Shadow to Light: Basic Concepts


The Basic Concepts



The Shadow to Light Program (S2L) is designed to eliminate and transform negative societal, cultural and spiritual energy, while enhancing positive energies.



500 years of industrial scale slavery, colonization and oppression and “I am separate” thinking has left its mark on the human psyche. The consciousness of oppression and separation has crystallized and exists in the very fabric of our modern society.


It is time for us to heal from that.


While tremendous gains have been made in the fields of civil rights, legislation, economic, social and cultural advancement, etc, we are still plagued by the residual energy of the actions and consciousness of the past 500+ years. We refer to this collective negative energy as “The Shadows”.


It is time for us to dispel that energy.


In the past decades, tremendous gains have been made in the field of personal growth and development.  It is time to use the healing technologies for personal growth and development for the collective healing of our societies.  It is time to shine our collective Light.


The purpose of S2L is to transform our society, by directly shifting the negative energy that creates and contributes to our social, cultural and spiritual problems.



Envision a world no longer plagued by the shadows of racism/ Otherism, poverty, violence and depression.


Envision a world economy no longer feeding on the collective Shadows.


Envision human governance no longer dominated by the Shadows.


Envision the opportunity for true peace and security.



In recent decades, we have learned powerful techniques for personal healing and transforming personal energy. It’s time to apply that learning to the healing of our collective negative energy.


S2L entails a combination of different types of energy work, including affirmative declarations, chanting, meditation, and other transformative techniques.

The S2L 2017 Process

  • Starting Fall 2017 (Pilot/Pioneer)
  • Pioneering Unity churches
  • Partnerships with IONS and others
  • Training and certifying local catalysts (12 week course)
  • Conducting S2L Energy Transformation Sessions (once per week)
  • Major rollout: Fall, 2018
    • Formal relationships with UWM, Noetics, AGNT and others.


S2L Pilot:  3-Step Program…

Step 1:  Training the Catalysts/Facilitators

Step 2:  Energy Transformation Sessions (ETS)

Step 3:  Community-Building Activities (“Commons Café”)


Step 1: Training the Catalysts.

  • At least 12 participants per church.
    • Small churches?
  • Reaching beyond church membership.
  • Trained and certified in S2L techniques.
  • 12 weeks, at 2 hours/week.
  • Start: September, 2017.
  • Content:
    • Training recorded before live participants.
  • Local content

The first stage of S2L program will begin in the fall of 2017, with 100 Unity churches, representing all regions in North America, and several international locations.


Using Commonway’s “Releasing the Shadows; Embracing the Light” program, we will train and certify at least one dozen Catalysts in each participating church. They will act to focus and guide the energy.


Unity members will be encouraged to become catalysts.  However, Unity host churches will be encouraged to reach out beyond their membership into the local communities, for a full and diverse program.


Catalysts will be trained and certified in the Shadow to Light techniques.  The training program is 12 weeks, at two hours per week, plus homework.  Training will start in mid-September.




Week 01:  Introduction and Orientation

Week 02:  The Shadow of Violence

Week 03:  The Light of Peace

Week 04:  The Shadow of the Other

Week 05:  The Light of inclusive Community

Week 06:  The Shadow of Lack

Week 07:  The Light of Abundant Enoughness

Week 08:  The Shadow of Death

Week 09:  The Light of Life

Week 10:  The Shadow of Despair

Week 12:  The Light of Deep Fulfillment


Process:  For each week:

  • Introduction and opening meditation
  • Homework discussion
  • Introduction of theme
  • Visual meditation on theme
  • Energy transformation on theme
  • Conclusion


Costs:  The costs per individual for the training program is $120 ($10/week).  (This is 50% lower than the usual program costs.)  Revenue will be applied to Commonway’s development costs for the S2L program.  Costs can be generated in one of two different ways:


  • “Sponsored”:  A host church may decide to be a “sponsor”: purchase a group license that will cover up to 20 participants.  The church will then register participants under that license.  (This can act as a revenue generation stream for registrations over 12.)
  • “Unsponsored”:  If the host church does not sponsor, individuals will be registered directly by Commonway.   (Unsponsored churches avoid the financial risk of sponsorship, but also avoid the possible financial benefits.)


Step 2: Transforming the “Shadow to Light” Energy.

  • Sundays, before or after regular services.
  • Purpose: Actually shift/transform energy of Shadows and bring in Light.
  • Process: 20-30 minutes:
    • Orientation
    • Visual meditation
    • Energy shift affirmations

The Catalysts will organize community volunteers and conduct energy transformation sessions weekly in each participating church, 15 to 20 minutes before regular services. The purpose will be to actually shift and change the energy of the Shadows and bring forth the Light.


Process: For each week:

  • Orientation on theme
  • Visual meditation on theme
  • Energy transformation on theme
  • Conclusion


Step 3: Building Inclusive Community.

Using the “Common Café” dialogue process, the churches and facilitators will establish dialogue sessions in their communities on fundamental issues. The purpose is to bring people together, past the barriers that separate them, into an inclusive community.



Each church will engage in a dialog with other communities in their local area, to discuss and resolve fundamental issues from the point of view of inclusivity.

S2L Churches provide:

  • Consistent time and location.
  • Logistics
  • Local facilitation, including facilitate local discussion (fr prepared materials).
  • Reach out to local groups

Commonway provides:

  • Certification process
  • Training materials, including:
    • Primary training content
    • ETS content
    • “Homework” for certification
    • Weekly discussion points

Energy will shift when S2L reaches “critical mass” — a significant number of people engaged in a coherent attempt at transforming energy.  S2L will use the Internet:

  1. To organize the catalysts and volunteers who are participating in the energy work;
  2. To link regions and continents;
  3. To share and propagate “best practices” and success stories, to boost the effect of S2L.
Measurement and Evaluation:

S2L will use both objective and subjective measurement criteria to gauge the effectiveness of S2L, and to determine the degrees of success for the program.  S2L will partner with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), HeartMath Institute and others to construct and apply evaluative methodologies.


S2L will be funded through a combination of internally generated funds, crowdfunding, revenue from partners and co-sponsors, and foundation support through grants.

Funding is required for:

  • Materials development
  • Catalyst training
  • Networking
  • Administration and communications



Commonway Institute:


Potential Partners:
  • Association of Global New Thought
  • Unity:
    • Unity World Headquarters
    • Unity Urban Ministerial School
    • Unity Worldwide Ministries
    • Individual Unity Churches
  • Institute of Noetic Sciences:
    • Research:  Provides advice on how to structure the research aspects of S2L
    • Community:  Provides access to local community groups  
  • Fetzer Institute
  • HeartMath Institute


Participating Unity Churches:
  1. TBA


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