As I am writing my inaugural entry for my column for VividLife, I am sitting in the kitchen of my friend Dianne whose Sedona home is perched on the side of a hill . The landscape of the legendary Red Rocks is silhouetted against the dimming of the day sky ; paint splashed soft pinks and blues. My intention when I write is for you as the reader, to see the imagery through my eyes, even if you are never able to witness the majesty yourself. As I am typing the words, a flash of light caught my eye. I mentioned it to Dianne and her casual response was “UFO. We see things here we can not explain.” Perhaps that is my greatest joy in writing…explaining the unexplainable, imagining the unimaginable.
I am a newcomer to Arizona, having traveled cross country from Philadelphia this past Friday to attend the Celebrate Your Life Conference in Phoenix. Sponsored by Mishka Productions and the remarkable crew (seemingly a cast of thousands), it boasted top notch speakers and performers such as: Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, Sonia Choquette, Dan Millman, Elizabeth Lesser, Harville Hendricks, Gary Zukav, Judith Orloff, Karen Drucker, Alan Cohen, Andrew Weil, Barry Goldstein, Cynthia James, Sunny Dawn Johnston, John Holland, KC Miller, Lisa Williams, Jill Bolte Taylor, Linda Francis, Liz Dawn Donahue, Penache Desai, Denise Linn, Michael Tamura, Jeff Donahue, Greg Peterson, Michael and Deborah Traub and James Van Praagh. Like a kid in a candy store, I had a difficult time knowing which workshops to attend and which vendors’ wares to peruse. I notice at events like that, personal space is much closer in than when out in public. In that setting, people brushed past each other and smiled, rather than retract with an “I’m sorry for touching you.” reaction. Hugs were plentiful and smiles contagious. Would that the same energy pervade in every day life. It seems that the sometimes unspoken intention is that it indeed be the case.
The opening performer: Karen Drucker invited a bunch of us on stage as her ‘Druckettes’ and of course, I had to shake off the jet lag with the rest of the dancers. http://youtu.be/hOKDE5AnAaY
Following Karen was the iconic Wayne Dyer whose writing has been a part of my life since the early 1980’s. He continues to inspire audiences with his books and PBS specials, one of which he is planning along with release of a new book in March 2012. How cool it was to witness this man in his natural state of wonder as he weaved stories about his adventures and observations. The concept that grabbed me by the heart was a reference to the biblical retelling of Moses’ conversation with God in which the One identified as I AM. Wayne explained that those two words are powerful beyond measure and that when we express “I am poor. I am alone. I am a loser”., we are in a sense, taking God’s name in vain. Better, he thought, to do an exercise in the last 5 minutes prior to sleep in which we affirm: “I am love/loved. I am abundant. I am healthy. I am happy.” and then steep in that energy. I have been doing that ever since and have slept well and deeply and have had powerful dreams. He spoke of the concepts of extraordinary awareness and living in a state of astonishment, inviting us as did his mentor Abraham Maslow, to “See the unfolding of God in everyone you encounter.”
Throughout the next two days, those concepts were echoed in one form or another by each of the speakers in whose presence I felt enwrapped. ‘Musitarian’ Barry Goldstein shared that breath and heartbeat are the embilical cord to God. We were invited by KC Miller to recognize that “there are no extra human beings. Everyone counts.” and reminded “What if the entire world is waiting for us?” Liz Dawn Donahue led us through exercises that prepared us for attracting the Beloved as she did prior to meeting her husband Jeff. Elizabeth Lesser shared the Buddhist concept of the two arrows. The first one may be inevitable pain and challenge, but the second is the one with which we shoot ourselves. That is suffering. I am learning to differentiate between the two. Penache Desai stirred up a vortex of energy as he walked around the circle of those of us seated in his workshop as he reminded us that we are not broken or damaged and that we are indeed love incarnate. Michael and Deborah Traub held out the idea that any communication that is more heartful is indeed spiritual when it comes to communication between partners. Dan Millman, with his typical humor said that if he were to start a spiritual congregation, it would be “The Born Yesterday Church of Occasional Clarity” and invited us to practice everything and to note that there are no ordinary moments.
It can be overwhelming at times and a bit jarring to move from such a cozy environment into the outer world, but the message that came through loud and clear for me, is the need to absorb, drink in and sit with the revelations that faced me. It takes time to integrate them into the fabric of my being, that tapestry that is woven daily with the rainbow threads of inspiration that flowed so freely in these past few days.
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