Gene Siskel asked Oprah Winfrey, “What do you know for sure?” That question presented Oprah with the opportunity to share with her readers each month a spiritual nugget of insight. Here is her top 20 things she knows for sure, with additional commentary guided by what I know for sure.
1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what.
Karma is a philosophy originating in ancient India simply stated as actions which create cause and effect. Some believe that Karama builds and is experienced over lifetimes. The Law of Attraction may be an easier philosophy to grasp if you look at life from an energetic perspective. Like energy attracts like energy, like two magnets pulling forth objects using a force that cannot be seen or touched. Actions and thoughts may create a cause and effect, but they also bring forth more of the same to your life. Be what you desire from the world and from others.
2. You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.
Everyone has an opinion and most people judge. The beauty of this world is we are indeed the author of our own life script and we were “hired” by a higher power to write that script. What a sahme to hand over those editorial rights to others.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt
3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
It’s hard to leave wounds of the past behind us. The emotions of trust, fear and repeated patterns are powerful. But the greatest power lives in the here and now. Being fully present in the now is the ultimate power and perhaps the greatest treasure of enlightened beings.
Oh dearest, you can’t hurt me. Only I can do that. -Byron Katie
4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.
The problems with people is we are shown the true colors of those around us and we think we have the power to change them. Or we deny the truth we are being told and pretend something different exists rather than what is.
People, but only 100% of the time, show you who they really are. Don’t waste your life believing anything otherwise.
5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
If you are worried about your health, help your body to heal. If you are worried about the state of the world, spread kindness. If you are worried about what others think of you, focus on what you think of yourself and give yourself a lot of love. There is a spiritual solution to every worry.
6. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.
You are what you eat, you are what you think and you manifest what you believe. Feeding your body and mind with the proper nourishment creates who you are on a cellular level every moment of every day.
7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)
Thank you for being on a journey that led you here. You are a beautiful, magnificent spirit having an earthly experience.
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G. K. Chesterton
8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
Fine dining, designer clothes, expensive art, jewelry, cars and most material things make our experience here on earth extremely enjoyable. Suffering and doing without is not in alignment with law of abundance. It is our birthright to have all we desire. However, when you peel back the layers of what gives us true happiness, it always comes back to LOVE. Anything else is a temporary thing to fill the void of what our spirit desires to give and recieve the most.
Giving your love away with no expectations of anything in return, is the highest order of love and ultimatly happiness.
9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn’t lie.
12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
Extending love to every thing, animal, flower, or person is the defintion of kindness and compassion. Everything has a reason, everything has a beingness.
13. Let passion drive your profession.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
15. Love doesn’t hurt. It feels really good.
Love gives you energy, it never takes it away. If you feel more drained after being around a person, it may be time to bless them and move on.
16. Every day brings a chance to start over.
If on some days, the only positive affirmation you can muster up is “the only thing I know for sure is the sun will come up”, that is enough. Fail. Experience loss. Be driven to your knees. Breathe through the pain. Forgive yourself. Start over.
17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.
18. Doubt means don’t. Don’t move. Don’t answer. Don’t rush forward.
19. When you don’t know what to do, get still. The answer will come.
Life is so fast paced and often times our minds move along at the same speed as the frantic pace of life. Finding time to meditate or pray (see previous article on the Daily 12) allows us to hear that still, quiet voice from within. It is in between thoughts, in the gaps, we find the answers.
20. “Trouble don’t last always.”
“This too shall pass” -Persian Sufi Poets
Ask yourself today: What do I know for sure? The answers to that question are also the answers to the greatest of questions: Who I am I? Why am I here?