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Posted: Sun 01/13/2013 02:00 PM
Jean Houston is known as a scholar, philosopher and visionary. A prolific writer who has transversed the globe lecturing, teaching and consulting with world leaders along the way, Jean's life has been devoted to pushing the boundaries of human potential. She possesses a true passion for what is possible.
In their first conversation, Oprah and Jean sit down to discuss her new book, The Wizard of Us. In it, Jean uses The Wizard of Oz to discuss how life's biggest lessons are often found in the most popular stories in our culture. At the heart of many stories, she says, is the idea of the hero's journey. Watch the clips below to find out more about her own spiritual path and how we all have the potential to be the hero of our own lives.
Jean describes herself as an evocateur of the possible and a midwife of souls—and says her spiritual evolution started at age 6. After getting in trouble with the nuns at her Catholic school, Jean locked herself in a closet to cry and pray for a miracle. (She even promised to give up candy.) After she stepped out of that closet, she says the whole world shifted. Watch as she tells the story of her spiritual awakening to Oprah:
Joseph Campbell was a great American writer and mythologist who wrote about what he calls the hero's journey. From Homer's Odyssey to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, he recognized a theme that applies to humanity—we are the heroes of our own lives. Jean was a friend and colleague of Campbell's and also believes in the hero's journey. Watch as she discusses the first step in becoming the hero of your own life and realizing the power of your own possibility—the call to adventure:
During their conversation, Jean shares the steps of every hero's journey. Find out what they are. Then, watch as Oprah reveals the milestones of her own:
Posted: Fri 01/11/2013 08:00 AM
Philosopher Jean Houston is one of the original spiritual thought leaders who believes each person has the ability to lead a life of greatness and purpose. Click here to get her thoughts on realizing the true power of your own possibility.
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Posted: Thu 01/10/2013 08:00 AM
They've been friends for more than 30 years and he wrote the forward for her new book, The Wizard of Us. Plus, they just happened to tape "Super Soul Sunday" on the very same day! During some downtime in filming, Jean Houston and Deepak Chopra sat down with our backstage crew to discuss their longtime friendship.
What are the greatest lessons these thought leaders have learned from one another? Watch to find out:
While reminiscing about some of their favorite stories, Jean shares a moment from Deepak's childhood that always stuck with her. Hear the story:
Finally, Deepak says there's one very good reason everyone should tune in for Jean and Oprah's conversation this Sunday. He reveals it here:
Posted: Wed 01/09/2013 08:00 AM
According to philosopher and author Jean Houston, the greatest truths of your own life can often be found in pages of your favorite stories. Her new book, The Wizard of Us, uses the classic story as an example of how the life lessons found in the greatest myths of our time can help you become the hero of your own life—a life full of purpose, heart and courage.
Q: So what is a myth?
An encore of Oprah and Jean Houston's full conversation airs Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT.
Posted: Tue 01/08/2013 08:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah is sitting down with Jean Houston, one of the original thought leaders, to discuss her amazing life and her new book, The Wizard of Us. In that book, Jean says the character of Dorothy can teach us real-life lessons about our human experience. Read an excerpt of to find out how.
Dorothy travels along the Yellow Brick Road, infused with God stuff,
filled with possibilities, magical ruby slippers on her feet and the
ever-enthusiastic Toto at her side. She comes to a crossroad where she
pauses, having no idea which way to go. In a nearby cornfield, a funny-
looking Scarecrow (played in the film by the seemingly boneless Ray
Bolger) hears Dorothy wondering aloud about her direction. The Scarecrow
comes to life and promptly offers her options, first pointing down one
road, saying, "That's a good way," and then pointing down the other
road, saying that road works just as well. Finally, he crosses his arms
across his chest and points in both directions at once. Clearly, on one
level, he can't make up his mind. On another level, the Scarecrow
exhibits the gift of second sight and the ability to exist cheerfully in
the midst of opposition.