Today was the day when we all get to spend some time listening to the Dalai Lama. We were asked to turn up about an hour earlier than usual, due to security checks that were in place to protect His Holiness. This was totally understandable, once in the conference room, we were literally yards away from the stage where he would be speaking from.
On entering the room, I found a seat as close as possible so that I could get a good view. We had some time to spare before the Dalai was going to speak, and so some more networking was done! Like I said before, always be networking, you never know who you meet and where you meet them, but be sure that everyone you meet can become a resource to your dream.
So the anticipation was building up in the room as it filled up. We were about to get a special audience with the Dalai Lama, and this was the topic that was on every persons lips. The buzz in the room was literally electric as people could sense the energy fill up around them with the impending presence of such an enlightened spiritual leader.
The room filled with electric energy
After a notable introduction by the dean of the University of Calgary, who were responsible for organising this visit, the time came to welcome His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama to centre stage.
With people standing, eagerly awaiting the arrival, you could hear the applause grow from a moderate loudness, into an echoing roar as he entered into the room. I had heard from other people that experiencing the presence of such a man, can be profound, but nothing prepared me for the sensations I was about to experience. As I caught my first glimpses of the great man himself, I felt an overwhelming energy force encompass my entire being. It was like a warm glow of pure calm compassionate and unearthly being as he walked onto the stage to take his seat with his translator.
This feeing remained as he began to talk, and today’s overriding topic was one of contribution to society, and how it impacts the world and the people of today. This is a very apt topic, as I have often times mentioned myself, contribution and what we can give back to humanity, is our greatest gift. It’s not about what you can get from people, it’s about what you can give and the Dalai most certainly did this at the highest levels. There had been recent arguments in the UK regarding the public outcry of the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and hearing the Dalai speak of compassion, I instantly knew, releasing that Lockerbie bomber was the right thing to do, and the thing which the Dalai himself would have chosen as well.
His speech was humble yet concise, touching upon core human ideals which we should all embody. Those being truth and honesty, clarity and vision, commitment and honour. At times he would break into his famous laughter which lit up the room with even more energy. He even took questions at the end which was outstanding as he answered everyone with simple straight forward answers which with every statement, were undisputable universal truths that hit the hearts of every listener in the room.
When it all came to an end, and the questions and thank you messages were spoken, the Dalai started to make his way off stage and there was an incredible sense of peace, calm and complete harmony in the room. I myself felt like my mind had been taken for a complete rinse through the waters of spiritual calmness and left out to dry out in a new and expanded capacity.
the rest of the day
Truthfully, an experience which I feel will be very hard to beat in the future. The subsequent speakers were also all great. With Carol Cone speaking about cause branding, Wyland speaking about personal branding and a energetic motivational speech from Les Brown.
The best was yet to come though, and later after lunch I was about to hear from someone who had been a great influence on me virtually near the beginning of my journey. It was strange at such a special conference that all these people came to cross my path, The Law of Attraction works in ways and levels deeper than you can possibly imagine. So the speaker was Eben Pagen, who was also known as David Deangelo of the Double your Dating fame. After many years of building a successful business, many of you will know I had a lot of catching up to do on the social scene, especially in dating, and his knowledge and teachings were pinnacle in my personal development of social skills.
It was apt that his speech was all about the power of building strong relationships and applying it with online marketing expertise, of which I had no idea he was such a master. I am truly thankful for all that has happened and cannot wait for tomorrows events, of which the highlight for me is certainly going to be the keynote address from Sir Richard Branson, a long time role model of mine.