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Posted: Sun 04/21/2013 02:00 PM
In 2008, millions of people logged on to a 10-week webcast event to study with Oprah and one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time, Eckhart Tolle. Oprah says it was one of the most exciting, eye-opening and meaningful moments of her career. "It still thrills me to think about it," she says.
Though he's a teacher to millions worldwide, many may not know how Eckhart's spiritual journey began. At age 29, this German-born author was a research scholar in comparative literature at the University of Cambridge in England. Despite his success, it wasn't enough to halt bouts anxiety and depression so severe he considered ending his life. In his darkest hour, Eckhart says he experienced an awakening that transformed his life. He walked away from his career to explore his newly discovered inner peace. Eckhart's profound, yet spiritual teachings are the basis for his best-selling books, The Power of Now and A New Earth.
Now, Oprah and Eckhart reuniting on stage for the first time in four years to discuss living in the present moment and more. Watch the videos below for four unforgettable life lessons.
Lesson 1: Staying Present and Finding God
Eckhart says that only through the present moment do you have access to the power of life itself. That power is God. Watch as Eckhart explains why only believing in God is a poor substitute for the reality of God. Plus, watch as he demonstrates the simple exercise you can do to visualize the present moment.
Lesson 2: Your Soul Is Smarter Than Your Head
While reading one of Eckhart's books, Oprah realized he described the true definition of an aha! moment—spirit recognizing spirit. Watch to find out why you probably have known the lessons you learn from aha! moments all along.
Posted: Sun 04/21/2013 02:00 PM
Where does spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle feel most at home? Is he always happy? Watch this lightning round of Soul to Soul questions and see which answer made Oprah laugh out loud.
Posted: Fri 04/19/2013 08:00 AM
Vanity and pride are what most of us tend to think of when we think of ego, but ego is much more than an overinflated sense of self. It can also turn up in feelings of inferiority or self-hatred because ego is any image you have of yourself that gives you a sense of identity—and that identity derives from the things you tell yourself and the things other people have been saying about you that you've decided to accept as truth.
One way to think about ego is as a protective heavy shell, such as the kind some animals have, like a big beetle. This protective shell works like armor to cut you off from other people and the outside world. What I mean by shell is a sense of separation: Here's me and there's the rest of the universe and other people. The ego likes to emphasize the "otherness" of others.
This sense of separation is an intrinsic part of the ego. The ego loves to strengthen itself by complaining—either in thoughts or words—about other people, the situation you find yourself in, something that is happening right now but "shouldn't be," and even about yourself. For example, when you're in a long line at the supermarket, your mind might start complaining how slow the checkout person is, how he should be doing this or doing that, or he failed to do anything at all—including packing the bag of the person ahead of you correctly.
When this happens, the ego has you in its grip. You don't have thoughts; the thoughts have you—and if you want to be free, you have to understand that the voice in your head has created them and irritation and upset you feel is the emotional response to that voice Only in this way can you be present to the truer world around you and see the golden shade in a pound of pears on the scanner, or the delight of a child in line who begs to eat them.The trick, of course, is to work to free ourselves from this armor and from this voice that is dictating reality.
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Posted: Fri 04/19/2013 12:00 AM
Can you feel the inherent aliveness in your body? Can you feel that your hands are alive? Your legs? Your feet? Your arms? Most people are astonished when they recognize the spiritual energy in their physical body. But it’s a crucial realization to make, because this energy can take you out of your thinking mind.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to feel this aliveness. To start, close your eyes and hold either your right or your left hand. Don’t touch anything. Just stay put, without moving your hand. Then, after a few moments, ask yourself, “How do I know whether my hand is still there or not?” With your eyes shut, the only way you can know it exists is by directing your attention to it. Once your attention is focused on your hand, you will feel suddenly feel the energy presence. Then you’ll begin to feel the energy in the rest of your body: your feet, your legs, you arms and everywhere. You’ll feel a global sense of aliveness.
This sense may resembling tingling, but it’s more subtle. What you’re feeling is that your entire body being alive with energy, and this energy is a portal to experiencing the present moment—the space in which all life unfolds and where is peace is found.
Posted: Wed 04/17/2013 08:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah sits down with The New York Times best-selling author Eckhart Tolle to discuss his remarkable spiritual journey and their groundbreaking A New Earth webcasts. They will also answer viewers’ questions about living in the present moment.
Watch a preview today! Then, tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT for the complete discussion on OWN.