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Changing Our Story: Changing Our World

There's always a story. It's all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. 
Change the story, change the world.
Terry Pratchett

It seems like every day we are being bombarded with stories of bad news from every corner of the earth. Wars, bombings, climate calamities, raping's, wronging's, economic and social disasters - it appears that we are headed over a social, economic and environmental cliff and all will be lost. That's just what they thought before Columbus had the courage to test the prevailing story of his time.... the story that the earth was flat! If you sailed too far you were doomed to a terrible death of falling through space for eternity. Seems like a silly story now that we know the earth is roundish. What is it that we don't know now, that the knowing of which could transform our lives and our future?

What if we knew we had the power to change the story of our time? Would we have the courage to go against the prevailing world-view of death, disaster and destruction? Would we let go of our complacency, complaints and collusion with the forces of stagnation, separation and eco-suicide? Well the truth is out! We can change the direction we're headed, by changing our story. The evidence is overwhelming on a personal, relational, communal, national and global scale. The wisdom of the earth is awakening within us and the story is transforming before our eyes (especially if we keep them open for the miraculous). So how can we support the manifestation of the transformation of our prevailing reality into a earth friendly, egalitarian, and inter-connected species of earth caretakers and protectors of the web of life?

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course,
on where you stop your story.
Orson Welles

To continue reading Michael's letter,  click here.

Holiday Freedom: Why we Dance?


For me the holiday season is a time I most feel the cultural constraints that leave me feeling less than free. So many expectations! Should I buy presents, for whom and what, can I afford to get something for everyone I love, will they like what I get them, what if they get something for me and I don't buy them a present, what if I get them a present, will they feel bad because they didn't get one for me, will I visit my parents, siblings, in-laws or just stay home for holiday dinners? What will that do to my relationship with my parents if I don't go for Christmas, Hanukah, New Year's dinner/party this year? Should I go to church?

Of course it is also a time of love and connection with family and friends. How can I let go and feel free from the feelings of obligation, the pressures of conformity and the expectations of others?

It takes great discipline to be a free Spirit!

These stories, norms and expectations can lead to frustration, depression and upset if we don't have a way to shake them off. How can we alleviate the anxiety of holiday depression? By dancing full out we reclaim our creative self-expression! I have found that letting go into the dance is where I really find my freedom and drop from my head into my heart.  

Freedom is not about control it is about moving with what ever arises in the moment. Movement is medicine that teaches us how to respond to what ever arises in the moment. We are being bombarded by information in our culture and it accumulates in our minds if we don't have an avenue for release. The 5Rhythms is a practice that teaches us how to let go into the space of freedom from the inside out. It allows us to connect with our center, our personal power, our truth, our roots, our ancestors and Source.

Although I am still in Canada I have been blessed to find you awesome teachers each Sunday. I am glad to see that most of you are continuing to come enjoy this safe space to step into your freest most authentic selves.

I will be back on February 7 th to dance, dj and play with you at the Sunday Sweat Your Prayer. Wishing you an awesome holiday and a year filled with love, joy and peace of mind.

Love,
michael


Center for Shamanic Studies

 

www.CenterforShamanicStudies.com

JP Tindell, myself and other shamanic practitioners have started a new collective based on our vision and values around how an Inter-Being "WE" organization should operate and run to reflect the next stage of evolutionary consciousness. We will be making many new offerings with interview, articles, workshops, shamanic coaching and mentoring and much more. Please check it out and make any suggestions for programs, interviews and information you would like to have included in our offering. This site is for you. Enjoy!

Shamanic Coaching and Guidance

I wanted remind those of you who don't know that I have started up my coaching and mentoring programs again. My primary focus is on providing shamanic guidance, to organizations and individuals. At this time in our evolution I feel it is of paramount importance to transcend our beliefs in separation and access the wisdom of spirit that lives in each and every one of us. I offer a sliding payment scale based on value received and financial situation. Do to my schedule there may be some wait time and I am committed to serving you as best I can. Please give a call or email if you interested in any of the following: 

* Shamanic Coaching and Training
* Power Animal & Spirit Guide Connection
* Soul Remembering & Retrieval
* Organizational Shamanism
* Spiritual Guidance & Journey work
* PTSD and Trama Relief
*Conscious Death Transition
 
Phone consultations available!

Organizational Shamanism
 
I am currently writing a book that integrates my shamanic practices  with three decades of Organizational Development work. Organizational Shamanism (OS) is the practice and application of ancient shamanic techniques to solve contemporary organizational and community challenges. It is a whole systems approach to gathering information that can help us to revitalize and energize the spirit of our organizations and tap into new levels of creativity, intuition and wisdom not available with contemporary perception. OS focuses on transforming inner states of consciousness to bring about outer change, and taps into a creative potential beyond limiting beliefs and assumptions. 
I am looking for organizations that are interested in trying these new approaches to solving organizational issues. If you and your organization or any one you know are open to applying this pioneering work in your company to bring about organizational change please give me a call. Or email 530.277.0937 or michael@wellofLight.com


Book of the Month

Change the Story, Change the Future
By David Korten

We humans live by stories, says David Korten, and the stories that now govern our society set us on a path to certain self-destruction. In this profound new book, Korten shares the results of his search for a story that reflects the fullness of human knowledge and understanding and provides a guide to action adequate to the needs of our time.

Korten calls our current story Sacred Money and Markets. Money, it tells us, is the measure of all worth and the source of all happiness. Earth is simply a source of raw materials. Inequality and environmental destruction are unfortunate but unavoidable. Although many recognize that this story promotes bad ethics, bad science, and bad economics, it will remain our guiding story until replaced by one that aligns with our deepest understanding of the universe and our relationship to it.

To guide our path to a viable human future, Korten offers a Sacred Life and Living Earth story grounded in a cosmology that affirms we are living beings born of a living Earth itself born of a living universe. Our health and well-being depend on an economy that works in partnership with the processes by which Earth's community of life maintains the conditions of its own existence-and ours. Offering a hopeful vision, Korten lays out the transformative impact adopting this story will have on every aspect of human life and society.

"Change the Story, Change the Future will transform your view of
reality and human purpose. One of the most important books of our
time, from one of the most brilliant thinkers of our era, it hands us
the keys to a world in which all people live in creative, peaceful, and
coproductive partnership with one another and with nature. Read it,
ponder its message, and spread the word!"

-Thom Hartmann, progressive internationally syndicated talk show
host and bestselling author




P oetry Corner
On the Ridge
"We can grow by simply lis- 
tening, the way the tree on 
that ridge listens its branches 
to the sky, the way blood 
listens its flow to the site 
of a wound, the way you 
listen like a basin when 
my head so full of grief 
can't look you in the eye. 
We can listen our way out 
of howling, the way the heart 
can soften the wolf we keep 
inside. We can last by listen- 
ing deeply, the way roots 
listen for the next inch of 
earth, the way the old turtle 
listens all he hears into the 
pattern of his shell.

Mark Nepo



Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
The world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
No part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
Where the night has eyes
To recognize its own.

There you can be sure
You are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
Further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
Except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
Confinement of your aloneness to learn

Anything or anyone
That does on bring you alive

is too small for you.

David Whyte






Contact Us
Michael Stone
welloflight.com
530-477-7757

 
All donations are welcome and appreciated

(Registration Ends at 12 Tonight)
Today is the last day you can sign up for my shift course!
We have gone through 3 amazing session, which are all recorded
and you could catch up over the holidays. We have build a brilliant
community of about 200 people from around the world. Please 
consider taking part in this ground breaking course on Embodied 
Shamanism and how it can transform you life and world...
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Download Conversations Shows
Conversations shows are available to download from AreWeListening.net 

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Live Streaming Tuesdays at 1pm PST at www.kvmr.org

 

CONVERSATIONS, hosted by Michael Stone, brings you leading edge thinkers in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Evolutionary Cosmology, Social Justice and Spiritual fulfillment. We look for positive solutions to local and global issues that leave you touched, moved, and inspired to action. Our weekly guests include local and global experts and concerned citizens working together to heal the wounds that separate, alienate, and marginalize people...

 


Articles and Discussion of the Month
Upcoming Shows
Dear Friends,  
I took a 3 week sabbatical from my show and it will be starting up again Next Tuesday. Still getting settled here in Canada, and my studio is now set up and I have a huge pile of books to review. Stay tuned and thanks for listening...
I will get a schedule after the first of the year. Remember you can listen to the podcasts at any time.

Blessings,
michael

Click here to view a schedule of upcoming programs on
Conversations.  

Podcasts
Click here to listen to
Conversations podcasts with Adyashanti, Tara Brach, Gangaji, Robert Peng, Shiva Rae, Sera Beak, Roger Houston, Vicki Robbins and hundreds more inspiring people... 


 
Recent Shows

Ed Tick: Veteran's Day Special
Edward Tick, Ph.D. is an internationally recognizedtransformational healer, psychotherapist, writer and educator. Co-Founder and Director of Soldier's Heart(www.soldiersheart.net), he has been working with veterans for over 38 years. Dr. Tick works internationally on the psychospiritual and cross-cultural healing of military and war trauma and on holistic and psycho-spiritual healing. He serves as the military chaplain corps' expert trainer in the holistic healing of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury for the U.S. Army, Air National Guard, Special Operations forces. Dr. Tick is the author of five books including the groundbreaking and award-winning War and the Soul, published on Veterans Day one decade ago. His newest book is Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War.


Mark Nepo: Reduced to Joy: The Journey from our Head to Our Heart
Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher." His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published sixteen books and recorded eleven audio projects. Recent work includes The Endless Practice, Inside the Miracle, his book of poems, Reduced to Joy and a 6CD box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy. www.MarkNepo.com

Mirabai Starr: Caravan of No Despair: Loss and Transformation
Mirabai Starr writes fiction, creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She teaches Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of "Dark Night of the Soul" by 16th century Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, and "The Interior Castle" and "The Book of My Life," by St. Teresa of Avila. Mirabai's newest book, "God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam," positions her at the vanguard of the emerging "Interspiritual Movement." 


Kimerer Lamonthe: Why We Dance
Kimerer L. LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion who lives on a farm in upstate New York with her life partner, two oxen, two horses, three cows, four cats, eleven hens, and five children. Kimerer is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values (Palgrave), Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham), and her latest, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia).

Kimerer earned a PhD from Harvard University; taught at Brown and Harvard Universities; and has received fellowships for her work in dance and religion from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of World Religions, both of Harvard University. www.kimererlamothe.com


Website of the Month
Pachamama Alliance

The Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.
Their programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially
just human presence on this planet. www.Pachamama.org

If you haven't been to one of their inspiring luncheons on the SF waterfront don't miss this month's on Nov 19.
http://www.pachamama.org/event/2015-san-francisco-annual-luncheon-fundraiser