As I viewed this video of a workshop recorded live in London, I was delighted to find that I really felt as though I was participating in the workshop. Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson are two women who really practice the spiritual principles which they teach. They themselves are living examples of the positive effects of living from a space of self-love and positive affirmation. Throughout the workshop, they drive home these lessons, having audience members participate in their own elevation by immersing in self Love and in creating positive affirmations for various areas of their lives.
As I felt myself to be an audience member, I, too, practiced the assignments. I developed affirmations for the most challenging times in my day; for the morning as I awaken; and for the nighttime as I lay my head on my pillow. Creating positive expectation and perspective in circumstances where I might otherwise let negativity rule gave me a feeling of peaceful well-being and positive anticipation.
Initially, I wondered at first if this workshop might be too beginner level for me. And there was “beginner level” work. Work which is valuable to begin with. We began with mirror work. I had often read of mirror work in Louise’s books, but always as I was busy reading, not stopping to practice and not feeling that I needed to do so. But as Louise looked in her mirror and said, quite tenderly, “I Love you, Louise; I really, really Love you,” I cringed. Could I say that to myself? I paused the player, headed into the bathroom, and looked at myself. I began with my patterned behavior of noticing blemishes, tired eyes, and other reasons to be self-critical. Then I remembered Louise’s instruction to look only with Love. I decided to look at myself the way that I think I must look at my family and friends when I really feel Love and appreciation for them. I had to think of them in order to glimpse my face in this way. And then I felt a warmth in connecting with myself, as I saw myself in a conscious state of Love.
This self-doting felt awkward, but there was something else. I felt happy saying these sweet somethings to myself. I didn’t quite believe it (which surprised me) but I did feel playful and happy. And it was great to see myself radiating Love rather than looking only for flaws when I glanced in the mirror.
I have been continuing with mirror work over these past two weeks, and I find that I am no longer instantly searching for flaws! Given the Law of Attraction, I’m grateful that I’ll finally stop drawing more into my experience! In fact, I am beginning to feel joy, warmth, and affection when I see myself in the mirror. What wonderful energies to attract! There are times when I look in the mirror without paying attention, but after I’ve looked away, I suddenly remember. I feel like I do when I walk by my husband without stopping for a kiss. I go back to the mirror, just I do to my hubby, and give myself a burst of Love.
Cheryl, a founder in the field of Life Coaching, provided beautiful guidance and stories in living from the heart. Many audience questions surrounded the topic of unloving parents. Cheryl and Louise responded with compassion and powerful guidance to support adult children in honoring and loving themselves, and in viewing offenders with a combination of a no-tolerance policy and compassion. Cheryl shared a beautiful and instructive story in which she transformed a tense, ego-driven conflict into a loving exchange as she tapped into the Universal energy of Love.
When I was finished with this program, I really felt as though I’d been able to enjoy the workshop, even though for parts of it I was cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, and preparing props for a workshop of my own. I didn’t have to travel to London, as many who were gathered on the day of the filming did, and I reaped great benefit from my participation. I’m sure that I will watch this program again and again.
Hay House was kind enough to gift this DVD set to me through their Booknook blog program in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. No other compensation is being given to me. However, I found this program to be so beneficial that I will be buying it, at my expense, in the future to give as gifts.