The Vibe Rules
So there I am, on my way to Chicago to tape for one of Oprah’s Law of Attraction shows. If you read Sunday’s post, you know I had mixed feelings about the deal.
Actually, Sunday my feelings weren’t so mixed. They were mostly terror.
But I was taking responsibility for my vibration and doing my best to calm it down. To relax. Enjoy. Breathe deep. Maybe even have some fun.
This is what I reminded myself the entire three hour flight there. Relax. It’s okay. You’ll be fine. Just be yourself. Relax. It’s okay. It’ll be over soon. Lots to enjoy here. Relax, for hell’s sake!
I didn’t sleep a wink even though my eyes were closed the entire flight and I’d started the day at the ungodly hour of 4 am.
This isn’t my favorite way to live … where I need to do so much “work” to have fun!
But it’s Oprah! What are you going to do?? Say no?? That would be ridiculous!
Of course you don’t turn down an opportunity like this. (I hadn’t read Jennifer’s comment on yesterday’s post and the thought she shared hadn’t yet occurred to me.)
So there I was, “Relax, enjoy, just be yourself.” It’s way too soon to start sweating, Jeannette.
Plus, who knows, with the snow storm in Chicago, I might not even make it. (That was a thought of relief.) My flight was seriously delayed due to weather, and what I learned later was that one Chicago airport was shut down completely and many flights didn’t arrive at the other one. But mine did. (Anxiety returns, even though I know I should consider it a miracle.)
And then there was the greeter waiting for me at the airport to hustle me into the limo. <hee hee>
Okay, this isn’t so bad.
Once we arrive at Harpo Studios (me! at Harpo Studios!) the driver escorts me past security because we’re so late. (Although I had to leave my suitcase full of pray rain journals there that the producers had asked me to bring along.)
They whisked me into “hair and makeup” where no less than three professionals did their best to make me beautiful for the first half of taping. I was to tell the story about how awful life was before I knew to practice Law of Attraction. How I had my little breakdown in the backyard where I threw the pooper scooper on the garage roof and the bag of poop in the neighbor’s yard and went to bed for four days, which is when I read my first book about LOA.
Okay, you know what was going through my head right? We KNOW not to focus on these things that don’t feel good, and here I was, not only re-living it, but doing so for millions to join me in. I was hesitant at the wisdom of this, to say the least.
But I did it. It’s Oprah! What are you supposed to do? This is no time to ask yourself what feels better.
After that I had a whole ‘nuther night to practice relaxing, which I was only mildly successful at. In fact, we watched a screening of Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life movie, where I was reminded about the importance of my negative, stressful thoughts.
The next day I go through the whole hair & makeup routine again, and we’re ushered (like important people) into the audience for taping of the first show. After the first show taping, we’re moved up to front row so we can tell the second half of our stories on the air and have a one on one exchange with Oprah & friends (Martha Beck, Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson).
Except that Martha and Cheryl didn’t have time to talk about their vision boards on the first show as originally scheduled, so they picked it up on the front half of the second show. Which is when Oprah was scheduled to talk to me. I got skipped!
Once again, I feel those same feelings I felt the week prior when Harpo was originally flirting with inviting me up and then saying sorry, we filled it. All over again! Same vibes!! (Anxiety, relief that now I can relax & enjoy, and disappointment.)
Which is understandable since I was still flowing those same vibes. A mix of anxiety (talk on air!?) and enjoyment (rock star treatment).
I knew I better clean this vibe up pronto because this wasn’t my idea of a great time. It’s a little more roller-coastery than I prefer life to be.
So when the incoming snow storm threatened to keep me in Chicago another night (I really missed my regular life), I relaxed. For real. I knew tension would either get me home tense, or keep in Chicago tense. And I’d had enough of tension.
“Relax,” I told myself. It all works out perfectly. Maybe Rick’s still at the Omni. <hee hee> And though we sat on the tarmac for 35 minutes waiting to see if weather would allow us to take off, we made it home safe and sound. And I got to really relax, instead of try to relax. And I looked for the upside of the experience – which was a LOT. I could fill a book with what I was grateful for about that trip.
I also had an epiphany on the plane home that meant a lot to me, but that’s another post.
So there’s my update on the Oprah experience, because I know you were wondering.
What I mostly wanted to impart, though, is that it’s time for us to step up. We’re not alone in this deliberate creating thing any more. We have lots of good company. It’s time to embrace the principles of attraction even more than we have already and continue to stretch into what’s next. It’s time to quit screwing around and really walk this talk. Not abandon it because Oprah called, or give up what we know because we’re in a new element. We’ve got to make this part of who we are, how we think, how we live. (I am saying that for me especially.)
And if anyone can do it, it’s US. We know this stuff. I didn’t set a great example of it in this story, but if anything it’s a reminder of what not to do. It’s truly time to abandon old habits and live what we know works.
I’m happy to have you all as company in this journey, to help me stay on track and enjoy the process. Much love to you!