EMOTIONAL MOMENTUM

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION

Discovering Your Deepest Wisdom By Leaving Everything Behind

A BOOK WRITTEN AS BLOG POSTS.

 CHAPTER 1 – EMOTIONAL MOMENTUM (Part 1)

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river rapids in japanMomentum.

It’s the force or speed of movement.

Momentum picks up, momentum slows down. An object can build momentum, like a boulder rolling down a hill or a car pulling onto a fast moving highway. The same boulder can slow down to a halt. The same car can run into the resistance of bumper to bumper traffic.

Ultimately, there is a vitally important type of momentum that I want you to consider as you read this book. Emotional momentum. This is the force or speed of emotional movement, the increase or decrease in power of feelings moving through your body. Feelings that keep moving through you over time as you interact with the people, situations and things that show up in your life.

So think about it… are there emotions that you’ve been feeling for a long, long time? Feelings that keep moving through you again and again for longer than you can remember?

Emotions that seem to erupt within you when you think about certain partners in your life? People like parents or lovers. People like husbands and wives, or ex-husbands and ex-wives? People like your boss, or the one before that, or the one before the one before that?

woman in therapyYou may have some powerful emotional momentum moving through you, emotional momentum that keeps you restricted, discontent, angry and alone. Emotional momentum that turns you into the “difficult one,” or the “loner” or the “weirdo.” At least, that’s what it can feel like being seen through the eyes of others in your life.

You can go to ten different therapists over the course of a decade and you’ve still wake up with that same neurotic, anxious feeling that doesn’t seem to go away. You can have another argument with your partner and come away feeling lost and confused and bitter again and again and again. You can keep going back to the same job in the morning and return home with that same “what-am-I-doing-with-my-life” feeling at night.

The momentum of an emotion will move through you like a train that cannot stop on its own.

So what do you do about it?

The solution is not necessarily changing therapists or leaving your husband and quitting your job. The solution might not be another prescription for a different medication that numbs your mind and leaves you with a Torah scroll of side effects. The solution might not be drinking nor drugging, nor Facebook chatting until four in the morning, text messaging five hundred times a day, changing your online dating profile (again), freaking out, breaking up, over-eating, under-earning, channel surfing, pumping iron, picking fights, taking it out on your kids, giving your husband the silent treatment, and so on.

Bullet Trains in TokyoThe solution is inviting a new experience of emotional momentum. The solution is choosing the emotional track you want to ride on and allowing that feeling to carry you through life. The solution is to take life in your own hands and feel new feelings move through you — feelings that feel like the real you.

The solution is experiencing emotions moving through you that seem authentic, powerful, easy, stable and at peace with all that is. The solution is setting up a rendez-vous with the real you, the higher, wiser, deeper version of you that is hiding below the surface of the discontent that keeps coming back.

You have permission to experience the feelings that your inner being wants you to know, feelings of aliveness that will move through you like clouds streaking across the sky, like snowy mountains in your rear-view mirror, like the fascinating faces of people that pass you by as you stroll along a busy street in a foreign city.

The solution is to leave everything behind for a temporary pocket of time. Everything and everyone. The solution is setting forth on a journey to a new land that you may tune into new rhythms and vibrations that awaken your spirit. The solution is to jump headfirst into motion that you may harmonize with the momentum of life itself. The solution is coming home with lungs filled with the oxygen you need to move you through change.

woman looking at rainbowThe solution is learning how to feel alive.

The solution is taking a Solo Travel Journey.

I am here to teach you how.

You are invited to keep reading this book as it is being written before your eyes.

– Samurabbi

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY THE FRIDAY BEFORE YOM KIPPUR

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION

A Way To Move Through Suffering Into Feeling Alive!

A Book written as Blog Posts. Introduction, Part 3

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Princeton UniversityI want to tell you a story.

Yom Kippur was coming. I knew another Solo Travel Journey was moving through me. If I could simply snatch a single day trip, if I allowed myself to practice this process, if I found a way to imagine that I was temporarily leaving everything in my life behind, then I was guaranteed to come into contact with a force of healing wisdom that always seems to meet me along the way.

Each trip is a story, and each trip I come back refreshed, rebooted, reawakened and alive! And by the way, so will you.  When you’re ready. I can help you with that.

So let’s keep it moving….

I decided to set forth on a one-day Solo Travel Journey to Princeton University. Something was calling me to visit a prestigious college.  Maybe it was the launch of The Zen of Solo Travel – my first published book.  Maybe it was a need to revisit the lost innocence of my college days now that my former marriage had finally moved through me.

On the drive, I let it all go. I imagined that everything was behind me – work, home, money, relationships and especially all the negative emotional energy I’d been carrying around. By thinking this way, and by following the clouds and by listening to the voice of the GPS lady, I arrived in the Central Jersey, Ivy League.

Thinking I’d explore for a few hours and then return home in time for one last pre-Yom Kippur meal before the twenty-five hour fast, I parked and wandered aimlessly about the campus.

Pristine. Precious. Princely. Twirling around mysterious corners of silvery stone. Hopping from castle to castle in some magical northern English town. Body brimming with new hope. Mind flooding with memories. College. Where every day was another perfect cocktail of dark depression shaken with the lemon ecstasy of learning.

Pretending to be part-professor, part-late blooming co-ed, part middle-aged campus creep (imagine Golem found his way into a Woody Allen movie — my precioussssss…), I let myself get lost just enough to join a tour of High School seniors and their proud and nervous parents.

Rothko at Princeton MuseumThe tour lures us into the third largest college cathedral in the world, stacked with tubes of sturdy stone curling upwards to the sky in perfect arches, adorned with the holy suspense of stained glass imagery, unfurling into an ancient and mystical space of prayer. Five minutes and we’re back outside with the tour. Five minutes after that, and I’m ordering a burger on the street somewhere.

I feel the urge to call my old college roommate. He was a tall, lanky, brown-haired revolutionary, the kind of guy that would wear a Che Guevara shirt at the protest rally he organized to free a wrongly accused prisoner. Googled him. High School teacher. California.

“Hey man, it’s Michael… I’ve been meaning to reach out to you… I’m actually right across the street from Princeton University right now… Hard to explain… Hey, call me back when you can…”

When the hamburger was done, a flood of sorrow poured through me. I was overcome. I experienced a state of sadness that gripped me like no other. I could not get myself to leave the table with my sandwich wrappings. Felt like the world was crying through me. Felt like losing something deeply precious. Or someone. I had to maintain.

For whatever reason, I was drawn back to the cathedral. There, I sobbed. I just sat on a pew and sobbed.  I sobbed more and more until it was finally gone. Released. Complete. Refreshed.

Alive!

After a strange jaunt through the Princeton University Art Museum tripping out on the delightful orange and pink fields of Mark Rothko, I find myself back in the car.  Wow. What a day. Go home and eat and get ready to fast like a good Jew.

No. Don’t. You must stay over.

Stay over?

Yes.  Keep it moving. To the beach.  

The Jersey shore. A distraction? No doubt. An expense? Absolutely. But I was called. “You-only-live-once” called. Ninety-minutes of driving and I’m checking in at the Seaside Motel, staring at the roaring waves of coastal New Jersey on a dark October evening. I prayed a little. I sang to myself. Then I slept.

In the morning, it was warm enough to put on a bathing suit and get into the water up to my thighs. It was a gray day, but a lovely one. I placed my clothes where they could not possibly get wet. My footprints were the only ones on the beach this morning. It was just me and the seagulls and the clouds.

Seaside HeightsI was happy. I was really, really happy. Happy to be alive. I was so proud and honored to be me. I’ve felt that feeling before, maybe a little, maybe here and there. But not like I did in this moment. Not like now. Not like the peace that surrounded me, like the power that poured through me.

Such blessed peace. Such blessed power.

Oh spirit that lives out there… you are moving through me now….

My heart sings in gratitude! My mind flies through the clouds!

I managed to make my way into the water, singing the Yom Kippur prayer that is repeated throughout the day, calling out the thirteen attributes of HaShem in one long bellyful of chant. And that’s when the big wave came. The one that knocked me down and got all my clothes soaking wet.

Crap. Oh well. Keep it moving. Go home. Fast all day. Be a good Jew.

Nothing special.

Except for everything.

I want you to know this everything. I want you to feel these feelings. I want you to learn how to keep it moving through a day or a week or a month of Solo Travel, and then come back home vibrating and humming and singing and grateful, so deeply, deeply grateful for being alive.  I want you to learn what I am starting to know.

You can have your own trip. I already have mine.

Thanks for reading.

– Samurabbi

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LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION:

How to Move through Suffering into Wisdom and Inner Peace. 

A book written as blog posts.  Introduction, part 1.

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road-into-mountains.pngClose your eyes.

Take a deep breath.

Breathing.

Allowing yourself to feel your feet on the floor, your feet in the chair. Focusing on your breath — going in, going out, going in, going out.

Letting all your thoughts fly through your mind like clouds in the sky.

Feeling safe. Feeling ease.

Now, imagine you are in your car. In a moment, you will turn on the ignition.  You will feel the rumbling of the engine, the purring of metal and oil warming up, the ringing reminder to strap yourself in with a seatbelt. The car is now ready to carry you where you are called to go.

Looking out at the road in front of you, imagine you are leaving everything in your life behind. Everything. Your friends. Your family. Your job. Your responsibilities.  Your wife. Your husband. Your relationship issues. Your problems. Your trouble.

frustrated couple

Leaving everything behind.

Everything.

And everyone.

For a little while. For a temporary pocket of time. For a journey with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Imagine that you are setting forth on an adventure to a new world, to a place you’ve never been, to a way of thinking you have yet to know, to emotions you have yet to feel.

You are about to set forth upon a SOLO TRAVEL JOURNEY. You will be leaving your life behind, propelling yourself into motion, heading out on the open road, feeling the power of momentum carrying you forth into the unknown, into a space and time where you will meet up with your unique destiny like an arrow meeting an arrow in mid-air.

Come.

Let yourself imagine this. Alone. Surrounded by new energy, new faces, new ideas. On a simple, little trip. Or perhaps on a long distance journey to a land far, far away.

Don’t worry. You are not disappearing forever. You will be returning.

That’s the point of the journey — coming back home.

And while you’re out there, remember this. You won’t need anything. Everything will be provided for. Every resource you require will arrive to you at just the right moment. Every teaching, every test will show up as exactly what you need. 

ZOST Book screen shotThere’s a more beautiful, more peaceful, more alive version of you somewhere out there, waiting for you, hungry for you, looking forward to this powerful rendezvous. You simply must leave everything behind to find out.

Ok. Ready. Let’s go.

And always remember to keep it moving.

– Samurabbi

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MAKE MONEY HELPING PEOPLE HEAL

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I NEED YOUR HELP WITH SOMETHING…

It’s a project that will help people move through profound changes in their lives.

Michael Jason Sherman, MA

Michael Jason Sherman, MA

My name is Michael Jason Sherman. I’m a Life Coach and the author of THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL. On February 24th, I will begin leading an online course called “FOUR WEEKS TO FEELING ALIVE,” which will teach people how to individually design their own transformational Solo Travel Journey.

It will be a fun and fascinating group intensive, with lots of individual attention and caring guidance to help people move through change in their relationships, their mindset and the overall direction in their work and life.

By the end of the course, participants will have a breadth of knowledge about issues such as marriage, divorce, attracting a partner, dealing with childhood wounds, emotional management, finding and expressing your inner voice, life direction and spirituality. They will be engaged in content, material and stories that will inspire and educate them, while bringing relief, hope and inner peace.

And they will be prepared to design and go on their own transformational Solo Travel Journey after the course is over. Doesn’t matter if you decide to take a walk in the woods or buy a round trip ticket around the world. The system works however you can use it.

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HERE’S WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP: 

I’ve developed a simple, straightforward REFERRAL PROGRAM, whereby I reward people financially for sharing the information about this program with their friends and colleagues. This is an honest, open-hearted way to help people who need to move through change, so I want to be generous and make it very, very easy for you to make some money by sharing the message about this work.

HERE’S THE SYSTEM:  Once you say “YES!” to the referral program….

1. I send you an email that includes a small blurb and a link to a webpage about the program.  You simply cut and paste the blurb and then send it out to your friends and colleagues via email or Facebook of both. (Facebook can be sent as a post or as an event).  You may change the blurb to fit the needs of your audience. Whatever works.  (Must send all info out by February 21st the latest! – Program begins February 24th)

2. Your friends and colleagues evaluate the webpage and decide if they want to register for the program.  If they do, their registration information is tracked by Eventbrite, the company I am using to host the webpage invitation for the program.

3. One month after the completion of the program, you will receive a financial reward from me based on how many paid participants you refer to the program. I AM OFFERING $100 PER BASIC PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND $150 PER EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS — AS LONG AS THE PARTICIPANTS YOU HAVE REFERRED HAVE PAID IN FULL FOR THE ONLINE PROGRAM.  You will receive your money via check or Pay Pal transfer. I will follow up with you for payment details.

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THAT’S IT. Cut and paste. Send. Relax. People sign up. Get paid after the program is over.

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IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY VISION FOR THIS PROJECT AND THE SOLO TRAVEL PROGRAM IN GENERAL, LISTEN TO THIS AUDIO RECORDING (15 MINUTES) –

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“When I found Michael, I was already pretty sure my marriage was over. He took me through a journey examining certain parts of my past and decisions I had made. He prepared me for a Solo Travel Journey. I learned to trust myself and say “Yes!” to new experiences. I opened my mind and my heart, met amazing people and began to shine from within. I returned home filled with confidence and faith in myself and the universe.”   – Kathy, Solo Travel Coaching Graduate

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IF YOU ARE CURIOUS ABOUT THE RESULTS  OTHER SOLO TRAVEL GRADUATES HAVE HAD, CLICK: HERE

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transportationPROGRAM DISCOUNT — Anyone who participates in the Referral Program may attend FOUR WEEKS TO FEELING ALIVE at a significantly reduced rate.  This is a great way to reboot your mind, body and soul — so I encourage you to take part. I will give you a discount promotional code to receive the special rate. (EMAIL INFO BELOW).

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This is the webpage your friends and colleagues will see when they click through:  CLICK: HERE.

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This is a version of an email/Facebook blurb you can cut and paste and send:

Here’s something for people who need to move through change.  It’s called “FOUR WEEKS TO FEELING ALIVE” — it’s an online course that teaches you how to design your own Solo Travel Journey. Whether you take a walk in the woods or travel to another country, you will learn a system that awakens your inner wisdom. It’s going to be a solid, helpful, fascinating course, with lots of individualized attention, inspirational stories and information about relationships, mindset and spiritual growth. Check it out for yourself.  www.YourPersonalizedWeblink.com

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Anyone may participate in the REFERRAL PROGRAM. So if you know people in your network who would feel good about sharing this information in this way, please let them know by forwarding this blog post or send them in my direction via email.

How do you do this? —- Very, very easy.  Just send me an email and put “REFERRAL PROGRAM” in the subject line.  Tell me your full name and that you want to participate and I will send you the individualized blurb to send out with some instructions.

TO SAY “YES!” TO THE REFERRAL PROGRAM, SEND YOUR EMAIL BY CLICKING BELOW:

QUESTIONS@THE SOLO TRAVELSOLUTION.COM.

If you need more info and want to contact me, you may do so via email or reach my via phone – (845) 425 – 3245.

Solo Travel Solution is waiting for you*

Thanks so much for reading and taking part in this.

And always remember to keep it moving!

-Michael Jason Sherman, MA

Author of The Zen of Solo Travel

Creator of The Solo Travel Solution

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January 11th Event

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DISCOVER THE QUESTION OF YOUR LIFE

An Interactive Lecture and Discussion with Michael Jason Sherman, MA

Author of THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL: A Journey From Anxiety to Enlightenment

  SATURDAY, January 11th, 2014, 7-830pm  – $10 per person

Peace Forest Sanctuary, 8 Amber Ridge Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY

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Come hear this fascinating and inspiring talk about how to Discover the Question of Your Life. In just 90 minutes, you will learn how to interpret your relationship patterns in order to awaken you to what’s lying below the surface —  the expression of what you truly desire.

Michael Jason Sherman, MA is an author and life coach, an expert on Imago Dialogue and Imago Relationship Theory, and the creator of The Solo Travel Solution program – a 3 Step transformational process that helps people experience a feeling of aliveness and inner wisdom by temporarily leaving everything in their lives behind.

During this interactive lecture this Saturday evening, you will learn the process Michael teaches his students that leads to the creation of a unique, personalized, Life Question — something akin to private, spiritual mantra, helping you to tune in to the truth of your inner being. Having your Question will let you to feel grounded and aware, but will also steer the ship of your mind in a way that will help you gain a sense of confidence and power to handle challenging people and situations. red questions and dude

Once someone has their Question, it is strongly suggested that they take the Question on a Solo Travel Journey, using this mantra as a kind of spiritual compass for a physical journey — whether you head for a hike in the woods or you take flight to the other side of the world.

Michael will share stories of his own journeys and how he works with his students who have successfully developed Questions and set forth on Solo Travel Journeys all over the world. If you have an interest in personal development or spirituality, if you feel yourself challenged by relationships or your life direction, if you are an entrepreneur or leader interested in the process of creativity and vision, or if you are simply ready for change and a spark in your life, then this class is for you.

Michael in Black HatMichael’s speaking style will capture you right from the first moment. You will be entertained, you will learn a lot, you will laugh, and you will have a good time. Come buy the ticket to learn what this is all about — and take the ride to Discovering the Question of Your Life.

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Get started by downloading THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL E-book. Learn the philosophy behind this work and read the story of a wild ten-day trip to Japan where Michael took his life in his own hands and came back a different man. CLICK: HERE

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HEALING ANXIETY THROUGH SOLO TRAVEL

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This morning, I awoke to the sounds, sights and smells of a ton of garbage — literally — sitting in front of my house.  Apparently, a fire somehow started inside this collection of other people’s waste as it was being carried by a truck around the neighborhood.  Had the vehicle not belched all the garbage out onto the ground, the whole thing would have exploded in flames and been destroyed.garbage truck dumping

That’s when I realized, this was a fantastic metaphor for the start of a Solo Travel Journey. When one takes such a spiritual journey, leaving everything in their life behind, the very choice to set forth into motion ignites a fire in one’s heart. Once you are out there alone, caught up in the speed of momentum and mystery, that fire forces all the garbage you’ve been carrying around in your mind to be “dumped” from your consciousness.

Blecchhh.

It’s a massive emotional purge. Everything you’ve been holding onto, all the stress, the confusion, the resentment, the negativity… all of that becomes irrelevant when you feel the wind blowing through your hair on the highway, or that tug on your gut that lures you back when the plane darts forward. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you are going. Rather, what matters is who you are about to meet out there on the road — your true nature.

This beautiful, mysterious, magical, intimate, honorable, healing rendez-vous requires that all the emotional garbage that you’ve been carrying around be dumped.

As the author of the E-Book, THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL: A Journey from Anxiety to Enlightenment (Click:Here), and the creator of The Solo Travel Solution program of healing and transformation, I’m a product of this process. I’ve set forth on many Solo Travel Journeys and sent many clients on their way as well. 

Some clients simply go into the woods or the city for a few hours or a few days to get the feeling of privacy and motion. Others find their way around the world. Either way, this solo motion clears the emotional energy that is stored within one’s body, energy that more often than not shows up as anxiety.

Backpacker Waiting for her TrainI’m not a believer in magic bullets or miracle pills. But I’ve been around the block with healing modalities — therapy, seminars, meditation, medication, recovery, books, support groups, martial arts, and so on. Each has had their own place in my life, and in the lives of my clients. What I can say is that nothing has penetrated to the heart of the matter as much as setting forth on a Solo Travel Journey, particularly when it’s done with a spiritually systematic design. 

The journey is a container of time, with a beginning, middle and end. Within this container, one naturally receives teachings and moves through tests. You take your life into your own hands, and the feeling of momentum does the rest. Doing so takes your condition of anxiety beyond the counseling office, and moves the emotional energy of your body in ways that awaken your spirit and let you feel alive. By recording your experience in words and pictures, you bring back home a mental anchor of the trip, that helps you to regain that spirit of healing once you return to the life you left behind.

Again, there are no magic bullets. But for myself and my clients, what we learn out there on the road puts our lives into alignment, stimulating a sense of confidence in ourselves and our purpose, which helps us to sustain practices that ward away anxiety once we return home. We can always go back any time, setting forth alone for another dump of the emotional garbage we start carrying again after a period of time. It’s just like doing the dishes. You’ve got to clean up the mess.

But when you see Solo Travel as a serious method of personal healing, then you’ll be cleaning up a mess that erupted from your system because of a fire that started in your heart. Then the mess doesn’t seem so bad.  But the fire keeps you awake and alive.

THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL E-BOOK EDITION is being released on Monday, August 26th. To learn more about the book — CLICK: HERE.

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THE CURSE IS OVER

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Hello, reader.

My name is Michael Jason Sherman. I am a father, I am a Jew and I am the author of the book, “The Zen of Solo Travel.” It feels really good to say that.daibutsu

I’ve been wrestling with this project for two and a half years, but really it’s been eight years, however, it has in fact been thirty-five years.

The two and a half years ago began when it seemed like everything in my world was falling apart, and after a powerful, private journey with a counselor, I awakened to the fact that I really am a writer at heart and it was truly time to get a project out into the world.

Amongst the piles of unfinished manuscripts laying around, I chose this one because I thought it would only take me a month to complete. Thirty months later, and thirty plus Solo Travel Journeys later (a few taken by me, most taken by my counseling clients, some traveling to the other side of the globe), the manuscript is done and ready for initial release (first E-book, later real book — join the email list below to get updates).

The eight years ago began when it seemed like everything in my world was falling apart, and I took private, powerful Solo Travel Journey to Japan. I returned bursting with renewed energy, ready to become the adoptive father of a Chinese girl (my sweet and adoring Twyla — the girl from two worlds), ready to quit my safe and tenured middle school teaching job, ready to help heal others, and more than ready to write every single composition bookminute of my journey into four, black, bound, college-ruled, composition notebooks with one pen. 

Fingers hurt. Ouch.

The thirty-five years ago began when I it seemed like everything in my world was falling apart, and my father was developing what would become a permanent mental illness that would eventually force him to end it all, and having just taken me to see the opening night of Star Wars in the summer of 1977, and me being inspired to use an electric  typewriter for the first time, and this young child feeling the fever of the word, busting out his first story called “Space Adventures” in a private, powerful journey of writing only a little boy can go on, only to be condemned and by the big grown up Darth Vader Dad who used words like “half-assed” and “never make it in the real world.”

So right then and there, I decided — “No problem, Dad. I won’t finish anything.” And so I didn’t. Until today. It feels really good to say that.

The words are written, but now the finishing process really begins. It’s one thing to slave away at a project and turn it into the book that you were always meant to write. It’s another thing to put on the publishing hat and help this infant learn to walk and find its waiting audience.

In this way, I am announcing today (7/9/13) as the day where the Curse is Over.  The manuscript will be ready for E-book release in a few short weeks.  At which time, I will have finally finished what I started, and the book will belong to you, the reader.

And you are:

* A spiritual being having a human experience on a Solo Travel Journey through life.

* An adventurer who loves the feeling of motion in other lands and spaces.

* A man or a woman facing a crisis in your marriage, or coming out the other side of it.

* Someone who has experienced trauma in your life and has tried everything to heal it.

* A young adult who hasn’t fully settled on a life direction or a relationship you really want.

* An empty-nester or baby-boomer who sees the horizon and is ready for a new chapter of life.

* An entrepreneur or corporate who loves the creative process and is ready for a spiritual experience.

* A professional healer or spiritual teacher who is fascinated by journeys of courage and awakening.

* Someone who longs to experience your inner truth and discover the authenticity of your life’s work.

You are my audience.

Michael in Black Hat

Michael Jason Sherman, Author of “The Zen of Solo Travel”

The book is called, “The Zen of Solo Travel: A Journey from Anxiety to Enlightenment.” It is a philosophical memoir of a 10 day journey to Japan, where I took life in my own hands and came out the other side starting a revolution that I haven’t stopped.

The program attached to it is called “The Solo Travel Solution,” which is explained in this website.  I teach people to deal with their relationships, their mindset, and then set them forth on Solo Travel Journeys where they have an awakening of wisdom that lets them feel alive.

The book will be out in E-Book form in the coming weeks. The program of healing and transformation is ready to go.  If you fit into any of the above categories (or even if you don’t), I encourage you to join the mailing list (below), that you may stay connected and dip your toe in this magnificent pool.

Thank you, reader. It feels good to say that.

 

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VAPORIZING MY PAST – An Interview with Julia Lucas, Graduate of The Solo Travel Solution Program

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THE 7 – MINUTE SOLUTION

 

An Audio Podcast featuring interviews transformational experts and graduates of the Solo Travel Solution Program

Julia Lucas (aka Raw Julia) is a Raw Foods workshop leader. Recently she went through the 3 steps of The Solo Travel Solution program.  After developing her Question, she was lead on a one-day journey to New York City that was filled with all kinds of emotions, powerful surprises and profound learnings. Julia followed the program to a tee and experienced major breakthroughs. Listen below as she describes how she faced deep fears and “vaporized” her past during her Solo Travel Journey. Feel free to leave a comment.

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Solo Travel Solution Audio Blog Posts and Interviews with Experts

A key part of the journey with the Solo Travel Solution program is the experience of leaving everything behind. This phenomena is not limited to the physical action of Solo Travel, but to our habits and our mindset.

Listen below to an interview with Hope Stanger, a Holistic Health Counselor and expert on the quantum physics of nutrition, discussing the concept of the “Inner Leaving” that is required when we set forth on a journey of change.


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The Power of Surrender

Hello and Peace to all who read this.

I’m writing this post while on a Solo Travel Journey.  Michael in Black HatI’ve gone through my own program — following the 3 Step Process to a tee.  I’m not going to tell you about my situation or where I’ve gone, but I will say that I’m having another experience of wisdom and ecstasy, as is always the case when I go solo, and leave everything behind me.

One of the key elements of following this program is to invite a test or a stretch while you are out there alone. That might be as simple as not using your cellphone or not telling someone where you’ve gone.  It could also be more dramatic, like biking a hundred miles or remaining silent for three days. Whatever the case, the test that you invite is one that helps you move through your own self-betrayal, and awaken to the truth within. It’s a symoblic, metaphoric experience that elevates your experience of life.

While I’ll keep my test private, what I will say is this. I expected to be filled with a glorious highlight show of brilliant ideas by moving through this soulful exam. I thought I would come out of it pumped up and ready to take on the world. Instead, I am brought to my knees. And while on the floor…. a voice whispering through me, saying “SURRENDER.”

This was exactly the lesson I needed. Get quiet, don’t move, and surrender. Right now, this was what I had to hear, even though I didn’t expect to be overcome in this way. That’s the power of Solo Travel. You get exactly the teaching that you need. You come into contact with power that is greater than you… while you are out there alone.

So while I was looking for incredible, awe inspiring answers, the message I received was to stay quiet and surrender. This is the message that I am taking home with me once this Solo Travel Journey is complete. This is the revolution that I need to spark in my life — to surrender.  Because it’s becoming extremely clear to me that I don’t have all the answers.

What does all this mean in real terms? Hard to say at this moment. But this private experience has given me a taste of wisdom that is far greater than I am.  And since the trip is still going on…. I’m going to go celebrate the feeling of being alive.  Perhaps I can find a cold waterfall that I can stick my head under for a few hours.

Always remember to Keep It Moving.

Michael