Conscious Business Declaration Defines New Standard for Business for the 21st Century
A global movement of leaders and change agents dedicated to establishing a new standard for business have launched the Conscious Business Declaration. Created by a global consortium of NGOs, which include Humanity’s Team, The Club of Budapest (headed by Evolutionary Leader Ervin Laszlo), The Goi Peace Foundation, and the Fowler Center for Business out of Case Western Reserve University, the Conscious Business Declaration articulates the essential principles for a new business model that will dramatically increase economic prosperity while healing the environment and improving human well-being.
Among those who have agreed to be founding signatories are the following Evolutionary Leaders: Gregg Braden, Rinaldo Brutoco, Duane Elgin, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Bruce Lipton, Jennifer McLean, Deborah Moldow, Lynne Twist, and Neale Donald Walsch, founder of Humanity’s Team. Over 1,000 have signed the Declaration to date. On May 9, the Conscious Business Curriculum launched with 71 enrollments, each of whom has the potential to become a Certified Conscious Business Agent (CCBA). And this is only the beginning!
While businesses are a major source of many of our world’s most challenging problems, they also offer great hope and potential to help solve these problems. Therein lies an amazing opportunity to upend the status quo by adopting a new, conscious business model that creates prosperity and flourishing for all. Consumers want to buy from brands that stand for something greater than just quarterly earnings.
A new business model, as outlined in the Conscious Business Declaration, is needed and emerging that:
1. Recognizes that all of its actions are interconnected and affect global ecosystems – social, financial, environmental and political.
2. Strives to create profits as well as healthy and nurturing environments for employees, suppliers, partners and local communities.
3. Goes beyond sustainability, and “do no harm” by focusing on restoring the earth’s health.
4. Operates with economic, social and ecological transparency.
5. Acts as good global citizens and respects human dignity and fairness.
More than 100,000 people have signed the Fuji Declaration (created by The Goi Peace Foundation and The Club of Budapest) and the Oneness Declaration (produced by Humanity’s Team), pledging their support “for a civilization of Oneness with diversity on planet Earth.” The Conscious Business Declaration was developed in the spirit of these earlier declarations, but with a particular focus on business.
And the Declaration is just the beginning. A Conscious Business Training and Certification for change agents will put the Declaration into action by teaching people how to institute a conscious business model. In addition, in August 2016, a vibrant community of business transformation practitioners will launch, called the Community of Practice. Together, the Declaration, the Curriculum and the Community of Practice provide the basis for a structured methodology to help companies develop both the awareness and skills needed to consciously evolve their organizations.
The Conscious Business Declaration strives to unite conscious business leaders who are dedicated to establishing a new global standard of business and evolving our organizations and ourselves toward the highest good for companies, the world's citizens and the planet. You are invited to sign the Declaration at http://www.consciousbusinessdeclaration.org/ and add your organization’s name to the list of endorsing organizations.
New Books and Videos by Evolutionary Leaders
More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth And Belief by Bernardo Kastrup
This book is a 3-part journey into the rabbit hole we call the nature of reality. Its ultimate destination is a plausible, living validation of transcendence. Each of its three parts is like a turn of a spiral, exploring recurring ideas through the prisms of religious myth, truth and belief,respectively. With each turn, the book seeks to convey a more nuanced and complete understanding of the many facets of transcendence.
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Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart by Doc Childre, Howard Martin and Deborah Rozman
Heart Intelligence links the physical heart to the spiritual (energetic) heart. Through its extensive communication with the brain and body, the heart is intimately involved in how we think, feel, and respond to the world. The authors offer heart-based techniques and guidelines for living from the heart, which connects the puzzle pieces of our purpose and fulfillment.
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A Conscious Cosmos - 8-minute animated video by Peter Russell
The current scientific worldview assumes that the brain not only generates the picture of the world that we experience, but it also creates awareness itself. An alternative assumption is that awareness goes all the way down the evolutionary tree. This leads to the conclusion that the cosmos is a vast field of information that is also aware -- a field of knowing knowing itself.
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A Life in Balance, 2-1/2-minute video by Pedram Shojai
Taoist philosophy teaches us to balance our lives and fully enjoy the present moment. Here, Pedram Shojai gives personal stories from the book Rise and Shine: Awaken Your Energy Body with Taoist Alchemy and Qi Gong.
News from the Source features updates from The Source of Synergy Foundation (SOSF), home of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle.
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Tribal Link Foundation was founded in 1993 by SOSF board member Pamela Kraft to match the urgent needs of the world’s indigenous populations with the people and resources which can help them.
As an NGO associated with the United Nations, Tribal Link will bring representatives of first nations to the U.N. for the 15th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from May 9-20, 2016.
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Rod McGrew, board member of SOSF, plays an integral role in Operation Hope, a financial literacy and economic empowerment organization that birthed the new Silver Rights Movement, which focuses on educating underserved communities worldwide.
Operation Hope is the leading global provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs for low-income or moderate-income youth, individuals and families in underserved communities. See more at www.operationhope.org.
Rod was the first volunteer dating back to 1992 and remained a volunteer for 16 years until 2008, when he was asked to become Operation HOPE's Global Chief of Branding, Marketing and Communications. He says, "It is truly a labor of love positively changing peoples lives on a daily basis!"
Petition to declare a global warming State of Emergency
Job One for Humanity is a non-profit organization promoting a comprehensive new plan to end escalating global warming.
We are already in an undeclared global warming State of Emergency. It is now vital to have the world publicly and formally declare this emergency.
When the required or effective number of petition signatures for each nation is reached, Job One for Humanity will submit the petition with all signatures to the members of the governing bodies of nations whose citizens have signed on demanding that they declare a global warming state of emergency.
Sign the petition at www.joboneforhumanity.org
EVOLUTIONARY EVENTS - COMING UP!
The Soul of WoMen Global Campaign
May 15, 2016 - Mount Fuji, Japan
Join Evolutionary Leaders Yuka Saionji, Gary Zukav, Linda Francis, Jude Currivan, and Deborah Moldow to celebrate the Divine Feminine. Peace Troubadour James Twyman will lead a global meditation on May 14th at 8:00pm Pacific/11:00pm Eastern to coincide with the live prayers at Mount Fuji.
Support the restoration of balance from the love of power to the power of love at fujideclaration.org/soulofwomen.
Watch a May 7 webinar with James Twyman and Dr. Maki Kawamura joining Evolutionary Leaders Gary Zukav and Jude Currivan HERE!
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UFOs & Culture: From Media to the Transformation of Consciousness with Alan Steinfeld
May 19, 2016, 8:00-10:00 pm (EDT) - Online
Alan Steinfeld will lead an online audio-visual discussion with two of the most respected researchers and historians on UFOs in the world: researcher Richard Dolan and Grant Cameron, winner of the UFO Congress Researcher of the Year.
They will take live questions from attendees. Participants can attend via computer, tablet, smartphone or telephone. Register HERE.
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Intention Master Class - with Lynne McTaggart
May 21, 2016 - first session
Watch the video HERE
Lynne McTaggart, internationally best-selling author of The Field, The Bond, and The Intention Experiment, is offering a year-long Intention Master Class that has already taught thousands how to harness the power of intention to heal themselves and the world. Lynne shares methods to create your life through your relationships at home and the workplace, giving life more meaning and joy. Galvanize your life purpose working with Lynne and a select group over an entire year. See www.intention.lynnemctaggart.com.
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FemmQ - Pioneering the Possible
June 6-7, 2016 - Berlin
FemmeQ is a 2-day conference to cultivate cultivating feminine intelligence and wisdom equally in both women and men, we restore the balance of these qualities that are essential to transform the current crises we face: the brilliance of INTUITION, the potency of COMPASSION, the gift of LISTENING and the warmth of INCLUSIVITY. Evolutionary Leaders Dr. Jean Houston and Prof. Elisabeth Sahtouris will be joining via video. See http://femmeq.org.
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The Conference for Consciousness and Human Evolution
August 26-28, 2016 - London
The Conference for Consciousness and Human Evolution is an annual event, presenting some of the greatest teachers alive, each bringing a new understanding of human potential, possibilities for the development of human consciousness and the future for global humanity. Each talk will help weave together the whole three days into a view of a greater paradigm of being. Like minded people will travel through the latest scientific discoveries, the humanities, human potential and metaphysics and on the third day explore the future of humanity, the mystical experience and human connection beyond the five senses. Among the distinguished guest speakers will be Gregg Braden and Drs. Desiree and J.J. Hurtak. See www.tcche.org/event.html
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Home With God - Spiritual Renewal Retreat with Neale Donald Walsch
September 23-25, 2016 - Medford, Oregon
This 3-day retreat is based on the final book in the Conversations with God series, Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends. Neale will work with a small group to examine end-of-life questions that everyone longs to have answered. The insights from his conversation with God wipe away fears and invite us to celebrate, not mourn, every person's "Continuation Day."
Be careful! This offering from Neale could change your ideas about death forever. See www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/doc/srr
Evolutionary Authors Win 2015 Nautilus Awards
Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth
is about connecting with nature and nature beings to help heal us and the Earth. Shamanic teachers Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
were awarded a Nautilus Gold Award for offering a wealth of experiential practices that allow the reader to connect with the creative power of nature.
The 2015 Nautilus Book Awards
, announced in April 2016, are the latest in a unique awards program that celebrates books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, green values, and positive social change.
See all the Nautilus Awards HERE
. Congratulations to the winners!
Water is Sacred
The Shift Network, under the leadership of Stephen Dinan, joined with UPLIFT and Unify to invite everyone worldwide to take part in a Global Synchronized Meditation and Water Blessing on Saturday, March 19th building to World Water Day.
The #BlessTheWater campaign culminated in a global event anchored on the the banks of the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India and the free online premiere of the new UPLIFT film, Water is Sacred. The film features world famous biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, travelling to the Ganges in India to explore how water is sacred.
As part of this project, Stephen and his wife, Devaa Haley Mitchell, led a team of pilgrims to distribute high-tech, longterm water filters to schools, medical camps and villages in India that do not have access to clean water. For more information on the Waterbearers project, see www.thewaterbearers.org or make a donation at www.fundraise.thewaterbearers.org.
What It Really Takes to Create the Best Year of Your Life
Podcast by Derek Rydall
“Paint your masterpiece on the canvas of time and space.”
Derek Rydall writes:
This episode is about what it really takes to create the best year of your life. First of all, what it really takes? Not what you think it takes, not what they tell you it takes, but what it really takes.
From the world standard, the best year would be a year free of pain, free of most challenges, free of lack and limitation and struggle. For most human consciousness, the best year would be greater wealth, greater success, greater health, greater relationships, improvement of our human experience. That’s what most people—and then again, it’s relative if you’re living in Syria and trying to get out the best year of your life would be to find a country that would be willing to take you in, so finding a safe place to live. If you’re on the street, it’ll be finding shelter.
So it’s always relative to where we are.
Katherine Woodward Thomas Interviewed
Video by Dr. Michael Wayne, "Interviews with the Leading Edge"
Katherine Woodward Thomas speaks about her own life path and then about her work and dedication to the evolution and advancement of loving and harmonious relations between all living beings.
There’s a new paradigm in relationships that Katherine is helping to pioneer, one that encompasses new and emergent possibilities on the vast frontier of human relatedness, particularly as they relate to greater levels of connection and care between people. With “Conscious Uncoupling,” Katherine’s desire is to steer people away from a bitter end and toward a new life that’s empowered and flourishing.
In that regard, Katherine considers herself a “Love-olutionary” and devotes much of her time to thinking about what capacities and skills people might need to collectively cultivate in order to have happier, healthier and more loving relationships with one another.
To learn more about Katherine’s work, you can go to www.consciousuncoupling.com
Watch the video
Carolyn Lukensmeyer on Civility in Politics
Can Civility in Politics Be Restored?
Watch this video from C-Span's Washington Journal to hear Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the Executive Director of the University of Arizona's National Institute for Civil Discourse, which was created in 2011 after the assassination attempt on Gabby Gifford’s life in Tucson. Gifford was an official who worked in a completely bipartisan way.
The Institute was founded in order to have an impact on the political dysfunction that now dominates our country.
Watch the video
"What would it mean to discover that the purpose of the human heart--your heart--is about more than simply pumping blood through your body?
While our hearts obviously do pump the blood that nourishes our organs and each of the trillions or so cells that make up our bodies, recent discoveries suggest that the purpose of the heart may reach far beyond the function of a pump. The benefits of harmonizing our hearts with our brains to empower us with deep intuition, precognition (knowledge of future events), and the direct wisdom of heart intelligence can immediately catapult us beyond traditional thinking when it comes to the way we live and solve our problems. It's these capabilities, as well, that provide the resilience to embrace big change in our lives and to do so in a healthy way."
Terry Patten and Michael Dowd on "Apocaloptimism"
Beyond Awakening Audio Broadcast
interviewed Michael Dowd
on March 27 for his dialogue series, Beyond Awakening
. The topic of their conversation was “The New Ten Commandments and the Coming Apocaloptimism.”
When Terry asked about the term “apocaloptimism,” Michael explained, “I am a short-term pessimist and long-term optimist.”
He thinks we are facing a great crash but that humanity will survive and find a way to live within the bottom line of a mutually enhancing relationship to the earth.
We must ask of everything — is it pro-future of anti-future? Listen to this provactive interaction between two Evolutionary Leaders.
Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith - "Adventure in Paradise"
Take an "Adventure in Paradise"
with Dr. Beckwith and enjoy the first of nine tracks on TranscenDance,
Michael's musical album which may be downloaded HERE
Liminal Consciousness: Threshold of Miracles
By Patricia Albere
Reprinted from the Evolutionary Collective blog, March 7, 2016
A while ago, I found myself using the word liminal when describing the practices and perspectives of the Evolutionary Collective. Given the emergent nature of this work, it often happens that the living logos of this consciousness chooses words and images that I come to understand more fully after they are spoken and worked with. The consciousness of the new paradigm is an expression of the power of the ‘space between’ or the liminal.
The concept of liminality was first developed in the early 20th century by anthropologist Arnold van Gennep and then later expanded upon by Victor Turner. It comes from the Latin word limen, which means ‘a threshold’. It is used to describe the transition phase in a ritual – the ambiguous and disorienting space that occurs when our sense of identity before the ritual is no more and the new sense of self hasn’t arisen. We stand at the ‘threshold’ between our previous reality and way of structuring our experience and the new reality we are moving into.
You may have heard the word used in Tibetan Buddhism for the bardo state – the “transitional state” or “in-between state” or “liminal state”. Used loosely, the term “bardo” refers to the intermediate state of existence between lives on earth. The liminal space lies between the known and the unknown – the space is a transitional space of heightened intensity. When we are in the midst of true creativity we are in a liminal space.
If you feel into your sense of the ‘liminal’ right now – the subtle space between any sense of identity you’ll find there is something there that is neither and both and more. There is a dimensionalization of consciousness that allows us to exist in a kind of quantum reality where both ‘the particle and the wave’ co-exist. The practice of mutual awakening allows people to focus on this liminal space. Some people think it’s a simple practice that allows two people to be in the present moment with one another and go into a deeper space of relationship. Of course, that happens but there is a much deeper invitation to develop, over time, a capacity to reside in this liminal consciousness. I feel this is the consciousness we are being invited to move into as a species.
In the current paradigm our self-reflective consciousness gives rise to linear thinking, deep interiority, rationality, witnessing, mindfulness and the awareness of choice. The consciousness of the new paradigm arises in the space between – it’s both the wave and the particle simultaneously – it’s the sense of unity that includes a clear experience of individuation that doesn’t depend on being fixed in any way. It doesn’t depend on groundedness and embodiment. It effortlessly includes those elements but the locus of consciousness is elsewhere. In extreme sports, athletes sometimes defy the laws of time and space – they move into what I am calling the liminal, a powerful flow state where new potentials are possible. They become the whole, while functioning individually from a place of pure spontaneity and choicelessness and a portal opens that allows for the impossible to occur.
As we learn to release our identification with being fixed entities (the particle) and allow ourselves to exist in a kind of multidimensional freedom we may discover openings that allow us to ‘pop-through’ into new worlds, with new solutions. Could it be that that is the new paradigm? A consciousness that allows for new realities to display themselves without the painful linear struggle as a fixed identity in a fixed reality with laws of cause and effect? Our normal sense of identity (egoic structure) is more or less fixed – in the current paradigm we work to heal that sense of identity, we learn to ground ourselves deeply within and heal and grow. Maybe in the new paradigm – we discover that the origination point of Being is always there – so unique and so profound is our experience of being ‘home’ that we no longer need to be so solid and fixed. New paradigms really are ‘new’ paradigms.
Wormholes are bridges through space-time that create a shortcut from one reality to another. The consciousness we are exploring in the Evolutionary Collective is liminal in nature – a consciousness that is wormhole friendly. The ‘space-between’ is a 24/7 consciousness that we are living in and giving to that is dissolving the need for a solid sense of self. As we practice together, our unique point of existence (the point) is alive, vibrant and scintillatingly awake and the ‘wave’ or flow of existence simultaneously arises. Liminality, the space between, the both/and, spontaneity and multidimensionality are all characteristics of the consciousness.
One of the definitions of liminal is ‘barely perceptible’ and of or relating to a sensory threshold. The subtle and causal dimensions are invisible. We need to develop soft eyes and highly sensitized inner senses to remain available to occupy this liminal world and develop a tolerance for being more invisible. It’s a place where more people will not be able to see or understand you and the results that are occurring around you. A liminal persona is a different category of existence. The more power you are able to access in this dimension, the more invisible and the more effective you become. It helps to remember that as human beings, we can never see beyond our own level of development. So even though the consciousness and the power of it may not be recognized easily – those who are sharing the space of this consciousness of awakened mutuality have the joy of discovering what its potentials are together.
The dissolution of order during liminality creates a fluid, malleable situation that enables new forms to arise. We speak of emergence – but it’s usually inside the unexamined current perspective of thinking emergence is an action that happens between solid realities – rather than an ongoingness – a quality of consciousness that exists ‘as emergence’.
This is a note from one of the EC Core members in New York that gives a sense of the liminal:
I don’t know what it is about this work you’ve created that is allowing for this delicious and fascinating flow. This “I” experiences a broader arch of “we” brought into focus as this singular “I” and then traipses out in curiosity and delight again to collect more of the “we” among the local fields in which it plays.
There seems a felt, but unlanguaged, commitment underlying the interplay, which appears to be sourcing it and that is quite perfect. I no longer need to “know” its/our intent as I trust the we/I. The farther afield the “I” goes the more difficult it may be to describe but there is more of a sense of being “at home”. I am welcomed by the “we” and “they” quite happily merge into one……dancing into a multitude of musical collections, each with its own distinct loveliness.
I’m loving it. Justin
One of the ways I like to stay in touch with our global community is to do FREE Virtual Events every few months. RADICAL MUTUALITY CALLS are when I share what I’m discovering in the crucible of the Evolutionary Collective. On May 25th, please join me and our global tribe as we spend an hour diving into more about LET'S TURN THE CONCEPT OF ONENESS INTO A LIVED MUTUALITY.
You can register here: LINK
In evolutionary love, Patricia
A liminal moment :)
Does the Next President Matter?
By John Perkins
Reprinted from www.johnperkins.org March 7, 2016
As I travel around the country discussing my new book The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and meeting with people from all walks of life, I hear a great deal of discouragement over the U.S. presidential election. So I try to encourage people to look at the positive side and see what we can affect. Here are a couple of key points:
1) The extreme divergence between the left and the right indicates that a huge segment of our population is very dissatisfied with the current system. I call this the Death Economy, one based on wars, fear, debt and the destruction of our Earth’s resources. This unsustainable economy is failing us on a global level.
2) Although the next president will be important symbolically, it’s essential to recognize that his or her powers are very limited. For example, we used to think that one of the most influential things the president could do was to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices. Even that is in serious question now as many Republicans say they will not even consider an Obama nominee.
All of us must understand that we the people have the real power.
Governmental systems, including most of our elected officials, are controlled by the global corporations who finance their campaigns and offer them lucrative consulting jobs if they lose or decide not to run for office. However, these global corporations are dependent on us, you and me, to buy their goods and services, invest in them, and support them through our tax dollars and government policies. So, during this election year, please commit to taking action, regardless of who is elected.
For more on our government systems and specific ideas on how you can act now, read my recent blog posts “Vote and Then Act in Favor of Democracy”and “Take Action in the New Year.”
What you and I do every single day counts. There is a perceived reality that this Death Economy is the only reality. The truth is that revolutions have always occurred when people alter their perceived reality. In the 1770s, there was a perceived reality that the British army was invincible. When people changed that reality and understood that the British could be defeated by American farmers and hunters who stood behind trees and fired at the ridged lines of British troops, everything changed.
We are at one of those moments today. We are faced with a serious crisis as the rhetoric gets worse and political parties seem irrelevant. You and I need to understand the power that we have—each of us as individuals and as a community. So yes, vote in this next election but also realize that no matter who is elected, we must do our part every single day. We must convince the corporations that depend on us to move from a Death Economy based on fear, doubt, and the destruction of resources to a Life Economy based on regenerating destroyed environments, cleaning up pollution, and alleviating the causes of desperation and terrorism.
It isn’t so much about who next sits in the Oval Office or even changing the mechanics of economics. It is about changing the ideas, the dogmas that currently drive politics and economics: debt and fear, insufficiency, divide and conquer. It is about moving from ideas about merely being sustainable to ones that include regenerating areas devastated by agriculture, mining, and other destructive activities. It is about We the People taking control. It is about a revolution in consciousness and actions. It is about making the transition from a Death Economy to a Life Economy.
A turning point in the American revolution occurred when Thomas Paine helped change the perceived reality by writing, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace.” This is another time of crisis, a time to follow Paine’s advice. It is a time to own up to our power and not expect the president or any other politician to change the world for us. It is a time for us to act in ways that will assure peace for our children.
What steps will you take to act in ways that will assure peace for our children?
About John Perkins
John is a founder and board member of Dream Change & The Pachamama Alliance, non-profit organizations devoted to establishing a world future generations will want to inherit & the author of the NY Times bestseller, Confessions Of An Economic Hitman.