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Oprah’s Lifeclass with Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins

Both Lifeclass shows — and this is true of the whole series — contain thought-provoking, life-changing sparks of inspiration. As Oprah pointed out during Deepak’s show, to her, spirituality is not about traditional faith or religion but about “living your life with an open heart through love”. You can watch the Deepak Chopra Lifeclass episode on OWN on April 23 (if you are not sure where to find OWN, use the channel finder) and the Tony Robbins Lifeclass show which has already aired on OWN live can be viewed online. It is certainly refreshing and hopeful to see meaningful television that is aimed at uplifting and inspiring people to, quoting Oprah, “live your best life”. I, like many others, wholeheartedly support, appreciate and thank Oprah for launchingand nurturing OWN, creating visionary television like Lifeclass, being a role model, and for all the humanitarian work she does in the world. If I had had a chance to meet her in person that day, I would have given her a big hug.

Here are some of my notes I took during the Lifeclass tapings:

Oprah Winfrey:

“Don’t get confused between what people say you are and who you know you are.”

“The stories you tell yourself can make or break you — no matter who you are.”

“You can step out of your history and the past and write a new story for yourself.”

“Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”

“You don’t become what you wish for, you become what you believe.”

“There is no life without a spiritual life.”

“We are all spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Tony Robbins:

“We are all telling ourselves stories. The question is ‘does your story empower you or hold you back’?

“You can’t have real courage unless there is something you are really afraid of.”

“The only solution to fear is massive action.”

“You can’t wait for the perfect situation. You’ve got to get out there and discover your passion.”

“When you focus on serving, there is no fear in you.”

“To break through you need: 1) A strategy, a ‘how to’ 2) The right story 3) A different state of mind. Your state determines your story.”

“Love is the oxygen of the soul.”

Deepak Chopra:

“Spirituality is a journey into self awareness.”

“Everybody does the best they can from the state of spiritual awareness they are in.”

“Our great option is to choose love rather than to choose fear and shut down.”

“Your personal transformation is the future of the transformation of the world.”

“The worst thing you can say about another contains some truth about yourself.”

“Whatever you are struggling with is a reminder for you to find true purpose in your lifetime.”

“You are a spark of divine consciousness.”

This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post.

Watch “Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour” on Monday nights at 8pm EST/7pm CST on OWN. Follow the show online at and see the coursework that corresponds to each episode’s theme. Join the “Lifeclass” conversation online on Twitter @OprahsLifeclass and using #lifeclass.

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets. She is also the co-founder and executive director ofthe women’s website and non-profit organization, as well as the co-founder of the environmental site Her new book, based on her interviews with a variety of well-known women, is titled Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.

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9:51AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Sorry, I don't watch Oprah, or speakers like Tony R. , read some Deepak, saw Joyce Meyers once. I feel better not listening to them or what they have to say. I feel better in my soul with my own life experiences and my faith/religion.Just trust and believe in yourself....

3:23AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:41AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Oprah is a great woman.

11:15PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

What a great experience for you - thanks for sharing. Deepak is on top of my list !

Beverley S. comment - If you took note of Deepak's training on awareness - you would realise that no mention of a Tony Roberts was made in this article....

12:13PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012


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4:46PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Whatever works for you, I guess. I went through some therapy years ago with not much success. What works best for me is a hike in the mountains. Really clears your head and helps to put things into proper perspective.

4:02PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

I suppose that everybody was on such a high spiritual plane that bodily functions were
temporarily suspended, including the crew and other menial behind-the-scenes workers, without whose efforts nothing would have gotten done.

In Judaism, we have teachers, i.e., rabbis, not gurus. It is permitted and even encouraged to debate, argue and even to disagree. We are all allowed to find our own way to cope with our
lives and the problems we have to address. We should be very wary of adopting the Indian custom of blindly trusting in gurus and treating them with unquestioning reverence. Sadly, the cult of the personality is rampant in the West today and it can be considered as a form of idol worship. My upbringing and my life experiences provide me with enough guidance on how to
act and I do not feel the need to read books by Deepak Chopra or any of the legion of similar figures. I doubt whether Mr Robbins would be equally overpowering if he was a mere 5' 2". In other words, think for yourselves and be skeptical about self-proclaimed experts and other would-be authorities,

3:57PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

I have seen Tony Live and WOW what an experience!!! I Highly recommend it.

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