Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter July 11th, 2012

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Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? Forgiveness! Uncensored, Demystified, & Absolutely Obtainable!

Sheri Rosenthal

Well – I’ve been hinting that I have something special launching for the past few weeks and it’s FINALLY here!

Forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood concepts in our spiritual traditions. It’s not a high-in-sky idea, it’s not really difficult, and it most certainly does not mean that just because you are forgiving you are making the other person right. NO! NO! NO! Forgiveness is not condoning under any circumstances! Forgiveness does not make hurtful actions correct.

But what is truth is that our lack of forgiveness is the biggest obstacle we have in our lives and it affects us energetically on all fronts. I don’t care how large or small the incident is.

If you’re ready to make a difference in your life, join me for a 4 video free forgiveness series RIGHT NOW!


Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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EVENTS, FREE VIDEO-CLASSES & NEW PROGRAMS!

**LAST CALL TO SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS!

Spiritual Dolphin Encounter

Join Dolphin Whisperer Joe Noonan for an amazing, 7 day retreat to beautiful Bimini, Bahamas, in the Caribbean Sea. On this Nature-based retreat, we will be swimming in the vitally alive and healthy waters that surround Bimini, and we will visit pods of wild dolphins in their home, on their terms. Wild dolphins have an almost magical ability to activate us into heightened levels of joy and awakening; most everybody describes the experience as profoundly inspiring and life-changing.

Imagine the joy of a wild dolphin swimming up next to you, looking you in the eyes! It is a spiritually-moving experience, one that will awaken long forgotten memories and energies with you. Our Wild Dolphin Trip to Bimini runs July 14–20, 2012. (REGISTRATION IS NOW!)


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SHERI’S ARTICLE

Got Forgiveness?

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We hear so much about forgiveness, but do we truly understand what the big deal about forgiveness is? We read that if we forgive others and ourselves we are doing our spiritual work and becoming better people, but what does that mean to us? You can forgive that guy you dated a while back until you run into him someplace and then you want to wreak revenge on him. You can forgive your parents for your horrible childhood but as soon as you get on the phone with your Dad you are arguing just like you always have. So, what good is forgiveness anyway?

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart not from the mind. Knowing in your rational mind that your parents did the best they could to raise you is not enough to constitute forgiveness. That is why every time you are with your Dad you still argue. If you really forgave him you would not be reacting that way. You would have compassion for his dream and understand that he is just expressing his point of view.

If you truly let go of the pain of your childhood, your self-importance, and your need to be right about your point of view, you would not be taking him personally any more. If you were not taking him personally you would not be angry and it would not be necessary to punish him by behaving like an angry child. It behooves us to look at ourselves with honesty and objectivity. You can say you have forgiven someone in your life, but the proof is in the pudding.

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone, your heart is telling you that you have not resolved your issues with them. In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person. All of this begs the question, how do we forgive? First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories about why you behave the way you do.

Stop blaming your behavior on other people and take responsibility for your emotional reactions. If you could forgive all the people in your life who have hurt or wounded you – you would not be in reaction to other people all of the time. Imagine living life without experiencing a constant emotional rollercoaster of pain, anger, and jealousy! That would be bliss!

Take some time to listen to how you tell the story of your life. Perhaps it would be helpful to journal the story of a particular time in your life that you have been challenged by. Listen to what you have written. Does it sound like you were victimized by your circumstances? Be objective, if someone heard your story would they say someone did you wrong, that you are resentful, vengeful and angry? If so, this is your first clue that you are seeing things from only one point of view.

Once you have seen the truth you must make the decision to let go of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to. This requires you to take action. If you are attached to your pain, resentment, and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions, this will be a difficult step for you. Taking action requires letting go of the very thing you have been holding on to for so many years. There is comfort in what we find familiar, even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.

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More than once my teacher, don Miguel Ruiz, said “In order to merge with spirit your heart must be as light as a feather.” Well, when you have finally detached from the anger, resentment, and pain of your story your heart will feel as light as a feather. Not only that, but for the first time in your adult life you will be happy, truly happy, and your life will reflect the change back to you in every way. After all what we think in our minds is what manifests in our lives!

The bottom line is that we forgive because we love ourselves so much that we want to give ourselves the gift of personal freedom. We forgive not because the other person necessarily deserves it, but because we do not want to carry that load around until we die. Anger, hate, and jealousy will make you old, resentful and ugly, inside and out. The question is, how much do you love and respect yourself? Is it enough to give yourself the gift of forgiveness? I hope so.

Blessings & love, Sheri

**Join me for my FREE 4 video forgiveness series and take a deeper dive into forgiveness!


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OUR MENU OF UPCOMING FABULOUS ADVENTURES!

~JULY JOURNEYS~

Swimming with Wild Dolphins

Awakening Your Divine Joy – Wild Dolphin Trip
Bimini, Caribbean – LAST CALL!!!
Trip Leader: Joe Noonan
July 14–20, 2012

~AUGUST ADVENTURES~

Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Awaken in the Andes
Peru
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
August 19-27th, 2012

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The Magic of Celtic Ireland
Ireland
Trip Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
August 19-27th, 2012

~SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~

Santorini, Greece

Inspire Your Creative Soul! (Painting Retreat)
Santorini, Greece
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 7-14th, 2012

Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Journey to Machu Picchu – Authentic Spiritual & Cultural Wonders
Peru
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
September 13–24, 2012

Equine Therapy

Reconnecting to Truth through Horse Wisdom
Tucson, AZ
Trip Leaders: Ezra Marrow, Briana Lorenz-Marrow & Judy Askins
Sept 19-23rd, 2012

Sedona Women's Yoga Retreat

The Awakening! a Women’s Intuition, Yoga & Life Mastery Retreat
Sedona, AZ
Trip Leaders: Kathy Knowles & Joy Kochmer
Sept 29-Oct 4th, 2012

~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~

Costa Rica Spiritual Retreat

Mayan Vibrational Alignment – Embracing the Cosmic Shift
Costa Rica
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
October 14-20th, 2012

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The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Dharamsala, India
Trip Leader: Lisa Tully
October 16-Nov 1st, 2012

Big Sur California Artists Retreat

Sacred Relationships & Sexuality – Tantra for Couples
Machu Picchu & Peru – NEW & FUN!
Trip Leaders: Richard & Diana Daffner
Oct 26-Nov 5, 2012

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

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