Anneloes Smitsman (Ph.D.c, LLM), is Founder, CEO, Vision Keeper and Wholeness Coder for EARTHwise Centre. She is a published author, storyteller, evolutionary systems scientist, thrivability systems architect, and a global catalyst for developing our Future Creative capabilities and Leadership for a Thrivability World. She holds a Masters degree in Law & Political Science from Leiden University (the Netherlands), and is currently finalising her Ph.D at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Her PhD dissertation is titled “Into the Heart of Systems Change”. From this PhD research, Anneloes developed a “Transition Plan for a Thrivability Civilisation”, which is already gaining international interest for the innovative guidance it provides.
Anneloes is also a powerful teacher of Evolutionary Leadership, Sacred Feminine, Social Innovation, and Transformational Change, along with her work in thrivability sciences, which recognizes Life as a unified reality. Her unique programs, teachings, thrivability design principles, and consciousness actualizing practices have empowered people and organisations from around the world to step into their greatness and actualize our genius.
She is the author of the Amazon International Bestseller “Love Letters from Mother Earth – The Promise of a New Beginning”, a collection of 13 Letters in the voice of our Earth Mother for the actualization of our collective wisdom potentials. She was recently awarded the “Africa’s Women Leaders Citation 2018”, by CMO Asia & World Women Leadership Congress.
Her deepest commitment is Love in Action, as shared in her TEDx talk. To stand together united for issues that deserve and require our deepest care and shared responsibility. This application becomes visible in the way she carries her many evolutionary leadership responsibilities.
She is a founding member of the Creative Board of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and serves on the Board of Global Education Futures Initiative. She is part of the core Team of the Tipping Point Festival and is a member of the Global Change Leaders network, and served in 2018 as evolutionary judge for the Evolutionary Future Challenge.
This presentation summarises my PhD research "Into the Heart of Systems Change".
"The Love Letters from Mother Earth" series is written by Anneloes Smitsman to guide us into the heart of our humanity to discover the essence of who we are from a planetary perspective. Within 12 hours of its launch “The Promise of a New Beginning” made it to the top 10 of Amazon International Bestsellers in two categories, and has been endorsed by Dr Jean Houston, Dr Lawrence Bloom, Chief Phil Lane, and Dr Jude Currivan as a book that will change your life and guide you Home. Through these Letters, we receive the wisdom and support that our planet, as a caring and conscious Mother, shares for this challenging time.
My life has been full with incredible encounters and many unusual events that have been preparing me for the Call I have now answered. The events that I am sharing here highlight my own preparation and the deeper pattern of my life. My deepest commitment is the full blossoming of our Human Family from within our membership with Life, with loving care for our Mother Earth and the countless other beings who are our family too. To give birth to a new time and new world, which is born from unity, by the power of Love and for the Good of the Whole.
I was born and raised in the Netherlands in a family who deeply loves and supports me. I have always felt closely attuned to the spiritual dimensions of Life through my time in Nature and with the animals that were close to my house. Since I was little my intuitive abilities were active, and I would see, hear, and experience the multi-dimensional realms of Life beyond our human worlds. I often experienced the future before it happened.
What is unfolding now as our planetary crisis, came to me in the form of visions and dreams more than 30 years ago. I was shown then the mass migrations, the rising water, the increasing heat, the collapse of our planetary ecosystems, the shifting of the poles, and the increasing tensions between people. Sometimes those dreams were so vivid that I would wake in tears not understanding why and how this could be stopped. I felt a deep identity crisis within my own humanity around the age of 14, as I noticed those same destructive tendencies and mechanisms to close our heart and turn away from each other, were also present in me. At one stage it became so dark that I even wondered whether death would not be a better option. I remembered then my deep sense of unity with Nature and the Spirit realms since I was little, which gave me the strength to keep going.
During an eye surgery at the age of 5 I had a vivid experience and vision of the Eternal Garden and Tree of Life and the love that was present from there. During a second surgery 6 months later, I experienced the exact opposite, a wheel of suffering and delusion that would keep us turning around yet never reaching the centre to rejoin this sacred Garden that I had experienced so vividly during my first surgery. I had no idea then, how those two opposite experiences would impact my life. During this same period there were also several unusual encounters and messages, which I did not understand until 20 years later. I made a commitment then deep inside myself to always remain open and connected with this Eternal Garden. I also felt determined to figure out why this wheel of suffering, and how to get out of its entrapments. How to reset the code for new experiences that are loving, peaceful, and generative.
After those two surgeries many more health challenges followed, which concerned my body's neurological system, which doctors did not know how to resolve. At the age of 10, I started to study piano and noticed that music would give me a doorway through time, to experience our collective consciousness at each of the important intervals of our human story. Music became like reading a live history book. I was fascinated what happened as I opened to the inspiration coming through the music, yet this also opened that wheel of pain and I felt the darkness of the human suffering again. Something inside me started to awaken, to make a difference.
I was introduced to leadership at a very early age. When I was only 16 years old after many selection rounds I was chosen together with 12 other youth leaders to represent the Netherlands in the European Youth Parliament, where we provided input directly to the European Parliament. For the two years that followed, we travelled around Europe, and met with many different Ministers, Ambassadors and Heads of State. I was also selected during that period as Provincial President for the Province of Gelderland in the Netherlands, to prepare new youth leaders.
When the international organizers noticed my ability to inspire and bring people together in a shared Vision that activates our deepest calling they asked me to start organizing European Concerts for the European Youth Parliament Sessions, to bring us all together through the shared language of music and arts. This was an incredible experience. Since we often could not understand each other's mother language, we would experience our Togetherness through the music and our hearts and minds opened and connected in ways that showed us our collective strength and leadership possibility for a Future where all of us can live as One Human Family, inclusive of our differences (variety).
After one of our concerts in Hungary, the organizer of the famous Edinburgh Art Festival invited me to come as his special guest and have a direct experience behind the scenes and meet with all the celebrities invited there to explore more fully the deeper purpose of my own life. I was only 19 years old and had just finished secondary school. During the memorable 3 weeks that followed, I personally met with the famous actress Emma Thompson, the former Director of Trinity College of Music and famous pianist John Bingham (who offered me a placement at Trinity College of Music as his student), and the not so well known leader of the Romanian Revolution who was the Director of the Shakespeare company in Romania during the regime of Ceaușescu.
All these people made a deep impression on me and during a magical full moon at the Scottish Highlands, this revolution leader from Romania told me his story. He shared how he could lead the revolution because the people used to come to his theatre every Sunday as a place to dream of a better world and Future, and through this process, he had earned their trust. They felt they could trust in him with their hearts. The army knew this and when the time came to topple the regime of Ceaușescu, the army asked him to lead the revolution and followed behind him with the people to the Capital City where they took control. He agreed to serve in this role on the condition that he would not be made into a politician, and true to his word he left after new leaders were elected.
I eventually decided not to became a pianist and enrolled in Law school in a small program, which was at Leiden University for those who wanted to become diplomats. During my last year of my Masters in Law, I went to South Africa. Apartheid had just finished and the Truth and Reconciliation,(TRC) process had just started. This was 1996. I got closely involved in this process as one of the most promising Indigenous African male students got murdered during a party where I attended a few hours before. I felt intuitively something bad was going to happen and went home early. The next morning, I was informed of what took place. During the funeral that followed where thousands of people attended in a very emotional ceremony, I stood at the back of the line, feeling shy as a foreigner to be there, but was told I must come in support. Suddenly a lady took me by the arm and said, "You, come with us". I replied, "Me? ..., but I don't even know the young man, I only met him for a few hours during the party before he was murdered". She insisted and seemed not to hear what I said. She took me by the arm and brought me into the church, just behind the close family of this young man. She said, "you sit here, this is your place". I was puzzled, why was I there?
What followed, I cannot describe in words but my intuitive powers opened wide and somehow I received the information with very clear instructions for how to resolve the murder case and keep the evidence safe, which I shared with the family of the man who was murdered. As I knew too much, I later had to flee the country to save my life. Shaken deeply about the many events in my young life, I went onto my own Quest to better understand my spiritual abilities and explore the worlds of consciousness. I moved to Australia and remained there for 8 years. This began my long process of learning from Indigenous Wisdom Traditions, and in particular the Australian Aborigines. I met many wonderful people and received training in the Buddhist & Dzogchen teachings, Kriya Yoga, the Usui & Karuna Reiki Master Teacher Training, homeopathy, herbalism, vibrational medicines, shamanic visioning and healing, and received Australian Aboriginal womanhood initiations.
Many years later my path brought me to Mauritius for personal reasons, and I was brought in contact again with information that had serious implications for the lives of many people. I was introduced to the descendants of the Maroons and slaves in Mauritius to support them in explaining an important draft policy document and the implications of this for their cultural and ancestral heritage. They shared with me how their true legacy and oral history had not been honoured and told me confidentially the true events of what had happened on a sacred Mountain, called Le Morne Mountain, and how this became a beacon of hope and courage for the fight against slavery and oppression around the world. This Mountain and their Heritage was at risk of being sold off to property developers with a lot of financial interests.
The true story of what really happened on and around this Sacred Mountain in the early 1800s was never told publicly and officially. Together with one of the local Custodians of this heritage, I started to work probono from behind the scenes and wrote all the official reports for the descendants, and submitted those in their names to honour their rightful role. This gave them the visibility they needed to stand protected as the local Custodians of their Cultural and Ancestral Heritage. Their heritage got acknowledged by UNESCO, and one year later, Le Morne Mountain became enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Place, a few weeks after the birth of my first son. You can read more about this HERE.
A few years later, my path brought me once more to a place of responsibility in catalyzing our collective Journey. This time the Call came through a request for uniting people through an envisioning process for "the Future We Want". I was asked to lead a collective dialogue process for official input in the 2012 RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (SD), and the 2014 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) UN Conference on SD. I had developed a Dialogue Process based on the Indigenous Medicine Wheel Teachings of the 7 Directions, through 5 Steps - Connect, Envision, Engage, Reflect, and Share. I decided to dedicate that process to this cause, and formed a local team in Mauritius for bringing us Together from All Walks of Life in this shared envisioning process. Together we hosted 20 dialogues in 2012 and 2013, with thousands of people. This process guided people into a Journey to experience our Possible Future. The experience for many people was life-changing as they started to see and experience possibilities from Our Future for Our World that many of them never considered. This also supported a deeper collective healing and reunification process. Based on the success in Mauritius, 8 other countries asked me to train them in this dialogue methodology, and eventually in 2013, UNESCO asked me to train their youth leaders for the official Youth input process via UNESCO for the three SIDS regions in our world.
In 2017, I received the Call to share my knowledge, wisdom, and experience about evolutionary and globally leadership in service for the development of our Future Creative Leadership globally, and especially for our Youth. This is what led to the development of our yearly global online Transformation Journeys, and in particular the Leadership Quest, which I facilitate each year now with our Team from EARTHwise Centre. Through this Quest, we also provide full scholarships to our youth future leaders, and indigenous youth and Elders. By sharing and answering the Call, we are growing into a global community of evolutionary leaders dedicated to the co-creation of a Thrivable World from Our Future. Our Quests also bring together our Global Leader Elders through their contributions and live participation, including Dr Jean Houston, Dr Ervin Laszlo, Chief Phil Lane, Diane Longboat, Dr Jude Currivan, and many others.
In 2014, I received a strong call from my European ancestors to explore my spiritual root lineage. I had never explored my Indigenous European heritage in great depth, and had been living away from Europe for a long time. It was time to return home and listen to the voice of my ancestors. Through my partner Dr Kurt Barnes of the Primordial Tradition I was introduced to my heritage of the European Goddess Druidic traditions and the Gnostic Knight Templars and Grail traditions. This started my journey as a High Priestess, through which I learned intimately about the feminine Archetypes and the inner worlds of the Tree of Life and the role of the feminine for this evolutionary time. Following a process of 13 births from the Tree of Life, I was given 13 Love Letters from Mother Earth with three sacred keys for actualising our Unity and the Wholeness Code. Through each birth from the Tree of Life I experienced intimately the deepest Source qualities within our humanity and what has blocked and constrained the full expression of this. This process awakened such a deep love within me for all of Life, the love of the Mother for all of Creation. It took many more years to integrate what I had seen, received and experienced during this deeply transformative period. I had shared with a friend what had happened and she introduced me to Rabbi Joel Bakst who understood where this was rooted from inside the Tree of Life based on the process described in the Kabbalah. Over the years that followed he started to share with me the ancient secrets of the Kabbalah and the feminine formulas that are known by only a few, going back to the time of King Solomon, and before that the Foundation Stone and the interdimensional City of Luz. The Kabbalah is a mystical Jewish tradition. The City of Luz was described as a Shangri-la, and it is said that one can only enter this by consuming the original fruit from the Tree of Life, and not the fruit of duality from the Tree of Knowledge.
This deep love for Life, as a Mother, a woman, and a Custodian is the foundation for everything I do through my life and the inspiration for founding EARTHwise Centre. During the time we are in now, many fear the darkness of birth and the dying of our former worlds. It is precisely during this time that the power of love is activating to full strength. We stand surrounded by the love of our ancestors and countless other beings that stand for humanity’s deepest awakening. It is my great joy and honour to share and offer the fruit of Unity from the Tree of Life through my role as a Luz Priestess. This fruit is formed through divine Love and awakens the heart of our humanity.
Our global online Quests, are bringing people together from all over the world to envision collectively the possibilities we are called to step into from Our Future, through the transmissions from the Tree of Life. We are the Solutionaries and Evolutionary Catalysts for a Better Tomorrow and we cannot step into this by ourselves. We walk each other Home. It is time we receive and eat the fruit of Unity from the Tree of Life, and stop propagating the fruit of duality from the Tree of Knowledge. Now is the Time to re-member deeply. We are the Ones we have been waiting for. The Journey Begins with YOU - Together we create Our World from Our Future!