Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter October 10th, 2012
WHAT’S NEW? Half the Sky…
I watched the most beautiful feature on PBS last week – Half the Sky. Maybe you read the book, but if you didn’t I suggest you get it right now – and I mean right NOW. And while you are at it watch the DVD which is heart-wrenching, truly. What really touched me was the commitment these women around the world have to stopping sex trafficking, female circumcision (cutting), rape and abuse. Believe me when I tell you I cried through the entire program.
Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide the movie takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.
These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. Half the Sky is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere. Please watch the video below and if you want to help – visit www.halftheskymovement.org/
**TIME TO REGISTER IS NOW FOR THESE TWO UPCOMING TRIPS!
Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose: Bhutan – Dec 5-20th, 2012. Join author and aikido master Wendy Palmer for this sacred pilgrimage of meditation, chanting, prayer and ceremony – where we expand our consciousness and cultivate the compassion of Buddha within us. This trip is designed in the context of spiritual practice and our intent will be to strengthen our connection to wisdom, energy and compassion. Anyone with a committed and regular practice is welcome to participate.
Skanda Yoga, The Art of Transcendence: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – Dec 9-15th, 2012. Are you looking to purify your mind and Spirit in Mayan country for the Galactic Alignment of 12-2012? Deepen your yoga asana practice and enhance your meditation skills? Utilize the Mayan calendar as a daily oracle to align with the Universal energy? Practice the art of Dream yoga and develop techniques for lucidity? Participate in shamanic ceremonies in the power place of Lake Atitlan? Then you won’t want to miss this trip!
Blessings and love,
For all you local St Pete, FL folks I want to share a fabulous day of awareness and personal growth taking place on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012, from 9am-5pm.
It’s the ALLOWING ABUNDANCE WORKSHOP. There will be 4 powerful presentations, a group healing session, free lunch, fun gifts, live music, a free BioMat and healing sessions – plus book signing with all presenters!
If you’re wondering who’s speaking – here’s the line-up!
- Emily Rivera Andrews, Angel Healer, MANIFESTING WITH THE ANGELS, Let the angels guide and inspire as you clear, cleanse and awaken!
- Sheri Rosenthal, Author, Speaker, ROOTING OUT THE FEARS THAT SQUELCH THE FLOW, Nip those fears in the bud and reopen to abundance.
- Jim Del Veccio, Author, Investor and Debra Loran, Healer, MANIFESTING ABUNDANCE, Practical tools for realizing your potential and creating abundance.
- Terez Hartmann, Author, Performer, ALLOWING PROSPERITY! Tools and insights for LETTING prosperity happen while ENJOYING the journey.
The pricing is great – only $99.00 . Even lunch is included! To register go to: www.SuncoastTransformation.com/awaken.html or call: (941)-479-0323
The Process of Progress
Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you.
Everything happens at exactly the right moment,
neither too soon nor too late.
You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.
~ Byron Katie
For over a month and a half, the fig tree in my front yard has shown the promise of producing a rather prolific harvest. Every week I’d walk out to the yard, stand underneath and look for signs of ripening. Yet, with every viewing I’d see the same sized green spheres clinging to the vine – no ripening in sight. Why do I not see progress?
I stopped the randomly scheduled viewings. I stopped comparing the time frame that my tree in Alabama produced to this one in Georgia. I stopped thinking about it altogether.
Walking up my driveway this morning, I happened to turn and look at the tree and lo and behold, it was covered with beautiful ripened figs.
Byron Katie’s quote above reminds us that everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late – everything. Nature consistently offers up its wisdom by teaching us to trust. It inherently understands the brilliance of the process. The wisdom within the fig tree knows.
The wisdom within us knows as well.
Life invites us all to relax into the process of progress. As evolutionary beings, we are and will always be in the midst of our own natural growth spurt. In other words, we will eternally be in the midst of personal progress. But our trust in the process of our progress tempers the entire experience.
Journalist Paul Sweeney commented, “How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners and instant cameras teach patience to its young?” The world of “I want what I want when I want it” hardly ever works harmoniously with the schedule of Infinite Intelligence.
I recall innumerable times in life when certain ideas and plans that I’d bargained on, sweated over and efforted to make happen, didn’t, only to breathe deep sighs of relief over how detours and delays worked together for my greater good.
Currently, I see myself involved and devoted to greater and greater arenas of passionate expression. I visualize enthusiastic, committed supporters for my school in Cambodia. I see channels of revenue opening up that I never conceived of. I see myself allowing surprise and expansive thinking for bringing about solution for Khmer Child Foundation and the ever-growing population of children deserving education.
I see this mentally AND, like so many of us, I tend to want that funding yesterday. (note from Sheri: watch David’s video on the right)
Admittedly, part of me is metaphorically walking up to my tree of expansion and not always seeing the results I yearn for. Yet, I am reminded that the right moment has already been created – our solution does exist and that harvest is inevitable.
I must remember Nature’s wisdom. I’ve decided to use the visual of the fig tree to create a mindfulness practice. These weeks, as the tree continues to produce more and more fruit, I take it all in, breathe and whisper to myself, “Everything is unfolding perfectly.”
The Universe encourages me to relax – let go of my timeline and open up to the Infinite’s timeline. It’s potent wisdom to pass on. Whatever we are involved in individually and collectively – it’s unfolding right on time.
Blessings & Love, David Ault
For 30 years David has traveled the world as a New Thought musician, keynote speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator. He is currently the Senior Minister of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in Georgia.
David has spent the last ten years traveling back and forth to Cambodia. His outreach began with the digging of fresh water wells throughout the outlying villages of Siem Reap and expanded into developing and offering free education programs for the children abandoned by any educational system or skills training. Through the years he established Khmer Child Foundation – a stateside 501c3 that helped fund and build a non-government regulated school right in the heart of Siem Reap. David’s mission is to empower the lives of Cambodian children through free education and quality of life assistance. You can learn more on his website.
**Want to experience David’s non-profit organization in Cambodia and visit the sacred ruins of Angkor Wat?
Join him in Siem Reap for his upcoming Unconditional Love in Action Journey
Jan 23-Feb 2nd, 2013.
Early registration is CRITICAL for this retreat! Those pictures above are from David’s trips – awesome aren’t they? Do NOT miss this trip – it is amazing.
OUR MENU OF UPCOMING FABULOUS ADVENTURES!
~DELIGHTFUL DECEMBER ADVENTURES~
Skanda Yoga, The Art of Transcendence
Awakening Solstice at Willka T’ika
Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose
Awakening Your Divine Joy – Wild Dolphin Trip
Unconditional Love in Action
~REFRESHING FEBRUARY RETREATS~
A Journey of Light to the Heart of Peru: Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
~SUCCULENT MARCH VOYAGES~
The South Island & Soul of the Maori: New Zealand
Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.