Lesson 11: Your Life Speaks to You in a Whisper

Oprah talks about one of the greatest principles of life – Listening to the “whispers.” Practicing this principle saves lives.  Ideas on learning how to recognize moments when your life is trying to tell you something.
Today’s Question: What’s the whisper you’ve been hearing for a while? What will you do about it now?

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Lesson 7: Aging Beautifully

Lesson 7: Aging Beautifully

Webcast Lesson 7: Aging Beautifully

Some very glamorous women —Cybill Shepherd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ali MacGraw— talk about how they’ve felt about being defined by beauty.  They share their lessons and insight  on how we can develop our inner selves – a key to beautiful aging.
Today’s Question: What’s the best thing and the hardest thing about the age you are now?
Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes: 
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Lesson 5: Joy Rising (The Car Giveaway)

Aired: 10/14/2011
Oprah recounts how she felt in and about what has become one of her most talked about Oprah Shows.   Oprah also shares other moments of great joy.

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Today’s Question:  What brings me joy?  What steals my joy?
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Lesson 4: The Truth Will Set You Free

Lesson 4: The Truth Will Set You Free
Lesson 4: Webcast The Truth Will Set You Free  with Oprah and Martha Beck
Aired: 10/13/2011
Oprah replays her controversial interview with Ellen DeGeneres.  She also discusses her bedrock belief – When we pretend to be something we’re not, we will never become all that we were meant to be.

Today’s Question
What secret am I sick of keeping?  When am I going to free myself by telling it?
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Lesson 3: You Become What You Believe

Aired: 10/12/2011
Oprah talks about the importance of having faith in ourselves.   Her interviews are with former guests Jim Carey, J.K. Rowling, Ralph Lauren and others who talk about the nature of our beliefs and how they affect what we achieve.
Today’s Question: How would I fill in these blanks?
The one thing I wished I had become is_______.
The one thing I will become is _________. 
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Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes:
What do I believe is possible for me?
The only way to know my purpose is to go inside, listen to the purest light of myself.  Pay attention to what I’m doing right now
I deserve and am worthy of the very best the world has to offer
There is a reason why I am here.  Still my mind and find the truth in that.    My job is to figure out what that is and then follow that belief.
Visualize what I want.  Ask – Believe – Receive.
Most of the time in life we don’t get what we “want”,  we become/get what we believe.
I am worthy of happiness, love and peace.  Believe it.
Life often speaks to us in “signs”.  Be alert and conscious.
What is my value to myself?  Is this the fullest expression of me?  What are my beliefs about what I deserve – subconsciously and consciously.
Everyone in my life is a teacher.
Most of what we adults do during their lives is based on beliefs formed during the time between birth and five years old.  A belief can be formed when a message meets an emotional moment.
How do we know what beliefs are running our lives?
Watch our thoughts.   What am I saying to myself?
We link habitual thought patterns to our daily activities.
Our beliefs become the way we live our lives.  And we will prove ourselves right.
Beliefs are thoughts.  Thoughts are energy.  
Everything is energy.  We carry it with us everywhere we go.  What energy are we putting out in the world?
What is happening in our lives reflects what we believe.
We may not be getting the right information, or enough information to achieve our belief.   Get support to brainstorm.
What am I thinking on a daily basis – about my situation?  Start actively believing that I can be abundantly successful with what I’m doing.  Be still and listen to myself.
Be my own best friend.  I will tell myself what I would tell my children or my best friend.   Have my own best interests at heart at all times.  When I love myself I can’t help but love humanity.
Every thought we think, every word we speak is an affirmation for the future…
Affirmation plus action equals miracles.
Abundance flows into my life in surprising and miraculous ways every day.
Every time I turn around I get a check in the mail.
People love to pay me for my art.
Every time I turn around I have a new idea for a painting.
I can make a good living from my art.
I am a woman who will not accept less than what I’m worth
Life loves me.
Only good lies before  me.
Act as if….
When I find myself speaking badly to myself, I say “Stop it”.  I ask, “Whose voice is that?”  Challenge the voice.
We’re all meant for greatness.   We need to have people in our lives who remind us of our greatness when we forget.
We need the love and support of others but more than that, we need to love and support ourselves.
“Our deepest fear is not that we’re inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light and not our darkness that we fear most.”
Making ourselves small does not serve other people.
How is what I’m doing serving the world?
How to teach children to believe?  One powerful experience with one adult can make a life changing difference in a child.   Teach affirmations.    Get dry eraser markers, give them to children and allow them to write affirmations on the windows, mirrors.  Let them make their own affirmations.  Tell me something that’s wonderful about you?  Have a bowl of affirmations for children.
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Lesson 2: Letting Go of Anger

Lesson 2: Webcast Letting Go of Anger – Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant

Aired: 10/11/2011
Oprah replays the interview with best-selling author Terry McMillan’s riveting  on The Oprah Show.    Oprah points out how  anger can stand in the way of the life we were meant to live.

Today’s Question:  What’s holding me back right now?

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Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes:

There are two emotions – Love and Fear
Anger is really a manifestation of fear…
Fear of losing the love of someone – rejection
Fear of being powerless or helpless, hopeless, vulnerable (maintain control) – fear of being unsafe
Fear of losing control – of self, others, how, when and where it will happen
Fear of not being seen as valuable, necessary
Anger – never angry for the reason I think I am.  I’m not born with anger in me.  helpless, hopeless, vulnerable event happened that impressed my soul.  Stirs up anger.  When anger is triggered, the trigger is simply reminding me that there is something down there that I need to deal with.
Anger is the easy way out – when I’m angry I get the control.  Anger is the #1 addiction.  Right below the anger is a world of hurt.  It’s easier to stay in the anger than to go deeper and deal with the hurt.

You can accept or reject the way you’re treated by other people but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed.  You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life.   You must find the strength to open the wound,  you must stick your  hand inside, pull out the core of the pain, the memory, and make peace with it

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Lesson 1: The False Power of Ego

Class:  The False Power of Ego

October 10 Webcast with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle

Oprah shares what she now thinks about one of her most talked-about moments and offers advice for recognizing when our egos  are getting the best of us and ways to help set ourselves straight.

Today’s Question:  Where does my ego get in my way?
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Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes: We can’t begin to be true ourselves unless we know who we are.  No thing, no material possession matters in terms of defining who you are.

When we get separated from our “knowing”, our inner place, we get lost.  We get into our ego.

Ego is defined as any identification with form – identifying with anything that is not the center of ourselves – things, status, position, possessions.   Ego is a dissociation from my true value.   Ego is a false sense of self.   When a child starts to identify with an object, the ego starts.   The moment I can identify my ego, I diminish its power.

When I get in touch with my true self, my awareness, that is me disguised as a person.

A guest said…”I no longer think that its possible for other people to hurt me. They’re just giving me their observation and I’m giving it meaning so I get to choose what that meaning is.”
The ability to know the truth of yourself and to have awareness is how you disconnect from the ego.
If I think I need it, that’s ego. I already have everything I need. The way I know I don’t need it is when I don’t get it.

Am I defined about what other people say? Does it determine how I feel?

When I receive criticism, they could be right.

Does I love you equals I’ll trade you?

Is this a business contract or do I really love you?

I’m happier when I love you – whether or not you love me. It matters not – whether or not you participate.

Just the fact that I’m here makes me “worthy”.

Give up resistence pto life. Go with it.
When I think I need it from “out there” – that’s addiction.The way I know I don’t need it is when I don’t get it.
Ego is anything that I think I need that I don’t have. I already have everything I need.
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My Intention – A Written Affirmation

I visualize my intended outcome.  What is it?  Material – abundance? Spiritual? Higher understanding?  Inspiration?  Imagination? My process includes all of these.

I know if I live and move with my intention, it is inevitable.   The outcome will come together – as I encounter circumstances and situations.

I have been given a passion for art and my intention is to paint something that will benefit others.  Right now I’m working on a painting of a soldier embracing his wife/girlfriend, husband/boyfriend.  It is meant to represent all soldiers – male and female.  leaving or returning.  If it turns out the way I’m hoping, I’ll donate proceeds to help military families in some way.  My dream is that it will help soldiers and their families monetarily.  My hope is that it will sell many prints.  But if it sells even one, I know that money will help someone.  My intention is that it will make a difference in someone’s life.

My intention creates my reality and orchestrates fulfillment of my dream.   This is my dream.

My intention is in my heart and I’m listening with my soul.  I’m living and moving with this intention.   Things will come together in just the right way, at just the right time.   Situations, circumstances will work together to accomplish my dream.

I’m so excited!

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Letting The Balloons Go!

My husband and I had few surprise moments of unexpected glee, joy, just plain fun.

In September, my son was visiting from Las Vegas – a 50th birthday trip.   We had a wonderful family gathering and dinner in our home – cousins, aunties (one had traveled quite a distance), sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, sons, grandchildren – you get the picture.

My sisters picked up some helium-filled balloons.   They’ve lived in a corner of our dining room for two months  (the balloons, that is:).  They’ve hung in there, lasted, they’ve rested against the ceiling.  They’ve been a daily reminder of a very special day with some of  our most loved.  Fun, pictures, good food, a lot of “catching up”.

A joyous day celebrating my son, and each other.   Family who are also friends!

Today, my husband said he was ready to put the balloons away.  And so  was I.  On his way to the door, we looked at each other and, at 71 and 75, we felt like little kids again.  We headed to the backyard, made some wishes, filled those balloons with our worries,  and let them  go.  We laughed.  We watched until we could no longer see them.  We marveled at their movement.  We felt some moments of freedom and exhilaration.   We laughed again.   And we still have our memories of that day.

We also decided that we’ll go buy more balloons and do that again some time soon.   Just because….

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