In mid-February, Hay House I Can Do It Ignite came to New York City and the Javits Center for a weekend of inspiration and advice from bestselling and brand new authors in the spiritual and self-improvement field.
From a mob daughter who shared her story of a life filled with anxiety, stress and shame, and a man who discovered the power of social media through a video that went viral after United Airlines broke his guitar, to a woman’s miraculous recovery from terminal cancer after the doctor’s gave her hours to live, the two-day event brought laughter, tears and inspiration to all who attended.
Kicking off the weekend was best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer, who explained to the audience the greatest gift they possess when it comes to attracting their desires is the power of imagination. In his book, “Wishes Fulfilled,” Dyer explains how to tap into the manifesting power within us.
“The No. 1 principle is that if you would like to be able to create something, you must first be able to imagine it, because everything that is created is first imagined,” said Dyer.
He also brought new author of the book “Dying to be Me: My Journey From Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing,” Anita Moorjani to the stage, who spoke later in her own segment about recovering from cancer after a near-death experience. Moorjani had been suffering from cancer for four years, and had tumors “the size of lemons” in her lymphatic system. On February 2, 2006, she slipped into a coma, and doctor’s told her family she was in her final hours and would not come out of it.
“I didn’t know I was in a coma,” she told the audience. “I was aware of what my family was doing, but also what they were feeling. I felt so incredible – like my energy, soul and essence expanded, and it went outside the room.”
She explained how she was able to become aware of her brother who was in another country and frantically packing to get on a flight and see her in the hospital. She was pain free, and all of her fear was gone.
“I felt free, and I felt connected to everyone around me,” she told the audience. “I felt unconditional love bigger than anything I had ever felt.”
She encountered the essence of her father, who had passed away years before, and felt love from him, despite them not getting along when he was alive in physical form. In the realm she was in at the time, there was no time and space, and she remembered being aware of her brother in India, her father in spirit form, and her mother at her bedside in the hospital room simultaneously.
“I had incredible clarity, and realized why I had the cancer and why every decision in my life had led me to that hospital bed, dying,” she shared.
She was given a choice whether she wanted to stay where she was or go back to her physical body, and she admits she did not want to go back. But her father told her it was not yet her time and she needed to go back. After making the decision, she remembers opening her eyes to the hospital room, and although she was very weak, she started to talk to her family and tell them what happened.
Within four days, her tumors shrunk by 70 percent, and the huge open lesions she had on her body – which the doctors told her would require surgery – began to heal on their own within three weeks.
“Within weeks they could not find a trace of cancer anywhere in my body at all,” she said.
Moorjani shared a few of the lessons she learned in the other realm with the audience, including self-love, and the importance of removing fear. “It is really, really important to love yourself. If you don’t you can’t love anyone else. You can’t give what you don’t have,” she said. “If you fill yourself up first, giving yourself joy, you will be the most joyous to be around and you will love people unconditionally without even trying.”
She also lost her fear of dying through her near-death experience, which helped her to now live her life more fearlessly. “Where there is love, there is no room for fear. The more you love yourself, the less you will be fearful. Fear doesn’t keep you safe. Love keeps you safe,” said Moorjani.
Life is a gift, and it should be lived like a gift every single day, she told the audience. We should all wake up every day and ask ourselves what would bring us joy. For those who have lost loved ones, we need to know they are fine, blessed and still around us, and they do try to communicate with us. But most importantly, they want us to be happy.
“Nobody leaves before their time,” she said. “My only purpose and your only purpose is to be who you are. We make life really complicated, but you don’t have to work hard at anything. Love yourself enough to be who you are and when you are unafraid to be who you are, whatever is yours will come to you.”
Doreen Vritue & the Angels
Another best-selling author, Doreen Virtue, took the stage after Dyer to help the audience discover the help, healing and guidance available from the angels – who are non-denominational, celestial beings that we all have around us at all times whether we believe it or not, she said.
“We have all these friends in high places, literally, who don’t want anything in return from us,” Virtue told the audience. “We may believe in angels, but a lot of us don’t realize they want to help us with even the small day-to-day things, like getting a parking place.”
She explained we are all “earth angels” here to help one another as well, and this is something we all agreed to before coming here. The purpose of earth angels is often to carry out the messages from the angels when people are not tuned in to listening themselves.
“Angels want to hook you up to your higher will, and sometimes the answers have nothing to do with what we are praying for,” she said explaining how many people are now getting clear signs and messages it is time to change their diet and lifestyle.
“Every time someone gets the message to change their diet or make a lifestyle change, such as start yoga or exercise, these messages are about tuning the piano so you can hear the messages from back home – the angels,” said Virtue.
She told the audience the veil has been thinning between our physical world and the non-physical world, and more of us are opening up to the truth of who we are and what our purpose is in this life. Additionally, Virtue spoke of the worry around money, explaining it is only energy and something we can manifest, but the key is to keep our energy high.
“They key to manifestation is to have higher energy levels,” she said. “This is why the angels get on you about your lifestyle.”
Many people wonder how to stay positive when they see negative situations around them and in the world, and Virtue explained if we want to manifest positive, we must stay in that space no matter what.
“We think if we anticipate problems it will protect us, but when you anticipate problems you attract problems,” she told the audience. “We procrastinate with our purpose because we want to know the ‘how,’ but sometimes it’s better not to know because we often think we won’t be able to handle it. But once we are in it, we are always able to handle it.”
Virtue also spoke about her newest book, “Mary Queen of Angels,” explaining it looks at Mother Mary outside of the religion she is associated with, but as a non-denominational being like the angels.
“Just like the angels, you don’t have to go to church or temple. Mother Mary loves you unconditionally, and what she does is open your heart,” said Virtue. “Any time you are stressed all you have to do is close your eyes and say a prayer.”
Ending her time on stage, she asked those who have awoken to the true essence of who they are to embrace it, and work to help others remember the same. “You are all here with gifts to help sleeping brothers and sisters who forgot who they are,” she said. “The bigger your purpose, the bigger your ego, and the louder the fear you have. But know your life purpose fits you perfectly, and it’s something you are passionate about.”