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Sacred Awakening Series

I would invite you to join me in attending the free teleconference series beginning February 17 called the Sacred Awakening Series. 40 global spiritual leaders are offering their time and teaching for free. We’re in for a feast.

Teleseminars will happen Mon-Thursdays at 5:30 pm Pacific, noon Fridays, and 10 a.m. on Saturdays, and will be recorded and available to listen online at a later time as well.


For more information and to register to attend some or all conferences in the series go to:


“May this series bring great blessings to your life and to our world. May it help us recognize the sacred beauty of our lives and help us each fulfill our highest destiny.”

In spirit,
Stephen Dinan
Founder, The Shift Network

Special Sponsor Offers – We are blessed to have fantastic organizations sponsoring this event.  I wanted to share about some of these groups below, with links to some special offers for Sacred Awakening participants.

Our Co-Sponsors (and some special invitations):

Thanks to our partners at Gaia Community, an online sanctuary of nearly 300,000 seekers, artists, and visionaries committed to inspiring and empowering each other to live lives of purpose and authenticity, and at Gaia Soulmates, a dating site for singles seeking a partner who shares their values of spiritual awareness and personal inquiry. (Join Soulmates today and receive a FREE MP3 to help attract more love into your life!)

Unity has declared 2010 as the Year of the Twelve Powers. Each month, they will be exploring one of the twelve spiritual gifts or “Powers” defined by Unity’s co-foudner Charles Fillmore. They invite you on a year-long spiritual journey to discover how to put these Powers to work and create the life of your dreams: Unity Website

MaestroConference is a key partner for us, offering a platform that allows us to bring dynamic group dynamic group interactions to the calls – an essential aspect of learning!  It’s definitely the next level of online learning with applications in business, non-profit, learning, grassroots, and more: MaestroConference Website Building on their technology, they’ve also created MaestroPath, a powerful program to empower trailblazers with group coaching, learning and support.  They’re offering a special of 6 months for the price of 2 to Sacred Awakening participants:

The Shift Movie – The movie being made by a movement! We can’t wait for this movie to be completed. Watch the fantastic trailer, share with friends, and contribute to helping complete the movie (which gets your name in credits). The Shift Movie Website

The Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment is a powerful new group that brings together a remarkable array of Hollywood insiders and independent media professionals who want to create more enlightening media. Their website is still to come but pay attention to this emerging alliance. The GATE Website

Philosopher’s Notes: Get the biggest ideas from 100 of the most influential books on personal growth — giving you more wisdom in less time! Philosopher’s Notes Website

The Center for Sacred Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural spiritual practices, ministry and education, and a commitment to peace and unity for all peoples. They sponsor the International Council of Thirteen Grandmothers and feature a two-year ministry training. The Center for Sacred Studies Website

Intention Media Purposeful Entertainment Achieving Global Change. Now Available on DVD: The award winning film featuring Amit Goswami “The Quantum Activist” Come join the revolution. Available at Intention Media Website.

Intent aspires to be the most trusted wellness destination for capturing and sharing peoples intentions – personal, social, spiritual and environmental. Intent Website

Spiritual Cinema Circle is the home of uplifting stories that inspire love and compassion, films that connect us with the world around us. They’re proud to have brought the work of more than 100 exciting, new independent filmmakers to the homes of tens of thousands of people around the world. Spiritual Cinema Circle Website

Thanks to our partners at Integrative Spirituality and its online community of 5,500 spiritual explorers and visionaries who are committed to life, spirit, sustainable prosperity and the New Universe Worldview. Sign up today for any online course at their Universe College and get free access, but only until April 3rd! Integrative Spirituality Website

The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine is a world forum for promoting the understanding, exploration, research and application of the energies of consciousness.   A membership organization that serves as an interdisciplinary community of naturally allied individuals and organizations, The ISSSSEEM welcomes healers, teachers, researchers, pioneers and those interested or involved in advancing the fields of subtle energies and energy medicine. ISSSSEEM Website

Facing the Bully

By both example and predisposition I have typically avoided confrontation. In fact, when I was a teen and I  started to stand up for myself, I was actually discouraged from doing so by my mother “for the sake of harmony,” and told to apologize when a family member spoke inappropriately to me. (She has since apologized to me for insisting I do so.)

For a number of years now I have had the opportunity in small ways to stand up for myself, and interestingly there are still people in my world who are more interested in “how it looks,” or “whether its important enough.”

Again, I accepted a paradigm that ‘walking away’ was the higher form of handling these situations. And I suspect that idea is still true, however, I sense that like learning to accept and express anger (another transition I have made), first one must bring something which has been out of balance, into balance.

Standing Out

Standing Out

So today I had a more vivid experience of facing the bully. I apparently made a serious miscalculation at the deli counter at our local supermarket by failing to take a number. There were two people behind the counter and only one customer on line–I didn’t see a need to take a number. Well apparently the lady who came up behind me several minutes later, while I was still waiting to be served, didn’t see it that way.

When her number was called and she was going to begin ordering, I made it clear that I was next and had been waiting, despite not taking a number. She somehow bought into the idea that having the next number trumped actually being there first.  She responded by cursing me out and calling me a Bxxxxx.

Not having much experience in dealing with such individuals (thankfully), I was taken aback, but energized from an internal source to stand up for myself. And despite subsequent thoughts and names that have flowed from my brain in reaction to her attacks, I was able to maintain a civil level, while not backing down.

When she told me to shut my mouth–I take it she was not used to people standing up for themselves and would just cower at being called names–I said I would open my mouth as much as I wanted. (Childish sounding, I know…but that’s how it came out.)

The point was, I would not be silenced by this bully. And somewhere from within there was an Editor at work that filtered all the nasty things I might have said,  but didn’t, and kept the tone level, enabling me to be Me without reacting to this bully by turning into her. I am very grateful to that Editor. Interestingly though, when I was out of the moment, the Editor disappeared and the thoughts started flowing. I guess that’s one way of working it out LOL.

Being a person who reflects on my own actions and words I have questioned my engaging in this encounter and how and what was said. While I believe the day will come when I can choose to turn my back and not engage a person like this, it seems very clear to me that for now, it is imperative that I find my voice–correction, that I use my voice–to stand up for myself.

I say use my voice because in dream state I have done this in very much the same way repeatedly over the past number of years. Just as today, it came from a part of me that was strong, centered and not given to lowering myself to the level of the consciousness I was encountering.

Until today, I have not had the opportunity to use my voice, my physical body, my waking mind, to engage in this way. So while it wasn’t exactly pleasant, I feel that it was a healthy and necessary step to transition from acquiescing and appeasing to refusing to diminish myself so someone else can feel better about them self.

I look forward to the day when my knowing is so secure that I can choose to walk away and let the bullies play their games by themselves.

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