“Earth’s miracles are Heaven’s laws” Johann Richter.
If you have seen the movie “The Secret”, you will recognise the name “Lisa Nichols.” She is the most in-demand public speaker in the world today. Her story is awe-inspiring about how she shifted from being a single mother on benefits and hardly able to buy food for her son to a powerful, internationally famous, public speaker and metaphysical teacher.
I was looking forward to meeting Lisa at our recent “Birthing our Divine Feminine” New Thought Conference in Johannesburg on 9 August 2017. Unfortunately, there was a problem with her passport and she was not allowed to board her flight from New York to South Africa on Monday 7 August as planned. Thanks to the power of intention – her intention to get to South Africa and serve the audience and Muzi Cindi’s (the organiser’s) intention to make sure Lisa would give her keynote speech on Wednesday afternoon of the conference – standard regulations around the time needed to issue a new US passport were defied and Lisa arrived in Johannesburg at 9 am on the morning of the conference. She then rested for a few hours and joined the other speakers in the front row at the Pavilion Room in the Sandton City Convention Centre at about 2.30 pm. Despite the jetlag and an overnight flight from the USA, Lisa gave a brilliant motivational speech and had the audience hanging on her every word.
Unfortunately, I missed getting my photo taken with Lisa on that Wednesday. I knew she would only be in South Africa till Friday and I got annoyed with myself for not persisting when I had the chance. I knew I would not see her again until, suddenly, on Friday morning, Muzi called me and invited me to lunch at his home with Rev Michael Beckwith and the Agape group plus Lisa Nichols!!
When I arrived, I got chatting to an Indian couple. “Coincidentally” I had met them in the lift on the morning of the conference and they had asked me the way to the Pavilion Room. They had recognised me as one of the speakers from the conference programme. After my outrageous talk on “God & Sex” they came up to congratulate me with big smiles on their faces. They had never met such an irreverent reverend! And here they were again, this time at Muzi’s house. Strange. Were they part of the Agape group? No, they were Lisa Nichol’s personal hosts!
Lisa Nichols with her S. African hosts – Vis and Mona Naidoo
They had joined her mailing list just 2 weeks before her trip to South Africa. When they saw that she would be speaking at the conference, they sent her a message offering to show her around Johannesburg and take her to the Nelson Mandela Foundation where they could get her a pass into the private rooms most visitors were not allowed to see. Lisa accepted immediately and the Indian couple became her unofficial guides and companions for her 72 hours in Johannesburg.
The three of us – the Indian couple and me – had a lovely connection and it turned out that we lived very close to one another. I told them that I would like a picture with Lisa and they said it would be no problem to organise it. I kept them laughing over lunch with my irreverent tales while Lisa spent time with Muzi’s family and did an interview with a national TV crew.
Once the lunch was over, the interviews were complete and the Agape group had gone back to their hotel to prepare for the evening event, Muzi asked Lisa to come into the back garden for some pictures .
We then spent about 30 minutes taking pictures galore with Lisa. So I got my picture – many pictures, actually, and they were fun and relaxed.
Then, together with my new Indian friends, I rode with Lisa and her manager to Johannesburg airport and hugged them goodbye before they departed for the USA.
I love how Spirit over-delivered in answer to my regretful whine “I wish I had had my picture taken with Lisa!”
Celebrating the miracle of global communication via technology.