Iyanla Vanzant, internationally acclaimed Spiritual Life Coach, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Emmy Award-winning television personality made a stop in Atlanta for “Get Over It!: An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant,” an interactive spiritual production, which was held live at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 pm. In celebration of her 18th book, Get Over It! Thought Therapy for Healing the Hard Stuff, Vanzant stopped in Atlanta on her first solo tour in 18 years. This event brought the beloved thought leader up-close and in-person to her dedicated fans for an evening of healing and restoration. Using the book as a guide, Vanzant introduced the spiritual principles behind her revolutionary thought therapy with love, humor, and her signature straight-talk. Attendees were met with a worksheet which the spiritual leader walked them through in an effort to break negative thought patterns that impede happiness.
The immersive and provocative experience was filled with meditative moments, enlightening truths and self-reflection. Vanzant shared personal stories of trauma, success and everything in between with attendees. Wearing a dazzling floral couture dress and sky high heels, the truth teller walked attendees through a myriad of thought exercises, motivational mantras and emotions in her signature presentation style. Never one to “put on airs,” the spiritual life coach removed her shoes and shared stories of resiliency and her journey towards self-awareness and hope with delighted fans who greeted the fan favorite with a standing ovation.
The Burton Wire had a chance to speak with Vanzant about her tour and new book, which Vanzant described as a step in the process of healing. From her first book, Tapping the Spirit Within: A Path to Self Empowerment for Women to Get Over It! Thought Therapy for Healing the Hard Stuff, Vanzant takes readers on a journey to discovering their best selves and living their best lives. The host of OWN‘s mega hit, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” talks about the importance of learning about yourself in her books. She says, “Each book is a process of personal and spiritual development and using universal laws and spiritual development to help people grow in the knowledge of who they are.” Vanzant’s latest book and tour are committed to helping people remember who they really are and were born to be. Vanzant, who grew up with a foundation in African and Native American culture believes, “We are truly demonstrations of the Creator. We are unique and creative demonstrations of God.”
As we live in a world where religion is often used to justify heinous treatment toward various groups, Vanzant makes clear that she is focused on spirituality not religion. “I never endeavored to teach religion. I always endeavored to teach spiritual awareness and consciousness,” the Emmy award-winner offers. Vanzant takes the tools she uses to help readers with personal growth and development in her books and applies them to her interactive tour, where she literally walks the audience through the process of discovery and healing.
The life coach decided to embark on the tour because she wanted to “touch the people, but not through the television screen.” The biggest reason Vanzant wrote this latest book and is on tour is because she wants people to take responsibility for healing their minds. “If we look at what’s happening in the world with all of the upset about the leadership of this country and all of the things that are changing so quickly in this world including the weather, we can’t sit around and just be victims of what’s going on,” says the spiritual leader. “We really have to examine what we’re thinking, how we’re thinking and why we’re thinking it and the results that it’s bringing us.” Vanzant believes there is work to do because too many of us are stuck on what happened to us 15 or 20 years ago, instead of being present fully in this moment. The award-winning author states, “You are responsible for what’s going on in your life and if what’s going on in your life is not what you desire, then you’ve got to get over it.”
This article was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news blog The Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.