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Many people ask me why should they use their only vacation time to go on a spiritual retreat or journey? I feel this is a really great question – one that deserves a serious reply. We lead very busy lives these days, and our attention is pulled in so many directions. It is so easy to walk through our lives absolutely asleep. This lack of awareness and the tendency to put the computer of our minds on auto-drive, helps create life situations that are not pleasant, not beautiful.

Oregon Coast

For the most part our programming is set to sabotage us at every turn, to whisper things in our head that are not life supportive. Why is this? Well, our domestication has taught us to create drama, to blame others, to avoid taking responsibility, to always ask others for advice, to depend on others rather than ourselves, to trust others other than ourselves and to project everything our mind tells us onto everyone else. When we are surrounded by others that are programmed the exact same way, it is challenging to get out of these types of behavior and thinking patterns.

That is where the retreats and journeys enter into the picture! By leaving your dream of drama and entering into the point of view, the dream of the group leader’s life, you get to experience life in a totally different way to see with different eyes.

You get to imagine what life could be like if you let go of your point of view, your way of processing your life.

When someone is a clean mirror – in other words has no attachment to the beliefs that we have been trained to hold so tightly to, you can see clearly the things that you are saying that are just not truth – the things that are holding you back from creating an effortless life.

Rice fields, Bhutan

For me – life is effortless. But my point of view is so radically different from the way it was years ago – we could say that woman who I once was no longer exists. I am so thankful for my teacher who challenged everything I said and did and allowed me to see all the things in my mind that were no longer serving me! For that I am eternally grateful. For sure much of the process was painful, as I went into denial so many times and fought tooth and nail to stay attached to my nonsense.

But like everything else – that passed with time and effort and the result has been well worth it. I encourage you to join us on a journey if you can. We will challenge you to let go of the things you carry on your shoulders that make life so heavy. We will pull you into a dream of gratitude, love and respect and teach you many tools to use that have been so successful for us in our own processes.

Blessings, Dr Sheri Rosenthal

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Sheri Rosenthal DPM is a master Toltec teacher and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Toltec Wisdom and Banish Mind Spam!. Having trained with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements®, she currently takes students on spiritual journeys www.journeysofthespirit.com – works with personal apprentices, and enjoys being extremely happy. You can reach her at info@sherirosenthal.com or www.sherirosenthal.com and www.withforgiveness.com.

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