Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter May 9th, 2012

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Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? Creative musical musings!


Sometimes I’m so busy that I don’t have a chance to explore new music and the wonderful lesser-known artists out there. If I listen to Sirius in my car (I like classic vinyl!) or the commercial radio – I always feel like I’m listening to the same 20 songs – is it just me? I’d like to introduce you to a great resource for exploring great music of all kinds – the Utne Monthly Music Sampler.

You can even download the music for free which is fabulous! If you haven’t heard of the Utne Reader perhaps you should! They call themselves “the best of the alternative press” – so that should give you an idea of their political leanings.  Please enjoy and do let me know if you had fun on the page (do post below)!


LADIES! We have two spots left for our Journey to Avalon – Sacred Britain trip June 14-22nd. I would love for you to join us for a very special retreat where we focus on the female energy and archetypes – and ultimately take our own “Grail Quest” of the heart. This is a very small and intimate group and the perfect time to get away. 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!

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.

Sheri Rosenthal

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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Are You Wearing a Mask – Or Are You Living Your Authenticity?

In spirituality we read much about authenticity and integrity, but I’m not always sure we have a clear understanding of these terms. Some folks have told me they believe these words refer to being honest and true to themselves, but I most often feel that they are speaking about their ego-self rather than the true self inspired by the divine within.

By the time we’re adults we actually believe that the way we are is our authentic self, but normally this is far from the truth. We’ve been deceived into believing that what we think about ourselves is what’s real – rather than the no-thingness of the Infinite within us.

François de La Rochefoucauld, the French noble and writer said; “We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.” When we’re young, we mold ourselves to become what others tell us to be until we finally believe that’s who we are.

Since we’re domesticated using punishment and reward, we seek the reward which comes from doing and becoming what others expect from us. Fear of punishment is a strong incentive. Eventually we no longer even know who we truly are – only what we believe ourselves to be. The disguise is complete, our integrity and authenticity gone, traded for a “biscuit” or a shred of love.

It’s this very observation that we must be on guard for in ourselves in every moment. By questioning our motives and our thinking, we can begin to get clarity on what is truth and what is not. It takes persistence and faith that what is ultimately true will reveal itself. In the end it is harder and requires more energy to be what we are not, than what we really are.

The disguise takes personal power to maintain and requires constant internal dialogue to uphold. In other words, our constant reiteration of what we believe about ourselves and our world in our mind, helps keep the construct of the disguise in place.


Once we take the time to quiet our thoughts, we can see the construct of the mind fall apart and we are no longer certain that what we believe about ourselves, or anyone else for that matter, is truth. It is in these moments that the truth reveals itself, and we see the light of our integrity and authenticity shining through.

We glimpse the perfection of our divinity and see that our faith has been sorely misplaced. And even if letting the disguise fall away is uncertain and oftentimes frightening, our ultimate freedom of expression is well worth the temporary fear we experience in letting go.

In that moment we no longer seek approval or love from others though our words and actions; we no longer need the biscuit or the shred of love. Our actions are genuine expressions of life moving through us, rather than from the neediness of our wounded ego.

We are no longer diminished by the disguise; we expand to the width and breadth of the universe, knowing we no longer are trapped and bounded by falsehood. We realize deeply that when we are no longer beholding to anyone for approval or love, we are whole or one unto ourselves and we have embodied our integrity fully and completely.

This is the reward of our spiritual path: Ultimate freedom from the masks we wear that seemingly keep us safe, but steal our greatness and our personal power. I encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone and challenge yourself to let your disguise go, it never really looked that great on you anyway

Blessings & light – Sheri

**Join Sheri this year for one of her sacred retreats or journeys:**

A Women’s Journey to Avalon: Sacred Britain – June 14-22nd, 2012
Sisterhood, Sand & Sun!: Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja Mexico – July 1-7, 2012
Mayan Mysteries of the Heart: Uxmal, Yucatan – November 10-17th, 2012

(Interested? Excellent! You can click any link above to learn more and register.)

Photograph of the spoon girl thanks to Laura Chifiruc | Photograph of the men with masks thanks to Photography King

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Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Ayahuasca & Ayni in the Andes
Trip Leader: Dennis McKenna
June 2-9, 2012

Oregon Coast

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


The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Dharamsala, India
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


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

Bali Spiritual Journey

Spiritual Empowerment! Female Entrepreneur Summit
Trip Leader: Deborah Skye King
Sept 21-Oct 1st, 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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