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Hello creators of wonder and magic!

The holidays are almost upon us and now is a very good time to book 30 minutes for yourself to think about how you want this whole holiday season to “go down”….taking the time can make the difference between a frenzied and anxiety filled season versus and easy breezy deeply rooted period of awesomeness.

Need a little inspiration to help you connect with what you want to create this holiday with your friends and family?

I contributed a few pachydermal tips to Sounds True’s Holiday Companion to more PEACE:)  You can download it free here.

(click on video below for a powerful and salty message I received from a medicine woman this summer).  I think you’ll find it inspiring!

Much love and elephants, Sarah

P.S.  I am in deep gratitude for all of your reviews for Swimming with Elephants at Amazon!:)
If you enjoyed the book I would LOVE one from you- I know your words would speak to other potential readers!

You can get the book here.  A wonderful gift for a seeker in your life (or anybody feeling called to a totally new adventure.)

You can leave a review at AMAZON here.

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Love Your Haters.


Hello fellow creators of WONDER and magic!

Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice…some girls are made of adventure, dark chocolate, intelligence, cuss words and courage.- Brooke Hampton

And it’s a good thing too because I got my first horrible review – I mean scathing…nothing hopeful about it.

(It was for “Born to FREAK).

I think you could def. qualify it as a true “hater” sort of thing…which kind of excites me.

Why?

Well, the people I admire most for their writing – Martha Beck, Elizabeth Gilbert for starters both have at least a few horrible, unkind reviews (and thousands of great ones!).

I’m not sure Kanye West is right 100 % of the time (some “haters” may just feel angry and helpless), but….what I do know is:

1. It’s much easier to criticize and destroy something (or someone) than it is to create something beautiful and helpful.

2. When I feel extremely critical it’s often because what the other person is doing brings up my shhhhhhh*t—and there’s something I need to look at- usually something shadowy in my human self.️

3. When I’m being criticized, it ALWAYS helps to remember the hundreds of times I’ve been told my work is beautiful or powerful in some way.

And I remember what my brilliant friend Anna Kunnecke says:

If criticism somehow leaves you inspired to go back and improve something- or to move forward in an excited way- that’s constructive!
If it doesn’t- then it’s not helpful.

And that leads me to the quote that changed Brené Brown’s life (and mine!):

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt, the Man in the Arena.

The critics aren’t the ones who count.

We are here to do beautiful vulnerable work- to show our hearts and to express ourselves.

Lets be brave!

with love, Sarah

P.S. I hope you are covered with dust and blood everyday- if that’s what you’d like:)️ If you’d like to step in to the ring but could use a hand- I am here!  Let’s work together.

P.S.  My Schedule for BOOK TOUR

Subtext Bookstore in St. Paul 11/16 7 PM

Park Rapids Bookstore – Beagle Books 11/25  11 AM- 2 PM

Zenith Books (Duluth) Signing 12/6/17 3-4 PM

Vromans Pasadena California 1/16 7 PM

Bookshow Los Angeles 1/13 7-9 PM (vision boarding too!)

The Pophop 1/14 3-4 PM (Eagle Rock, CA)


 

 

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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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