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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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

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

 

Part 2 of 2 – Celebrate Your Life Pre-Conference Schedule – Chicago 2012

Last Thursday I published part 1, of our Pre-Conference Lineup for Celebrate Your Life – Chicago.  The conference  is June 8-11 at the Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL. We have over 30 Authors & Speakers at the Main Conference.

Our Pre-Conference Workshops are scheduled on Friday June 8th from 9am-4pm. The Speakers/Authors scheduled are: Denise Linn, James Van Praagh, Neal Donald Walsch, Alan Cohen and Dr. Darren Weissman. This week I’ll show you: Neale Donald Walsch, Alan Cohen

To be a part of Celebrate Your Life – Chicago 2012 click: REGISTER NOW 

Here’s a little taste of what Neale Donald Walsch and Alan Cohen are sharing:

Neale Donald Walsch – Shifting from Fear to Excitement about the Times Ahead

Everywhere we turn these days we hear talk of the coming difficult times ahead. So much so that some people are actually beginning to hoard foodstuffs, gather survival tools, and develop plans for living through the days leading to end of 2012 and beyond. But what if the complete dismantling of all our global systems was not necessary for our species to achieve what it is now clearly seeking to accomplish—the complete recreation of itself? What if there is another way?

In an extraordinarily timely workshop, Conversations with God author Neale Donald Walsch invites participants to answer seven simple questions that could inspire a new level of spiritual awareness and launch a new kind of spiritual practice in all our lives—at a level that could fundamentally alter the times ahead and create an important shift in your own life. Neale will invite participants to give their clearest, highest answer to these Seven Simple Questions—and then to step into the living of their answers as soon as they leave the room.

The day concludes with the proposing of an incredibly powerful course of action that could be easily taken by everyone in the room to help immediately change our collective future.

Says Neale: “It is time to shift the ongoing discussion from how we can survive to how we can evolve.” This remarkable exploration emerges from the pages of Neale’s latest book, The Storm Before the Calm, released October 1, 2011.

Alan Cohen – The Power of Authentic Living

When you live from your true self, you attract great relationships, abundant finance, a passionate career, and inner peace. In this masterfully-crafted full-day program, Alan Cohen guides you to tap into spiritual confidence and make it work for you in daily life. If you are ready to step beyond the limits you have learned and proceed from your inherent greatness, this day can significantly accelerate your journey to the life your heart desires.

– Principles, real-life illustrations, and lots of opportunity for question & answers.
– Interactive exercises to align your life with your intentions.
– Learn ways to release undesirable situations and relationships and replace them with ones that work.
– Alan works one-to-one with some audience members who would like.
– Guided visualization to activate your preferred path.

Chicago 2012 – Celebrate Your Life Pre-Conference Schedule – Part 1 of 2

Celebrate Your Life – Chicago is June 8-11 at the Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL.  We have the most fantastic and inspiring lineup of Speakers and Authors in the Spiritual, Self-Help, and Personal Growth industry!

Our Pre-Conference Workshops are scheduled on Friday June 8th from 9am-4pm. The Speakers/Authors scheduled are: Denise Linn, James Van Praagh, Neal Donald Walsch, Alan Cohen and Dr. Darren Weissman.

To be a part of Celebrate Your Life – Chicago 2012 click: REGISTER NOW 

Here’s a brief overview of what 3 of our Authors are presenting:

Denise Linn- Past Lives – Present Miracles

Are you ready to experience a past life?   

Accelerating your Spiritual Growth: Clearing Past Life Karma and Cellular Memory

If you are ready to accelerate your spiritual growth (and make a difference in the lives of many) this seminar will give you the tools. Sometimes there are inner barriers that limit your ability to step into your soul’s potential. Some of these obstacles come from mistaken ideas about who you are and what you deserve in life. (And often these beliefs originated in a past life or through your ancestral lineage.) Denise will lead you through past life regression and processes to clear these blockages.

Prosperity struggles in your present life might mean misuse of finances in a past life. Being overweight in your present life might mean starving to death in a past incarnation. In this workshop, you’ll experience deep healing and rejuvenation by regressing back into your past lives and releasing deeply rooted blockages at their source. When you clear your past lives and your bloodline, miracles abound! In this deeply empowering, experiential seminar:

  • experience (and heal) the past lives most influencing you today
  • release karma that you received from your parents and ancestral family
  • meet your master guide
  • begin to comprehend your true destiny and purpose
  • learn about the choices that you made before you were born
  • discover your soul agreements
  • clear cellular memories
  • activate talents and abilities that you once possessed in a past lives.

In a safe and comforting environment, people have gotten remarkable results from Denise’s regression, even if they didn’t believe in past lives!

Bonus: Clear the Bloodline:  Many times the challenges that we have in our current life can be traced back to negative ancestral patterns. You will have the opportunity to clear out the past and thus positively impact your present, your future and the future of your biological and spiritual descendants.

James Van Praagh – Touching the Unseen World of Spirit

Each one of us has the ability to reach beyond what is seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted. Renowned medium James Van Praagh teaches us how to move past our five predominant senses to become aware of the unseen world, leading us on a journey to the true nature of our spiritual self.

A person walking on the earth has a different perspective than a person riding in an airplane. The same can be said for the perceptions of our body, mind, and spirit. Through an array of intuitive and meditative exercises designed to heal the body-mind-spirit connection, we gain a fresh view of our life, replacing judgments and criticisms with understanding, compassion, and forgiveness. We also deepen our spiritual sense perception, learning how to understand our ability to “know” and give detailed intuitive readings.

Throughout the workshop, Van Praagh also demonstrates how to touch the unseen world by bringing messages from the spirit world to loved ones in the audience.

A pioneer in the mediumship movement, James Van Praagh is one of the world’s most renowned and respected spiritual mediums working today. He has served as co-executive producer of the CBS-TV hit drama, Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, and is author of several New York Times best sellers, including Unfinished Business, Ghosts Among Us, Talking to Heaven, and Healing Grief. VanPraagh.com

Dr. Darren Weissman – Living in the NOW

Exactly where you are is the starting point for living in the Now. For some it’s a health challenge, diagnosis, or traumatic accident that awakens them to the journey of reclaiming one’s path or purpose. For others it’s a betrayal, loss of a job, or the death of a loved one. Regardless of what road you’re currently traveling, The NOW Workshop is here to center you and provide the tools so that you can not only face life’s stressors, but grow more powerful as a result. This workshop is designed to awaken your mind to a deeper sense of learning, healing, and growing. Living in one’s power is crucial for both individuals and the collective consciousness of humanity. As our planet, and every living being upon it, faces greater and greater challenges more people are searching for answers, meaning, and purpose in life.

 

From Dr. Weissman – I am delighted to have this time with you. Our conscious choice to be fully present in The NOW is a wonderful stepping stone to creating a world of peace, power, and passion and will forever change who we are. May our journey be filled with miracles, joy, and of course Infinite Love & Gratitude!

Stay Connected to Love….

Liz Dawn Donahue

There is no doubt that many of us are feeling the effects of change as we enter 2012.  It ‘s almost as if we are on a roller coaster and we are hanging on tightly as we shift through the turbulent motion of going uphill and then moving at the speed of light as we descend.  It is most definitely an interesting time on our planet.

I remember my beautiful mother Ariel, who doubled in my life as one of my greatest spiritual teachers, sharing with me that there would be time of intense stress that would bring up people’s fears.  She further shared that this would be the moment when we would need to be extremely practiced at being able to stay connected to who we truly are, which is simply love.  My mother would continuously share with me that part of our mission on the planet is to completely identify with love not fear, to choose embracing an open heart and not ego.

Liz & Ariel (Mom)

I understand all too well that this is easier said than done.  My mother understood that as well.  Perhaps that is why in 1995 we created our family business, Mishka Productions.  Ariel was a firm believer in spiritual education and wanted to do something to help shift and uplift the consciousness of the planet.  She and I embarked on developing workshops and conferences with teachers who embraced like-minded concepts.

For many years, we created one event a month and then in 2002, she and I created an event that to this day brings people from all over the world to participate.  We decided to bring together over 20 of the country’s top bestselling authors and most sought after spiritual teachers to present workshops and keynote lectures for an entire four days.  When we started the event we had no idea the magnificence in what we were creating. My mother appropriately named this event, “Celebrate Your Life!”

Although my beautiful mother transitioned in 2009, I have continued to move forward with our mission.  We have continued presenting the Celebrate Your Life conference in Arizona and Chicago.  The 6th annual Celebrate Your Life Chicago will be on June 8-10, 2012.  This is quite an accomplishment for two Jewish girls who got started with a phone line in her dining room.

There are moments when organizing an event of this magnitude can be tiring, however what keeps me going are all the life-changing and inspiring comments we receive from attendees.  Here is something from a conference attendee:

“Celebrate Your Life is my gift to myself.  I consider this conference “food for the soul”.  It renews my spirit, and I end it every year feeling euphoric.” – Janice Z.

Our next conference in June takes place in Chicago and features bestselling authors, Marianne Williamson, don Miguel Ruiz, James Van Praagh, Neale Donald Waslch, Caroline Myss, Michael Beckwith, James Redfield, Barbara Marx Hubbard and so many more powerful life-changing presenters.

For more information call Mishka Productions at:  877-300-7352 or log onto: www.CelebrateYourLife.ORG

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