Just Can’t Keep it to Myself! (Pt. 2)

Say it Loud!

As promised in Just Can’t Keep it to Myself! (Pt.1), today’s post  captures the additional lessons and insight I gleaned from the second episode of Oprah Presents Master Class series, featuring the great master herself. Again, I came away with some remarkable lessons, many of which we know on some level, but rarely receive in one sitting, or heard with such honest delivery. The weaving of the lessons, interspersed with the chronology of events – her prior career as a news anchor, her time on “People are Talking”, getting and commanding the role of Sophia in The Color Purple, and ultimately owning and hosting the most successful and influential talk show ever, and now OWN – was well worth the listen. Oprah’s words (more or less) appear in italics below. All synopses and spin are composed and penned by yours truly! Enjoy! 🙂

  • “Set the Intention.” When Oprah’s talk show first came on the scene, Oprah had already set the intention that the show would be about people having the power to change their own lives. As such, it would be used as a vehicle for making a difference…about the “interconnected(ness) in the human experience.” To be most effective, she realized that you had to “step up your game”, and “…run that race as hard as you can”.  Articulate your intentions and stay the course! Don’t chisel away at your core, trying to beat someone else at their game. Stay focused on bringing those intentions to life.
  • “All of life is about growing into your own personal best, to your own greatness.” All of your experiences create the stage and provide the training ground for your best experiences yet. Their sum uniquely prepares you for your own defining moment, that space which I call “greater”. Rather than viewing the not-so-pleasant moments as inconvenient or unfortunate, ask yourself what the experience is trying to teach you, and aim to come away from it more enriched and empowered, so that you are better equipped for that moment.
  • “Life is about growth and change. When you’re no longer growing or changing, that is your ‘whisper'”. Yesterday, I commented via Facebook that, “If where you stand can no longer contain your gifts, hold your beauty, or sustain you, uproot! Get out of that lil’ bitty pot! You were designed to bloom, beautify, grow! Get to new ground – that fertile place where you can re-plant and reposition if necessary – that place that can sustain your need for growth, for transformation. Think. Grow. Evolve. Yes!” The knowledge that it’s time to move on may not be heard as a thunderous roar, but as a gentler inner-voice. So, get into a place that will help you to grow into your own greatness!
  • “Anybody pretending to be anything other than what they truly are will never, ever reach their personal potential.”  Be yourself! You were uniquely made to walk in, and give off your own light. Strut in it! Give it…of your own self! Those who need to be blessed by what can only be delivered by, and through you, will most certainly be blessed.
  • “There is no doubt that when the energy…is correct…in sync with what is to come your way…there is a space that you create that allows that to happen.” I’m not big on metaphysics, but I get it. Create the spaces that will allow your greatness to explode! Surround yourself with good, like-minded synergistic energy. Eliminate bearers of toxic energy, put-downs, or ambivalence. They have no place in your space.
  • You have to take responsibility for the space you hold here, and understand that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (3rd law of motion)…everything that I put out will come back.” Act responsibly. Your life is not an accident, and neither are your actions. As such, your actions are purposeful and deliberate, like the brush strokes of an artist. Choose the right colors, technique, canvas, or temperament, and something beautiful will undoubtedly result!
  • “How far (away) you are from the center (of)…your divine connection, is how out of sync you are with your life.”  I believe that this alignment is the only one that truly matters, as it allows you to do everything else. Get grounded. Engage in those regular practices that keep you in the flow.

Get in the flow and stay in the flow!

If you still want more, tune in for both episodes, which air in their entirety on Friday, April 8 at 9/8 C on OWN.

Some musical inspiration for your mind and body:
“Nobody Can Be You”,  by Steve Arrington

Just Can’t Keep it to Myself! (Pt. 1)

Though I had gotten my fair share of sleep the previous night, the onset of weather-related allergies made me feel unusually tired and groggy. My equilibrium was way off! I felt lopsided, and my head felt heavier than usual, forcing me to sit up long enough to grab the poncho that I had been crocheting and turn on the TV. It is rare that I get to watch TV during the “work” day, but I figured since my workday is pretty much all day, then that rule need not apply. Plus, I could no longer bear to stand without feeling off-balance. I toggled through the On Demand menu and settled at Oprah’s OWN Master Class, featuring none but Miss Oprah herself! As if that wasn’t enough, I felt like I struck gold when I saw that this was a two-part episode! (I believe it comes on sometime next week, but for those who can’t wait, part one is already On Demand.)

I came away with such incredible insight… beautiful nuggets, gems really…that I just couldn’t keep them to myself! Listening was like having a one-on-one with Spirit, through a wise old sage or modern-day griot; like having a private consultation with one who has already lived life as a great master teacher, one who was now taking the time with me to impart some life-altering truths, if practiced, and wisdom to get me geared up for the next leg of my journey. I came away from the session knowing that I was – still am – on the right track in this quest to live Life As An Art, masterfully and deliberately! It was the conviction and confirmation that I didn’t know I needed. What I gathered spoke so loudly to me. You better believe I had my notebook handy! I’ll do my best to capture some of these lessons below. Oprah’s words appear in italics. All else is courtesy of yours truly. 😮

“You can’t survive in this world just believing in yourself…Your very presence comes from something greater.” One thing I liked about her sharing this particular truth, was her careful insertion that one, very decidedly, plays a role in creating the outcome, as “co-creators…co-creating life with a Creator”.

“The universe speaks to us always…first, in whispers, subtly…at first, it doesn’t seem to make sense…then the whispers get louder.” Then you have no choice but to act, right? This is how I was led to share this in the first place. So get quiet that you might hear, and then follow!

“Make a decision to do and be the best. Doing your best always puts you at the next level.” I believe this is especially true if you want to be effective. People know when you haven’t given them your best. Worse yet, is you know, so level up! Don’t settle for mediocrity, or with being average when you know that’s not good enough. Strive for excellence.

“Know your purpose, otherwise you’re wandering. The sooner you know, the sooner you’ll get to working…it feels like it’s the right space for you, where you feel most yourself.” Oprah’s is to inspire, to be a teacher, to teach and to learn. By this time, the hairs on my arms were standing upright! Could it be…? Be and act purposefully, ensuring that the things that you do are somehow aligned with this greater purpose. Be in tune, as well as attuned. Should you find yourself dreaming, then dream…on purpose!

“You are worthy.” You know I know, without a doubt! This isn’t being cocky, not one bit! I know that I’m worthy because I’ve been entrusted with the gift of life, to be used as an instrument, a conduit, a vessel, for helping others attain their highest selves. That gift is worth more to me than any accolade, publication, admission ticket, or any worldly validation…and oh, by the way, it’s not for sale. It’s worth? Priceless!

Last but not least, know that Everything is preparing you for the moment that is to come.” Oh, how sweet the sound! Acknowledge and Respect the Now!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

William Ernest Henley‘s “Invictus”