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Monday, January 2, 2012
We Are All Connected - Oprah's Super Soul Sunday Discussion
I confess. I’m a political junkie. This means Sunday mornings are sacred space. I usually start with Meet the Press followed by This Week followed by GPS with Fareed Zakaria. During commercials, I flip stations between Face the Nation, The Wall Street Report with Maria Bartiromo and Candy Crowley’s political show State of the Union on CNN. My friends know not to call me. I won’t answer the phone or the door, and ice cream is the only breakfast on the menu. It’s similar to what a sports junkies do on weekends when they switch between multiple games in play. To miss a great news making comment is like missing an exciting play on the field. Disappointing.
This was my Sunday morning until I found Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Now, spirituality takes top slot and politics is relegated to the DVR. As Mike Myatt said in his December 19, 2011 Forbes article, “We pursue what we value.” I value quality programming that changes the way we look at the world. Perhaps a few politicians should start watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.
This week, Oprah hit the ball out of the park again with her Super Soul Sunday program called We Are All Connected. She started off talking to Hollywood Director Tom Shadye who recently released in his new documentary I AM. Tom said that he wanted his movie to start a conversation to “Identify the primary cause of what is going on in the world.”
So let’s start the conversation. My response to that comment would be we always have a choice how we want to view the world. We can see the glass globe as half empty or half full. Whatever you choose, is what you get.
The movie came about as a result of a bicycle accident where he was severely wounded. It made him question his high flying, heavy spending lifestyle as a Hollywood movie director. Quiet, reflective time brought him to the conclusion that his lavish life was not a reflection of who he was inside. Acquiring more stuff was not making him happier. He changed how he lived in the world by paring down his assets for a more authentic experience.
Tom admits that this movie was a process of self discovery. He interviewed scientists and spiritual leaders to help him understand how the energy of the world works. He learned that we, as a society, define success by extrinsic factors like cars, homes, boats and money in the bank. Real success, he says, is more intrinsic. Success can be defined as happiness with your work in the world, your family, what and who you choose to surround yourself with. He said that three concepts came to the surface while interviewing these leaders:
• We are all connected
• We are hard wired for living in cooperation and community not competition
• If you don’t do what your heart tells you and follow your passion, it can destroy you.
In Oprah’s interview with Tom, she said, “People find happiness in direct connection in doing what they love. When you don’t do what you love, you die a little every day.”
I couldn’t agree more with that statement. I’ve seen a few examples of this in my own life--people living a lie. Someone marries for all the wrong reasons, usually fear of being alone. They stay in the relationship because…well…they made a commitment right? Then comes the kids, because it’s something to do that takes their mind off the bad marriage and their soul dies a little bit every day…alone in their own marriage. I’ve met people who stay in the same job they’re unhappy with for years, sometimes decades. Every time I bump into these people, they complain about their job…the politics…the boss…The complaining is non-stop! When I suggest they dare to find work they might be happier with, they make excuses…the pension, the seniority, the health insurance, on and on. They look haggard as they go on to tell me about all their aches, pains and doctor visits. It occurs to me that I’m watching a person who is dying a little bit every day.
After the interview, Oprah treated us to the world television premiere of I Am. When I saw my favorite authors Dean Radin and Lynn McTaggart featured in the movie, I was glued to my seat. These two are involved in telling the world about the cutting edge work in the field of consciousness and quantum physics. Lynn wrote the groundbreaking book The Field: the Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe and The Intention Experiment where she tells us about the power of prayer experiments going on around the world.
“Oprah hit the ball out of the park again with her Super Soul Sunday program called We Are All Connected.” –R.Ann Rousseau, Explore Beyond the Usual Blog
In the film, Lynn talked about changing the way we think about Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest theory. She tells us that it was not Darwin’s intent to say that competition is how humans primarily operate in the world. It was only one aspect of human nature. She says, based on her research, we are primarily wired for cooperation and community. Her latest book The Bond: Connecting through the Space Between Us talks about this.
Dean Radin talked about his work at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the experiments being conducted around the world where scientists are seeing the power of thought effecting outcome. Dean and Lynn talked about the quantum physics concept of Entanglement which shows us that our thoughts as intention really do have an effect on life in the universe. Through this, we are all connected.
I loved watching Tom’s visit to the Heart Math center where live yogurt cultures in a petri dish were wired to a meter that monitored the electromagnetic field. Tom was asked to think about a few different subjects. The meter was very still until Tom said, “I’m thinking about my lawyer.” As soon as that happened, the yogurt cultures picked up on his fear and the meter went off the chart. He brought up a few other emotionally charged subjects and the meter/yogurt responded. It was proof that thoughts effect living organisms. An amazing experiment!
Knowing that our thoughts do effect all living organisms in the world, the big question is, how can we use this power to change the world for the better?
Answer: Be conscious and think better thoughts…one person at a time taking responsibility for themselves and the energy they release into the world.
R. Ann Rousseau writes about metaphysical, spiritual and astrology topics on her blog Explore Beyond the Usual. She is author of the new novel Portsmouth, A Love Story. If you would like to be notifed when the novel is available for sale, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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