Dear Bruce Robert Travis,
I have become convinced for many reasons that the drama that has been escalating on America’s national stage will soon lead us to places that we have never faced before as a nation.
There will be shocking revelations that accelerate in the weeks and months to come that will lead to sober self-reflection and serious reform.
It will, in short, be a kind of dark night for the American soul.
In spiritual lineages, the dark night is a preparation for a birth into a wholly new, divine pattern.
The dark night is the shedding of the old to prepare the way for the new. It’s a kind of birth canal into a new world.
If we remember this, it can allow us to shed the illusions that are ultimately what the dark night is designed to peel away.
While I believe we will have to face many unsavory truths, we will ultimately need to refocus our attention is on what we truly want to create in the years to come, which is nothing less than a world that works for all. A world that is peaceful, sustainable, and wise. A world in which we heal the wounds of the past and embrace the full human family. A world in which democracy truly serves the needs of everyone. A world of opportunity, creativity, and abundance.
While the distortions and failures might be painful to witness, the truth is that they will be playing out so that we can outgrow them.
We are moving beyond the unbalanced masculine into an era of sacred balanced between the feminine and masculine.
We are moving beyond aggression and hostility to peace.
We are moving beyond massive pollution to a regreening of the world.
We are moving beyond short-sighted greed into long-term collective care.
These shifts don’t happen overnight but with all of our focused intention, inner work, and outer service we make progress, year after year.
What I want to encourage all of us to do is to bear sacred witness for what I believe is to unfold and not cast anyone out of our hearts, even those who have done dark deeds. Let us not add more hatred to the fires of animosity that are already raging.
Instead, let’s set the stage for wide-scale peacemaking and bridge-building, deep truth, and real reconciliation.
That is what will break the cycle of destructiveness and allow for the rebirth, with our lessons fully learned. When we see others only as enemies, we gradually empower the lowest impulses in humanity to wield more and more power.
It is time for the wise, the compassionate, and the visionary to wield more power. We need a massive wave of women into political office. We need to commit to equal justice for all. We need to live with real reverence for our beautiful planet. We need businesses that commit to the greatest good.
Rather than dwell in despair, I invite you to take actions that genuinely contribute to the creation of a better world and amplify the stories of success, breakthrough, and possibility.
That is what we at Shift are committed to — everything we do is designed to uplift our consciousness and uplift our world.
If you’d like to get engaged in more positive leadership in the public sphere, we have a truly amazing event in Sacramento, California coming up from September 20-22. The California Vision 2020 conference is for visionaries, change leaders, pioneers, and trailblazers who want to create the more beautiful future we know is possible.
You can join hundreds of bright lights who want to lead the way forward together, including new speakers like Marianne Williamson, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and Louis Gosset, Jr., with music by the inimitable Rickie Byers Beckwith!
You will emerge more hopeful, excited, and empowered. And it’s part of our strategy for how we can truly shift the world.
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We also have a few remarkable online Summits that can help you in the rebirthing process.
The first is the #MeToo Dialogues, which is all about creating positive momentum in this movement through dialogues with brave, visionary, and vulnerable women. Out of the horrors of sexual predation, a new possibility can emerge. While the event wrapped up Thursday, you can still get access to all the amazing dialogues here.
Second, we have Finding Common Ground, a remarkable free online series led by our Director of Peace, Philip Hellmich, and beloved ally Sister Jenna, that explores how we can find common ground through personal, interpersonal, and collective change work. Some of our favorite conscious leaders will be sharing their deep wisdom, from Shamil Idris to Dereca Blackmon to Chief Phil Lane, Jr. This starts soon, so register here.
We’re also laying the groundwork to be even more impactful at Shift in the years ahead, as we create a Shift Incubator for innovative change strategies and businesses. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead.
Let’s each raise our light to illumine the pathway forward!
President & CEO of The Shift Network
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