Gratitude for Oprah

Oprah first called me a few years after The Seat of the Soul was published. I lived in a small mountain town, I didn’t have a TV, and the town cable didn’t offer ABC anyway, so I didn’t recognize her name when she called. We talked another time or two over the next seven or so years, but I was entrenched in the back country resolutely avoiding my responsibility to support people who, like me, had become aware of the enormous transformation of humanity that is underway. Oprah was one of them. She helped me change that in a big way.

From our first meeting I was touched by her warm and immediate presence, interest in me, and awesome capability to create and utilize global enterprises to lovingly support as well as entertain her ever-growing audience, of which I became a part. While recording The Oprah Winfrey Show, she planned and launched O Magazine. Excuse me, she would say after a meeting on our next show, I have to get to my night job. Then came Oxygen, a satellite radio channel, a girls school in South Africa, OWN, and many TV and film productions all contributing directly to the collective well-being. How many people do you know who use their creativity in such a focused way for the benefit of all?

I have been impressed by her courage as well as her compassion. I have watched, along with millions of viewers, as she brought adversaries together on the same show to search for the best that each have to share, and asked direct and probing questions to racial bigots without rancor or judgment.

She has shared things with me off-hand that helped reshape my perceptions dramatically. For example, when a national magazine clamored for an interview with me (a new experience for a back-country recluse), I called Oprah for an opinion. Is just cotton candy, Gary. It’s just cotton candy. Most people spend their lives grasping for this candy recognition, fame, wealth, the ability to impress, manipulate, and control. Oprah does not, and that may be what drew her so strongly to The Seat of the Soul. Whatever temptations she experiences, she does not allow fear to express itself in her creations. They are expressions of love instead. Since we know that everyone experiences fear, we know that Oprah’s continual gifts of love are also challenges to whatever fears come to torment and distract her from her chosen course.

This is what I am most grateful to Oprah for. Thank you Oprah, for all that you have helped me experience and accomplish and all the gifts that you have given me and our fellow students in the Earth school. Thank you for helping seed the idea of authentic power in the Earth school. It is a joy to be a student with you.

Love,

Gary

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4 comments on “Gratitude for Oprah”

  1. revereslife says:

    Gary, I have enjoyed the interviews you have done with Oprah very much. Thank you for those. I have never met the woman, yet feel a deep connection to her nonetheless. Not only have we had similar backgrounds, but also have pursued our own paths of self discovery and growth, you might say. My experience with reading Seat of the Soul could be described as profoundly as her description of it – life changing. It felt like coming home in a sense, since so much felt familiar, yet concurrently, much was new – at least at a rational level. Your works remain an inspiration to me – as does Oprah, for using the media to share spiritual issues which can help so many. I actually chose not to watch tv for years, as I found it depressing and worthless. I used to envision using programming for the good – the potential to do so was so obvious and powerful. Oprah has proven it can be done – it is time – and it is here! Thank you both for being yourselves and doing what you do! mrh

  2. Rem says:

    Hi, Gary! I remember in 2002, when I watched you and Oprah talked in one of her episodes, that I was drawn with your message of authentic power. Since then, I sought to buy and read your book, and luckily 2 years later, I found one. Along with James Redfield’s The Secret of Shambhala, The Seat of the Soul inspired me and became part of how I have become as a life learner and teacher of Love. Oprah’s authenticity has led her to meet your own, and I am profoundly thankful for yours and Oprah’s presence. Both of you transform humanity and the world. We are separated by the Pacific, but you two reached me here in the Philippines in magical ways. Thanks a lot!

  3. rheaabramson says:

    I found you through Oprah talking about the seat of the soul being her religion. And through that I found the heart of the soul which I feel you wrote for me. So thanku to you and Oprah. She has raised the consciousness of the world by exposing us to people like u. I was fearful when she signed off that I would need her to keep me honest and now I realize that her impact is printed on me and there is nothing to fear. Thanku for showing your gratitude and for all your work!

  4. Terrie says:

    Oprah has been, and continues to be, a blessing to our world.
    It is heartening to share this time in our evolution with her.
    Namaste’
    Terrie

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