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This transformation (and how it came about) is almost unbelievable

Every Sunday I tell you about the incredible transformations that have happened to people who have come to do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat, but I have to say this one is almost unbelievable.
It started with me talking to one of our coaches who does long term after-care with our clients, doing a monthly coaching session after their retreat. Rick told me about a woman who came this past February (I didn’t get to meet her because I was in Egypt with our group). He told me that when she came for her initial Orientation and lit the candle to say a prayer and set her intentions, that she has gotten everything she asked for! Which is pretty amazing when you find out that what she asked for was:

  • peace
  • clarity
  • to understand and fully open to her intuitive gifts
  • to know God in a deeper way
  • for her work and money situation to be satisfying and financially lucrative
  • to find her soul mate

A rather tall order, but I have to say, we are up to the task!
She did her Soul Adventure in February and ALL of those things happened, including she is getting married in January, in a destination wedding in Mexico! This is Hendrice and her fiancé, Antonio. Aren’t they a beautiful couple?
Her story and all of the synchronicities are almost unbelievable. I had so much fun talking to her on the phone this week and I just kept saying “oh my God!” over and over and she kept saying “oh wait, I forgot to tell you this part!” It just kept going on and on.
Probably the most amazing part of the story is that for three years prior to her coming to do her Soul Adventure, Hendrice had been praying for God to send her the man she was meant to be with. Shortly before her Soul Adventure she had done a session with a practitioner who told her she had energetic blocks to love. When we talked, Hendrice said she felt like during her Soul Adventure, all the blocks to love were just completely disintegrated.
She told me about the amazing practitioners she worked with, how Sher helped her to remove blocks from her heart and how Tina knew things she couldn’t possibly know about and helped her see what gifts she had to give the world. Tina also gave her the sacred message that her ancestors are proud of her for breaking through the constraints of the patriarchy (that meant a lot to her). She said she was afraid the breath session “wouldn’t work” for her, because she’s so in her head, but in that she felt a peace she hadn’t ever experienced before. Her session on the land with Yana was glorious, allowing her to really connect in with the energies of Sedona and to deepen her connection with nature.
The day after her Soul Adventure ended she when onto an online dating app and met the man she is now going to marry in January! She told me she had never done an online dating app before, so it was so strange that she had heard about this app and decided to do it. And what’s really interesting is that this is the type of app where you don’t choose people, you put in information and then the app matches you up, so connecting requires a lot of different factors. Both Hendrice and Antonio believe that their coming together was a direct result of divine intervention! And it happened the day after her Soul Adventure was completed!
One of the other most gratifying things that has happened since her Soul Adventure has been with her work. Before her Soul Adventure, she had a job where she was not only working as a therapist, but working as an administrator and director of services. She enjoyed the therapist work, but the administrative work was making it so that she was working long hours each day and working 6-7 days per week and felt like she didn’t have a life. She told me “before my Soul Adventure, I was in a job I hated and I was scared to leave” because she was afraid she couldn’t find another job that would pay as well. When we spoke this week she told me “my Soul Adventure gave me a peace and a trust so that I knew that no matter what happened, I would be okay, that I would be taken care of”. She left her job and found another one where she works regular hours, she loves it and she feels like she has a life again (especially now that she’s getting married!) Even better, this job pays her about the same as the other one. Hendrice told me, “I have freedom”.
And actually it was these parts of her Soul Adventure that I loved the most. Hendrice told me “Before I came to Sedona I was depressed, there was a lot of chaos in my life, I couldn’t get into that peaceful place or get centered”. She told me that since her Soul Adventure all of that has changed. She told me she feels a peace she never felt before. She said “even on days when I’m surrounded by chaos, I feel peace”. She told me the tools she received here have helped her banish negative thoughts. She told me “I know my beliefs are shaping my life”, so she’s utilizing that knowledge to shape her life into exactly what she wants and of course, finding her Soul Mate!
Hendrice told me she felt completely different immediately after her Soul Adventure. And now, nine months later, her life has transformed. She changed her job, got rid of the drudgery and is loving what she does and being paid for what she’s worth. She’s found the man of her dreams and they are living their dream together, with their connection with the Divine as a main centerpiece of their relationship.
She’s living a life of connection and that’s what it’s all about. Most people are living their lives being disconnected on one of the levels – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. When you’re living your life in disconnection on one or more of the levels, your life is messed up, and you feel unhappy, dissatisfied, tired and bored or worse (depressed, angry, regretful). It’s a terrible way to live.
When you come here, we figure out where and how the disconnection is showing up in your life. It’s different for everyone and because of that we custom design a retreat that will remove the blocks and gunk that are causing the disconnection. Then we move you back into connection and give you the tools to not only maintain that connection, but to deepen the connection as you move through your life after you go back home. That’s why this work is so incredible and why it has such long term effects.
Are you ready to live your life in connection?
When you read about Hendrice are you thinking “I’ll have what she’s having?” Because a life of connection is only one phone call away.
Connect with us, speak with one of our Retreat Guides and they’ll bring you into the happiness and joy and peace that Hendrice is experiencing.

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 Retreat Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
Wishing you a week filled with unbelievable miracles,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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Martina says every part of the Peru trip was fantastic! Join us April 14-27
I love it when people who have gone on my trips say it better than I do! Here’s what Martina wrote to me:
“Whether you have been on a spiritual journey for years or are new to a lot of the concepts, this journey will open your mind to new ideas, concepts and perspectives about life in general as well as the meaning you make of it. There is no “religious” component to this trip, so it doesn’t matter if you are of any particular faith or no-faith – Jorge’s stories, legends and ceremonies will touch you, open your mind and provide for a new outlook that makes, as he puts it “the ordinary Extra-Ordinary”.
Everything was very well organized and communicated – we didn’t have to worry about a thing, but were very well taken care of. From the moment we all met up, everything was handled. We could focus solely on the experience without any thought about the logistics, or when or where to show up. It was such a nice break from a busy life…
Our Group:
As diverse as our group was in personalities, backgrounds and ages – travelers who sign up with Sedona Soul Adventures have a lot in common: An open mind, an innate curiosity, a willingness to learn and experience new things, and a strong desire to look for a deeper meaning in travel as well as life itself. Traveling with like-minded people makes such a difference. We easily connected with each other, had so much fun and laughter, and throughout the 2 weeks we have forged some true friendships that I believe will last for a long time.
Debra has been organizing these trips for many years – and thus has implemented many lessons learned from the past so that we had such a smooth journey with not a single hiccup. The journey had a great structure and flow – and the lessons along the way built really well onto each other.
Jorge Luis Delgado, our shaman and guide and author of “Andean Awakening” is a wonderful person, great guide and always has a fascinating story or legend to meet any question or situation. He combines history, legends, Incan Ceremonies as well as personal experiences, which bring the landscape as well as the many different historical and archeological sites to life. Jorge takes you beyond the usual or ordinary tourist tracks of Peru – and takes you to unique places even in the most “popular” sites like Machu Picchu. Every day feels special, every place has it’s own beauty and meaning. When we first met Jorge he greeted us “Welcome Home!” – and throughout the trip truly made us feel at home, and like we have been invited into a very special and intimate world full of beauty and treasures around every single turn of the path – if you only dare to look. I will read his book again, now that I feel such a personal connection to the many places he introduced us to.
Some of the highlights from the trip:
Oh, what to pick? Seeing Machu Picchu for the very first time brought tears of joy to every single eye in our group; I could have spent a week in Ollantaytambo; Amantini, where we stay at Joaquin’s home with his family’s very caring hospitality, is an experience not to be missed; the experiences and trips at Lake Titicaca were very unique which I will never forget.
Accommodations & Food:
The hotels we stayed at were fantastic: welcoming, lovingly decorated with the textiles and ceramics from the region, and had all the amenities you can think of – plus generous “servings” of oxygen and coca tea to help adjust to the altitude which came in handy.
The food was delicious, no matter where we went! The meats, fish and vegetables are so flavorful – and regardless if they were prepared very simply or with fancy dressings, always lovingly prepared and tasty. Especially the trout and chicken dishes that were available pretty much everywhere were delicious, and my new favorite is the Avocado-Tomato Salad that is simply out of this world!
Shopping:
Oh the shopping! Peru offers such treasures in all the different places, and every single piece I purchased has a story and reminder of the many wonderful places and people.”

– Martina Hutchinson


If you have specific questions, send me an email at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or call me – (877) 204-3664
I love talking about Peru!
 
 

“I was ready to end my life”

Over the past few months, I’ve had the joy to re-connect with Rob Wergin, one of our amazing SSA grads whose life was completely changed by coming to Sedona and doing a Soul Adventures retreat. I’m now incredibly proud to say he’s now featured as one of the amazing healers in the new documentary “Heal” (see the trailer below).
I’ll let Rob tell you:

“In February 2003, I was ready to end my life. In a last moment of “yelling at God” I asked for a message…….the message was “Go to Sedona….NOW!”

Debra answered the phone when I called Sedona Soul Adventures…..I told her I had little money and didn’t know why I was calling…………

What happened next was complete life transformation in my journey with Sedona Soul Adventures………….I was opened to who I really am, reconnected to the Divine, and stepped into the truth of who I am…..and that was in about 10 days.

In June 2003, I moved to Sedona and was honored to become a practitioner for Sedona Soul Adventures for over a year….and since then my work has exploded all over the world, working with over 80,000 souls…….

Now, in 2017, I am honored and grateful to be in the beautiful documentary film “HEAL” which just by coincidence premiered in Sedona! What a magic circle!

I am deeply grateful to Debra and Sedona Soul Adventures for launching me, way back in 2003! Please see this beautiful movie, it is inspiring and truthful and will change people’s thinking.”

In his original testimonial to us in 2003 he said:

Not only did he come back, but when he came back, it was as a full fledged healer. In Sedona, during his Soul Adventure, all of this information and energy came to him that allowed him to truly connect with the Divine and bring forth the dormant healing gifts he had. He worked with us for almost two years and did so much incredible work in our retreats.
And now he is one of the featured healers in the new documentary “Heal”, which premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival here in Sedona this past June. That’s when Rob and I re-connected and he honored me at a workshop the following day. You’ll see Rob in the trailer helping the woman who says “I don’t know who I am without being sick”.
I love this movie and I especially love the message. It features so many luminaries, such as Deepak Chopra, Gregg Braden, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Joe Dispenza, Bruce Lipton and many others. I especially love the message of the movie and believe it completely. Some of the things they talk about in the movie (and the trailer) is that almost every illness has stress at its roots. I love the phrase that is said “Not just disease starts in the mind, EVERYTHING starts in the mind”.
One of the people talks about studying all different types of cancers and that in all of them there have been virtually spontaneous, unexplained remissions and in the cases this woman studied there were 9 different things that each case had in common in what they did to turn it around to cause the remission. Two of the nine were physical, but the other seven were emotional, mental and spiritual.
We are really starting to understand that health, happiness and well-being results from being balanced on the emotional, mental and spiritual planes more than anything else. And by spiritual, I don’t necessarily mean going to church, spirituality is about beliefs. What do you believe? Do you believe that your beliefs are creating your reality? If so, are you using your beliefs to create the reality you want?
I love what Marianne Williamson says in the trailer, “We have more faith in the power of cancer to kill us than we do in the power of infinite possibility”.
I believe in the power of infinite possibility. I watched my life change when I switched to that belief. I watched Rob’s life change when he switched to that belief. I’ve watched it happen in thousands of the people we’ve worked with over the past 15 years, because that is everything we are doing here at Sedona Soul Adventures — helping people to come into balance on all the levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The ripple effect that has come from this is really staggering. By helping Rob, we’ve now helped tens of thousands of people and with this movie, it could turn into millions of people.
But it all comes back to the purpose that I came up with 15 years ago – “Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time”. So right now I’m talking about YOU and your soul. Are you ready to heal your life? Are you ready to be the happy, contented, enthusiastic, joyful person you were meant to come to the planet to be? If you’re ready, come to Sedona. And as Rob said, “NOW!” Click here so we can connect with 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 Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
And watch the trailer for “Heal” here.

Wishing you a week filled with healing,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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Join Debra for our next healing adventure in Egypt, February 11-25


If you have specific questions, send me an email at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or call me – (877) 204-3664
I love talking about Egypt!
 
 

Asking you to send prayers and $$ to one of our grads in flooded Houston

If you’ve been reading my newsletters, you know that 2 weeks ago I got married and went on my honeymoon and sent you newsletters chatting about my happiness and my beautiful trip with my new husband.
I received so many congratulatory emails, which was so sweet and fun, and then suddenly I read one from Teresa dePaula. She and her husband Joe had been here for a couples retreat a few months ago and it was life changing for them. I was stunned to read her email:
Dear Debra,
Thank you for the emails.
Congratulations on getting married!! BEAUTIFUL!
WE FLOODED VIA Hurricane Harvey after they released the Buffalo Bayou in Houston.
Our life changed in a day. First 3 weeks were an emotional & physical Hell; you are a walking Zombie not knowing what to do, in shock and where to live. We have 3 house dogs & it’s very difficult to find a furnished rental that accepts 3 dogs. We will be moving our third time into another friend’s home; like we are living out of a suitcase. Our rebuild has started and we hope to be back in by Dec 15; Hope. This builder is efficient – they work 6 days a week 7-5; of course he didn’t come cheap.
What clothes & shoes we saved are in a storage unit. Most everything downstairs (our master bed was down) was ruined; we had 2 ½ – 3ft in our house for 8 days of SEWAGE WATER.
I wrote Teresa back expressing my sympathy and then she sent me another email:
THANK YOU DEBRA!! And Truly I am happy for you finding your Soul Mate.
We were not allowed in our neighborhood for 6 days after flooding, once we could get in, Joe & 2 buddies canoed clothes, shoes & other out (trash pics is all our trash = 2 frigs, dishwasher, 2 sofas, 7 chairs, settee, tables, 8 pairs boots (etc..)
Pics are from when water was down 8”-10”; after we could get in.
WE ARE LUCKIER THAN THOUSANDS; WE REALIZE THAT. Many we know had 4-5 feet inside their homes; we only had 3’ max; plus we are lucky to not be in California fires.
Going thru this, I now have more compassion for ANYONE who loses their home & belongings in a Sudden Disaster, truly is your own Hell on Earth. My heart hurts for the elderly who lost their homes & for all those who have children & pets living with them. It will be years before some rebuild, if they do.
We did not furnish our house in a day and it may be a year before it’s furnished again. We even have to drain our pool, get resurfaced, etc.. It’s devastating how much you have to replace.
My car was totaled too, Joe’s was not so we are so lucky! SO MANY LOST all their autos.
THANK YOU FOR SAVING OUR MARRIAGE, WE are still using the communication skills, etc.. We lost most papers from our sessions to flood, hated losing the pic from Burning Man of the inner child in all of us.
Hugs to you!!
When I read this, it just touched my heart. I was so amazed that even with everything going on, Teresa was sending me wedding congratulations and still thanking us for saving their marriage. I started thinking how I could help. I had the idea of reaching out to YOU – our beautiful Sedona Soul Adventures family, knowing how generous and loving you all are.
I also loved the idea of you all knowing that any donations you would make would be going to one specific family and helping them directly.
So I wrote Teresa to ask her permission. She wrote back:
I’m humbled & almost embarrassed to accept any gifts, yet, at this point I have sucked up my pride & try to accept (we have received aid from family & friends).
If someone is seeking a tax deduction, our church Tallowood Baptist had 106 families that flooded. I have contacted my church to find out if there are specific families in need. 4 Tallowood Baptist members helped us pack up our house. They could put our name Teresa & Joe DePaula for Harvey Victims in the memo; then they get a tax deduction for writing to the church.
Tallowood is a multi-racial church = various cultures, we have Chinese, Hispanic, Burmese & other worships. Our Pastor is super cool (he & his wife adopted their daughter who was a Hurricane IKE/Louisiana survivor).
You all know that I have never asked you for anything like this before, but if you feel it in your heart, I would ask that you send a check for whatever feels good to you (and every $5 and $10 helps!) to:
Tallowood Church
555 Tallowood Rd.
Houston, TX 77025
In the memo write: Joe & Teresa dePaula for Harvey victims
If you can’t send money at this time, no worries, then I ask you to send love and healing energy to Joe and Teresa and all these people whose lives have been turned upside down.
Please do not send any donations to Sedona Soul Adventures, as we are not a 501(C)(3) organization and we would need to return any donations. Please send them directly to the church and then you will also receive a tax deduction. I know that this will make a difference. Thank you for your generosity.
Wishing you a week filled with generosity and love,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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We helped Joe and Teresa. Let us help you

I loved it so much that even with everything that is going on with her right now, that Teresa thanked me again for saving her marriage. I went back and found the email she had sent to me in April:
THANK YOU SEDONA SOUL ADVENTURES = SAVED OUR MARRIAGE, SAVED MY HAPPINESS & SANITY, AND BROUGHT ME THE MOST JOY! MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFETIME WAS THE BREATHING WITH PENNY! ALL THE COACHES I HAD ARE GIFTS FROM HEAVEN & GOD TO ME!!
I love it when we can save someone’s marriage and happiness and sanity! And that’s what happens with our Couples Retreats. Your relationship so greatly impacts your happiness and sanity, it changes everything when it’s going right.
Call and speak with one of our retreat guides. They’ll help you just like they did Teresa and Joe.

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 Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
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Come with us to Machu Picchu & Peru, April 14-27

“The Sedona Soul Adventures Peru Trip was AMAZING! It is my second Sedona Soul Sacred Travel trip and it, like the first to Egypt, was life changing. The magic of Machu Picchu, the peacefulness of Lake Titicaca, the energy of the Apu mountain spirits is not something you can read about – it must be experienced! On this trip, we had the privilege of being in the presence of Jorge Luis Delgado, our Peruvian Shaman and Chacaruna (bridge person – messenger of light) who is an extraordinary guide, teacher and spiritual Master. I have been on my spiritual journey for approximately 10 years now, and I have learned and experienced many things, but Jorge had an incredible way of saying thing in such simple powerful ways, it was like I was learning them again for the first time. I experienced with him the power of oral tradition – that it isn’t just the words that he spoke, but it was the energy and intention he imbued into his words that is the specialness of oral tradition. It is that energy which touches you and teaches you. He reaches you heart to heart, rather than from your mind. He led me on a Pilgrimage to my Inner Sun that deepened my commitment to a higher level of consciousness, that increased my understanding of the Cosmos and its wonder, and that fueled my desire to shine brightly in the world. I will be forever grateful for this trip and the positive impact it had on my life.”

– Suzanne West, Calgary, Canada


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Getting Married, Part II, second chances

Remember in last week’s newsletter I told you that I got married and I assumed it was beautiful because I had to write the newsletter before the big day? Well, I’m happy to tell you it WAS absolutely beautiful and amazing. The weather was perfect, all of my 4 brothers and my sister were there and the ceremony was fantastic! I’m now on my first honeymoon (we’re taking 2!), but I wanted to send you some of the pictures and I wanted to tell you about the beautiful toast my sister made at our second reception (we had 2!)
Here’s us in the middle of the ceremony. My two wonderful friends (and practitioners) Ranjita and Yana co-officiated the most beautiful ceremony that incorporated Native American traditions and personal stories about the two of us. We were surrounded by the beautiful red rocks of Sedona at Mariposa, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Sedona.
Lisa Dahl, the owner of Mariposa (and 4 other restaurants in Sedona) was so gracious to let us have the wedding here, even though they typically don’t do that. Lisa allowed us to have 40 people at Mariposa, but that wasn’t enough for the entire celebration so we had another reception later that evening at the Rooftop at Sedona Rouge with over 100 people, including all my practitioners. Rather than having a cake, my dear friend Sylvia sent me a picture of cupcakes and I loved it. Here we are starting to cut the cake.
Richard’s brother Rob (his best man, in the red bow tie) gave a beautiful toast at the first reception and my sister Casey gave a beautiful toast at the second reception (see the resemblance?). In her toast she talked about that this was not the first rodeo for either Richard or me and that there are lots of famous people and wonderful situations that didn’t work out the first go around, but needed more than one try. Here’s her toast –
Top Ten People Who Needed a Few
Tries Before Achieving Success
#10 – Thomas Edison made over 10,000 attempts to perfect the light bulb. When asked about his repeated failure he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
#9 – After Fred Astaire’s first screen test in 1933, the memo from the casting director at MGM read: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”
# 8 – Emily Dickinson had only 7 poems published in her lifetime.
#7 – Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, relapsed at least 5 times before achieving sobriety for the rest of his life.
#6 – R.H. Macy failed 7 times before his idea for a department store caught on.
#5 – Steve Jobs originally went to Atari and said “Hey we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, what do you think about funding us?” They said no. Then he went to Hewlett Packard and they said “Hey we don’t need you. You haven’t even graduated from college yet.” Then he founded Apple.
#4 – The Wright Brothers experimented for years and conducted 100’s of glider tests before achieving 20 seconds of sustained powered flight.
#3 – J.K. Rowling’s book about a boy wizard was rejected by 12 publishers before little known Bloomsbury Publishing picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
#2 – The Chicago Cubs, the baseball team beloved by our father, went 107 seasons before winning the 2016 World Series.
And the #1 Person Who Needed a Few Tries Before Achieving Success – Debra Stangl married before honorable men who were no match for her passion, intelligence and lust for life. On October 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm that all changed. We’re so happy to welcome Richard into our family and to watch him make Debra so happy.
Is that the best? And it’s so true – I feel so completely blessed to have this “do over” at happiness. I think sometimes we think that when we get to a certain point in our lives, that it’s over, it’s too late, we’re stuck with what we have. I’m proof that’s not true. Lasting love, true happiness and real transformation can come to us at any age and at any time. I told you last week how improbable it was that Richard and I came together how and when we did. It’s never over til it’s over.
If you want to try to take another shot again at life – at love, at happiness, at transformation — I want to remind you that it’s not too late. You don’t have to “settle” for what you have, things can change in an instant like they did for me.
Connect with us and speak with one of our Guides. They’ll dig deep to get at what’s holding you back, they they’ll design the retreat that’s perfect for you and your situation.

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 Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
Wishing you a week filled with joy and happiness,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

 
 

I got married yesterday!

I got married yesterday in the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona. My whole family was there and it was so incredibly beautiful. At least, I’m assuming it was. I wrote this on Wednesday because I won’t have any time to write this once everyone starts arriving on Thursday. This photo was taken at our photo shoot on Thursday out in the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona. (Cathedral Rock, to be precise)
But the part I can say without any question is how amazed and surprised and happy I am about everything and how incredible this whole thing has been. And I have to say it’s all because of Sedona Soul Adventures that this thing has happened at all.
After my divorce 7 years ago, I was hurting and really at a low point in my life. I was amazed that even after all the spiritual work I’ve done over the years, I was still having feelings of “not enough”. I was having thoughts of “is there something wrong with me?”, “why wasn’t I able to make the marriage work?” and all that stinkin’ thinkin’ that goes with all that. I was stunned, because I thought I had dealt with all that sort of stuff a long time ago.
But you know, these core wounds run deep. They go back to our childhoods and some threads are even deeper than that, going back to past lives and beyond. Luckily for me, I had my amazing practitioners to help me. I practice what I preach. I know from 15 years with Sedona Soul Adventures that everything can be turned around. It’s not necessary to stay stuck or to stay unhappy. So I dove in, just like I tell people who come to do a Soul Adventure to do.
I discovered I still had some deep wounds from my childhood and from my past marriage. Isn’t it so interesting how that stuff just comes out in layers? Think onions… and, at each layer one cries from the release of that stuck energy of the past. I did a number of very intense sessions with many of my practitioners, some of the deepest work I’ve ever done in my life. It was so liberating to come out of the other end of that.
But the best part was that I emerged from all that happy and whole (not perfect (we never reach that), but grounded and secure in the knowledge that I WAS enough). And I see now that’s what set everything in motion for love to come back into my life. If Richard and I had connected 7 years ago, I’m sure this wouldn’t have worked out. I just wasn’t in the space that you need to be in for a healthy relationship to come in and stay.
But when we connected, we were both in that happy and whole space. And it’s so interesting to me, that Richard and I should never have connected in the first place. We both had been on Match.com for a long time and I had made the decision over 2 years ago that if someone contacted me who was more than a two hour drive away that I wasn’t interested. I had done a long distance relationship 3 years ago and it was just too difficult. So if someone contacted me who was far away, I simply wouldn’t respond to them. At first that felt a little rude, but if I did respond to people that I wasn’t interested in a long distance relationship, that would always start this back and forth of them saying, “Oh come on”, “we can make it work”, etc. So I just didn’t respond at all, because it avoided all that.
Then last year I was sitting in the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica with my sister watching another gorgeous Southern California sunset and drinking champagne. We were celebrating my book having reached Amazon #1 Bestseller, plus my sister loves sunsets. Suddenly I got a ping on my phone from Match. Richard had seen me on Match and he “liked” me. I saw his picture and his beautiful blue eyes and then I read his profile. I loved what I saw, especially the way he spoke about his work and when he was speaking about his spiritual life and how important that was to him, I had a real reaction. But then I saw that he was from San Jose, California and my heart sank. I showed his picture to my sister and she said, “cute!”. I thought to myself, “this one I’m not going to be rude to” and I wrote him a message that said “you look great, but you’re in San Jose”. I thought that would be the end of it.
Instead, he wrote back, “I know, I saw the potentially insurmountable distance. But I saw your picture and I see what you’re doing in the world and I just want you to know there’s someone out here who appreciates who you are”.
Wow.
I showed his response to my sister and she said “Good answer!”.
We texted back and forth a little and then I told him I was visiting my family and we should talk next week. He called me the following week and that started the talking and texting and Skyping that went on for six weeks before he came to Sedona to visit me. Shortly after we were together for the first time, he wrote a poem called “735”, because it’s 735 miles between San Jose and Sedona. We read the poem at our wedding. He’s given me permission to share it with you.
735
Seven-hundred-thirty-five miles is a long way
They said
To travel so far to meet her
I was reminded that after hundreds of lifetimes
With and without her
With a hundred decades between our last love meeting
We have both come so far on our separate paths
Weaving, bobbing in-and-out of our crusted, heavy worlds
Falling, rising, drowning in our own lives only to surface again
To find each other
Finally
Deeply
Forever, again
735 miles was nothing
I feel so blessed. I feel so happy. I’m so full of love that I want everyone to have that and share it. One of our gifts from my bridal shower was a couples massage and we did that last Tuesday. As I was leaving, one of the women there who had been helping us all evening said to me “I wish you every happiness and you give me hope that I could find a relationship again”. It’s been so amazing how many people have said that to both of us and we love that so much. We want to give people that hope. We feel blessed to be able to inspire others to reach for their heart’s desire.
Whether you’re looking for love or for happiness and wholeness, please do something to make that happen. Do what I did – come here and work with our practitioners. They are masters and they can help you.
Connect with us and speak with one of our Retreat Guides.

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 Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
Wishing you a week filled with love and joy and adventure,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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Join Richard and I (and Jorge Luis Delgado) in Machu Picchu and other Sacred Sites of Peru April 14-27


One of the most fun things that’s happened in the past year is having Richard go with me to Peru on our last trip. Here we are at Machu Picchu and then here is the whole group.
What a fabulous time we had and how wonderful it is to travel to these amazing places with incredible people.
And to be in the presence of our incredible guide and shaman, Jorge Luis Delgado. He is with us the entire time, teaching us the ways of the shaman and doing ceremonies. I believe Jorge is one of the most important teachers on the planet right now. So many people tell me they feel sorry for people who go to Machu Picchu and Peru without Jorge – it’s just not the same experience.
 
If Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, come with us on this trip of a lifetime.
If you have any questions, please send me an email at: Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Announcing our Peru trip April 14-27 – Changes at Machu Picchu

“The Peru trip was the best experience I have ever had.”
– Kerry Grant
That pretty much sums it up. The Peru trip is amazing and fantastic and 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 2 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 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, just the transformations you’re having. We handle everything else.
  • Traveling with other like-minded adventurers adds such a depth to this trip, making friendships that last a lifetime.
  • 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. 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 this year. Before July 1, 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. The government has changed it so that twice the number of people will be going to Machu Picchu.
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 sunrise ceremony. 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.
“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.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wishing you a week filled with adventure,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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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

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Download our beautiful “Machu Picchu & Sacred Peru” Report

Read all about Peru and its sacred sites, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley and more. Get a feel for the amazing places, the people and the country itself.
Click here for all the info on the trip, including pricing.
And then I hope you’ll decide to join me on this amazing trip.
Questions? Email me at Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com or
call me at (877) 204-3664. I love talking about Peru!
 
 
 
 
 

My new book – Dancing In The Unknown – Buy it tomorrow (Monday)

I am so excited to be a part of a new collaboration of story tellers sharing their amazing journeys into the unknown! Our book Dancing In The Unknown is coming out tomorrow! Please help us become a best-seller and inspire people to let go and dance!
Please buy the book tomorrow (not today!). We are trying to make it an Amazon #1 Best Seller and that depends on a whole bunch of people buying it on one day (Monday, September 25).
I feel so honored to have been asked to be part of this. The moving force behind it is Betsy Chasse, who was one of the Co-Creators (Writer, Director, Producer) of What The Bleep Do We Know?. Do you remember that movie, have you ever seen it? It came out in 2004 and it is a documentary that starred Marlee Matlin and introduced the world to such New Thought people as Dr. Joe Dispenza. That movie had a huge impact on my life, especially in how I viewed the world from a spiritual perspective.
So imagine how shocked and happy I was when Betsy asked me to contribute to this book and write one of the chapters. Dancing In The Unknown shares the stories of 16 everyday people who have survived and thrived through the trials and triumphs of living the life they desire.
My chapter, is entitled:

My Sedona Soul Adventure
— How A Burned Out Divorce Lawyer Found Love, Happiness and Purpose
By Learning How to Surrender

I tell the story of how I left my law practice of 20 years, stepped into the Unknown and ultimately founded Sedona Soul Adventures.
I love how Betsy describes it:
“Every day I encounter people who are tired, broke, broken-hearted, rich and still depressed because they aren’t happy, they aren’t living their lives their way, or anywhere near the life of their dreams. I felt it was time to hear from everyday people about how they took a leap of faith and began dancing to their own tune.”
You can get the book on Amazon: http://bit.ly/DancingUnknown
(Remember, buy it tomorrow (Monday) not today to help us hit Amazon #1. I’ll send you a reminder email tomorrow.
It was really wonderful to write this chapter and, as always, it really brought back lots of memories. The thing that still stuns me is that I allowed myself to stay so unhappy for so long. But that’s what we do, don’t we? We think that there’s nothing we can do about the hand which life has dealt us, that we have to stay stuck.
Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not the case, and that’s the story that each and every person in the book is talking about. Your life can be different, you just have to make the decision to make it different and then do something about it. That’s why I started Sedona Soul Adventures – so that people can do what it takes to have the life or the relationship of their dreams, because I know from my own experience that it’s possible.
If you’re feeling stuck, if you’re feeling like you’re not living the life you want, please connect with us. Talk with one of our Retreat Guides — they’ll dig deep to get at the heart of what’s holding you back and then they’ll custom design a retreat that will take you from where you are to where you need to be.

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 Retreat Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
Wishing you a week filled with Dancing In The Unknown,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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Layce says she went from a “dark, hopeless existence to a joyful, abundant and grateful life” thanks to her Soul Adventure

“Prior to my Soul Adventure, I had been struggling with depression, weight gain, addiction, smoking and anxiety for months. I had tried medication and therapy and neither of those worked, in fact the medications only made things worse; more weight gain, less energy and sluggish thoughts.
During the adventure, I could already feel blockages opening up and hope coming back into my mind. I was in such a sad and lonely place prior that I immediately felt changes occurring. It was so exciting learning new techniques and tools to help manage my moods.
After completion of the adventure, I went home and immediately put my new techniques into practice. Within a month, I effortlessly lost 9 pounds and started working out again as soon as we arrived back home. I have taken a proactive approach towards my attitude, protecting it from negativity and situations that provoke anger and irritability. I live in the moment now and am able to see immediately when my emotions are turning and take responsibility for my well-being by using the tools I received during my retreat.
I had no idea that in less than a month my life would go from a dark, hopeless existence to a joyful, abundant and grateful life. Thank you Soul Adventures!”

– Layce R., Buena Park, California

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Take a leap and come with me to Egypt – Feb. 11-25

Travel is one of the ways we can really make our lives be different. Doing the same thing over and over again, staying in the same place all the time is a recipe for unhappiness and frustration. If you want to really start living your life in a different way, think about coming to Egypt with me in February.
People are so amazed when I tell them I’ve been to Egypt 17 times and I’ve traveled (and taken groups to) Bali and Peru. Especially when I was younger and didn’t have a whole lot of money, people would say, ‘how do you do it?’ And the answer was, I made a choice. One of the decisions I made in my twenties was that I was going to travel. Even when I didn’t have much money, I arranged things so that I could go on trips.
I came to that decision because 2 things happened. My sister was living in Jordan and she invited me for a visit. I went to see her and then went to Egypt (which was a 20 minute plane ride) because I had always wanted to go there. While I was there I saw all these groups of tourists consisting primarily of retired people (because they have the time to take a 2 week trip). The problem was that there was a whole lot of stuff they couldn’t do, like walk bent over in the Pyramid, and most of them didn’t want to ride a camel. I remember having the thought, “I’m not going to wait to travel until I’m too old to enjoy it”.
At about the same time, my grandmother retired from her very demanding job as the Head Nurse at a hospital. She and my grandfather scrimped and saved their entire lives and she was always saying that when she retired they were going to start traveling. She retired at age 65 and they went on one trip, a car trip to visit relatives in Michigan (my mother and sister and I went with them).
We did a whole bunch of fun things (road a boat across Lake Michigan, went to museums, I loved visiting with my cousins), but my grandparents hated it. They hated all the food, all the places we stayed and thought everything was too expensive. They never went anywhere again. Traveling was just too far out of their comfort zone and out of their everyday work-hard life to even be something they could enjoy. When I saw that, I vowed that wasn’t going to happen to me.
Looking back, I’m so glad I made that decision. It has added so much to my life, not just the fun factor but in really appreciating other people and other cultures and in enhancing my spiritual life. Some of the most expansive spiritual experiences I’ve ever had have been on these trips.
So I invite you, take the leap. Do something very different. Come to Egypt with me. You won’t be sorry.
“I have never had a trip that was such a complete experience; mind, body, heart and soul. I really felt myself open to the deep quiet of Egypt and somehow, it changed my life”

– Jane Schafer


If you have specific questions, send me an email at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or call me – (877) 204-3664
I love talking about Egypt!
 
 

You can’t pour from an empty cup; the vicious cycle of not taking care of yourself

It’s so interesting to us, because we seem to have waves of people with the same kind of problems contacting us at the same time for doing a retreat. We’ll have a few weeks of getting nothing but couples who have suffered infidelity and then we’ll have a few weeks of people who have deep issues with not loving themselves, it’s so fascinating how it seems to happen in waves.
Right now the issue that seems to be coming up the most is people who do, do, do for everyone else and can’t give themselves permission to do things to take care of themselves. They contact us about doing a retreat, they know they need to do something to change their pattern and then when it gets down to making the decision, they just simply cannot give themselves permission to spend the time, spend the money, but what it really comes down to, they can’t give themselves permission to do something for themselves.
And it’s really frightening to me, because some of these people are actually — quite literally — killing themselves. They are overworked, overwhelmed and at the end of their rope. And even though they know that they’re killing themselves, they can’t let go of the pattern. I recognize the pattern because that’s what I was doing to myself 18 years ago before I came to Sedona.
We had one person who contacted us for the first time over 5 years ago and decided to not do the retreat. Last week she called and said “I finally have to do something”. She’s now much, much worse than she was 5 years ago, her health is suffering, her husband has left her (even after all her care taking) and she’s so completely burned out at work that she could barely function.
This is the vicious cycle I’m talking about that happens when we don’t take care of ourselves. Things just get worse. We think we’re helping the people around us, but we’re not. We have the thought, “I need to do something to change this” and we might even look into doing something, but then we won’t give ourselves permission to do it, telling ourselves we have to take care of everyone else. But all that happens is that the problems just get deeper, the resentments get deeper and then the stress starts showing up in health problems, marital strife and just feeling awful most of the time. It just keeps going around and around.
Luckily, her Soul Adventure got at the underlying issues that were causing all this (especially around her belief that she has to do things for people in order for them to love her, which was all tangled up in her trying to please her father) and she really came back into connection. I swear she looked twenty years younger when she came into the office at the end of her retreat to say goodbye and thank us. But the best part is that she feels in a completely different space than when she came, she knows that a fundamental shift and change has happened, she knows her life has changed and is going to continue to change.
And that’s the key — to do something about this, you actually have to do something to make a change. Something like a vacation doesn’t do it. I used to take vacations to try to relieve my stress and unhappiness and I would have a week of feeling a little better, but then I would come back to the same old stuff and the same old me.
It always reminds me of what they tell you when you fly. If the cabin pressure drops, put on your air mask and if you’re traveling with a child or an infirm person, put your air mask on first and THEN help them put on their mask. The reasoning is very simple. The sooner you take care of yourself, the more you’re increasing your chances that you’re going to be able to help the other person. In the time it takes to try to put the mask on the child (who may be kicking and screaming), air pressure in the cabin can drop so low that you’re not in a position to be able to help anyone, let alone your child. Taking care of yourself first means you’re better able to take care of others.
So I was thinking about all this and of course I was on Pinterest (looking at flower ideas for my wedding) when I saw this (why in the world would this be on a page about wedding flowers? I call it God winking at me — telling me I’m on the right track thinking and writing about this):

Are you feeling empty?
Are you running on fumes?
Do you know that you need to be doing something to take care of yourself, but you keep putting it off?
Stop! You aren’t doing anyone any favors (least of all yourself) by not doing something to take care of yourself.
Please contact us. I promise you there is something underneath this issue, something that goes deeper than not just taking care of yourself. Speak with one of our Guides and they’ll get to the root of the issue that’s holding you back from living a life of joy and ease.

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 Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
Wishing you a week filled with radical self care,
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 after learning “the importance of taking care of me”, “I am truly happy for the first time in more than 40 years”

“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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Could this be the year you give yourself the gift of going to Egypt? Join us February 11-25

Someone called me this past week and wants to go on the Egypt trip. We had a beautiful conversation. She’s had a lot of loss in her life and this trip is such a stretch for her. She’s never done any traveling, she doesn’t have a passport, so she was concerned about being able to do this trip. It was so much fun talking to her and telling her about how everything is just completely taken care of for us on this trip. She’ll need to get a passport and fly to JFK, but we even found a flight that’s absolutely perfect for her. And after that, it’s smooth sailing. Literally. Every day is planned to perfection (including our 5 day cruise down the Nile on our 5 star ship), with seeing amazing sites, connecting in with the energy, connecting with our fellow travelers and having fun. I’ve done this trip 18 times now(!) and I must tell you, it’s perfect. It’s so beautiful and enriching.
Could this be the year you give yourself the gift of going to Egypt? Because that’s what it is, a precious gift. I’d love to have you join us.

If you have specific questions, send me an email at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or call me – (877) 204-3664
I love talking about Egypt!
 
 

My week sucked until this happened

I don’t know about you, but this week has pretty much sucked.
Hurricane Harvey (can you imagine digging out from under that?), Hurricane Irma, the earthquake in Mexico, I had a fight with my fiancé, I’ve got too much to do before my wedding (even though we’re keeping it very simple), my sister doesn’t like the bridesmaid dress I picked out (I know, that’s so minor, but it affects me) and it all just piled up to be a sucky week.
I hate that. I spend my life telling people how to not have that happen, how to move through that, how to not be that way.
And then today, someone said something to me that totally changed everything around.
A new client came into Sedona Soul Adventures. I rushed over to the office to greet her. I don’t work at the office anymore, as it’s so busy there I can’t get anything done when I’m there. I work from home, which is literally an 8 minute drive from the office. I do my best to go to meet each client to greet them and at least to hug them and to say hello, because I know what a big deal it is to do a retreat like this.
I rushed to the office and walked in and hugged this woman and asked her how she was feeling and she started telling me that she had wanted to come on a Soul Adventure for over 5 years. She’s been reading my newsletter every week for the past 6 years and always wanted to come but felt like she couldn’t afford it, she couldn’t take the time and her life wasn’t “messed up enough” to warrant doing a Soul Adventure.
She told me that 2 years ago I had written a newsletter that had changed everything for her. It was about how scientists found that simply by standing in a power pose for two minutes increases testosterone and makes people feel more powerful. In the newsletter, I invited people to do that every day for 2 minutes and see if it made a difference.
She told me that it changed her life. She had always been a very mousy, subdued person that people tended to walk all over. She was in an emotionally abusive relationship, but wasn’t calling it that and wasn’t admitting it to herself.
She said that just standing in that position started to make her change.
And then a few months ago, these new feelings of confidence made her decide she wanted to have her life be different. Her new confidence made her feel like this was actually possible. When that light went on, her first though was “I’m going to do a Soul Adventure”.
So she’s in the middle of it now, and when I spoke with her after her second day, she said she can’t believe how her confidence and sense of inner power have increased ten-fold. She said she can’t imagine how she’s going to feel at the end of it.
Needless to say, that completely turned my week around! I haven’t been doing the power pose and just doing it one time today, made me feel great! So, I’m re-creating that newsletter from 2 years ago so that you have it. Here it is:
If you could feel more confident and powerful in 2 minutes would you be willing to do it every day? Believe me when I tell you, it’s worth it.
If you’ve been reading my newsletter this past year, you know I’ve been talking a lot about how our brains affect everything in our lives. But today I want to talk about how doing something with your body can affect everything.
Researchers at Harvard have discovered that not only does your body language effect how other people perceive you, but your body language has an affect on how you perceive yourself and how you feel. What they discovered is that people who stand or sit in a power pose for more than two minutes have increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of cortisol.
These hormones can change within seconds and have a dramatic impact on how you’re feeling. Testosterone makes people feel more confident, more self empowered. Reducing cortisol results in lower levels of stress and anxiety. Cortisol is also known to lower immune function and bone density, interfere with learning and memory, increase weight gain, create negative impact on blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease, so anything you can do to lower cortisol is a very good thing.
The power poses that they studied were what we usually call the Superman or Superwoman pose, with your hands on your hips, feet at least shoulder-width apart, chest out, head held high. They also included sitting back with your feet on a table, and the decidedly less-ladylike sitting with your legs spread wide apart (guys, you can get away with this one). What they found was that in 2 minutes, the hormonal levels changed dramatically.
Not only did the testosterone and cortisol levels change, but the people reported feeling much more confident and powerful. And I don’t mean the kind of power where you’re barking orders at everyone and they’re shaking in their  boots. That’s not power, that’s intimidation. I’m talking about the feeling that comes from truly being in your own power. Self empowerment.
Try doing this every day. Stand in that power pose and breathe deeply. Do it for 2 minutes each morning. Or do it for 2 minutes before an important meeting (I just did it last week in a bathroom stall!) Visualize powerful energy coursing through you and coming out of you. If you’re doing it before a meeting or an important event, visualize how you want the meeting or event to go.
Okay, so now I’ll be very vulnerable and share my secret with you about how I do this. I do the pose, but I don’t envision myself in a Superwoman costume. Instead I envision myself (don’t laugh) in full Egyptian regalia. I do this because I know I had a past life where I was a priestess in the Temple of Karnak and I had some very strange powers. I wasn’t anyone famous (I’ve never been anyone famous), but I was very powerful. One of the things I could do was blast energy through my hands and knock people over. Literally, I could knock them over. In that lifetime I abused those powers and one of the lessons for me in this lifetime has been around the abuse of power (a lesson that received a lot of healing when I was an attorney).
So I do the pose and see myself dressed as an Egyptian woman in the dresses you see depicted in the temples and tombs, I have gold bands around my wrists and upper arms and a beautiful headdress. I envision the power energy running throughout my body and then coming out of my heart. The power energy is mixed with the heart energy in a beautiful combination of power and love. The energy is never used to blast anyone (or knock them over!), it’s used for my own self empowerment and for the other person to feel that and my love. It’s a very juicy combination!
Self empowerment is so critical to a meaningful and happy life. Do you feel self empowered? Do you know that you have the inner strength to face anything that life throws at you or to create the life of your dreams? Standing in a power pose might not be enough.
If that’s the case, I urge you to contact us and do something about it. Empowering yourself, living your best life is your birthright and helping you find that is what we do best.
 
Click here and one of our 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 Guides will call you. They’ll connect with you (or both of you if it’s a couple) and custom design a retreat that’s perfect for you for the life or the relationship you’re craving.

Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.
Wishing you a week filled with power and confidence,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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Andrew says his Sedona Soul Adventure gave him “a renewed and lasting sense of purpose, clarity, freedom, balance, and support.”

“My Sedona Soul Adventure was a 10! I am beyond excited to have returned from my retreat with a renewed and lasting sense of purpose, clarity, freedom, balance, and support. Thank you, Debra, and EVERYONE at Sedona Soul Adventures!”

– Andrew L., Raleigh, North Carolina

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Jane says the Egypt trip “changed my life”

“I have never had a trip that was such a complete experience; mind, body, heart and soul. I really felt myself open to the deep quiet of Egypt and somehow, it changed my life”

– Jane Schafer

The Egypt trip is so amazing and it absolutely is life changing. Come with us as we see the Great Pyramid (including 2 hours of private time just for our group for meditation and ceremony), the Sphinx, Abu Simbel, the Hathor Temple at Dendara, the Isis Temple at Philae and much more.


If you have specific questions, send me an email at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or call me – (877) 204-3664
I love talking about Egypt!
 
 

4 tips for slowing down that can work magic in your life [and bring you peace and calm]

This week I was on the phone with one of my coaching clients (I love her so much, she’s done 2 Soul Adventures, been to Peru with me, I’ve coached with her for years and her life has become about 99% perfect, she’s a joy to work with) and we started talking about the other 1% of her life that in this moment is not exactly perfect. This thing has been bugging her for awhile and during our call, we really got at the heart of this particular pattern and (in her usual way) she blasted right through it.
We kept talking about how to prevent this from coming up again in the first place and I started talking to her (as I do with all my coaching clients) about the magic and the power of Slowing Down.
Doesn’t it feel like things in our modern day life have just gotten absolutely crazy? I love technology (I love that I can easily send these emails to you and I love it when my iPhone says “ding ding” and it’s a sweet text from my honey), but hasn’t all this stuff just made things a little nuts? And I especially hate watching couples (or worse, entire families) sit in restaurants not talking to each other, and everyone is on their phones. I can understand doing that for 5 minutes to check for something that feels important, but to do it for the entire time until the food comes and sometimes even while they’re eating?
When I was in 6th grade, we got the Weekly Reader (printed, not in email), and I remember an article that said that at the turn of the century (the year 2000 – which at that point was 35 years away), the biggest problem we would all have would be what to do with all of our free time. Their point was that many people were starting to get so many labor saving devices (dishwashers, automatic washing machines, motorized lawn mowers) and most people had gone to a 5-day work week, that, according to the article, by the year 2000 our biggest problem would be what to do with all the free time we have.
WRONG! Could they have been anymore wrong? Technology has just amped everything up to a fever pitch. I’m so glad I left my divorce lawyer practice in 1999, just when the internet and emails were coming in and just when everyone’s attitude started to be, “I should be able to get you whenever I want you”.
Do you find yourself rushing around a lot? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed a lot? For the first time in a long time, I spent much of today in overwhelm and I’m not used to doing that and, I’ll tell you, I don’t like it, it doesn’t feel good.
When I brought this up with my client, she started talking about how rushing around all the time just fans the flame of the anxiety that she sometimes feels. I think that’s true for everyone, it’s certainly true for me. As I’m rushing around I can feel my heart rate going up, I can sometimes feel my stomach churning and and my mind is scattered. Is that true for you?
Doctors and scientists have now proven that this type of stress (especially this type which can be almost constant) is very bad for our bodies, resulting in higher levels of cortisol, higher blood pressure and erratic heart rates.
I also find that when I’m rushing around, I make stupid mistakes that end up costing me even more time. Have you ever rushed around looking for your sunglasses and they’re on top of your head? Have you ever rushed around looking for your keys and you’re holding them? Research has found that multi-tasking not only doesn’t work, it’s worse for everything. Everything gets done by as much as a 20% less effective rate than if the person is focusing on doing one thing at a time.
There are some really simple things that you can do that can bring some peace and calm to your life right away, by simply Slowing Down. The key is that it’s simple, but it’s not easy. Most of us are so wired to go, go, go, that slowing down can be difficult. But I promise you, these work:

1. Sit and take a deep breath and close your eyes. Set the intention, “I am starting to slow down. I am being more careful and conscious.” Take some more deep breaths as you do this and actually see yourself in your mind’s eye moving through life at a slower pace.

2. Make the decision to leave 10 minutes earlier than you think you need to leave for everything that is on your schedule — appointments, meetings, being at the gate for a plane, etc. This telegraphs your brain “I’m early, I have plenty of time”, so the rushing element is completely eliminated. I promise you, this is not a waste of time, you will be amazed if you do this for even 3 days.

3. Every time you sit down in a chair or get up from a chair, do it more slowly than you normally would. Don’t plop down or jump up. Sit down very slowly and consciously and you might even say to yourself, “I’m sitting down slowly”. As you get back up, do it slowly and, again, you might say to yourself, “I’m getting up slowly and consciously”.

4. Set the intention that you are going to walk more slowly (unless there is a situation where you’re running for a plane, but again, if you left 10 minutes earlier than necessary you wouldn’t find yourself running for a plane). When you feel yourself speeding up, simply start walking more slowly. As you see other people passing you and rushing around, smile and send them love and be grateful for this newfound peace that has come into your life.

Do this for 3 days. Just tell yourself you’re going to do it for 3 days, because promising to do it forever is too overwhelming for your brain. Do it for 3 days and I promise you will feel differently, and you’ll have a deep desire to do it for longer. It’s so different and so counter to how almost everyone else does things, I think you will be amazed. And I think you will be doubly amazed at the peace this brings you.
If you find this to be difficult, or if you find that just doing this for 3 days doesn’t create a significant sense of peace, then that could mean that there are much deeper issues here. So many of us are so used to living with anxiety all the time, that it becomes second nature. There might be deeper clearing that needs to happen to really bring you into a sense of peace and contentment, not only with your life, but also with your relationship. Or maybe your partner is so out of balance, that you changing one thing doesn’t have that much of an impact. In that case, you need something deeper and more encompassing, like a Soul Adventure. That’s what we do best — clearing the blocks and the gunk that are holding you back. And then bringing you into connection on all the levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Connect with us. Speak with one of our Guides — they’ll dig deep to get at the bottom of what’s going on and design a retreat that is perfect to take you from where you are to where you want to be.

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 Guides will call you.
Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you. And we’re open on Labor Day too.
Wishing you a week filled with peace and tranquility and a much slower pace,
Debra

Debra Stangl / Founder

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

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Emily says her Soul Adventure helped her “move past her fears” and “brought peace, clarity and love into my life”

“I am so grateful for everyone at Sedona Soul Adventures. After making major life changing decisions, this Soul Adventure was exactly what I needed to move forward. It helped me see things much clearer, move past many of my fears and find a way that works for me to live my spiritual life. The retreat has brought peace, clarity and love into my life. I fell in love with myself! I am forever grateful and can’t wait to my next retreat!”

– Emily F., Brooklyn, New York

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Linda says last year’s trip to Egypt was “phenomenal”, “unforgettable” and she felt completely safe

“Before I start my testimonial I want to thank Debra for everything she did to make our trip special for all of us not only as a group but as individuals as well. Debra, Thank You!!!! I will honestly say that I did not think I would enjoy a “group” trip as much as I did. I have never done traveling as a group before and for me to pick such a place not only as being so far from the states but to Ancient Egypt. When my friends started questioning me why did I want to go to Egypt and people telling me I was dumb and stupid for wanting to go. Let me just say, I have never felt more safe, secure, or well taken care of in any of my travels as I did with this group of gentlemen from Guardian Travel (Mohammed, Raafat & Abdullah). From the minute we landed at Cairo and were greeted by Abdullah, to the bus where we met Mohammed one could not ask for anything better. As our journey began the next morning we met our guide Raafat who was our teacher, educator, mentor, protector, but most of all our new friend. He brought us to places that were spectacular and magical and knew everything about them. He went above and beyond what any group guide would do; he helped us with our dickering  for our prices, he told us what was good vs what was not good. He truly was enthusiastic and passionate about his heritage. I felt as if I had known him prior to us even getting there and meeting him. Mohammed, was awesome. He put together a spectacular 2 week trip that included everything and anything that one could see in that time span without getting “burnt out”. He was right on with all of the arrangements to the different hotels, the flights, the cruise down the Nile, the Felucca ride. Everything went smoothly and as planned. And last but not least Abdullah. He was the man who hung behind w/ me when I was walking slowly. He was the man who got us our belongings we left on the bus (even after the bus dropped us off and left to park), and he was the man who led us through customs, and security and handled all of our bags from the minute we got to Cairo to the minute he and Mohammed left us at the gate when we departed.
The whole trip was truly phenomenal! Debra did a great job in doing just the right amount of stuff every day. There are so many highlights for me from the camel ride, to the Felucca sailing, to the Queens chamber in the Great Pyramid to my favorite hot air balloon ride and floating over the Nile at sunrise. My memories are truly unforgettable. But most of all The Return to Egypt February 2016 was most definitely my Journey of a Lifetime!!!”

– Linda K., Bowie, Maryland


If you have specific questions, send me an email at:
Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Or call me – (877) 204-3664
I love talking about Egypt!
 
 

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