Journeys of the Spirit® February 1st, 2012 Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? Let Us Dare to do the Impossible!

Every once in a while I hear someone speak who is simply lovely to listen to.

Obura Tongoi is one of those people.

I encourage you to listen to his daring, inspirational and encouraging words. I hope you enjoy (and let me know what you think below).



Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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EVENTS, FREE VIDEO-CLASSES & NEW PROGRAMS!



Soul*Full Sisters – Spirituality & Photography by the Sea: Agua Nicaragua
March 29-Apr 3, 2012

Women's Retreat Agua Nicaragua

Join photographer Catherine Just, spiritual author Sheri Rosenthal, and a bevy of Soul*Full Sisters for this heart-centered creative spiritual retreat. Through the medium of photography and sacred spiritual space we will explore our creative process in a nourishing, non-judgmental and FUN environment. It’s about finding your true passion and artistic voice even if you have never taken a picture or drawn a straight line in your life.

Each day we’ll explore opening our heart-space while setting those harsh inner thoughts to rest. Using gentle journaling, ceremony, group circles, Sheri’s spiritual sharings, and Catherine’s playful photo assignments – we’ll let go of any preconceived ideas of what we can or cannot create in life and open to the energy of infinite consciousness as it expresses through each one of us!

Located on the secluded beach of Redonda Bay, Agua Nicaragua Retreat Center was designed to place you into the heart of nature, and allow you to enjoy an up close and rare personal experience of what is becoming an increasingly endangered habitat. At night, it’s easy to fall asleep lulled by the crashing waves which you can hear from your bedroom!

The 2012 trip cost is: $1685.00-$1945.00 USD per person double occupancy, massage, volcano trip, & all meals included. LAST CALL LADIES!!

Details for Soul*Full Sisters here.


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SHERI’S ARTICLE


ARE YOU A VICTIM OF LOVE?!

Start Loving

I’m concerned. And you should be too. You are receiving not-so-subtle messages in your popular music that are encouraging you to stay a victim in your life. The music is so engaging that you don’t recognize what is happening unless you have the awareness to actually hear what you are singing along to.

I was driving in the car with a girlfriend this week and we had the radio on. She started singing along to Lady Antibellum’s current hit “Need You Now.” As I was listening I could not believe anyone would want to sing those lyrics or even admit that they could relate to the storyline of the song. The song reinforces many of the lies we have been taught about love and I feel it is important to shine the light of truth upon them – especially since Valentine’s Day is upon us!


In case you are not familiar, these are two of the choruses of the song:

It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now
Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don’t know how I can do without
I just need you now

It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now
Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don’t know how I can do without
I just need you now
Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothin’ at all

So let’s talk about the beliefs this song is supporting!


  • First of all you are never alone. If indeed you choose to believe in the oneness of life and all consciousness – then you would never use that language to describe your condition since it is not truth.
  • Love is not neediness. The truth is you need no one, but as social animals we enjoy the company of others. Feelings of neediness surface when you take the position of the ego-mind which feels separate and alone and “needs” another to feel complete – like you a half running around looking for your other half. In the end, there is no one in the world who can rescue you from your neediness except your own self love.
  • You are not at the mercy of your body or your mind. That is utter nonsense – the idea of not being in control of your body or mind only means that you feel victimized by the gifts (your body & your mind) that Spirit gave you to navigate this reality with. If in any moment you have the desire to have sex you would not run out and sleep with someone – would you? If your mind makes a proposal you do not have to be compelled to follow through on it – right? To say that you’ve lost control is not truth. What you are actually saying is that you chose to fall asleep, lose all your awareness, and forget that you are the life force that is in control of your body and your mind.
  • There is no justification for not taking responsibility for your life that I am going to believe. I don’t care how much whiskey a person consumes – that does not abdicate us from our responsibility to be conscious of what we are creating in life.
  • If you are hurting it is because you are choosing to take your situation personally. When you do that you are using life’s circumstances to hurt yourself. If you want to do that rather than being happy – of course that is up to you.
  • If you are ending a relationship it is because it is not working for one or both parties. In that case you are free to have the opportunity to meet someone else who really wants to be with you. Who in their right mind wants to stay in a relationship with someone who does not want to be with us – regardless of how much we may have loved them? Where is our self-respect? There are 7 million people in the world – if you can’t find someone in that crowd to date, and you need to beg to stay with someone who does not want to be with you, that is heartbreaking and needs to change. When you truly love someone you let them go because you want them to be happy – even if you are grieving the end of that relationship. True love is unselfish.



Love unconditionally

I’m aware that some of what I am sharing may be difficult to swallow. We often chose non-awareness so that we can avoid taking responsibility for our life. In fact, responsibility has a bad rap in general in our society. However – I have changed my beliefs to reflect my joy in recognizing that I am Spirit embodied – and I have the power to create what I want in my life. And because of that I do not want to sing a song about being a victim when I have worked so hard to be a creator. I hope you feel the same way too! 🙂

Have a fabulous Valentines Day and please post your thoughts below – I am very curious as to how you feel about all this!

Blessings & love, Sheri Rosenthal


Picture of start loving thanks to Vishwaant
Picture of sick love thanks to Xanetia

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OUR MENU OF UPCOMING FABULOUS ADVENTURES!

~MARCH VOYAGES~

Tantric Shamanism Retreat Mar de Jade

Trance Dance – Opening the Chakras to the Energies of 2012
Mar de Jade, Mexico
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
March 3-10th, 2012

dalailama4

The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Dharamsala, India
Trip Leader: Lisa Tully
March 6-24th, 2012

Women's Retreat Agua Nicaragua

Soul*Full Sisters – Spirituality & Photography by the Sea
Agua Nicaragua
Trip Leader: Catherine Just & Sheri Rosenthal
March 29-Apr 3, 2012

~APRIL TRAVELS~

Lina Vallejo

Skanda Yoga Retreat – Portals of Power!
Teotihuacan, Mexico
Trip Leaders: Ken von Roenn III & Lina Vallejo
April 11-18th, 2012

Sedona Spiritual Journey

Goddess Healing Spiritual Retreat
Sedona, Arizona
Trip Leader: Shanti Gilbert
April 29-May 4th, 2012

~MAY SOJOURNS~

Chichen Itza

Shamanic Healing Techniques in the Heart of the Mayan Lands
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
May 17-22, 2012

~JUNE JAUNTS~

Oregon Coast

Soul*Full Women’s Photography Retreat
Oregon Coast
Trip Leader: Catherine Just
June 6-10th, 2012

Stonehenge

A Women’s Sacred Journey to Avalon
Sacred Britain
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Cameron Broughton
June 14-22nd, 2012

~JULY JOURNEYS~

Isla Espiritu Santo

Sisterhood, Sand & Sun!
Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja, Mexico
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
July 1-7, 2012

~AUGUST ADVENTURES~

Akashic Records Intensive

Akashic Records Intensive – Opening the Secrets of the Stones
Teotihuacan, Mexico
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
August 9-19th, 2012

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10 Comments

  1. Me'Shi says:

    Hi Sheri,
    Just loved your article entitled, “Are You a Victim of Love?” What a terrific point about the emotionally and mentally unhealthy music that we are inundated with on a daily basis! In honesty, I really don’t listen to music all that much because I am an avid talk radio show listener, but I was just having a serious discussion with my daughter about a song that she was listening to when I was riding in her car by Mary J. Blige entitled “I love my Mr. Wrong.” From the name of the song, I’m sure you can imagine the sickness that lie in the lyrics of a song like that. Thanks so much for the column on this subject. I am conducting a healthy relationship seminar on Feb 14th and I will be sure to include a section in it about the mindless media messages that we are subjected to that feeds unhealthy and faulty thinking about our sense of self. Thank you!

    Me’Shi

  2. Willene says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!! As always Sheri right on target. I remember the first time I heard that song and thought……did it really just say that. The tune and singer’s voice is just so lovely. Thanks for speaking out. May I post the article on my website.

    Willene

    • Dear Willene,
      Yes, her voice is amazing – but the message definitely makes me step back. Yes you may post the article on your website simply put the following attribution at the bottom:
      Blessings & love, Sheri Rosenthal
      Dr. Sheri Rosenthal is life coach and spiritual travel consultant helping people reawaken, recreate, and redirect their lives. When they work with her they get a passport to greater clarity, self-trust, and a renewed passion for life! She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Toltec Wisdom and Banish Mind Spam! You can reach her at http://www.journeysofthespirit.com

  3. Sheri, I am so in your camp on this! Song lyrics do so often promote a victim mentality. And yes, self-love is what empowers us to be present in our love for another. Looking forward to our joint venture in Peru! Right now we’re leading a workshop in Jamaica – don’t ask about the song lyrics here! Luckily they’re difficult to understand.. 😉
    xo Diana

  4. Teresa Husband says:

    What beautiful words Sheri. I too believe that taking responsibility empowers our soul. When we are not accepting our own personal responsibility usually spirit steps in and brings reality front and center. It is our soul’s journey to completely empower and bring into balance our being. That is my goal for the year….to bring balance into all aspects of my life. Teresa

  5. J says:

    Sheri,
    Thank you for that. Music has influenced my life a great deal. With a lot of my beliefs and agreements,and assumptions. Not taking someones actions personally, is a gift. When I’m sleeping I believe that what someone does is because of me. When I’m aware I realize it its because they want to do it, or they believe it. The part of the pill that needed more water is the part of self respect and someone wanting to be with you. When we don’t respect ourselves you can believe lip service from someone when there actions aren’t saying I’m just with you. But the gift is seeing with awareness what you are taking personally, and what you believe. For fun I change the words to love songs so its like I’m singing them to myself. I change the radio or sing a different song when something is being played that is honing against my integrity. In my home I don’t tolerate it at all. I grew up listening to all rap and R&B. Now I enjoy feel good thought improving music. So with rap I’ve censored down to a few artists. And R&B I am very, very selective! So those genres are 10% of what I listen to now.

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