Journeys of the Spirit® July 6th, 2011 Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW? The Art of Unplugging! There are times that I imagine myself living in a science fiction movie – plugged into all my technology products like a huge hydra. Spooky! To be honest, there no doubt that I couldn’t do what I do in my business without my computer, video recorder and iPhone – my holy trinity. But let the truth be told – there is definitely a time to unplug from the machinery!
The ultimate place to plug-in to is divine consciousness and unless we make time to disconnect from the electronics we will not be able to hear the silent wisdom that seeps so softly through our hearts. To be present for those downloads we must let everything else go that hooks our attention and energy. It might be challenging – but consider it a necessity to your survival to define a time every day or at least once a week to take an Technology Sabbatical. Ahhhhh….
That said – when I saw this video I had to laugh it is so hysterical and apropos! I can absolutely see myself in this – how about you? There are blessings in our technology and social media – and there are also difficulties. In a time where it is critical to reach out and connect with others, technology makes it easier – yet less personal in so many ways.
I’m curious what you think about it all – please post below and let me know! PS: If this video is glitchy – press the “watch on You Tube” button to see it directly on their site.
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ZION NATIONAL PARK: Art & Spirit Painting Retreat! – Sept 14-18th
- Unleash your infinite spirit and unblock your mental limitations?
- Hike, draw and just BE amidst the breathtaking beauty of Zion National Park?
- Tap into the wellspring of your creative fire in a non-judgmental, nurturing environment?
- Incorporate the magnificent color palette of Mother Nature & Spirit into your artwork?
Are you ready to…
Using guided visualizations, meditation and dreamwork, shamanic artist Linda Jacobson will help you access your artistic and creative vision. Through personalized individual guidance and group demonstrations of art techniques you’ll learn to express your personal imagery inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the landscape of Zion.
The constantly shifting colors and variations of light make the park the perfect place to cultivate your creativity. If you are adventurous, the many hikes and trails (at all levels) allow you the time to merge with nature, quiet your mind and settle in deep peace. Ancestral Puebloans must have felt the same way too as artifacts have been found in the park that date back to 7000 BC! You’ll be staying at the beautiful Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens where the setting is majestic and serene with amazing views of the surrounding peaks of Zion National Park wherever you are on the property. Trip cost: $995.00 USD per person double occupancy (early-bird special!).
Sign-up by August 1st – the trip price is going up to $1145.00.00! Details for Zion here!
OUR UPCOMING FREE TELECLASSES!
~Is It Possible to Have Fear & Still Live Boldly?~
♥Join me – Thursday, July 7th at 8:30 pm eastern, 5:30 pacific time for a powerful free teleclass. We’ll be talking about: Transcending Fear! – and what are the necessary tools to step through our uncertainties and live fully in our power. I’ll also be sharing what will be happening on my upcoming Havasupai Falls Retreat – Sept 20-26th.
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On this call we will move past the fears that are holding you back from creating your best life, and let go of troublesome mental limitations. Together we’ll transcend any fears we have about what we can or cannot accomplish in our lives. Imagine what life could be like if you could take any action in life regardless of whether or not you felt afraid or if your mind was filled with objections!
~Feeling Stifled, Overwhelmed & Disconnected?
Activate your Creative Soul!~
♥Join join renowned shaman-ess, artist, & teacher extraordinaire Linda Jacobson and I – Saturday, July 23rd at 12:00 noon eastern, 9:00 am pacific time for a wonderful teleclass on: Feeling Stifled, Overwhelmed & Disconnected? Activate your Creative Soul! (she is facilitating the Zion National Park: Art & Spirit Painting Retreat – Sept 14-18th and Santorini, Greece: Inspire Your Creative Soul! – October 14-21st Retreats).
Linda believes: Each one of us has untapped creative abilities that can deepen our understanding and connection to the world. Enhanced levels of creativity make us flexible and able to cope with the uncertainties of our changing world. They can help us to have insights and breakthroughs as we navigate our way to higher levels of expression and actualization. Don’t miss this class!
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~5 Keys to Living Your Truth and Loving Your Authentic Life!~
♥Join Carol and I – Thursday, July 14th at 8:30 pm eastern, 5:30 pacific time for a powerful free teleclass. We’ll be talking about: Living Your Truth and Loving Your Authentic Life! Carol is considered by many to be one of the world’s leading experts on living a passionately authentic and vibrant life. Having deeply transformed her own life she expertly guides others to living their dreams and passions.
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On this call we’ll share the 3 vital keys to maintaining integrity in your life, how to create inner calm and safety to support the life changes you desire and the one question you can ask yourself to instantaneously shift your awareness! She will also share about her upcoming Journey to Peru – October 13-23rd.
Can you Really Justify That?
One of the more interesting qualities of the human mind is its ability to justify anything it wants according to what it believes. This particular ability is exceedingly important for students of spirituality since it is one of the traps that we fall into time after time with little to no awareness. So it is critical that we investigate some of the ways we get caught in the pitfalls of justification.
When we justify something that we have said, done or thought – what we are doing is making that thing valid and acceptable. Something deep inside of us knows that what we are doing or saying is not truly appropriate and so we feel we need to defend ourselves. After all, the truth certainly does not need to be justified – it is what it is and you can say what you want about it and it still is the truth. The only thing that needs to be defended is what is not truth. That needs to be justified so that we can make what we know is not okay – acceptable.
Let me give an example of what I mean. Imagine that you are out together with friends and you overhear a couple of your buddies talking about you at the end of the table. They are talking about one of your less than perfect qualities and having fun with that. You on the other hand take it very personally and shoot them the “death look.” Then you mutter under your breath in a way that everyone sitting next to you can hear that they are rude and stupid.
Clearly you feel justified to behave that way because you feel you have been wronged, they were rude, they were talking about you, and they hurt you. You are justified in giving them “the look” and insulting them in front of others – right? Wrong. You are not justified to behave that way. Your friends may have behaved in a less than considerate way – but how does that justify your ill behavior?
Part of one’s spiritual path is the process of transcending the ego mind and every moment of our lives is an opportunity to practice doing so. To take others actions or words personally is to indulge in egoic behavior. What those folks said at the table is nothing for you to get upset about. It doesn’t matter if they were saying you are an utter creep – there is still nothing for you to get upset about. No amount of ill behavior on their part can justify you doing the same.
I have addressed this issue many times in workshops and immediately folks start justifying to me why “in this particular situation” it was okay to do what they did. And my answer is – you can argue all day long and you still are not going to convince me that you are “right” (or that in this case treating people rudely is going to ever stop others from treating you that way or that they deserve it).
Of course there are many ways that we can justify ourselves – this is just one example. We can justify stealing from work (I don’t care what they are paying you – it does not justify stealing), yelling at those we love (I get that they are behaving in a way you don’t like – but that does not justify yelling either), or even eating another piece of cake (no amount of talking about how you had a bad week and deserve it is going to change the fact that you just took in an extra 300 calories)! I think you get the picture here!
I encourage you to see if you can wake up in the moment and gain awareness of when you are defending your right to be anything other than the divine wonder of creation that you are! Do post below and let me know how you feel about all this and your personal experience with justifying.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY BIRD SPECIALS!
~SOUL-STIRRING SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~
ZION NATIONAL PARK: Art & Spirit Painting Retreat
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 14-18th, 2011 (price goes up August 1st!)
HAVASUPAI FALLS GRAND CANYON: Living Fearlessly
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Sept 20-26th, 2011 (price goes up July 15th!)
SEDONA: The Aramaic Breath of Life: Awakening in the Desert
Trip Leader: Dale Allen Hoffman
Sept 22-27th, 2011 (EARLY BIRD EXTENDED to July 15th!)
DOLORES, CO: Revolution! Intuitive Awareness & Communication Retreat
Trip Leader: Kathy Knowles & Joy Valenti Kochmer
Sept 24-28th, 2011
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
PERU & MACHU PICCHU: The Heart & Soul of Pachamama
Trip Leader: Carol Rydell
October 13-23rd -Lake Titicaca extension Oct 23-25th (price goes up Aug 1st!)
SANTORINI, GREECE: Inspire Your Creative Soul!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
October 14-21st, 2011 (price goes up August 1st!)
DHARAMSALA, INDIA: The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile NEW!
Trip Leaders: Lama Buga Tire & Lisa Tully
Oct 21-Nov 7th
DAY OF THE DEAD: Oaxaca Mexico: A Celebration of Life!
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Oct 29th-Nov 6th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
MAYAN RIVIERA: Prayer Beads & Altars
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Kathy Benson
Nov 9-15th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~HEART-OPENING DECEMBER TRAVELS~
TULUM, MEXICO: Atmananda Yoga Retreat NEW!
Trip Leaders: Jhon Tamayo
Dec 3-10th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
PALENQUE, MEXICO: A Shamanic Portal to 2012
Trip Leaders: Fu-Ding Cheng & Linda Jacobson
Dec 8-13th, 2011 (price goes up Sept 1st!)
~HEART-WARMING JANUARY ADVENTURES 2012~
ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA: Unconditional Love in Action
Trip Leader: David Ault
January 30 – February 9th (price goes up Oct 1st, 2011!)