On December 14, 2012 a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut killing twenty children and six adults. This tragic event happened exactly 19.7 miles from my home. Like so many I felt a deep and profound need to do something to help, but I didn’t know what.
Then I received this email from an event organizer:
I hope this finds you well. I’m sure you are feeling the effects of last Friday’s horrific events along with everyone else in our area as well as the world. I am putting together a special evening…Would you be interested in going on stage to give an inspirational talk on love, loss and moving forward and then lead the audience on a guided meditation? I know you have the power to help heal people in this very difficult time…
Lots of love, Laura
Wow! I was blown away. I felt as though the Universe heard my offer and presented it to Laura. She had been the graphic designer for the cover on my first meditation CD so she knows my work well, the connection is clear for her.
I immediately responded with a “Yes, whatever I can do to help!” Then came the task of organizing my thoughts and putting together a small program for this fragile audience of potentially 500 people. It was a daunting experience, not knowing exactly who would be there. The families? Some of the surviving students? First responders? The amount of emotion in this audience could be extreme. Many times I sat down with the specific intention of outlining my talk – but nothing would come. I meditated on it and the same answer kept coming to me, “be in the moment.”
I just couldn’t live with that answer. After all, the first rule of speaking is to be prepared. I then realized that my Toastmaster’s group would be having a general meeting the Wednesday before this event was to take place. In order to force myself to practice some ideas and get some feedback from my fellow members I signed up to do a dramatic speech for that Wednesday night meeting. The night of the meeting had arrived but I just couldn’t go. I realized that no matter what I rehearsed at Toastmaster’s it would not be what was said that night for I continued getting the message to “be in the moment.” My intuition was telling me that a predetermined program was not the way to approach this particular event. I finally gave in and went to the event without a game plan.
As I drove to the event, I was able to think of three or four of my best stories about love, loss and moving forward. It’s as though my brain was just waiting for that moment to release the grip on my thoughts. As I waited to be introduced on stage I was listening very closely to the performers that were on before me. When I stepped on stage I knew everything would be alright. I spoke from my heart.
“I’m your neighbor from Ridgefield.” My voice cracked, tears welled in my eyes. “I want you all to know that our entire town and I love you and we are here for you.” The audience applauded.
I went on to share my story of losing my husband after a seven-year battle with cancer. I told them how I was taken to heaven in a dream, just hours before he passed, to see how they were preparing for my husband’s arrival. And how after my husband died I found many new tools to help me move forward with my life and that I am now living a beautiful happy life. In order to keep my program in the moment, I connected with things the other speaker said as well as the musicians’ comments. I then led them on a healing guided meditation.
The other speaker and performers mentioned their CD’s on stage. I didn’t. I chose to take that moment and use it to honor the twenty-six lives that were lost. I felt that this was one event that was purely about helping others and that was more than enough for me in exchange for my time and talent. As a professional speaker, I am not in the habit of giving my time away. After all, it is my profession, how I earn a living. But there are moments in time when we all recognize that our gifts don’t belong just to us. Moments when the Universe reminds us, that gifts are given to us with the intention of sharing. I’m grateful I was invited and able to share my gift on that special night.
When it was over people in the lobby surrounded me. Many told me they had never experienced that type of meditation and that they absolutely loved it. Other told me how meaningful my message was and that what I had said was absolutely perfect. Ultimately it was all about being in the moment.
Lisa Jones will open your heart and blow your mind with “Out of this World” healing messages and advice from your Angels and other Beings of Love & Light. Lisa brings a very unique experience to audiences. She has been given a gift and the ability to connect to loved ones who have passed and to spirit guides that are present with us all. Lisa not only engages audience members through her channeling messages but she also teaches us how to connect with our guides on our own. Everyone one leaves a session with Lisa Jones feeling more connected, peaceful and capable of calling about guidance from beyond.