Choose Hope, You Matter
The Call to Live Your Higher Purpose For A More Compassionate Self & World.
THE GREAT TURNING AND PROJECT VICTORY
Join the non-profit organization Project Victory (About Us) who began in 1985 in response to the nuclear age with the intension to help advance the Beloved Community on Earth by helping to inspire and foster an inner shift in the quality of our soul and an outer shift in the quantity of our compassionate action. Read more
COURSES AND PROGRAMS
Enroll in an 8-day (8 Saturdays) Transformative Wisdom Intensive Course with inspiring talks, multi-faith music, movement mediation, small group exercises and tools for mindfulness, personal leadership, authentic communication, peace making and stewardship - focusing on the Eight Wisdom Keys.
THE SOUL-ACTION PRACTICE
Attend events to further your studies on both the Book and the Transformative Wisdom Intensive Course outline of the Soul-Action Practice based upon both enduring wisdom and emerging neuroscience, practice mindfulness, compassion, stewardship and peacemaking in our lives with the goal to create the conditions for a more verdant and peaceful world.
Upcoming Events - 2019
The Short Film
CHOOSE HOPE, YOU MATTER:
The Call To Live The Great Turning
When: Sunday Oct 13, 2019
5 – 6pm Meet Friends; 6 – 9pm Film Premiere
Where: The DNA COMEDY CLUB
(The Old Riverfront Theater at 155 S. River St., Santa Cruz)
Inspiring Program & Fund Raising
Live The Great Turning!
Face the environmental/spiritual/human rights crises plaguing our world, and choose to live The Great Turning – the shift in consciousness and action needed for humanity to survive and flourish. Each of us matters to help restore the Earth and advance human rights for all.
Voices of Wisdom & Spirit: will inspire us and invoke a love-based worldwide Rising!
PROF. DR. CRAIG F. SCHINDLER, AUTHOR OF THE GREAT TURNING WITH DR. GARY LAPID
JOHN ROBBINS, BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST
REVEREND DEBORAH L. JOHNSON, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF INNER LIGHT MINISTRIES
DR. CATH BYRNE, PROFESSOR OF PEACE STUDIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST
CARLY BRULLO-NILES, AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR OF LOVE MACHINE FILMS
DR.C CHARMAIGNE SCOTT, GOSPEL & RNB SINGER & UNIVERSITY LECTURER
JIM GREINER, MASTER DRUMMER & GLOBAL PERCUSSIONIST
HAWK, SINGER & SONGWRITER
MAYA LAPID, CO -FOUNDER OF WHOOPI AND MAYA
Limited Seats: $20 donation to Project Victory: www.brownpapertickets.com
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Sponsored by Project Victory, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization
Choose Hope, You Matter
Hope is more than a feeling; hope is a choice. Often we live in denial about the state of our world. We are afraid that if we come out of denial and face the situation, we will fall into despair. We bounce back and forth between denial (nothing is wrong) and despair (there is nothing we can do). If we let ourselves fall into hopelessness, we become part of the problem. Yet there is a third way besides denial and despair and that is making a commitment to choose hope. By committing ourselves to be awake and help create a more just, and sustainable world, we rise above our denial and despair. As we choose to live the conscious change needed for our world, we make our affirmation of hope real by our actions.
-Dr. Craig F. Schindler from his book, "Choose Hope, You Matter"
Welcome To Choose Hope, You Matter! If you have made your way to this website or to the book, CHOOSE HOPE, YOU MATTER, you probably realize that you and I are part of something greater, that an old era is dying and a new consciousness is being born. We call this The Great Turning – the shift in consciousness and action needed for humanity to survive and flourish. The Dalai Lama calls this transformative change “The Revolution Of Compassion” and summons the youth and all people of goodwill to reverse climate change and create a world of compassion and justice for all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. declares: “Our goal is to build a Beloved Community and this requires a qualitative change in our souls and a quantitative change in our lives.”
The Call is to choose hope and live the Great Turning and stand up together for the love-based worldwide Rising. Please Join Us!
The Imperative For The Great Turning
We live at the most pivotal time in history. The human-caused threats to life (climate change, weapons of mass destruction, and violent extremism) compel us, individually and collectively, to make the evolutionary leap in consciousness and action needed for humanity to survive and flourish. The choices we make now will not only determine the quality of our future, but whether there will be a future at all. Currently, the world is on the cusp between rapidly drifting towards global catastrophe, on the one hand, or awakening from our trance to create a new era of transformative change on a par to the Renaissance. As tens of millions of individuals and groups live the Great Turning away from greed and self-destruction, we will access the love and soul-power to radically elevate human behavior and improve the health of all living beings and of our planet.
The Four Goals Of The Great Turning:
Inspire Personal Leadership Through Soul-Action.
Reduce Climate Change & Restore the Living Earth.
Protect Freedom & Advance Human Rights For All.
Cultivate Inner Peace & Peace In Our World.
The Ten Percent Tipping Point
Our goal at Project Victory is to spread the Call to live the Great Turning & help inspire a rapidly growing Great Turning Network of individuals & groups dedicated to respect for self, others, Earth. Scientists have established that when a population adopts a new idea or innovation it grows slowly until it reaches the Tipping Point of Ten Percent and then it spreads exponentially like a flame. So to change our politics we must transform our culture. Thus when ten percent of us are living the change we want for the world with mindfulness and compassion, we will transform our culture, and this will allow us to transform our policies to reduce climate change, restore the Earth and advance human rights for all.
The Love-Based Worldwide Rising
The Great Turning is the love-based worldwide Rising, the Revolution of Compassion. It is already well underway, yet millions of us need to take action to ignite the Great Turning by making changes in our lives and securing policies to restore the Earth and advance human rights for all. The love-based worldwide Rising includes all the groups and movements dedicated to the ethic of respect for self, others, all life – to reducing climate change and restoring Earth; to advancing women’s rights, human rights, and social justice for all; and to cultivating inner peace, wellness, compassion and stewardship for the Earth.
Transformation Through Soul-Action
The twofold practice of SOUL-ACTION – requires both meditative awareness (shifting from small self to big Self) and compassionate action (honoring Self, others and the Earth through daily actions). It combines the inner development of mindfulness – through cultivating peace within, meditation, prayer and wellness in body/mind/spirit; and the outer development of compassionate action – through daily acts of kindness, justice and stewardship for others and all life. Practicing SOUL-ACTION enables YOU to elevate the quality of your soul and increase the quantity of your compassionate action. When actualized by tens of millions we will evolve our humanity to a higher level of consciousness.
Learn more about our Books and Videos or get involved at a Course or Event. Take on the Soul-Action Practice of mindfulness and compassionate action, and find out how you can join Great Turning Network.
Coming Together For The Worldwide Rising
In his book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement In the World Came Into Being And Why No One Saw It, Paul Hawken, documents more than 1.5 million organizations dedicated to defending the environment, protecting indigenous peoples or advancing human rights. We don’t yet recognize this vast meta-movement, he says, and mostly it does not get the spotlight of the media - because it is decentralized. It has no fixed organization or ideology, yet in response to our global crisis it is growing rapidly in local areas around the world. In addition to Paul Hawken’s list, there are a multitude of other groups around our planet seeking to reduce suffering and strengthen peace: the numerous faith communities dedicated to love and compassion; all those working for women’s rights, social justice, reconciliation and lasting peace; the human potential, mindfulness, and inner peace movements; the organic food, health and wellness movements; and the numerous groups teaching conflict resolution.
The worldwide Rising to remake our world is already underway: Yet it needs us, the ten percent tipping point, to step up and to spread the vision of the coming dawn The call is to step forward and do your unique part to help kindle “the largest movement in history” – to embody the transformation needed for our lives and to remake our world. Just as many streams converge to form a great river, it is time for the many groups committed to living our global ethic to join together. At the core of all these movements is our global ethic taught by the great wisdom traditions – to live with respect toward self, others, and the Earth. The revolution of the spirit is already stirring and yet needs to be actualized in our lives and spread by each of us. Like a torch, we can pass it from person to person, group to group, until the flame of mindfulness and compassion lights up our world.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vision of
THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
At the victory rally in 1956 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dr. King (then 27) spoke about the Beloved Community for the first time. The Beloved Community, he said, is the framework of our future: We will foster an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood that replaces racism and discrimination, and does not tolerate poverty and hunger. This is not a utopian vision, he declared, but “our overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships between people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.” Throughout his life Dr. King declared that as millions live with agape love, we will transform our world: “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring miracles in the hearts of humankind.”
-- From Dr. Craig F. Schindler’s book, Revolution Of The Spirit