My cup definitely runneth over. Right on the tail of the Big Sky Retreat, I attended the Hay House “I Can Do It” Conference in Orlando this past weekend. It made my heart smile to see over 1,500 people choosing to spend their weekend listening to ways to become the best versions of themselves they can be in order to continue spreading love and light in the world. After a beautiful tribute to Wayne Dyer on Friday evening, the next two days were filled with some of the most influential and well known authors and speakers in the New Thought movement. I always enjoy the love that radiates from Dr. Brian Weiss, who made past-life regression therapy a household word after his groundbreaking book, Many Lives, Many Masters. (Well, at least in the households I visit!) Robert Holden reminded us of Louise Hay’s famous quote, “Life Loves You!” and shared some of the principles of A Course in Miracles in a fun and accessible way. He is hilarious and vibrant. Caroline Myss gave a great talk full of her signature tough love remarks like this one: “Are you still complaining about your life? STOP IT! Nobody appreciates it.” She is as funny as she is direct.
I also enjoyed the many break out workshops during the weekend. Some of the presenters were new to me. Mike Robbins, a former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, gave a spectacular talk on how we can’t get to “courage” without passing through “vulnerability,” which is actually strength, not weakness. I loved that he played a track from my new friend, Karen Drucker, in one of his exercises. Not only was I thrilled to hear Karen sing live at the Big Sky Retreat, I had the pleasure of getting to know her personally as well. If you don’t know Karen’s music, click on her name to visit her website. It is a gift you will give yourself from Source. I have been an admirer of Kyle Gray’s work since I first heard him speak in the Hay House Worldwide Summit three years ago. Now Kyle blends his vision of angels with his studies of A Course in Miracles. I resonated with every word he said during his talk titled “The Wings of Forgiveness.” I agree. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” The only thing I knew about Radleigh Valentine was that he created the Angel Tarot card deck with Doreen Virtue. When selecting workshops, I was guided to attend his talk on “Living a Magical Life!” I’m so glad I did! He is a shining example of what’s possible when we embody our authentic selves. He truly is living a magical life, and I loved his simple reminder to “ask and then listen” for guidance. It is always available.
As wonderful as these speakers are, I have to admit the best part of the conference was the beautiful heart connections I made throughout the weekend. It was a blessing to get some long overdue quality time with my beloved friend Adrian, who changed the course of my life when he introduced me to Dr. Charles Geddes at Bridges of Wellness two years ago. It was great to spend some time outside of work with Steven, another Bridges Board Member. I adore Steven. He makes me laugh like no other. I was also grateful to reconnect with my friends Ryan and Meagan, who I hadn’t seen since their move to Michigan two years ago. Even though they don’t live in Florida anymore, they continue to be a constant source of strength and support for me. They were the catalyst for me to claim my role of “minister” when they asked me to perform their wedding ceremony. They will always have a special place in my heart.
Then there were the new friends I met at the conference. What a joy to dance the “carwash” with Lisa and Sheylla at Sonia Choquette’s lively workshop! I’m so glad they walked by at the exact moment I was asking how to get to room W224! Meeting Lori and Elizabeth in line to see Radleigh Valentine was a Divine Blessing. They shared exactly the words I needed to hear on the day I was planning to visit a dear friend in Orlando who is experiencing some extreme life challenges. Then there was Dana, who touched my heart with her ability to be vulnerable and her devotion to her family. Look for her book, Through Thick and Thin : Facing Obesity Through the Eyes of a Loved One out soon. I know it’s going to impact many lives for the better. Last and certainly not least, I have to mention Carrie and Kimberly, whom I met only briefly after the Denise Linn past-life regression workshop. We made eye contact for just a moment when Denise asked us to break out into small groups. We didn’t end up in the same group, but I instantly felt a soul connection with these two. I’m so glad I asked them for hugs before we left because we ended up having a marvelous conversation. They are both doing incredible work in their fields, and I’m honored to know and stay connected with both of them.
I have to say it again. My cup truly runneth over. Now is a great time to contact me to schedule a Life Coaching or private Family Constellations session. My heart is overflowing with love to share. It is amazing to see what is possible when my walls are down and my heart is wide open. It might seem dangerous to walk around like that in every day life, but I assure you, the miracles that will happen as a result will be well worth the risk. Have a blessed and vulnerable week!