Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter July 4th, 2012

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Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead! Are You Next?


100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310 lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well — with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. (Isn’t that always the case?)

You can watch the movie online for free – check it out and let me know what YOU think!



Celtic Tours

There is a magic about Ireland (the Land of the Goddess Eriu) which is recognized by people worldwide. The varied landscape of lush green meadows, mountain ranges and spectacular coastline certainly lead one to believe that this land is blessed. Stories of fairy folk and leprechauns also reflect the belief that the land has guardians. There is a feeling of spirituality held within the land that has been honored by successive generations through different belief systems over millennia.

Our travels will take us back in time and into the realms of myth, legend and deep wisdom as we make a circular journey through the provinces of the Republic of Ireland visiting sites revered as sacred by Pagans and Christians for thousands of years. This opens a doorway for each of us to discover forgotten aspects of our inner world. Join Glenn & Cameron Broughton for their Magic of Celtic Ireland journey August 16-27, 2012. (REGISTRATION IS NOW!)

Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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What if you could completely forgive yourself and others?

What if you could gain all of the insight, tools, and support needed
to completely release the past?


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.

Sheri Rosenthal

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 are not going as far as you would like in your business, I bet something needs to be forgiven.
  • If you keep picking crappy partners in your life, I bet someone needs to be forgiven.
  • Parents pissing you off? For sure someone needs to be forgiven!
  • If someone abused you in the past and it makes you sick to your stomach to see them or think about them, absolutely forgiveness is needed!

If you’re ready to make a difference in your life, to feel good and to be free, keep your eyes OPEN! I’ve got a special program you are going to love and it’s ALMOST HERE!

xoxoxo Sheri

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Honoring the Male Perspective!


Men and women view intimacy and sex differently. Women like to feel connected with their partner before engaging in sexual activity. They appreciate sex as a loving expression of intimate commitment, a manifestation of their heart’s longing for closeness.

Men enjoy sex. They appreciate sex as a satisfying outlet for their masculine energy. They rarely question whether or not it’s good for them. (At least, not since they learned they wouldn’t go blind…) They may suspect that women have different feelings about it but they’re not really sure what that means or what to do about it. They think that if they have sex with their partner, any emotional distancing that may exist will be resolved or dissolved and they’ll both feel intimate again.

Of course, men may not actually use words like “emotional distance” or “intimate,” but they do recognize – and desire – closeness with their spouse/partner. It’s not always or only about sex. They might be aware of a special shared intimacy while gazing together at their sleeping child or a beautiful sunset. However, men are mostly aware of feeling intimate during actual physical, sexual intimacy.

I (Richard) am probably typical of most men – we define intimacy as the activity of being intimate. (I, Diana, consider this a circular definition)!


These are, of course, generalizations. There are many men with low sexual interest and lots of women who enjoy recreational sex without needing to feel intimate. For the rest of us though, these differences between men and women seem to be pretty common.

Unfortunately, couples often find themselves on opposite sides of a gender divide. Which should come first, the emotional experience of intimacy or the intimately physical activity itself? Or, more directly put, the heart or the genitals? There we go again – using non-male language. Guys rarely talk in terms of their “heart.” They’re much more likely to think that their emotions are stored in – and expressed through – their genitals. (“See how much I love you?!”)

Women, on the other hand, are more inclined to express emotions verbally. They often feel compelled to engage a male partner in emotionally-laden dialog. This is a challenge for most guys. It’s not that they don’t have feelings. Recent research shows that due to brain wiring, men may be less able than women to feel and speak at the same time.


Luckily, there is hope for this “Mars” and “Venus” dilemma. An ancient spiritual path from India, called Tantra, has come to the rescue of relationships caught in the confusion of stereotypical masculine/feminine viewpoints. Couples can learn to merge the intention and the action, the feeling and the behavior of intimacy. They can learn to share their love in a way that touches the true essence behind his physical desire and her emotional longing.

Tantra was not originally designed as a marital enhancement program. It was meant to lead its practitioners to enlightenment. Yet these teachings, as well as similar teachings from other cultures, present the concept that our life force is fueled by sexual energy. You may be familiar with chakras – energy centers represented in the body at key positions along the spinal column. Well, the first chakra is found right at the base of the pelvic floor. Touching that very first chakra clearly falls within the boundaries defined by intimate activity.

Sexual energy is said to rise up (no pun) from the lower to the higher chakras. Midway up the body is found the heart chakra, in the center of the chest area. Vibrating with the frequency of universal and unconditional love, an open heart chakra also clears the way for the more personal love that a couple shares.


The old adage, the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, was almost right. A little lower is probably more accurate. When a man is invited to explore his heart via a sexual experience, the connected pathway opens and expands to the mutual delight of both partners! The resulting embrace, the merging of soul to soul, is a delight that resonates way beyond both the physical and the emotional. It can literally take a couple into true spiritual union.

Tantra expects its practitioners to recognize the sacred in all of life. When intimate partners regard one another as truly sacred, the whole tone and purpose of lovemaking changes. Tantric lovemaking validates the male logic that sexual connection is a doorway to intimate bonding. At the same time, through intentional, eyes-open focus, it endorses the female knowing that a deep level of heart-felt intimacy and presence is what puts the love into lovemaking.

Diana & Richard Daffner

We (Richard & Diana) are grateful to each other for BOTH of our perspectives. We encourage you to post below and let us know what you felt about our article!

Blessings & love, Richard & Diana Daffner

**Join Richard & Diana for their Sacred Relationships & Sexuality – Tantra for Couples Journey to Peru – Oct 26-Nov 5, 2012. We are staying at romantic 4 & 5 star hotels and communing with some of the most beautiful sacred sites of Peru. (Note: There is no nudity or sexual activity in group workshop sessions. Couples return to their private rooms for intimate “homeplay” practices!)

Photo of the couples feet by Matt Romack
Photo of the couple in corn field by Sean McGrath
Photo of the older couple by Brave New Traveler
Photo of the comic by mando2003us

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Swimming with Wild Dolphins

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


Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

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


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


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
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


Costa Rica Spiritual Retreat

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


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


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

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