My Notes from the Book ‘Basic Christianity’ by John Stott: “Who on Earth is Jesus Christ” (Part Three)

Sharing some Spiritual Thoughts (from Some Old Oprah Winfrey Shows)


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Article Title: Sharing some Spiritual Thoughts (from Some Old Oprah Winfrey Shows)

Submitted by Craig Lock

Key Words: Oprah Winfrey, Spirituality, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Thoughts/Writings, Spiritual Journey, Awareness, God, Positive Thinking, Mind, Mindpower, Oprah Winfrey Show (enough there now)

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The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig

Publishing Guidelines:

These thoughts, in point-form (as with all my articles) may be freely published… “in a spirit of sharing”. Thanks so much, Oprah.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”



Submitter’s Note

These are some of my favourite thoughts from some of Oprah’s most memorable interviews on her great show, that I jotted down many years ago (and came across on my old and trusty Brother word-processor free advertising, thanks). So thought I’d share … in a “spirit of enlightenment”. Here are my notes (brief). I hope, I trust that they may be of interest, helpful and even perhaps be “enlightening” to you. Enjoy…



You get what you BELIEVE!

Set boundaries, Forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made.

Accept where you are, accept that maybe this is not where you want to be, accept that you can do something different and then being willing to take a risk.

“Those who risk everything are truly free” (or something like that…though you don’t have to go that far!)

You don’t get what you’re looking for, you get what you believe!

The key here is intention… and desire.

That’s what you put out… and what comes back to you. It’s, the law of cause and effect (ie. karma).

Get in touch with your spiritual self and start telling the truth- basically it’s a pretty simple message!

There are things you will go through in life that you will never understand…and there are some things you’ll understand instantly. All had to make you who you are!

I never look for what I want. I just remember what has already been done, and therein make myself content.

My favourite spiritual reading comes from the 27th Psalm:

‘The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? When evil men come to destroy me, they will stumble and fall. Yes, though a mighty army marches against me, my heart shall know no fear. I am confident that God will save me. The one thing I want from God, the thing that I seek most of all, is the privilege of meditating in his temple, living in his presence every day of my life, the lighting in his incomparable perfections and glory.’

That’s my favourite psalm, because it’s the 27th Psalm. Because the temple, to me, is the world. The world is a holy place, if you perceive it to be that way. The temple, to me, is not some building. The temple is my own self. I greet other people, I see the temple in them, and so it’s about being in a constant of willingness to see the abundance and glory around you.

My other favourite Psalm is 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Oprah: “And to me, the Lord is not defined in just religious terms. To me, the Lord is that which is truth, that which is joy, abundance, integrity, that which is light, that which is peace. Delight yourself in those things, all that is God, all that God encompasses, and he – it, the universe – will give you the desires of your heart.




On July 22 1998

Singer and poet, Jewel: “I believe God granted my dream.”

There’s divine order to all things, you just gotta get with the flow.”

God can dream a far bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself.

My goal was to help people. I realized how alone I’d felt in the world and how people’s kindness had touched me so deeply and how thoroughly it changed my life. And when I lived in my car, that was my dream, was just to help people feel less alone.

I think every gets to a point of despair at some point or another.

I just realized that you can’t fight the enemy with despair. You have to stay – I love Martin Luther King, just because he stayed so focussed on where was change possible, where was hope possible? And there is always some tiny place in your life where change is possible, where betterment is possible and being focussed on that. Because your reality becomes what you focus on.

What you focus on increases.

HOPE. Seeing who you really are at your highest is who you will become.

* EXPECT it!

* DREAM about it!

* GIVE BIRTH to it in your being!

* KNOW , really know that something good is coming down the line!

OW: Finding its way to you , like all things find their way to God’s children.

OW (again): “Poetry stirs the divine within us and whispers all the things there are no words for.”



“In ancient Rome, the gladiators went into the arena with these words on their lips: “Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Let us begin the Olympics (very Special)

Thank you

Ms Eunice Shriver

Every torch that’s lit ignites the spirit of every child who was ever told a normal life was not possible.

It’s not what you were born with, but what] you bring to the table. You know, that if you run that race with everything God gave you, you’ve won.

Everyone’s experience is different. It’s that sense of respect and dignity that comes from seeing that no matter what you have, you’re OK.

Just give it your very best, if you try to bring your spirit out. You don’t have to seek acceptance somewhere else. Try your best.

Do your best, try your hardest, give all you’ve got, you’re OK!

“And I was saying in the back of my head, ‘I can do this, if I want to do this’. Because I know God is mighty and he’ll help me, push me through this.”

– a guest

“Don’t let nobody down you (anyone put you down). And if somebody does down you, pick yourself back up, have faith…keep faith in yourself and keep going.”

Extend yourself in spirit.



On April 15, 1999

Ms Julian Johnson: “It’s people like you (Steven) that continue to inspire me.”

A Mrs Graham :

“I want to contribute as much as – just our small family can do and inspire other people to get out in their own community, because there’s a lot of need out there.”

Mrs Graham continues…

“This has enriched all of our lives, made us so much closer as a family… and most importantly, taught us that even the tiniest effort can mean so much.”



Prayer for Kosovo (1998)

People feel so devastated by the human tragedy in Kosovo

Marianne on the power of collective prayer , collective meditation.

Gandhi said that the world is making a transition now from power centered in brute force to the power centered in soul force. War is an exercise in brute force; whereas peace is soul force.

Martin Luther King, Jr said that “we have each of us in our hearts a power more powerful than bullets”.

It’s the power of everyone doing it at once that can a real difference in the world.

Shared by craig (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“To all of us who believe Love rules, Stand up and let it shine.”

– “another anonymoose incurable romantic” from ‘The Shack’ by William Young

About the submitter:

Craig is following his dream of touching lives (hopefully!) in the “vast unchartered world of cyberspace”. He truly believes in the great potential of every human being in the amazing journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual spirits and talents, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.


The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘, as well as his various e-books on the spiritual journey) are available at:

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.

Change YOUR world and you help change THE world… for the better”