Get to Know Your CYL Authors – Sunny Dawn Johnston

One our favorite and long time Speaker/Author at Celebrate Your Life is Sunny Dawn Johnston.  She has been a part of the Celebrate Your Life and Mishka Family for 8 years!

Sunny Dawn Johnston at CYL 2004

Originally Sunny Dawn was one of our Work Schorlarship staff who helped at the Celebrate Your Life conference.Sunny’s passion and knowledge got her on stage at Celebrate Your Life in 2007! She has been a part of the program ever since.

Sunny was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah (living in a metaphysical household), and now resides in Glendale, Arizona with her husband, two children and two dogs. Her psychic abilities manifested themselves when she was a teenager and, after being a stay at home mom she began working full-time as a psychic and medium in 2000. Since that time, she has conducted thousands of readings for clients all around the world.

(from www.sunnydawnjohnston.com/bio/)

In December 2003, Sunny founded Sunlight Alliance, a spiritual teaching and healing center in Glendale, Arizona. She felt there needed to be a spiritual center where people could go for guidance and direction and to find a support system of like-minded people.

In 2004, Sunny began offering Spiritual Healing retreats in Sedona Az. At this time they are now in several locations, including foreign countries and are loved and blessed by many participants of all backgrounds.

In November 2012, Sunny will be a part of  Celebrate Your Life – 10th Anniversary in Sedona, AZ (www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org) where she and Kris Voelker will hold a workshop called: Invoking Your Archangels – To Heal Mind, Body, Soul.  Here’s a little description about the workshop:

You have powerful and loving guardian angels that want to help you create the life you desire and deserve. They are with you always and they are ready to communicate with you, if you will only ask and listen. In this workshop, Sunny will share with you a process she has created that uses the energy of the 7 Archangels to heal the heart from the inside out. This process can be used for relationships, addictions, self-esteem issues, disease, etc. She will teach you how to invoke the power of the Archangels to help transform your heart from a state of fear to a realization of the love that always exists within. Through a series of meditations, visualizations, music with soul musician Kris Voelker and hands on exercises, you will learn how to become aware of this unconditional loving energy that is surrounding and supporting you in all ways.

This workshop is based on her book “Invoking the Archangels” (available at www.sunnydawnjohnston.com and Amazon.com).  Here’s a trailer from YouTube:

We look forward to seeing her at CYL in November!

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Relive Celebrate Your Life! Here is Phoenix 2009!

We are only 57 days until Celebrate Your Life’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage and Celebration in Sedona, AZ (Nov 8-12). This will be a very different Celebrate Your Life!  Spiritual Gathering, Party, Communing with Nature!

Celebrate Your Life has created so much personal growth, love and friendships for thousands of people over the last 10 years.  So many oustanding, influential and loving authors/speakers have joined us to help us raise people’s spirits and lift their spiritual awareness.

Here’s a taste of the 2009 Celebrate Your Life held in Phoenix AZ.  The authors who joined us were: Wayne Dyer, Iyanla Vanzant, James Van Praagh, Gregg Braden, Sonia Choquette, Neale Donald Walsch, Byron Katie, Dr. Judith Orloff,  Debbie Ford, SARK, John Holland, Cheryl Richardson, Bruce Lipton, Alan Cohen, Michael Tamura, Sunny Dawn Johnston.  If you were there let us know what is your most fond memory?

From our YouTube Channel (CelebrateYourLifeCYL)

Manifesting Positive Results with Affirmations

There are so many book, videos, and internet resources on manifesting your desires. Some examples include the movie/book – The Secret, Neville Goddard‘s book – The Power of Awareness, Wayne Dyer – Manifest Your Destiny, Gregg Braden – The Isaiah Effect and many, many, many others.   I have heard, read and seen various steps to follow to get results from taking any of of my ideas and turn it into a physical reality.

Recently I came across this video from Laura Silva (The Silva Method).  This video explains the process succinctly. Imagine it, Create the feeling, Be grateful before and after it arrives.  I have to practice these steps daily.  I had to practice learning to ride a bike, ice skating, speaking Spanish, playing the guitar, etc, etc.  Now to create ANYTHING I desire I practice this.  Enjoy the video and please feel free to leave comments.

Bless Your Heart,

Greg

Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishka Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

The Sacred Pilgrimage – Do We Really Have Pilgrims Coming?

From November 8-12, 2012, I plan on being a part of  the Celebrate Your Life 10th Anniversary, Sacred Pilgrimage. The event will host about 300 pilgrims through a weekend of spiritual self exploration, growth, learning and kinestetic experiences. Each person was also asked complete a sacred intention for the event.

As I think about what this weekend & what will be like, I asked myself, “What is a pilgrim and a pilgrimage” as it relates to this event?

I decided to break it all down by definition (from Dictionary.com):


pil·grim
 – noun
1. a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land.
2. a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.
3. an original settler in a region.
4. ( initial capital letter ) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.
5. a newcomer to a region or place, especially to the western U. S.

Of the over 200 people currently signed up for the event, only 5 from Sedona, so everyone else is traveling from a distance to get to this remote city in central Arizona.  So are the Sedonans pilgrims?

Over 30 live outside the U.S., definitely pilgrims. Plus anyone who has never been to Sedona  meets pilgrim definiton #5.

Looks like most folks meet the “pilgrim” definition.  How about meeting the “pilgrimage” criteria?

pil·grim·age – noun

1. a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
2. Islam . a. the Pilgrimage, hajj.  b. ʿumrah.
3. any long journey, especially one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage: a pilgrimage to the grave of Shakespeare.

Hmmm, lots of folks (over 180 from outside AZ)  traveling some distances for this event.  Including their “sacred intention”, they would be making a “pilgrimage” as definition #3 states.  As for the folks from AZ, everyone is traveling and has a “sacred intention” = pilgrimage.  On top of that, the event is being held at the Enchantment Resort which is located within the Boynton Canyon Vortex!  This is powerful sacred ground to all who understand the spiritual significance of a “vortex”! Sacred place, check. Quest or votive purpose, check.  I think we are good here.

Well, I feel a whole lot better knowing that everyone attending meets the definition of “Pilgrimage”.  I still have to check on the Sedonans to see if the meet the “pilgrim” definition.  What do you think?

Thanks and Blessings,

Greg

Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishka Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

Those that “Do” always “Teach” – Cliche Buster

Today a I feel like busting the common cliche: “Those that can’t do, teach”.

My new saying is: “Those that “Do” always “Teach” too!”

There are many, many, masters who have come before us, or live among us that display this talent!

Beautiful, amazing souls like Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Iyanla Vazant, Oprah Winfrey and Wayne Dyer. Spiritually gifted people who walked among us teaching, sharing and giving of themselves to better our planet.

After his enlightenment, Buddha went to the Deer Park near the holy city of
Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood
immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist
community. – from http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/footsteps.htm

Jesus taught his disciples in the “Sermon on the Mount“, one of the most famous pieces of his ministry.  Jesus and his companions traveled to many, many places teaching messages of love and compassion.

Jesus loved being around children and sharing insights with them.  The 12 apostles, Jesus’ main companions, often received teachings by living example and his words.

Muhammad received his first revelation from God at 40, through the Angel
Gabriel. He continued to receive revelations for 23 years, on topics ranging
from the Oneness of God and His wondrous handiwork, to stories of earlier
prophets, morality and ethics, and life after death. These revelations became
collectively known as the Quran, and are considered by Muslims to be the literal
word of God; the Prophet’s own words were collected separately. (http://www.islamuncovered.com/info/whoismuhammad.htm)

When Muhammad first began to teach about Islam he did so privately and publicly in Mecca.

People began to accept Islam, both men and women, in large numbers until the fame of it was spread throughout Mecca, and it began to be talked about. (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah, p. 117).

Mahatma Ghandi inspired the world with his faith in truth and justice for all Mankind. He was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his ideals to bring about peace with non-violence. He has been called the”Father of India”.

His life was a message — a message of peace over power, of finding ways to reconcile our differences, and of living in harmony with respect and love even for our enemy.

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Gandhi
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives teachings throughout the year at various times and in different places. His Holiness also gives public talks. In India, teachings and public talks are usually free and open to the public. However, to attend teachings and public talks outside of India one usually is required to purchase a ticket. The proceeds from the ticket sales are used to cover the costs of the venue and other expenses related to His Holiness’s visit. http://www.dalailama.com/teachings
Wayne Dyer is the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. He has attended Celebrate Your Life 9 times! Teaching crowds of over 1200 people every time! www.drwaynedyer.com

To left is an image of Dr. Dyer on one of his PBS Specials: “Change Your Thoughts –Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.” .

On an interview with Elevated Existence magazine, Dr. Dyer said: “I think there is a force in the universe that directs everything, and there are no accidents, anywhere. This divine force is what is growing our hair, growing our fingernails, beating our heart, digesting our food, and all of the other incredible mysteries that we look at and take for granted. My showing up on this planet and living for the first 10 years or so of my life in a series of foster homes and orphanages was all perfect. That is how I’ve always looked at it.”

http://www.drwaynedyer.com/news/view/elevated-existence-magazine-honors-wayne

 Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vazant and two of the most powerful teaching women on the planet today.

Oprah’s OWN channel carries incredible teaching programs like: Oprah’s Life Class, Super Soul Sunday, Oprah’s Next Chapter and many others. This year Oprah’s Life Class had a stop in St. Louis, MO with Iyanla and an international audience (On Skype with 6 people around the world and live feeds on Facebook & Twitter), their topic: Stopping the Pain. (www.oprah.com)

Iyanla Vanzant is the best-selling author of five books on self-empowerment, personal growth and spiritual healing. As the founder and executive director of the Inner Visions Spiritual Life Maintenance Network, she conducts workshops, seminars and lectures nationally.  (www.iyanla.com)

Iyanla has a new show, set to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Network, called “Iyanla, Fix My Life!”.
All of these gifted individuals share a common message of peace and love. Their lives have had bumps just like ours do. Some of them lost their lives for their beliefs and causes.  They all took the time to live what they believed in. They all also took the time to teach others by words AND example.  My goal is to continue to grow myself and TEACH others around the planet on how we are all of ONE common spirit.  Spirit connects us all.

Thanks and Blessings,

Greg

Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishks Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

Sarah McLean – Meditation Teacher, Mentor, Practitioner

Sarah McLean is one of the key speaker and authors at the special 10th anniversary Celebrate Your Life on November 8-12, 2012 in Sedona, AZ.  See Sarah’s bio below.

This year’s Celebrate Your Life is expected to be completely different from any of the previous years.  Mishka Productions plans to integrate more experiential activities, walks in nature, connecting to the Boynton Canyon Vortex, Drumming Circles, connecting to Angels, Sprites and Fairies and more. One key practice over the 5 day event will be guided meditations.

On Friday, November 9, Sarah will lead everyone at the event in meditation. Everyone will experience “getting into the gap”, hopefully feeling that deep sense of contentment and inner peace.  All in attendance can take this practice into their daily lives.  In her book, Soul-Centered, Sarah explains, “By spending time in silence and your practice every day, your awareness expands and the noise and distractions (both in and out of meditation) lessen.  The spaciousness between choices and action can become more obvious.  In that space and underlying silence, you discover your inner guidance system–what some people call intuition–is very real.”.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for all in attendance to appreciate “Kinesthetic learning“, that is “hands on” or experiential learning.  Attendees will be “do-ers”!

Don’t miss this very special Celebrate Your Life fom the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ.  More info at: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

BIO: Sarah McLean, an inspiring contemporary meditation teacher, makes meditation accessible to everyone. She’s spent much of her life exploring the world’s spiritual and mystic traditions, having lived and studied in a Zen Buddhist monastery, meditated in ashrams and temples throughout India and the Far East, spent time in Afghan refugee camps, bicycled the Silk Route from Pakistan to China, trekked the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, and taught English to Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Dharamsala. Sarah is the founding director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company (www.SedonaMeditation.com), and The McLean Meditation Institute (www.McLeanMeditation.com).

Enchantment Resort near Sedona, Arizona

Celebrate Your Life Has Begun!

Well lots and lots of people are getting here for Celebrate Your Life! I am currently sitting in James Van Praagh’s Pre-Conference: Touching the Unseen World of Spirit.  Everyone was just in the middle of an exercise to sense and clear their partner’s energy.  Watch the the attached video, everyone does a great job! James is an excellent teacher!

 

More Local Chicago Meetups! Get Involved…

Here are some additional Chicago Area Meetups (Meetup.com) that have been great partners in helping us get the word out about Celebrate Your Life 2012, being held June 8-11 at the Westin Lombard.  A best practice that all great teachers have imparted is: be around like minded people! Here  are 2 tremendous meetups to get involved with.

1. Positive Focus – Living Life Fulfilled Meetup Group

Positive Focus, NFP  – Living Life Fulfilled  promoting positivity one thought and event at a time!

Positive Focus, a 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago, spreads positivity globally through virtual and physical communities allowing people to see love over fear, abundance over lack, diversity over differences, and peace over conflict.

By:

  • Inspiring and empowering all who seek us out through mind-body-spirit, service-charity, & fun-social events
  • Seeing the world as 1 person 7 billion times rather than seeing the world as 7 billion people.
  • Being kind, compassionate, and having lots of fun and laughter along the journey.
  • Personally demonstrating a quote we hold close to our hearts:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

How: through Service-Charity, Mind-Body-Spirit, and Fun-Social both virtually and physically. For more information, visit: http://allthingspositivity.com/

Why Positive Focus? Do you want to surround yourself with people who lift you up and inspire you? People who choose to experience life to the fullest? People who live in a space of allowing and love? People that love to have fun and laugh?

That is why Positive Focus. Say a big hello to Carol Miller!

Meetup Site: http://www.meetup.com/postive-focus/

Website: http://allthingspositivity.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/positivefocusnfp

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Yes2Positivity

2. Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group

The purpose of this group is, as the Buddha said, to seek out “wise & beneficial friends” who support us and our Meditation practice. Namely we are looking for a group of beginning & advanced students, and anyone interested who is willing to learn, to motivate each other by coming to (and becoming a regular part of) a weekly sitting meditation group. All teachers agree: The key to a successful meditation practice is a regular practice; and therefore this group is looking for people who realize the benefits of meditating together and who want to make a dedicated effort to sustain a once-weekly meetup for sitting meditation (with instruction, as needed). Brief discussion & mingling follows. This group is open to all schools of thought and meditation formats, and also for anyone willing to co-organize or suggest events. The development of Wisdom through regular meditation practice can lead to a decrease of “suffering” as well as an increase in Inner Peace and Compassion for oneself & others. Please join us, you are most welcome.

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Meditation/

In a Past Life – Who Were You?

Is there something hidden in your past that will unlock the secrets to your life?? 

Denise Linn

At this year’s Celebrate Your Life conference, bestselling author and past life regression therapist, Denise Linn will help you to discover who you were in a past life. This is going to be an amazing workshop as Denise takes you to places that you never imagined existed!  Who were you in another time and place?  What lessons can that past life help you with?  You must attend Denise’s workshops to find out these answers for yourself!!  It’s an exciting adventure that is not to be missed!  Celebrate Your Life with Denise Linn and many others in Chicago in June!  To join Denise click on the following link:  www.CelebrateYourLife.ORG

 

SEX SEX SEX SEX!!!!

Yes you read that correctly! Barbara Carrellas is just one of the fabulous presenters at this year’s Celebrate Your Life conference and she talks all about SEX!!

Barbara is an author, sex educator, university lecturer, workshop facilitator, sex/life coach, motivational speaker and theater artist. Her books include, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide  Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure.

Barbara founded her company Urban Tantra® as a way of bringing people together to explore the vast range of sexual, spiritual and emotional possibilities open to all of us. Barbara states… “When our erotic energy is aligned with our spiritual purpose, it releases our creativity and manifests in prosperity and happiness in all areas of life, including fulfilling relationships with other people”.

Barbara will teach two fun filled workshops at Celebrate Your Life in June in Chicago.  Prepare yourself for a wild and wonderful time!  To learn more visit:  www.CelebrateYourLife.ORG

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