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Insight Timer

Chakra meditation

Join me for Quiet time. This meditation will nourish and replenish your energy centers and strengthen your connection with Spirit and Earth. Start your day or come back to it aligned and connected with all that is.

Insight timer meditaion by MJOY stones balaned on top of each other by the sea

get the app

Click through the pic to insighttimer.com or visit the APP STORE or GOOGLE PLAY 

Mediataion app on phone

meditation tool

Insight Timer has a huge, ever-increasing library of guided meditations and talks from a wide variety of teachers, including ‘big names’ such as TARA BRACHWim Hof and Judson Brewer. You can search for topics centred around different emotions, benefits, types of practices and traditions. You can listen to thousands of different music tracks and stories to help you sleep. And if you upgrade there are also 10-30 day courses you can take, in subjects as diverse as anxiety, grief, Buddhism, Chakras, addiction, fertility, masculinity, tantra, attracting love, Ayurveda and mindfulness for teens.

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Clare Palgrave

Clare offers a short, calming and centering introduction to bring you to the soft place within ready to begin a meditation of your own timing.

Hand hold foot seated yoga pose

Eckhart Tolle

the present

Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and best-selling author is  a German-born resident of Canada and best known as the author of The Power of Now (1997) and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (2005). Watch this short video - 5 lessons - to understand the heart of his teachings.

Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher

read, re-read

Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace. They can be used to bring you into the Now, the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here you find your joy and are able to embrace your true self.

The image will take you to Eckhart's best selling books

Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now book cover

engage

A NEW EARTH: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose is a self-help book by Eckhart Tolle. When it was first published in 2005, it sold 5 million copies in North America by 2009. In 2008 it was selected for Oprah's Book Club and featured in a series of 10 weekly webinars which Eckhart and Oprah presented live, together. The link in the picture will take you to the first webinar - you can find more on YouTube from there.

Oprah and Eckhart promote A new earth videos

join Eckhart's learning commumity

You need a special place to learn and the support of a community also committed to the practice of Presence. The Eckhart Tolle Now learning community is one of those special places. It's FREE for ten days when you sign up.
Membership benefits include:

  • Question-and-answer sessions with Eckhart

  • Access to an extensive archive of Eckhart's essential teachings on Presence. awakening, quieting the mind, and more

  • ​Over 200 hours of additional teachings on topics like relationships, relieving anxiety, stress, and parenting

  • Meditations and practical tools for applying Presence to everyday life

  • Access to the private Facebook community and mobile app

  • Video recordings of recent retreats and events

  • Recorded conversations between Eckhart and some of the most important spiritual teachers of our time, including Jack Kornfield, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, and more

Eckhart also offers a range of truly affordable  online learning through SOUNDS TRUE. Some  produced with his partner  

Eckhart Tolle teaching in front of group of students

articles

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. 

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Eben Alexander

neurosurgeon, read his story

In 2008 Eben awoke to intense pain which spread from his back to his head. He fell into a deep coma with a rare and mysterious bacterial meningo-encephalitis of unknown cause. His prospects for survival were almost nil. The profession in which he worked held no hope of again seeing the man they had known. When he did wake up not only was he as well as he had ever been but he had the most compelling story to tell - one that has the attention of the scientific community he has now returned to. Read more through the pic

Eben Alexander in suit and bow tie  - Near death experiencer

gateway valley

In this quite long, but engaging VIDEO, Eben explains in some detail,  many of the experiences he had during the 7 days in coma

Eben Alexander, the butterflies of transformation

proof of heaven - buy the book

"My experience showed me that the death of the body and brain is not the end of consciousness... What happened to me while I was in a coma is the most important story I will ever tell. But it's a tricky story to tell because it is so foreign to ordinary understanding." Eben Alexander

Eben Alexander, bookcover - Proof of Heaven

sacred acoustics

Through the image Eben describes, amongst other things, the experience of music, vibration, frequency and the awe of fully knowing the deepest of love.

Eben has worked with Karen Newell who is the co-founder of SACRED ACCOUSTICS.

You can find out more about the work they do together HERE

biurnal beat poster of brain

Esther Abraham-Hicks

the channel

Esther Hicks and her late husband Jerry came to know an entity they called Abraham through meditation back in the 80's. Although she was reluctant to be seen as a "kook" she eventually began letting Abraham speak through her to groups. Abraham (infinite being) tells us about turning thoughts to things, about law of attraction and manifestation, about becoming aware of emotions and making choices rather than just reacting to "what is" 
She now runs sessions all over the world, often on cruise ships. Much of these sessions is taped and available on YouTube.  The video linked to her pic from 2010 tells the Abraham story. Below that, through the lotus pic you will find a typical Ester -Abraham podcast.

Esther Abraham- HIcks

the secret

Based on Esther Abraham-Hicks work of 20 years (and the HERMETIC LAWS of the Universe) Rhonda Byrne has put together a film and book which has been very well received.
Get a glimpse of her work in THE TRAILERclick the picture to watch the whole movie (with non English subtitles) or  BUY THE BOOK

The secret book cover -  Rhonda Byrne

emotional guidance scale

Raising you vibration is not easy for all of us. This tool is a good start. IN THIS VIDEO Esther DISCUSSES the power identifying your emotions and of using them as guidance to get to, or return to, a better feeling place.

Linked through the image is another video explaining the Emotional Scale by Abraham

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find books

If you're keen to know more about the law of attraction Abraham-Hicks books are linked below. They offer valuable knowledge presented in a step by step, easy to understand format. What many are discovering today about the laws of the universe has been RETOLD through the ages. 

The Vortex. book cover Esther Abraham - Hicks

a beginners guide

These words are the best summary of Esther's work that I have seen:
"At any given moment- which thought feels better? " Esther Hicks channels Abraham and Abraham advocates happiness - the finding of it, in any given situation. It sounds overly simple and even naïve -  but there is always a choice.

You could live a very full, rich, satisfying life if you only asked yourself this question regularly, and then chose to focus on the better-feeling thought  As you consistently think better-feeling thoughts, they turn into beliefs, which then turn into manifested reality. 

Click through the lotus to one of many you tube videos of Esther channeling Abraham - this one is a good one to start if you haven't met them before.

Esther Abraham- HIcks, lotus flower  flower image

Wayne Dyer

the orphan

WAYNE W. DYER 1940 - 2015 was an internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers. He created many audio and video programs, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

Wayne Dyer

free audio book

Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact.

Watch the full 6 hour audio book 

Wayne Dyer, boook cover -Wishes fullfillled book cover

Listen, watch

Wayne Dyer has been a prolific writer and speaker - the link below will take you to some his many recorded interviews, workshops and talks. It took me a long time to appreciate Wayne's teachings but when I did, I really did!

The state of your life Is nothing more thatn a reflection of the state of your mind -  bookcover wayne dyer

the shift-full movie

The Shift—illustrates how and why to make the move from ambition to meaning. Such a shift eliminates our feelings of separateness, illuminates our spiritual contentedness, and involves moving from the ego-directed morning into the afternoon of life where everything is primarily influenced by purpose. Click the pic or the title to watch the movie or check out this free 
5 HOUR WORKSHOP based on the movie, from his home in Maui (audio only)

Wayne Dyer movie promo - The Shift

i am meditation

James Twyman, the author of The Moses Code, asked sound-healing expert Jonathan Goldman to research and create tuning forks that encode the holy name of God—and then reproduce these sound frequencies in a meditation program. 

Wayne Dyer I am meditaion - floating lit horozontal figure 8

7 Laws of the Universe

hermes trismegistus

Who actually wrote the "books of Hermes," which, since their rediscovery in the fifteenth century, have played such a significant role in our culture? The writings are all anonymous: their mythic author is considered to be Hermes himself. (Hermes is the equivalent of Thoth in Egyptian mythology.) The reasoning behind this pseudonymous approach is simple. Hermes is Wisdom, and thus anything written through the inspiration of true wisdom is in actuality written by Hermes. 

The Hermetic teachings have universal appeal, as they are found throughout spiritual (ageless) wisdom and all of the major religions. Link through the pic to a great video about Thoth/Hermes. Here we can recognise the basis for all the many manifestation/LAW OF ATTTRACTION teachings in our time. See THE SECRET, one of many more recent offerings on this subject.

Hermes Trismegistus sits between pillars in front of an alchemical brew and fire holding a helio rod

buy your copy 

The most popular occult work of the twentieth century. Now in a hardbound edition that evokes the original volume, with a new introduction by scholar of mysticism Richard Smoley. 

The Kybalion Hermetic Philosphy book cover

the 7 hermetic laws

The universe runs on natural laws.

Understanding these laws provides opportunities for us to live better lives.

We can learn from them and use them to experience more happiness, meaning, and control over our lives. We may only have a small window but these Laws can guide us in the time we do have. The video linked through the List  below gives an in-depth study of the Hermetic Laws

The general principles of the Natural Law poster

A Course in Miracles

a spiritual curiculum

A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or THE COURSE is a 1976 book channeled by Helen Schucman. It is a curriculum for those seeking to achieve spiritual transformation. The underlying premise is that the greatest "miracle" is the act of simply gaining a full "awareness of love's presence" in one's own life. Here DAVID HOFFMEISTER of ACIM discusses Healing and the ego.

Get a copy by linking below 

A course in Miracles Course book cover

365 lessons

The Course in Miracles has a 365 day work book. These lessons are intended to be done daily for one year. Some of the lessons are a little esoteric. Carol Howe has provided a simple to understand guide to each lesson As a sample, her guide to lesson one is linked below 

Carol Howe provides daily reflection, Course in miracles

Workshop

On July 1-3, 2011, Marianne Williamson taught a workshop on A Course in Miracles in Los Angeles, California.

The topic of the weekend was how miracles, shifts in thinking from fear to love, make all the difference in how we live and how we feel. Learning to think differently - to stand psychologically and emotionally on a different ground of being - is the spiritual journey from anxiety to inner peace. Find this course and other resources on Marianne's website linked below

Promo - Self help workshop, A Return to Love, Basics of a course in Miracles, self image Marianne Williamson

author

In a rare recording featured on the ACIM home page, Dr. Helen Schucman describes how she scribed A Course in Miracles and “The Voice” that conveyed it to her. The audio selection below was excerpted from a private interview she gave in 1976, the only one in existence today. The recording is imbedded in the home page linked below

Helen Schucman Channel and scribe of a Course in Miracless

reflections

In 1992 Marianne Williamson wrote her own reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace. A massively popular book over many years. Click through the image to purchase this book of any of her other writings including those around her social and POLITICAL WORK.

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Deepak Chopra

Endocrinologist, author

The picture links you with renowned self-help guru Deepak Chopra where he discusses the relationship between consciousness and science with Stuart Hameroff . You can find out more about the SCIENCE of Quantum Mechaincs HERE

DeepakChopra, looks up out of window

video

Human Energy and Human power - A conspiracy of the total universe.

Deepak talks about One Consciousness, about the future evolution of  the universe and about the growing role of entanglement through the internet and social media. Could this be the key to future transformation. 

Closes with a short meditation.

Once you rest in to being life unfolds

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guided meditation

This 15 minute guided meditation with Deepak is the way to start any day, every day, or at any time you need to centre and be reminded of the possibility of living carefree.

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browse and buy

Is it possible to venture beyond daily living and experience HEIGHTENED states of awareness? In his latest book, Deepak Chopra says that higher consciousness is available here and now.

meta human, book cover

3-minute meditation 

A short mediation to for anytime

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read more

Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, then a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly.

Deepak Chopra book cover 7 laws of Spiritual Success.

James Redfield

the writer

The Celestine Prophecy is a 80s phenomena. This adventure had a huge impact on a generation.
In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript has been discovered. Within its pages are 9 key insights into life itself -- insights each human being is predicted to grasp sequentially; one insight, then another, as we move toward a completely spiritual culture on Earth. Get a copy through the pic.

James Redfield, The celestine Prophecy bookcover

watch

James Redfield speaks of Unity and Oneness in the video linked to the picture.

James talks about SYNCHRONISTIC FLOW as he discusses the final book in the series THE TWELFTH INSIGHT

James Redfield, Author of The celestine Prophecy, synchronicity, peru, the twelfth Insight, The tenth Insight, The secrets of Shamballa

Alan Watts

british icon

Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York.

Click the image to watch this video synopsis of his life.

Alan Watts

read

In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves.
In THIS video Alan talks about the importance of "skill" or "discipline" in finding true pleasure - happiness.

Alan Watts, Bookcover - In my own way.  You'e it. The meaning of Happiness, Essential Lectures

buy 12 hours live audio 

Between 1958 and 1973 Alan Watts gave over 200 talks. Linked below are restored audio sessions selected by Alan Watts’ son and archivist Mark Watts. They reveal the master in his element, performing a one-man “spiritual jam session” before a live audience. the “great game” of the universe—a 12-hour audio retreat with Alan Watts.

Alan Watts audio, You're it workshop CD Cover

Who are you?

Linked to the picture below is an amazing lecture given by Alan Watts in 2012

 

Who are you really? 

Visit the Alan Watts website HERE

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Florence Scovel Shinn

artist and mystic

Born in 1871 in Camden, New Jersey – died 1940. Shinn is best known for her 1925 classic, THE GAME OF LIFE AND HOW TO PLAY IT. While Shinn called life a “game,” her own life was not easy—and nor did she seek ease. She took a rare path as a female artist, attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts an d when her marriage ended she became a student of metaphysics, leading her to write The Game of Life and several other books. She also became a popular spiritual lecturer and counsellor. 

Read more about her life in the article attached to the photo

Florence Scovel Shinn.

Listen free

Recorded by "lila" and attached to the photo you will find a free recording of "The Game of Life and How to Play it"

This is a fascinating listen considering when it was written and the depth of relevance it has over such a span of time. ENJOY!

The game of life and how to play it - hand moves Chess piece

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Browse other writings by Florence Scovel Shinn

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Jaggi Vasudev

sadhguru

An Indian yogi, mystic, and author, Jaggi Vasudev is more commonly known as Sadhguru- founder of Isha Foundation. He is a well-versed name worldwide who spent his life delivering the knowledge yoga and spirituality. His foundation works to help people with their diverse range of programs.

He was interested in yoga from the early age of 12 and met Malladhihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji, who taught Sadhguru series of asanas and other forms of yogic learning. He is not only a yogi, but also an environmentalist, and works for Rural Rejuvenation, Isha Vidhya, Green Hands, Rally for rivers, and more. Sadhguru is a teacher, and in the culture of yoga, the term has a much more profound meaning.

In the video attached to the photo Sadhruru talks about Yoga or Union 

Sadhgru Yogi

shiva

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu): The 112 feet tall 'Adiyogi' Lord Shiva steel statue situated in Coimbatore at the Isha Yoga Centre, has been declared the world's largest bust by the Guinness Books of World Records. Watch the video attached below for more about Shiva.

Large Shiva monument at Isha

vijji 

Sadhguru’s wife, Vijayakumari, is said to have attained Mahasamadhi in the year 1997. She planned ahead and left her body during meditation - there has been some speculation about this. The article attached to the photo below is a good place to start if you want to find out more about their life together and her death.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev with wife Vijayak

2020 life purpose talk

This 30 minute YouTube talk from Sadhguru will lift you up in ways you least expect it. It's worth watching

Sadhguru - Balance stones - The balance is within you

isha yoga centre

At the core of the Foundation's activities is a customized system of yoga called Isha Yoga. Isha Yoga distills powerful, ancient yogic methods for a modern person, creating peak physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This basis of total wellbeing accelerates inner growth, allowing each individual to tap the wealth of vibrant life within oneself. 

Isha foundation - Yoga

Master Mason

History, symbolism & practice

The YouTube presentation linked below is given by a Mason. It is an in depth account of the history, symbolism and practice of ancient and modern Masons

The symbols and pillars of Freemasons on a checkered floor

masonic symbolism

The symbols of the Masons are everywhere, even in places you may not notice. Similarly, you might not be aware of the deep meaning behind some of them.  Link through the picture below to find out more about the esoteric (hidden) and the exoteric (public) sides of the brotherhood. (or the SISTERHOOD) or delve into the meaning behind the Compass

symbols of the Masons

There is so much to learn about and from the Masons - the first two degrees build to the level of MASTER  MASON  and the Appendant Degrees. The Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel tells the story of the work of becoming a Master - click the pic

Rosslyn Chapel apprentice pillar

marys chapel

Read the BBC article linked through the picture to find out more about "Mary's Chapel, the lodge at 19 Hill St In Edinburgh

Masonic Six pointed star over doorway of  St Mary's Chapel

The eye of the mind

The eye of the mind

horus - an egyptian god

​Horus was the an ancient a sky god whose eyes were said to be the sun and the moon. However, he soon became strongly associated with the sun (and the sun god Ra as Ra-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the two horizons”) The video through the picture is a short introduction to the the Gods of Egypt - Horus is covered at the beginning

Horus Egyptian God - coloured feather bird

human brain

The pine cone shaped pineal gland is considered part of the EPITHALAMUS, which is one the main structures that makes up the DIENCEPHALON.

The structures included in the limbic system vary according to the definition, but structures common to all  definitions include the HIPPPOCAMOUSAMYGDALA, and CINGULATE GYRUS

For a short video on  the limbic system click the picture

Limbic Brain overlay Eye of Horus

the pineal gland

Described by Descartes as "THE SEAT OF THE SOUL" The Pineal gland is a small, pea-shaped gland in the brain. Its function isn’t fully understood. Researchers do know that it produces and regulates some hormones, including melatonin. Melatonin is best known for the role it plays in regulating sleep patterns. Sleep patterns are also called circadian rhythms. The pineal gland also plays a role in the regulation of female hormone levels, and it may affect fertility and the menstrual cycle. That’s due in part to the melatonin produced and excreted by the pineal gland. The video in the picture is a real "eye opener"

Rotating Human Skull, Pineal Gland in red at  centre

wadjet

According to Egyptian myth, Horus lost his left eye in a struggle with Seth. The eye was mostly  magically restored by HATHOR  In some stories THOTH created and replaced the final part - the tear at the corner (the Pineal Gland) and this restoration came to symbolize the process of completion, making whole and healing. 

The Eye of Horus depicts the secret part of the brain connected with our emotions.

To reach inner peace and live a meaningful life, it is seems essential to understand the limbic system. - see article linked in pic

Wadjet Eye of Horus poster

the pine cone

Did you ever wonder why there is a huge Pinecone at Vatican city. Apparently it dates form before the Vatican was given the site. Or why the pinecone features in MASONIC symbolism? The SYMBOLISM of the Pinecone is deep - the article attached to the picture talks about the history of the Pine Cone

Vatican Pine Cone and peacocks

horus - an egyptian god

​Horus was the an ancient a sky god whose eyes were said to be the sun and the moon. However, he soon became strongly associated with the sun (and the sun god Ra as Ra-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the two horizons”) The video through the picture is a short introduction to the the Gods of Egypt - Horus is covered at the beginning

Horus Egyptian God - coloured feather bird

human brain

The pine cone shaped pineal gland is considered part of the EPITHALAMUS, which is one the main structures that makes up the DIENCEPHALON.

The structures included in the limbic system vary according to the definition, but structures common to all  definitions include the HIPPPOCAMOUSAMYGDALA, and CINGULATE GYRUS

For a short video on  the limbic system click the picture

Limbic Brain overlay Eye of Horus

the pineal gland

Described by Descartes as "THE SEAT OF THE SOUL" The Pineal gland is a small, pea-shaped gland in the brain. Its function isn’t fully understood. Researchers do know that it produces and regulates some hormones, including melatonin. Melatonin is best known for the role it plays in regulating sleep patterns. Sleep patterns are also called circadian rhythms. The pineal gland also plays a role in the regulation of female hormone levels, and it may affect fertility and the menstrual cycle. That’s due in part to the melatonin produced and excreted by the pineal gland. The video in the picture is a real "eye opener"

Rotating Human Skull, Pineal Gland in red at  centre

wadjet

According to Egyptian myth, Horus lost his left eye in a struggle with Seth. The eye was mostly  magically restored by HATHOR  In some stories THOTH created and replaced the final part - the tear at the corner (the Pineal Gland) and this restoration came to symbolize the process of completion, making whole and healing. 

The Eye of Horus depicts the secret part of the brain connected with our emotions.

To reach inner peace and live a meaningful life, it is seems essential to understand the limbic system. - see article linked in pic

Wadjet Eye of Horus poster

the pine cone

Did you ever wonder why there is a huge Pinecone at Vatican city. Apparently it dates form before the Vatican was given the site. Or why the pinecone features in MASONIC symbolism? The SYMBOLISM of the Pinecone is deep - the article attached to the picture talks about the history of the Pine Cone

Vatican Pine Cone and peacocks
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Hillsong 

worship

This is a Mega Church undergoing scrutiny in 2021 for the behaviour of its senior members. Hillsong has churches in city centres in 30 countries and on six continents. The church has an average global attendance of 150,000 weekly. HERE is a factsheet outlining the many Ministries under the Hillsong Banner. Find out a whole lot more about the worship with HIllsong by visiting the  website through the gif linked below.

Get the BBC perspective HERE

hillsong - ill praise you.

the music

 In 1999 the song EVERYDAY, packaged with Hillsong Worship album was released - Both achieved Gold sales status in Australia. They established their creative template: each album was recorded live at the annual October youth conference Encounterfest, enabling contributions from a variety of church members, friends, and supporters, including the popular Christian folk chanteuse BROOKE FRASER -- and released on CD and DVD early the following year. In 2002 Brian Houston's eldest son Joel and Marty Sampson led the group together prompting the name change to Hillsong United. Read a ROLLING STONE article about the rise and rise of the  music machine that is HiIlsong United and then there is the next gen Hillsong music - YOUNG AND FREE

Below, Benjamin Hasting's sings a favourite

Benjamin Hastings singing.

the background

Brian Houston visited his parents, Frank and Hazel Houston in Australia  in the late 70s and by the early 80s he had founded "HILLSONG" - read what he said in 2004 about growing the following - "We started the church in London 10 years ago, and it has only been in the last 5 years, the church has really begun to progress and go forward. Our aim is to impact this city, one of the world’s leading cities, culturally and in every other way. This will allow us to impact Europe and really give ourselves a base in Europe to make a difference; we are only at that point now. From London, we have just started in Paris, and so from now on, we are hoping to do that. But why London, well it’s because London is a hub, and I would like to see it become a spiritual hub."

The entire article is linked through the picture

HIllsong Founders Frank and Hazel Houston.

band members

The band consists of several rotating worship leaders from the church, including Joel Houston, Taya Smith-Gaukrodger, Matt Crocker, Jonathon Douglass, Jad Gillies and Benjamin Hastings. Below is a link to a review of their music

This is hillsong - the band poster

Oprah 

the early years

"Orpah"  was born in Mississippi on January 29, 1954. Her Biblical name did not last as it was too difficult to pronounce. Before many months had passed she was "Oprah" and her childhood of disruption and instability had begun. From her Grandmothers farm to her mothers ghetto house, where she was sexually abused . Then to her Fathers home briefly and back to her mothers - she finally settled, at 12,  under the strict eye of her Father in Nashville and began to turn her life around. 
Linked through the gorgeous picture below Oprah tells her own story. 

YOung Oprah Winfrey in sunglasses

books & book club

On September 17, 1996, Oprah launched a television BOOK CLUB and announced “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard as her first selection. Oprah’s Book Club quickly became a hugely influential force in the publishing world, with the popular TV host’s endorsement capable of catapulting a previously little-known book onto best-seller lists. In 2012 she relaunched the platform incorporating social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. Find Orpah's own titles linked below.

Oprahs book cover  - The path made clear

the evolution of Oprah

1971Oprah attended East Nashville High School. Oprah’s accomplishments with the school speech team landed her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. She also won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. During school, she was hired at a local black radio station, WVOL, to do the news part time.

August 14, 1978 Oprah became the youngest news anchor and first black female news anchor.
Oprah stated that Hattie Mae, her grandmother, encouraged her career. She was supportive when Oprah became WJZ’s new co-host of several local talk shows.

1978 Oprah told her mother about the abuse. Oprah’s mother called her a liar.

1983 Winfrey moved to Chicago to host a low rated morning talk show, Oprah relocated to Chicago. AM Chicago soon became the highest rated Chicago talk show. She was convinced by Roger Ebert to sign a deal for syndication.

1984 Ebert’s television show, At The Movies, was renamed THE OPRAH WINFEY SHOW. The show doubled Phil Donahue’s audience and replaced him as the number one talk show host.

1985 Nominated for an Academy Award, Oprah starred in The Color Purple. She won best supporting actress and went on to star in many more films.

1990 Sometime in the mid 1990’s, Oprah adopted a format that focused less on tabloids and more on significant topics. Spirituality, meditation, celebrity interviews on social issues, and medical information were her new topics.

1993 Oprah interviewed Michael Jackson.
A rare interview with the King of Pop took place during prime time. It became the third most watched interview ever.

2002 The launch OPRAH MAGAZINE, the most successful startup magazine in the industry. It has been a best seller since 2006.

2004 Oprah became the first African American woman among the 50 most generous people. She has given over $400 million to educational causes and more than 400 scholarships.

January 15, 2008 The Discovery Health channel was turned into OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The channel was delayed, launching in 2011.

2013 Oprah donated $12 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and was awarded the presidential medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

 

Today Oprah lives on “The Promised Land,” her 42 acre estate in Montecito, California. Her land has ocean and mountain views. She also owns a home in New Jersey, an apartment in Chicago, and an estate in Florida, as well as a ski home in Colorado and properties in Maui and Hawaii. She continues to be successful with the media and in her philanthropic endeavours.

Oprahs home in 2020 - The Promised land

before her own show

In 1971, Winfrey entered Tennessee State University. She began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville. 

In 1976, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show People Are Talking. The show became a hit and Oprah stayed with it for eight years.

She was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago.

Her major competitor in the time slot was Phil Donahue. Within several months, Winfrey's open, warm-hearted personal style had won her 100,000 more viewers than Donahue and had taken her show from last place to first in the ratings. 

 

In the video linked to the picture a you ng Oprah talks candidly about her life and career

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supersoul sunday

On 16 October 2011 Oprah began SuperSoul Sundays : the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today's most-admired thought-leaders. Visionaries like Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Shonda Rhimes share their lessons in finding purpose through mindfulness and intention. World renowned authors and teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer, explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection; and award-winning and bestselling writers like Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser explore the beauty of forgiveness and spirituality. Find all the episodes linked below

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Masterclass

Oprah's Master Class tells the stories you've never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Handpicked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters from Academy Award-winning actors, to Grammy-winning musicians, to ground-breaking athletes, share the greatest lessons they've learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks.
Oprah's Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect and admire.

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