By Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace
The International Day of Peace was Friday, September 21, and this weekend is “World Peace Weekend.”
It’s estimated that over two billion people were aware of the International Day of Peace and there are many peace activities still underway around the world that you can participate in. (See Movement News.)
The International Day of Peace is one of my favorite days of the year. Established by the United Nations in 1981, it’s an opportunity for people around the world to celebrate our shared desire for peace and the many ways that peace is experienced, cultivated, and expressed.
The International Day of Peace is also the culmination of our annual Summer of Peace. We hope you are enjoying the Summer of Peace Letter, a free 13-part series exploring how we can find common ground. The letters are archived so you can share them with your family, friends, schools, and community groups — click here to access the first 12 issues.
Many of us at The Shift Network celebrated the International Day of Peace at the second annual California Vision 2020 — a co-creation of The Shift Network and friends, including Compassionate Capital Region, The California Endowment, United Nations Association Sacramento Chapter, and many more… We had an amazing time as we joined savvy social change agents, wisdom teachers, and political leaders giving voice to hopeful new ideas and bold new strategies to design a future that works for all.
From spiritual leader Michael Beckwith to our filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom to the mayors of Sacramento and Stockton, there was a clear recognition that California can play a particularly important role in leading the Shift on the planet… and in modeling a willingness to work across sectors to do it. We’ll be sharing uplifting and eye-opening videos with you in the months to come that show how we can solve major social challenges from global warming to poverty with a forward-looking, transpartisan approach.
We also want to give big congratulations on two groundbreaking books on peace: Greg Reitman’s Rooted in Peace: An Inspiring Story of Finding Peace Within (based on the award-winning film Rooted in Peace); and, Dr. Emma Farr Rawlings’ The Divine Child: Your Soul's Inner Voice. These books offer abundant proof of the innate goodness and wisdom of humanity! (See Featured Articles.)
Before you delve into the illuminating articles, videos, and other content below, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, How did you celebrate the International Day of Peace this year? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Catalyst, which is dedicated to the World Peace Weekend, our shared common humanity, and the many ways to experience, express, and share peace!
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing
opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
— John F. Kennedy
The Summer of Peace Letter is a free 13-part letter series that features inspiring leaders in the important fields of spirituality, neuroscience, peacebuilding, compassion, and peace education. The letter provides insights and skills to help you find common ground even in challenging situations — in your family, friendships, business partnerships, and polarized social issues. (In some cases, it may help you gain a better understanding of the obstacles to finding common ground). Contributing partners include, Search for Common Ground, LiveAMoment.com, US Youth Rising, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Euphrates Institute, Metta Center for Nonviolence, National Peace Academy, Nonviolent Communication Academy, and many more! You can review the archived letters here.
The Divine Child’s Golden Key
By Dr. Emma Farr Rawlings
One day when Brett was old enough to really talk, he told me that he recalled me from the spirit house in the sky. Brett’s interview would be the first of many interviews I conducted with children as part of my research and work over the last four decades.
I have always believed that children have innate wisdom. And I believe it’s because of this knowing and the respect I have for them that when meeting and interviewing children, they open up and truly show how creative, intelligent, magical, and wise they are.
To read more, click here.
“Beyond Your Energy Body” Facebook Live Q&A
What if you discovered that your Higher Self is more vast, more sacred, and more powerful than you can possibly imagine? Healer and teacher Desda Zuckerman will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, September 27, at 5:00pm Pacific about your Sacred Anatomy, the subtle energy field that surrounds you and extends 20 feet in all directions beyond your physical body. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
“Taking Flight in Your Third Act” Facebook Live Q&A
Would you like to create a fulfilling next phase of your life that feels wonderful and new? Women’s empowerment teacher Sabrina Chaw will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, September 26, at Noon Pacific, about entering five transformative gateways to rediscover your identity, purpose, and passions. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
“Redvelations” Facebook Live Q&A
What if we are the missing pieces of the Universe’s Love Story? Author Sera Beak will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, September 26, at 5:00pm Pacific exploring the very human holy family of Jesus the father, Mary Magdalene the mother… and Sarah, their daughter. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
We want to know: How did you celebrate the International Day of Peace this year? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
A Girl from Hong Kong Ignites a U.S. Community
By David Wick
One woman’s “accidental” discovery, and three years of dedicated hard work, have brought The World Peace Flame to the United States and its permanent and perpetual home in the Thalden Pavilion, Centre For Outrageous Innovation, Southern Oregon University.
To read more, click here.
Rooted in Peace
By Greg Reitman
In my new book, Rooted in Peace: An Inspiring Story of Finding Peace Within. I ask the reader, what does Peace mean to you? Why is Peace important? Why isn’t Peace celebrated in every classroom, village, town, and city in the U.S. and around the globe? And more importantly, what steps are you taking to create a better world for yourself and the environment?
To read more, click here.
Should Rivers Have Rights?
By Jens Benohr and Patrick J. Lynch
Published in Yale Environment 360
Inspired by Indigenous views of nature, a movement to grant a form of legal “personhood” to rivers is gaining some ground — a key step, advocates say, in reversing centuries of damage inflicted upon the world’s waterways.
To read more, click here.
Checklist for Clearing Bad Energy From Your Home
By Alejandra Roca
Cleansing your house of bad vibes can be an important step in your personal wellbeing — but how do you know if you have harmful energy in your home, and how do you clear it out?
To read more, click here.
Discover Ancestral Medicine & Turn Family Burdens Into Blessings
So much of our suffering as human beings comes from the false perception that we are separate –- from nature and from others, including our ancestors…
Our spiritual practice can help us dissolve this illusion, yet sometimes it’s the result of something so deep –– going all the way back to our ancestral roots –– that we can’t seem to clear it. That’s where ancestral medicine can be helpful. This ancient and sacred shamanic practice helps you connect with your deceased ancestors who are well in spirit, to assist them in healing your blood ancestors who are not yet at peace.
In the following 7-minute video, psychotherapist Daniel Foor shares more about the healing possible through the practice of ancestral medicine, and the many benefits it can bring as it opens our hearts to greater understanding, forgiveness, and feelings of belonging.
To read more and watch Daniel’s video, click here.
Click here to register for Daniel Foor’s free video event, Ancestral Medicine: Discover How to Heal Family Burdens & Reclaim the Blessings of Your Lineage, on Wednesday, September 26.
Enter the Gateway of Your Sacred Anatomy and Step Into Your True Power
What if you could make a difference in someone’s life… in every moment of every day? You already are; you just don’t realize it. So says healer and teacher Desda Zuckerman, who was born with the ability to perceive the subtle energy field around every individual.
This subtle energy field, which Desda refers to as your Sacred Anatomy, is far more expansive than your electromagnetic field, which extends four to five feet beyond your body. In contrast, your Sacred Anatomy extends 20 feet beyond your body in every direction. What is your Sacred Anatomy? Simply put, says Desda, “it is the stuff of stars, containing the sum total of your soul's journey.”
Watch the following 6-minute video with Desda as she shares a powerful exercise called “Building the House” that will give you a sensory experience of your own Sacred Anatomy.
To read more and watch Desda’s video, click here.
Click here for details about Desda Zuckerman’s new 7-week live video training, Beyond Your Energy Body: Open to the 4 Dynamic Aspects of Your Sacred Anatomy, which starts October 3.
Phoenix Rising: How to Transform Adversity Into Your Most Treasured Life
As a woman in her 50s or 60s or beyond, you’ve likely been through some rough patches in your life. (Who hasn’t?!) Challenges you may have thought you’d never heal from (but did!)... loss of a loved one or a job, financial struggles, health crises, and other life-altering events.
And doesn’t it just seem sometimes as if life’s difficulties and losses (big and small) happen all at once?! Sometimes we just have to let go of the old in order to make room for new ways of being — that embolden and empower us to step into who we truly are.
In this 6-minute video, leading women’s empowerment teacher Sabrina Chaw shares the story of her Phoenix rising and illuminates the threshold of the “Phoenix Gateway,” the last of 5 “Initiatory” gateways for women.
To read more and watch Sabrina’s video, click here.
Click here for details about Sabrina Chaw’s new 8-week live video training, Taking Flight in Your Third Act: A Journey of Initiation Into Your Sovereignty, Feminine Wisdom & Freedom, which starts October 1.
International Day of Peace video
This 2-minute video from our friends at HeartMath offers a simple but powerful message:
For Peace Day and every day, open your heart, offer your compassion, give appreciation.
Rooted in Peace
A film by Greg Reitman
Rooted in Peace challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, green architect William McDonough, neuroscientist Dan Siegel, and many others. (To view the trailer, scroll down the page.)
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.
National Bioneers Conference 2018
Marin Center, San Rafael, California, October 19–21
We’re living in a thriller that only reality could write. Breakdown and breakthrough – death and rebirth – creative destruction writ large. As this year’s Bioneers Conference will exemplify, there’s as much cause for hope as for horror, and the ground truth is that how this story turns out is up to us. Nothing less than a steep change in human evolution will do. Never has it been more important for us to exercise our vision, our agency, our solidarity, and our voices.
For many people, Bioneers is a guidance system, a lighthouse that illuminates successful models, solutions, and many of the greatest visionary change-makers of our time. Rise up with us as we transform our relationship to nature, each other, and our own humanity. Changing the system begins with a change of heart. Come and experience this Revolution From the Heart of Nature at Bioneers 2018.
Click here to watch a 3-minute video about the conference. Click here to receive 20% off your ticket!
Join the BeThePeace Challenge happening during World Peace Weekend, September 21–23! This is a free program to help you clarify your vision for the peace you wish to see in the world and to embody it. Please invite your friends! Let's create ripples!
Unity Foundation's 10th Annual Peace Day Global Broadcast
Celebrate the UN International Day of Peace! Tune into Unity Foundation's 10th Annual Peace Day Global Broadcast beginning at 12:01am Eastern on Friday, September 21, through September 23. The broadcast streams from the Peace Channel and the official UN website, reaching people worldwide. The broadcast features videos on the UN’s humanitarian agencies and organizations working for peace, the environment, human rights, and social and economic justice. Also featured are music videos from well-known musicians and messages of peace from humanitarians, musicians, actors, and sports figures.
The 2018 September Compassion Games, is a 16-day challenge to unify communities around the world in an expression of globally synchronized intentions with locally organized compassionate action. Starting on September 8 and culminating on World Peace Weekend (September 22–23), players and teams will challenge and inspire each other to organize actions that build bridges between peace, prosperity, and the planet. Players can create or join their own service projects and/or participant in any of the featured ways to play. As players and teams participate, results are shared on the Compassion Report Map to highlight, measure, and celebrate the collective impact our actions have around the world! To discover more, click here.
The Power of Eight
By Lynne McTaggart
In The Power of Eight, Lynne McTaggart reveals her remarkable findings from 10 years of experimenting with small and large groups about how the power of group intention can heal our lives and change the world for the better. When individuals in a group focus their intention together on a single target, a powerful collective dynamic emerges that can heal longstanding conditions, mend fractured relationships, lower violence, and even rekindle life purpose. But the greatest untold truth of all is that group intention has a mirror effect, not only affecting the recipient but also reflecting back on the senders.
Drawing on hundreds of case studies, the latest brain research, and dozens of McTaggart’s own university studies, The Power of Eight provides solid evidence showing that there is such a thing as a collective consciousness. Now you can learn to use it and unleash the power you hold inside of you to heal your own life.
Click here to order your copy of The Power of Eight by September 27 and claim seven FREE workbooks and LIVE events worth $549.00.
Melissa & Kasho
By Camilla Chance
Melissa, a shy teenage girl, feels lost in a transnational high-society world. But her attraction to the very human Kasho, who has snippets of philosophy to impart, eventually enables her to develop her own strengths.
As part of her mission to help girls and young women, Camilla is offering her book free to Shift Network members. Click here to download your FREE copy.
Native Lands App
Enter the zip code of wherever you are to find the native peoples in that area, read about their history, and find opportunities to get involved.
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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Read one of the free Summer of Peace Letters on finding common ground and then share what you’ve learned with a friend or family member.
Ancestral Medicine: Discover How to Heal Family Burdens & Reclaim the Blessings of Your Lineage — A Free Video Event With Psychotherapist and Ancestral Medicine Teacher Daniel Foor. Discover how to transform pain and suffering passed down by your ancestors into blessings, wisdom, and a deeper sense of belonging. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 5:30pm Pacific
5 Essential Ayurvedic Remedies for Women: How to Apply Bacopa, Bala, Shilajit & More to Treat Inflammation, Detoxify & Clear Brain Fog — A Free Video Event With World-renowned Ayurvedic Herbalist & Teacher K.P. Khalsa. Discover the top remedies every woman in her 40s, 50s, and beyond should be taking to be pain-free, reduce inflammation, and detoxify. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00am Pacific
Discover 7 Healing Sounds Hidden in Your Voice: Liberating the ‘Tonal Energies’ of Your Soul for Healing, Love & Creativity — A Free Video Event With International Singer, Educator, Voice Pioneer & Author Chloë Goodchild. Experience a dynamic, heart-centered approach using sound to heal old narratives—inspired by a body-centered ‘sound awareness’ map with seven energy centers from the root to the crown. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:30pm Pacific
7 Keys to Awakening Your Kundalini: How to Safely Liberate the Blissful Divine Power Within — A Free Video Event With Filmmaker, Speaker, and Spiritual Teacher Raja Choudhury. Discover ancient, experiential practices for activating, expanding, and aligning the most powerful spiritual energy in your body in a gentle, grounded way. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00am Pacific
Reclaiming Your 6 Body Wisdom Areas: Healing From Trauma, Releasing Blocks & Liberating Your Full-Spectrum Intuition — With Leading Conscious Awareness Instructor Suzanne Scurlock, CMT, CST-D. Discover how to activate your body’s capacity for dissolving blocks and traumas so you thrive on every level — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. New 7-week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The Power of Celestial Herbalism: Cultivating True Health, Contentment & Inner Peace Through Plant Medicine and Vedic Astrology — With Leading Ayurvedic Teacher, Brazilian Herbalist & Medical Astrologer Arjun Das. Discover how your Ayurvedic birth chart can help you easily identify herbs and essential oils to boost your immunity, deepen your vitality… (even transform your relationships!). New 7-week Video Training With Live Q&A Starts Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Taking Flight in Your Third Act: A Journey of Initiation Into Your Sovereignty, Feminine Wisdom & Freedom — With Women’s Spiritual Empowerment Teacher Sabrina Chaw. Embody your true essence as a woman and a wisdom keeper... to move past regret, feel your deepest desires, and reshape your heart. New 8-week Live Video Training Starts Monday, October 1, 2018
More Upcoming Events: (all subject to change)
• Desda Zuckerman 7-week course
• Sera Beak 7-week course
• Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit
• Chloe Goodchild 7-week course
• K.P. Khalsa 7-week course
• Daniel Foor 7-week course
• Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Summit
• Dr. Sue Morter 6-month course
• Raja Choudhury 7-week course
• Nicki Scully 7-week course
• Tim Kelley 4-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 7-week course
Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990, Bioneers advances the great transformation underway in human civilization by serving as a seed head for game-changing social and scientific vision, knowledge, and practices that honor the genius of nature and human ingenuity. We do so through our annual National Bioneers Conference, award-winning media, local conferences and community resilience networks, and leadership training programs focused on youth, women, and Indigenous peoples.
Click here for more information. Click here to make a donation.
Pathways to Peace
The Shift Network has been delighted to support and partner with Pathways to Peace, an International Peacebuilding, Educational, and Consulting organization dedicated to making peace a practical reality through both local and global projects.
Pathways To Peace recognizes that peace education is a vital tool in helping children find peaceful solutions to problems — and in raising a new generation committed to creating a Culture of Peace. Click here for more information.
We invite you to download the free LiveaMoment app that has a special function for the Summer of Peace. LiveaMoment is a groundbreaking new app platform for daily mindfulness that combines the action of cultivating individual peace with connecting globally for moments of pause, all while raising funds for peace initiatives around the world. Take a moment on the app, reflect how you feel, and see in real-time people connecting in peace around the world. LiveaMoment is a movement committed to "bringing humanity back... one moment at a time." International Day of Peace is a great moment. Click here for more information.
One Tribe Global
TR1BE global (One Tribe Global) is a nonprofit association of individuals who share a vision of personal as well as worldwide transformation. This vision manifests by creating opportunities to share the discoveries and creative expressions of our personal journey into greater consciousness. We believe that by celebrating our gifts, knowledge, experience, and wisdom with each other we can effect positive change in our personal lives as well as in our global community. We bring focus and enthusiasm to those things we would empower and expand by sponsoring events intended to enhance our life experience together.
For more information, click here. To become a member, click here.
Bettina describes her devotional music this way:
If music creates a space where my heart is touched and where my thoughts disappear, I get a taste of devotion. I do not have a religious background yet I feel devotion. Maybe it is my devotion to honor the life I have been given, the time I have been gifted to develop my consciousness.
As music can be explained very differently by people, so can devotion. I resonate with the music which lifts me into different states of being and I feel the devotion for these states. So for me devotional music is sound which carries me beyond this reality and also brings me back safely.
Some feel devotion for God and I feel devotion for music as a vehicle to reach that place I call the divine. That place is like coming home. I relax, breathe, restore and continue my path.
Click here to listen to Bettina’s music and to buy her albums.