Journeys of the Spirit® March 2010 Newsletter
I’m happy to say that Spring is right around the corner and with it a sense that things are shifting and anything is possible. Now’s the time to get your mind into alignment with your deepest and most heartfelt desires!
So the question becomes – how are you nourishing your dream? When the world around us crashes, that’s the opportunity to turn lemons into lemon-aid. So what are you waiting for? What’s stopping you from expressing boldly? For me, it’s been a long journey – but a good one filled with painful realizations and admonitions. But pain never bothered me since I’ve always had faith in knowing that I’ll have a lifetime of delight later. I hope you feel the same way too.
BTW: This month’s article is: Creating your Best Dream! DO POST YOUR COMMENTS BELOW (they won’t show up right away until they are approved) and please Tweet us to others!
As for news, if you’re planning to join our spiritual journey to Teotihuacan or our Women’s Journey Sacred Britain – let me know ASAP! REGISTRATION IS NOW!
If you haven’t taken a moment to familiarize yourself with Ales Struna – our head travel dreamer and director of our new Custom Travel Division please do! If you need airline tickets, a custom designed trip, cruise bookings, or anything – he can do it! We realize that the timing might not be right for you to join us one of our scheduled journeys. But no worries – we can create a custom spiritual journey just for you, or for your family and friends – on the dates that you have available and to the locations you want to go!
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TEOTIHUACÁN: Learning the “The Medicine Bag”
April 22-27th, 2010
Using the layout of the city as a model for transcendence, we spend four days changing our dream of frustration and suffering, to a dream of inner peace and heaven. On this journey we’ll be focusing our attention on “The Medicine Bag” – a powerful process that allows you to see your mental map and its limiting aspects (designed by my teacher don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements®). You’ll need to bring a couple of specific items with you on this journey to create your medicine bag – but you can bring your magical creation home with you so that you can continue your process there. 2010 cost: $1150.00 USD pp double occ, all meals included. Details for Teotihuacan here!
EARLY REGISTRATION AT THIS TIME IS A MUST!
SACRED BRITAIN & SCOTLAND: A Women’s Journey to Avalon
Sacred Britain: June 2-11th – extension to Rosslyn: June 11-14th
Within the heart of every woman is the desire for a grail quest for personal freedom and internal peace. On this sacred journey we’ll be visiting Glastonbury, otherwise known as the Isle of Avalon. Glastonbury Abbey, the birthplace of Christianity in England is often referred to as the “holiest earth in England.”
We’ll visit to the enchanted Dozmary Pool where we come into the presence of the Lady of the Lake at her mystical and watery home. Experience a private visit to the beautiful and tranquil gardens of Chalice Well, one of the true healing places in this land and a private visit to Stonehenge, plus so much more! This trip is being led by Madeleine Marentette and Sheri will be joining her. 2010 trip cost is: Approximately $3500.00 USD pp double occ for Britain and around $1300.00 USD for the extension to Scotland including the roundtrip flight from England to Scotland. Details for Sacred Britain here!
THREE SPOTS LEFT!
THE OREGON COAST: A Photography Workshop
June 10-14th, 2010
Please join us on this amazing photography workshop and spiritual retreat with award-winning photographer Catherine Just. We’ll be relaxing for 4 days in a beautiful oceanfront home set along the stunning Oregon beach.
Surrounded by nature you’ll have unlimited potential for quiet image making and communion between yourself and the earth, sky, mountains, trees and ocean. All are welcome – so don’t be shy! 2010 cost: A single room and workshop: $620.00 USD, or a double room and workshop: $530.00 USD, or a bed in the common room and workshop: $499.00 USD. Details for Oregon here!
NEXT FREE TELECLASS!
Ladies – Join Madeleine and I, Tuesday night March 23rd at 4:00pm PT & 7:00pm ET. We’ll be chatting about the upcoming Journey to Avalon and getting all EXCITED about our upcoming adventure. (We’ll be visiting a crop circle too!) –>
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LISTEN TO OUR ARCHIVED TELECLASSES!
You can hear our last 4 teleclasses and our archived monthly audio messages on the library page of the website.
A NEW OPPORTUNITY for 2010
Join me in 2010 for a personal intensive! These intensives will take place in my home in the mountains of north Georgia. It’s a very quiet place to take time to reflect upon your life and the local hiking is amazing. You’ll stay here during your intensive and have full access to your own kitchen and space. 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 1-2 hours in the evening to re-cap. Details here.
THE FIFTH AGREEMENT WORKSHOP ST PETE, FL – Sunday, March 21 from 2- 5pm
The Fifth Agreement – Be Skeptical, but Learn to Listen – is a powerful awareness tool that we can use to determine what is mythology and what is truth in our lives. Join Sheri Rosenthal as she helps you navigate the intricacies of the human mind. In this workshop you will learn:
- How to use the power of doubt to question your symbology
- How you can change any Victim point of view to that of a Warrior’s!
- How to take your power back from symbols and agreements
- How to create your Dream of the Second Attention
- Sheri’s favorite tool for questioning beliefs
To register: Contact Wings Bookstore at The First Unity Church (4th St N) 727-522-6657
Meet Sheri at Wings Bookstore on Friday, March 19th from 7 -8:30 pm, where she’ll be signing her books!
CREATING YOUR BEST DREAM
In our last teleclass we were discussing creating your dream for the New Year and some very interesting comments were brought up by the folks on the call. I’d like to share a couple of those thoughts and objections so that you can see if these are the same issues you are battling with in creating your best dream.
One common point of view is that creating our dream takes a lot of work and effort. Interesting! I think it takes a lot of work to be employed by someone who you’re taking orders from; doing things you don’t enjoy for someone else who’s benefiting from your energetic expenditure! Creation requires action. Action takes energy – however, you’re going to use that energy anyway – would you rather use it to create your heart’s desire or to help someone else create their hearts desire?
If you have faith in your creation and you truly feel the desire and passion in your heart, soul and body – you will pull the people you need to make your dream a reality into your life. However, if you keep vacillating mentally and you don’t believe in yourself, that’s the energy that is going to direct your life.
Another common objection is that it hurts too much when things don’t work out the way they “should” – the disappointment of failing is painful. First of all there is no such thing as failure. There are only actions that did not give you the reaction your mind expected and judged to be necessary.
Thomas Edison said: “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.”
This kind of negative thinking is sure to create the outcome your mind secretly wants – to fail. Most of us believe we are not worthy of a beautiful life, that we need to suffer, we’re not good enough, we’re losers, or that others have success – not us. All of this is simply nonsense. The key is to observe your thinking with neutrality and do a not-doing – take positive action even if you feel uncomfortable with it. So what if you feel a bit afraid or not like yourself? Fantastic! The idea is to get over yourself since that self is the main issue in your life – not anyone outside of you.
As an exercise, calculate how many hours out of every day you spend on your dream. Then calculate how many hours a day you work on nonsense that is not getting you anywhere. I would bet that you spend almost no time on your dream and plenty of time on a laundry list of actions that are getting you nowhere fast. Am I correct?
Only you can change those percentages. If you feel stuck, find someone who can light a fire under you who you trust and who is successful. Surrounding yourself with folks who are happy to confirm that you are not capable or that your dream is crazy is not going to be helpful. In the end, having faith that Spirit is creating through you and that you are worthy of all the loveliness in the world is key. And if you just aren’t there yet – fake it ‘till you make it!
With all my love, Sheri
photo by Michael Baird, www.bairdphotos.com
RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion
Pema Chödrön helps us uncover and transform the fundamental beliefs that cause us to suffer so that we can increase our capacity to love ourselves and others. Pema begins her teaching by declaring, “We live in a culture of fear and guilt, always feeling like we aren’t good enough.”
She then shows the way out of this trap by revealing how the entire spiritual path is really about cultivating fearless self-acceptance. She draws on ﬁve traditional Tibetan Buddhist aphorisms to frame her teachings:
• Reveal your hidden faults
• Approach what you ﬁnd repulsive
• Help those whom you think you cannot help
• Anything you are attached to, give that
• Go to the places that scare you
Pema unpacks these aphorisms and helps us understand how they can form the structure for living a more courageous life. She also holds an extensive question-and-answer session and leads guided meditation practices on overcoming shame and guilt, staying open in the face of pain, transforming our relationships with difﬁcult people, and increasing our feelings of generosity.
Pick up a copy today: The Fearless Heart
SPIRITUAL CINEMA CIRCLE
If You Love Movies, You Are About to Be Inspired AND Entertained!
When you join Spiritual Cinema Circle you will be making an important contribution to your world. You are encouraging talented, visionary filmmakers to continue in their efforts to add life and meaning to our movies and to raise the consciousness of the world by supporting and experiencing truly nourishing entertainment.
This month’s feature film is: Uncross the Stars. When Troy (Daniel Gillies) loses his beautiful young wife, he follows her enigmatic last request: to drive to the desert and build his Aunt Hilda (Barbara Hershey) a porch, and to “uncross the stars.”
He meets a group of bawdy, wisecracking older women and a Vietnam vet (Ron Perlman) who show him a different outlook on life and death.
One of this month’s shorts, Mr. Jimmy’s Birthday Challenge, is simply delightful! To celebrate his 80th birthday, Mississippi native Jimmy Moore attempts to run, walk, or bike 80 kilometers — one for each year of his life — in a single day. The former railroad worker, who “always sets his finish line over the horizon” inspires us to live life to the fullest.
Great news from our friends at Spiritual Cinema Circle – you can receive this full feature film plus 3 great short films for FREE when you sign up for a trial membership at no charge. (Just pay a small shipping fee). This is the only DVD service dedicated to films about love, compassion and inspiration: one of the many reasons we wanted you to know about them. Cancel your membership at any time. Join the Circle today!
NORTH DAKOTA: Vision Quest into the Badlands – NEW TRIP!!
June 26 – July 7th, 2010
This spiritual retreat with facilitator Samvedam Randles takes us to the Badlands of North Dakota where views are expansive and bison and coyote walk freely. Daily practices of meditation, breathwork, shamanic journeying and group sharing will prepare us for a powerful vision quest. Rituals such as sweat lodge and fire ceremony will help us purify and prepare ourselves for time alone in the powerful presence of this land. Participants may choose to quest alone for three days and three nights in the badlands or participate in an alternative guided three day retreat at base camp.
You are invited to step out of your daily routines and broaden your sense of Self beyond the horizon of what is currently visible in order to realign with the original intention of your soul. Trip cost: $1680.00 USD dormitory style occ. Details for Badlands Vision Quest here!
SWIM WITH THE WILD DOLPHINS: A Women’s Retreat of the Heart!
July 11-16th, 2010
Ladies, come join us for a truly magical adventure of heart and spirit to the Caribbean Island of Bimini for an intimate and touching experience with the wild spotted dolphins. Connecting with their wondrous spirits can be a profoundly moving, deeply healing and life altering experience.
This week we will spend time looking at our communication skills, self-judgments and the limiting thought patterns which are preventing us from becoming the true manifestation of Spirit that we really are! The 2010 trip cost is: $1965.00 USD pp double occ or $2235.00 single occ in our 2 bedroom-2 bath condo suite (includes a full kitchen and shared living room). Single occ in a private studio condo unit is: $2375.00 USD. Details for Swimming with the Dolphins here!
HAVASUPAI FALLS GRAND CANYON: Living Fearlessly
September 8-13th, 2010
On this adventure you descend into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, into the heart of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Canyon, where we will hike and explore this incredible landscape, swimming in travertine pools of turquoise blue, enjoying the evenings at our comfortable permanent camp searching for stars, having great meals and sharing our experiences during our adventure.
This journey will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, awe and a true appreciation and love of the grandest places on earth. 2010 trip cost is: $2095.00 USD pp double occ, most meals included. Details for Havasupai Falls here!
SEDONA SPIRITUAL RETREAT: Embracing At-one-ment
September 16-21st, 2010
Join us for a magical and introspective spiritual retreat to the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. On the autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length reminding us that we too must honor the light and darkness within. It’s time for forgiving ourselves and bringing our regrets, sorrows, and resentments (our darkness) into the light so we can live our lives from a place of wholeness and love.
Healthy breakfasts at Briar Path Inn can be enjoyed by the fireside in the lodge, or on a tray at your cottage, or best of all, creekside! As part of this retreat we will engage in a fire ceremony, multiple ceremonies in beautiful locations, and a therapeutic healing massage. Shanti Gilbert is co-teaching with me on this journey. 2010 trip cost is: see the website for details! Details for Sedona here!
KENYA, AFRICA: Into the Heart of the Motherland
October 4-15th, 2010
Connecting with the energy and wildlife of the motherland of all humanity is the focus of this amazing spiritual journey to Kenya, Africa. Here we will have the opportunity to witness some of the most powerful animals on our planet, befriend members of the Masai warrior tribe, and give deeply of ourselves at the Kids Alive Children’s Home and the Kamatongu Primary School.
Traditionally, the Maasai rarely hunt and living alongside wildlife in harmony is an important part of their beliefs. From July to October, 1.3 million Wildebeest pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. Truly, this will be a powerful journey for us. 2010 trip cost is: $5695.00 USD pp double occ 6-12 participants OR $52855.00 USD pp double occ >12 participants – most meals included. Details for Kenya, Africa here!
DAY OF THE DEAD, Oaxaca Mexico – A Powerful Celebration of Life!
October 30th-November 7th, 2010
Mexicans love Day of the Dead, it’s a revered and festive holiday where folk celebrate their beloveds’ who have passed. Families create altars filled with pictures, food and items that belonged to the deceased. Together we’ll learn to enjoy life as it is – as true “Artists of the Spirit.”
We’ll be visiting the graveyard, and creating our own altars – whether they are to our own loved ones who have passed, or to a relationship that we want to let go of, or even an aspect of ourselves we’re ready to let go of. We’ll also go to the local market, visit the sacred ruins of Monte Alban & Mitla, and so much more. By the end of this journey you’ll have the tools to re-create your reality and to face your greatest fear – expressing your life with integrity, honesty, fearlessness and joy. Join HeatherAsh & Sheri on this spiritual journey of the heart. 2010 trip cost is: $2465.00 USD pp double occ, some meals included. Details for Day of the Dead here!
PALENQUE, MEXICO: 2012 Mayan Prophecies – Bringing in the Light
Dec 17-22, 2010
Here we’ll travel back in time from the remains of the Olmecs at La Venta to the incredible structures of the Maya at Palenque and Tonina. During our week together we’ll be preparing for the 2012 Mayan prophecies by using these sacred underworld sites to birth a dream of world peace into the light. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to meet with a Mayan elder to talk more about what the 2012 prophecies mean for them.
We’ll immerse ourselves in the mythology of the underworld exploring the aspects of ourselves long abandoned or forgotten , leading to the rebirth of our integrity and oneness for ourselves and for the world. 2010 cost: coming soon. Details for Palenque here!
BHUTAN: Blessings of the Heart, Meditation & Service
December 9-21st, 2010
Not many people have actually heard about Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon. These proud people are Tantric Buddhists who also have a Shamanistic background called Bon – and a fantastic history filled with legends and mythology.
We’ll have the opportunity to spend a day at one of the annual religious dance festivals, participate in a special prayer and blessing ceremony and hike up to Tiger’s Nest temple where Guru Rinpoche flew to on the back of a flaming tigress! We’ll also be giving of ourselves and helping the nuns by being in service. Through meditation, chanting, prayer and ceremony – we will expand our consciousness and cultivate the compassion of Buddha within us. 2010 trip cost is: $5195.00 USD pp double occ, all meals and roundtrip airfare from Bangkok to Bhutan included. Details for Bhutan here!
In this month’s newsletter I’d like to talk about a destination that is literally very hot and very cool at the same time – Iceland. Did you know that Iceland sits on two tectonic plates: the Euro-Asian and North American Plate? Did you know that lava flows right through the middle of Iceland dividing these two plates, and did you know that because of this, North America and Europe are drifting a little further apart every year? Iceland is the only place on earth where the divide between these two plates is visible above sea level and you can drive right through it!
You actually can drive from Europe to North America in 5 minutes! Crazy!
To me, Iceland is one of the most highly underrated places on this beautiful planet. When I told my family and friends that my son and I would be going to visit Iceland for 6 days the responses varied from; “Why would you ever want to go to Iceland?” to “What’s in Iceland?”
The bottom line: Iceland is one of the most magnificent and awe inspiring places I have ever been to!
After returning from our whirlwind journey which included 7 countries, my son told everyone that Iceland was his favorite place of all! Even his teacher was surprised, especially when she heard that he had also been to Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany and Slovenia on this trip.
Truly, Iceland is the perfect place to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit – Icelandic spas are known to be outstanding. There are also great hiking trails, quiet and pensive. Glaciers cover more than 10% of the entire country and you can see them from every vista as you drive through the pristine countryside. And the coolest place of all (or should I say the hottest!) is the Blue Lagoon – jump in and let the healing waters take years off your life!
Happy Travels! Ales Struna – Director of Custom Travel Services
WHAT I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE THIS MONTH!
Take a moment to watch this video!
Barbara McAfee creates music that makes us laugh at ourselves – in the most delightful way. Ranging from bluesy ballads to soul to achingly personal folk songs, her music portrays the simple and profound truths of human life: love, friendship, dance, the importance of putting heart into everything you do.
She is indeed a clear channel for all that is creative, life-affirming and aesthetically joyful. Let me know what you think! (Thanks for the suggestion Millie!)
Words of Wisdom for the Heart
“I am not the body, Nor is the body mine. I am awareness itself. When you know this, you have no thought for what you have done or left undone. You become one, perfect and indivisible.”
~ Ashtavakra Gita 11:6