Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter February 5th, 2014

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WHAT’S NEW? Another great talent lost…

Philip Seymour Hoffman

I was very sad to hear about the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’ve always enjoyed him and felt he was an amazing actor. Like a chameleon, the ability he had to transform himself into some of the most bizarre and memorable characters was truly unique.

I often ask myself, how unhappy must a person be to be so tempted to do something they know is going to hurt them or even kill them? I know we all hurt ourselves with our actions to varying degrees – but hopefully with awareness we can do our best to not go down those roads, and if we do, at least have the wherewith-all to ask for help.

Maybe the moral of this story is to encourage us to take a moment and look inside and get real with ourselves so that we make sure we are committed to self-love and self-respect. I’m curious how you feel about this – do post below and let me know!

Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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Workshop: Creating Your Dream Life for 2014!
March 8-9th New Orleans, LA


Creating your dream life!Let’s face it – everyone wants to live a good life right? We want the best for ourselves and our family – but often as we travel the path of life we give up our dreams and desires in favor of what we believe others want for us – rather than pursuing what we really have in our heart.

It’s easy to get comfortable living life as we know it because it’s certain – we know exactly what’s expected of us, the direction life is going, what we are going to feel or not feel. Creating our most awesome life can be scary because we’re taking a risk – not knowing what the results of our actions will be. We have no idea if our family or partner will agree with the changes we want to make, and we have no idea if we’ll lose their love and approval.

So if you ever wake up wondering whose life you’re living, feel like you’re lacking clarity, find yourself short-tempered, frustrated or unhappy, wish your relationships were more supportive and loving and/or crave freedom from your own life and mind – you’ve got to join me (Sheri)!

In this two day workshop, we’re going to explore what it means to create an amazing life and identify what elements are preventing us from living our best life. And not just our best life – I’m talking about the most audacious life!

Details + registration here!

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The Enliven + Energize Woman’s Retreat: Maui, Hawaii
March 18-23rd, 2014 – Register now!


Ladies! I would love to have you join me in Maui for this awesome retreat!
If you’ve been feeling a bit down and dragged out –
this retreat will have you recharged, centered,
and ready to create magic in your life and business!

The Top 8 Reasons for Not Missing This Event!

Dining at Lumeria1- Delicious, healthy, farm to table food. If being a healthier you is part of your New Year’s resolution – this is the place to be. You’ll be well nourished, and learn new ways to feed your busy and often over-stressed body!

2- Spa services. That’s right – we’re including a delicious, muscle melting, Lomi-lomi massage in your retreat package to make sure that you’re relaxed, chilled-out, and laid-back – island style. (Value: $150 USD)

3- Two mini one-on-one sessions. You’ll get a powerful 30 minute session with both Deborah + Sheri. We’ll make sure that your personal questions are answered, all queries quashed, and if you need some powerful new strategies for your life – we’ll make sure you’re empowered and ready to go! (Value: $500 USD)

Spa services at Lumeria4- Down-time to unwind. There’s plenty of time to relax, do nothing or simply watch the clouds float by. You can also journal, take daily yoga classes, indulge in spa services, have time for hanging out with your new girlfriends, walk the land, explore the gardens, draw or catch up on your sleep. (Value: priceless)

5- Rejuvenating beautiful rooms. Each room has been individually designed with unique furnishings and artwork, hand selected from around the world by interior designer Xorin Balbes, author of the book SoulSpace. The intimately designed environment facilitates deep relaxation, inner peace and tranquility.

6- Daily Mojolious Circles. There is nothing like a group of awesome women to support you in whatever process you are going through right now – whether it’s in your business or personal life. This is your opportunity to connect more deeply and authentically in a circle where you can be heard, honored, respected, and encouraged to be the juicy woman that you are.

Gardens at Lumeria7- Enliven + Energize. Most entrepreneurial women focus almost totally on business meetings to help them up their game. Of course that’s all fine and good – but believe us on this one – if your body and mojo has been run into the ground we can assure you that a thousand business events are not going to make it happen for you. Creativity – the feminine juice that your business runs on, is the key to your success!

8- Magic + Miracles. There’s something extremely magical that happens when we come together with the intent to uplevel ourselves and our lives. Ideas emerge that inspire and illuminate. Business connections blossom into being. Possibilities reveal themselves. Tears, laughter, and hugs embellish conversations. The combined energies conspire to create something exponentially greater than our individual beings. You’ll see.

Register for Maui here today!


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This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting and Recitations from Plum Village. Page 188.

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Maui, Hawaii

The Enliven + Energize Women’s Retreat
Maui, Hawaii
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal and Deborah Kagan
March 18-23rd, 2014

Sedona, Az

A Week of Sacred Renewal
Sedona, AZ
Trip Leader: Susan Gregg
March 29-April 5, 2014


Machu Picchu, Peru

Dream You 2.0!
Trip Leaders: Laura Pirie + Luca DiMatteo + Russ Jones + Jorge Luis Delgado
April 22-May 1, 2014



Highlands and Mystical Islands
Trip Leaders: Glenn + Cameron Broughton
May 11-18th, 2014

Sacred Britain

A Women’s Journey to Avalon
Sacred Britain
Trip Leaders: Cameron Broughton
May 29-June 6th, 2014


Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.

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  1. Billy Hughes says:

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was sober for more than twenty years. He understood the disease of addiction, knew how deadly it is – and relapsed anyway. Why?

    One Toltec lineage believes our development as human beings is hopelessly crippled because we are continually being consumed by another sentient awareness. When faced with the apparent blind stupidity of addiction, I find some perverse comfort in that blunt explanation for our endemic insanity. We’re all shadows of our potential selves, and must struggle continuously to even approach what we are capable of being.

    I am not a drug addict or an alcoholic, but I work with human beings that the demon of addiction has damaged, and I know I’ll never be able to understand the fatal shift that takes place in an addict’s thoughts. Addicts are just like the rest of us – and not at all like the rest of us. Drugs bring them a comfort, maybe even a type of sanity, and that allure is all too often irresistible. Hoffman had three children, a flourishing career, years of sobriety and a long life ahead of him – and he made the choice to leave what most of us would call a wonderful reality. His apparent insanity must have stemmed from an overpowering source, and my inability to understand is . . . just that.

    I think it is important for all of us to refrain from judging, to avoid the arrogant mistake of assuming we can ever know what goes on in someone else’s thoughts. Toltecs know this would be a monstrous assumption to make. They also know that the daily battles of a warrior’s life can be too much for even the best of us at any given time. Is it so hard to understand that some of us would choose to retreat, to withdraw, to disengage, even in the face of total defeat?

    The Toltec way offers a chance to have a chance, an opportunity to live life with open eyes and a welcoming heart. I choose to remember what Philip Seymour Hoffman was able to accomplish in spite of his addiction. May he find his elusive peace on the other side . . .

    • Dear Billy,
      Thank you for the post. My feeling about it is that until those deep wounds are healed the pain from them makes us want to medicate ourselves. I was never an addict with drugs, but before my path with don Miguel I used to smoke pot quite often after a hard day at work. One day I woke up realizing that the pot took my natural high away that I developed from finally being happy. After that realization, there was no reason to do that again. I feel our inner demons drive us to those actions – but in the end only each one of us knows the why if we are honest enough to admit it. 🙂
      Blessings, Sheri


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