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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.
Posted: Mon 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
She made headlines with a White House scandal, but she's best known for being a force in the spiritual world. "Jean Houston, one of the originals—and she's got a lot of perspective to share," Oprah says.
Tune in Sunday as Oprah talks with Jean Houston, an American philosopher and one of the elders of the personal growth movement, about being the hero in your own life and living authentically.
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Posted: Fri 01/04/2013 08:00 AM
See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
Ordinary unconsciousness is always linked in some way with denial of the Now. The Now, of course, also implies the here. Are you resisting your here and now? Some people would always rather be somewhere else. Their "here" is never good enough. Through self-observation, find out if that is the case in your life. Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear.
If you take any action—leaving or changing your situation—drop the negativity first, if at all possible. Action arising out of insight into what is required is more effective than action arising out of negativity. Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing. Is fear preventing you from taking action? Acknowledge the fear, watch it, take your attention into it, be fully present with it. Doing so cuts the link between the fear and your thinking. Don’t let the fear rise up into your mind. Use the power of the Now. Fear cannot prevail against it.
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Posted: Tue 01/01/2013 03:00 PM
This Sunday on Oprah and Rainn Wilson Present SoulPancake, you'll see what happens when a box of love explodes on the streets of Venice, California. Go behind-the-scenes and find out how the SoulPancake crew made it all happen!
Don't miss Oprah and Rainn Wilson Present SoulPancake this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/PT. Oprah, Rainn and the SoulPancake team are exploring the true meaning of the four-letter word that touches us all—love.
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