Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter May 30th, 2012

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Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? Discovering Your Life’s Purpose…

It’s estimated that nearly 40% of Americans are currently searching for their purpose in life and are dissatisfied with their career choice. Regardless of age or education, many find themselves stuck in jobs or situations that leave them feeling uninspired, unmotivated and empty.

Jean Houston

That’s why I’m thrilled to be telling you about a rare and powerful free online seminar with Dr. Jean Houston, one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement and one of the great spiritual luminaries of our time.

In “The 3 Keys to Discovering & Living Your True Purpose,” Jean reveals her time-tested, proven process for how to not only discover your life’s purpose, but how to infuse that purpose into your daily life.

Register here for her groundbreaking free online seminar on Thursday, June 7th at 5:30PM PDT, “The 3 Keys To Discovering & Living Your True Purpose.” You will find Jean engaging and certainly worth listening to!


Oregon Coast

LADIES! Last call for Catherine’s Soul*Full Women’s Photography Retreat: Oregon Coast – June 6-10th, 2012. Surrounded by the wild Oregon landscape, you’ll have unlimited potential for quiet image making and communion between yourself and nature. This merging between self and nature is experienced in the moment your being knows it’s time to click or take the picture. Please don’t miss this special opportunity!

Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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Ready to finally create the life you’ve been dreaming of?

Excited, but a bit afraid to step out boldly and bravely?

No worries, ’cause you’ve got support, clarity and
a plan – ready and waiting for you!

Sheri Rosenthal

2012 is a pivotal year and the winds of change are blowing strong. We can all feel it – paradigms are shifting, structures are falling, and old ways are…well…going by the wayside! Just as our larger structures are being challenged so are our personal structures. As aware students of spirituality, we must ask ourselves which of our old structures (that we’ve been clinging to out of fear) need to go so that we can make way for the new.

I invite you to join Sheri Rosenthal July 13-15, 2012, (Friday evening to Sunday morning) for a powerful workshop in Gretna, Louisiana (near New Orleans). During our time together we’ll get clear on the direction we want to go and discover the self-imposed blocks that are stopping us from getting there.

We’ll delineate the actions we need to take to make our dreams manifest and shine the light on the subtle acts of sabotage that prevent our success. If you have big plans for the next 5 years, don’t miss this opportunity to ground your dreams into reality and live your best life with joy and passion!

Tuition for Sheri’s workshop is $395.00. When you hit the light-grey Add to Cart button below, your selection will go immediately into the shopping cart. When you are finished, then click the “checkout” link below.
If you don’t wish to register online or are having issues, call 727.421.0849 or email us.

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When You’re Feeling Pain do You Run or do You Stick it Out?

In watching the way people respond to pain, difficulties and challenges, there is one thing we all have in common – and that is aversion to sitting in an uncomfortable place. When the going gets tough we simply want to run. Perhaps part of that nature is related to our limbic system and the fight or flight reactions we display when we feel threatened.


But as spiritual students this cannot be a justification for our behavior because – if we know in our souls that there is only one – how is it possible that we can be threatened by anything or anyone? In other words – at some point in time, our spiritual consciousness must supersede our reptilian brain’s dream of separation.

The truth is that no one has died of emotional pain or difficult circumstances. Yet, we often feel so uncomfortable that we’re compelled to put into action dozens of habit behaviors that we have cultivated over the years to make ourselves feel safe.

Some of those actions might be: busying behaviors (burying ourselves in work, repetitively cleaning the house, keeping the TV on to not hear ourselves think, etc), addictive and zoning-out behaviors (drinking, drugs, sex, etc), and/or defensive behaviors (blaming, accusing, pushing people away, seeking friends to align with our point of view, etc).

When we take the time to simply sit with the way we’re feeling, with all our anger, fears, resentments, frustrations and angst, we come to a place of acceptance of what we are experiencing. We recognize that it doesn’t feel pleasant – as no fear-based emotions feel “good” – but at the same time we see that our feelings are not bad things, they are indicators of the point of view we are approaching life from, how we are thinking and perceiving.

Armed with this realization we can look forward to our pain as it is the perfect alarm system to alert us that a change has to be made in our lives. First and foremost the change that needs to be made is inside of us, and second, we make external changes if necessary.

It’s about cultivating a new relationship with pain – learning to not be afraid of it – to appreciate the value it has in our process of self-growth and awareness. If we can shift our point of view to see pain in this way, we’ll avoid many harmful behaviors that we sabotage ourselves with and we’ll be able to have more clarity around difficult situations.

If we avoid sitting with our pain, then we avoid sitting with the situation and we’ll never have clarity or truth about the causation of our suffering.


It’s critical that we develop the ability to sit still deeply within our feelings, honoring our process – and at the same time being able to have a sense of humor about the intricacies of life. Without a sense of humor, our spiritual path and life becomes dour, heavy and a burden to bear.

In addition, if we always see our pain as bad – we will feel guilty and punish ourselves for feeling that way, and that is not the place we want to be coming from. As spiritual beings I feel we are meant to be happy, live authentically and fully, and to explore who we are through our creative expression.

I encourage you to embrace your pain and stop suffering it. Perhaps from this point of view – no pain, no gain has some truth! See it, learn from it, move through it and finally – have gratitude for it!

Blessings & light – Sheri

Photograph of the woman in anguish thanks to kelsey_love
Photograph of the little girl thanks to Victor Bezrukov

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Oregon Coast

Soul*Full Women’s Photography Retreat
Oregon Coast – LAST CALL!!
Trip Leader: Catherine Just
June 6-10th, 2012


The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Dharamsala, India LAST CALL!!
Trip Leader: Lisa Tully
June 5-21st, 2012


A Women’s Sacred Journey to Avalon
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Cameron Broughton
June 14-22nd, 2012


Isla Espiritu Santo

Sisterhood, Sand & Sun!
Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja, Mexico
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
July 1-7, 2012

Swimming with Wild Dolphins

Awakening Your Divine Joy – Wild Dolphin Trip
Bimini, Caribbean – NEW!!
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


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 – NEW!
Trip Leader: Ernesto Ortiz
October 14-20th, 2012

Ghost Ranch Spiritual Retreat

Heaven on Earth – the Creative Path for Embodied Spirituality
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico – NEW!
Trip Leaders: Licia Berry & Teresa Husband
October 19-23, 2012

Big Sur California Artists Retreat

Sacred Relationships & Sexuality – Tantra for Couples
Machu Picchu & Peru – NEW & VERY 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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  1. Peter says:

    Hi Sheri,

    Thank you for the great article! It is revealing but also very inspiring. I find that confronting “pain” or other issues usually takes a great deal of energy which, at the end of the work day, is in short supply. That results in avoidance of the problem and perpetuates the situation. So, thanks to your guidance, I will try harder to “embrace the pain” and find solutions. No one said that the Warrior’s path is easy. Thanks for the kick in the butt….it is needed some time.


    • Dear Peter,
      You are right on the button! That is exactly what most of us do and you are correct that it tends to make things worse. At least we can see what we are doing and that is great – but then we have to take responsibility for doing something different!
      All my love, Sheri


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