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Sister Giant Announced for 2015: Creating a New American Politics

sgheader_0219bI am beyond thrilled to announce Marianne Williamson’s next SISTER GIANT Conference, to be held March 28-29, 2015, Live in Los Angeles as well as Livestreamed.

This year’s theme, Awakening Our Conscience, Restoring our Democracy, will feature a Saturday night keynote address by Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as talks and discussions with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Lisa Bloom, Thom Hartmann, Elizabeth Kucinich, Cenk Uygur and others.

Issues covered this year include Getting Money Out of Politics/ Overturning Citizens United; Corruption of Our Food Supply/ Regenerative Agriculture; Race, Mass Incarceration and the Drug War; Turning a World at War into a World at Peace; and Creating a New American Politics.

SISTER GIANT fosters a political conversation based on conscience and compassion. As a citizen, activist, candidate or prospective candidate, please join us for a unique experience in opening your heart and expanding your mind.

Marianne says, “SISTER GIANT is a gathering not to be missed. We’re going to rock it this year as we have rocked it before.” Please help spread the word.

Details and Registration Here!

February 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Creating a Counterforce to the World’s Despair

From my mentor, Marianne Williamson. This is my heart…

Gravity exists on many levels, both physical and emotional. There is a force in the universe that literally weighs things down.

silhouette of a peopleIn order to counter gravity in the physical body, we physically exercise to develop strong muscles. Emotionally and spiritually, things work the same way. We nullify the effects of emotional gravity through accumulated repetitions of positive thoughts. Where the world says things like, “This can never happen,” we repeat to ourselves that with God, all things are possible.

Strong physical muscles give us the power to navigate the external world more effectively, while strong spiritual muscles give us the power to navigate the internal world. With physical musculature, we gain the power to move; with internal musculature, we gain the power to sit still, to be nonreactive, to be centered and calm and wise.

There are many meditative practices, from Transcendental Meditation to completing the workbook A Course in Miracles to others that are rooted in traditions like the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist faiths and so forth. What is important to note is that meditation is more than mere deep relaxation. We don’t just feel relaxed after meditation. Brain scans have proven an actual shift in brain-wave patterns. The religious call to a “new mind” is not just a metaphor; it is a call to become our more peaceful, creative and productive self.

Evening PrayerWith the modern world having become so frantic, it is easy to become as frenetic as the world around us. The problem with that, though, is that without calm, there is no wisdom, no impulse control and no real peace of mind. We’re more likely to become emotionally reactive and unclear in our thinking. Without deep peace of mind, we cannot be the people we are capable of being, and we cannot live the lives we are capable of living.

The power of meditation is of little use if only understood intellectually. When this spiritual exercise is built into our everyday, practical lifestyle, it becomes utterly transformative. It’s not enough just to know how important healthy food and exercise are; we must actually eat well and exercise regularly to enjoy the benefits of those habits. So, it’s not enough to just know the power of prayer and/or meditation; we must practice these rituals, through daily devotion.

Praying WomanWe routinely wake up in the morning and take a bath or shower, because we don’t want to take yesterday’s dirt on our body into the new day. Yet unless we pray, meditate, do inspirational readings or some other practice of spiritual alignment in the morning, we take yesterday’s burdens on our mind into the new day. Are body and soul not equally important?

We find excuses for why we’re not doing our spiritual exercise, just like we find excuses for not doing our physical exercise. But, in both cases, once we start doing our exercises, we start to crave their continuance. Often, people say they don’t have the time to meditate; but, in fact, meditation slows time. Time, in the words of Albert Einstein, is “an illusion of consciousness.” Shallow thinking literally speeds up our experience of time, while deep and peaceful thinking slows it down. We inhabit time more effectively when our mind and heart are clear.

Earth connectedSuch a world view is like a mental filter, leading us to experience the world through a lens of love instead of fear. Fear is the thinking that dominates the world, but love is who we really are. Grounding ourselves each day in a deep remembrance of who we really are, we actualize the spiritual power that lies latent within all of us. We were created to love, and in loving we are fulfilling the purpose of our lives. With every thought we think, we either extend love or project fear into the world. Taking a few simple principles and applying them to our daily lives lifts us above the turmoil of the world:

Ask every morning of your God: “Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom?”

Before you go into work, into a meeting, into a party or into any situation at all, consciously blast everyone who is going to be there with love. Just as light casts out darkness, so does love cast out fear. You can’t send love to someone and, at the same time, worry about what they will think about you, fear what’s going to happen or succumb to controlling, judgmental or manipulative thoughts. The presence of love literally casts out neurotic, fear-based thoughts.

As you go through the day, anywhere you might be, look at someone’s face and silently say to them, “The love in me salutes the love in you.” I defy you to do this for two minutes each day and not become happier.

No one needs to be reminded today that we are in need of a counterforce to the world’s despair. All the hatred and unnecessary suffering that have gripped our planet are a challenge to our species to evolve and grow—to become who we are capable of being, so we can rise up with greater power and behave with greater wisdom. Depositphotos_5765168_xsWhen any of us does this individually, our lives transform. And when we do it collectively, our planet will transform. Love will not just heal your life or mine. Love will heal the world.

November 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm 1 comment

What Growth Can Look Like

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October 15, 2014 at 4:56 am Leave a comment

Human History…What Do You Think?

September 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Peter Diamandis’ Truth About Global Violence

REPRINTED FROM MY MENTOR PETER DIAMANDIS (My favorite bits are in bold.)

I call CNN the Crisis News Network (or the Calamity News Network), delivering all crisis, all the time…

Today’s news media is a drug pusher, and negative news is their drug.

It might interest you to know that violence around the world has actually been going down, and has been for some time.

Your chances of dying a violent death are 1/500th of what they used to be during medieval times.

We’re blind to this fact, because our brains pay 10 times more attention to negative news than positive news. I wrote about these cognitive biases in Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think.

Deaths due to war graph

This graph shows deaths due to war between 1900 and 2005. You’ll notice clear spikes during World War I and World War II.

Check out this next graph.

Waning of War Graph

Here, you’ll see the types of battles fought since 1940, and every classification — colonial, interstate, civil, and civil without foreign intervention — has dropped off drastically over time.

But this isn’t the impression you get from watching the news every night, is it?

Today, every skirmish in every part of the planet is broadcast straight into your living room live, in HD… over and over again.

But when we look at the data, the amount of warfare and deaths by human hands are reducing globally.

What do I do to counter this barrage of negative news? I’ve stopped watching TV news. They couldn’t pay me enough money.

I get my news from selected Google News and my social feed. Try it. You’d be amazed at how much happier you’ll be.

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– Peter Diamandis

July 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm 2 comments

It is Your Gift

Favorite Patriotic Invite
As we celebrate our Country and our freedom at a time of such political unrest with our two-party system, I wanted to share a statement I heard recently from Derrick N. Ashong, aka DNA, that to me speaks to a growing need. A need for change.

He said:

“Making a change, making the world a better place is not only your responsibility, it is your joy, it is your blessing, it is your gift. It’s your opportunity to make your life mean something…so take it!

July 4, 2014 at 7:36 am Leave a comment

There Is Hope! Watch!

I just watched one of the most inspiring and hopeful movie trailers I have ever seen.

Millions of people are working to create a world that works for everyone. There is an unprecedented ground swell of activity towards peace, social justice, love, kindness, sustainability and innovation taking place.

I invite you to watch this…

THE SHIFT Movie shines an inspiring light on how humanity’s immune system is responding with Agents of Change from all over the planet focused on healing and birthing a healthier, more sustainable world for all of us.

It is vitally important that we change the story in the mainstream from fear and decay to vision and breakthrough. And it;’s happening! There is a massive shift building, not only in our consciousness, but in how we live. We’re reaching a critical mass of people who are taking a stand for a new way. We just need to recognize that we’re not alone and grow the movement, together.

Critically acclaimed producer/director Rochelle Marmorstein, is creating a new film that has magnetized incredible luminaries, leading edge thinkers, evolutionary futurists, cutting edge scientists, culture innovators, social entrepreneurs, digital artists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I think you’ll recognize many of their names and faces.

Help share this message of hope and possibility with the world. Click on the link below and help make it happen!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-shift-movie-a-movie-made-by-a-movement

 

 

July 2, 2014 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

Who is Marianne Williamson?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Have you read this before? It was written by Marianne Williamson more than twenty years ago.

Many know her as a best-selling author. Some as a phenomenal spiritual teacher. Others, like myself, as one of the thought-leaders for a new conversation in politics. Take 3 minutes to watch why Marianne is running for Congress. See why millions love her and why she is inspiring a movement for political change.

Congressman, Alan Grayson says, “Marianne Williamson has taught us that ‘playing small doesn’t serve the world.’  Every Member of Congress needs to hear those words.  We all need to ‘play big,’ and create a world where each one of us is free to – in Marianne Williamson’s words – ‘let our own light shine.’  In a nation where Marianne Williamson helps to make the laws, our differences will no longer divide us; they will be cultivated and nurtured and cherished, so that every one of us can be all that he or she can be.”

Vote June 3rd for Marianne. Or tell your District 33 friends to vote. Let’s be the next generation that rises up to say enough and restores to America her creed — a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

May 28, 2014 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

Mirror What You Admire

Mirror What You Admire

February 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm 1 comment

Happy New year! Tips for the Year of the Horse

ImageI received this yesterday from my dear loud-and-proud-Chinese girlfriend, Nancy. It has such great advice for the Chinese New Year, I had to share! Besides who doesn’t want to hear about tips for making 2014, the Year of the Green Wood Horse, as spirited as it can be? 
 
1. Trust your intuition but plan carefully. 
Think about things you’ve been lulling for years. We’re talking about dreams here! For once, just imagine they can happen. Lay them out — and then believe them! Just be warned — your dreams might actually come true this year!
 
2. Get ready for some spiritual growth. 
The Horse is an animal of many contradictions. Exuberant, flamboyant — but also easily distracted and discouraged. When gloomy thoughts dawn on you, just face them. Get in touch with your inner self and listen. Small adjustments to your personal life aren’t that difficult. 
 
3. Keep a clear mind on money matters.
The world’s still recovering — and probably you, too. Don’t fuss over what could’ve been. Focus on what will be. Take time in setting straight any legal affairs still hanging on you. This year is still a transition, but better times lie ahead for everyone. 
 
4. Appreciate love. 
Love’s always there. You may not realize it or be aware of it, but it’s there. How about opening your eyes and seeing the reality of love? It can be a new partner, yes. Someone you’ve just met — even virtually. But it can also be the person you’re living with. The one you’re married to. Just give it a chance. Now is the time. 
 
5. Be patient.
Once on a ride, you don’t want to stop. And this isn’t a merry-go-round — you’re actually going somewhere, and the fun is all in getting there! Savor each day. Smell the flowers — even the ones you think you don’t like. Experience is everything. Wisdom awaits you at the finish line of 2014

 

January 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm 3 comments

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Shelby L. Phillips

As an intuitive transformational messenger of hope, a communicative wife of 25 years, and an open-hearted mother of two, I take pleasure in telling good news stories, connecting people to the eight dimensions of well-being, and inspiring us to love ourselves and each other because life really is worth celebrating! Find out more about me at ShelbyPhillipsConnects.com

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