I can only say one thing: India and me...it's Love. Not at first sight, but after getting to know each other deeply, intimately and in our true essence, the real love suddenly emerged...love that was present already yet somehow still laying low, somewhere deep below. It has come into full being now, fully into presence and I am grateful.
I landed at New Delhi Airport at 3.20 am on May 9th, 2016 with purpose to participate at Women Economic Forum that was held between 16th and 21st of May. Had some butterflies in my stomach as this was my first time to India and I was warned so many times that I need to be careful, but still, I was fully open for the journey ahead of me that I felt it is going to be somehow special.
Entering the first phase of the journey
The adventure started right away. A nice Indian man was waiting for me with the sign WEF in his hands and I felt safe. Organizers of Women Economic Forum made sure I arrived safely and I even got their call at 4 am in the morning, once being already in the car with the nice driver who didn't speak English but was willing to make sure I feel fine. We started the car and he exited the airport, but the exit was not that simple. The driver forgot to pay for the parking ticket, so we were stopped and sent back to the parking in order to find the cashier and make a payment there. Since the parking was really big, the driver somehow lost himself. I guess he really wanted to settle the situation as soon as possible, so he started to shortcut through the parking lot in every possible way. Forward, backwards, wrong direction, every possible wrong line you can imagine. I was sitting quietly at the back of the car, just observing and being neutral about driving that seemed like one from a movie scene. Somehow we managed to rich the cashier and the driver finally made a payment, announcing we are ready to leave. I thought fine, but had a feeling that was saying, well, let's see. And we did see. We were stopped again at the exits gate, this time by the police. The parking lot is carefully monitored, so seeing the adventurous driving from my driver; police couldn't just close the eyes and let us through. They thought it was really too much and I had to agree with them. Was feeling sorry for the driver, he was really trying to get us out as fast as possible and was really kind man, however he needed to pay not only for the parking but also the fine for his rock'n'roll driving through the parking space. The police asked about me too, but the driver firmly announced I have nothing to do with this, so they just nodded and let us through. I thought what an adventure to start with!
Next we were driving through the suburbs of Delhi to a place of guest house, app one hour drive from the airport. I got to experience the Indian roads, driving and the sight from the car that revealed not such a pretty face of India: a lot of garbage, dirt and poverty. No greenery. When we finally reached the guest house, it was 5 am and I hadn't slept for 24 hours.
“I’ll leave you here,” said the driver and left me at the place I was again a little uncomfortable with, but still fully trustful. However another nice man took me to a room with my name on it and explained I’ll get a roommate soon, as her plane was supposed to land an hour after mine. I was also instructed to be up for the breakfast, since someone from organization team was supposed to meet us then and instruct us further. I had less than three hours to rest a little bit and was also ready to meet my roommate in this time. However she didn’t appear that night. Her plane had a delay so we were waiting for her till 10 am in the morning. Once I got to know we are leaving for our trip to Himalayas together and that two more ladies will join us, I felt better. This was a really graceful gesture from the organizers - a complimentary trip for us, the international delegates of the conference, and we could choose from three options. I chose Himalayas and so here I was, together with 3 other ladies waiting to journey further. In the morning, still waiting for the other three ladies that will join me at the trip, I had a chance to take a quick look outside. It was hot, nothing much around this building and, as I soon noticed, not really many women around. I was still in 'adaptation process’ to the new land and could hardly wait to settle at some place and make a real connection with it. My roommate finally arrived. Her plane was 4 hours late, but the smile on her face was the first thing I noticed, immediately feeling the Universe put us together for a reason and I was grateful. We had instant heart connection and I was relieved. My sister is here, I thought. Then the other two ladies arrived and we got together as a group and the organizer kindly explained we will go on the journey alone, us four with the driver who will serve us all the time and who knows where to go and how to be. So, we packed the car with our baggage and off we went.
The journey started for real and I felt grateful for the four of us being put together by some higher guidance. It was almost an eight hour drive but once we reached the Corbett resort, India was colored with a new nuance in my eyes. On the way we could see many faces of India and I became more and more open, ready to face all and feel what the essence behind all this is. At the Corbett we could finally settle in a really beautiful place, in the nature, out of the city and more in the surroundings of softer, clearer energy. I felt the need to rest and to connect with the land. Two nights in this place gave me an opportunity to do so and to settle a little deeper and a simple walk through the village helped opening the energies. My energy field was suddenly fully receiving the energy of the land and something huge was re-constructing during the nights and days in my inner field. I knew there’s more here than I could imagine.
The second place we arrived to, Bhimtal, was on altitude around 1400 m above the sea, near the lake, and the resort we settled in was even more beautiful than first one. There was a much larger space present, all opened, surrounded by mountains and I felt I could just breathe love. My connection with the land started to kick in fully. I began to feel really deeply into the essence of India and suddenly found out that beneath all, I saw there is a huge abundance of Love and that India is the land that really faces you with all the issues of control still present within you, because India is the land that accepts only your pure heart openness, soul being and now moment. Time here flows differently. You can only be and everything will arrive to you at divine perfect time. In such a soft, subtle and loving way, as mother would take care for her child. I began to feel such an immense love and gratefulness for being on this land, I started to feel pure soul connection and full openness to her essence and I knew that India and I are real long time soul friends. I faced the poverty and I discovered there is a treasure hidden beneath it - pure love and intimate soul openness. I discovered each of us has its own inner India (or any other country) within and once you face it, you exchange the most amazing soul gifts that enrich your being. I put my final piece of the inner soul alchemy in its place and the land of India started to gift me with most beautiful gifts I could ever imagine.
Each country has its own essence and each one of them I visited in my life gifted me with their codes, but this one, India…really showed me…the beauty of fully open heart and power of the feminine. She treated me in a way I could only feel grateful and fully present. Codes exchanged. Vibration crystallized. Pieces came back into my whole. I was walking barefoot on the land that I fell in love with and felt the energy flowing through my body. I got also messages from the Universe and from my fellow sisters that confirmed my connection with the land and my past lives here. Indian women started to somehow recognize me on a soul level and I felt home. After three days in a place of Bhimtal, hiking to the mountains, visiting the bell temple that gifted me with divine soul connections, experiencing paragliding and getting to know some more people that were headed to Women Economic Form, having deep conversation with my souls sister and enriching experiencing in our group of four, I was ready to visit one more place that was on the itinerary before we headed back to Delhi to participate in WEF part of the journey.
Sattal was the last place we visited. I felt this is the conclusion of our journey together as a group of four and the phase that was very subtle but deep, beautiful and very special. Sattal was a last piece of the first phase of the journey. All came together and a morning hike to a nearby waterfall before our leaving at 9 am towards Delhi was a last blessing for my body and soul from Himalayan region. I knew I am now ready to enter the new phase of the journey – the 6 day conference that had been felt in the energy field already.
The second phase: Women Economic Forum and the field of love
On our drive back I started to see India with totally new eyes. My inner reservation just dropped off, I could feel my inner planes fully accepting the land, the people, the richness of soul energy fully opened and I felt part of it. I understood the flow of communion, true intimacy, and acceptance of diversity within the cells of my body. I felt deep and simple love.
Entering the Pullman Novotel to register at Women Economic Forum (WEF) desk the next morning was the beginning of the new phase of my journey and I felt ready to enter it. All was set and I felt the synchronicity of the higher flow leading us forward. Entering the beautiful space I first run into Dr. Harbeen Arora, the main woman behind the WEF, the Global Chairperson of ALL Ladies League and WEF, together with her husband Dr. Vinay Rai. 'ALL stands for All Ladies League, an international chamber of commerce for women, founded in Delhi, India, on a very grass roots level, by Dr. Harbeen Arora, author of the book: Creative Living: Discovering your beautiful path and lifestyle toward happiness and well-being; and Co-Author of Dawn of A New Vibrant India, with Dr. Vinay Rai. Through the Rai Foundation, their focus is on global education and women's empowerment related initiatives. www.aall.in The ALL Women Economic Forum in India, takes place annually in May, and is a tour de force of practical knowledge, plus positive, creative ways of life in the form of inspiration, wisdom, and heart centered human connection, for uplifting women and All worldwide.'
I knew at the very same time as she greeted me with warmest hello ever, saying words that touched my heart instantly, that she is a true soul sister, amazing embodiment of grace, beauty, wisdom and power of love. WEF has the core that emanates the authentic and really beautiful vision, so I knew immediately the week is going to be a true life enriching experience. And it sure was! In first minutes of our meeting the seed was planted and all just clicked on the right position, into the field that was prepared long ago.
There are not many conferences out there that would emanate such vibrant love energy, establish a field of authentic unification and platform for global connection, storytelling, and equality among diversity, authenticity and deep communion. Suddenly I was immersed into amazing catalyzing energy of global sisterhood that amplified the true spirit of divine feminine power. Yes, we were different worlds, cultures, religions and experiences, but underneath all of this, we shared the intimate stories that connected our worlds, bridged our hearts and showed us a unified field of deep togetherness. I observed and was immersed in it at the same time. It was real, it was true. We shared the similarities in our uniqueness. We laughed with hearts open, we challenged our inner status quo, we opened more towards all the new, we stepped into the same source of love and the energy uplifted the whole. The atmosphere was encouraging each one of us by empowerment of each individual and the field of togetherness in a way that invited us to speak, to share, to be, to be seen and acknowledged for who we really are. We could enjoy, connect, open, share, laugh, dance, sing and exchange our views, discuss on main world issues, look on them from different perspectives, get to know about each others main challenges, discoveries, projects and see how we can come together and support, connect, show each other new potentials and open the pathways into the new matrix of being. The sessions were rich in content and opened many life changing synchronicities, creative insights, views, feedback. We were fully present and the field catalyzed the divine blueprint in each one of us. Not everything of this was seen on surface but a sensitive person could feel it All. A strong sense of global community was present in the ether and was anchoring through our bodies into reality. This means change of heart and mind which fosters new relationships that fuel inspiration and effective activity.
Catalyzing energy of global community
There is such an immense value in coming together as global field and such a value in catalyzing energy that this field establishes! We do not need to go through the process of analyzing ourselves to the core all the time and tear ourselves apart, when we step into the field of rising consciousness and are consciously present within it, when we show up, we are catalyzed into individual growth and we get from it exactly what we need to expand in our essence and be more through the field of ‘we’, the field of collaboration, opening even deeper and each time more to each other, sharing love and building something better together. ‘Community is the next Buddha’ said Thich Nhat Hahn, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist and he is sooo right.
I am deeply aware that this would not be possible if the core of the conference wouldn't be held in the pure energy of love, containing right intention and divinely support a higher vision. The core of main organizers is strong and graceful and it holds the authentic vision of uniting the world in peace and harmony. Women can establish this field and men can support it fully once they experience the true value of it. There is a chance for true, serving leadership to emerge from this, all from grass roots that will open many opportunities for the world to come together as one big unified field of new way of being.
Seeing and experiencing such a conference was a clear indicator for me that time is here to keep this momentum going, to raise consciousness through the fields of togetherness and to create as many opportunities for deep connection, communion, collaboration and sharing as possible. The six-day conference was an absolutely beautiful experience and I can only bow to Dr. Harbeen Arora and Dr. Vinay Rai for their mission and excellence in bringing it into reality, for their authentic love and huge effort to organize the best possible experience for each one of us as for the whole. I also give a deep bow to all of the organizational team that really did an amazing job of holding space, putting together every detail and fearlessly step through many challenges that I am sure were present to them.
The voice of Slovenia
It was a great honor to be present and speaking in a conference like this and contribute to the vision that is uniting the world. My speeches were on Art of Creative Living and Women Emerging as Leaders: its impact on Politics, Culture and Business and feedback that I received was deeply touching, as was the receiving of the WEF award for ‘Iconic Leaders impacting the Society and Development’. Once knowing the true essence of the conference, I was even more honored to accept the award.
Preparing for my speeches was another interesting experience. This time the universe prepared me only with one thing: being myself fully and trust that words will come out once the time is right. I did prepare the structure and key points and even my ppt presentation, yet somehow, the full speech wasn’t written down. I needed to let my channel open, trust the years of my life experiences and activate it at the spot. I needed to fully trust and it worked out just fine. My soul found the right words and shared them as they came. The ppt worked perfectly and I was sharing my view on topics through the story from all my work and life experiences in full presence. Receiving a deeply touching feedback from opened hearts was my biggest reward.
When I was later invited to step into the role of country chapter Chairperson of ALL Ladies League for Slovenia, my only possible answer was Yes. After experiencing the essence of ALL, I can only serve the resonating vision with Love and great Honor. The path now continues and the wave is on the roll. I feel grateful for all the magic and beauty the land of India brought into my soul field and I'm already looking forward to all the unfolding in Slovenia. I believe we, as a country, have much to offer and contribute to this vision, too.
All the beautiful soul connections and new relationships I made in India are the ones that I know will stay in my life for a while, still weave something together which will activate at the right time. I've never said anything like this for any conference, but this time I can say, I miss this global field of sisterhood and am already looking forward to the next gathering of such. India was a subtle and powerful essence that has came now into my own presence and it is a beautiful heart or let's say soul opener. Although it was an intense fully packed six-day conference with multidimensional happenings and we were all also very tired at some point, all was worth it.
Break with the view on love story
Yes, we indeed needed a short pause during those six days of intensive conference, so it came with no surprise that we took a day off and went for a day long trip to see the most beautiful and romantic palace, one of the world seven wonders, great Taj Mahal. This great piece of art came into being through a love story which makes it even more attractive. The mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died giving birth to their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The imperial court documenting Shah Jahan's grief after the death of Mumtaz Mahal illustrate the love story held as the inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later. The very same family that started building this architectural gem is still doing the job of renovating the mausoleum with the same technique as from the very beginning. A 14th generation of this family is still in the same business and their skill of crafting the marble and putting in it the most remarkable design from the real crystal stones has stayed with them till today. It’s quite an amazing legacy they are leaving behind and what a craft and mission to admire! A richness of it is immense and so is the beauty once you see it from close.
It was really hot that day, but the view of Taj Mahal was worth the short escape from the conference field. It would be probably even a better experience if we could reserve this place for ourselves at least for 5 minutes and have some peace and quiet inside, for there is a lot of people there; however it was still a special feeling putting our feet on the ground of this beautiful love story. Another face of India was revealed.
The journey continues
Coming back to the conference from Taj Mahal I sensed the new vibration present within the energy field and it was the very same evening that I met another beautiful soul sister from India that invited me to her café in the city next day. She came to pick me up and gave me a short Delhi tour, too. I could see the city from another angle and again, I could see a new face of India and opened my inner field of love even more. Another piece settled into my energetic field. This was the day of closing of the conference and I knew all that needed to happen, happened and I felt only pure gratitude and happiness in my heart.
Last day in India was a day of slow motion and integration. I felt a need for taking time to rest, so everything can settle within me and my body can process all the pieces and waves of pure energy that came through in these two weeks of my staying there. A lot has happened, I’ve seen many different faces of India, experienced a field of love and my vessel is now full of gratefulness. I might still need a moment more to integrate all, however I already feel a new platform has now appeared in my life and I am eager to be in service within it.
P.S.: I would like to express my heartiest gratitude to local International Humanitarian Club Soroptimist from my hometown Celje (an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world) that recognized the opportunity and supported my participation at WEF2016, as well as Slovenia4You Foundation with which I am collaborating, for opening the platform on the field of authentic women leadership.