I am here. I am alive. I am. What am I? I don’t know.
I don’t care. I simply know I am.
-Don Miguel Ruiz
During the 2011 Celebrate Your Life Conference that took place in Lombard, Illinois, between The 10th and the 13th of June, I had an opportunity to meet Don Miguel Ruiz and his son Don Jose Ruiz and to attend the two sessions they preceded.
The 5th Annual “Celebrate Your Life” conference, which featured the country’s top bestselling authors and speakers, was held in Lombard, Illinois from June 10 to June 13, 2011. Without a doubt, this event inspired, motivated and reminded its attendees to live a life filled with gratitude and purpose! Bestselling authors Marianne Williamson, Iyanla Vanzant, Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Gregg Braden, Neale Donald Walsch, Gary Zukav and many more co-created a powerful, life-changing event. Attendees got a chance to meet their favorite authors in person, attended motivating and inspiring workshops, shopped from unique vendors, made friends from all over the world and took time for themselves!
Iyanla Vanzant, author of One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, In The Meantime: Finding Yourself And The Love You Want and Peace From Broken Pieces, one of the keynote speakers of the event, opened up her share with a beautiful song that sings “my life is not my own. I belong to you. I give myself away.” She asked us to hold hands and, while we were doing so, to remember that we were holding the hands of angels and angels were holding our hands. Powerful and profound introduction to her session!
Vanzant reminded us to “give stuff away, from a thought to matter.” Yet, to keep in mind that to give the gift of myself to the world “I need to make sure my cup is full. Then, give from the overflow. In order to heal, I needed to give away my stories, my dysfunction, my pain and limitations, my attachment to suffering,” Iyanla said.
The writer also supported her audience in remembering that all of us “have the right, the reason and the responsibility to use our voices.” God gave us our voices for a reason. When things simply don’t feel right, when abuse or injustice show up, we need to be the change we want to see around us. Sometimes, she said, “You are the teacher, even being a broken self. Speak up! And say it however it comes, fix it later.”
Sometimes -Iyanla reflected during her session- the most loving thing we can say under certain circumstances is NO. So, let us exercise our “NO” muscle!
She shared with us that she needed adult supervision to grow and heal. She needed to embrace her Higher Self, her own inner Divinity. “After all, if I cannot win an argument in my own mind, I’m lost. That’s why we need to identify our crazy, those aspects of ourselves originated by fear. And let our Higher Self be in charge, be the king and queen of our personal kingdom.”
She challenged us to ask ourselves what can we celebrate in the midst of whatever we are growing through? Look for the strawberry, for pure honey in the midst of the honeycomb.
“You got to tell your truth. The healing is in the share. Sharing with the intention to heal. Give yourself permission to be fabulous. And let God be God! I found the courage to surrender. I didn’t turn things around or heal myself. I gave myself away,” Vanzant shared.
Lastly, Iyanla reminded us that when it comes to dealing with people and their paths, we need to remember that their lives are not of our business. Whatever their souls choose is between God and them!” We cannot take their path and their healing opportunities away from them. We just need to remember that a Glorious God lives in everyone’s heart at all times and that nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.
Iyanla, thanks for everything! To you, Two Wings Up!!!