35 episodes

Impact! is a podcast that creates change WITH our listeners, using the power of prayer and intention to bring about positive change in our world. Each week, we explore one aspect of what it means to pray, offer healing, or send intention out into the world, and by so doing, to actually have an impact. We welcome anyone who wants to play their part in creating peace, harmony and healing in the world.

Impact‪!‬ Ellen Bintz & Clive Johnson

    • Religion & Spirituality

Impact! is a podcast that creates change WITH our listeners, using the power of prayer and intention to bring about positive change in our world. Each week, we explore one aspect of what it means to pray, offer healing, or send intention out into the world, and by so doing, to actually have an impact. We welcome anyone who wants to play their part in creating peace, harmony and healing in the world.

    Myanmar's Struggle: Ethnic Conflicts and Humanitarian Crisis

    Myanmar's Struggle: Ethnic Conflicts and Humanitarian Crisis

    In today's episode, we take a deep dive into the escalating violence in Myanmar, particularly focusing on the persecution of ethnic minorities, including the Rohingya. With over three million people displaced due to conflict, we explore the historical and current context of Myanmar's turmoil and the long-standing ethnic conflicts that continue to ravage the nation to see where we might focus our prayers and intentions.
    We cover the geographical and historical background of Myanmar, the roots of its civil war, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. We also discuss the plight of the Rohingya, described by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as one of the most discriminated groups in the world. We highlight the challenges faced by other ethnic minorities and the complexities of their struggles against the ruling military junta.
    As the UN reports a surge in violence and displacement, we focus our prayers and intentions on the wisdom needed by international actors and the newly appointed UN Special Envoy on Myanmar, Julie Bishop, to navigate a path towards peace. Join us in holding intentions for the people of Myanmar and the international efforts to bring about lasting change.
    Following this episode, we will be taking a two-week break, but we'll return in mid-June with more insights and updates. Stay tuned and stay connected with us through our Facebook group and live intention holding sessions. Thank you for listening and for being part of our collective impact.
    Suggested main focus for intention this week:
    As UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Julie Bishop begins her term, we might bring our main focus for this week to the challenging role she faces in seeking a path to peace:
    We will that UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Julie Bishop and all international actors who may have influence over Myanmar’s military junta leadership and warring ethnic groups, will have wisdom to know how to pursue a path towards peace in that country.
    Please join us in holding this.
    Chapter markers:

    00:00:11


     Initiating Change in the World


    00:01:49


     Understanding Myanmar’s Geography


    00:03:00


     Historical Roots of Conflict


    00:04:22


     Military Control in Myanmar


    00:06:01


     Ethnic Equality Struggles


    00:07:50


     Plight of the Rohingya


    00:12:00


     Other Persecuted Ethnic Minorities


    00:13:47


     Escalating Conflict in Rakhine


    00:15:35


     Deepening Humanitarian Crisis


    00:17:23


     Past Peace Process Failures


    00:19:44


     UN Special Envoy’s Daunting Task


    00:21:04


     Focus on Seeking Peace


    00:21:54


     Suggested Focus for Intention

     
    Sources referenced in this episode:




















     
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-60144957




















     
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41566561
     
    https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/rohingya-crisis
     
    https://www.unrefugees.org/news/rohingya-refugee-crisis-explained/
     
    https://civil-protection-humanitarian-aid.ec.europa.eu/news-stories/stories/5-things-you-need-know-about-myanmars-humanitarian-crisis_en
     
    https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/myanmar-history-coup-military-rule-ethnic-conflict-rohingya
     
    https://www.tni.org/en/article/crisis-in-the-pa-o-region
     
    https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2024/country-chapters/myanmar
     
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/08/24/myanmar-no-justice-no-freedom-rohingya-5-years
     
    https://www.usip.org/publications/2024/02/three-years-after-coup-myanmars-generals-face-existential-crisis
     
    https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/rohingya-crisis-myanmar
     
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/5/8/bleak-milestone-un-says-3-million-forced-to-flee-in-myanmar-conflict
     
    https://myanmarcampaignnetwork.org/situation-update/
     
    https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/05/1149991
     
    https://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/human-rights-situation-weekly-update-may-15-21-2024-enmy
     
    https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/8-%C2%BD-lessons-for-future-peace-in-myanmar.html
     
    https://www.9dashline.com/article/2023-myanmars-prospects-for-

    • 25 min
    Africa Day 2024 Beyond Borders: Unleashing Africa's Global Potential

    Africa Day 2024 Beyond Borders: Unleashing Africa's Global Potential

    Welcome to the latest episode of Impact!, in which we take a deep dive into the profound significance, challenges and opportunities facing Africa as we mark Africa Day, celebrated this year on May 25. Join us as we explore the transformative role Africa is playing in global geopolitics, its unique opportunities, such as being resource-rich and home to a young, tech-savvy and opportunistic population, and its progress and vital role in sustaining and rebooting the global economy.
    We examine the successes of pan-Africanism, and especially the African Union's role in fostering unity and collaborative efforts to navigate shared hurdles like poverty, conflict, and governance issues. 
    Suggested intention focus
    In keeping with the core objectives celebrated on Africa Day, the African Union believes that “we can contribute to [a] vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that plays an influential role in the global arena.”
    Let us join them in holding that, in taking as our key focus for intention this week:
    We will that the governments of all African nations will continue to recognise the value of deep cooperation and commitment to their participation in the work and objectives of the African Union.
    Chapter markers:
    00:00:08 Introduction to Impact00:01:00 Understanding Africa Day00:01:43 Significance of Africa Day00:04:13 Africa’s Strategic Repositioning00:04:21 U.S. and Africa Relations00:04:49 China’s Influence in Africa00:05:26 Africa’s Proactive Global Role00:08:19 Strengthening the African Union00:08:24 Expansion of BRICS Nations00:09:10 Challenges Faced by Africa00:11:26 Impact of Climate Change on Africa00:12:07 Addressing Economic Challenges00:13:19 Overcoming Historical Legacies00:13:55 Africa’s Global Contributions00:14:50 Africa’s Role in the Global Economy00:17:20 Focusing Prayers and Intentions
    Sources referenced in this episode:https://globaldimension.org.uk/calendar/africa-day/2024-05-25 -Africa Day websitehttps://dragonflyintelligence.com/news/africa-instability-risks-across-the-continent/ https://ecdpm.org/work/carving-out-africas-role-emerging-global-order https://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/challenges-facing-africa-climate-change-conflict-and-after-effects-covid-19 https://unctad.org/publication/economic-development-africa-report-2023 https://www.academyofdiplomacy.org/nebraska-ambassadors-forum-/2021--%E2%80%93--africa%27s-role-in-the-contemporary-world https://www.afro.who.int/news/consultation-meeting-provides-objectives-priorities-and-strategic-orientation-who-action https://www.aljazeera.com/program/inside-story/2022/10/18/what-role-does-africa-have-in-a-global-economy https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/africasource/the-african-union-is-at-a-crossroads-its-time-to-seize-its-moment/ https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/issue-brief/reimagining-africas-role-in-revitalizing-the-global-economy/ https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/china-africa https://www.chathamhouse.org/2023/01/china-africa-relations https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/african-union-peace-support-operations-play-an-important-role-in-delivering-peace-and-security-uk-statement-at-the-un-security-council https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/african-union-overview-its-role-structure-objectives-chris-atkins/ https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-political-affairs/bureau-of-african-affairs/ https://www.tralac.org/discussions/article/11690-why-is-25th-may-important-for-african-nations.html https://www.un.org/ohrlls/news/young-people%E2%80%99s-potential-key-africa%E2%80%99s-sustainable-development https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/africas-green-business-opportunities-are-abundant-unep-study-shows https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/speech/africa-has-risen-leadership-role-now-it-can-lead-action
    Join us in person for intenton holding:  
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/events-1 Labyrinth Activist Network Zoom calls  
    https://insighttimer.com/

    • 27 min
    Understanding the Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

    Understanding the Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

    In this edition of Impact!, Ellen and Clive delve into the complex and often overlooked issue of Lebanon's refugee crisis. 
    They discuss potential focal points for healing through our intentions and prayers, including compassionate treatment of refugees, a swift international response, smart diplomacy, and peaceful resolutions to conflicts involving Hezbollah and Israel. The hosts also explore the implications of a recent pledge by the European Union to deliver €1 billion in financial aid to help counteract the crisis.
    Suggested intention
    The European Union aid package may appear generous, but it’s doubtless limited in what it can enable. Given the importance for appropriate use of this money, we suggest holding as our main focused intention this week:
    We will that the Lebanese government and its administrators will be guided in where to distribute and how to coordinate the funding and assistance offered by the European Union in the most equitable way to bring maximum benefit both for its own citizens and the refugees within its borders.
    Please join us in holding this.
    Chapter Markers:
    00:00:03 Introduction00:01:03 Crisis in Lebanon00:07:19 Recent Developments00:14:40 EU Aid Deal00:19:09 Ethical Dilemmas
    Sources referenced in this episode:  
    https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2024/05/02/eu-unveils-1-billion-aid-package-for-lebanon-in-bid-to-curb-refugee-flows
    https://apnews.com/article/lebanon-cyprus-eu-migration-europe-8639a76924445f2d2494684bc8e3b649
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/07/05/lebanon-armed-forces-summarily-deporting-syrians
    https://civil-protection-humanitarian-aid.ec.europa.eu/where/middle-east-and-northern-africa/lebanon_en
    https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/the-syrian-refugee-crisis-in-lebanon-between-political-incitement-and-international-law/
    https://www.unrwa.org/where-we-work/lebanon
    Join us in person for intenton holding:  
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/events-1 Labyrinth Activist Network Zoom calls  
    https://insighttimer.com/cliverj Daily intention holding with Clive on Insight Timer.  
    Our websites:   
    www.heartfulimpact.com/   Our show website.  
    https://globalhealingresponse.com/ Global Healing Response ~ Offers a wealth of prayers, suggested practices and prompts in response to environmental catastrophe, conflict, and other world events.  
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/ Legacy Labyrinth Project ~ Creating global energetic connections through the labyrinth; inspiring active intention sending using the labyrinth via labyrinth activism.  
    https://www.clivejohnsonministry.com/ Clive Johnson Ministry ~ Events and offerings aimed at building beloved community, including weekly energy holding vigils and Power of Eight group.  
    https://insighttimer.com/cliverj ~ Daily intention holding.  
    Impact! Is presented by Ellen Bintz and Clive Johnson. It is produced by Impact Productions.  
    Our show content is hosted by Podbean and available from all major podcast platforms.  
    Our theme music is by Chris Collins. indiemusicbox.com.  
    Our logo artwork is by AltoClassic (Getty Images/istock).  
    Contact us via Facebook Messenger from the Impact! Facebook group, or using any of the contact methods mentioned on our websites.  
    Impact! www.heartfulimpact.com.   
     

    • 21 min
    The Power of the Priestesses (Part 2)–Earth Healing and Light Holding with Sabine Engelhardt

    The Power of the Priestesses (Part 2)–Earth Healing and Light Holding with Sabine Engelhardt

    In the second part of her conversation with Clive, Earth healer and retreat founder Sabine Engelhardt describes how going off grid involves getting away from romantic ideas about nature. While there's great value just being with nature, we need to get our hands dirty for our intuition to be fully reawakened. Sabine shares her fear that humanity is ill-prepared humanity for changes that are approaching, and calls for a return to simpler ways of living and honing our practical skills to face up to this.
    While we can’t predict timeframes for this change, we reflect on some wake-up calls that suggest that it may come much sooner than many may anticipate, and bring about a need for a radical resetting of the collective consciousness and grounding ourselves.
    Yet, in the spirit of free will intention, we may have considerable leeway in determining the nature of this new existence. We can energetically hold and channel the qualities we wish to see in the societies that emerge. And so it is that the work of the three crones from pre-history that first drew Sabine to Croatia remains as important today as it’s ever been.
    Websites, people and organizations mentioned in this episode:    
    Gea Viva, Sabine’s website, giving information about her work and the Gea Viva retreat https://www.geaviva.net/ 
    Retreats and courses at Gea Viva https://www.geaviva.net/retreats-courses 
    Sign up to Sabine’s newsletter on the home page of the Gea Viva website (sign-up form is near the bottom of the page): https://www.geaviva.net/ 
    Watch a HRT (Croatian television) documentary about Gea Viva and Sabine’s work on Brač: https://youtu.be/jyT17ZHJgqI (with English subtitles). 
    Find out about Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments with intention and its affect on water crystals at https://masaru-emoto.net/en/science-of-messages-from-water/ 
    The book mentioned that describes the pre-classical practice of incubation is “Reality” by Peter Kingsley. 
    Join us in person for intenton holding:  
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/events-1 ~ Labyrinth Activist Network Zoom calls  
    https://insighttimer.com/cliverj ~ Daily intention holding with Clive on Insight Timer.  
    Our websites:   
    www.heartfulimpact.com/   ~ Our show website.  
    https://globalhealingresponse.com/ Global Healing Response ~ Offers a wealth of prayers, suggested practices and prompts in response to environmental catastrophe, conflict, and other world events.  
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/ Legacy Labyrinth Project ~ Creating global energetic connections through the labyrinth; inspiring active intention sending using the labyrinth via labyrinth activism.  
    https://www.clivejohnsonministry.com/ Clive Johnson Ministry
    https://insighttimer.com/cliverj ~ Events and offerings aimed at building beloved community, including weekly energy holding vigils and Power of Eight group.  
    Impact! Is presented by Ellen Bintz and Clive Johnson. It is produced by Impact Productions.  
    Our show content is hosted by Podbean and available from all major podcast platforms.  
    Our theme music is by Chris Collins. indiemusicbox.com.  
    Our logo artwork is by AltoClassic (Getty Images/istock).  
    Contact us via Facebook Messenger from the Impact! Facebook group, or using any of the contact methods mentioned on our websites.  
    Impact! www.heartfulimpact.com  

    • 37 min
    A Deep Dive into the US Campus Protests Sparked by the Gaza Conflict

    A Deep Dive into the US Campus Protests Sparked by the Gaza Conflict

    In this insightful episode, we explore the recent wave of campus protests across the United States, ignited by the ongoing conflict in Gaza. We delve into student responses to the crisis, specifically looking at campuses of prestigious universities like Columbia University and Yale. We offer a neutral examination of both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian sentiment rise on US campuses, discussing anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Jewish students' perspectives in the context of these movements.
    We move beyond protest dynamics to scrutinize the underlying demands and motivations, be it calls for institutional divestment or opposition to government policies, and their relationship with the BDS movement. We also shed light on events such as the violence at UCLA, arresting of protest participants, and the resulting impact on education. This episode aims to navigate through the multiple layers of this critical global issue, in our aim to suggest concentrated prayer and intent.
    This in-depth episode also investigates the intricate balance strived for by university administrations and law enforcement amidst the ongoing protests. Concerns over free speech suppression and rights to peaceful assembly have intensified, along with the unsettling rise in anti-Semitism. The role of law enforcement and the restrictions imposed by university authorities, and their influence on the protest momentum, form an integral part of our discussion.
    We further delve into the political implications of these protests, examining President Joe Biden's carefully curated response and the increasing pressure for a firmer stance from Republican opponents. As the potential impact on Biden's reelection bid becomes increasingly complex and divisive, the political aspect of these protests intensifies.
    The response of universities, ranging from negotiation with activists to seeking police enforcement, is also examined. With the escalating trend in anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic hate speech, we confront challenges related to the limits of free speech while pointing out the pressing need for peaceful dialogue. We also discuss the critical role and responsibility universities have in striking a balance between protest allowance and ensuring student safety and uninterrupted education.
    Suggested intention
    Deciding what is acceptable, and in accordance with the principle of free speech and the right to protest, and what crosses the line into threatening the safety of others, incites hatred, and puts unreasonable pressure on authorities to maintain order is a difficult judgement for any free society. Given this difficulty, we suggest holding as our intention this week:
    We will that University presidents, trustees, and others in positions of influence will be guided in their responses to the protests on their campuses.
    Please join us in holding this.
    Chapter markers:
    00:00:10 Introduction
    00:00:17 Host Introduction and Welcome
    00:01:19 Focusing on the Protests
    00:04:23 Recent Protests at U.S. Campuses
    00:07:02 Response to Peaceful Demonstrations
    00:10:13 Understanding the Polarization
    00:11:05 Addressing Anti-Semitism
    00:14:13 Responses from Institutions and Politicians
    00:18:15 Why the Situation is Polarized
    00:20:49 Balancing Freedom and Responsibility
    00:21:23 Holding Intention for Decision-Makers
    Sources referenced for this episode:  

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-faces-pressure-republicans-speak-college-protests/story?id=109833745


    https://abcnews.go.com/US/student-protesters-denounce-antisemitism-amid-criticism-pro-palestinian/story?id=109643275


    https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/jewish-students-grapple-respond-pro-palestinian-campus-protests-109908307


    https://apnews.com/article/gaza-war-campus-protests-966eb531279f8e4381883fc5d79d5466

     

    https://deadline.com/2024/05/saturday-night-live-cold-open-college-protests-1235904688/

     

    https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/03/world/pro-palestinian-university-protests-worldwide-intl-hnk/index.html


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    • 28 min
    The Power of the Priestesses (Part 1)–Earth Healing and Light Holding with Sabine Engelhardt

    The Power of the Priestesses (Part 1)–Earth Healing and Light Holding with Sabine Engelhardt

    In the first of an absorbing two-part conversation, Clive chats to Sabine Engelhardt, whose remarkable calling prompted her to leave her career in architecture to discover a sacred cave on the Croatian island of Brač, and to found a unique retreat center that honours our connection with the Earth and our innate but often forgotten ability to sense and work with Her energies. An inspiring leader of what it means to truly tune into the energies that unite us and which we impact, as we hear in this episode, Sabine’s off-grid life has been strongly empowered through her connection with the Divine Feminine.  
    Websites, people and organizations mentioned in this episode:    
    Gea Viva, Sabine’s website, giving information about her work and the Gea Viva retreat https://www.geaviva.net/ 
    Retreats and courses at Gea Viva https://www.geaviva.net/retreats-courses 
    Sign up to Sabine’s newsletter on the home page of the Gea Viva website (sign-up form is near the bottom of the page): https://www.geaviva.net/ 
    Watch a HRT (Croatian television) documentary about Gea Viva and Sabine’s work on Brač: https://youtu.be/jyT17ZHJgqI (with English subtitles). 
    Find out about Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments with intention and its affect on water crystals at https://masaru-emoto.net/en/science-of-messages-from-water/ 
    Join us in person for intenton holding:  
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/events-1 ~ Labyrinth Activist Network Zoom calls  
    https://insighttimer.com/cliverj ~ Daily intention holding with Clive on Insight Timer.  
    Our websites:  
    www.heartfulimpact.com/   ~ Our show website.   
    https://globalhealingresponse.com/ Global Healing Response ~ Offers a wealth of prayers, suggested practices and prompts in response to environmental catastrophe, conflict, and other world events.   
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/ Legacy Labyrinth Project
    https://www.legacylabyrinthproject.org/events-1 ~ Creating global energetic connections through the labyrinth; inspiring active intention sending using the labyrinth via labyrinth activism.   
    https://www.clivejohnsonministry.com/ Clive Johnson Ministry  
    https://insighttimer.com/cliverj ~ Events and offerings aimed at building beloved community, including weekly energy holding vigils and Power of Eight group.   
    Impact! Is presented by Ellen Bintz and Clive Johnson. It is produced by Impact Productions.   
    Our show content is hosted by Podbean and available from all major podcast platforms.   
    Our theme music is by Chris Collins. www.indiemusicbox.com.
    Our logo artwork is by AltoClassic (Getty Images/istock).   
    Contact us via Facebook Messenger from the Impact! Facebook group, or using any of the contact methods mentioned on our websites.   
    Impact! www.heartfulimpact.com   

    • 35 min

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