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Hello fellow creators of WONDER and magic!

One thing we all need at times is clarity and guidance. Our options can be pretty confusing- should I go LEFT or RIGHT?  What IS my calling?  How do I bring harmony to the inner turmoil I am feeling about X?  You know I am a fan of seeking out a spirit guide for yourself-they can help A LOT!

Maybe you already have a guide? Touching base with them is a very good idea when you are struggling with anything.  There’s another way to ask for help that I have found powerful.  You can do it every day until you find a solution or you can do it once and see what happens?  Check out the video I made here (9 minutes!) CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW.

I could also really use your help with something!

If you’d be willing to be a part of the launch team for my new book (spreading the news in feel good ways)- it would mean the WORLD to me.  If YES- please JOIN THE CREW here.

I thank you from the bottom of my elephant loving heart!

Sarah

Ready to receive support on a big shift you are ready to make?  Let’s work together!

P.S.  A nice review of Swimming with Elephants From Foreward Reviews:

Emotional and spiritual awakening are at the core of Sarah Bamford Seidelmann’s memoir about her transition from medical doctor to shamanic healer. The title, Swimming with Elephants, refers to one of the powerful spiritual journeys that Seidelmann takes with Alice, her animal spirit guide, who appears in the form of a happy and supportive pachyderm. Alice is at Sarah’s side soon after she realizes that dealing with sickness all day while juggling a family of four kids is simply not working for her. What calls to her instead is much less mainstream.

Told with a mix of humor, raw honesty, and gentleness, Swimming with Elephants is a journey of healing. Though becoming a shamanic healer is at the core of the book, it’s about much more than just this one route to becoming whole. Seidelmann’s struggles will be familiar to anyone who has tried to balance a career with family and personal fulfillment. What stands out is Seidelmann’s unique way of bucking tradition and finding her own way.

Preorder THE BOOK here:)🌸🌸🌸🐘🐘🐘

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Where Do You TRUST?

(Recently purchased Shawna Gilmore – Visual Artist “It Happened One Day in A Forest Far Away”
I adore how the bear and kids are all peeking into the vast Universe (through this earthly portal) and how they don’t look afraid but CURIOUS:)

Dear creators of WONDER and MAGIC,

Welcome new readers! I hope you are all in the process of manifesting your dreams! I have been thinking about trust a lot lately. It’s a key ingredient for successfully creating without limits. But, so often I don’t trust: that amazing things are possible, that the intentions of others are good or that I can have my cake and eat it too.

When I started looking for areas where I DO trust, it excited me.

I can especially be challenged with money- trusting there’s enough or that it’s OK to spend it.

As you read, ask,  “Where in my life do I EASILY TRUST?

One of mine is that when I see art that I love…it’s OK to buy it. Not only do I get to enjoy the work but it feels so good to know I am supporting another artist:)

I trust that if I spend the money (even if my account is low…and it seems illogical or impractical), it will be just fine.

Another example, for me, would be giving money to philanthropic projects that excite me.

I’ve learned that if I buy art from artists and give when my heart wants to–the funds are there. Or, the cash arrives in time.

I trust that I am loved. I trust that each challenge I face holds a potential lesson. I trust that there is something superwise and mysterious that hums beneath this earthly experience. I trust in the messages of beasties.

I know (intellectually at least) that the Universe is unlimited but these examples where I *know* I can trust because of my experience.

I’m working on trusting in EVERYTHING and it excites me to see my progress:)

How about you? Is there a place where you have learned that you can always trust?

When I posed this question, “What do you trust?”…I received the most BEAUTIFUL ANSWER from a friend!


http://betweenthewoodsandthewater.tumblr.com/post/84050189325

What do you trust?”, she asked.

“I trust your knowing”, I said,

” and I trust the way the fox takes a moment of her time to see me. Her call that wakes me from sleep and the scent of her visit that lingers.

I trust the doe when she wags her tail and doesn’t run away.

I also trust when she does run away.

In trust the sound of hummingbird wings, singing toads, caterwauling owls and the wisdom of crows.

I trust all the colors of the sun rising and setting and the bone white sky before snow.

I trust the maple leaves that flip over before a rain, the scent that arrives before the storm and the rush of wind that portends.

I trust the spider silk that glints in the dappled light of the understory, and I trust the feather found.

I trust the laughter and the salty tears and the salty ocean tugging at ankles.

I trust the ancient-ness of mountains and the embrace of old trees.

And I trust my knowing.

~Wendy Cook of Mighty Girl Art
http://wendycook.com

Gosh-  this rang so true….I trust the earth and its inherent wisdom.  And I am a part of that – we all are.

I am learning to trust myself.

Where could you grow your trust?  How much could you surrender?

Much love,
Sarah

P.S. I bought the new art above for my new office (we hope to buy a small house for me to work out of) which I am trusting is going to be used this year for ever expanding healing, writing, classes and gatherings!:)

P.S. The first glowing trade review is in for my new book coming in October, Swimming with Elephants (from Foreward Reviews)

If you’d be willing to be a part of the launch team for the book- it would mean the WORLD to me.  If YES- please hit REPLY and say- I want to help!
I will include you in the pre-launch emails!

Via Foreword Reviews:

Seidelmann is an often irreverent narrator whose memoir is as transformative as it is off-the-wall.

Emotional and spiritual awakening are at the core of Sarah Bamford Seidelmann’s memoir about her transition from medical doctor to shamanic healer. The title, Swimming with Elephants, refers to one of the powerful spiritual journeys that Seidelmann takes with Alice, her animal spirit guide, who appears in the form of a happy and supportive pachyderm. Alice is at Sarah’s side soon after she realizes that dealing with sickness all day while juggling a family of four kids is simply not working for her. What calls to her instead is much less mainstream.

Told with a mix of humor, raw honesty, and gentleness, Swimming with Elephants is a journey of healing. Though becoming a shamanic healer is at the core of the book, it’s about much more than just this one route to becoming whole. Seidelmann’s struggles will be familiar to anyone who has tried to balance a career with family and personal fulfillment. What stands out is Seidelmann’s unique way of bucking tradition and finding her own way.

From energy-healing retreats and solo journeys in her walk-in closet to all-encompassing trips to spiritual meccas like the Taj Mahal, Seidelmann embarks on a path that may seem completely foreign to some, but that nevertheless results in resonant calm and healing.

Touching on the power of crystals, the ability to communicate with animal spirit guides, and internal trips to higher realms, this is a guide to everything mystical. Seidelmann is an irreverent narrator who pairs deep, soul-baring stories with quips about boob jobs and her “shadow spirit,” resulting in a memoir that is as transformative as it is off- the-wall.

Memoirs work best when the author is ready to lay it all out on the table, and Seidelmann does this in Swimming with Elephants. Her willingness to be herself and to follow her path—no matter how non-traditional and wacky it might seem at first—makes for an endearing and illuminating adventure.ANGELA WOLTMAN (September/October 2017)
Preorder here:)🌸🌸🌸🐘🐘🐘

Coming in October 2017 and available for PREORDER now! 

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 Wildly Aligned: A Soul Illuminating Retreat for Women in Ubud, Bali (June 17-26 2018)

Wildly:  Living in a state of nature..not tamed. Unrestrained. Sometimes disorderly

Aligned:  To be in cooperation, joined with  and tuned into the rhythms of the Universe.

Where: Ubud Bali

When: June 2018

Who: Goddesses in Training

Have you been hearing the call to retreat from the madness of daily life into a sacred gathering of like-minded born to-FREAK women? We have tooooo! The past retreats I have hosted to Hawaii and Thailand, have been nothing short of life altering. Each time I gather with women for a sacred purpose, I am astounded at the revelations, community, love and clarity that arise. The path rises up to meet us when we are sitting on the edge of newness and out of our usual routine and environment.

 

 

 

 

 

This time, I am collaborating with Heather Tydings, LCSW-C (Own Your Evolution), my colleague (a psychotherapist and Martha Beck Life Coach) and a fellow co-conspirator in JOY. Heather has a 10,000 watt smile, more moxy than needed, a salty sense of humor and she practices what she preaches– I always learn when I am around her!

Me with Heather sporting leaf hats from the Thai forest:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We thought this short film and song gives a taste of our dream for you in Bali in 2018:

This unique journey will is offered as a CLEANSING FOR YOUR SOUL (of course, It’s not truly dirty but we can all benefit from a sacred soul carwash so our essence can SHINE and clarity can happen.)

I once asked an enormous spirit of a plant that I encountered on a journey, “How did you get so BIG?” (I could sense she had an unlimited sort of global kind of power- the power to change EVERYTHING.) She replied, “I had a mother who believed in me.”

I laughed. Of course, Gaia. Mother Earth. The plant’s mama. You and I are also planted and growing spirits on Gaia. Whether YOU had a human mother who believed in you or not, the earth believes in you. We believe in you.

Our intention and desire is to explore this unlimited potential of the Mother or the divine feminine together.

How? By trusting our hearts and wombs.

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We will be tending to our whole selves; body, mind and spirit and paying particular attention to our creative selves- our wombs- some call it the pussy.  We will have the earth (Capitol P pussy) alongside us to show us even more of what we are capable of.

(If you are Norwegian or just shy, don’t worry, we will refrain from passing out hand mirrors.) However, we will be inviting our sensuous bodies, through Shamanic drumming journeys, yoga, meditation, vision boards, dancing, cooking, eco cycling, nature (beasties!!) to connect deeply to earth and to the part of ourselves that knows how to create. We will create opportunities to listen to our hearts desires.

There is no place better than Bali, a true, divine feminine TOUR DE FORCE of nature. We will be fully immersed in Balinese culture, visiting sacred sights, exploring art, learning to cook, visiting the sacred land and sacred monkey forest. And we will also have the opportunity to REST deeply. WE have designed the trip to have many sacred opportunities to engage and also to retreat and go within…to where your power lies.

We will stay just outside the city center of Ubud – a fifteen minute walk to town (or you can use our resort’s complimentary shuttle).

Prerequisites:

  1. Prior experience with shamanic journeying is suggested and if you haven’t yet done this- we recommend taking Get Sourced prior to traveling. It will help you start to root down into yourself to hear your internal voice/wisdom.
  2. Willingness to join hands in a sacred circle.
  3. Openness and flexibility: being open to the unknown paths the journey takes us. (For example. Heather and Sarah shared a room together in Thailand. There may or may not have been a lizard overseeing our every move in the jungle with no wifi. So we know flexibility.)
To make your deposit and register  (your deposit secures your spot-  only 13 for this adventure!) please email Lene@journeysinternational.com
We love working with Journeys International-  they are one of National Geographic’s “go-TO” sources for travel!  DOWNLOAD FULL DETAILS HERE
Trip investment is 3,900.00 for the land only package(650 for single supplement)- which includes many of our meals and most of activities and all of the sacred work that Heather and I will share.  A deposit of 500.00 holds your spot. Contact  Lene@journeysinternational.com to secure your spot.
Here are a few photos from the Trip Advisor awarded resort where we will stay.  We will stay there the entire duration of our adventure to increase your opportunity to put down roots, explore and rest in a profound way.
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To free ourselves from fear, we must first throw out all the trash we hold down in the basement of our unconscious. Fear is synonymous with trash in the system. Our minds and our emotions are polluted by beliefs and conditionings based on distorted images from the past. Free yourself from the past, and you will no longer have fear.”

Sri Prem Baba

WARNING: Salt within.

My tagline is “Follow your FEEL GOOD” and I sure do love to celebrate things that feel good! Peonies in bloom! Partially compliant teenagers! Elephants in the wild! Fresh clean rivers flowing! There is so much to celebrate each day. Annnnnd, like it or not,  the fire of life is not playing– she is here to motherfucking forge us.

Looking back over the past 10 years, like me, I suspect you can already see the gifts of past “horrors” in your own life. The authority figure that kicked your ass but, ultimately helped you dig deeper. The diagnosis that made you slow down and get clear. The divorce or break-up that set you free. The grief that opened your heart so you see how desperately you needed to play again.

I believe it is THESE seemingly terrible (or painful, grief laden, terrifying…etc) experiences/circumstances which provide our greatest opportunities to FEEL GOOD. As my friend Suzi’s wise friend Helen says darkly, “We never learn in the good times.”

The trouble is when our snout is upon one of these overwhelming mother lodes of fear…it can be tempting to want to FUCK EVERYTHING AND RUN (F-E-A-R) and slip (on a banana peel) into victimhood. Let me share a recent story from my own life that reminded me how important it is to take a good long Jacuzzi SOAK in what scares me most.

My prayer was: I want to live fearlessly. To be in a state of constant trustful surrender. I was so excited. How amazing will my life be without fear? Then, as the shaman lit the candles to launch the ceremony, I began to resist.

Instead of a blissfully healing and joyful experience (what I wanted!), I was suddenly made viscerally aware of all the horrible suffering in the world…the terribly painful experiences that others were going through- friends, family, strangers. I wanted it to end. I did not want to experience the pain of others…it felt awful. I saw my BFF experiencing deep sorrow. My son. Strangers. I thought to myself as it was all happening: THIS is hell on earth. Uggh….MAKE IT STOP…PLEASE… is all I could think.  I got a big fat taste of suffering and misery. It lasted for a few hours but felt like years.

As the official ceremony came to a close, I slowly recovered from that painful experience and, at first, I felt incredibly lucky to be alive and to hear the birds sing. That was the first gift. Being alive was wonderful…but I was still upset. Why did this happen to me?

I wanted to be mad at the shaman who led the ceremony: why did she let this happen to me? WTF? Why me? Maybe it was my fault? Did I have the wrong intention? Then, I felt shame. Other people in the ceremony had different experiences…some fearful…others sad and some joyful. So, clearly I wasn’t the only one suffering but, I felt abandoned and separate. Had I been forsaken by my spirits…God?

I was supposed to stay an additional evening for a second ceremony, but (banana peel) I decided to leave (despite nudges from my own soul to stay…”What do you have to lose..it could be good?”) Then, once home and still feeling confused, I called a friend and healer I trust and explained the horrible thing that happened to me.

My friend says to me, “Sarah do you realize what a big prayer you made? To remove all fear? They (God the spirits, the Creator) could have made you a quadriplegic or something even more challenging …instead they gave you a teeny tiny pink Baskin-Robbins spoon sized taste? What a gift you have been given…..I encourage you to DIVE into this fear..this suffering. Wring every last drop of wisdom from this teaching! It’s just been a few days…take at least a full moon cycle with this.”

Kaweah’s words helped me shift from “why me?” [VICTIM] into “YES—I’m ready and willing!!” [HERO, back on her horse]. I knew she was dead right. This victim mentality was getting me nowhere fast. So grateful her..this amazing medicine woman.

In the following week, as I became willing to dive head first into that fear/suffering, I asked my helping spirits (Alice the elephant and company) for help. They gave me an assignment.

I was to go to my hometown’s version of skid row..a few streets and avenues where, over the years, I have seen people who appear to be struggling mightily. Some are as high as kites and staggering..others look like they have been beaten/neglected…some seem mentally ill and shouting to nobody in particular, and some are arguing viciously with others.

Whenever I see these beings I feel bad. I wish they weren’t suffering. Why are we not helping them? I wish I could fix this. My heart aches. I feel helpless to change things. We donate to several organizations locally who serve this population and this helps, but it hasn’t resolved this fear and discomfort.

Once I arrived at the location, Alice enthused, I was supposed to tell each person I met, “Hello, I am feeling lucky to be ALIVE (so true!) and I want to share this gift with you”. I would then hand them a lucky red chinese envelope with a ten dollar bill in it. The spirits told me that they would bless both the envelopes and the money.

I withdrew 500.00 from my business account in 10’s and stuffed the envelopes. I parked my car near the Union Gospel Mission- a wonderful organization serving thousands of meals a year to the most needy in our city and got out. Immediately I saw a group of six people standing out on the sidewalk near the entrance to a parking structure…some sitting and some leaning on the handrail. As I approached, I hoped they would accept me…I realized I was entering their space and wanted to be respectful.

I approached the first man, a tall and older black gentleman wearing a bowler and windbreaker and handed him the envelope after explaining myself. He looked at me and opened the envelope and then said, “God Bless you!” with a big grin. I then moved to a younger woman, seated on the ground and handed her an envelope.

As I did the first guy approached me and said “Can I hug you?” Sure I said! As I was hugging him- it was nice- he smelled like whiskey, but it was a warm and wonderful hug! Then he withdrew, reexamined me and said, “What a beautiful smile you have! God bless you!” I felt like I had been welcomed in a way I have never been welcomed before. Then I continued passing out the envelopes one by one. Then, behind me, the first guy began asking to hug each of the other people. It was like they were familiar with another – but nobody had actually hugged before.

Pretty soon, with Michael Jackson playing Thriller on the nearby boom box, it was just a big old hugging party going on…they were hugging each other and I was hugging them. We were all smiling at each other. The sun was shining. Then the younger woman stood up and said directly to me in a soft voice, “You know my mom died yesterday”. “Oh my gosh, I said, I am so sorry,” I said and we embraced for a long while. I was suddenly aware of a whole other level of poignancy to this moment.

Then she shared, “It’s OK…I know she’s in a better place…but it hurts. A lot actually. Today, right before you came over, I was telling my friend here, ‘I think she’s going to give me a sign today’ and then here you came…I believe YOU are that sign so thank you.”

I left them with tears in my eyes and my heart bursting. Head-shaking-strangely magical. I thanked the spirits, smiled and kept going.

I walked a few more blocks and drove a few more places and encountered many more wonderful people. All of them welcomed me..and nobody turned away to avoid me or ignore me (as I had looked away from them) as I worried they might. I received may smiles, handshakes and loving looks. I don’t ever remember hearing “God bless you” so many times in a single day.

It was pure unadulterated love that I received.

For me, I really can’t think of a more mind-blowing, heart-opening, fear vaccinating experience than this one. I am so grateful for my spirits and for my friends and for the original terrible, awful no good ceremony that made all of this possible. I still have envelopes left..ready to hand out.

So if it doesn’t feel good right now…at all, I invite you to dive into your deepest suffering and ask what it is trying to teach you.

Swim in that jacuzzi of suffering.

You could journey to your helping spirits (if you already know how!) and ask them to help you dive in.

Or simply sit in prayer and ask for ideas on how you could marinate in it more deeply?

You could ask somebody you trust for help.

Much love, Sarah

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Coming in October 2017 and available for PREORDER now! 

Hello dear creators of wonder and MAGIC!

It has been a very busy season for me and I have realized…WOW you can get a lot done if you simply work steadily from 5 AM to 7 AM daily.  This schedule might sound like a nightmare but, it allowed me to capture my most calm and creative time of the day and write.  I wrote during other parts of the day but this time was the BEST PART.   As you can see above, my new book is now available for pre-order and I invite you to click over to the link to see what others are saying about it (squeee!) and order it.  It is my greatest hope that everyone who reads it will emerge feeling deeply inspired to answer their own soul’s calling!  Here’s a little tale from the editing rooms for Swimming with Elephants….

WARNING: SALTY
A week or so ago I had a manuscript returned to me with about half of the profanity removed from it (I went from 11 f-bombs in 300 pages to 5). The copyeditor’s reason: some of them were “gratuitous”. I was a bit incensed and upset. “How can you change my words??”, I railed inside my head. It triggered all of the feelings of being unacceptable and being “too much” or inappropriate that I have experienced growing up (and as an adult). #borntoFREAK

I dug deep myself, called on my community (thank you all who commented!) and thought about why some of these swears felt important to me and realized that none of them were gratuitous…to me. I checked in with my ego.
Was I fighting for the fucks… just to be “right”?

And I realized (through conversation with my fabulous Facebook community!)  something deeper about why swearing sometimes feels like truth. That catharsis feels like freedom. I deepened and improved the book in a small but significant way by re-examining all these places in the book. I added a few back where they were desperately needed.

So what I initially experienced as a creative assault…quickly became an opportunity.

If there is something you are working towards– a creative project, an improved relationship, a better job, financial abundance or improved health…if it doesn’t SEEM to be going so well at this point…

Maybe what is happening feels like an all out assault on your dream?
I invite you to hit pause and take a few minutes to remember the dream you have.

-The book that helps and heals others.
-The incredible partnership which supports you in such a FUN way.
-The job that does not feel like at work at all- its challenging sure, but it LIGHTS YOU UP.
-A bank account that supports your most heartfelt desires.
-Physical energy and vitality to do ALL OF THE THINGS.

HOLD THE VISION AND TRUST THE PROCESS.

Remember all that deliciousness you are headed for and then ask…
“Why is [current situation] happening and how might it be here to HELP me?

Go deeper yourself and reach out to your community for insights if it feels good.
You are never alone!!
Much love, Sarah
P.S.: Now- for that invitation!

In June 19-28 I am heading to Peru for a sacred adventure with one of the most lovely shamans I have ever encountered- her name is LuzMa.   I am going simply as a participant but, I wanted to invite you all in case it speaks to you too?  This will not be a tourism trip-  there is no Machu Pichu on the itinerary (but you could build in your own visit before or after?   We will be there for 10 days and if you are interested- please send me an email (sarah@followyourfeelgood.com) and say “send me the PDF!” and I will share it with you.

P.S.S.:  Calling all MN and WI peoples!  May 13 I’ll be teaching in Duluth again! Come and learn how to go on a shamanic journey with the opportunity to discover a spirit Beastie to aid and support you! This Class is for you if:

You are exhausted from trying to make life work on your own.
You have tried meditation but feel too “jazz hands” to sit still for very long.
You have heard about shamanic journeying and are curious, but don’t know where to begin.
You are a rule breaker, maverick and tend to see things differently.
You find that you FEEL GOOD in nature and would like to feel that way more often?
You want more mind-body-spirit connection but are not sure how to get it.

See you there! Please feel free to share with any friends who you know might be interested!
Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamanic-journeying-101-discover-a-spirit-animal-to-guide-you-tickets-34049146915

P.S.S.S. (is THAT even legal???)  Of course you are always heartily invited to come get coached or to do some shamanic healing work…sometimes reaching out for help can change EVERYTHING- I know it has for me!

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