Home' Nova National : NOVA NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 12 Contents as we've come to expect from this event
in recent years.
After the 'warm up' act of Louise L.
Hay herself and Cheryl Richardson, who,
after travelling together for more than
a year, share a delightful chemistry as
they relate anecdotes and wisdom about
bringing awareness to life's small everyday
beauties, we were treated to workshops
from a rollcall of New York Times best-
selling authors, Cheryl again, Robert
Holden, Suze Orman and on Sunday,
Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz and
Neale Donald Walsch. We could hardly fail
to be inspired and uplifted as these
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When the day starts bright and
early with an exuberant, fun
loving 85 year old sharing
the stage with her protegé,
glamorous in killer heels in her early 50s,
we know we're in for a great weekend.
And so it transpired at this year 's I Can Do
It event in Melbourne in mid August, to
be followed the next weekend in Sydney.
A full house of 2000, mainly women
but with a good smattering of men and
even a moving cameo performance by
star footballer Harry O'Brien, was treated
to some of the most impressive minds
working in today's holistic industry -- just
thoughtful writers, all of them consum-
mate presenters, set about offering us the
tools and insights to transform our lives.
In a weekend that entertained and often
moved me, as well as validating many of
my own thoughts, it's almost impossible
to pick a stand out. But the speaker who
brought a tear to my eye, as much through
his gentle manner as his rare wisdom,
was Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four
Agreements which has sold a staggering
five million copies since it was first
published 15 years ago.
Making his first visit to Australia, a
triumph of courage and perseverance
over almost overwhelming odds (after a
major heart attack 10 years ago he was
given only a year or, at most, two to live
and travelling was virtually ruled out)
Don Miguel radiated serenity and love.
(As we learned later from Neale Donald
Walsch, this was a small triumph in itself
as Don Miguel had left his speech notes at
None of us guessed his anxiety as he
swept us up in 90 minutes of soul enriching
truth, surely a case of complete belief in
his key message to us that "everything is
perfect just the way it is."
According to Don Miguel, a shaman or
nagual of his Toltec heritage of southern
Mexico, "the idea of imperfection is the
biggest lie that humans create. How can
we believe that we are not perfect when
everything we perceive is perfect?"
He continued; "I'm not perfect is a
great excuse. We don't need teachers,
masters or gurus. We are our own master
but the problem is we don't believe in
"We are all only one living being. Every
single cell is a whole universe -- and it is
perfect. Humanity is just an organ of a
bigger living being, planet Earth. The
atmosphere, the forests, the oceans all
are other organs. They all need to work
together for the equilibrium of planet
The First Agreement as Don Miguel
explored in The Four Agreements, a
distillation of Toltec wisdom on how to
transform our lives from self limiting
beliefs to experience true liberation and
love, is 'To Be Impeccable with Your
Word', in other words to speak with
integrity and truth.
"Truth and love," Don Miguel tells
us, "are synonymous. Love just exists
-- we create all those lies. It's the same
with truth. We fear what we don't know.
Knowledge creates fear. The biggest fear
that knowledge creates is the fear of the
unknown. More than 90% of our whole
creation is based on lies."
The Second Agreement of the book,
'Don't Take Anything Personally', applies,
Don Miguel says, "mainly to the inter-
action with yourself.
"We create our own identity. It's hard
to believe that you are not that identity.
But when you know this truth it will set
His words give us the key to true
freedom: "Have the courage to be your-
self -- to say 'no' when you want to say no;
say 'yes' when you want to say yes. You no
longer need to pretend to be what you
Continuing in his understated way
with the help only of an overhead
projection of his words in case we have
difficulty with his Mexican accent (I don't
but am nevertheless impressed with the
skill of the transcriber who barely falters
over 90 minutes and all without any notes
as a guide), Don Miguel tells that whatever
we have in our life, good and bad, is our
creation. The Toltec people, of whom
he is a proud descendant, would know
-- Toltec, we learn, means artist. Echoing
the powerful words of Mahatma Gandhi
to, "Be the change you wish to see in the
world," Don Miguel tells us we have the
opportunity to change our life if we change
the main character in our personal story,
"Truth existed long before the
beginning of humanity and will exist long
after the extinction of humanity. Every-
thing can change. Humanity itself can
change if you start changing. It's up to
you. No one else has the right to tell you
how to live your life."
The key, says Don Miguel coming to
The annual I Can Do It workshops last month in Melbourne and Sydney were a
feast of inspiration, says Margaret Evans.
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