As I prepared to attend the World Domination Summit in Portland for the third time, I knew that I wanted to do something a little different this time. I wanted to participate more than I had before.
And Magnify Love was on my mind. The phrase came to me in January 2014, and just kept on resonating. Soon after, I was compelled to write a short manifesto, and Magnify Love has stuck with me ever since.
Then the idea came upon me…I needed to create Magnify Love buttons to give away at WDS! And wear a t-shirt, of course!
More importantly, I wanted to do a little research. I would query people about what Magnify Love means to them, and what we can do to Magnify more Love in the world. I couldn’t think of a better place than WDS for my little project. Kindred spirits. Hearts already open. Hope and inspiration in the air. I knew for SURE that I’d get some juicy data from the WDS tribe!
It was a simple and fun way for me to show up and connect more fully, in my own way. A way of embodying Community, Adventure, and Service.
So I had 200 buttons made up, and off I went to the wonderful world of WDS. I began the experiment soon after arriving in Portland, talking with people in the park, on the boat cruise, in restaurants, and standing in line for the restroom.
It was a small sample size, conducted by a one-woman show. I wasn’t going for volume, I was going for depth. My goal was to stop, listen, and be really present with each and every person.
Everyone had different answers about what Magnify Love meant to them. And yet there were common threads too, echoed by both my interviewees and the speakers on the main stage.
Here are some of my favorite responses, and the 3 main themes that emerged:
“What does Magnify Love mean to you?”
Theme # 1:
Self-Love. Stop being so critical of ourselves. Ask for help, and be able to receive it.
My responsibility to others is to manage my own crap. Then the outward flow is Magnify Love. Spreading more positive (there’s so much negative in the world). How? Start with inner awareness and setting a positive mindset. Have more grace and compassion…Elisabeth Rhodes
…We can’t magnify what we aren’t practicing ourselves
It’s a reminder to always stay focused on loving and taking care of myself. When I am staying on track with my goals, working with my passion, and nourishing myself then it’s easier for me to TRULY be there for others…Zhee Zhee Aguirre
…I am my most important client
To love myself more, be more gentle with myself. Have an open heart at all times-Tommy Jia
Theme # 2:
Mindfulness. Be Present. Be Conscious and Aware.
Plant seeds with the intent for kindness, compassion, and joy. Don’t think about whether they will grow or not, and don’t check back. Just plant with intention. Be the planter, not always the harvester-Mark DeMars
Magnify Love is the wonder of all things. Extraordinary and ordinary childlike wonder. Creative expression. Finding deeper connection in everyday experience-Christy Marek
Mindfulness. We’re so wrapped up in ourselves. We get caught up in urgency, we forget to stop and just love. Notice what we can do for others-Junshien Lau
Gratitude. It’s less about macro, more about zooming in-Benjamin Philbaum
Fully giving to the person in front of you, being present-Chris Sparks
Noticing that point when you stop and hold back, (at times when you’re giving/receiving love, letting someone support you, doing something kind, etc.) and let it go a little further…Kate Marolt
…Instead of pulling away, lean into it and soften
Having a beginners mind, getting back to childlike wonder and playfulness-Janet Brent
Do everything with your whole heart, be mindful in everything that you do-Bryan Tublin
First connect with the sensation of love in your body, connect with that heart space. How does it feel when you dive into it? See if you can amplify that sensation and share it so it radiates out into the world. Share it with the trees, animals, people. Always have the intention that it’s starting from within you, and magnifying outward – Laura Griffiths
Being in the moment, being present with what is. Avoid being focused on the outcome or what I want. This allows expansiveness for me to love ME, and to love the other person. It’s magical!-Sherrill Leverich-Fries
Just BEING leads to action, to showing up differently, a new look at solving problems-Dee Williams
Don’t let the urgent replace the important. Choose the designed life-Michael Hyatt
Theme # 3:
Compassion. Non-judgement. We are all one. Give freely of yourself.
Meet each other where you are…there’s that Rumi quote…Brooke Meservy
…“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”― Rumi
It’s about authenticity, spreading from compassion. Have an open door, accept all people, we’re all one. Love is a higher vibration. Magnify the energy of Love-Nathan
Being non-judgemental, listening to people, paying attention. Understanding that we all hold different energies, acceptance of others…Talib Hussain
…We forget that love is spiritual. Get to the depth of the soul. Every single person here is amazing
Being inclusive, learning what it feels like to be loved-Carey Ruhl
Surrounding myself with people who love and appreciate ME! We fuel each other and love intensifies- Becca Berggren
Let go of the idea that love is from one person to one other person. Love is universal. It’s from one person… out to everyone else. Take the time to present love to everyone, regardless…then that Magnifies Love-Stu
Providing service to people around you, giving generously with your whole self and heart. Answer questions, give directions when they’re lost, or just give them a hug when they need it-Breanne Dyck
…Being able to WITNESS (witnessing is an act of Magnifying Love)…
…we’re in great need of being heard, because people are afraid to show who they really are and to tell their real story. Be aware, listen, and help others move forward in their lives-Shelli Stratton Duarte
The human experience is so much broader than we think it is. Shedding our judgement, seeing the ways we’re more alike rather than different. It’s an energy exchange, the collaboration is greater than the sum of it’s parts – Carolyn Johnson
Realizing we’re all so connected. We have similar fears, hopes, and dreams. We’re all brothers and sisters. Magnify Love is living that. Treating others how you want to be treated…Paul Kahn
…It’s so much more than a feeling, its how you act in the world
The way I measure success now is the success of my relationships. Learn to open your heart in slightly different ways. Be curious about others-Dee Williams
We’re all family, help us treat each other with more compassion-AJ Jacobs
Advocating for people who don’t have a voice, looking at them as individuals. Find out what their strengths are, and build on them-Catherine Just
People are part of the environment. The key to being sustainable is is how we treat each other-John Francis
The big question posed at WDS every year is:
How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?
We start by Magnifying Love. In both conventional and unconventional ways, every day. It is upon this foundation that we can TRULY build remarkable lives.
I reckon Chris Guillebeau and his team have this Magnifying Love thing down. The community, the movement, WDS, and everything related DOES indeed Magnify Love in the world, exponentially and powerfully. And I am deeply grateful.
Want to join the conversation? What do you think we can do to Magnify more Love in the world? Feel free to answer in the comments below!