: to move or to cause (something or someone) to move to a different place, position, etc.
: to change or to cause (something) to change to a different opinion, belief, etc.
: to go or to cause (something) to go from one person or thing to another
Shift (v.): Old English sciftan, scyftan “arrange, place, order,” also “divide, partition; distribute, allot, share.” This is aid to be related to the source of Old English sceadan “divide, separate.”
c. 1200 as “to dispose; make ready; set in order, control,” also, “take care of oneself.”
Related Word – Shed (v.): “cast off,” Old English sceadan, scadan “to divide, separate, part company; discriminate, decide; scatter abroad, cast about.”
“You can't change the fruit without changing the root.”
Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012, American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker; best known for his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and his philosophy on principled leadership)
“Blessed are those that transcend the mask, shift their shizz and choose to live Truth.”
LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier (Editor and Publisher of ‘Spirit. Substance. Style” magazine)
“Ideas that require people to reorganize their picture of the world provoke hostility.”
James Gleick (b. 1954, age 61, American author, historian of science, and internet pioneer who chronicled the cultural impact of modern technology)
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
Max Planck (1858-1947, German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918)
“Change occurs slowly. Very often a legal change might take place but the cultural shift required to really accept its spirit lingers in the wings for decades.”
Sara Sheridan (b. 1968, Scottish writer who works in variety of genres, primarily in historical fiction; also the creator of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries)
“Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil---the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.”
William George Jordan (1864-1928, American editor, lecturer and essayist)
“We have to abandon the conceit that isolated personal actions are going to solve this crisis. Our policies have to shift.”
Al Gore (b. 1948, age 67, American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45 Vice President of the U.S. from 1993-2001 under President Bill Clinton)
“Small shifts in your thinking, and small changes in your energy, can lead to massive alterations of your end result.”
Kevin Michel (author of the book: Moving Through Parallel Worlds to Achieve Your Dreams and Subconscious Mind Power)
“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”
Charles Eisentein (b. 1967, public speaker and self-described “degrowth activist” and the author of several books including: The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics, and The More Beautify World Our Hearts Know Is Possible)
I initiated my path to shift consciously more than 25 years go. Thank Goodness that I am still growing, transforming and evolving. That’s the exciting part of this eternal unfolding. There’s no room for stagnation.
Every day I wake up to a new possibilities, and ask myself what will I become, and where will my consciousness take me.
My first wake-up call happened when I was in my thirties. It was imperative that I change or else I was going to become sick and physically die. That not an exaggeration. I was extremely unhappy, and my body began to rebel.
I thought if I did more, like be a better wife or bring a child in the world, it would make all the difference. Very cliché, I know. Growth happened, but not in the way that I would have ever anticipated.
Life is so miraculous. Sometimes no matter our choices, Life conspires on our behalf and brings us exactly what we need to evolve.
My son, my first-born, ended up being one of the most pivotal souls who initiated me into my rebirth, and it happened while I was pregnant with him. While carrying him I laughed until I cried, a form of purification, and I was also super-sensitive, more so than normal. Every world atrocity I felt, and during that time the huge man-made tragedy was the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska. I suffered through every news report, feeling the pain of every animal that was ensnared in that oil calamity.
When I went into labor with Nick it was a very traumatic event, one in which the birth of my son was not treated with all the sacredness that it deserved. My baby’s father and the anesthesiologist almost got into a fistfight, and the nurse told my husband to go home. I was left alone, feeling very upset and very vulnerable.
Nick was born, healthy and big at nine pounds. But, he was intense, extremely smart, and psychic. My spiritual challenges multiplied. Nick continued to wake me up by pushing my buttons and forcing me answer for what I was and who I had become.
As a toddler, Nick pressed me further to let go of those unhealthy familial and ancestral patterns that I needed to discard the most.
But, as time and circumstances moved forward I needed to seek professional help to break the spells of my anger and postpartum depression, and embarked upon a very nontraditional route and sought the help of a shaman.
I’ll write more about that journey tomorrow.
Be well, my friends.