The Pursuit of Happiness - Sedona Soul Adventures

The Pursuit of Happiness

I love this quote from Benjamin Franklin:

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”

First of all, do you find it as amazing as I do that our forefathers thought that happiness was so important that they included it as one of our rights that needed to be protected?

Here’s the entire quote (and [spoiler alert] it’s actually in the Declaration of Independence):

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As I pondered this, I clicked on the “definition of pursuit of happiness”:

“The pursuit of happiness is defined as a fundamental right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you happy.”

So again, I find it so incredible that our forefathers thought this was so important that they designed our country around it. That means not only do you have the right to the pursuit of happiness, but I think you have the responsibility to pursue happiness. Because happiness makes you better, it makes everyone around you better, and it makes the world a better place.

It’s so funny to me how when I’m writing these newsletters, that some kind of synchronicity will very often happen. As I was writing this, I randomly opened one of Abraham’s Daily Quotes and it said:

“The best thing you could do for anyone that you love, is be happy!”

It’s just so true. Doesn’t being around a happy person make you feel better? And doesn’t being around an unhappy person just drag you down? That may seem pretty simplistic, but it’s so important.

When we stay in the higher, faster (happier) vibrations, good things come to us. When we’re in the lower, slower (unhappy) vibrations, things in our lives just keep on getting worse and worse. The trick is to figure out how to get into those higher, faster (happier) vibrations and stay there as much as possible.

That’s what my whole life has been about. That’s the basis of why I started Sedona Soul Adventures and it’s the subject of my book, “The Journey To Happy – How Embracing the Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life.”

In my book, I tell the story of how when I came to Sedona for the first time in 1999, every part of my life was a mess. I was an unhappy, stressed out, burned out divorce attorney, in an unhappy marriage, $50,000 in debt and 40 pounds overweight. Coming to Sedona and working with the amazing practitioners here, changed everything for me.

I pursued happiness for a long time and finally found it.

The secret is in the subtitle of the book: “How Embracing the Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life.”

After struggling for so many years, I finally discovered that it was the struggle that was creating all the problems. The more I hated my job, the worse it got. The more I worried about money, the deeper in debt I went. The more I hated my body, the fatter I got.

What we resist persists. When I was finally able to drop the resistance, everything changed:

  • $50,000 dropped out of the sky.
  • I dropped 40 pounds (in 5 weeks without diet or exercise).
  • I went from doing work I hated to doing the work of my dreams with Sedona Soul Adventures.
  • I met and married my soul mate.

How did I do it?

That’s what I talk about in the book. I learned how to drop my resistance and start loving myself. Everything changed for me and that’s when I saw I could bring this to other people — that’s how Sedona Soul Adventures was born.

It’s your responsibility to pursue your happiness. No one else and nothing outside of you can make you happy. It’s all an inside job. That’s the pursuit.

I wrote the book so that more and more people know about Sedona Soul Adventures and the amazing transformations that happen here. What can happen in 3 or 4 days still astonishes me, even after all these years.

If you want to pursue your happiness in a big way (and who doesn’t want to pursue their happiness in a big way?), do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. We’ll figure out where the resistance is and what’s holding you back from the life (or the relationship) of your dreams. We’ll take you through the process of learning how to drop the resistance and move into connection. We’ll bring you into the space of really loving yourself. We’ll give you the tools to get you into those higher, faster (happier) vibrations and stay there all the time.

Too good to be true? Actually, it does even more than that!

Contact us, connect with an Angel Guide and they’ll explain how we can do that for you.

i want my transformation

Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us at (928) 204-5988 (US and Canada). Remember there’s no cost or obligation and you can do your retreat either In Sedona or At Home.

Would you like to speak to someone today about doing a Soul Adventure?
We’re even open on Sunday, because we’re here for you!
Remember, you can do it in-Sedona or At Home.

Connect with the happiness that is your birthright.


Danielle says her Soul Adventure was “life changing” and now “happiness is here to stay”

“The universe decided that I was going on this retreat on 11.11 and from the moment I made that decision, so many parts of my life started falling into place. I decided to do this trip completely alone and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This was a life changing experience and now that I am back home, I am “just happy” and I now “get it”. Never in my life did I have the ability to be happy without a reason, but I do now. In the 4 days I have been back, I have been put to the test. I fell back into an old pattern just yesterday but I now have the tools + the ability to snap out of it and get back to the place where I was back in Sedona. Doom + gloom is a place I never want to return back to + happiness is here to stay. When I turned 40 this past summer, I knew that I needed a big change in my life and Sedona Soul Adventures was exactly what the doctor ordered. All of the practitioners I met were all such remarkable, inspirational healers. I had amazing connections with all of them and I learned something different from each one. =)”

Danielle F., Winter Garden, FL


Come with me to Machu Picchu & Peru – June 17-30

Machu Picchu Peru Group Sedona Soul Adventures

“The Peru trip was the best experience I have ever had.” ~ Kerry Grant

That pretty much sums it up. The Peru trip is amazing, fantastic, wonderful and incredible. Each year I struggle with trying to find the words that will truly convey all that it is and I feel like I never truly capture it, because it is so incredibly amazing.

“The trip to Peru was beyond all expectations” ~ Laura McAllister


Why is it so fantastic? Here are just a few of the reasons:

Jorge – We are in Peru for two weeks with our incredible shaman and guide, Jorge Luis Delgado. Every year people say that they feel sorry for people who go to Peru without being with Jorge. It’s just not the same experience.

Life-changing – The ceremonies, being with Jorge, being with other like-minded people, is truly transformational and life-changing.

Everything is taken care of for you. I’ve been doing this trip since 2004 and I have to say, it’s pretty much perfect. We have everything meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. You don’t have to think about anything, other than the transformations you’re having. We handle everything else.

Traveling with other like-minded adventurers adds such a depth to this trip. All of my groups are in love with each other within 48 hours, making friendships that last a lifetime. It happens every time, it’s so cool.

We see parts of Peru that other tourists don’t see. We see the important places in Peru —Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca, Pisac, the Sacred Valley — but Jorge also takes us to out of the way places that the typical tourist doesn’t see. In particular, the Doorway of Aramu Muru, which was discovered by Jorge (and which he discusses in his book “Andean Awakenings”).

We are at Machu Picchu for three days – this is important because of the changes. So many other tours only go to Machu Picchu for one day, which I find totally amazing and so sad. They take the train, run around for a few hours and leave. Let me tell you, that is NOT the way to experience Machu Picchu.


The fact that we’re there for three days has become even more important because of changes they’ve initiated in the last 2 years.

Before last year, your ticket allowed you to be at Machu Picchu all day. Now, the Peruvian government has changed it so that you are there in the morning or the afternoon, you are not allowed to be there all day.

On our tour, the first day we will be there for the afternoon. The next day, we will get up at dawn to be there at 6 am so that we can do a sunrise ceremony on the Solstice. The next day we will also get up as early as possible so that we can spend the entire morning there. We want everyone to be able to luxuriate in their experience of Machu Picchu.

We’ll be at Machu Picchu on the Solstice! This is one of the most powerful times of the year and we’ll be doing ceremony at sunrise on that special day. It’s always so incredible.

We have so much fun! We do so many amazing, incredible, fun things, in addition to all the beautiful and uplifting spiritual things we do. The shopping is incredible, we go to one of my favorite restaurants in the world, Indio Feliz in Aguas Calientes, and we see so many special places, including the compound and workshop of Seminario, a world famous master of ceramics. He’s a dear friend of Jorge’s and we get to visit with him on almost every trip.

“My trip to Peru was a life altering experience. I laughed, I cried, I experienced new dimensions.” ~ Laura McConnell

So please join me on this trip of a lifetime.


Linda says “the entire Peru trip was fantastic,”
“the best of all possible worlds”

“The entire Peru trip was fantastic, I would recommend it to anybody if they want to go to Peru, this is the kind of vacation to take. In the future, I won’t be able to travel any other way — it’s so much more meaningful to bond with the group, sharing a spiritual purpose, with a wonderful guide. You have the best of all possible worlds, all your daily needs met, no worries about train schedules or hotel reservations, and the benefit of a guide that is supporting your spiritual path. I didn’t want to leave Machu Picchu…”Linda Gunther

If you have any questions about our trip, send me an email at [email protected] or call me – (928) 204-5988. I love talking about Peru!

If you already know you want to go on the trip, you can make your deposit – Click here.

Wishing you a week filled with happy!

Debra Stangl

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