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Becoming a Great Essayist – The Great Courses Are you ready to take part in the most important revolution in history… to harness ancient shamanic practices, awaken a fuller spectrum of your consciousness, and express your soul’s power? It’s time to break free from the limits of your mind and the “trance” of western culture in order to co-create a more conscious, abundant and sustainable world. Glaciers are melting and oceans are rising. Sixty-two individuals have more wealth than the combined assets of half the world’s population. And 7 out of 10 people live in countries where economic inequality has worsened in the last 30 years. Perhaps the most important statistic of all: less than 5% of the world’s population lives in the U.S., yet we consume almost 30% of the world’s resources. What do all these numbers add up to? A depleted, unstable and less hospitable world. The ego-driven quest for endlessly accumulating material possessions has proven to be spiritually hollow, emotionally unsatisfying and environmentally unsustainable. This broken system has created a failing global economy, one that John Perkins and other economists refer to as a Death Economy because it destroys the resources that support it and depends on militarization — the killing of resources and people — for its survival. It’s time for this unscrupulous and corrupt system to end once and for all. As we stand at the precipice of this nightmarish dream, the big questions being asked of us are: How can we create a Life Economy, based on cleaning up pollution, regenerating devastated environments, recycling, and developing new technologies for energy, transportation, agriculture, communications, banking and more? How can we awaken from the unconsciousness of this dreadful dream to call forth a more enlightened, sustainable and empowering vision for ourselves and our planet? What can we do to make this incredible opportunity to participate in the greatest revolution in history as appealing as possible? The answer? We access the ancient wisdom that shamans and healers from around the world have developed over millennia to empower us to literally change the form and content of our minds and bodies, which creates a whole new world of possibilities. In other words, we shapeshift. By transforming ourselves, we can transform reality. A Tale of Two Realities There are two primary forms of reality: objective reality and perceived reality. Humans, as far as we know, are the only life forms impacted by perceived reality. A computer is an objective reality. The thoughts we express on it are perceived reality. Culture, economics, corporations and governments are perceived realities. We codify ideas about them into laws, which then impact objective reality. John Perkins offers the following personal example: Some years ago I joined the Peace Corps. I’d grown up in a prissy New England prep school where my dad taught French. The PC sent me to live with hunters and gatherers in the Amazon rainforest. I moved from an often snow-bound New Hampshire house to an open-air thatched-roof hut in the steamy rainforest. Early one morning I got up with the family I was staying with and turned my transistor radio on to a station high in the Andes. Music blasted through the hut. I was shocked when the entire family dashed out and hid in the forest. After a while the man of the family came back. Carrying a spear, he crept up on the radio and knocked it over. It kept on playing. Finally, he sat down beside me and stared at it for the longest time. Then he turned to me and said, “All right, tell me the secret. How’d you get all those people into that tiny box?” The radio was an objective reality. The people in it were his perception of reality. Shamans describe this perceived reality as “the dream.” They say that “the world is as we dream it, as we perceive it.” To change ourselves and human societies we need to shapeshift the dream: our perceived reality. This can be personal, communal, global … or all three. Whether your goal is changing your career, improving a relationship or transforming the world, it’s important to recognize that everything begins as a dream and that everything is made of energy. To a shapeshifter, emotions are a powerful form of energy. To recognize this is to understand that your personal power resides in how you choose to focus your energy, including how you direct your emotions. The Power of Shapeshifting In his travels and studies across five continents, John discovered that the common thread throughout different types of shamanism is the basic definition that “a shaman is a woman or man who journeys to other worlds and uses the power, wisdom and energy from these other worlds to affect change in this world.” Shapeshifting is a potent way of changing both perceived and objective reality. It awakens a fuller spectrum of your consciousness through the power of journeys and ceremonies that access the subconscious and superconscious. When you journey with specific techniques, you can effect rapid changes in your perceived reality. By changing the way you see your life, dissolving disempowering stories and dysfunctional patterns, refocusing your passions and directing your energies toward more beautiful outcomes, you also change objective reality — yours and that of the world around you. In this 7-session course, John will share the potent tools he’s gathered from around the world to empower you in your capacity to evolve more rapidly and joyfully. The course modules will draw from the Amazon and Andes, from the Himalayas and Africa, from North American indigenous peoples and Middle Eastern Bedouins. The Benefits of Shapeshifting The shapeshifting techniques you’ll learn will enable you to “reboot” yourself. They can be used for healing and transformation in many realms, ranging from the very personal to social and business domains. You’ll clear negative emotional residue and dissolve outdated beliefs about yourself. You’ll learn a powerful set of skills for shapeshifting reality — for yourself and societies around you. You’ll become an integral part of the revolution to transform failed systems into ones that future generations will want to inherit. Shapeshifting occurs in three areas: cellular, emotional and institutional. Through working these three levels (and the various elements of each), you learn to transmute negative, dense or blocked energies and channel them into your highest purpose. Our bodies are manifestations of energy. When you learn to conduct and transmute energy, you liberate amazing abilities for healing, loving and changing yourself and the world. Support from a Master Guide John Perkins is a shining example of the power of this deep reboot. He was literally an “economic hit man” (EHM) profiting from exploiting developing countries before shifting himself into a leading teacher of 21st-century shamanism, a New York Times bestselling author, coach for corporate CEOs and the co-founder of one of the most significant shapeshifting nonprofits in the world, The Pachamama Alliance. Its “Awakening the Dreamer Symposium” is taught in 83 countries. John’s life is one of joyful service to the world. Not only is he a living example of the work, he’s a powerful teacher of the methods he feels blessed to have learned from shamans around the world, methods you’ll discover in this course. John has devoted his life to changing the world by combining his work as a shaman (described in 5 of his books, including Shapeshifting and The World Is As You Dream It ) with his experiences as an economist and corporate executive (described in 4 other books, including The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked). His program interweaves ancient traditions with the demands of a modern revolution. He says: Everywhere I go I’m humbled by the amazing numbers of people who are waking up to the fact that our systems are failing. We simply must change. We must and we will win this revolution! Shapeshifting shamans have lit the torch that guides us into the new reality. There is no doubt that major changes — nothing short of a revolution in consciousness — are required. In this course you’ll acquire tools for HOW to shift more rapidly, easily and joyfully. If you’re ready to be part of the most important “evolution” in history — to begin harnessing ancient shamanic practices, awakening a fuller spectrum of your consciousness and expressing your soul’s power — this course is for you. Here are just a few of the core takeaways of Shapeshifting Your Reality: Clarifying your life’s higher purpose and empowering yourself to act on it Becoming more centered in addressing career and personal challenges Identifying and shifting barriers and blockages Exploring the relationships between perceived and objective reality and how they impact you personally Understanding the role of corporations and other institutions in creating a failed Death Economy Implementing a personal strategy for transforming local and global institutions that have resulted in failed systems … for converting the Death Economy into a Life Economy Ending addictive habits and behaviors Healing on multiple levels — physical, emotional, spiritual and institutional Identifying enlightened actions that will bring you joy As John says, “You were born at this time because you are part of the most important revolution in history, a Consciousness Revolution. The future of our species depends on winning this revolution.” What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules In this 7-part transformational intensive, John will guide you through the fundamental spiritual skills and competencies you’ll need to co-create a more conscious, abundant and sustainable world for all. You’ll access the ancient wisdom that shamans and healers from around the world have developed over millennia to empower themselves and their communities. Each teaching session will build harmoniously upon the next so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to change your reality and shift our world. Module 1) Foundations of Shapeshifting In this big picture overview of the history of shamanism and how practices such as shapeshifting work, John will share powerful personal experiences from around the world, ranging from deep in the Amazon to high in the Himalayas. In this module, you’ll: Understand the historical context and background for shapeshifting, drawing upon indigenous wisdom from many cultures Receive foundational teachings for practices of shamanic initiations and rituals Journey into the relationships between perceived and objective reality Begin the exploration into your Divine Self — a shamanic journey into the universal light that reaches across time and space, connects us all and opens us to our deep divinity Be introduced to the “story behind the story” of the Death Economy and how the EHM system has spread from developing countries to the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world — and how shapeshifting offers the means to change it Understand your mission and sacred purpose of your life on a deeper level Learn about rites of passage and how to create them for yourself Featured Experiential Journey from the Maya of Central America: “The Shapeshifter’s Light,” which promises to open you to universal energy and your own deep divinity and higher self Module 2) Thriving in thisRevolutionary Time We live in the most revolutionary time in history. Greater than the agricultural or industrial revolutions, it’s a revolution in consciousness, a time for us to wake up to our true potentials as human beings, free ourselves from unconscious stories of lack and limitation, and release the false values, loves, hopes and expectations that have kept us stuck in dysfunctional patterns. In this module, you’ll: Understand the global cross-cultural awakening that is now underway, as well as its implications for us as a species See the world’s shift through the lens of shamanic wisdom from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America — and understand the shapeshifting work underway in those places Explore the implications and beauty of the emerging Life Economy Identify a specific corporation, institution or event you want to see changed — and that you will strive to change in future sessions using your newfound skills Receive wisdom teachings around specific indigenous prophecies about these times we live in, such as the ancient Amazonian prophecy, “The Eagle and the Condor” Evolve a deeper understanding of your role in this global shift Deepen your journey into your Divine Self to fulfill the higher plan you set for this life and make your greatest contribution Recognize the fellowship that is available to you around the world. You are not alone! Featured Experiential Journey: “The Divine Self Journey,” a unique fusion of Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist techniques Module 3) The Marriage of Personal & Global Transformation Throughout history shamans have taught that the personal and communal are interdependent. In recent times Western cultures have emphasized the personal, often at the expense of the communal. In this module, we explore what it means to reintegrate the two and to reimagine your personal relationship with our planet. In this module, you’ll: Rewire your understanding of the relationship between the individual and the community, recognizing the larger purpose of service See how the suffering of anyone within the community is also a suffering of your larger self Activate your engagement in your local community in a deeper and more effective way Delve into the corporation, institution or event you want to see changed — and identify the perceived realities and leverage points for change Understand indigenous prophecies on another level and how we can fulfill them Weave your individual dream into a community dream … and into a still larger global dream Featured Experiential Journey: “Shakaim weds Nunqui” — derived from the Shuar and Achuar of the Amazon, the male Spirit of the Forests unites with the female Spirit of the Earth on a journey into the universe — a journey that opens you to deeper wisdom Module 4) Clarifying Mission, Higher Purpose & Goals Shamans teach that we are born at this historical time because we each have specific missions and goals that are needed now. We also are given the passion and skills necessary to fulfill our missions and reach our goals. In this module, you’ll: Connect your Divine Self with your tangible actions in a way that empowers your higher purpose, your mission and your goals Recognize the larger trainings that your life curriculum has given you — including those experiences you found upsetting or distasteful Investigate the lessons of perceived realities that no longer serve you Discover how to identify your dream as your mission and vice versa, as well as how to connect your mission to the communal mission Identify the most important sub-missions that are part of your larger mission Harness the power of your passions and emotions to act as an engine for manifesting your goals Explore the barriers that stand in the way of changing the corporation, institution or event you identified in previous sessions Evolve the way you set goals from the perspective of shapeshifting by using shamanic practices for their fulfillment Featured Experiential Journey: “Journey to Pachamama,” an ancient Quechua practice of the Andes which takes you into the loving energy of Mother Earth, Mother Universe and Mother Time Module 5) “Hitting the Wall,” Unwrapping Your Veils We’ve been told by parents, teachers, religious leaders, politicians and the media that we MUST look a certain way, behave according to specified standards, study this subject or that, be a cog in the Death Economy machinery, and on and on. You’ve accepted many of these edicts subconsciously, but they are not the true you, the divine you. Now is the time to break through those barriers and unwrap the veils that have hidden the real you. In this module, you’ll: Be guided through time-tested shamanic journeys to identify your internal barriers and understand how they’ve impacted you Illuminate the path which will help you rise to higher plateaus of consciousness Understand the phenomenon of “hitting the wall” from a shamanic perspective … and be empowered to break through Establish a strong connection with your core self, allowing the outer onion layers to melt away Explore the subtle barriers of the Death Economy Harness the power of shapeshifting practices to work with your inner walls and barriers in a new way Develop a strategy for shapeshifitng the corporation, institution or event you identified previously Featured Experiential Journey: “Unwrapping the Veil,” a modern version of an ancient Persian practice Module 6) Breaking Through Barriers, Lifting the Veils When you break through after “hitting the wall,” you shapeshift old ways, attitudes and mindsets — altering perceived reality. By dissolving your internal barriers and unwrapping the veils, you attain new levels of wakefulness and presence in your daily life — altering objective reality. In this module, you’ll: Discover how to unwrap the veils on a core level Understand the process of energy transmutation from a shamanic perspective, helping you open to more of what you want Participate in shamanic rituals to dispose of the barriers and veils, shapeshifting “negative” energy into the “positive” energy that will empower you to manifest your mission and achieve your goals Experience a connection with your Divine Self that is unencumbered by old ideas, prejudices and dysfunctional patterns that have held you back Be given shamanic rituals for altering reality that you can continue to practice in the future Release feelings of unworthiness, neediness and unlovability Develop a concrete plan for shapeshifting the Death Economy into a Life Economy Dissolve addictive patterns around alcohol, tobacco, sex and other sources Organize actions to unwrap the veils that surround the corporation, institution or event you have targeted for shapeshifitng Featured Experiential Journey: “Dismembering and Remembering,” an initiation ritual that’s a version of a practice done in the Asian Steppes and other shamanic cultures Module 7) Shapeshifting Yourself & Our World How do you integrate the shamanic work of shapeshifting in your daily life and move forward into the future? How do you maintain the momentum of this course? These questions will be answered here. You’ll come away with practices you can do in an ongoing way, keeping deep alignment with your new Dream, your highest purpose, your new reality. In this module, you’ll: Envision and map the daily actions that will empower you to continue the shapeshifting processes you’ve learned in the previous modules Explore superconscious realms that help you integrate what you’ve learned and empower your commitment to shapeshift your identified corporation, institution or event Hone the skills that enable you to feel, embrace and honor your connection with the divine and to channel the energy of the universe into your higher purpose Be given shamanic practices for integration and daily wholeness — and other practical daily skills Access your greatest joy to fuel your ongoing journey Featured Experiential Journeys: The Tibetan Star, a Himalayan technique that brings holistic self, emotions, mind and heart into the realization of your mission. This is a technique that has brought success to people around the world! The daily journey to assure that you’ll continue to feel your power and ecstasy — and advance your higher purpose every day. The Shapeshifting Your Reality Bonus Collection In addition to John’s transformative virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level. Shapeshifting into a Sacred EconomyAudio Dialogue with John and Charles Eisenstein John and Charles will discuss the ways the economic system that has brought us many miracles of technology, medicine, science and the arts has now gone too far and is consuming itself into extinction, destroying the very resources that support it. They will then describe a new approach, one that takes us into sacred economics and (in Charles’ words) “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.” Charles Eisenstein is an essayist and author of several books including Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Andean Shamanic Perspective on DreamshiftingAudio Dialogue with John and Alberto Villoldo In this engaging dialogue, John talks with psychologist and shamanic practitioner Alberto Villoldo about the Andean shamanic path and perspective on dreamshifting. These two well-versed practitioners will share experiences and insights from their time with indigenous shamans and how you can apply the practices they’ve learned in your own life. Alberto Villoldo, PhD, the author of numerous bestselling books, is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. He has training centers in New England; California; the U.K.; the Netherlands and Park City, Utah. An avid skier, hiker and mountaineer, he leads annual expeditions to the Amazon and the Andes to work with the wisdom teachers of the Americas. Dreamshifting with NatureAudio Dialogue with John, Llyn Roberts &Sandra Ingerman In this illuminating dialogue John joins with award-winning authors and prominent teachers of healing and shamanism, Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts, to share how you can access power, wisdom and energy from the natural world to effect positive changes in your life, whether living in the city or countryside. They will explore age-old approaches that heal people, transform the earth and shift humanity’s dream of life on this planet. Llyn Roberts, MA, is an award-winning author and prominent teacher of healing and shamanism. Her dynamic teaching and writing styles incorporate a background in contemplative psychotherapy, Tibetan Buddhism, work in remote locations with diverse indigenous shamanic groups, Reiki and Western body-mind approaches to healing. Roberts holds a master’s degree in Tibetan Buddhist and Western Psychology and was initiated by shamans in South America and Siberia. She has trained extensively with Ecuadorian Quechua healers and facilitated sacred journeys to indigenous people living in remote regions of the Amazon, the Asian steppes, high Andes and in ancient Mayalands. Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an award-winning author of nine books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self and her recently released book Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life. She is the presenter of 7 audio programs produced by Sounds True, and is the creator of the Transmutation App. Sandra is a world world-renowned teacher of shamanism and has been teaching for more than 30 years. She teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture that address the needs of our times. Sandra is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional mental health counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress. She was awarded the 2007 Peace Award from the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine. What Graduates of John’s Previous CoursesAre Saying… I now am more connected to all of my being and have a priceless connection with the Gaia I love. It feels very empowering and nurturing at the same time. The deep feeling of connecting to other like-minded participants was humbling and joyous at the same time. With deep gratitude, thank you, John. – Judy Livingston. New Zealand I have participated in other workshops on shamanism, generally in person. I was unsure what it would be like to participate online. Because of the time difference I couldn’t listen to the sessions live. However, I found the experience very helpful, powerful and, most importantly for me, very healing and inspiring. My life has improved in subtle and beautifully mysterious ways and for that I am very grateful. – Kim Leyland, Alice Springs, Australia I had been feeling stuck and needed help moving some very dense, unidentifiable energy (at least to me). I found out what that was and was able to shift the energy through the help of this course so as to make room for doing my life’s mission and moving into higher dimensional living. – Betsy Portela, Brunswick, ME This course helped me to realize that a teacher can bring the information to us but we must decide the value of that information and incorporate it in our own way. I at first felt like John was not holding my hand enough but then here, at the end, on the last day, I am overjoyed at how much I have grown from doing my own exploration and discovery work! The visualizations and spirit journeys were deep and revealing. Loved this course for the independence I have achieved, the strength and the confidence! Thanks, John, for sharing your gifts with me/us! – Wendy Nine, Eugene, OR and Keene, NH The ability to journey, to have access to that aspect of our world, to connect to the world of spirit and therefore to others striving to arise to the challenges of our time with solutions that create a new world, is empowering and awakens me to a whole new way for me to personally participate in the healing of our world. – Jackie Pence, Somerset, CA This course changed my life for the better and I learned powerful tools. I will help myself and others who come to me. This course is wisdom, knowledge and healing. The feeling I get is that it is healing — take it and listen to the recordings. – Maria Fatima Barros, Toronto, Ontario, Canada I was very impressed with how John’s workshop opened me to expanding my perceptions of the earth (and the universe, for that matter) with very simple techniques. Quietly, passionately journeying into greater awareness of self and others allowed me to recognize a solution to a story I’ve had unformed for some time. In fact, the whole structure of the story leapt out at me, laying down clear avenues each direction I looked. For a time I had only been working with the negative, conspiratorial aspects of the story. I wanted to provide a positive solution. That wasn’t coming to me. At one point after the third workshop with John the sense of community became clear. It is not us vs. them. It is all life, all things working as community. I realized a positive, non-destructive solution to my story! It is easy to obsess on the problem. John’s workshop allowed me to let go of obsession and know the problem. Once the problem is fully understood, the solution is obvious. I recommend to anyone who is willing to sit down, relax and leave this frantic world behind, to take this journey of Dreamshifting and become aware of the world as it can be, and the solutions in front of us. – Daedalus, Pollock Pines, CA John Perkins is amazing; he walks his talk and teaches others how to overcome their personal blocks, yet has the keen understanding of seeing — and showing others how to see — things from a global perspective. – Jill Litwin, Madison, WI This course was extremely powerful to understand and experience how easy journeying can be. It helped me realize my dream and mission here at this time in my life. I listen to the recordings over and over to take it all in on the deepest level I can. – Penny Dahlen, Conifer, CO The insight and encouragement I received during the Dreamshifting training motivated me to start right away in creating a solid plan, but most importantly WORKING toward my goal of creating a “self-counseling” group. The group is a forum in which individuals can learn from others and themselves to overcome hindrances such as uncertainty and anger and to develop confidence to work for their dreams. – Richard, Roanoke, VA This course was in total divine order for me and exceeded my expectations. I will continue to work with the material and manifest my dreams … something I’ve been “talking” about for over a decade but now I am clear on my direction, believe in my ability to achieve the dream and have already taken the first step on my project. I intend to help fuel the Revolution in Consciousness which John told us the shamans all agree we are in the midst of, but that the people need to rise to the occasion. And if we do, we can shift this broken old greedy, materialistic dream of the planet into a new dream of love and compassion for all. Everything starts with a thought — with a dream — and John planted the seed! – Shawn Bostrom, Morro Bay, CA Here’s What You’ll Receive Seven 90-minute Recorded Class Sessions with John Perkins Experience a rare opportunity to mentor and learn with one of the world’s leading shamanic teachers from the comfort of your own home. Each class session guides you to learn the specific skills and abilities to awaken your spiritual potential. Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions In addition to the high-quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format so you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given. Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson After each lesson, you’ll have the option to do related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning. The Shapeshifting Your Reality Bonus Collection Shapeshifting into a Sacred EconomyAudio Dialogue with John and Charles Eisenstein Andean Shamanic Perspective on Dreamshifting Audio Dialogue with John and Alberto Villoldo Dreamshifting with NatureAudio Dialogue with John, Llyn Roberts and Sandra Ingerman An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Shapeshifting Your Reality Virtual Training We feel honored that John Perkins has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive online training. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from a modern shamanic teacher and connect with a global community of like minds and hearts that are doing this important, transformative work. Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals, which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from John’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace! If you’reserious about deepening your spiritual life and embodiment of your creative power, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training with John Perkins. If you’re ready to take the next step on your transformative spiritual journey, click the register button below to reserve your space now. More Praise for John Perkins… John Perkins inspires us to get up and take action to create a more just and equitable world. – Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for theSoul series Only a handful of visionaries have recognized that indigenous wisdom can aid the transition to a sustainable world. John Perkins … brings great insight for an industrial civilization consuming and polluting itself toward catastrophe. – Edgar Mitchell, ScD, Founder of the Institute ofNoetic Sciences John Perkins eloquently portrays how changing our dream can propel us into shapeshifting not only ourselves but also the reality of the world around us. Perkins is a bridge. – Kenny Ausubel, Founder, Collective Heritage Institute, Author of Restoring the Earth and Seeds of Change As one who has experienced many teachers in my role at Omega Institute, I know John is one of the most profound and heartfelt. He shapeshifts our reality with a smile and rattles us with his charm, but always underneath the laughter and joy holds a deep reverence for the unseen worlds he teaches us to access. The shamanic work I have experienced with him has been life-changing for me, and I know it has for others who work here on staff at Omega Institute. – Brett Bevell, Author and Omega Institute Staff Programs Manager The heart of John’s work lies in his ability to encourage and inspire others to make positive change in the world. John helped me realize we all have passions and skills that can be used collectively to transform life on earth in a positive way. He reminded me that like my heroes — Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Rosa Parks — I can begin to honor my passion by taking one small step. Working with John has revolutionized the way I look at life, and given me the tools and inspiration I need to create a better world. – Samantha Thomas, Green Business Consultant John has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a teaching style that is warm, heartfelt and engaging. The wisdom he imparts during his workshops, lectures and travels is invaluable, and much needed in today’s world circumstances. – Sheila Mitchell, MD, Founder of Spirit of Health Wellness Clinic I signed up for John’s workshop with the intention to spend time in my heart cultivating my life’s mission. Through his inspirational storytelling and targeted guided meditations that helped me connect directly to sacred places within my soul, I accomplished this and so much more. He opens you up so you can release your limits and lovingly nudges you in the direction you always dreamed to go. Every one of us received exactly what we needed. – Jodi Lobozzo Aman, LCSW-R Counselor About John Perkins John Perkins’ work with shamanism began in 1968 when he was an apprentice to a shaman deep in the Amazon. Since then he has studied and lived with shamans on six continents. His books have sold over 1 million copies, spent more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists and are published in more than 30 languages. As chief economist at a major consulting firm, his experiences advising the World Bank, UN, IMF, U.S. government, Fortune 500 corporations and heads of state convinced him to devote the rest of his life to facilitating changes in consciousness and in social, political and economic systems. He was founder and CEO of a highly successful alternative energy company and is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofits dedicated to creating a sustainable, just, peaceful and thriving world. Download Becoming a Great Essayist – The Great Courses right now on AMZlibrary.com !