Many think of Oprah as one of the world’s greatest teachers. We’d like to say that, in fact, Oprah is the world’s greatest student. With an unmatched global reach, a television network committed to transformation and a Twitter following of 14million people, Oprah Winfrey has built the world’s largest audience. More incredible than her fan base is the collection of knowledge she has acquired amidst her journey. As Mastin says here at TDL: Knowledge isn’t power, Applied Knowledge is power. Oprah applies the knowledge she has gained by sharing it with the world, student by student.
Oprah has said that she doesn’t meet with her interviewees before the taping of an interview. She wants questions and answers to arise from authentic interaction and learns about her guests for the first time with the rest of the world. This can be related to what several spiritual paths call having the mind of a child – a mind that is fully open and knows nothing is ready to receive everything.
Lady O hasn’t built an empire by being an expert on a singular topic. She has built an empire by sitting in her student seat, receiving the expertise of countless teachers and applying their knowledge to her life. The same is available for you. The way to your INpire (the kingdom of love and joy within you) is not one that you have to make for yourself. The way is perfectly paved with situations and people guiding you along the path to your INpire, should you choose to sit in your student seat and receive the guidance they offer.
After 25 years on the air, we’ve found three principles Oprah practices from the student seat. Having this practice available in your awareness can maximize your potential to learn.
1) Unknowing. Forget all that you think you know. Become your inner child. A mind that is fully open and knows nothing is ready to receive everything.
2) Listen. Don’t wait to talk, LISTEN. When we choose to listen rather than just hear, we make the space to receive. This allows us to deeply consider what is being shared, and sets us up to respond authentically.
3) Be compassionate. We refer to compassion as loving before understanding. You may not initially understand what is being communicated to you. So, love first and remain open. It is in this awareness that the “Aha’s” are welcome.
Many think of Oprah as one of the world’s greatest teachers. We’d like to say that in fact, Oprah is the world’s greatest student. She believes and acts as if everyone has something to teach her, and remains open to receive it.
Remember that every single person and situation in your life is pointing you in the direction of your INpire should you choose to receive their guidance. Try out the practice above today and let us know how much you’ve learned by bedtime tonight in the comments below.
May Oprah be with you.
Ryan and Riley
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