Themed Seminars Around the World
by Debbie Roth
The more that I’ve attended seminars personally, the more I’m present to the immense value that they have as a conduit for attuning to the Light and the Traveler. For example, when I lived in New York, I really looked forward to my weekly seminars, and the community we created made me feel like I had a family. With all that’s going on in the world, it’s even more important to me to offer Soul Awareness seminars as a way for people to gather together, share loving with each other, and connect with the Spirit.
One new approach to expand the reach of seminars is offering seminars with a theme, such as forgiveness and gratitude. Seminar Leaders now have access to a suggested format for holding these themed gatherings and are trying them out in so many creative ways! I’ve gotten consistent feedback on the sacredness of the seminars, as well as how easy it is to invite folks by focusing on topics that people can really relate to in their lives. (Who wouldn’t want to attend “An Evening of Forgiveness” or “An Afternoon of Gratitude”?). All this, plus the personal, human contact of seminars that is such a refreshing alternative to checking my cell phone or sending just one more text.
Three popular topics among Seminar Leaders in recent months are “peace”, “blessings”, and “abundance”. Starting in March, John Morton extended an invitation to Seminar Leaders to choose a common theme for their seminars – peace in March and blessings in May/June. The response has been wonderful! Communities offered gatherings in locations around the world, and these themes became a focus of Light held simultaneously by Seminar Leaders who participated. For example, Obinna Otutubuike did his very first seminar in Abia State Nigeria; Marina Bustamente held two peace seminars AND a blessings seminar in Madrid; and a group of peacemakers organized a “Peace Day” at Windermere. And in April, Sylvia Giussani, MSIA’s Spanish Seminar Leader Liaison, was inspired to offer a seminar on abundance for the Spanish community at Prana. When she told other Spanish Seminar Leaders what she was up to, a number of them joined in to offer abundance seminars in their communities on the same day!
Here are some highlights from Seminar Leaders on what they did for their seminars. As J-R says, “the seminars and the gathering together of people builds a consciousness from which people can keep pulling for weeks to gain their greater strength.”
From Hristina Kirimidchieva, Sofia, Bulgaria:
Last month I did my first Seminar with the theme of Gratitude. It was amazing. About the Peace Seminar:
It was such an extraordinary quiet, calm and peaceful experience. I had the feeling that we were all in some kind of a meditative state all the time. Having the J-R presence while practicing the Divine essence was absolutely profound, and the feeling of blissfulness that came with the John Morton’s blessing was beyond any words.
I remember that after the end of the seminar I was sitting at home by myself and I was feeling such a peace and stillness inside, that I didn’t even want to move, I was feeling so complete and centered like never before.
From Stella Reinis, Miami, Florida:
It was a beautiful peace seminar. I worked with Luis Mario Agudelo who helped me with sound. I used my iPhone connected to a Bose sound system to play a video and meditation from the MSIA website, and Luis Mario played the rest in another sound system.
We did a great combination, started with Our Song of Love in Spanish, we chanted Ani-Hu for around 15 minutes. I played a Moment of Peace, Breathing and Relaxation, followed by Practicing the Divine Presence by John-Roger – both in Spanish. We then listened to The Blessing of Peace from John Morton’s “You are the Blessings” CD in Spanish too. We played a John Morton blessing to close the meditation part.
It was awesome to go back and forth with both languages. My intention is also for the ministers that are learning English to support them in their learning, to get more comfortable with the language. Believe or not I learned a lot of English vocabulary reading John-Roger’s books, translating them for my friends and listening to English SAT CDs or watching J-R videos when I was learning the language.
I visited the MSIA website to get some Peace quotes in Spanish and English, a page of quotes in English and another one in Spanish – including the IIWP links to invite them to participate in the Worldwide Peace Prayer. I read the quotes out loud and printed some copies for the participants.
I truly believe that in the Spirit we all speak the same language and we all get the essence regardless of the words. Our seminar attendees talked about how much they liked the meditation and shared profound and majestic experiences. It is an honor to be in their presence and have the opportunity to serve them!
We closed the meeting placing a column of Light, sending the Light to the entire planet focused on Peace
From Marina Bustamente, Madrid, Spain:
We were myself, May and Any Karoly, who is very enthusiastic about MSIA seminars and might very soon start her Discourses study – in the light of the Christ and for the highest good. At the beginning I explained the purpose of the evening as to align with Peace, which resides inside of each person, in that precious place where there is a divine spark, the I Am that we have inside. Then we asked for the Light for the highest good. We put out our intentions for peace and people expressed gratitude for the Blessings.
We listened to a Blessing of Peace from the CD “You Are the Blessings” by John Morton, the Ani-Hu chant, we did silent se’s and then listened to The Christ Meditation by J-R. We later had sharing of the heart, which was filled with joy and much loving. We could tell we were in Peace, joyful, our basic selves wanted to smile and laugh and we were enjoying our unity and gathering.
We called in the Light again to close the seminar and as we were saying bye until the next week, I realized that my home was filled with Light, love and gratitude to the Father, for this service and doing my ministry.
From Obinna Otutubuike, Abia State, Nigeria:
I want to inform you that a seminar was held on Peace in Umuahia, Abia State yesterday, and it was beautiful.
I called ourselves forward into the Light as we began the seminar by 9am last Sunday morning. We chanted Ani-Hu after which we played a tape titled “What is Your Heart’s Desire?”. We also chanted the word PEACE after which again, I shared all the quotes from our beloved Travelers from the Resource Materials that were sent to me for the Peace Seminar. We closed the Seminar by sharing, chanting H-U, and we also reminded ourselves to always focus on Peace despite the situation. It was indeed beautiful to have participated in that seminar.
From Sylvia Giussani, Los Angeles, California:
On April 19, I did “An Evening of Abundance” Themed Seminar in Spanish at Prana. There were 44 participants – 5 new to MSIA!
The program included: Circles of Abundance: Participants reading J-R quotes & sharing about “What is Abundance for You?” Watching J-R Audio/Video: two Moments of Peace plus the Meditation on Wealth. Time for seeding. A final visualization and light column for prayers, requests or other heartfelt things. Closing with a Moment of Peace, MSIA around the world.
Days before the seminar I shared with friends in other communities about what I was planning to do, and they said they wanted to do it too, on the same day. I sent them the script that Debbie Roth and I had prepared, and we had a 24-hour round of abundance seminars in the Hispanic world!
At Prana, the presence of Spirit was amazing. In days previous to the event, I felt that everything I needed all was provided, so that I could do my job preparing for it, and there were so many miracles of joy, presence of spirit and acknowledgements of it.