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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

11 Days of Global Unity

11 Days of Global Unity: Meet Extraordinary Peacebuilders

When you get right down to it, as a human race we have what it takes to transform our world. We have the will, the intelligence, the resources, the heart and the leaders to address and heal the areas of our planet that need it most.

There are brilliant changemakers all over the globe making meaningful progress on critical issues — the environment, health, human rights, women’s issues, economic justice and peace, to name a few.

So what’s keeping us from achieving global transformation? The fragmentation of changemakers around the world — environmentalists, human rights advocates and healthcare workers, each working in their own silos. We must work in collaboration and partnership to create the comprehensive changes we need... for a world that works for all.

11 Days of Global Unity Summit bridges these gaps by connecting and promoting changemakers who are working within each of the identified “themes” — such as Environment, Health, Human Rights, and Peace — and then mobilizing these agents into “11 Campaigns for Change,” offering a comprehensive blueprint for global transformation. This is an example of truly moving from vision into action!

The 11 Days of Global Unity Summit, produced by The Shift Network in partnership with We, The World, has become a worldwide platform, linking changemakers and their awareness and action campaigns locally to an inspiring global movement for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation.

We invite you to join us each day as we discuss and celebrate the 11 Campaigns for Change:

  • September 11 - Unity
  • September 12 - Interdependence
  • September 13 - Environment
  • September 14 - Economic Justice
  • September 15 - Health
  • September 16 - Children And Youth
  • September 17 - Women
  • September 18 - Human Rights
  • September 19 - Freedom - World Peace Walker Audri Scott Williams will be bringing her message from The Red Flame for Freedom Movement to End Modern Day Slavery
  • September 20 - Disarmament
  • September 21 - Peace

Together, these themes form a blueprint of change for a peaceful, sustainable, transformed world...

During the 11 Days of Global Unity Summit, you’ll discover:

  • A daily dose of positive, uplifting stories that will renew your faith in humanity and hope for our future
  • Extraordinary global peacebuilders and what inspires them
  • The inherent goodness in the world and how our collective light can overcome any darkness we might face as a global family
  • Inspiration from leading luminaries, many of whom have devoted their whole lives to creating peace and a sustainable world for all
  • Leaders who are collectively capable of creating the global transformation that we all would like to see

Plus, join a global community of proactive peacebuilders who are discovering how to BE peace while promoting peace. These peacebuilders include: Neal Donald Walsch, Tavis Smiley, Jane Goodall, Ocean Robbins,  Joumana Rizk, Audri Scott Williams, Monica Williard, Gariela Quintanilla, Williams Hartung, Zoe Weil, Aji Piper and Rachel Marco-Havens with host, Rick Ulfik, founder of WE, The World and the WE Campaign at WE.net. 

I know that you’re a changemaker too, and I’d be delighted to have you join us for this powerful 11-day event! 

For More Information please click here: http://11daysofglobalunity.com/11daysofglobalunity

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

When Hearts Shatter

I was working on my computer late on the evening of June 11th. I was in Phoenix, AZ, one of the cities on our schedule with The Red Flame for Freedom Movement to End Modern Day Slavery. I was looking for connections in different cities to grassroots groups that we could connect with regarding human trafficking, children in poverty and mass incarceration, when a popup appeared on my computer indicating that there was a mass shooting in progress at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

I was already sensitive to issues of violence, oppression and injustice due to the grassroots work I have been steeped in for nearly a year. I received the news with such deep heart break that I was literally shaken to my core. I could hardly breath in the enormity of the reports popping up on my computer and on my phone. By morning, I felt I must do something – but what?

I think that is a question that remains for many of us during these days immediately following, when families, friends and even a nation are attempting to “wakeup” from an act of violence that will never really be explained. Sure we will come to know the facts, but for many, especially the family and friends of those who lost their lives and those who have been injured and traumatized, we will all live with more questions than answers.

What must I do, now? Is the question I am asking myself over and over again. As I allow the answers to flow, I realize that I must connect with the greatest love that is in me – that is me, to give voice to an even greater love that can reach around the world and into the hearts of all those directly and indirectly impacted by the murder of 49 innocent people out for a night of fun, dancing and celebration of life. They were you and me. They were our children and our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews, our husbands and wives, our partners, our mothers and fathers…

They are now elevated to the ones who gave their lives to offer us – those left behind – a renewed opportunity to reclaim our humanity. Their living smiles challenge us with the questions, “Who are you?” “Where is your Humanity?” “Where is your love?” Their bullet torn bodies are the visual images of the price of violence, oppression, injustice, bigotry, prejudice, intolerance and hatred.

What must WE do now? We must embrace each other across all of the differences we identify in each other to see our humanity, to bear witness to the Divine in each of us. We must build bridges that will enable us to cross these divides whether they are perpetrated by our religious and spiritual teachings; by cultural values; by historical hate and prejudices based on fear and fortified with lies; by any untruth that makes any group better than another – or less than; by the silence of those fearful that speaking out will end their privilege or the silence by those fearful that speaking out will end their lives. We must “forgive the unforgivable” to discover the fragile underpinnings of hatred and fear so we can take the higher road to peace building and justice making for ALL. 

On June 12, 2016 a score of angels got their wings and our hearts were shattered. As we pick up the 
pieces, let us use love as the glue that will bind us -- to be better, to do better because this will forever be a day that offered us the opportunity to reinstate our humanity and to reaffirm a new beginning for ALL. 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016


The Red Flame for Freedom Call to Action! We recently participated in some powerful healing ceremonies around issues of human trafficking. The results were very healing for those who participated and bravely shared their stories. The RFF team is now calling on those who are keeping sacred space to hold healing circles and/or ceremonies to create safe space for deep sharing, allowing the voices to be heard that have been silenced for too long.

The Healing Circle is an Ancient Tool, found in many indigenous cultures around the world, used to affect healing in communities. It is a method of collaborative learning that uses the group process for developing direct, honest, and effective communication among members of the circle using the "circle" format. A circle is an effective tool because it uses a cooperative participatory model that is inclusive of and values every member of the circle. It places great importance on listening and honoring the person who is speaking (without interruption). Everyone brings their truth and their view of the issue or intension set for the circle, representing parts of a whole. We each share the “pieces” and they come together to create a broader view or sense of the whole. Every Healing Circle is unique, even when the intention for the circle is the same. Why? Because each member of the circle is unique.

The Calling of the Healing Circle

The space for the healing circle should be comfortable. We may use some sage or other cleansing herb or incense to clear and create a sense of a safe environment. The Healing Circle is a sacred circle and we begin by centering and honoring the sacredness of all who are gathered; our Ancestors, the space we are in, the earth; the waters; all of life and the Creator (by all the names by which the Creator is called).

We also inform the circle members of locations of bathrooms and water. The circle process is explained with members of the circle having a chance to ask questions regarding the “circle process”. And, we are sure to explain that participation in the healing circle is voluntary – no one can be forced to join the healing circle. We emphasize that there is no cross talk and that members of the circle should not attempt to qualify what someone else has said but rather they should focus on what they are feeling and speak from that space.

The use of a “talking item” is explained. The “talking stick, stone, teddy bear, crystal, feather…” is passed from one person to the next. Only the person with the “talking item” can speak. When they are finished they pass it on to the next person. The “talking item” is spiritually empowered and the holder of the object is encouraged to speak their heart-felt truth as an offering to the circle.  These tools should serve as an encouragement to speak from the most undefended place in one's self. Each member of the circle introduces themselves going clockwise around the circle.

During the Healing Circle

Speak honestly and truthfully from the heart, be mindful that everyone in the circle will have the opportunity to speak, and listen attentively to others, do not cross talk or interfere with what someone else is speaking.

The process is not one of making strong arguments for or against something, or convincing one another of right or wrong, but a process of becoming still and quiet, connecting with collective wisdom. When the truth is spoken on some issue it is seen and heard as such. It rings true.

It’s listening without reacting or intending to respond, listening without being influenced by long-held images, memories or firmly held positions, listening instead with an open mind. This is not to say that all is serious. Wholeness includes all forms of experience, good and bad, light and heavy, joyous and sad, trivial and significant. Everything is an invitation to look deeper, sense more fully. The circle process builds on the values of respect, honesty, listening, truth, and sharing.

Circle Facilitation

If you are interested in facilitating a healing circle, we recommend doing so with a partner. This can be particularly important when you are facilitating healing along very sensitive issues and with a circle of great diversity.

Good facilitation is not about the wisdom and power of the facilitators. It is about connectedness of the whole circle. The Red Flame for Freedom Movement to End Modern Day Slavery has opened my eyes and my heart to the need for healing circles to help women, children and men to heal from experiences of trauma resulting from deep rooted evils of racism, sexism, poverty, prejudice and bigotry of any kind.





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