Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Visionary Shamanism Events in AZ, Dec 8 - 16

Visionary Shamanism Workshop
with Linda Star Wolf 
and Brad Collins
Friday Dec. 9, 7:30 pm – Sunday Dec. 11, 4 pm
at the Sanctuary at Sedona
www.sanctuary.net
Click HERE for details.


Venus Rising Association for Transformation is a 501c3 non-profit
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

THRIVE: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right by Charles Eisenstein

Click HERE to visit Charles Eisenstein's blog:

“What is keeping us from thriving?” asks the new movie, Thrive. The answer it gives is “the global elite,” the people who control the financial system that in turn controls everything else. Operating through the power institutions of our society, this elite pursues a conscious agenda of total world dominance, purposely suppressing anything that would disrupt their power: from clean energy to alternative cancer cures.

This answer might serve to give expression to feelings of rage, hate, grief, and indignation that otherwise, in a world where the wrongness is so ubiquitous as to seem woven into the fabric of reality itself, would turn inward. Ultimately, though, this answer feeds the mentality of control that is a much deeper culprit in humanity’s failure to thrive.

To put primary blame on the global elite says that the primary problem is not the system; it is the masters of the system. If only they were not such awful, greedy – in a word, evil – people, they would relent and create a new system. Certainly that’s what you and I would do if we were in a position of power – right? Because we, unlike they, are decent people. In other words, the culprit for the planet’s woes is evil, which implies that the solution is to somehow defeat or eliminate evil (though to its credit, Thrive advocates non-violent means to accomplish this.)

The quest to create a better world through conquering evil lies at the heart of civilization as we know it. Originating in the earliest agricultural civilizations, the concept of evil first applied to weeds, wolves, locusts, hail storms, and other natural phenomena that were, before agriculture, merely parts of an interdependent whole, and not the enemies of mankind.

In the ensuing millennia, the War Against Evil developed in tandem with technology and religion. The conquest of nature extended into the internal realms and became a struggle for self-mastery, self-control, and the transcendence of the flesh. It extended into the social realm as programs of social engineering that sought to eliminate evil on a mass scale. Taken to its extreme, it took the form of purges, pogroms, ethnic cleansing, Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism. In other words, the elimination of evil lends itself to the very same dominator mindset that is part of the problem.

Thrive advocates peaceful non-compliance with the institutions of domination, except in cases of “self-defense”. But when you see an enemy implacably bound to enslave you or murder you, the line between defense and offense blurs. What war of aggression in the last hundred years has not been justified as a kind of self-defense? The Indians are scalping innocent settlers! The North Vietnamese communists attacked our ships in the Gulf of Tonkin! Remember the Lusitania! The terrorist regime is producing weapons of mass destruction!

That is not to say that there aren’t powerful people in the world that do tremendous damage, or that these people should not be held to account. These people, however, are produced and given power by a system that runs deeper than anyone’s capacity to design. It is a system that has taken on a life of its own, a system that includes even the film’s favorite targets – the Rockefellers and Rothschilds – among its thralls. The money system – born of interest-bearing debt and generating separation and exponential growth – is at its core, but even the money system rests on a deeper foundation. It rests on our civilization’s defining myths: scarcity, reductionism, determinism, dualism, separation. But as the filmmaker must know, these stories have run their course, and so has the world built atop them.

The money system and its underlying mythology necessitate the roles that the power elite fill. Remove those people without changing the underlying beliefs, and new tyrants will rise to take their place. However strong our idealism, do we imagine that our revolution against evil will produce results any better than the French Revolutionaries or the Bolsheviks did? The War against Evil never ends, because it generates a limitless supply of new enemies, progeny of its own shadow.

Perhaps there was a conscious conspiracy to suppress free energy devices, alternative cancer therapies, and so forth, or maybe it was an unconscious conspiracy comprising the agents of the status quo whose careers and intellectual paradigms these technologies violate. In either case, the suppression is decreasingly effective, as the guardians and executors of the system struggle just to keep it going a couple years longer. The analogy to control-based technologies of agriculture or medicine is quite precise. You can suppress each new pesticide-resistant weed with a new chemical, but eventually the consequences of chemical agriculture pile up faster than you can invent new technological fixes to deal with them. It works great at first and yields rise significantly with very little effort, but eventually huge chemical input is needed even to break even. In medicine, you can suppress with a pharmaceutical drug the symptoms caused by the last pharmaceutical drug, but eventually the patient is on twenty medications and getting no better; synergistic side effects proliferate and the patient rapidly deteriorates. Such is the inevitable end game for any program of control. The illusion of control can only be maintained temporarily, and at ever greater cost.

If there ever was an Illuminati orchestrating world events, it has lost control. Today, the atmosphere among the financial elite fluctuates between panic and resignation. They cannot be bothered to suppress films like Thrive, like What on Earth, like Moon Rising, magazines like Infinite Energy, and all the information freely available on the Internet that is accelerating the shift of consciousness away from separation and scarcity.

The ground has already begun to shift, and that shift will accelerate as the “old normal” falls apart. It has fallen apart in many ways already, yet its afterimage lingers. The supermarkets are still full of food, the malls full of shoppers, the highways full of cars, and the ATM’s full of cash. The last-ditch strategy of the financial elite, “extend and pretend”, applies to our entire society. It is still possible to pretend that the world of our parents will be the world of our children, and to extend its lifestyle a few more years. But that pretense is wearing thin.

Despite this criticism, I would say that Thrive gets the story wrong but the spirit right. The dominator model is not an evil to overcome, but rather an evolutionary stage that has reached its fulfillment and is giving way to something new. Toward the end, the film touches on this understanding through the words of Elisabet Sahtouris, who likens the present historical moment to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, or to the transition of an ecosystem from headlong growth in its immature state, to symbiotic homeostasis in its mature state. I wish the film had given her greater voice, and developed the idea that the power elite are not reprehensible villains, but players of a role soon to become obsolete. This would be an attitude of forgiveness and invitation. After all, the rewards of the rich, whether measured in money or political power, do little to further their authentic happiness. The rest of us, having not attained the pinnacle of success, can at least tell ourselves that our angst would be relieved if only we reached the top of the ladder. The power elite have no such anodyne to assuage the desolation of life at the top. The system, in other words, isn’t working for them either. We want to invite the 1% into a world that is better for everyone.

The film argues that if only we threw off the yoke of the tyrannical Illuminati, we would live in a magnificent, abundant, peaceful world. For example, it says, the deliberate suppression of “free energy” technology would end. Again, the film gets the story wrong but the spirit right. I won’t consider here the scientific plausibility of such technology, which appears to violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics, but will rather address the film’s contention that the main reason for the misery of the Third World masses is lack of access to energy, and that unlimited clean energy would be a near-panacea for humanity’s problems and would usher in an era of abundance. The story here – call it “technological utopianism” – is that technology is going to rescue us, create a new and better world, and solve our problems. We have heard this story many times before, starting with the steam engine, and proceeding through electricity, chemicals, atomic energy, computers, economics and political science, nanotechnology… each invention promised an age of leisure, freedom from disease, social perfection, and other wonders; two hundred years later, none of these promises has been redeemed. We work longer hours than in 1973 and, by many measures, are sicker and unhappier than a primitive tribesperson or peasant.

Why has the promise of technology never been redeemed? If not an evil illuminati consciously suppressing or co-opting the technologies of abundance, what has kept us in a state of scarcity and extreme inequality? If we don’t address the reason at its root, and instead blame it on evil people, we will never redeem the promise either.

The truth is that without a change in our consciousness and in the social systems built on our consciousness, no technology will be any more successful than any of those I just listed in bringing peace and prosperity to all people on earth. Indeed, such a vision, and the technologies that are part of it, seem “too good to be true” to someone accustomed to scarcity and habituated to the responses to scarcity: domination, control, struggle against each other and against nature. When this mindset changes, no new technology is even necessary. We already have, and always have had, potential abundance at our fingertips. The scarcity that so many experience today is not the result of any fundamental lack, but rather of the maldistribution of political power and resources. What kind of abundance would we have if we didn’t spend trillions of dollars on wars, guns, non-recyclable packaging, sprawling suburbs, automobile culture, consumer junk, transcontinental food, unnecessary pharmaceuticals, and every other form of waste that contributes nothing to human happiness? In one way or another, all of these things are the end products of a civilization built on separation.

A world of justice and abundance doesn’t depend on any new technology, yet it is also true that new kinds of technology will emerge from a different kind of consciousness. The shift of consciousness of which I speak is from separation to oneness; from being to “interbeing”; from a discrete and separate self in an external objective universe, to an integral part that contains the whole. The new self seeks less to dominate than to cocreate, less to control than to share. It knows that the whole universe is as alive and as conscious as oneself. From that perspective, technologies that do no harm to other beings come naturally; from this perspective, it seems as a matter of course that the universe wants to freely provide what we need, rather than requiring us to wrest it from an indifferent or hostile environment. Thus we have a paradox: we do not need new technology to enjoy abundance; yet, the shift of perception that is necessary to enjoy abundance will also bring forth new technology. Or we might say that free energy technology will be a symptom that our consciousness has shifted, or perhaps an instrument for the actualization of abundance consciousness in material reality. The filmmaker understands that on some level. The spirit coming through is this: a more beautiful world is possible, right in front of our faces, waiting only for us to accept it. It is a spirit of vast possibility readily available.

Because it carries this spirit, the film has attracted a cult following despite its disjointed editing, repetitiveness, and the narrator’s frequent resort to “I believe,” and “I am firmly convinced” in place of actual evidence or arguments. Indeed, at times it seems that the film wants to be about Foster Gamble’s personal journey to radicalism and hope. Despite its flaws, in its invocation of evil and in its appeal to technological salvation, Thrive arouses our conviction that the world isn’t supposed to be this way, and that a much better world is closer than we dare think. Even if it wrongly ascribes the source of the problem and misidentifies the essence of the solution, still it will stimulate people to deepen their questioning of the boundaries of consensus reality. This is a good thing. Once the questioning starts, it will not stop until we arrive at a new story aligned with the spirit being born today.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Make Gratitude Your Main Dish, by Nita Gage

This Thanksgiving, Make Gratitude Your Main Dish

And Life Will Become the Dessert
by Nita Gage inspired by Lee Lipsenthal’s book

Enjoy Every Sandwich:  Living Each Day as Though it Were Your Last

“The daily practice of gratitude shifts your focus onto the parts of life that you appreciate. You still see and manage the difficult areas of your life, but your emotional focus shifts to gratefulness.  When we practice each day, life becomes sweet regardless of our life circumstances.”
–Lee Lipsenthal, MD

            After he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal wrote Enjoy Every Sandwich to inspire others to live joyously. His life’s mission was to help people find purpose and peace in their lives, and his profound ability to embrace his mortality and live life fully even while facing death was possible because of his capacity for gratitude. Dr. Lipsenthal knew that gratitude can be developed and strengthened by anyone seeking a more fulfilling and joyful life, and he spent his life teaching gratitude as a practice that leads to mastery and happiness. It was a principle he remained devoted to until he passed away in September of this year, just a month before his book was published.
           
Dr. Lipsenthal always loved a great meal, but he knew that what really draws us to the table is our love for one another. And because of that, Thanksgiving Day is a perfect time to kick-start a gratitude practice and to make it a tradition every year with your family and loved ones.
On Thanksgiving Day, before starting the meal, invite everyone to close their eyes and, for a few moments, breathe slowly and gently while sending thoughts of love and appreciation from their heart to everyone at the table.  Then have them expand the reach of those thoughts to send love and appreciation to one or more people in their life who aren’t at the table. Ask them to gradually widen the size of that circle of love until they are sending love and appreciation to everyone on the planet. 
For a fun and enlivening experience, go around the table and ask everyone to name something they are grateful for. Encourage people to think of things that aren’t so obvious, something that will be a surprise to the others at the table.  Gratitude is the gravy that makes everything taste better, but Thanksgiving shouldn’t be the only time we think about the many things we’re thankful for in our lives. We should work to make every day a thanksgiving day. When you make gratitude a daily practice, it’s something that gets easier with time until it is second nature. Here are some simple ways to develop your capacity for gratitude:

·      Begin with Gratitude. In Enjoy Every Sandwich, Dr. Lipsenthal wrote, “If I looked for fun, joy and playfulness, I would find fun, joy and playfulness. If I looked for trouble, stress and heartache, that was what I would find.” Adjusting your mind-set changes what you see, so it’s important to begin the day in the right frame of mind. To do so, start your day with this simple exercise: Think about or picture someone you love. Now, close your eyes and slow your breathing by letting the air fill your lungs completely, and gently exhale slower than you inhaled. As you do this, imagine you are sending love and appreciation to that person. Doing this not only fills you with a sense of peace and gratitude, but it also has a positive effect on your heart rate and your ability to think clearly. It’s a feeling that will stay with you the rest of the day.

·      End with Gratitude In Enjoy Every Sandwich, Dr. Lipsenthal wrote, “I found that if each night I wrote down… three things that I was grateful for, each day was filled with more fun and joy.  Fear and anxiety began to fade.”  Every day towards the end of your day, write down three things for which you are grateful. Some days you will find yourself stretching to be grateful for anything, and on those days, it’s most important to do the practice. The list may consist of everything from small things like “I am grateful for my slippers” or “I am grateful for the sandwich I just ate” to gratitude for the fundamentals in life, such as friends, family, health.

·      Practice Expressing Gratitude Tell at least one person a day how much you appreciate them. At first, it may seem artificial. That’s okay; it is a practice. Eventually, you will notice that you always mean it when you say it.

·      Spontaneously Respond to a Sense of Gratitude: Dr. Lipsenthal taught the practice of taking the time to contact with friends and love ones for the explicit purpose of thanking them for being in your life. Something nice someone did for you may spontaneously pop into your head, or something may come to mind during your morning gratitude session. When it does, pick up the phone and call the person, just to say thanks. Let them know what they did that you’re grateful for and why you appreciate it. If it’s too early to call, make a note to call later. Even better is telling them in person. 

·      Practice Gratitude When Life is Giving You Lemons.  You can always make lemonade; the trick is to sweeten the lemonade with appreciation for whatever is happening in your life. Challenges and difficulties, large and small are part of life and can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative. Actually acknowledging you are thankful for these times can be a stretch, and even cause some discomfort.  Stretching with and through discomfort is one of the ways we strengthen the capacity for gratitude just as we strengthen muscles by working out.

After a few weeks of practicing these exercises, they will become second nature. As Dr, Lipsenthal explained in Enjoy Every Sandwich, “You are remodeling your brain to be grateful, even optimistic.” And being a grateful person or an optimist increases your health and resiliency.
                        Gratitude is not a feeling, although embodying gratitude produces warm and fuzzy feelings and a sense of fulfillment in your life. It’s larger than this. Developing your capacity for gratitude is the foundation for a happier and healthier life. This Thanksgiving Day, start a gratitude practice so you, too, can enjoy every sandwich and live fully every day.
So begin your gratitude practice by answering: What are you grateful for today?

Nita Gage, PhD was Dr. Lipsenthal's colleague and co-facilitator of workshops around the world for the last fifteen years. Dr. Lee Lipsenthal’s book, Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As Though it Were Your Last was published earlier this month. For more information and to read an excerpt, please see http://www.enjoyeverysandwich.net/

Nita Gage is a Shamanic Minister and Shamanic Breathwork practitioner.  She can be found at:  nitagage@aol.com.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Star Wolf's recent interview with Andrew Aloha

Click HERE to listen to Star Wolf's most recent interview about Visionary Shamanism with Andrew Aloha on Spiritual Image Productions - BlogTalk Radio.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Star Wolf LIVE on BlogTalkRadio this Sunday!

Don't miss Star Wolf discussing Visionary Shamanism with Andrew Aloha LIVE on Spiritual Image Productions BlogTalkRadio this Sunday, November 20 at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain or 6 pm Pacific.  Click HERE to listen or call  (646) 716-4251 to talk to Star Wolf and ask your questions.

"The Earth is undergoing a highly transitional time as outworn structures break down and new ones are being created.  We no longer have the luxury of learning only from the past--we must also download information from the future in order to make worldwide change and reach our highest human potential as quickly as possible.” Linda Star Wolf 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank you!!!!! Visionary Shamanism a #1 Best Seller on Amazon!!!!!!

Visionary Shamanism:  Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field
by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
Forward by Barbara Hand Clow
PLUS!  CD of new journeying music by Matt Venuti

Dear Friends,
We did it!!! Visionary Shamanism ranked throughout the day on Friday as #1 in Shamanism, #1 in Paganism, #45 in Personal Transformation, #72 in Religion & Spirituality and it is still at the top of Amazon charts today!  Thank you so much for your incredible support and for being Visionary Shamans in your own lives!  Together we can give birth to a new future for our planet!
If you have not ordered yet, it is not too late!  Anytime you order this week will help our rankings.  Please also continue to post Visionary Shamanism on your Facebook pages as that helps spread the message to thousands of people.

FREE Visionary Shamanism Journey with Star Wolf!
In gratitude to all who order Visionary Shamanism during November, Star Wolf will offer a FREE Visionary Shamanism teleconference and guided journey to download the imaginal cells of the future.  Just email your receipt to venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org and we'll send you the teleconference info so that you can listen LIVE on January 4, 2012, or you can access to the recording if you can't attend the live teleconference.  Please tell your friends!

"This is a very brave and extremely lucid introduction to a shamanic vision of how we can birth our future. I recommend it with joy."
--Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism

Visionary Shamanism explains how to
  • Heal the past, learn from the future and activate the imaginal cells - which are encoded with information from the future
  • Manifest our most creative ideas and newest incarnations more quickly
  • Speed up our evolutionary potential in this lifetime and reach our highest human potential as quickly as possible.
Click HERE to read an excerpt or order the book.

Praise for Visionary Shamanism:  
"A beautiful work of wisdom and inspiration, powerful medicine for a soul-sick and frightened world."
  --Allan Combs, co-author of Thomas Berry:  Dreamer of the Earth and Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies.   
 
"Visionary Shamanism reminds us to create from the future and not from the past. Through its many wonderful stories, ancient spiritual teachings are revealed and clear guidance is offered as to how we can heal our past and clear the way to be the best self we are meant to be."  

--Christine R. Page, M.D., author of 2012 and the Galactic Center

Thank you!
Thank you for being Visionary Shamans in your own lives and for spreading this message of hope around the world!
 
With deepest gratitude,
Star Wolf, Brad, Ruby, Laura
and the Venus Rising Team

Friday, November 11, 2011

Visionary Shamanism available TODAY

Order Visionary Shamanism TODAY and help millions of people awaken to their highest potential and give birth to a new future for our planet!

Visionary Shamansim:
Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field

by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
Preface by Barbara Hand Clow

PLUS:  CD of new journey music by Matt Venuti

Get a FREE Visionary Shamanism Teleconference and Guided Journey with Star Wolf! (details below)

"This is a very brave and extremely lucid introduction to a shamanic vision of how we can birth our future. I recommend it with joy."
--Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism
 
Visionary Shamanism explains how to:


  • Heal the past, learn from the future and activate the imaginal cells
  • Manifest our most creative ideas and newest incarnations more quickly
  • Speed up our evolutionary potential in this lifetime and reach our highest human potential as quickly as possible.
Click HERE to read an excerpt or order today.

Will you please help us spread this important message of hope to as many people as possible? 
When a large number of people buy a book on Amazon on the same day, Amazon takes notice and then recommends that book to others who are interested in related topics.  Please join us in helping millions of people awaken to their highest potential by making Visionary Shamanism a #1 Best Seller.  Click HERE to order today!
 
FREE Visionary Shamanism Journey with Star Wolf!

In gratitude to all who order Visionary Shamanism on 11/11/11, Star Wolf will offer a FREE Visionary Shamanism teleconference and guided journey to download the imaginal cells of the future.  Just email your receipt to venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org and we'll send you the teleconference info so that you can listen LIVE on January 4, 2012, or you can access to the recording if you can't attend the live teleconference.  Please tell your friends!

Praise for Visionary Shamanism: 
"A beautiful work of wisdom and inspiration, powerful medicine for a soul-sick and frightened world."

  --Allan Combs, co-author of Thomas Berry:  Dreamer of the Earth and Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies.    
 
"Visionary Shamanism reminds us to create from the future and not from the past. Through its many wonderful stories, ancient spiritual teachings are revealed and clear guidance is offered as to how we can heal our past and clear the way to be the best self we are meant to be." 
--Christine R. Page, M.D., author of 2012 and the Galactic Center


Thank you!
Thank you for being Visionary Shamans in your own lives and for spreading this message of hope around the world!
 
With deepest gratitude,
Star Wolf, Brad, Ruby, Laura
and the Venus Rising Team

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My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.

I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.

From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.

I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Namaste’
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009