Listening to a Different Kind of News: Once Upon This Time...

Once upon a time, there was a man who couldn't hear so well.  Whenever anyone asked him if he had heard about the latest news he said:

"No, I've never heard of that before."

And, everyone kept going on there way, too busy to hear the next words that he would say...

"It's actually not that I can't hear.  Yes, my ears do work!  It's just that I don't listen to what everyone else is listening to.  I listen to something completely different.  And, because I listen differently, I actual have the best hearing out of anyone in the world..."


In our world today, The News becomes Our News by default, and it makes our ears oversensitive and overwhelmed.  We become tired, hopeless and dejected about the state of affairs.

That's why we need to turn in a different direction and generate our own news.  This doesn't mean ignoring what's going on "out there" - it means Sourcing Yourself from a different place that allows you to respond with greater poise and courage.

This is what is created in the intentional field of leadership circles - a magical space and place of new possibility.

To learn more, join a monthly Leadership Conversation to learn The Medicine Tree's point of view on why circles are so essential to effectiveness and preventing burnout.

This is a rendition of an excerpt from the story of The Seven Beggers by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.


--
Lev Natan

TheMedicineTree.com
 

Leading Like The Forest Monthly Conversation Series

Are you Passionate About Social Change, but sometimes feel disheartened & burned-out, and you're ready for a perspective that integrates a deeply-rooted spirituality into your work for social justice and environmental sanity?

In this monthly conversation series, Leading Like The Forest, we explore why its so essential to respond directly to your unique calling and to come together with other change makers who are listening deeply to the "collective call" that we are all hearing.

In these times of complexity, turbulence and convergent crises, trees are important role models in our movements for social change. They stand tall in their “leadership” because their roots are interconnected.

Trees are literally holding onto each other - and at this time, we need to do the same - by intentionally coming together through community practices like leadership councils.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.
 

In these Open Conversations, you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Hear a point-of-view that focuses on the need for leadership capacity, subtle activism and collective impact, as the primary vehicles for social change that resonates with truth.
  2. Deepen your connection to your personal calling as a unique thread within the web-of-life
  3. Acknowledge & appreciate how you are already showing up for what you care about
  4. Locate your growing edge and be invited to gently stretch into it
  5. Learn simple sound practices to heal, renew and awaken new capacities in yourself

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I am especially excited to share this point of view in the upcoming Open Conversations because of the in-depth research that I have been engaged in, through my graduate program in Organizational Leadership.  
 

In the last 3 months, I have interviewed twelve socially conscious organizational leaders, had informal conversations with ten others, and attended inspiring events on local economy, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and climate change.
 

All of that to say that there is new clarity and refinement in this upcoming Open Conversation.

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see you next week,
 

Lev

 

--
Lev Natan

TheMedicineTree.com

Sound Leadership In Our Times: 1st Podcast with Catherine Van Wetter

Click HERE to download and listen to the podcast.

I am initiating Sound Leadership For Our Times, a new conversation platform / podcast interview series where I will be dialoguing with colleagues to explore the intersection of the fields of healing and leadership in service to the empowerment of people and eco-social organizations who are working towards a positive future.

The focus will be having conversations with sound therapists, holistic healers, coaches and thought leaders who are engaged in eco-social organizations, businesses and/or initiatives.  We will be uncovering

In my first interview, with holistic healer & best-selling author, Catherine Van Wetter, I ask:

  • Why have you chosen to do the work that you do?  Why do you believe in it?

  • What positive impact do you believe you are having in the world?

  • How do you stay hopeful, engaged and inspired in these challenging times?

  • What is effective leadership in our times?  What does it mean to be a sound leader?

  • What is your vision for a better world?  How do we get there?  And, how are you creating that vision through the work that you’re doing?

    To listen to the interview, click HERE.  Enjoy and please leave comments and let me know your questions, comments and reflections.

Prioritizing What Is Most Important This Summer

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple." 
-Bill Mollison, One of the Founding Leaders in the Permaculture Movement


As we approach the summer solstice next week, the zenith of the LIGHT, its essential to take time to focus on what is MOST IMPORTANT in your life, work and relationships.  

In this Newsletter:
1. Food for thought: Prioritizing what's most important
2. Acupuncture Sound Bath on June 30th
3. PermaJam Festival on July 4th Weekend

Food for Thought:
Yesterday, a client was sharing with me how much he loves to cook!  But, for some reason, he has fallen into a routine of letting his wife cook for him and the kids for weeks on end.  So, we focused on the DISCIPLINE of PRIORITIZING cooking at least once a week - as if his life depended on it...because, well it actually really does...

His sense of confidence, as a husband and father, depends on taking action that resonates with his integrity - and he feels an innate need to contribute to the cooking, which is also so enjoyable for him.  So, what ONE THING do you feel a deep need to prioritize in your life this week?

Upcoming Live Event & Festival Weekend:

Acupuncture Sound Bath @ LifeWorks Studio in Great Barrington - Friday, June 30th at 7:30pm: 

My wife, Sarah and I have been offering this unique acupuncture sound bath since we first met in 2014, and recently moved to the Berkshires from New York where Sarah founded Brooklyn Acupuncture Project in 2008 and Lev founded The Medicine Tree in 2010.  Acupuncture Sound Baths are a community experience that help us to tap into the embodied virtues of our human potential.  Sessions attune your internal natural rhythm and awaken your capacity to respond creatively to the increasing complexity and intensity of life’s challenges.

 More and more, we are offering these sound events for private groups, including business teams (i.e. restaurant staff), eco-social organizations and even bachelorette parties.  Click here learn more and register.

PERMAJAM FESTIVAL JULY 1ST - 4TH


I will be offering 2 workshops at the second annual PermaJam Festival is coming together of people who "hear the calling for a cultural revival, a return to our roots, breaking out of the mainstream that is influencing our children today. As conscious and aware humans unite, we have the power to build a harmonious foundation  we can flourish on, which starts with planting seeds for our youth. If we can’t provide the valuable wisdom, tools and skill sets our children need to grow, then how will future generations prosper?" (From the website)

The workshops that I will be offering are...

#1: Return of the Medicine Trees: A Vision of Sound Leadership for Global Coherence on Sunday, July 2nd at 2:15pm

#2:Visionary Sound Journey for Global Coherence at 10am on Monday, July 3rd.


Tickets are available at www.permajam.com for the whole festival or per day - with many workshops, musical events and wonderful people to meet.  

Use the Promo Code: medicinetree - and pay just $85 for the whole 4 day festival or just $33 per day.  I look forward to seeing you there!


in grateful service,
Lev

 

Have you ever looked up at the sky in awe at a flock of geese flying in a "V" all heading in the same direction?

The principle that brings these amazing birds into one-mind of coherence operates in a Mastermind Group as well.  Morphic Resonance, a term coined by pioneering scientist, Rupert Sheldrake, "is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. The hypothesis of morphic resonance also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and of biological inheritance. Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like TV receivers than video recorders..."

In other words, when we come together, consistently in a group, with a focused intention on bringing forth our most important work, we move like birds flying together as one, and thus we are able to soar!
 

I created the Small Group Mastermind Circlebecause coaching support and accountability is most effective when you have it every week.  The process of articulating priorities, setting goals, taking action, following through, reflecting, gaining insight and learning from the feedback received from the action - this iterative process - is the most important aspect of a transformational journey that leads to effective results in our life, health, relationships, career and work.

The best part is that the Mastermind Circle is very affordable (with a sliding scale payment model) and you receive motivation and support from the community experience of being in a group...on Tuesday, I will share from a more energetic perspective about the power of being in a group - developing a field of morphic resonance...

Lastly, we had an energizing Intro Call last week, with Daniel Duron, a participant in this past spring cycle, sharing his transformative experience, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.


There are only 2 spots (out of 10) left for the summer cycle which begins on June 14th (registration ends June 8th), and one of them is for you so jump in, the water is really warm :)

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Why do Mastermind Groups work so well?

The simple, practical, answer is - when you hear the other participants in the group setting goals, taking action and following through, you feel inspired to keep going and doing the same. Here are some thoughts from Stephanie Burns, the founder and CEO of Chic CEO, in an article she published for Forbes online

"Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people, even though Napoleon Hill created the concept around 75 years ago with his book, Think and Grow Rich. A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others...Here are 7 reasons why a mastermind might be right for you:

1. You'll be part of an exclusive community. 
2. Advisement. Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of "being alone" while running your business is gone. 
3. Collaboration is the name of the game. You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. 
4. Extend your network. Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. 
5. New learning. Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. 
6. Cross-promotion. When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. 
7. Think bigger. Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can't help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things."

I created the Small Group Mastermind Circlebecause coaching support and accountability is most effective when you have it every week.  The process of articulating priorities, setting goals, taking action, following through, reflecting, gaining insight and learning from the feedback received from the action - this iterative process - is the most important aspect of a transformational journey that leads to effective results in our life, health, relationships, career and work.

The best part is that the Mastermind Circle is very affordable (with a sliding scale payment model) and you receive motivation and support from the community experience of being in a group...on Tuesday, I will share from a more energetic perspective about the power of being in a group - developing a field of morphic resonance...

Lastly, we had an energizing Intro Call last week, with Daniel Duron, a participant in this past spring cycle, sharing his transformative experience, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.


There are only 3 spots (out of 10) left for the summer cycle which begins on June 14th (registration ends June 8th),  so if you feel your heart chords pulling on you to jump in, don't think about it to much, just jump!  Its a beautiful journey...

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Masterminding for Focus, Clarity and Following Through

This afternoon I'm driving to Rising with Roots: Courage, Conviction & Community in this Beautiful, Teetering Time, a six-day retreat called  focused on the Work That Reconnects, a process that I shared in the month-long workshop in February, based on the work of elder ecophilosopher, activist and buddhist scholar, Joanna Macy, PhD.

The description of the retreat says, "we are alive at an extraordinary moment in time. It is a time of growing uncertainty, as climate catastrophe looms, the sixth mass extinction accelerates, and the wounds of inequality and inhumanity are laid bare. It is also a time of great possibility when creativity, courage, and collective action can change the political and ecological landscape for future generations."

To prepare for the journey, I watched a video on animal tracking this morning, with Jon Young, the founder of the 8 Shields Institute.  He spoke about a "silver line" that emerges in his vision as he tracks an animal through the landscape...

It reminded me of the Thread of Guidance that I sense extending out of our hearts into the future, leading us to our most important work, greatest contribution and purposeful offering to respond effectively to this momentous time.

When we meet the process halfway, and cultivate this relationship with our life purpose and destiny, our consciousness evolves more quickly and we emerge into situations where we are able to give our gifts more fully and authentically.

I have found weekly coaching for support and accountability to be one of the most effective ways to develop my capacity, and I see my clients who I work with on a weekly basis growing into their goals with the most ease, grace and inspiration.  

I created the Small Group Mastermind Circle because coaching support and accountability is most effective when you have it every week.  The process of articulating priorities, setting goals, taking action, following through, reflecting, gaining insight and learning from the feedback received from the action - this iterative process - is the most important aspect of a transformational journey that leads to effective results in our life, health, relationships, career and work.

And, the best part, is that the Mastermind Circle is very affordable (with a sliding scale payment model) and you receive motivation and support from the community experience of being in a group, which I will talk about more in emails that I will send next week. We had an energizing Intro Call yesterday, with Daniel Duron, a participant in this past spring cycle, sharing his transformative experience, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.


There are only 4 spots (out of 10) left for the summer cycle which begins on June 14th (registration ends June 8th),  so if you feel your heart chords pulling on you to jump in, don't think about it to much, just jump!  Its a beautiful journey...
 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER
 

Acupuncture Sound Baths for Your Practical Everyday Life

“I was feeling constricted and the sounds helped me to bring movement and space into the place where there were problems, so I could see solutions.”

At the end of our Acupuncture Sound Baths, we always ask participants what they experienced, what they learned, and how they will apply it to their everyday life in a practical way.  One of our participants shared the quotation above, and it struck me as significant, so I wanted to elaborate...

Working with the combination of acupuncture and sound therapy stimulates a creative environment where resilience is amplified.  In our personal lives, families and workplace organizations, we often feel overstressed, and thus lack creativity and aliveness.  Healing vibrations enliven and animate our imagination, rejuvenate the energy in our bodies, and therefore, revive the vigor in our spirits to go back out there and give it everything we’ve got.

How does it work?  What happens to our consciousness during an acupuncture sound bath journey?  Where do we go?

The feedback that we receive from participants is that there is a sense of renewal.  The acupuncture sound bath is a sound journey that can be experienced as a mini-ordeal, a fractal initiation, or a micro rite-of-passage.  It is healing because it empowers and strengthens us so we can better handle the real, out-in-the-world, ordeals that we face each-and-every-day of our lives.

Within the morphogenetic field that is created through the vibratory frequencies of a sound therapy session, you are presented with both the challenge and the capacity to overcome.  Rupert Sheldrake, the creator of the theory of morphogenetic fields says that they “work by imposing patterns on otherwise random or indeterminate patterns of activity” (www.sheldrake.org/research/morphic-resonance/introduction).

In other words, sound becomes therapeutic, healing, and a catalyst for transformation, when it is utilized in a way that makes you aware of the disturbance in your life (i.e the random patterns) whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual, and supports you to connect with a coherent pattern that brings organization and alignment to your whole self, bringing an overall sense of wellbeing.  It makes you aware of the “poison” and empowers you to find the "antidote" within you, by effectively confronting the issue at hand within a supportive and nourishing sound environment.

In an acupuncture sound bath, you may become more aware of the stuckness that characterizes the particulars of life’s “problems” and then, you are reminded of your inner resources that emerge, mysteriously and miraculously, during the course of the sound journey, to provide you with the creative solutions that are necessary to overcome, thrive, and walk in beauty.

Sound therapy is an effective modality to empower you to take your game to the next level.  “Lev and Sarah’s acupuncture sound bath experience is a journey that should not be missed.  They make the self-discovery experience very comfortable and approachable.  I will be back, often.” - Jill Johnston, Acu-Sound Bath Participant

When I emerge from guiding an acupuncture sound bath journey, I often feel connected to a place of deep reverence, humility, and connection with all of life -  those who have come before, those who are here now, and in service to those who will be here in the future.  My sense is that this is a shared, yet unspoken, feeling that permeates the whole group.  

I look forward to sharing this special experience with you.  Its what I love to do most in the world.