The moment I found the courage to start writing a book, was the moment I heard Reid Tracy, the CEO of Hay House, say that we all have a book inside of us. “Everyone has a story to tell.” He was confident that anyone could make a positive impact on the world if they spoke up and shared their tale.
Something about Reid Tracy’s message awakened a deep longing in me to share my story. I found myself in the audience of the Chicago Writer’s Workshop. Despite the inspirational messages from Louise Hay and Doreen Virtue (more on them later), all I could think of was how much I needed to shake Reid’s hand. There could not be more than 400 people here; it was a fairly intimate venue. I just had to tell him how grateful I was that he and his Hay House family followed their calling and found their voice to encourage everyday people like me to follow my calling and find my voice.
“The only thing that really matters when it comes to being a writer: getting out of your own way, and getting rid of the countless negative thoughts that tell you what a hopelessly uninteresting specimen of humanity you are.”*
Reid had been doing these Hay House Writer’s Workshops for a while. When I approached him, he might have thought I was going try to sneak my manuscript in his back pocket like so many others have before me. (I actually didn’t even have one at time, so you were in the clear, Reid). It caught him off guard when all I wanted to say to him was a sincere “thank you.”
I walked up to Reid nervously, but I knew I had to talk with him. This could be my only chance. “Thank you for helping a regular person like me to believe in myself,” I was actually saying it. “Thank you for supporting Wayne Dyer’s important life mission to help people tune into their higher self and fulfill their Dharma.”His eyes teared up at the mention of his best friend’s name, and he knew at that moment that Wayne was still very much alive in the hearts of so many. When I finished telling Reid how great of an impact he and Hay House had on the course of my life, I said with smile, “…and that’s it.” Reid looked at me as if he was shocked that I didn’t pitch my book to him. After a slight hesitation, he gave me a huge hug. That hug meant the world to me. I didn’t even get a picture with him! All I have is this testimony. In this age of Twitter and Instagram it feels like without a picture it never really happened, but you believe me don’t you?
So what did that hug say to me? And what is the message for you, my fellow aspiring authors and light workers?
After Reid hugged me, I knew. I knew that he truly believed in people and their ability to connect and inspire. He followed his heart to encourage others, and just like one candle lights another, he lit a spark within me.
You can be someone else’s light too. Speak your truth. Stop keeping it to yourself and shine. The world needs your light. You could be the next Oprah (or meet her at the very least). We are all born with the capacity to fulfill our dreams and desires; you dreams are your Dharma And they were given uniquely to you. Like a rose, some of us will open up into full bloom. Yet some will not. It is up to you to grow to your fullest capacity.
Let’s look at Gabby Bernstein for example. She is is a well-known a professional motivational speaker, author, and life coach, and she has been featured on Oprah numerous times. But like all of us, Gabby did not start at the top. A NYC girl, started her journey to her greatness when she got involved in alcoholics anonymous (AA). As a sponsor for other people who were also recovering addicts, she found her voice (and her hidden talent to speak up and inspire). This is where she discovered that the world needed her light, and she started teaching others that “the world needs your light.”
This is my wish for you too. Please know you have infinite possibilities to fulfill your life purpose. We all do. If it were not for the spiritual teachers in my life who followed their inner voice and spoke up to inspire others, I might not have ever started writing my book. It’s because of teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Louise Hay, and Reid Tracy that I have explored my passion for feng shui even deeper and started sharing out.
Learn to ignore the ego. The ego is the voice that “Edges God Out.” The ego tells you that your idea has been done before, that you are not good enough, or that you are not capable. The ego tells you what you have to say is not important, but we all have something important to say if we come from our Higher Self and speak our truth. Don’t keep it to yourself. If it’s for the greater good, please raise your voice. We need more people like you right now, more than ever. So what is burning in your heart today? There is no time like the now to get started.
Until next time,