Journeys of the Spirit® January 2011 Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW? 2011 – HAPPY NEW YEAR! At JOTS we’re always growing and changing to create a better experience for you. Our wish is to become the place you visit when you need spiritual nourishment. ♥
As of January we’ll begin sending video messages – I hope you find them fun and informative! You’ll be able to post comments on the video page and I look forward to reading all you have to share!
We have some VERY interesting trips this year to assist you in expanding the ideas you have about yourself. It’s the way we define ourselves mentally that is the root of the limitations we experience in our lives – not anything external to ourselves.
Please consider one of our creative retreats led by either Catherine Just (photography: Oregon & Monterey) or Linda Jacobson (painting: Big Sur, Santorini Greece & Zion National Park). If you define yourself as lacking in artistic or creative talent I can tell you that is NOT truth. Perhaps this is the year to break that belief about yourself.
I’ll be leading the journey to Havasupai Falls Grand Canyon again – an amazing trip. I’ve added an extra day to the trip so we can spend more time enjoying the natural beauty. Dale Allan Hoffman’s trip to Sedona in September will change your mind about Yeshua’s teachings for sure. Rather than looking at the King James version of the New Testament in English, translated from Greek, which was translated from Aramaic – you will be able to experience these words directly from the heart of an enlightened teacher. I guarantee this is not your grandma’s Christianity.
Ladies – there are also experiences just for you! Come with me in May for a Journey to Avalon (Sacred Britain), and Moms – how about bringing your daughter with you to Costa Rica for a special retreat with Katherine Woodward Thomas on Spiritual Parenting in July?
I encourage you to explore the website, join our monthly free teleclasses, watch our videos, and even come for a Personal Intensive with me in Florida if you need to seriously jump-start your new year. I always look forward to meeting you in person!
Also, please don’t forget about Ales in Custom Travel – he’s always ready to help you with you.
Did you know that most dating is now taking place online? Wow. If you are looking for a spiritually minded mate consider Spiritual Singles. Consider reading Arielle Ford’s book The Soulmate Secret (see below) and following her suggestions. Who knows?
LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER!
BAJA MEXICO: Majestic Grey Whales – Whale Watching – Feb 9-14th
On this spiritual journey with author Susan Gregg, we will get close-up and personal with the Grey Whales, sending them energy and love. Just for a moment, imagine touching and connecting to one of these majestic mammals – running your hand over her bumpy back, looking deeply into her eye as she rolls over in the waters. There is something amazingly magical and transformational that happens when you look into the eyes of one of these creatures. There’s no description for the feeling of meeting a Grey Whale and her babies up-close – witnessing this beauty is a special experience.
We’ll be staying on Magdalena Bay in comfortable walk-in tents along the beach, with special showers, and yummy Mexican food. Each day will be spent connecting with the Gray Whales and nature. Using the stars, the sand and the ocean, you’ll to shift your awareness and deeply transform the way you connect with mother earth and your life. Our intent is for you to come away from this experience with a connection to your limitlessness spirit that is elemental in nature. 2011 trip cost is: $2199.00 USD per person double occupancy, most meals included. Details for the Whales here!
REGISTRATION IS NOW!
TEPOZTLÁN, MEXICO: Sacred Valley of Magic & Mysticism – Feb 14-19th
Join author Susan Gregg for a truly transformational spiritual journey to the ancient home of Quetzalcoatl – The Feathered Serpent God. Tepoztlán, Mexico has become a meeting ground for different religions and practices such as New Age, Hare Krishna, traditional local shamanic healing practices, and Catholicism. It’s also well known for being a spiritual center where energy and mysticism converge. Because of this, the energy here is perfect to support our personal work and transformation.
Our home base in Tepoztlán is the very romantic Posada De Tepozteco. From here we’ll visit the sacred sites of the Tepozteco and Xochicalco Pyramids. We spend four days exploring and moving through the Tepozteco and Xochicalco pyramids and the Cavernas de Cacahamilpa – using the energy of this region to accelerate your own personal journey toward your wholeness, holiness and your connection to the divinity that is you. Details for Tepoztlan here!
OUR UPCOMING TELECLASSES!
Join Samvedam Randles and I on January 19th, and Linda Jacobson and I on February 8th. If you’re on the emailing list you’ll receive an update on what we’ll be chatting about! If you missed any of the previous teleclasses you can listen them on the library page of my website.
NEED SOME CLARITY & A NEW POINT OF VIEW?
Join Sheri for a personal intensive! These intensives will take place in St Petersburg, Florida. It’s a lovely place to take time to reflect upon your life and walking on the beach is beautiful and peaceful. You’ll stay at a hotel on the beach during your intensive. Figure we’ll spend around 3 hours together in the morning and then you’ll do your assignments in the afternoon. Then we’ll catch back up for ~1 hour in the evening to re-cap. Details here.
LOCAL MEETINGS IN ST PETE, FL!
Join us for lively discussion and like-minded community (new dates coming soon)! We work together to create a dream of love and respect in our lives using the Toltec technique of mirroring. In this way we can see ourselves more clearly and confront those beliefs that have been holding us back from creating a dream of loveliness in our lives. Want to join us? Call or email Sheri. The tuition/suggested donation is $10.00.
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I am often bereft of words to explain the many deeply transcendent spiritual experiences I have had over the last ten years. I say bereft, because I cannot speak about what is conceptless, beyond human language, and formless. The best I can do is share inspirational stories and weave mystical imagery never knowing if I will trigger the deep inner wisdom of the one consciousness free of illusion that resides within each of us.
So I invite you to imagine that the one consciousness has a deep desire to create and expand its consciousness just because it can, but not for any reason, since it does not think with concepts. It simply knows and desires. The one consciousness as white light passes through a prism representing the process of manifestation and “birth” into this reality or illusion. I say illusion because when light refracts it splits into an infinite number of wavelengths each with its own unique vibration and color – yet there is still only one white light with the illusion of many. And each vibration becomes a plant, animal, human – everything that exists on this plane of existence.
And so it is with each of us. We come into this world with the same ability to create as the one consciousness – because we are that consciousness. When we are born we become confused because we see all the other wavelengths that are different from us, and we become frightened and forget who we are. We think that we have to compete with those wavelengths and we become protective, jealous, petty, limited and afraid that they can hurt us.
On this plane of reality, wavelengths of light must enter a body and animate it to function. Wavelengths need to communicate with each other so they use the body’s brain to create the language to do so. The brain gives birth to an ego-mind so the wavelengths can think and speak. The mind takes on a life of its own – it creates a personality and begins to believe that it is what it thinks. The wavelengths forget that each vibration is an aspect of the one consciousness containing specific creative abilities which have nothing to do with a “personality.” (The personality being the behavioral characteristics the ego-mind has developed to defend itself.)
When the body can no longer serve the purpose of the wavelength, the wavelength moves back through the prism and becomes part of the one consciousness/white light and then passes through the prism again into a new body to continue the process of creation and the expansion of consciousness.
So what if, as a wavelength of the one light, your purpose is simply to create by vibrating your “song” along with all the other wavelengths to create a perfect harmony we call life? What if there are no deep agendas, nothing to be resolved, no contracts, no dark purposes to be revealed? (We humans love to make up mythologies about everything.)
What if you have been called forth to vibrate boldly – to spend your time on this plane expanding consciousness through the process of creation – free of the illusions of this plane (your body & mind)? Would that change the way you conduct your life? Would you still allow yourself to be hooked by the illusions of this reality? Would you look at other people, plants and animals differently? How would YOU sing your song? What if?………
With all my love & best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, Sheri
THE SOULMATE SECRET – LOT’S OF GIFTS IN THIS FUN BOOK PROMO!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to find the love of your life?
Is it your dream to find a life-partner who will love, cherish and adore you?
My friend, Arielle Ford, did it 13 years ago. She manifested the love of her life and now she is sharing her secrets in her internationally bestselling book The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life With the Law of Attraction. This book will show you how to take control of your romantic destiny. Finding true love is possible for anyone at any age if you’re willing to prepare yourself to become a magnet for love. Arielle knows this from experience. She used the techniques in this book to bring her soulmate into her life at age forty-four. They were engaged three weeks later and have been happily married for over ten years (true story!).
In this book Arielle shares a dozen true stories of men and women who have used these techniques to manifest BIG LOVE. She reveals that our universe is set up to deliver the people and things into our lives that are consistent with our personal belief system. If you don’t believe you will ever find the One, then guess what? You probably won’t. If, however, you learn to believe that the One is not only out there but is also looking for you, then true love can be yours. The techniques, rituals, and projects found within The Soulmate Secret are fun and engaging – you’ll get a giggle for sure. If you are serious about having a partner in your life in 2011, now’s the time to take action. Click here: www.soulmatesecretbook.com
BEING IN HEAVEN
YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS FILM!! (And it’s a great gift…)
I would like to introduce you to an unique and inspirational film for those interested in recreating any part of their life and awakening more of their potentials. It is designed to reveal the mysteries of life transformation through its fascinating stories.
Written and directed by Michael Domeyko Rowland, the film is entitled Being in Heaven. It is a story that not only entertains in the way a normal cinema film does, but it also gives you insights and revelations about how anyone can transform their life forever. It has been especially designed to allow you to experience, while you are actually watching the film, what it is within you that that drives your choices, behaviors and actions.
It is these mental programs that make up your life’s experiences, so understanding them is very valuable and is the key to recreating any part of your life to become what you want it to be. As you may be aware, I spend my time examining and exploring a whole range of interesting ideas, looking for any ‘jewels’ that exist out there. This is one of the most exceptional ones I have ever looked at. I encourage you to pick up a copy of the Being in Heaven DVD. (When you purchase a DVD a small percentage of your dollars come back to JOTS to support our free teleclass series.)
~REFRESHING FEBRUARY RETREATS~
BAJA MEXICO: Majestic Grey Whales – Whale Watching ALMOST FILLED!
Trip Leader: Susan Gregg
February 9-14th, 2011
TEPOZTLÁN, MEXICO: Sacred Valley of Magic & Mysticism ALMOST FILLED!
Trip Leader: Susan Gregg
February 14-19th, 2011
~SUCCULENT MARCH VOYAGES~
EGYPT: Bridging Levels of Consciousness
Trip Leader: Samvedam Randles
March 3-13th, 2011
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA: Atmanada Yoga’s Mind Body Spirit Retreat
Trip Leader: Jhon Tamayo (watch his video on the right –>)
March 5-11th, 2011
~ENLIGHTENING APRIL TRAVELS~
COSTA RICA: Writing Down Your Soul
April 7-17th, 2011
Trip Leader: Janet Conner
SEDONA: Goddess Healing Spiritual Retreat ALMOST FILLED!
April 28-May 3rd, 2011
Trip Leader: Shanti Gilbert
~MAGICAL MAY SOJOURNS~
SACRED BRITAIN: A Women’s Journey to Avalon
May 12-21st, 2011
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Cameron Broughton
BIG SUR: Explore & Express Your Authentic Vision NEW!
May 18-22nd, 2011
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
JOHN OF GOD: A Journey of Spiritual Healing GOING TO FILL FAST!
May 23-Jun 5th, 2011
Trip Leader: Millie Muñoz
~GENTLE JUNE JOURNEYS~
THE OREGON COAST: A Women’s Photography Workshop
Trip Leader: Catherine Just
Jun 9-13th, 2011
BALI INDONESIA: Women’s Goddess Retreat, Opening Hearts♥
Trip Leader: Lore Raymond
June 9-19th, 2011
SANTA FE, NM: Healthy, Spiritual & Conscious Relationships NEW!
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
June 17-22nd, 2011
~GLORIOUS JULY JAUNTS~
NORTH DAKOTA: Vision Quest into the Badlands
Trip Leader: Samvedam Randles
July 2-14th, 2011
COSTA RICA: Raising Empowered, Radiant Daughters: Mother/Daughter Retreat
Trip Leader: Katherine Woodward Thomas
July 24-30th, 2011
TRANSFORMATION THROUGH TRAVEL
For those of you who have been reading my monthly articles, you know how much I love travel for the deeply transformational experience it offers. So much so – that I travel with my son as often as possible to expose him to as many beautiful memories as I can. I can see how his little heart opens with every adventure we take together!
I wholeheartedly recommend that you put a spiritual journey on your list of things to do for 2011. It doesn’t have to be a group trip or even a very expensive one – simply focus on visiting a place you’ve always longed to explore, or a place you’ve always felt attracted to. Often there’s a reason why we are drawn to a particular destination – perhaps Spirit has something in store for us!
On my most recent trip to Hawaii, the realization of how powerful it is to be removed from my daily circumstances really hit home. As I relaxed, I became acutely aware of how much I limit myself mentally and how my mind is often filled with self doubts. My mind would put forth thoughts like: “Do I really deserve this trip?” “What if something bad happens while we are having fun?” “Maybe I should have spent the money instead on our new home?” “What if our helicopter crashes?” “What if my son falls off the zip line?” “What if I sink to the bottom of the ocean while snorkeling?” “What if a shark comes?” – you get the idea!
In the mist of all my self-doubting internal dialogue, I was able to gain awareness and see what I was doing to myself. I decided to question every thought, and confirmed that not only am I doing fine and everything is perfect – but none of my fear-based thoughts were truth. I never realized I worry so much! It was a real eye-opener and I know I would have never observed myself so acutely in the comfort of my usual home surroundings.
This trip was truly amazing for me as it was a very active one including: zip lining, helicopter flying, snorkeling in deep waters, and lots of swimming. The highlight of my journey was overcoming my fear of deep water. When I first jumped into the ocean I panicked for a minute, until I decided that I was ready to let go of my fear. It became clear to me that no matter what happens in my life, even if I sink to the bottom of the ocean floor, it will be fine.
After a few minutes you couldn’t get me out of the water. I dove a few meters underwater to swim with all the beautiful fish – it was such an amazing experience! To think that my fears have kept me experiencing such a profound joy – the very essence of life. Later that day, while swimming in the ocean, I said my affirmations, thanking life for this glorious experience.
Now that I’m back, I’m still practicing what I learned from my beautiful journey – one of the best I have had. I encourage you to treat and bless yourself with a special experience this coming year. Go beyond your daily surroundings and comfort zones and let life take you to places beyond your expectations.
WHAT I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE THIS MONTH!
Take a moment to watch this video!
This video says it all. May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings be free. And may you have a beautiful and sacred holiday season and New Year ♥. If you are interested in picking up the CD visit Jennifer Berezan’s website. If the video is glitchy – press the “watch on You Tube” button to see it directly on their site, but don’t miss seeing it.
Words of Wisdom for the Heart
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a world where everybody said, “We don’t know?” The fact is that you’re surrounded by God and you don’t see God, because you KNOW ABOUT God. The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept. You miss God because you think you know. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. All revelations, however divine, are never any more than a finger pointing at the moon. As we say in the East, “When the sage points to the moon, all the idiot sees is the finger.“
~Anthony De Mello