, so in order for you to sell it as fast as you want for cash, you need to tell this man, when he comes to look at it, and he will come to look at it..." I said, "... is that there's a little leak in the sink, you're going to hear a little drip once in a while, or you're going to see the closet door's going to squeak a little bit. Tell him something is the matter with it and he will buy it on the spot.”

To watch the video and read the transcript of Mona’s mind-blowing 7-minute story, click here.

Kelvin Young’s Story

EXCERPT: After about an hour and a half, I could tell he was getting tired. I gave him a rose quartz crystal, and I'll never forget him taken that crystal and putting it in between both of his hands and holding it there to his heart, holding back tears as well. He gave me the universal gesture for “namaste,” honoring each other, not knowing that would be the last time I would see him on this physical realm.

To watch the video and read the transcript of Kelvin’s 6-minute tribute to his late friend and mentor, click here.

Plus, watch encore presentations of “The Nicest Thing” interviews with summit speakers Christine Stevens and Eileen McKusick.

Natalia Karoway’s Story

EXCERPT: It was a simple moment... we were sitting together and sharing, and still, it shifted me at my core. It was like this huge granting of permission. And not that I felt like I needed permission to be who I was, but it was like this self-permission and this self acceptance that came about from just those few simple words. 

To watch the video and read the transcript of Natalia’s inspiring 7-minute story, click here.

“Spontaneous Transformation” Facebook Live Q&A with Jennifer McLean

Would you like to receive energy medicine practices to transform lifelong beliefs and coping mechanisms held in your body and subconscious mind? World-renowned healer and transformational change agent Jennifer McLean will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, September 12, at 5:00pm Pacific to share how you can unwind old patterns in the moment they’re activated — and shift into a higher frequency of consciousness. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“The Evolutionary Wake Up Program” Facebook Live Q&A with Tim Freke

Would you like to discover the keys to evolutionary spirituality — and why time, ego, and the rational mind are not villains, but essential to “waking up”? Pioneering philosopher and author Tim Freke will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, September 12, at 11:00am Pacific to share how you can be both conscious of your divinity and embrace your human vulnerability. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Your BodyWise Path to Healing” Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams

Would you like to discover your body’s ability to communicate and guide you in healing today’s most common health challenges? Author and speaker Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams, the founder of the award-winning Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine Clinic, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, September 18, at 5:00pm Pacific to share how you can intuit the healing information your body is sending you and live in “right relationship” with your body, other people, and nature. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Emotional Awakening for Sensitive Souls” Facebook Live Q&A with Tree Franklyn

Would you like to discover the 4 Stages of Awakening for Empaths — the Identifier, the Survivor, the Observer, and the Alchemist — as a path to greater freedom, fulfilment, and joy? Bestselling author and coach Tree Frankyn will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, September 19, at Noon Pacific to share how you can master easy practices to transmute your difficult emotions into potent energies that can liberate and empower your greatest strengths. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

Your Voice:

We want to know: What sound-healing modalities do you find most intriguing? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.

From Panic to Peace
By Mona Delfino, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Global Summit

After a while of being around people, she would feel imperfect. Her subconscious was telling her that she would never be “up to par” and she began to retreat internally. When we were talking about it, she became shallow in her breathing and fear set in. I began to run energy in her to help calm her nerves in order to continue working.

To read more, click here.

Mindfulness Meditation, Serendipity, Simultaneous Sound Healing, and Brainwave Entrainment /Entertainment
By Steven Halpern, PhD, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Global Summit

Most everyone believes that music is a powerful healing force. But what exactly does that mean? And can the right music help millions of us “self-orchestrate on the spectrum of consciousness” to “tune our human instrument” and support healing and optimal wellbeing… without even trying? I have always believed the answer is “yes.” 

To read more, click here.

As We Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of 11 Days of Global Unity September 11–21, What Can WE Do Together That We Can’t Do On Our Own?
By Rick Ulfik, Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at

Saving our planet is not a spectator sport! Back in the 1990s I used to be a full-time musician who appreciated the work of Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and other groups that were creating a better world. Unfortunately, though, it didn’t seem like the world was getting better.

To read more, click here.

Full Circle
By Ed Klemz

One day, my mom walked into the guard shack, which she had to walk through to get into the building she worked in. Charlie wasn’t at his desk to buzz her in, so she used her card, entered the building and went up to her office… She walked back downstairs, stood on a pipe, looked over the top of the security counter and saw Charlie lying on the floor. He had had a heart attack and was lying behind the counter where no one could see him.

To read more, click here.

You Can Shine

This is the most moving and inspiring shampoo commercial you will ever see. Yes, you read that right. It’s a commercial for P&G’s Pantene Chrysalis shampoo. But it’s also a poignant story of finding the hero within and accessing the profound beauty of the soul. 

Click here to watch this beautiful 4-minute video.

Soul Talk – Annette Lantos
Interviewed by Sister Jenna

In this 18-minute video interview, Sister Jenna talks to Annette Lantos, the chairperson of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Annette, the wife of the late Congressman Tom Lantos, has spearheaded numerous efforts to help human rights victims, including those persecuted for religious and political reasons, and to further human rights causes. She has also been instrumental in fighting for animal rights and assisted her husband in co-founding the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus. 

Click here to watch the video.

Raja Choudhury: Indian Wisdom for Today's World
TED Talk by Shift faculty Raja Choudhury

“When you think of Indian wisdom, two images come to mind,” says Raja Choudhury at the start of this 4-minute talk. Raja has fast become a leading authority on spiritual wisdom, including Kundalini awakening.

Click here to watch Raja’s talk.

Sound Healing Global Summit
Free Summit — September 9–13

Excitement is building for the Sound Healing Global Summit, a free online event held from September 9–13 hosted by Alec Sims, Director at the Healing Sounds Correspondence Course and author of Sound Healing For Beginners. Register for free to hear more than 35 distinguished sound-healing practitioners, therapists, researchers, and musicians — including Jean Shinoda Bolen, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Anita Moorjani, Annie B. Kay, Cynthia James, Reverend Deborah Johnson, Arielle Ford, Matthew Fox, K.P. Khalsa, and Margaret Paul, who will be sharing the curative and evolutionary powers of proven sound-healing therapies. Please join us for this exciting journey into the world of sound — and discover sound mind, sound body, and sound health. See our full list of dynamic speakers and find out everything you need to know by clicking here.

Peacebuilding Action Week
September 14–21

+Peace — a new coalition of peacebuilding organizations mobilizing people, governments, and the private sector to reduce global violence and division — invites peacebuilders around the world to join us in the first-ever global Peacebuilding Action Week. The goal of Action Week is to show the world the power and unity of the global peacebuilding community. There is no right or wrong action. Actions should be locally led, focused on showing the world what peacebuilding is. Register your actions here and use #ThisIsPeacebuilding to share your events and connect with the global movement.

Spiritual Heritage Education Network: Tenth Annual Reflective Conference
Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
September 28–29

This conference is designed to co-envision and co-create education in Unity in Diversity. Religions are many but their inner wisdom is one — and wisdom of science converges with it. This unifying wisdom of science and spirituality can bridge interfaith differences, build harmonious communities, and create collective will to work together for our common and planetary good. You are invited to participate in this working conference to interactively attempt a proposal for the consideration of educational governance for policy adoption. For information, click here.

The 11th Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK)
Newport Beach, California
October 4–6

This conference highlights the Yuga teachings of Sri Yukteswar, as described in the book, The Holy Science. CPAK features presentations by authors, scientists, and independent researchers exploring the ancient idea that consciousness and history move in a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages. Plato called it “The Great Year.” This once-universal belief, since relegated to fairy tale, is finding increasing support in new interpretations of myth and folklore, discoveries of anomalous artifacts, revisions of archeological site dating, astronomical insights, linguistic studies, and new theories of consciousness. Please join us at CPAK to explore our rich and astonishingly beautiful history — and rediscover the wisdom of the ancients.

Click here for more information and to register.
Click here to watch the CPAK trailer.
Click here to watch the stunning 46-minute movie, The Great Year, narrated by James Earl Jones.

The Ayahuasca Religions; The Sacrament, the Traditions, the Science
October 19 in Montreal

This conference is the manifestation of a vision given by our Sacrament, and represents a message from the sacred plants, the Santo Daime, also known as Ayahuasca. There is a longing, and a need, for the awakening of consciousness to assist in the restoration of health and wholeness for each one of us, for nature and for our mother Earth. The well-being of the Earth, and all peoples, depends on our consciousness of this interconnectedness. Modern science, and all spiritual paths with heart, support this wisdom. Click here for more information.

The Soul Salons: Exploring our Spiritual Heritage

This new podcast series takes a closer look at the work of prophets, poets, mystics, and philosophers throughout the ages whose teachings have focused on our divine, or spiritual, reality – largely to see what wisdoms they may offer us for our time. Hostess Zarrín Caldwell posts new episodes twice/month. Download the Podcast on Apple iTunes, or access the link here on the Web. Click here for more information.

Beauty in the Beat
By Barbara Borden, a featured speaker in the Sound Healing Global Summit

In this world-beat CD featuring acoustic drums and percussion, acclaimed drummer Barbara Borden take you on a worldwide journey from the shores of Bali to the high temples of Tibet, with stops along the way in jungles and rainforests. Order your copy 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.” For more information and to order your copy, click here. To request a free sample chapter from the author, email Phil at

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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2019 Issue 17 • Sep 8

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Register for the Sound Healing Global Summit, then select the three interviews that you find the most compelling. Mark your calendar to make sure you tune in to these free one-hour presentations.

Accessing Your Body’s ‘Yes’ as a Path to Healing — A free video event with author and speaker Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams, the founder of the award-winning Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine Clinic. Discover how to intuit the healing information your body is sending you and live in “right relationship” with your body, other people, and nature. Thursday, September 12, at 5:30pm Pacific

Finding Freedom as an Empath — A free video event with bestselling author and coach Tree Franklyn. Understand your sensitive soul, identify the patterns holding you back, and experience your sensitivities as the amazing gifts they are. Saturday, September 14, at 10:00am Pacific

Opening to the Higher Mind of Your Enneagram Type — A free video event with renowned Enneagram teacher Russ Hudson. Discover the aspect of the Enneagram that’s rarely taught: moving from your ordinary mind to your higher mind. Wednesday, September 18, at 5:30pm Pacific

The Medicine of Ayni — A free video event with renowned Peruvian shamanic healer and transpersonal psychologist don Oscar Miro-Quesada. Nourish your heart and soul with ancient Inka wisdom teachings and shamanic rituals — to bring healing and balance to your life and our world. Now available

Healing With Your Ancestors — A free video event with shamanic healer, teacher, and author Christina Pratt. Discover how you and your ancestors (well and unwell) can transform your lineage and heal your bloodline. Saturday, September 21, at 10:00am Pacific

Your Well of Being — With psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur Dr. Shamini Jain. Recalibrate and embody the energies of your chakras and biofield — to create emotional, relational, and spiritual wellbeing.
New 7-Week Video Training With Live Q&A Starts Thursday, September 12

Spontaneous Trans-formation — With world-renowned healer and transformational change agent Jennifer McLean. Receive energy medicine practices to transform lifelong beliefs and coping mechanisms held in your body and subconscious mind.
New 6-Week LIVE Video Training Starts Tuesday, September 17

The Evolutionary Wake Up Program — With pioneering philosopher and author Tim Freke. Discover the keys to evolutionary spirituality — and why time, ego, and the rational mind are not villains, but essential to “waking up.” New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, September 19

Upcoming Events (all subject to change):

Qigong Global Summit
• Rachel Abrams 6-week course
• Tree Franklyn 7-week course

• Russ Hudson 8-week course
• Christina Pratt 7-week course
• Jonathan Goldman 7-week course
Personality Typing Summit
• Suzanne Giesemann 7-week course
• Roger Jahnke 10-week course
• Dr. Steven Farmer 7-week course
• Katy Bray 7-week course
Dreamwork & Mythic Imagination Summit

Awaken Your Kundalini Summit
• Magick Altman 7-week course
• Lise Janelle 7-week course
• Ken Honda 7-week course
• Chunyi Lin 7-week course
• Sarah McCrum 6-month course
• Robert Moss 12-week course

The Center for Sacred Studies

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ISTA — The International Sound Therapy Association

The International Sound Therapy Association is comprised of individuals interested in the benefits of sound and vibration including but not limited to: sound therapists, musicians, healing practitioners, music therapists, and medical professionals. ISTA is dedicated to increasing awareness of sound healing techniques through community and educational outreach, workshops, concerts, and conferences. Our purpose is to promote the benefits of therapeutic sound by providing an educational forum and activities for sound therapists, musicians, healing arts practitioners, and the general public.

Click here for more information. Click here to make a donation.

Eliot Eidelman

I’ve been writing songs since I was a child. The combination of music and poetry has always felt right to me as a means of creative expression: the music brings emotion and dynamism to the words, and the words introduce storytelling and human perspective to the music.

I’m often inspired by history, literature, cinema, geography, and personal experience in my lyric writing. My latest album, Handheld Recordings, Vol. 3: Sally Forth!, was influenced by my reading of Cervantes’s Don Quixote and research on medieval troubadours, channelled through the lens of a contemporary American touring singer-songwriter. 

My current day job is leading historical walking tours of New Orleans, in which I include original songs to reflect the perspectives of historical figures and structures, awakening the city’s storied past and bringing it into focus in the present. I believe songwriting as an art form has the potential to emotionally connect with audiences and fundamentally alter the ways they perceive reality.

Click here to visit Eliot’s website and to listen to his new album.

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