22.10.2013 Consciousness

Conscious evolution at UPLIFT Festival 2013

UPLIFT Festival returns to Byron Bay with lineup of leading evolutionary thinkers

At a crucial time in our collective history, the inaugural UPLIFT Festival in Byron Bay in December 2012 was an expanded celebration of love and humanity. It brought together some of the finest evolutionary leaders from around the globe who joined with thousands who felt the call for a positive shift for Planet Earth.

UPLIFT returns to Byron Bay again this year, from December 12-15, for another four days of inspiration, celebration and positive action. Featuring an impressive lineup of presenters, including Anita Moorjani, author of Dying To Be Me, Dr Bruce Lipton, author of Proof of Heaven, Dr Eben Alexander and the inimitable Dr Patch Adams, this year's festival is a rare opportunity to connect with such evolutionary leaders in one space.

UPLIFT 2013 is a participatory event that supports a deep understanding and knowing that we are all fully connected to each other and that the essential truth of Oneness is the foundation of all life. The festival weaves together a tapestry of disciplines to stimulate mind, body and heart, featuring experts from the fields of science, wellness, art, music, ecology, new economics, indigenous culture, the wisdom of youth and more.

One inspirational speaker will be 2012 New York Times bestselling author Anita Moorjani. Her book, Dying to Be Me, is based upon her experience of 'crossing over' in 2006, in the final hours of a four year battle with cancer that had ravaged her body.

Given merely hours to live, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth, and was given a choice of whether to return to life or continue on into death. Anita chose to return with the new understanding that 'heaven' is a state, not a place and within days returned to perfect health.

Her remarkable NDE (Near Death Experience) is one of the most amazing cases ever recorded, which she will share at UPLIFT 2013, along with the wisdom and insights it can teach us all.

Joining Anita is another New York Times bestselling author, Oprah guest, former spiritual sceptic and academic neurosurgeon, Dr Eben Alexander III. In the predawn hours of November 10, 2008, Dr Alexander was driven into coma by a rare and mysterious bacterial meningitis-encephalitis. When he emerged from the coma seven days later, it was with the incredible clarity that we are conscious in spite of our brain - in fact, consciousness is at the root of all existence.

His story resulted in his book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife and offers a crucial key to the understanding of reality and human consciousness, which has a major effect on how we view spirituality, soul and the non-material realm.

Returning to UPLIFT in 2013 after the release of his recent book, Honeymoon Effect, is stem cell biologist, bestselling author and international leader in the bridging of science and spirit, Bruce Lipton PhD.

He shares the stage with medical visionary Patch Adams, the man who had last year's audience dancing to rock and roll by the end of his inspiring 2012 address. Both a medical doctor and a clown, Patch is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America's healthcare system, believing that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. Lastly, anyone who visited UPLIFT 2012 will not forget the incredibly passionate and moving work of 12 year old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Earth Guardians, who inspired everyone with his enormous energy and dedication to helping heal our planet. Recently awarded the Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award, Xiuhtezcatl instils belief in the power of our new generations to lead the world towards a truly environmentally sustainable solution.

The UPLIFT Festival also features a full program of inspiring lectures, interactive talks and dynamic panel discussions, plus ongoing sessions featuring yoga, dance, devotional chants, sound therapy, art workshops and a dynamic youth space.

The evening is devoted to the best of world music and uplifting dance beats from international musicians and world class Australian acts including Deva Premal and Miten who are playing their only Australian show for 2013 at UPLIFT.

The 2013 UPLIFT Festival provides a meeting place for conscious evolutionaries to share, celebrate and dream in the world that we want to create, live in and hand onto our children. www.upliftfestival.com