This weekend I attended my first spiritual conference, sponsored by Hay House, called “I Can Do It 2014.”
Leading up to the weekend, I had experienced a number of big life changes and it seemed like this conference could not have come at a better time. On Saturday morning, I woke up exhausted, guzzled a cup of caffeine, forgot about breakfast, drove like a maniac thinking I would be late, and then a funny thing happened…
As I was sitting in traffic, I had the idea to try a different route. Instead of waiting with the crowd, following along like a sheep, I decided to take my own route. Each light turned from red to green in front of my eyes. I pulled up to the venue and saw a line of cars parking. Instead, I decided to park down the street and look for some metered parking. Once again, it seemed like the heavens opened and a perfect spot right near the venue was just waiting there for me.
Even though I began the day stressed (something I always encourage other people not to do but still have a hard time doing myself), I walked into the conference completely calm. The event was crowded, with lots of people hustling and bustling about. I walked up to the registration table and people were yelling and shouting about how they never received their conference pass. I thought to myself, is that what a spiritual conference is about? Yelling at the conference volunteers?
When I looked for my conference pass, it was laid almost directly in front of me. Once again, I grabbed it without any hassle at all. My phone buzzed and I saw a text message from my friend saying she had saved me a spot, so with five minutes to spare before the conference began, I had my badge, my seat, my parking spot, had found my way, and it was barely 9:00 a.m.
If you believe it will go smoothly, it will go smoothly!
Here are some other beautiful lessons I learned while at the Hay House I Can Do It conference in Fort Lauderdale:
1. “Don’t die with your music still inside,” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Tears came from my eyes when Dr. Dyer said this. He said he wrote himself a note when he was in his 20’s and on it he said, “Dear Wayne, don’t die with your music still inside.” Each of us has a passion and each of us knows in our hearts the true path that we really want to pursue. Attending this conference was a wake up call for me:
I have to publish my writing, I have to make sure I don’t die with it all still inside, or in my closet gathering dust.
2. “Evolution doesn’t happen unless someone is willing to leave the tribe,” – Cheryl Richardson
Contrary to what everyone tells you, it’s okay to take risks! We are always so scared of taking the leap that we end up living tame, miserable, joyless lives. Cheryl Richardson hit the nail on the head with this statement. She also said, “Don’t waste your time doing boring things…live vertically, not horizontally.” So true and so necessary!
3. “Earth angels help others remember who they are.” – Doreen Virtue
When Doreen Virtue got on stage, I felt like this beautiful presence was around me. I’ve always thought, ever since I was a child, that I could feel and sense things different than others. In the past I might have looked at this as a fault, like something was wrong with me. But in the past few years I have been experiencing an awakening and an understanding. I believe I am an Earth Angel, sent to help other people along. People- complete strangers- have walked up to me and told me this but I never believed them. It wasn’t until this weekend that I have fully accepted my gift. Doreen said, “Earth angels signed up for this global mission…you have to help others remember heaven.” And this is exactly what I hope to do.
4. “Journey into the beautiful dream that is life…the end is only the beginning.” – Dr. Brian Weiss
Years before I had ever heard about Dr. Brian Weiss, I was introduced to the writings of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in a class called “Death and Dying” at the University of Delaware. I must admit, when I first heard of the course I was a little turned off. What could be positive about dying? I thought. Little did I know what a life-changing course it would be. In Kubler-Ross’ book “On Death and Dying,” she examines the stages of grief, but also teaches us the beauty of life. She speaks to people who are dying and each and every one of them spoke about the importance of living your life to the fullest.
When we die, we do not just disappear to nothing, the spirit goes on. At the I Can Do It conference, Dr. Weiss, a man whose books also have changed my life, said that his friend Dr. Kubler-Ross agreed with him about death, that it was only a transition. “Journey into the beautiful dream that is life,” he said, “the end is only the beginning.” Do not fear death – you cannot control it- instead live your life! Do the things you have always wanted to do and live without regrets.
Some more wonderful quotes from the day:
“You are divine love,” Doreen Virtue and Dr. Wayne Dyer at different times!
“Every spiritual advance is preceded by a fault.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
“If all you think of is lack, all you will attract is lack. Start thinking about abundance.” – A conference attendee to me.
“When your heart is full- you will actually feel it warm and glowing in your chest.” – Me
“Get some sleep.” – Radleigh Valentine doing my card reading. He was SO right! It turns out I was sick and didn’t know it, when I got home I slept for several hours and woke up in a hot sweat. I needed sleep more than anything at that moment.
“Eat like a goddess – only put good foods into your body.”
“Diet and spirituality go hand in hand.” – Doreen Virtue, she compared it to fine tuning a piano, when you eat right you become lighter and you are able to feel clearer and listen to your angels.
“There’s no fat in heaven. There are no taxes or bills either.” – Doreen Virtue
“God will always introduce you to other gods,” a conference attendee who introduced me to Hindu God Hanuman after I spoke to her about Lord Ganesh.
“Each person you meet is a blessing.” – me
“Your soul comes here to experience, not accomplish.” – Cheryl Richardson.
Pictures from the conference: