1. 1.Everything is a whole and part of a larger sustaining whole.

  2. 2.We are, therefore, ONE — all kindred parts of the Larger Whole. (Other words describing the whole are “God”, “Nature”, “Universe”, etc.)

  3. 3.What any one of us does, effects all other parts and all other wholes.

  4. 4.If the whole is sick, we all get sick.

  5. 5.If any one of us is sick, it effects the whole.

  6. 6.Cutting ourselves off from the whole is a form of insanity (and death).

  7. 7.Sanity is serving the whole and ourselves at the same time.


  1. 1. A community with intention can change the world.

  2. 2. The predicament of humanity gives rise to aliveness and intention.

  3. 3. The innate urge to survive and thrive is Life’s most basic intention.

  4. 4. To survive and thrive as community, fulfills a deep longing.

  5. 5. Natural laws frame what is required of us to survive and flourish.

  6. 6. No one has the whole truth about anything; only a piece of it.

  7. 7. We get closer to the truth through dialogue, reflection and testing.


  1. 1. Without intervention, trends tend to continue.

  2. 2. A “precautionary approach” will minimize or prevent harm.

  3. 3. Accelerating constructive trends enhances all Life. 

  4. 4. Earth’s limits include the limits to humanity’s growth.

  5. 5. Living sustainably enables the planet to support the people on it.

  6. 6. Where both the whole and self are served creates optimal outcomes.

  7. 7. The means we apply are the ends in that making.

Martin Luther King summarized The Greatest Shift Principle of all in March,1976

“We must survive and thrive together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.”

Some Guiding Principles Underlying The Shift


B1–The Big Picture Frame


B2–The Big Picture Vision

B3–Guiding Shift Principles

B4–Earth’s Overriding Rules

Exercise: Pick one

Think of a principle that...

  1. a.applies across many situations and circumstances.

  2. b.fits with a vision YOU have.

  3. c.runs contrary to what YOU believe.

  4. d.YOU want to share with others.

  5. e.guides YOU in what you do or don’t do.

  6. f.would lead to the end of all wars.

  7. g.would stimulate living sustainably.

  8. h.would lead to zero waste.

  9. i.would shift an economic system in a new direction

  10. j.would lead to global sustainable prosperity

  11. k.would make a “market” economy work better for people?

The Precautionary Principle

The Shift in Action

The big picture illuminates the fundamental principles for right SHIFT action.

From this higher level of consciousness we can see the way things are in the right perspective, and from there rises hope, inspiration, possibility and action.

These intelligent guiding principles put us all on the same page where the shift work carries on. We each play a part, and together make the difference needed.

What are these relational, directional and action guiding principles? And where will they take us?

Well Being: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath, Jim Harter

Much of what we think will improve our well-being is either misguided or just plain wrong.

Contrary to what many people believe, wellbeing isn't just about being happy. Nor is it only about being wealthy or successful. And it's certainly not limited to physical health and wellness. In fact, focusing on any of these elements in isolation may drive us to frustration and even a sense of failure.

When striving to improve our lives, we are quick to buy into programs that promise to help us make money, lose weight, or strengthen our relationships. While it might be easier to treat these critical areas in our lives as if they operate independently, they don't. Gallup's comprehensive study of people in more than 150 countries revealed five universal, interconnected elements that shape our lives:

The Five Essential Elements

•Career Wellbeing

•Social Wellbeing

•Financial Wellbeing

•Physical Wellbeing

•Community Wellbeing

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By the time you finish reading this book, you should have a better understanding of what makes life worthwhile. This will enable you to enjoy each day and get more out of your life -- and perhaps most importantly, boost the wellbeing of your of your friends, family members, colleagues, and others in your community.

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  1. peace well being

how nature’s laws operate unerringly to bring about the way it is, whether we acknowledge that or not.