Journeys of the Spirit® March 2011 Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW? – LOVE! I hope all of you have taken advantage of the free Soul Mate Summit teleclass program by Arielle Ford & Claire Zammit. They have created a wonderful set of talks that will give you a new point of view on love and relationships. I for one appreciate the time and work they have put into this wonderful well-crafted program. It’s amazing how many limiting beliefs we have around love – wouldn’t it be great to get some clarity about the hidden thought-forms that are preventing love from exploding in our lives? ♥
~TIME TO REGISTER FOR:~
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.
SEDONA: Goddess Healing Spiritual Retreat – April 28-May 3rd REGISTRATION IS NOW!
Ladies, join Shanti during this unprecedented time of awakening celebrating the Gaelic festival of Beltane. Heralding Spring, this festival marks the midpoint of the Sun’s progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Meaning bright sacred fire – Beltane honors the fertility of the earth and animals by lighting a special fire designed to purify and bring good fortune to all. With winter behind us it’s time to light our inner spiritual fire – purifying and transforming our inner darkness to light, and to plant the seeds of a new dream of deeper personal wisdom, understanding, patience, abundance, health, love, and peace. Together we’ll celebrate the divine Spring Goddess within and her powerful potential for growth and change.
Our time together will include: sharing in circle, walking the land, exploring sacred sites, stretching our bodies and minds through activities such as movement class and guided visualizations. You’ll participate in pipe, fire and Beltane celebration ceremonies. Each person will receive a bodywork treatment from Joumana, voted the best massage therapist in Sedona – and have their astrology chart interpreted by Rosine Fievet, who’s been charting and assisting folks in discovering their soul’s purpose for over 3 decades! Details for Sedona Goddess here.
SACRED BRITAIN: A Women’s Journey to Avalon – May 12-21st REGISTRATION IS NOW!
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. Get ready for a private visit to the beautiful and tranquil gardens of Chalice Well, one of the true healing places in this land where you are encouraged to drink from the holy well. Join us for a private visit to Stonehenge, plus so much more! This will be a very special one-of-kind tour specially arranged for Journeys of the Spirit®. Joining trip leaders Sheri Rosenthal and Cameron Broughton – are local experts who will share the many secrets of these ancient lands hidden behind the veil of modern society. Together they will share and guide us into the heart and soul of these sacred places and into the mystery and magic of our personal grail quests. 2011 trip cost is: $2845.00 USD per person double occupancy. Details for Sacred Britain here!
OUR UPCOMING TELECLASSES!
Join Shanti and I on March 2nd at 8:30 pm eastern, 5:30 pacific time. We’ll be chatting about: How to be the best, whole, abundant, juicy Goddess you can be amidst these changing times! 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!
LOVE HURTS – OR DOES IT REALLY?
How many of us believe deep inside that love hurts? There must be plenty of us or the rock band Nazareth wouldn’t have had a top 10 hit with a song of the same name back in 1975! All kidding aside, we begin our lives with open hearts and by the time we’re adults many of us have made the agreement that love hurts. How does such a thing happen and why?
Our domestication and conditioning are the cause. We have to be taught to perceive love as a commodity – as something you give if you get something you want, or if your expectations have been met. When we say: If you loved me you would…., we make love conditional and this is not truth. Just because we may be able to ascertain what our beloved wants for their birthday, or we take out the garbage, or we bring home flowers – these actions do not necessarily confirm love – they may simply illustrate good people pleasing skills.
I happen to be a fan of Johnny Depp’s character in the movie Don Juan de Marco. He shares with his therapist, played by Marlon Brando, the following words of wisdom: There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for? and What is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.
If you live your life from this point of view I can promise you there will always be love in your life. When you are generous, forgiving, grateful and compassionate – people will be drawn to you. If you love and accept yourself completely, expect nothing in return for your love, and have healthy boundaries, no one will be able to hurt you. You love with an open heart because it makes you happy, not because you are trying to make someone else happy or get something from them. You will never be disappointed by others because you recognize that people are always doing their thing – sometimes with awareness and most of the time without – and that has nothing to do with you.
Certainly you will suffer love if you believe:
- The people you love should know what you want or need
- If you are perfect, you will be loved
- If you do what everyone wants of you, you will be loved
- If you put everyone before you, they will love you
- If you look a certain way, you will be loved
- If you sacrifice yourself for others, you will be loved
- If you are entertaining and humorous, you will be loved
- If you open your heart people will take advantage of you
- Just because you are married your partner will love you forever
- If your partner has an affair it is personal
- If your partner loved you they would give you gifts
- If your partner loved you they would do anything for you
If you love boldly, openly and honestly, there will still be times when a partner feels it’s time to move on. There’s nothing you can do about that. We all have our reasons for changing direction in life, whatever those reasons may be. It’s important to understand that these reasons are not personal to you, no matter what story your mind tells you. People have the right to do what they want in life even if you don’t agree with their actions. If we truly love ourselves first and foremost – we will not want to be in a relationship with someone who does not want to be with us.
The only way to love is to open your heart regardless of what is happening in your life and fully express the divine being of love that you truly are. If you love because it is who you are and it feels good to you to do so – you will always be happy. When you put yourself out there as love – the world will be a more beautiful place. But if you put your fear and rancor out there – surely that ‘s what the world will reflect back to you. I encourage you to be brave and trust the divine love that you are over the domesticated nonsense you have been taught. For sure we will all be richer if you do!
With all my love & best wishes, Sheri
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WORK -SEX – MONEY
We devote so much energy to thinking about work, sex, and money that you’d think they’d be a lot more satisfying than they usually are. Yet they regularly disappoint. That’s what makes these unavoidable aspects of life so wonderfully worthy of our attention, says Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa. He shows how we can use work, sex, and money to gain insight into the nature of reality—and also how to use what we learn from them to make wise choices in our lives and relationships.
Pick up a copy of his book today: Work Sex Money. When you purchase a book through Amazon.com a small percentage of your dollars come back to JOTS to support our free teleclass series.
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 designed to reveal the mysteries of life transformation through its fascinating stories. Written and directed by Michael Domeyko Rowland, Being in Heaven 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.)
~ENLIGHTENING APRIL TRAVELS~
COSTA RICA: Writing Down Your Soul LAST CALL!
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 REGISTER NOW!
May 12-21st, 2011
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Cameron Broughton
BIG SUR: Explore & Express Your Authentic Vision REGISTER NOW!
May 18-22nd, 2011
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
JOHN OF GOD: A Journey of Spiritual Healing REGISTER NOW!
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
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
DAHLONEGA,GEORGIA: Raising Empowered, Radiant Daughters: Mother/Daughter Retreat LOCATION CHANGE!!
Trip Leaders: Katherine Woodward Thomas & Miriam Mason Martineau
July 24-30th, 2011
~AUDACIOUS AUGUST ADVENTURES~
PERU & MACHU PICCHU: The Heart & Soul of Pachamama
Trip Leader: Carol Rydell
August 4-14th, 2011
~SOUL-STIRRING SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~
ZION NATIONAL PARK: Art & Spirit Painting Retreat
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 14-18th, 2011
SEDONA: The Aramaic Breath of Life: Awakening in the Desert
Trip Leader: Dale Allen Hoffman
Sept 22-27th, 2011
HAVASUPAI FALLS GRAND CANYON: Living Fearlessly
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Sept 20-26th, 2011
DOLORES, CO: Revolution! Intuitive Awareness & Communication Retreat NEW!
Trip Leader: Kathy Knowles & Joy Valenti Kochmer
Sept 24-28th, 2011
THE SPIRIT OF BALI!
Southeast Asia is one of those places that deeply resonates in my heart and soul. No matter how many times I go (and I travel often for business there), I’m already planning my return as I’m departing!
In this month’s newsletter I’d like to share about Bali – “the island of Gods,” one of the 17,508 islands that form the Indonesian archipelago which boasts over one quarter of all the marine life in the world. I bet you didn’t know that there are approximately 300 species of wild birds in Bali – including white herons (which can be seen roosting in the trees at Petulu village), egrets, sea eagles and kingfishers? Amazing!
Have you ever wondered why the Balinese use incense during their spiritual ceremonies? In Bali, incense is traditionally used in temples and homes as offerings made to the gods. Since no one knows where the gods may be in any moment, people believe that the incense smoke will find its way to the gods, assuring that their offerings and prayers will be safely delivered.
Here’s another one of my favorite traditions that I feel is so nourishing and something we can apply in our daily lives. The Balinese routinely participate in purification rituals to purify their inner beings and ego-minds of negativity, making room for purer thoughts and for good deeds to manifest. Certainly we can incorporate this spiritual practice in our lives, but there are also very practical applications for purification.
For example, we can clean out and purify our closets to get rid of clothes we no longer wear, making room for the new and to allow energy to move through our homes. Or, we can purify our computers by deleting old useless files that are slowing down and clogging up its resources. Indeed, we can even purify our physical bodies by going on a cleanse or taking a salt bath with candles.
Bali is such a magical and mystical country, full of secrets – the perfect place for a transformational journey. Most itineraries typically include visits to sacred temples where you can take part in blessing ceremonies, experience a personal purification ritual, or simply take time to meditate and find your inner peace. At JOTS we look to offer different experiences, smaller off the beaten path temples, ones that the typical tourist doesn’t have access to.
There are also wonderful cultural opportunities to take part in such as: learning how to play some of the Balinese instruments you typically hear in the local village gamelan orchestras, taking a Balinese dance lesson, or learning how to make a proper temple offering!
We have an array of inspiring itineraries that can be tailored to create your personal spiritual journey. If I’ve stirred up your adventurous spirit, please give me a call or send me an e-mail and I’d be more than happy to design an unusual and soul-inspiring trip for you.
LADIES! Do consider joining us June 9-19th for our Bali Women’s Retreat!
Love & Blessings, Ales Stuna, Director of Custom Travel.
SPIRITUAL CINEMA CIRCLE
If You Love Movies, You Are About to Be Inspired AND Entertained!
Long ago, gathered around the fire beneath a starlit sky, human beings created language. But what did those early humans talk about? Undoubtedly, the first words ever uttered must have been – Tell me a story! This is perhaps the thing that makes us the MOST human, the greatest connection we all share: our stories. Have you been longing for that fireside? For that community of people who share your interest in great stories, inspiration and spirituality? What if you could invite your friends and family to join you by the fire every month right in your own living room? Together you could experience the magic of other cultures, heartwarming stories, and inspirational teachings that re-connect you to the things you really care about.
If you feel ready for the magic of connection, then the Spiritual Cinema Circle is your community. As the only DVD club specializing in films that inspire LOVE and COMPASSION, the Circle is your monthly opportunity to enjoy stories that highlight the values you care about most! Sign up for your free trial today! When you join Spiritual Cinema Circle a small percentage of your dollars come back to JOTS to support our free teleclass series.
This month’s Feature film: Round Ireland with a Fridge: His life falling apart and his career hanging by a thread, Tony takes a drunken bet to walk the perimeter of Ireland toting a fridge. He’d once seen a hitchhiker lugging a small refrigerator behind him on a rural Irish country road. That bizarre image becomes the vision that leads him on a very unexpected spiritual journey, at just the right moment in his life.
This months short – Delivery: As a woman adjusts to her new home office, she deals with her employees by phone, in a less than charming way. Mysterious packages begin to arrive from an admirer, reawakening her to her true nature.
WHAT I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE THIS MONTH!
Take a moment to watch this video!
Alex Grey is best known for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. Grey’s most outstanding and widely appreciated works of transformative art are housed in the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY. This installation of framed images, consisting of paintings and two etched mirrors, examines the anatomy of body, mind and spirit in rich detail. Each painting presents a life-sized figure facing viewers which invites us to mirror the images, creating a sense of seeing into oneself. By aesthetic contemplation of the Sacred Mirrors, one’s identity shifts from a material body to a spiritual light.
The life-sized representations of the human body, portraying its physical and energetic systems, are both scientifically precise and vividly visionary. Pick up a copy of his book & DVD today: CoSM. When you purchase a book through Amazon.com a small percentage of your dollars come back to JOTS to support our free teleclass series. The book, co-authored with Allyson Grey, provides a guided tour of the Sacred Mirrors collection. PS: If this video is glitchy – press the “watch on You Tube” button to see it directly on their site.
Words of Wisdom for the Heart
“When does gold ore become gold? When it is put through a process of fire. So the human being during the training becomes as pure as gold through suffering. It is the burning away of the dross. Suffering has a great redeeming quality. As a drop of water failing on the desert sand is sucked up immediately, so we must become nothing and nowhere – we must disappear.”
~Bhai Sahib as Quoted in “Traveling the Path of Love” by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee