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Living your life on fire

Living a life on fire. Isn’t that the juiciest idea? It says it all. Having your life just be on fire all the time in every area – your work, your relationships, your health, the way you move through the world.
This was a recurring theme of different speakers this past weekend at Sedona World Wisdom Days. Sedona Soul Adventures was one of the sponsors and I was very excited to be asked to introduce one of the speakers who spoke about this. As I sat there throughout the four days listening to different people say this in different ways, I just got all excited.
Because I realized it doesn’t take a whole lot to turn your life into a life on fire. You just have to amp everything up a little bit.
For example, if you’re mostly satisfied with your work, decide you absolutely love your work and you’re so grateful and excited that you get to do this.
If you’re pretty happy with your relationship, make a decision that you absolutely adore your partner and you worship the ground they walk on.
If you feel your body is okay, then determine that you are completely in love with your body, appreciate all it does for you and just stay in constant waves of gratitude around it.
If your children aren’t completely horrible, make a decision to praise all their gifts and overlook where they aren’t perfect. Do everything you can to maintain a state of total gratitude that you have the gift of your children.
If your money situation is okay, be really happy that you can support yourself and your family.
But wait a minute, some of you might be saying, I’m not happy with my work, my partner is driving me crazy (or I don’t even have a partner to drive me crazy), my money situation sucks, I’m 50 pounds overweight and my kids are ungrateful and lazy. So if any of those are appearing as true for you, let me say a few things to you:
If you have a roof over your head, food to eat and transportation, you are doing better than 98% of the world’s population.
If you have your health, steep yourself in gratitude. If you have a health issue, be thankful it’s not worse and that you’re still alive and realize how many people have it worse off than you.
If you have a partner who is driving you crazy because she nags you all the time or he won’t pick up after himself or do the dishes, go back and remind yourself why you fell in love with them in the first place. What can you do to re-kindle that spark? How can you go into gratitude for the things about them you love and respect and admire?
If you have children who have shortcomings, think of all the people who would give their right arm to have children. People spend billions of dollars each year on fertility processes or trying to adopt. Remind yourself that you gave the precious gift of life to your children, they are the fruit of your connection with the life force of the Universe, they are a direct reflection of the God energy and simply because of that, they deserve your love and respect.
By the same token, YOU are the fruit of connection with the life force of the Universe, YOU are a direct reflection of the God energy and simply because of that, YOU deserve your love and respect. Are you giving that to yourself?
Are you feeling a little more appreciation for your life yet? Here are some ways to amp it up:
If you enjoy going outside and into nature, you have the means of instantly going into gratitude and appreciation. Spend some time in nature and go into deep thankfulness for the amazingly intricate beauty of this world we live in.
If you have the least bit of creativity (not only for the “arts” but cooking, baking, dancing, thinking creatively), thank God that you have that ability and bask in it.
If you feel happy some of the time, make the decision that you are going to be really happy, all the time.
These are all simple, easy decisions.
It takes a commitment to staying present.
It takes a commitment to staying focused on the parts that you like, as opposed to focusing on the parts you don’t like.
It takes a commitment to talking about what you like and not complaining about what you don’t like or don’t have.
Making these simple decisions in every moment can bring you into living a life on fire. Sometimes it will be a roaring bonfire, sometimes the flicker of a flame, but it can always be on fire.
But if you’re finding that you can’t get the fire lit, much less going in the first place, you might need to do something more. The first time I came to Sedona I was completely burned out and it felt like I might never be on fire again.
In that situation, I would invite you to come out and do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat.  Your lack of fire is most likely due to some sort of block or some life event or thoughts that you keep thinking over and over again that are keeping you from living a life on fire. When you speak with your Angel Guide, he or she will identify those blocks or situations, and then design a custom retreat for you (or both of you if it’s a couple) of private one on one sessions with Sedona’s most incredible and experienced practitioners. We’ll move you through the blocks and gunk and into the kind of connection that results in a life on fire. And we’ll give you tools to not only maintain that, but continue to deepen it as you continue to live a life on fire.
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Wanda says she found her life purpose through her Soul Adventure
“The reason I came to Sedona was to search for my soul and find my purpose in life. Thanks to the Sedona Soul Adventures team, I have found it. My life has changed after Sedona. I am more close to God than ever. I am connecting with my Angels everyday. And I have a more positive outlook towards life. While I was in Sedona, I had a spiritual transformation; when I went back home the next day, I felt like a new person. By far, my Soul Adventure was the BEST thing I have ever done for myself.”

Wanda C., Las Vegas

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Are you tired of being sick and tired?
Are you tired of just living the same old same old day after day?
You deserve to live a life on fire.
If you want to have a life on fire and you can’t figure out how to do that, I would invite you to come out and do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. Your lack of fire is most likely due to some sort of block or some life event or thoughts that you keep thinking over and over again that are keeping you from living a life on fire. When you speak with your Angel Guide, he or she will identify those blocks or situations, and then design a custom retreat for you (or both of you if it’s a couple) of private one on one sessions with Sedona’s most incredible and experienced practitioners. We’ll move you through the blocks and gunk and into the kind of connection that results in a life on fire. And we’ll give you tools to not only maintain that, but continue to deepen it as you continue to live a life on fire. Call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada) or click here to request a complimentary Angel Guide Session.
For our friends outside the US and Canada call 001 928-204-5988 or click here and we’ll call you.
Come see us out in Sedona and let’s smolder together.
Wishing you a week filled with fiery flames!
Many blessings,
Debra Stangl, Founder

I shouldn't

Have you ever been at the end of your rope? Feeling so discombobulated that you just simply don’t know what to do?
That’s exactly how I was feeling 16 years ago this week when I came to Sedona for the first time. This week I celebrated my 16th anniversary! When I came here for the first time, I was living in Omaha, Nebraska and I was just starting my 20th year of law practice, as a divorce attorney. Here was my situation:
• I hated my work. I loved the part where I was helping my clients, but I hated  fighting with the other attorneys and fighting the system and it seemed like that’s what I spent most of my time doing
• I was working 60-70 hours per week
• I weighed 40 pounds more than I weigh now
• I was in an unhappy marriage
• I was $50,000 in debt. Although my practice had been quite lucrative, a strange set of circumstances happened and I suddenly found myself with this debt that I couldn’t seem to get rid of no matter how many cases I took on or how much work I did
• There were days when I could hardly drag myself out of bed
Can you relate to any of these things? Problems with work, money, body, relationships? As I look back now, I can see that these kinds of basic problems are all a reflection of our connection. When we are connected on all the levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, our lives are a breeze. When we are out of connection on any of the levels (and as you can see, I was out of connection on all of them), our lives become really difficult, almost unbearable.
I was doing work with an energy worker in Omaha at the time, and the message came through that I should go somewhere and take care of myself somehow. My first thought was “I shouldn’t spend money on that”. Through another strange set of circumstances, I ended up coming to Sedona for 3 days and staying at Ranjita’s Rest. Before I got there, Ranjita asked me if I would like to schedule a healing session with her in addition to staying there and I thought “I shouldn’t spend money on that”, so I said no.
But when I got there, Ranjita and I talked and it was so clear to me that I needed to do a session with her. Thank Goddess I did! In that session, my High Self came in, appearing to me as the winged Goddess Isis. She told me:
• everything is going to be all right
• you have to change your life
• you have to leave your law practice now, or you’re going to die like your mother did
I was 46, exactly the age my mother was when she got cancer (and died 5 years later). My mother was unhappy and dissatisfied for the last 10 years of her life and I could see how unhappy and dissatisfied I had allowed myself to become.
I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew I had to leave my law practice and change my life.
Here’s what happened:
• Within 2 weeks, $50,000 dropped out of the sky
• Within 6 months, I closed my law practice (having taken care of all my 175 cases and the people who worked for me)
• Over the next 3 years, I started coming to Sedona almost every other month and stayed for about 30 days each time, always doing healing work with different practitioners that I would hear about or come across.
• 2 weeks before 9/11, at another session in Sedona, my High Self came in as Isis again and said “it’s time to move to Sedona”
• I went back to Omaha and sold my house in 3 days (the real estate agent said it would take 6 months) for $30,000 more than he said it would sell for
• Moved to Sedona and started having dreams about other people coming here and doing sessions with the amazing practitioners I had found
• Started Sedona Soul Adventures on July 4, 2002
• Within 5 weeks of finally deciding to stop dieting and doing excessive exercise, 40 pounds melted off and I am now a size 6, eating and drinking whatever I want, whenever I want
• I’m happy
All of this has come out of coming to Sedona for 3 days and doing that fateful session.
So if you can relate to any of the things above, if you are having issues with your relationship, your body, your work, your financial situation or you are feeling unhappy, dissatisfied or you feel like there’s more to your life than how you’re living it now, all I can say is, come to Sedona!
Do you keep telling yourself “I shouldn’t…” when it comes to taking care of yourself?
Do you think you shouldn’t be spending the money?
Do you think you shouldn’t be taking the time?
I thank God every day that I allowed myself to spend the time and money to come to Sedona. It has completely changed my life in every single way.
And I know it can change your life or transform your relationship. I know it can, because we’ve been doing this work now for over 12 years and we’ve changed thousands of peoples’ lives.
Don’t spend another day telling yourself you shouldn’t. Let this be the year you finally do become the happy, vibrant, alive person you came to the planet to be.
Much love,
Debra
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Jeanne says “this is the best money I have EVER spent!”
“I have to admit I was skeptical at first about the whole “life-changing” claim about Sedona Soul Adventures. But, I have to say this is the best money I have EVER spent! I was a person who was just kind of existing in life. I love my job but it wasn’t enough. I wanted more out of life. I knew I had a lot of sadness/pain inside but had NO idea just how much AND how great it feels to be on the other side of that. Everything now just looks different and more importantly, feels different! I feel I have a greater connection to myself and to life in general. The “life-changing” claim is 100% true! I would do it all over again in heartbeat! Thank you and everyone involved for giving me an opportunity to truly LIVE life, however I define what life is for me!!!”

Jeanne H.

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Give yourself the best gift of all, the gift of loving and taking care of yourself. Come now to do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. Call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada) or click here to request a complimentary Angel Guide Session. Your Angel Guide will connect with you (or both of you, if it’s a couple) and they’ll design the perfect retreat of one-on-one sessions, utilizing over 40 of Sedona’s most incredible practitioners, leading you to the life and the relationship you’ve always dreamed of!
If you are outside the US and Canada call 001 928-204-5988 or click here and we’ll call you.
Wishing you a week filled with lots of “I should do that!”
Many Blessings,
Debra Stangl, Founder

How to clear your mind and achieve more

January is a wonderful time when we’re thinking about what we want to have happen with this brand new year. It’s so exciting to be in that energy of all possibilities.
But how best to accomplish all the things you want to accomplish? It can be so overwhelming.
Here are three simple steps I’ve used for many years myself and also teach to my coaching clients. I’ve found these three steps to be life changing. And you’ll be able to tell, I’m a huge fan of David Allen and Tim Ferris. Here are the steps, with deeper explanation below.

  1. Make a list of absolutely everything you want or need to do and faithfully add to it as new things come in.
  2. Prioritize the list so that you always know what comes next.
  3. Identify 2-3 things each day that if you got them done, you would feel like you’ve really accomplished something and then do those things first.

Do a brain dump and have all your To Do items in one place.
I can’t tell you how liberating it is to know that you have a list of absolutely everything you need to do in one place. Many people use a huge amount of energy just trying to remember everything they need to do. If you have everything listed in one place, an amazing thing happens. On a mental level, your brain knows that everything is on the list, so you don’t have to expend any energy remembering everything there is to do. On an emotional level, there is a relaxation that happens, a feeling that everything is covered. Wouldn’t it be amazing to start to feel relaxed about everything you need to do?
The easiest way to start this is to simply sit down and type or write absolutely everything that comes to mind. Do a brain dump.  Even the smallest things should be included in your list, because how many times don’t you keep nagging yourself about doing some little thing that needs to be done?
I do everything in a Word document that automatically re-numbers everything. This helps immensely with prioritizing (see below), so as I take something off the list, it’s priority is automatically re-numbered.
For many people, the hardest part is simply doing the list. I invite you, I implore you,  to take 15 minutes after you finish reading this, to make your list. I promise you, it will make your day.
After you’ve made the list I find it’s most effective for most people to have the list broken down into Categories. The ones I use are:
Business (I break these down into long term, short term, things I’d love to do if I have the time and projects (with each project broken down into specific actions)
Personal
Phone Calls (I usually set aside a certain amount of time for phone calls and do a bunch of them at once)
Errands (so I have them in one place when I’m out running around)
Things I need to buy (so I do it all at once, especially because I buy a lot of stuff online as beautiful, tiny Sedona has very little regular shopping)
The critical piece here is to be continually adding to the list and updating it. The most important element of this is having everything in one place and your brain knowing that you have everything in one place. You can’t imagine the amount of energy (and time) you save from the relaxation that comes from knowing that everything is in one place.
Prioritize your list so you always know what comes next.
Whether you are talking about your work or your personal ‘To Do list’, you will be amazed at what happens by knowing what to do next. Again, there is an energetic that happens because your brain always knows that you already know what’s next and you don’t have to think about it or remember it. But most importantly, when you’ve finished one thing you don’t waste time in figuring out what to do next, you already know. It also keeps you focused so you do the next thing you’ve already identified, as opposed to letting yourself do something that’s not productive. On on energetic level you waste less energy because you always know you are working on what you’re supposed to be working on and not worried about the other things on the list. The worry and concern about the other items dissipates because you know (both consciously and unconsciously) what you’re supposed to do next. It helps you stay much more focused and present.
Identify 2-3 things you are going to do each day and then do them first.
In our hectic world, so many people feel like they never get anything important accomplished. They’re doing stuff all day long and sometimes into the night, but by the end of the day it feels like nothing got done. That’s a really terrible feeling. And, of course, all of this is about feeling good and feeling productive.
There is something positively magical about identifying 2-3 things that you can (realistically) do each day that if you do them you will feel like you got something accomplished. Because first of all, you are starting off by setting the intention of “if I do these, I will feel like I got something accomplished”. You’ve already made that deal with yourself.
The key here is the realistic part. On some days, you may only be able to realistically do one thing. It might be something that is so complex that it will take all day, or all the time you have allotted. But how often have you put something off thinking it’s going to take hours and hours and then when you do it, it only takes 20 minutes or you discover that there is some other piece of information that you need? Getting “just” that one thing done will make you feel really great.
The other key is to do these one or two or three things FIRST. This is especially true in your work or business. Do these things before you read email or answer phone calls, unless you think there might be some precious information in an email. WHAT? Don’t do email first, are you crazy, Debra? That’s right, this is about YOUR time and your precious life energy and not allowing others to dictate what you give your attention to.
Because this is truly what this is all about.
Your precious time.
Your precious life force energy.
Your conscious awareness.
What you focus on during this precious time you have on Earth.
Wishing you a week feeling relaxed and accomplished! And I’ll see many of you at Sedona Wisdom Days!
Many Blessings,
Debra Stangl, Founder
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Darren says his life has changed completely because of his Soul Adventure
“I truly believe and know in my heart that I would not be living life today had I not found Sedona Soul Adventures. My beliefs have changed. My heart is full. My patterns are different. My old self that was full of pain and prevented me from moving forward was left in the desert somewhere. My new self is pure of thought and full of love for myself and those around me. I am the being I was meant to be born into this world. There may be those who read this and are saying to themselves “ya right, how can anything change a persons’ life that much?” That resistance is a great indication that this is for you as I was that person at one time. The resistance I had was the refusal to look at myself. I choose to face myself and did the work and gained my life back. Sedona Soul Adventures is the single best decision I have made for myself and the ones I love. My life has changed completely. Difficult decisions have become easy. Difficult people at work have become pleasant and easy to deal with. My relationship with the lady I love is deep and loving. My children have become happier, outgoing and confident. Good things are happening in a short period of time because I changed me. If it sounds simple, it is! Change ourselves and everything around us changes. Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings. Forever loving and grateful.”

Darren W., Canada

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Last Call for Egypt – Feb. 15-March 1, 2015
Has Egypt been calling you? If so, it’s time to answer the call! Our next amazing, incredible, fantastic trip will be on Feb. 15-March 1, 2015. We’ll be seeing all the must see places — the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx, the treasures of King Tut, Karnak, Abu Simbel and we go places the typical tourist doesn’t usually get to see — the Isis Temple at Philae, the Hathor Temple at Dendara, the Horus Temple at Edfu, Abydos, the Osirion and much more! And new this year (and a dream come true for me), we will be going to Alexandria! We stay at 5 star hotels and have a 5 day cruise of the Nile on our 5 star ship, stopping at the temples along the way. All of the arrangements are handled for you and the price is virtually all-inclusive, all you’ll be paying for is your drinks and shopping (and don’t get me started about the shopping!). Experiencing Egypt on a spiritual journey with other like-minded travelers is exactly how Egypt was meant to be experienced. Come with us on this trip of a lifetime.
For information on the Day to Day ItineraryClick Here
For all the information on PricingClick Here
You can also send me an email at debra@sedonasouladventures.com or even better CALL me – I love talking about Egypt! Call now toll free – 1/877/204-3664. For our friends outside the US or Canada, call direct at 01/928-204-5988. Or Click Here and I’ll call you. I hope you’ll join me on this incredible journey.
Wishing you a week feeling relaxed and accomplished and I’ll see many of you at Sedona Wisdom Days!
Much love,
Debra
 

Last Call for Egypt Feb. 15-Mar 1

I am so excited about this year’s Egypt trip, which is Feb. 15-Mar 1, 2015. First of all, it’s going to be a very small, intimate group. Right now we just have 5 people going, so it will almost be like a private tour.
Also, for the first time ever, we have added going to the City of Alexandria. I have been going to Egypt since 1983 and I have always wanted to go to Alexandria, so this is a dream come true. Can you even imagine going to the Mediterranean Sea in addition to the Nile in February?
Our two week trip is so incredible. In addition to the must see places that we’ll be going to:
– Great Pyramid
– Sphinx
– Cairo Museum to see the treasures of King Tut
– Abu Simbel
– Karnak
– Luxor
We’ll also be going to special places the average tourist doesn’t go to:
• Isis Temple at Philae
• Temple of Abydos
• Hathor Temple at Dendara
• Horus Temple at Edfu
• The Osirion
Plus we’ll be doing ceremonies and meditations, discussing the alternative theories of who built the Pyramids, who built the Sphinx (and when) and why are there carvings of a helicopter, a tank and a submarine in the walls of the Temple of Abydos? Our amazing guide even reads hieroglyphics!
The price is almost all inclusive – all you’ll be paying for is your drinks! It includes round trip air to Cairo from New York (JFK), 3 flights within Egypt, 3 meals each day, 5 star hotels, 5-day – 5 star Nile Cruise, all transportation, entry to all sites, even tips and travel insurance.
And to go on a journey like this with like-minded travelers – it’s just the icing on the cake. Don’t be concerned if you don’t have a companion to travel with – our groups are typically in love with each other within 48 hours, making friends that last a lifetime.
One of the most common questions people ask me about the Egypt trip is “Is it safe to go to Egypt?” I agree with what the London Times said: “Egypt is safe for travel and no one is there, it’s the time to go”. I have been going to Egypt since 1983. The Egyptian people are some of the nicest, friendliest, warmest people I have ever met and they love Americans. I have been taking groups to Egypt each year for 11 years (since 2004). I have taken 3 groups since the revolution (the last one February, 2014) and these 3 trips have (in my opinion) been the best ones.
For information on the Day to Day ItineraryClick Here
For all the information on PricingClick Here
Even better CALL me – I love talking about Egypt! Call now toll free – 1/877/204-3664. For our friends outside the US or Canada, call direct at 01/928-204-5988. Or Click Here and I’ll call you.
Or if you prefer, send me an email at: Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
I hope to connect with you on this magical journey.
Many blessings,
Debra Stangl
Founder
“The trip to Egypt was truly the trip of a lifetime.”
Stephanie Morrison

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