Journeys of the Spirit® August 3, 2011 Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW? Great News from Egypt! This March we cancelled our journey to Egypt since it was scheduled right in the middle of the beginning of the protests and as a result we decided to reschedule the trip for March 8-18th, 2012. Our wonderful operator in Egypt (a dear friend of mine whose family I consider to be my family), just wrote me to share some wonderful news.
Dear Sheri, We are so pleased to announce that we served 228 travelers this July alone. With fewer tourists in the country, our spiritual travelers were able to enjoy touring the different temples and tombs with fewer crowds and at some sites it felt like a private tour! Even with a few protestors present in Tahrir Square, we were able to visit the Egyptian Museum, and go around Tahrir Square witnessing history unfolding with our own eyes.
We felt very safe and welcomed everywhere we went. I am very pleased with the progress Egypt has made over the past 6 months. Egyptians are dreaming of a brighter future and look forward to harvesting what started on January 25th. As we build our country’s future there will be ups and downs, but throughout history Egypt has surprised and amazed the world with what it can do – and I am proud to be part of that! Thank you Sheri for your continuous support, prayers and cooperation, we really appreciate it. Blessings, Mohammed.
If you have been dreaming of a spiritual journey to Egypt, this is the perfect time to go! Samvedam, our facilitator for this journey is so excited to be supporting the Egyptian people. Egypt is an amazing country with proud and strong people who love sharing their past, present and future. I hope you will consider taking advantage of this special opportunity.
**Last of all, I’m looking for folks to ask me a question that I can answer on video! If I choose YOUR question to answer I will send you a gift! ♥
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PERU & MACHU PICCHU: The Heart & Soul of Pachamama – Oct 13-23rd
- Use the energies of these powerful sacred sites to illuminate the divine within you?
- Move from the dark underworld of your own mind to the clarity of spiritual consciousness?
- Stand in the magnificence of Machu Picchu and the spirits of the Apu’s?
- Incorporate the the three levels of the Inca’s mythology of transcendence in your life?
Are you ready to…
If so – you will be joined on this journey by Carol Rydell, and our guide, Romulo Castilla a Peruvian Shaman, a great source of the ancient Inca teachings and traditions. Along with several other local shamans, you will participate in heart-opening ceremonies to help you connect with the spirit of the land and Pachamama.
There will also be the opportunity to have healing sessions with Romulo who practices Pranic Healing, a simple yet powerful and effective no-touch energy healing.
Extend your stay (visit Aramu Muro & the Floating Islands)!
Join us in Lake Titicaca, October 23-25th
Peru is said to be the “morning of the new sun” – the portal through which rays of the new light will begin to awaken humanity to a new consciousness. Come be with us for healing and transformation at one of the earth’s most powerful and sacred vortexes of energy, where Inti the sun god unites with Pachamama, the Andean mother earth. In celebration of 2012, it is important to be in the heart-centered energy of of Machu Picchu during these turbulent times. Extension to Lake Titicaca available 23-25th!
Trip cost: $2995.00 USD double occupancy most meals included and internal airfare (early-bird special!). Sign-up TODAY (August 1st) – the main trip price is going up to $3395.00!! Details for Peru here!
OUR UPCOMING FREE TELECLASSES!
~How to Live an Impeccable Warrior’s Life!~
♥Join me – Thursday, August 4th at 8:30 pm eastern, 5:30 pacific time for a powerful free teleclass. We’ll be talking about: Impeccability! Have you read The Four Agreements and find it hard to put the first agreement into action? Are you unclear how being impeccable can make a difference in the quality of YOUR life? Do you understand the relationship between loving boldly and living impeccably?
Living impeccably means to not go against ourselves or others. As spiritual warriors, we know that it is the birthright of all humans to be free, and yet that freedom is not laid at our feet. We must do our part to claim it. If our actions are always impeccable, then there is no doubt that we can reach freedom. On this important call, you’ll learn why impeccability is a warrior’s most important tool, the six directions impeccability extends into your life, and the six qualities of love that represent its unconditional expression.
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~How to Find Your Peace in a Sea of Uncertainty!~
♥Join join renowned author, shaman & artist Fu-Ding Cheng and shaman-ess, artist, & teacher Linda Jacobson and I on Thursday, September 1st (date change!!) at 8:30pm eastern, 5:30pm pacific time for a wonderful teleclass on: How to Find Your Peace in a Sea of Uncertainty!
Linda and Fu-Ding believe: We don’t have control over the madness of the world, but we have infinite control over how we choose to react to it! By the end of this call you will have a deeper understanding of how you can feel comfortable in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. (Linda & Fu-Ding are facilitating the Palenque, Mexico: A Shamanic Portal to 2012 – Dec 8-13th.)
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Spirituality & Religion – Faith & Belief
Although many of us are deeply spiritual, we would be hard-pressed to say we were religious – in other words, that we were adherents of a particular belief system and practice. Growing up, you may have found aspects of your family’s religion that didn’t sit well with you, seemed conflicting or even down-right insane. The inconsistencies in what you were learning may not have aligned with what you felt deep in your heart.
As a result, you may have decided to let those structures go and simply be “spiritual” allowing yourself the freedom to explore and discover for yourself, rather than being instructed “on the way it is.” Sound familiar?
Well, I’ll admit I’m one of those people. Over the years, many of my friends and family have felt that I have abandoned my faith and beliefs in God/Spirit/Infinite Consciousness and of course they are correct. In fact I am extremely happy to rid myself of all faith and belief when it comes to both spirituality and religion and I’d like to share why.
To start, let’s take a moment to define both faith and belief so we can be VERY clear about our communication together!
Faith is a belief that is not founded in any evidence.
A Belief is simply something you have a conviction about which may or may not be truth.
Hummm. I don’t see why it’s necessary to take it on faith or have a belief that God/Spirit/Infinite Consciousness exists. Doesn’t it make more sense to have the experience of Spirit ourselves than to believe a religious or spiritual system on blind faith? As a society, do we believe that it’s only possible for the great masters to connect to the very thing that is inherent to us all? No religion actually says that an intermediary is necessary between us and Spirit (although at times that might seem to be inferred). Because if that is so – then we are saying that we believe “I am not” rather than “I am” divine consciousness.
The key is to make that connection with infinite consciousness for yourself. Then it’s no longer necessary to have faith or a belief. But if you have memorized your religious beliefs and there is nothing behind them – that is simply being attached to a belief for the sake of feeling safe in the world. When given the opportunity to detach from our ego-minds, it is our very nature to have communion with divine consciousness. Only our rigid attachment to our ideas, beliefs, rules and “knowledge” about God, keep us separate from God.
It’s challenging to put religious or spiritual principles into action when we haven’t had the experience to ground them into our daily lives. That’s why many folks who follow a religious or spiritual belief system don’t live the teachings and appear hypocritical. It’s tough to live what you have never experienced, and really it’s not their fault as they are doing their best at the level of consciousness they are functioning from – it’s the system’s error.
I feel blessed to have a teacher who did not want me to believe him but instead pushed me to practice quieting my mind and making that connection myself. I am so grateful because now I know with every cell in my body that such a consciousness exists (because that exists within me and in every living being) – even though I cannot tell you what that entity is – as we will never be able to define that which is infinite in nature.
What I recognize is that the last thing we need is more mind and behavioral controls, more belief systems, and more egoic structures to take us away from truth. And what I pray for is more experienced teachers, and their unconditional love and encouragement that this communion is possible for all – regardless of what tradition they hail from. Please share your thoughts with me below – I am curious as to what you feel!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY BIRD SPECIALS!
~SOUL-STIRRING SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~
ZION NATIONAL PARK: Art & Spirit Painting Retreat
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 14-18th, 2011 (price goes up August 1st!)
HAVASUPAI FALLS GRAND CANYON: Living Fearlessly
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Sept 20-26th, 2011
DOLORES, CO: Revolution! Intuitive Awareness & Communication Retreat
Trip Leader: Kathy Knowles & Joy Valenti Kochmer
Sept 24-28th, 2011
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
PERU & MACHU PICCHU: The Heart & Soul of Pachamama
Trip Leader: Carol Rydell
October 13-23rd -Lake Titicaca extension Oct 23-25th (price goes up Aug 1st!)
SANTORINI, GREECE: Inspire Your Creative Soul!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
October 14-21st, 2011 (price goes up August 1st!)
DHARAMSALA, INDIA: The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile NEW!
Trip Leaders: Lama Buga Tire & Lisa Tully
Oct 21-Nov 7th
DAY OF THE DEAD: Oaxaca Mexico: A Celebration of Life!
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Oct 29th-Nov 6th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
MAYAN RIVIERA: Prayer Beads & Altars
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Kathy Benson
Nov 9-15th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~HEART-OPENING DECEMBER TRAVELS~
TULUM, MEXICO: Atmananda Yoga Retreat NEW!
Trip Leaders: Jhon Tamayo
Dec 3-10th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
PALENQUE, MEXICO: A Shamanic Portal to 2012
Trip Leaders: Fu-Ding Cheng & Linda Jacobson
Dec 8-13th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~HEART-WARMING JANUARY ADVENTURES 2012~
ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA: Unconditional Love in Action
Trip Leader: David Ault
January 30 – February 9th (price goes up Oct 1st, 2011!)