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Today's contest entry to win a FREE all-inclusive retreat comes from Donna Czajkowsk!

Fire and Wind, for my Mother

"I heard the message, “It will be this weekend. Something. Maybe not the final thing. But Something.” ”Go anyway”, I heard. “You need this.” So, I went.
On my way to Mago, I ran into an old friend. Someone I knew in another life perhaps, but new to this life. It had been way too long. In less than a day we had re-acquainted ourselves with our stories of this lifetime. I am so grateful we were reunited. So very grateful.

I went to dinner with my new family. We didn’t yet know we were family. That would come. We ate and laughed and hugged. All was new and exciting. And unknown. Later, we met in the Arirang room, which means “finding your true self”.

I entered to the soft drumming of our patriarch. Soothing music to ease our souls. We formed a circle.A tribe. A family. It felt right. We bared our pain then. The ones that hide in the shadows. One by one we held the stick and cried and laughed and let go. We were opening up with deep beliefs about ourselves, yet it seemed “normal”. I’ve never felt so vulnerable in a room of strangers. Yet so safe. Understood. Welcome. Home. We held space for each other. We linked hands to close our circle, our container. I felt the heartbeat of my neighbors through my hands, in harmony with mine. I felt the pulse of “Mago”, Mother Earth, through my feet. Our collective soul. When we were done for the evening, I knew that I had been led there to find this family.

The following evening would be the fire walk. A short trek a
cross thirteen hundred degree coals. I set my phone to silent while our leader prepared us for the walk, explaining that in order to succeed our energy needed to be higher than the fire’s energy. We would raise our energy with chanting and drumming all the way to the site of the fire. Just as the chanting and drumming started, I felt my phone, even though it was on silent. It was a message that my Mom was dying and I must get home. I broke down, sobbing. I never noticed everyone leaving the building for the fire. My friend from another lifetime was there to comfort me and asked what she could do. I said, “Go walk on fire!” Our patriarch was there to comfort me as well and all I wanted him to do was to go walk on fire! It seemed I was in another dimension at that time. I thought, “There is nothing I can do at this moment, right now, to get to my Mom. What CAN I do in this moment, right here, right now? I can walk on fire.” The three of us headed to the fire, behind the drums and chanting now but we caught up to the group as they were raking the coals. They were still chanting, “Spirit of the fire carry me to my home.” Drums were beating. Tears were pouring down my cheeks. People were hugging me, thinking I was afraid to walk on the hot coals, but I was oh so ready. They did not know I cried for my Mom. Love was filling me to the brim. Love has the highest energy and it seemed magnified by the beauty of the moon and stars and the magic of Mago. I had no problem rising above the energy of that fire. I was waiting for them to finish raking the coals so I could go! Then they were ready. I stepped forward and saw one of my family members, our warrior we called her, step forth and go first. Then our Poet Goddess went across. I got through the crowd to follow right after and walked across those coals for my Mom. I left the crowd and fell to my knees and cried. When I returned to the fire, it was time to walk the coals in silence, only saying an intention. I called for my friend and together we crossed, for love and friendship.
Later that evening, after the coals burned down, raked into the shape of heart, I went to the Healing Garden to walk the meditation path around the lake. A breeze was blowing and the moon shone bright. I sat under the grand willow for a while and talked to my Mom. Such a beautiful spot. I decided to stop in each chakra prayer spot and say a prayer. “Dear Universal Spirit, please embrace my mom in your infinite love and surround her with your strength and light. Please help me to clear myself of any blocks for this chakra so that I may be fully present in this life.” I said this same prayer at every spot, the gentle breeze still blowing. At the fifth stop, one that someone told me was for the heart chakra, I said my prayer. As soon as I finished my words, a huge gust of wind took me by surprise and blew for several minutes! I stood there with my face to the moon and hands up to the sky and waited for the wind to die down. When it did, I said thank you and I moved to the next spot. I said my prayer there and the gentle breeze played with my hair. At the final stop, I faced the mountains and said my prayer for the last time. Again, as soon as I finished my words a huge gust of wind blew and almost knocked me off balance. It lasted several moments again and I closed my eyes to feel it on my face. When it died down, I said a final thank you to the Healing garden, and felt at peace.

On my final day at Mago I was once again greeted by the loving embrace of my new family. Soulful eyes sent me love without effort. Hugs were given without question. We wrote together, each of us working on our own words, but together in the space. Collective energy the fuel for all of us. I was overcome with emotion and stepped outside so as not to break the sacred space. Outside by myself, a cardinal alit upon the top of a small tree in front of me and sang. I watched and listened in awe and wonderment at the beauty of the sight and the sound. A peace came over me. It is said that a cardinal is like a hinge on a door, the hinge between the Earthly world and the Spirit world, carrying messages back and forth. My Mom would be embraced by the universal love a week later. On that morning, only moments after she passed, the wind blew strong outside and a cardinal sang.

I said my goodbyes to my new family, united at Mago for the first time but I feel it won’t be the last. We are closer now. They have shared more with me and me with them in only a few short days, more than most people share in a lifetime. But we shared in ways that bond the heart. My experience at Mago has changed me deep within. It helped me find my “Arirang”, my true self. It changed my life forever and for that I am eternally grateful."

Thank you for sharing your incredible experience with us Donna!

There are only a few days left to win a FREE stay with us!

Send us YOUR reflections of your Mago experience along with your favorite picture to kristen@sedonamagoretreat.org from now until May 31st! Yes, it really is that easy!

Choose from: Begin Again, Stress to Strength, Revitalizing Detox or Qigong! Visit: http://bit.ly/2h6J1fP and select Programs to read more about each of these wonderful retreats!
Contest Rules:
1) Spread the word by sharing this opportunity via your social media platform.
2) Email reflections about your retreat experience along with your favorite photo to kristen@sedonamagoretreat.org.
3) Once approved, our team will post your entry on our Facebook page and the post with the most likes wins!
Don't miss this amazing opportunity! May the odds be in your favor. <3

With Love,
The Sedona Mago Retreat Team
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Ginny arrived at Sedona Mago Retreat in a wheelchair over a month ago. Her health had been failing for quite some time and even though her life's work was as a nurse, nothing seemed to help. This picture was taken after she completed the Finding True Self workshop. In the short time that she's been here, we've seen miracles happen right before our eyes. This beautiful soul, who was barely able to walk, is now exploring our property and finding fossils, crystals and lava rocks. She is our Naturalist extraordinaire! We are so inspired by you Ginny and hope you come back soon! Thank you for being a part of our Mago Family! ❤️

Visit: http://bit.ly/2fBfxUx to find out more about this transformative experience.
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Remember who you really are at Finding True Self...
Visit: http://bit.ly/2fBfxUx
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Give her more than just a gift. Give her an experience!

For two days only you can save 20% on the following all-inclusive retreats:

Finding True Self, Begin Again, Qigong, Revitalizing Detox, or Stress to Strength.
Discount Code: Mother

Registration begins May 11th at 6 am Pacific Time and ends May 12th at 8pm. Don't miss out!

Once you purchase your retreat, be sure to print out the beautiful certificate to present to Mom on her special day!

Visit:http://bit.ly/2h6J1fP
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Today's contest entry to win a free retreat comes from Todd Lieman!

The Delivery Boy

"As I watched the gray clouds race across the sky above the majestic and magical red rocks that channel and pull the energy of the Universe...I felt sad. I felt sad because I couldn't capture the words that might describe the speed of the clouds. I didn't have the words to capture the array of colors on the mountains or the way the colors changed with changes in the light. How could I? I didn't want to take a picture because that couldn't capture the feelings I had. The hope that tinged the outer edges of the clouds, of my sadness. The trees, so green, that dotted the landscape begged from afar to be climbed. "Climb me," they beckoned, "and be closer to the sky."

From my bench I could see the sunlight peaking through the soft, puffy drag racers. What did it want from me? I heard thunder. Wait. Not thunder. A woman with short, gray, spiked hair and a baggy blue t-shirt was pulling her luggage across the rocks. It was thunder to my soul as it broke my gaze. Oh how I wanted it to be thunder from Heaven. I wanted to hear the anger of the gods. I wanted to feel their frustration. "Why, dear boy, do you continue to doubt yourself? Doing so, you only doubt us." I could wrap my head around that. Perhaps one of this is really mine. I'm merely the vessel. The delivery boy. My words merely a pepperoni pizza that someone else has ordered in silent prayer.

I closed my eyes to listen for more guidance. "That's it," they said. They told me that it was my time to take the reigns and ride into the night. It was my time to take the pen and write through the night. Still, doubt feeling vulnerable, wondered aloud, "what if nobody cares?" The Heavens answered before I could, "What difference does it make? Detach from the need to be recognized and put the words down."

A picture is worth 1000 words, they say, but 1000 words are worth 1,000,000 pictures. They will be interpreted a million ways and hold more power as they convey emotion and truth and vulnerability and the very elements that make up a life. So be raw. Be real. Be hopeful. Be sad. Be love. Always be love. Stop seeking. It's all right here. It's here in the colors of the rocks. In the patterns of the moonlight. It's here in the uncomfortable chairs and delicious food. It's here in every touch, taste, sight, smell and sound. Everything you want, everything you need is in every single moment. It's all right here. And the more you seek--the more you miss. The more you try to find the "right words," the more you miss the actual beauty before you.

I have it in me to create. Period. I don't need to create hope. Or love or magic. Those results aren't up to me. My responsibility is purely, solely, only to create. Honor the results, don't fight the results, but you can't create the results.
The clouds grew darker the longer I sat. But there's was always light. Always just enough light. I cried, unsure of whether I cried for fear or cried for joy. And I wondered if there was a difference--or even the need to separate, to differentiate.

As I sit on a floor now, writing in a room full of beautiful souls, I own my destiny. Writing has been my calling since I can remember and now I own it. I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer. What I do to pay the bills doesn't matter. I am a writer.

The sun now shines bright outside and casts a glow inside our room. Out that door is a new day, a new beginning, a new life. I'm being called to deliver pepperoni pizzas to those hungry souls who are starved for hope. Who need their dreams sustained. Who need to believe.

From this day forward, I put my trust in the Universe. I don't just say it, I live it. I act on it. From this day forward, I believe in the vessel. I honor the vessel. I cherish the vessel. I could say the I owe it to myself, but this isn't about self. This is about ONE. About ALL. I owe it to nobody. Because it just is. IS. BE. GO. DO. Simple words with uncompromising meaning."

Thank you so much for your heartfelt words Todd! We are so happy that you had a wonderful experience!

Send us your reflections of your time with us and your favorite picture to kristen@sedonamagoretreat.org from now until May 31st and you could win a free stay with us!

Choose from: Begin Again, Stress to Strength, Revitalizing Detox or Qigong!

Visit: http://bit.ly/2h6J1fP and select Programs to read more about each of these wonderful retreats!

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Give her the gift she'll always remember! For two days only you can save 20% on the following all-inclusive retreats: Finding True Self, Begin Again, Qigong, Revitalizing Detox, or Stress to Strength. That's a saving up of up to $380.00!

Discount Code: Mother
Registration begins May 11th at 6 am Pacific Time and ends May 12th at 8pm. Don't miss out!

Once you purchase your retreat, be sure to print out the beautiful certificate to present to Mom on her special day!

Visit: www.sedonamagoretreat.org
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Friends,

We are excited to announce that we are giving away a FREE all-inclusive retreat! Throughout the month of May, send us your heartfelt reflections about your experience at Sedona Mago Retreat along with a photo, and you could win a FREE stay with us!

Entries will be accepted from now until May 31, 2017 and one lucky winner will be able to choose from Begin Again, Stress to Strength, Revitalizing Detox or our Qigong retreat! (Visit our homepage at www.sedonamagoretreat.org and select Programs to read about each of these retreats.)

Contest Rules:
1) Spread the word by sharing this opportunity with a friend.
2) Email reflections about your retreat experience along with your favorite photo to kristen@sedonamagoretreat.org.
3) Once approved, our team will post your entry on our Facebook page and the post with the most likes wins!
We can’t wait to see your beautiful images and read about your wonderful experiences! Have fun and good luck!

With Love,

The SMR Team

Photo credit: Philip Carnevale Photography
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A Message from Ilchibuko Todd, President of Tao Fellowship:

Hello Earth Family and Prayer for 1 Million Supporters!

The important day for us, Earth Day Peace Festival, is coming soon this weekend, April 22nd. My heart is pounding imagining you are with me and all of us physically or in spirit, celebrating Mother Earth. :)
The word I want to share today is "MAGO", which means the spirit of Mother Earth and represents unconditional love residing within everyone.
On this Earth Day, I will lead Prayer of Peace, a ceremony to connect to the consciousness of Mago. You will feel inner peace and experience healing and love for self and others.
It will be followed by Candle Light Ceremony and feel the inner light and recover your brightest consciousness.
Please join us for the Prayer of Peace real time (7pm-8pm AZ time) in some parts on the Broadcast Live on FB (Kristen Tizon, Sedona Mago Retreat, or Prayer for 1Million People FB page will let you know exactly where it will be broadcasted.)
Also if you are a local, its not too late to join our Festival at our spiritual home, Sedona Mago Retreat.
We are also collaborating with Earth Citizens Organization and do Earth Day Peace Walk in the afternoon for nice meditative walk on our land with lots of vortex energy for your healing and recovering your nature.
We also do Jujube tree planting with the trees which were donated by generous people and energy healing activities.
Participation is free and Sedona Mago Retreat also offer free shuttle, lunch and dinner. :)
I would love to see you.
For details and registration: go to sedonamagoretreat.org/earth-day/
Thank you and I love you!
Ilchibuko
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"I must have flowers, always and always."
~Claude Monet 🌺

Celebrate the beauty of our Mother Earth at our Earth Day Peace Festival April 22nd from 11:45 am-5:00 pm and our Candle Floating Ceremony 6:30 pm- 8:45 pm!

Enjoy food, festivities and fun as we gather our hearts to give thanks and celebrate our choice to live in harmony with humanity and the earth.

Call 928.204.3391 to RSVP.
Visit: http://bit.ly/2oNkAIt to learn more.
#EarthDay #peace #love #unity #flowers
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Heal your heart and "Begin Again" at Sedona Mago Retreat. Allow this sacred, healing land to become the birthplace for your new life! <3 Visit: http://bit.ly/2o3MjB4
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