If you’ve read a bit of my blog, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a fan of Hay House. I listen to Hay House Radio on my commute to and from work each day (the only reason I’ve found to be grateful for the hour long drive each way) and this is the second year in a row I’ve had the pleasure of listening to the Hay House World Summit. For those who don’t already know, the World Summit gathers 100 author interviews and plays them for free for 10 days, 10 each day, with the opportunity to purchase all of the lessons for continued enjoyment. (This year was a slightly different format, 3 interviews were free each day and you got access to all 100 for a $7 donation.) With my day job (especially since I was still in Las Vegas for a trade show when the World Summit began) I was not able to listen to every single interview but, I did hear some wonderful ones!
One thing I love about this event is that you can listen to so many different points of view, so many different voices, so many different stories, and start to hear the same lessons overlapping. Those overlapping messages are the ones that feel the most True, especially when everyone has arrived at those conclusions from different paths. The following are some of those Truths that have stuck in my mind and I’d like to share with you.
#1) We are all One.
This might be a difficult concept for some to grasp but, pretty much every author I listened to mentioned this idea and it is something I have believed at my core for a long time. We are all different, yet connected, like each of your fingers is different from the other but part of the same hand; or how each snowflake is unique but all together they make up what we call snow… there are many different analogies for this. Once you can grasp that we are all One, not just One with every human being but also with every animal, every plant, every thing in the Universe, One with the Universe itself (or God or Source or whatever you prefer to call the Higher Power) your perspective shifts. The Golden Rule makes even more sense beyond the basic concept of “Do unto others as you would have others to do unto you…” not only is it a motto for acting morally and giving an example of how you would like to be treated, once you grasp this concept, you realize the true meaning of the Golden Rule to be “Do unto others as you would have others to do unto you, because they are you.”
#2) It’s not what you do, it’s how you BE.
You are not your job. You are not your possessions. Regardless of what our modern society has taught us, we are not defined by our career or our stuff. We are defined by our actions. By how we do whatever it is we do. No matter what you do, find a way to do it consciously, with intention and enjoyment and gratitude, learning from the mistakes you make (and it’s perfectly okay to make mistakes,) growing and evolving, bringing the light. By being the best version of yourself, whatever that means for you, you will inspire others to do the same and that benefits everyone.
#3) Contrast is necessary for expansion.
One of my favorite quotes from Anita Moorjani is, “Life happens for you, not to you.” We live in a world of duality for a reason: you can’t appreciate the light without the dark, health without sickness, wealth without poverty… like the old saying goes, “you never know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” When you experience something that you don’t want, that’s how you learn what you do want. Think about it, without contrast there’s no motivation to improve your situation and therefore improve yourself. And if our purpose in life is to be the best version of ourself, a definition which is constantly evolving and expanding, then contrast is prodding us to achieve our purpose. So, when you find yourself in an unpleasant situation, think about why it’s unpleasant and consider what you’d rather experience (thinking about the opposite is a good place to start) and if that makes you feel better then you’ve found your new direction. Take action to move in the direction of what makes you feel good.
#4) Relax, we all make too much of this.
Stop stressing out. Just relax. Nothing is required of us by anyone other than ourselves. Sure, it feels like we have tons of pressure coming from all angles: you have to do this for your boss and that for your partner and the other thing for your kids, oh and your best friend wants you to do something too… but ultimately you don’t have to do anything that anyone else dictates unless it feels right to you… and at that point you’re actually doing it for you anyway! With how most of us were brought up, this is a tough one to wrap your head around. I truly believe this concept and yet I’m having difficulty implementing it myself because I’m an admitted People Pleaser with a strong sense of responsibility to others. And I’m not saying it’s bad to do things for others, far from it! The important thing is that you do for others from a state of love, not from a state of perceived guilt. (Again, it’s not what you do, it’s how you BE!) And it feels good to give! In fact, scientific studies have been done that show the positive physiological effects of doing things for others when it comes from a place of love. That brings us back to doing things that feel right to you. That’s the ultimate goal, to operate from a state of Love; Abraham Hicks would call this “being in alignment with your True Self.” That’s the ultimate form of Self Care. And when you do the best you can for you, you’re doing the best you can for everyone else, too. Imagine if everyone figured this out!
There’s quite a bit more I could share but, I think this is a good start and I’ve got a lot of blogs ahead of me to expand on these ideas and others not even mentioned. If you’d like to check out the authors who inspired this post, this is who I listened to during the World Summit: Cheryl Richardson, Gabrielle Bernstein, Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks, Gerry Gavin, Michael Neill, Roz Savage, Teal Swan, Louise Hay, Robert Holden, Deepak Chopra, Sonia Choquette, Alberto Villoldo, Nancy Levin, Kyle Gray, James Altucher, Doreen Virtue, James Van Praagh, Sandy Newbigging, Denise Linn, Neale Donald Walsch and a few more. (These are the ones off the top of my head, I listened to a few more but since the event is no longer live I can’t look at the list of participants anymore so I’ve forgotten a few of the authors who were new to me.) If you start looking them up on Amazon, I’m sure there will be a ton of related suggestions, have fun exploring and expanding!