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Glenn Frey, the Eagles and my bucket list

The past two weeks have been pretty staggering as far as the number of people who are in the public eye who have passed away unexpectedly and before their time.
– David Bowie, amazing musician and innovator, only 69
– Alan Rickman, incredible actor (most famous for playing Proffessor Snape in the Harry Potter movies) age 69
– Dan Haggerty, who played Grizzly Adams
– Natalie Cole, fantastic singer, only 65
– Celine Dion’s beloved husband and then so tragically her brother, age 59, both died of cancer just within days of each other
But the one that has hit me the hardest is Glenn Frey of the Eagles. He was only 67. I think it hit me because I had made a decision last year to go to an Eagles concert this coming summer. I put it on my bucket list. And now it won’t happen. I waited too long. I thought I would have plenty of time.
I’m not writing about this from the standpoint of caring more about my bucket list than I care about Glenn Frey… I’m just amazed at myself that I didn’t do what I tell everyone else to do. I didn’t practice what I preach — Do the stuff you want to do and do it now, because you never know if you’ll be able to do it down the road.
I’m always saying to everyone:
– If you don’t like your life, change it.
– If you’re unhappy in your relationship, do something about it.
– If you’ve always wanted to go to Egypt, go.
– If you know you have to go to Machu Picchu in this lifetime, then start making plans!
– If you know you’re supposed to be doing something special with your life, start taking steps toward doing it!
We’ve all heard the famous quote from Einstein so many times, but it’s so true:
The definition of insanity is to keep on doing the same thing over and and over and expect a different result.
If you want things to be different in your life, you have to do something different.
If you have something that you want to do, do it now. If you don’t, it might be too late.
The fact that I won’t see the Eagles in concert might seem somewhat insignificant, but it isn’t to me. They are my 2nd favorite band of all time (second only to the Beatles, who I also never got to see). I love the Eagles. All of their songs seemed to be talking about my life right at that moment, especially Peaceful Easy Feeling and Lyin’ Eyes. When they broke up, I was devastated. When they got back together with their “Hell Freezes Over” tour, I was elated. Last year, I watched the amazing documentary History of the Eagles on HBO. It was so interesting and fabulous, I actually watched it twice.
After watching the documentary, I added to my bucket list that I was going to see them in concert.
And now it’s too late.
And it’s so jarring to me, because it seems so symbolic. My birthday was last week and I was thinking again about how precious our lives are and how crucial it is for us to be living our lives to the fullest in every moment. What a wake up call.
Are you living your life to the fullest in every moment? Are you living in joy most of the time? Are you happy with your work, your relationships, your body? Do you feel like you’re living your life purpose and soul mission? Are you doing things that make life special and enriching? Are you doing traveling you’ve been telling yourself you want to do? Are you experiencing things that are on your bucket list?
For most of the people that I talk to, the answer to that question is no. And my response is “What are you waiting for?”. If you keep telling yourself “someday”, that someday might never happen.
There is something magical that happens when you draw a line in the sand and make a decision. If there’s something you really want in your life, I invite you to draw that line in the sand right now. Make the decision. Watch how the Universe starts to help you.
If you aren’t living your best life or if you aren’t living your life purpose or if you don’t know what your life purpose is, come out to Sedona and do a retreat with us. It’s amazing what can happen. Contact us and speak to one of our Angel Guides. In that conversation, they’ll delve deep and get at the blocks that are holding you back. Then they’ll custom design a retreat that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.
Or if your relationship is not as it should be, come and do a Couples Retreat. Call and speak with one of our Angel Guides. They’ll connect with both of you and design a retreat that will release the pain and trauma and bring you back into the love and connection you’re craving.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you.
Wishing you a week of living your best life every single day,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
(877) 204-3664
http://SedonaSoulAdventures.com

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Jean says her Soul Adventure turned her life around, helped her see her path clearly and gave her a renewed sense of purpose and mission
“Sedona Soul Adventures turned my life back around with their intimate, caring, personalized approach and their real desire to help me find my way. They listened to what I was going through and what I wanted, and put together a retreat that met all my needs and helped me see clearly the path before me. I learned so much about myself through each session and came back with a renewed sense of purpose and mission. Thank you to each one of you who shared with me new information and ways to approach life. You gotta go!”

Jean G., Bend, Oregon

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We got one roommate for Peru, now we need another one (June 17-30)
Debra_JorgeLast week I told you we need a roommate for our Peru and Machu Picchu trip June 17-30. We found the roommate, but now have another person who has decided to go who needs a (female) roommate.
It’s so interesting. I received a number of emails from people who wanted to go on the trip but money was an issue. And now this week I’m writing about taking steps to live out your dreams. One of the things that has always been so interesting to me is that in all the years I’ve been doing these trips to Egypt and Peru, I’ve never had a person tell me later they wish they hadn’t gone. Instead, I still get emails or hear from people years later that the trip was something that changed their lives, they’re so happy they went, it was a dream come true and memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.
So if seeing Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, figure out a way to go. You’ll be so glad you did.
For all the information on our amazing Day to Day Itinerary Click here
For all the information on pricing Click here
If you have questions, please send them to me directly at
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or better yet call me – 928/301-2896
 

A birthday, an anniversary and will you still need me?

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”
The Beatles

Debra StandingMy birthday was this past Tuesday, January 12, and I am now 64. I can hardly believe it. When the Beatles came out with that song in 1967, I was 15 years old and being 64 felt like being soooooo incredibly old.
Here’s a picture of me that was taken just a few weeks ago as a promotional photo for my book that’s coming out soon. I look at that photo and then I think of what my grandmothers looked like when they were 64. Wow, have the times changed!
I must say, it’s the oddest thing, I feel happier, healthier and just plain old better than I have at any other time of my life. When I think back to how I was feeling before I came to Sedona, the change is pretty extraordinary.
Which brings me to the anniversary part, which is that it was 17 years ago this week that I came to Sedona for the first time. It was a birthday present to myself because I was feeling so completely awful. I hated my work as a divorce attorney, I was 40 pounds overweight, I was in an unhappy marriage, I was $50,000 in debt. Pretty much every area of my life was messed up — my work, my body, my relationship, my money. I felt completely stuck.
I came to Sedona for what I thought was going to be 3 days of just being quiet. Instead, I did one session with Ranjita (my amazing friend and incredible SSA practitioner) and got the message that I had to leave my law practice and change my life. So I did. It still amazes me that I did that, but that’s what happened. It took awhile (3 years) before Sedona Soul Adventures was born, but it all started from that one session.
So my birthdays now are always a time for me to reflect on what’s happened and it always sends me into such a rampage of appreciation and gratitude. And it makes me want to have everyone in the world experience what I have experienced.
I want everyone to go from being unhappy to happy.
I want everyone to go from feeling stuck to knowing that life is this amazing thing that is changing and moving constantly and we literally can do whatever we want (we just keep telling ourselves that we can’t).
I want everyone to go from being in debt to knowing that there is unlimited abundance surrounding us all the time.
I want everyone to go from feeling like their life has no meaning to knowing that their life has purpose and they can find that purpose and live it if they just decide to do that.
I want everyone to know that it’s possible to go from unhappy, stressed out, burned out, overweight, in debt, in a bad relationship and hating your work to happy, healthy, abundant and doing the work of your dreams. There’s just something about drawing a line in the sand and deciding that things have to be different and then doing something about it.
So if you’re like I was and all the areas in your life are messed up, come and see us and do a retreat — it’s absolutely amazing what can happen. And if you have just one or two areas that are messed up — that’s just a piece of cake!
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. They will talk to you (or both of you if it’s a couple) and in that deep conversation, they’ll figure out the blocks that are holding you back and they’ll design a retreat that will bring you into love and joy that you’re craving.
Wishing you a week filled with getting out of messes,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
(877) 204-3664
http://SedonaSoulAdventures.com

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Kris says that before she felt stuck but after her Soul Adventure she’s happy for the first time in 40 years!
“Before coming to Sedona, I had a great deal of fear and rage locked inside of me, and an uneasiness that is hard to describe with words. It was as if I were a wild animal backed into a dark corner, and being hunted by the demands of day-to-day life. I was not happy at all. I felt stuck in my life; I was going through the motions just to get through each day. There was a lack of excitement in my life, and I felt as if maybe this was all I deserved. I knew that I was unfulfilled but yet it seemed as if I could do nothing about it. I was a mess emotionally and in turn a mess physically as well!
I was truly blessed to have this soul adventure, and now that I am back at home the benefits of my experience have become obvious to all of those around me. I am truly happy for the first time in more than 40 years of living life! I had always been there to make sure everyone else was happy, and now I have learned that I can be there for others without denying myself. I love myself! I have learned the importance of taking care of me! I am now touching the lives of others in a most positive way. Friends and family both, have expressed a deep interest in my experiences. I feel loved!”

Kris A., Orting, Washington

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We need a roommate for our Machu Picchu & Peru trip (June 17-30)
Debra_JorgeOne of our female Soul Adventurers is looking for someone to be her roommate on our fabulous Peru trip. It’s so wonderful to go on these trips with like-minded adventurers. Seeing all the amazing sites, being in Machu Picchu, being with our amazing guide and shaman, Jorge Luis Delgado, it’s the trip of a lifetime. If you would like to go and would like a roommate, here’s your chance to save a bunch of money.
Send me an email at Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or better yet – give me a call. I love talking about Peru. Call me on my cell at 928/301-2896.
 

She was falling apart…

You can click below to watch a very sweet and powerful 5 minute video that Salina did after her Soul Adventure. I didn’t have any idea she was doing this, it brought me to tears when I saw it.
In it she talks about that on January 15, 2015 (almost one year ago) she hit a roadblock, her life was falling apart and she could barely force herself to smile. She saw a video of me talking about Sedona Soul Adventures (she even includes part of it!) and she says that when she spoke with her Angel Guide she got goosebumps.
She came to Sedona and had an incredible soul adventure. As she says in the video, “I knew God was telling me I was right where I was supposed to be”.
And the best thing — after her retreat, she has her smile back!
I came to Sedona for the first time in January, 1999 – 17 years ago. It changed my life forever.
If this is the year that you want to finally start living the life of your dreams, please contact us.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. They will talk to you (or both of you if it’s a couple) and in that deep conversation, they’ll figure out the blocks that are holding you back and design a retreat that will bring you into the life and relationship you’re craving.
As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be contacting us right now!
Here’s the video – enjoy!

Wishing you a fantastic 2016,

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
(877) 204-3664
http://SedonaSoulAdventures.com

3 reasons to NOT do resolutions and what to do instead

Here’s the vital question: how can you be happier at the end of 2016?
I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions 16 years ago. The day I decided to do that [or not do that], I felt such a huge relief. And believe it or not, that was one of the most amazing and productive years of my life.
Instead, I do something else (more on that below).
But first, as promised, here are the 3 reasons why I’m advocating you should NOT do New Year’s Resolutions:
1. They don’t work – people don’t keep them
Studies show that only 8% of Americans have stuck to their New Year’s Resolutions by 6 months out. I think it’s actually worse than that. My favorite “New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work” story is from one of my friends who owned a restaurant in Omaha, where I used to live. They had great food and a fabulous salad bar and over the years they discovered that on January 2, people ate twice as much salad, because they were acting on their resolution to eat healthier and lose weight. However, by January 3 it was already back to normal, with people ordering the same amount of cheeseburgers, fries, etc. as they had before. Their resolve was only good for one day!
2. They’re so negative – they make you feel bad about yourself
Even though the resolution can be couched in positive terms, such as “I resolve to eat healthier”, “I resolve to be more organized”, what people are actually doing in these situations is going over the behavior they are telling themselves they shouldn’t be doing. “I should stop eating like a pig”, “I should stop being a couch potato”. Even thinking those things about yourself is negative and counterproductive and doesn’t lead to change.
3. They’re too general and not specific enough – they’re not juicy
Most people are making vague and general resolutions like “I’m going to lose weight”, “I’m going to get more healthy”, “I’m going to be less stressed”. All of these are too general, not specific and not measurable. Getting more specific — “I’m going to lose 25 pounds” or “I’m going to do yoga twice per week” tells the brain exactly what you want to have happen and it’s measurable.
But let’s face it. The worst part of most resolutions is they just sound so boring. “I’m going to lose weight”, “I’m not going to spend so much money”, those just make me want to slit my wrists. Boring, not fun, not juicy. That’s why they don’t work. There’s not enough juice to get you going, to get you excited, to get you to take action.
So here’s what I recommend – Set the intention to do something – ONE THING – that’s going to trip your trigger, rev you up and get you excited
Really spend some time thinking about what is one thing you could do this year that would really make a difference in your life?
That would really make you happy?
That if you did it, you would look back at the end of the year and think, “wow – now that was a productive, amazing year”.
It doesn’t have to be a huge thing like achieving world peace, but it needs to be something that interests you, that excites you, that would make you think and feel differently about yourself.
The amazing thing is, that if you do something like this, it will make the usual resolutions start to fall into place. For example, let’s take something big — if you decide you want to run a marathon this year, you will accomplish the following resolutions (which happen to be the top resolutions people make):

    • you’ll get healthier
    • you’ll stop smoking
    • you’ll drink less
    • you’ll probably lose weight
    • you won’t feel like a couch potato
    • you’ll feel less stress
    • you’ll probably play fewer video games and watch less TV
    • you’ll probably spend less money on things you don’t need
    • you’ll probably make new friends

And you would do it (at least most of it) feeling happy, excited and jazzed, which, of course, is the real reason behind resolutions in the first place — to feel happier at the end of 2016 than you did at the beginning.
What trips your trigger? What gets you revved up? What gets your juices flowing?
Maybe a better question is, what’s holding you back? What’s preventing you from having the most amazing, incredible, fantastic year of your life?
For most people the answers are: time, money, my job, my family, my husband, my wife, my kids.
But what if you didn’t allow for those things to hold you back this year?
The year I stopped making resolutions was the year I started coming out to Sedona and doing sessions with the amazing practitioners here. I started the year unhappy, depressed, overweight, hating my work, stressed out, burned out and feeling completely stuck. I ended the year so happy I almost couldn’t see straight!
I started that year thinking and feeling that my life was a total mess. I ended the year feeling so blessed and taken care of. It’s amazing what can happen in the space of a few months.
Did this year make you happier? If it didn’t, are you going to do something about it for next year? This is the decision that is at the heart of all New Year’s resolutions — what can you do to feel happier at the end of this year?
If you want to feel happier at the end of 2016, do what I did and come out to Sedona and do a retreat with us. The changes and transformations that can happen are almost unbelievable.
And the amazing thing is, you won’t have to wait all year to feel better. It can happen in 3 or 4 days! And you’ll feel better, the whole rest of the year!
Speak to one of our Angel Guides – they’ll connect with you and design a retreat that is customized for exactly what you need to make this the most amazing year of your life.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you.
Wishing you the most spectacular year ever,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
(877) 204-3664
http://SedonaSoulAdventures.com

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Janet says “I saw the emails for years and never made the commitment.”. When she finally did her Soul Adventure, “it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself”, ” better than I could have ever imagined it to be.”
“Sedona Soul Adventures was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I had seen the emails for years and longed to go but never made the commitment. When stress was overtaking my life and getting so out of control it was the only place I felt I could turn to. It was an act of survival to get myself balanced again. Being a mother of two young children and working full-time I needed to take some rest and reenergize. It was better than I could have ever imagined it to be. The techniques I learned and the “AHA” moments gave me new life again. Trust me, everyone benefits with a better you. Thank you Sedona Soul Adventures.”

Janet B., Homer Glen, Illinois

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Is travel on your list of New Years Resolutions? Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Join us June 17-30
Debra_JorgeIs seeing Machu Picchu on your bucket list? If so, make the decision that this will be the year you do it. Our Mystical Peru journey is so amazing. Spending 3 days at Machu Picchu, experiencing Lake Titicaca, the Uros Islands, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman and so much more. And experiencing all of this with our amazing shaman, Jorge Luis Delgado, adds a level that you won’t find on any other tour. Jorge is truly one of the masters of our time and hearing his wisdom and doing ceremonies with him in these amazing places is transformational. Plus traveling with other like-minded adventurers – it’s truly the trip of a lifetime.
“If you’re looking for deep and meaningful travel that connects you to other amazing people, takes you way behind the scenes and most important, creates the space for a deep dive into yourself, Debra and Jorge and Sedona Soul Adventures has it down. Had I attempted to navigate my recent [2015] trip to Peru on my own, I’m confident I would have only experienced about 30% of the true magic Peru has to offer. Because the trip was so well organized and our guides were so knowledgeable, we experienced things every day that other travelers, lost on their own or stuffed in a tour bus, never got to see or feel. It was the trip of a lifetime and I am grateful and truly transformed.”

Lisa Sasevich
CEO, The Invisible Close

For our amazing Day to Day Itinerary – Click here
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If you have questions, send me an email at Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or better yet, give me a call – 928/301-2896 – I love talking about Peru!
 

The best Christmas present, bar none

The best Christmas present you can give yourself and others? – presence.
I want to invite you to give two extra presents to yourself this year. The gift of presence. The present of presence.
It’s perfect. It’s free, it feels good and it doesn’t require wrapping paper.
It just requires a little bit of time and attention.
Let me be clear about what I mean.
Being present with yourself means being right here, right now. It means you’re not worrying about the future or fretting about the past.
Being present with others means that you give them your full attention, right here, right now.
Can you imagine the level of energy that you would release if you stopped thinking about the past and what you should have done, or what you should have said and how things could have been different? Think of the energy that would be available to you in the here and now if you re-routed the energy you’re using worrying about a future that hasn’t even come to pass. It’s staggering.
Is there anything more delicious than being with someone who is really being present with you? Who is listening to every word you’re saying and really understanding what you’re saying?
Is there any more precious gift that you could give to someone than giving them your full attention?
Is there any more precious gift that you could give to yourself than being present?
Do this for Christmas
Give a present to yourself and to others. For yourself, do this – at sometime during the holiday, take just a few minutes to be alone and quiet. Take a deep breath and light a candle. Look at the flame and give it your full attention for a few minutes. Focus only on the fire and the flame and if thoughts of other things come into your head, keep bringing yourself back to the flame. Make a commitment to yourself that starting now you are going to stay more and more in the present moment – bringing yourself back whenever you wander off.
For the present to others, use this with a family member or friend at a gathering or a party. Decide that with at least one person you are going to be completely present with them. Look them in the eye, listen to every word they say, ask them questions based on what they’ve said to you. Don’t look at other people in the party, other people walking in the door, or your cell phone. Just hang on every word they say. That person will probably not have had anyone really listen to them like that in a long time, and it will feel delicious to them.
These practices are simple, but powerful. They affect everything on all the levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As you do this practice, you’ll find it gets easier and easier, but more and more powerful.
I hope you have a blessed holiday and know that we are here for you. If you’ve been reading my newsletters for a long time, and thought about doing a retreat but you haven’t given yourself permission, maybe this is the year. It’s definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday week,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
(877) 204-3664
http://SedonaSoulAdventures.com

Carly Simon and Unworthiness

I think almost everyone has at least some level of unworthiness in them. At least, in all the years I’ve spent working with people, it seems to be true. It’s been amazing to me to find people in all walks of life, incredibly successful and accomplished, but who suffer from a sense of unworthiness.
But I have to say it was really stunning for me to read Carly Simon’s new memoir Boys in the Trees and to discover how insecure and unworthy she felt. I have always loved Carly Simon. I had all her albums and belted them out when I was alone. I thought she had it all — she was an incredible songwriter, she had a fabulous voice, she was gorgeous in an offbeat way, she had an amazing and long career and she married my other favorite singer, James Taylor, and they had 2 beautiful children. No matter how you look at it, she had it all, right?
But it wasn’t enough. When she married James Taylor in 1982, her 2nd album had just come out and it was climbing the charts and getting rave reviews. In her diary at the time she wrote “I don’t feel any more worthy inside than I did previously”.
In the book she writes:
“Where, oh where did that feeling of unworthiness come from? I knew only that it was something that was with me all the time. Why did I expect marriage to change how I felt? Were my expectations too dramatic?… These thoughts mixed in with another voice… “But you’re not quite good enough.”
If Carly Simon, at the height of her fame and at the apex of her relationship thought she wasn’t good enough, what hope is there for the rest of us?
But that’s the real point — your worthiness (or lack of it) doesn’t have anything to do with what you’re doing or not doing. It has to do with how you feel at your core.
Do you feel like you’re a good person?
Do you feel lovable?
Do you feel like you’re living your life the way it was meant to be lived?
I always loved the old Stuart Smalley skits on Saturday Night Live. Stuart was a 12 step and self development junkie who had a mock self help show called “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley”. He always ended his show by looking in the mirror and saying “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!”. It was always funny and sad to watch poor Stuart saying that to himself (because you could tell he didn’t really believe it). So, how about you?
Are you good enough?
Are you smart enough?
And doggone it, do people actually like you?
Unworthiness is an issue we deal with in so many of the retreats we do here at Sedona Soul Adventures. Not only in the individual retreats, but also in our couples retreats, because a deep feeling of unworthiness affects all parts of your life, not only your success, but also your relationships. One of my favorites of these sessions is called Core Belief Transformation. The first part of the session uses a number of processes to discover the deepest core belief that is not serving you and is holding you back. Then other processes are used to release that belief. Then other processes are used to substitute the old belief with a new belief that is rock solid and empowering. It’s not just a positive thinking exercise. The different processes that are used deal with all the levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual — so that the empowering beliefs are really set in at your core.
The first time I did this session, I assumed I knew what the disempowering belief was. I was completely wrong! Discovering what it was, moving it out and then moving the new one in was one of the most powerful sessions I’ve ever done (and as you can imagine, I’ve done a lot of sessions!) But most importantly, it had a life changing impact on how I felt about myself and my life.
One of the things I know for sure about you is that you are a beloved child of God. Every single religion in the world teaches us this. So if God loves us, don’t you think it’s time for you to start loving you?
I know it’s easy for me to tell you “start loving yourself”. I know it’s easier said than done. When I first started coming to Sedona in 1999, unworthiness was an issue I had to deal with in a big way and truth be told, it’s still something that will show itself. But the good news is, help is available. This is one of the biggest issues we deal with here and the results are extraordinary. Read what happened with Susan, who not only did not love herself, but was in a deep depression:
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Susan says after her Soul Adventure “I’m not afraid, I’m high on life and I love myself like I never have before”
“Tears fill my eyes as I write this. I was in a major depression for the past 2 years. I have slept through the daytime during this time because I didn’t have the strength or desire to face life. It was so very dark. I was only up during the night and I was so alone and felt completely lost. My best friend of thirty years has been involved with Sedona Soul Adventures for a couple of years and she knew this would be the right place for me. I loved every minute of my experience. I am now alive and awake for the first time in 20 years. It is a new birth for me, an exciting new beginning. I can’t wait to get up every day. I am so high on life it’s so exciting. I am not afraid anymore. I love myself like I never have before.I am forever grateful to all of my teachers and healers. I can’t wait for my next trip. I love you Sedona Soul Adventures! My Prayers of love will be sent out into the Universe for you to be helping others like myself.”

Susan P., Stone Mountain, Georgia

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Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. They will talk to you (or both of you if it’s a couple), they’ll figure out the blocks that are holding you back and they’ll design a retreat that will bring you into the love and joy that is your birthright.
As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be contacting us right now!
Wishing you a week filled with the knowing that you’re good enough, your smart enough and doggone it, people like you!,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
(877) 204-3664
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Taking the portal to other dimensions on our Peru trip (June 17-30, 2016)
Debra_Ceremony_NewI don’t know why, but I love this picture. The one on the left is me doing ceremony at the Doorway of Aramu Muru on one of our past trips to Peru. This is another of the wonderful ceremonies we do on our trip each year. Jorge Luis Delgado (our shaman and guide) is very well known for discovering the Doorway of Aramu Muru (the photo on the right is Jorge doing ceremony at the Doorway). And each year we do an amazing ceremony here. The doorway is considered a portal to other dimensions, but I’m happy to say we’ve never lost anyone yet! I’ve had some amazing experiences at this place.
“The Peru trip was life changing”
Alan & Susan Gold
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From separate hotel rooms to marriage saved

I love it so much that we’ve had so many couples that we’ve helped through Sedona Soul Adventures. We’ve had so many couples come here on the brink of divorce (or breaking up if they’re not married) and it’s so amazing what happens. But a few weeks ago I was afraid it wasn’t going to work for one of the couples that came to us.
In the 13 years of doing this work, I had never seen before. The relationship was so done, so over, that they weren’t even staying in the same hotel room together. They didn’t even travel to Sedona together.
The first session that we do with everyone is an Orientation, so they know what’s happening and what’s going to happen and sort of ease them into the retreat. When it’s possible, I like to come to the Orientations for just a few minutes and say hello. When I got to the office for this Orientation, I was expecting to see Chris and Pat together but only Chris was there. I was early and their Angel Guide wasn’t there yet, so I started talking to Chris. Most people starting a retreat are usually a combination of excited and nervous. But Chris started telling me she wasn’t excited, she wasn’t all that interested in being here and doing this because as far as she was concerned the relationship was over. She felt like she was just doing this as a final ending for Pat to accept that it was over. And that’s when I found out they were staying in separate hotels.
Pat came in next and we hugged. I told them both I was happy to meet them and they went onto their Orientation. As I left, my heart felt a little sad, because I assumed the marriage wouldn’t be saved. I said a prayer for both of them that whatever would happen would be best for both of them, but there was a part of me that felt that disappointment that we wouldn’t be able to work our magic on this.
But I was wrong.
A miracle happened.
Everything turned around.
The marriage was saved.
You would think that after all these years and thousands of people that I wouldn’t get amazed anymore. But I really did with this one.
So what happened? Well, the first thing that happened was that the Angel Guide put together an absolutely perfect retreat for this situation. Again, I shouldn’t be amazed at that, the Angel Guides always do that, but it really was beyond perfect. One of the things I’ve found over the years in working with couples (first as a divorce attorney for 20 years and now doing couples retreats with Sedona Soul Adventures) is that when a relationship is coming close to ending that usually both people are very focused on what’s wrong with the other person. They’re usually so focused on that, that they aren’t looking at their part in the situation, not even a little bit. That’s completely understandable, especially when there have been a lot of hurts, or when infidelity is an issue.
If you aren’t familiar with how we do our retreats, we have you spend a lot of time talking with one of our Angel Guides on the phone before you come to Sedona so that the Angel Guide can get a really good idea of what’s going on, what’s happening, and what you would like to have happen in the retreat. When it’s a couples retreat, the Angel Guide speaks with both people separately. Then based on that deep conversation, the Angel Guide custom designs your retreat with different sessions and different practitioners. We have over 50 practitioners and many of them have been doing work with individuals and couples for over 20 years. The Angel Guide is a master at putting you together with the perfect sessions and the perfect practitioners.
We have a Proven Process that we use and it is so amazing how incredibly well it works. All of the sessions are completely private, so that you are working one-on-one or two-on-one with the Practitioners. In a couples retreat we find that the best retreat is usually a combination of some sessions as a couple and some sessions focused on each individual. What we find is that each person is bringing their own hurts, triggers, blocks and issues to the relationship and when we can clear those, magic can happen.
And that’s exactly what happened here. The retreat started with a session with both of them together, talking about the problems and the hurts, but that first session ended with both of them saying they loved each other and even Chris said that if the marriage could work again that would make her very happy, but she didn’t see how that could be possible.
Then they each did two days of individual sessions focused on their own issues. For Pat, she realized what a huge issue her anger is, especially within the relationship. During these sessions, she was able to see the source of her anger and change her relationship with it (which would then change the anger issues within the relationship with Chris). She said she felt free after this experience.
For Chris, she saw how events in her childhood had given her the false belief that she is unloveable. She saw how she was telling herself that the relationship with Pat was giving her more feedback that she is unloveable. She saw how by demanding that Pat love her, she was actually pushing Pat away. When she could stand solidly in her love for herself, all the negative parts dropped away. In her breath journey session, she saw visions and felt a direct connection with that highest part of herself, feeling a deep love for herself. She said she felt like a weight had been lifted.
They came into their final day of sessions as a couple, but things had changed for each them as individuals. Chris had dropped all her anger at Pat. Pat had dropped her demands. They learned a powerful forgiveness process that brought them into the realization that they love each other and want to stay together. Everything had changed around.
They left here in love with themselves and in love with each other and with tools to not only maintain that, but to keep it growing deeper.
As they said, it was “a new beginning for their relationship and for their personal self renewal”.
When I heard all this I was amazed and so happy.
As I said, we do this all the time so I shouldn’t have been so amazed. But with the way this started off, I was especially happy and grateful.
If your relationship is not where you want it to be, don’t wait until things are at the point of no return. Speak to one of our Angel Guides and have them custom design a retreat that will be perfect for you and your beloved.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you.
Wishing you a week filled with miracles,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
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Sue says her life has been forever changed by her her Soul Adventure
“I expected results but was overwhelmed with the tremendous spiritual and emotional experience that took place. My adventures were paced perfectly so that each session seemed to build upon the next and I felt my body and mind were ready to move to the next level. The intentions I set the first day were achieved and my life has been forever changed for the better. I would recommend Sedona Soul Adventures to everyone, everywhere!”

Sue B., Aptos, California

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Do ceremony at Machu Picchu on the Solstice on our amazing Peru trip (June 17-30)
Debra_JorgeOne of the most amazing things we do on our Peru trip is the ceremony we do at Machu Picchu on the Solstice (June 21) with our incredible shaman, Jorge Luis Delgado. We rise before dawn and Jorge takes us to a special place within the complex. We’re sort of hidden away and on our own in this majestic place. Jorge leads us in a special ceremony as we start to feel the sun’s rays. It’s magical.
Come with me and other soul adventurers as we experience mystical Peru with one of the spiritual masters of our time, Jorge Luis Delgado. It’s truly a life changing experience.
“How do I EXPLAIN our trip to Peru with words? It’s almost impossible. But let me start by saying that Sedona Soul Adventures delivered the most sacred, fun and caring container for diving into an exploration of my own self and the connection to the Universe. Debra took complete care of us to fly and go deep, and Jorge was the perfect guide to open the real connection to the roots of Peru. Thank you Sedona Soul Adventures!!! We’ll travel with you to Egypt soon…”

Juan Montenegro

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What knocks you off your game?

We were watching a basketball game last week and at one point the announcer said “he’s really on his game”. And it was so true — he was jumping, he was scoring, he was rebounding, it was a joy to see.
And, of course, it wasn’t just the physical aspects of all this. There was an energy, a joy, a confidence, an ease that went with this that was so beautiful.
Think about those times when you just feel wonderful for no reason. You just feel good, the sun is shining, it just feels great to be alive. Nothing in particular has happened, you just feel great. It’s thrilling.
So why don’t we feel that way all the time? What happens to knock us off our game? What’s happening to knock you off your game?
For some of us, something really serious is happening — death of loved ones, serious illness, constant money trouble, big problems in a relationship. Serious issues like that can suck the joy right out of us.
But for most of us, we don’t have really serious issues going on. We just let everyday life knock us off our game.
In thinking about this, I’m realizing that for me the things thatif keep me out of really being joyful all the time are overwhelm and what is universally referred to as stinkin’ thinkin’.
Let’s talk about overwhelm first. I’ll justify it by saying I’m busy and I lead a full life. But that’s actually a very wonderful thing. Why do we allow ourselves to get so caught up with everything? Going to LA this week for Thanksgiving was so much fun, but it essentially condensed my week down to 2 days. There were so many times when I had to stop myself and say “wait a minute”, “breathe”, “this is the holiday, it’s supposed to be fun!”
How did your holiday go? Was it crazy and chaotic? Or warm and wonderful? We lose sight of the fact that we have the ability to make it one way or the other. We get to choose how we feel. We get to decide how we’re reacting to everything.
The other thing that knocks me off my game is stinkin’ thinkin’. Even after everything that I write about and talk about and coach people about, I still sometimes find myself going down that road where I’m thinking about something that doesn’t make me feel good. And once you start down that road, it always just gets worse and worse.
Why do we do that? Why do I do that? It’s amazing to me after everything I know about turning those things around, that I still allow myself to do that. One of the earliest self development books I ever read was “You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought” by Peter McWilliams. The title says it all. We simply can’t allow ourselves to go there. And if we’ve started going there, we have to do something — Anything — to stop continuing down that path.
So what are the things that knock you off your game? Do you let yourself get overwhelmed? Do you sometimes allow yourself the luxury of a negative thought? Do you allow everyday life to keep you from feeling good?
The good news is there are so many things you can do to turn these around. An excellent one is to remind yourself that the things you’re worried about probably aren’t that huge in the large scheme of things. Are you worried and concerned and using your precious life force energy thinking about something that is tremendously important, or are you just continuing a familiar pattern of low level worry? You can stop that by becoming more conscious about what you’re thinking about.
Staying in the present moment is another effective means of doing this. Stop worrying about the future and regretting the past. All that we have is here and now. Let go of thoughts that are future oriented or past oriented.
And since we just celebrated Thanksgiving, I’ll put in another plug for gratitude. Feeling truly grateful for everything that you have in your life is the easiest way to stay on top of your game than anything I know of.
If you really want to amp up your game I would invite you to come to Sedona and do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. Many times we don’t know where to start in the letting go process and we need help. Sometimes we need to come into compassion and love for ourselves. Nothing will do that faster and more dramatically than a Sedona Soul Adventure.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. They will talk to you (or both of you if it’s a couple) and in that deep conversation, they’ll figure out the blocks that are holding you back and design a retreat that will bring you into the life and relationship you’re craving.
As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be contacting us right now!
Wishing you a week at the top of your game,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
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Melissa says her Soul Adventure was “life changing”
“I would recommend Soul Adventures to anyone who is looking for peace and connection. It is truly a life-changing experience that is so personal and so profound that I would urge anyone who is seeking personal growth to do this. I came away with so many gifts and insights that my life experience has truly been enriched and my perspective now comes from a place of peace and clarity.”

Melissa L., Averill Park, NY

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An active, life changing way to be grateful

I’m continuing my annual Thanksgiving tradition by inviting you, cajoling you and, if need be, begging you to start doing a Gratitude Journal each day.
If people like Oprah Winfrey do this, don’t you think it might be a good idea for you to consider it?
The idea is simple. Every day when you wake up, write down 3 things that you are grateful for in your life. This doesn’t have to take a long time, in fact, being brief can insure that you keep doing it every day. You can download the Gratitude Process below and it will give you the simple instructions.
The most important part is what the Gratitude Journal DOES:
• It brings you into a higher, faster vibration
• It starts your day with a feeling of well being
• It can bring you back into connection and help you maintain connection
• It can change things around with situations or people in an almost amazing way
The Gratitude Process I’ve attached recommends using if for 28 days for a particular situation. But after all these years, this is something that I do every morning. It brings everything into perspective.
And this year I want to invite you to do even more. I want you to think about spending just a few minutes in the evening before you go to sleep going over three things during your day that went well and why they went well. This process has been scientifically proven to work. It comes from the work of Martin Seligman, PhD. He reports:
“People who are grateful tend to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Being grateful can help people cope with stress and can even have a beneficial effect on heart rate. This action is easy to do yet its benefits have been scientifically proven. In tests, people who tried it each night for just one week were happier and less depressed one month, three months and six months later.”
Isn’t that incredible? In these tests, people who did this exercise for only a week were happier and less depressed six months later!
Dr. Seligman says he believes this works because it changes people’s focus from what went wrong to things that go well. He says that this shift in attention “breaks up depression and increases happiness”. As you all know, this is completely in line with what I am continually talking about and writing about — what we put our focus on gets bigger and creates our reality. If we focus on the negative, we get more negative. If we are focusing on what works, we get more of what works.
I also believe that doing this before you go to bed at night has an impact on your vibrational connection with All That Is. I believe that when we sleep we have the ability to connect with that Highest part of ourselves in an even bigger way than we can when we are awake.
Going into gratitude raises our vibration. By raising our vibration before we go to sleep, we increase the likelihood of truly connecting with that Highest part of ourselves during sleep.
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Liz is so grateful — she says she’s “permanently changed” by her Sedona Soul Adventure
“I’m just so grateful! You gave me a framework to jumpstart the next step in my spiritual growth. The whole experience was really beautiful. I do feel that I am permanently changed for having done this. And I really hope I can join you on a Sacred Travel!” (I’m happy to report that since doing her Soul Adventure, Liz has gone with me to both Egypt and Peru!)

Elizabeth P., San Francisco, California

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I hope I’ve convinced you. You can download the 28 Day Gratitude Process if you Click here
Keep that gratitude flowing in every part of your life. And if you’re finding that you’re having a hard time maintaining gratitude or having a difficult time appreciating every area of your life, maybe it’s time to do something about it. A Sedona Soul Adventures retreat can shift everything around and give you the tools to maintain all those shifts.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Your Angel Guide will spend time with you, really focusing on where you are and where you want to be. Then they’ll design a retreat that’s perfect for you.
Wishing you a week filled with appreciation and gratitude,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
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3 tips on how to not gain weight this Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving, especially because I love to eat. It’s the one holiday that just completely revolves around food!
Many of you know that I struggled with my weight my entire life. I was a ballet dancer starting at age 3, I remember my body being criticized at age 8 and I was put on my first diet at age 12 (even though I look back at pictures of myself and I was not fat!)
Those of you who have been reading this newsletter for awhile also know that I believe in and teach about Creating Your Own Reality – what we think about we get more of, what we focus on expands.
So you can imagine, that all that attention on my body and weight (by my dance teachers, my mother and fellow ballerinas) resulted in one thing – I started gaining weight! I expanded! It was a self fulfilling prophecy!
It wasn’t until I came to Sedona and changed everything about my life that things started changing with my body. I tell the whole story in my new book that’s coming out, but basically when I gave up the fight, I released the weight. One day I suddenly said “I’m done”. I’m done with the crazy dieting and the manic working out. I thought I would balloon to 250 pounds. Instead, I lost 40 pounds without diet or exercise and I now eat whatever I want whenever I want it (as I’m writing this, I just finished a venti cappuccino and chocolate croissant – yum!).
Everything is all about energy — that includes our bodies, money, relationships, everything. The energy of the situation defines what is happening and what will happen. When I was so consumed about losing weight it made it harder and harder to lose weight. When I thought I was fat, I was fat. When I finally changed the energy around, everything changed.
If food and eating and exercising and dieting are issues for you, I want to give you 3 tips that could start helping you right now and can really help during the eating marathon that is Thanksgiving. They are simple, but incredibly powerful. And if you do them, I think you will be astounded at what can happen in a short period of time.
Decide to do these just for the Thanksgiving week-end. It makes your brain go on overload if you decide “I’m doing this for the rest of my life”. Try these just for the long Thanksgiving week-end (Thursday through Sunday) and see how you feel by the end of that time. After that, you can decide how you want to continue.
1. Decide (just for the week-end) to start Loving Your Body
This is simple, but not easy. Most of us are so judgmental and critical about our bodies and I will tell you, my friend, this is what’s creating all the resistance and all the trouble. Decide just for these 4 days that you are going to not think bad thoughts about your body or say bad things about your body, but instead be grateful for your body for all the things it does for you. Your heart pumps blood, you’re able to digest all this glorious food and you’re able to see how beautiful the world is. This one shift can change everything.
2. Decide (just for the Thanksgiving week-end) to stop talking about how fattening everything is and how unhealthy everything is
It absolutely amazes me how much time and energy people spend talking about how fattening and unhealthy everything is. Decide you aren’t going to go there. Decide to be grateful for how wonderful everything tastes, how yummy and delicious it is. If other people start talking about it, you be the one to say, “but it tastes so good!” My grandmother Stangl had the most wonderful Thanksgivings, she made the most incredible pies. She ate red meat, lard, drank coffee all day long and she lived to be 108!
3. Decide (just for the Thanksgiving week-end) that you don’t care at all about gaining weight
This is the trickiest and craziest one. What I have found in the past 8 years (since all this changed for me) is that when I stopped caring about losing weight, that’s when I lost weight! The more manic we are about something, the more the energy stays stuck and it can’t move. The energy shifts when we shift. Be grateful for all this food. Be grateful that you have plenty to eat. Be grateful that there are so many wonderful things in your life. Focus on all the good things you have in your life and it’s amazing how the energy starts to shift.
The other crazy thing that starts happening when the energy starts to shift is that you’ll find you are feeling fuller faster and you won’t even want to overeat. Before, when I would allow myself to eat something, I would always eat the entire thing and would probably lick the plate. Now, that I’m not all manic about it, I eat until I feel full and I just naturally stop. There is no self control involved, I eat what I want until I don’t want to eat anymore.
And I’m so grateful!
Coming to Sedona and doing sessions with the amazing practitioners here is what changed everything around in my life. If that sounds good to you, I want to invite you to do the same. Speak to one of our Angel Guides. They’ll custom design a retreat that will shift your life (or your relationship) to where you want it to be.
Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you.
Wishing you a week filled with many blessings,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
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Amberly says that “miracles and shifts” have happened after her Sedona Soul Adventures retreat
“Sedona Soul Adventures is amazing. They have truly thought of everything to make it a seamless transition from the chaos of everyday to the bliss of the red rocks. Each one of my healers I felt a deep connection to but more importantly they allowed me to remember who I really am and the power that I truly possess. During my 3 day journey I realized how to tune back into my higher self and hone my strength and brighten my light. I am taking the time to “be” instead of “do” and allowing the God force within me to do the heavy lifting. Miracles and shifts have happened both large and small since I have been home and I am working each day to keep that bliss alive.”

Amberly A., Houston, Texas

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Our Peru & Machu Picchu trip (June 17-30) is filling up – are you coming?
Debra_JorgeI spent a lot of time this past week talking about the Peru trip and I love talking about the Peru trip! I’m so grateful that I get to go to Peru each year and take excited Soul Adventurers with me. Machu Picchu is so incredible and the ceremonies we do there are so amazing. The Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, it almost seems like every year it just gets better.
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If you have questions, send me an email – debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or even better, give me a call. You can reach me on my cell phone – 928/301-2896
I’d love to have you join me on this trip of a lifetime!
 

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