DAY #30: IYANLA VANZANT, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, SPIRITUAL TEACHER, AUTHOR
Born: September 13, 1953 Trait to Admire: HEALER
BIO & LEGACY:
Iyanla Vanzant has long proven herself to be a woman of purpose, using her platform as a television personality, inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, and author to help others live out their true purpose and establish healthy relationships with themselves and others.
Vanzant, who is both a Yoruba priestess and ordained New Thought minister, has done the work she puts her clients through. The Brooklyn, NY, native and founder of Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development was motherless at age 3, raped at the young age of 9, and became a single mother at just 16 years of age. By 21, Vanzant had three children and in the nine years that followed she suffered through a physically violent marriage.
Fortunately, her story didn’t end there. At 34, Vanzant became a college graduate and went on to earn a law degree at 38. Not long after she became a spiritual force we now know her to be, publishing 15 books, five of which are New York Time’s Best-Sellers. She’s also frequented a number of television shows from Oprah to The View, and starred in her own NBC daytime drama, Starting Over, where she helped women move on from their hurtful pasts and begin to live again without guilt and shame.
Nowadays, we watch Vanzant dissect broken souls on her OWN series, Iyanla Fix My Life, challenging everyday men and women and celebrities alike to address their demons and right their wrongs. Her work inspires us to examine our own selves and heal our wounds.
Ritual of Remembrance
1. “Until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed”. Listen to Iyanla define PAIN. What are your thoughts around the topic of pain? What are some of your practices you use to heal yourself of past, current, or reoccurring pain?
2.Identify one negative reoccurring pattern in your life that you would like to put an end to. Discuss the pattern with a close friend, family member or community HEALER, create steps towards making sustainable change for yourself and have them help you in maintaining your integrity in breaking your negative cycle.
3. Thank a HEALER (Teacher, Pastor, Social Worker, Doctor, Physical Therapist, Life Coach) in your community who devotes their lives to powerfully assisting people to positively transform their lives.