The energy in this room was off the charts. Our lovely fellow coaches took us on a ride that had us laughing, crying, dancing, and shouting.
They each had a mere 8 minutes to get their message across. I looked forward to each 8 minute talk as if it was the most exquisite 7 course meal, with each course complementing and enhancing the other. I leave with a full heart, completely satiated.
Julica Hermann started us off. She showed us how important each of our unique messages is needed in the world. Julica spent years as an activist, and has come to realize that true social change comes from loving and connecting with each other, as opposed to anger and opposition.
Cath Duncan had the room in tears with her heartfelt story of one of her clients, Jessica. Cath learned, through her own journey through loss, that the goal of grief is not closure, it’s connection. Cath helped her client to understand that connecting to her grandmother, even after death, opened the doorway to love and connection with her loved ones. The most shiver-evoking statement she made, was that it’s time for us to stop treating love like a finite resource. There is no end date for love. It is infinite, and the more we open, the more love we experience.
If God were to send you a text message, what would it say? This was the message shared with us by Susan Hyatt. She even brought in a gospel choir singer to help us connect to the unique message God is sending us. Emily Downward fired us up with her a cappella version of Pink’s *F***in Perfect”. Throwing in some music for inspiration proved to be the perfect touch to keep the energy in the room humming.
Anna Kunnecke. Hilarious. Wild, raw, and ever entertaining, she owned the stage. Fear was the topic. She showed us how to use fear as fuel. F– Feel. Feeling the fear in our body is the first step. U–Use it. We got up and started chugging along like Thomas the train to get the fear moving. There was a little gyrating, a little hippie hand gesture dancing, and we got the fear into a sphere in front of us. E-Expand. After playing with the energy of the fear, we expanded the fear and sent it out into the atmosphere. L-Love. The final, and most powerful part of the whole thing was Love. When you are speaking to someone, be it one person, or hundreds, love them. Sending love and feeling love for your audience allows you to connect and create magic.
Lianne Raymond talked to us about this field of love that we have access to. She challenged us to look beyond our socialization which has led us to trade love as a commodity. Love is not meant to be given or withheld depending on someone’s merit. Love is a vast and unchanging force, that allows us to own our experience and to be present for others having their own experience. Loving someone doesn’t mean fixing the problem, or feeling their pain, it’s holding the space for them to feel what they’re feeling, and letting them know that they are loved unconditionally.
We all got a taste of energy healing with Melani Marx. She led us through an exercise, while holding our hands on our hearts and bellies. She asked us to look into ourselves and identify our heart’s deepest desire. After, we felt into our bellies to see what emotional need we have to help us fulfill our deepest desire. It was a gentle, moving, and powerful experience.
Our closer, Sarah Seidelmann had the whole room laughing as she described for us her encounters with various beasties. She has danced with a black mamba, and used the elephant, “Alice”, to claim her identity and follow her true path.
Perhaps the most genuinely lovely parts of watching these speakers was the reaction from our Team. I was filled with love as we erupted into applause and cheers, supporting our fellow Wayfinders. Watching Martha’s reaction to each speaker was truly a magnificent treat. I could see the love emanating from her, filling this room of people who wouldn’t be here were it not for her. Martha’s path to her true nature has created a movement of people who are doing the same, and it has been such a privilege to observe and be a part of this amazingness. I find that, as is common when we speak of all things love, words pale in comparison to what I actually feel.
And it’s only Friday!!!!! I hope to share more and connect more with you all tomorrow.