Message Company Newsletter - Issue 2, June 2009

The Saga of Sound: Sound Healing 2009

Dearest Friends,

It was our dearest hope to bring you the International Conference on Sound Healing this November. We have been looking at so many options and exploring how we might be able to produce another conference in this challenging economic climate.

We explored a lot of venues, including La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe and they were not available. For a time, we were looking into co-producing a conference with AMTA and SOMA which would have been held concurrently at a venue in San Diego. Finally, we were seeing if we could put together a SOUND EXPERIENCE -- two to three days of chanting, singing, movement and drumming in community together.

We are sorry that none of these have worked out so we trust the timing was not right for this year. So many of you have been calling and e-mailing and we are SO grateful for your interest and support for this conference. It is our hope that this pause will allow us to create an even more meaningful conference when we plan the next one. A few thoughts we would like to share:

  1. We appreciate your patience while we were trying to navigate all this.
  2. While we regret we are not holding a Sound Healing Conference in 2009, we are looking at a number of different formats for bringing sound experiences and healing wisdom to you in the future.
  3. Your ideas, input and help are welcome!

You can e-mail us at: friend@bizspirit.com with any ideas and offers you have. We hope to have you -- our devoted attendees -- become part of shaping what will become a the future Message Company.


IN THIS ISSUE:


WHAT'S COMING UP?

It is our hope to be able to produce the following conferences and we are still working on it.

The Seventh International Conference on Shamanism is currently scheduled for January 22 - 26, 2010. The conference is a gathering of incredible people, some traveling from the other side of the world, to explore the myriad of experiences included in the world's many forms of shamanism. This conference provides the opportunity to investigate the space between ordinary and non-ordinary reality, to expand personal awareness, explore indigenous wisdom traditions, and learn ways to access personal power. We hope that you're able to join us!

The Seventh International Conference on Sacred Sexuality is also concurrently scheduled for January 22 - 26, 2010. This conference offers a wonderful opportunity to learn how to integrate sexual energy and spirit, to lift your relationships to new levels of intimacy and pleasure, and understand love-making as a spiritual and devotional practice.

Speakers will examine the major cultural split in our collective psyche with regard to sexuality, love, and relationships. We are indoctrinated early in our lives by religious and cultural taboos that make us feel ashamed of our sexual nature, yet the media constantly bombards us with sexual imagery. With conscious intention, we can return to a natural sensuality once again integrating spirit, mind and body.

Since 1994, the Message Company has prided itself on the extraordinary quality of its large-scale conferences. Beginning in 2010, we will be adding a number of small-scale, theme-based local conferences. Stay tuned to www.bizspirit.com.


ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS

Memoriam Donations

Many of our Message Company friends continue to ask if they can make donations in honor of our founder, James Berry. The answer is YES! There is a James Berry Memorial Fund account which will be used for scholarships and continuing the visionary work on consciousness. You can make checks out directly to the James Berry Memorial Fund, or to The Message Company and earmark the memo line for the Memorial Fund, and send them to 4 Camino Azul, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Thanks for asking!

Do You Need Volunteers?

YES! The Message Company could not do the work it does without the help of our loyal volunteers. Volunteers earn discounts toward our conferences and activities, enjoy the fellowship of like-minded friends, and experience the rewards of keeping this important work going. Please contact help@bizspirit.com if you are interested in volunteering. We can use assistance in our office as well as on-site during events.

What's The Message Company doing towards green operations?

Did you know that The Message Company's office partially runs on solar power and our printer, Arizona Lithographers, is 100% wind-powered?

We have an extensive recycling program in the office and we need help collecting e-mail addresses. We have 40,000 names in our database but only 7000 e-mail addresses on file. If you know someone who is not receiving our newsletter, it's because we don't have their e-mail address. Please spread the word to help us deepen our green efforts.


VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Did you miss the 2009 International Conference on Science & Consciousness?

You can order the virtual conference for $695 at www.bizspirit.com where you can also order individual DVD and CD presentations from the conference. The Virtual Conference includes DVDs, CDs, books, the conference program book, speaker handouts and a $50.00 coupon towards the next conference. Free shipping to USA and Canada (add $100 for other countries).

Did you wish you could have brought a friend along to the conference? Why not give a gift of one of your favorite presentations -- or better yet, get the DVD/CD and host a gathering to discuss it together?

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Light Of Consciousness

Now in our 20th year, Light of Consciousness — Journal of Spiritual Awakening focuses on meditation, consciousness, spiritual practices, sacred ecology, and healing. The various philosophies and approaches within this journal convey the underlying and common principles of all spiritual traditions. “This magazine is about the best thing around at this time in our world—so vital because of the spectrum of beliefs and wide range of expressing core concepts.” Each issue features a Satsang (wisdom teaching) of Swami Amar Jyoti and enlightening articles by diverse spiritual teachers, spirituality and science, personal journeys, art and photo essays, spiritual cinema, poetry and reviews. Recent contributors include Eckart Tolle, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Nguyen Anh-Houng, Martin Gray, and Dean Radin, Ph.D.

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A Personal Letter from Marcia and Ken Berry...

Dearest Friends of The Message Company,

We are living in extraordinary times – with extraordinary opportunities.   While we may see aspects of our outer world worsening, we can be confident that a new world is being born – a shift of the ages perhaps.

As the outer world is a reflection of our inner lives, perhaps it calls to us what our inner work needs to be. The Message Company wishes to be a vehicle for both personal and collective transformation – and is in need of its own transformation.

Many of the programs and models that helped to build The Message Company will no longer carry it through these extraordinary times.  We are currently faced with the mysterious challenge of...

We believe it is calling us to examine a radical restructuring and reshaping of this work.  It's possible that it may best take shape as a non-profit organization.  We think, if we can attract some passionate helpers, we could reach greater numbers of people (and people with more limited resources) through the new technologies, as one important direction for the future.

We would like to immediately redesign our website and retool to make use of the Web 2.0 technologies that would allow The Message Company community to remain in connection throughout the year, not just during the conferences.  If you know of someone who is highly skilled and knowledgeable in these technologies and who is passionate about the work of consciousness, we urge you to point him/her in our direction.

You will see in the next article below that we are hosting a town hall style meeting with volunteers and helpers to dialogue with us about our future.  We wish we were ready to hook up the technology so that we could involve all of you now and, of course invite your suggestions at any time. We are trusting the right resources will appear to make this possible soon.

We ask that you hold The Message Company in your thoughts, prayers, meditations and visualizations during this on-going transition and welcome all offers of assistance be it moral support, financial support, and/or in-kind services.

Until our next communication, be at peace, move with consciousness, and share the Light.

With loving gratitude,
Marcia and Ken Berry

INVITATION TO VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS

We will be hosting a couple of town hall style meetings with all volunteers and supporters who wish to help shape the future of The Message Company. We will hold one evening meeting and one on the week-end in an effort to accommodate your diverse schedules. The meeting places will be determined once we see how many folks respond. We will e-mail all those who R.S.V.P. with the meeting details.

Please join us on either: Saturday, July 25 at 4:00 pm or Monday, July 27 at 7:00 pm.

Please R.S.V.P. to friend@bizspirit.com with "Meeting RSVP" in the subject line. Thanks!

If you live outside of our local driving distance, feel free to send your thoughts and ideas.


SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Ernesto Ortiz

A noted healer, shaman, writer, and artist, Ernesto has devoted his life to exploring and communicating the language of the heart, primal movement, and deep inner spaces. He is the creator of D.R.E.A.M Catcher (a structure used for healing that uses Sacred Geometry and Vibroacoustics). During the past 25 years, he has taken thousands of people on a journey from physical and emotional inertia to the freedom of ecstasy, from the chaos of the chattering ego-mind to the blessed emptiness of stillness and inner silence. Culture is no barrier, as he has presented seminars and intensives in Canada, Europe, Australia, Egypt, Bali, Latin America, the Caribbean and the USA. Ernesto is the founder of Journey to the Heart, author of In the Presence of Love, The Akashic Records Level I, Tantric Shamanism, The Art of Relationships, and others.

Learn more at www.journey2theheart.com

We all enjoyed Ernesto's workshop, Sacred Geometry and Light Language: The Art of Co-Creation at our recent Conference on Science & Consciousness! If you missed his presentation, you can order it online or e-mail: service@bizsprit.com.


Thinking of sponsoring one of our conferences? There's never been a better time! Our brand new newsletter is sent out to over 7,000 people monthly, via e-mail. We have about 40,000 names in our database -- and our network continues to grow. Contact us at newsletter@bizspirit.com or 505-474-0998 today to find out how you can join our supporter base.


FEEDBACK CORNER

In this issue, the Message Company would like to ask its readers to...
Share a story with us about how one of our conferences has been transformative for your life.

Please send stories to newsletter@bizsprit.com; we appreciate your help! These stories express the reason we do this work, and they help us to continue to shape experiences that will be transformative for you.


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