Oprah Winfrey

“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself. Use me, use me.”

In her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at Emmy Awards in 1998, Oprah Winfrey talked about how that dream, that desire, that simple daily prayer, “God Use Me” helped her touch lives. “To be able to use this tremendous vehicle of television, to go into people’s homes and somehow be able to touch their lives and to be the beacon that Barbara Walters was for her, to be a light of hope and understanding, to share some sense of illumination that maybe sometimes reflects people’s lives and sometimes opens them up to themselves is the greatest blessing God could have given me.”

“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself. Use me, use me.”

This simple prayer has immense power.

However, these powerful words are left unuttered by many. In today’s culture, we are witnessing harsh judgement of others – and ourselves – often without considering that God has the power to use any prepared and submitted vessel. The divine has never asked for perfected lives – the divine asks for humility, not pride. Faith, not fear. We may feel afraid to proclaim this prayer or refuse to say the words, “God, use me” because we live in fear that we are not self-made. Instead of taking ownership, it is often easier to blame or make excuses. Yet, the truth is, we have the power to receive the blessings of our prayers, to express our unique divinity and reclaim a deep connection with the world around us.

On Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Deepak Chopra explained that prayer has nothing to do with belief or ideology or doctrine. It’s a simple mental technique to go directly to the Source. Prayer is you speaking to God, to Source. Meditation is God, or Source, speaking to you. Source speaks in silence, and manifests as inspiration. The word inspiration, literally means to be in spirit.

The word ‘God’ can be loaded for many people. When we speak of God, we are referring to the universal, encompassed in all religions and beliefs. Whether you call God Jesus Christ, Allah, Krishna, Gaia, or another name, or no name at all, almost everyone who believes in God can agree that his/her source is pure, beautiful love.

“I’m talking about the Alpha and The Omega. The omniscient. The omnipresent. The ultimate consciousness. The source, the force, the all of everything there is. The one and only, God. That’s the one I’m talking about.”

So here, when we refer to God, we are talking about the energy of Love, vibrating at the highest frequency. God is in all of us, we are all God, and God is reflected in each of us.

We are all embodying a gorgeous, unique, and magical expression and creation that is all-knowing, all-encompassing, perfectly designed Love. If God is the sun, we are the millions of sunbeams radiating outwards. Even though we seem separate, we are all made of the same elements, and we all come from the same Source.

“Nothing makes me happier than to see other people in their purest moments of joy,” said Winfrey, who has donated millions of dollars to charity and founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls to increase educational opportunities for young women in South Africa. “Sometimes, honest to goodness, I’m just sitting around thinking ‘What could I do to make somebody feel really good today?'”

We never know what God can do to make us beacon of light to others around.

“All of us need a vision for our lives and even as we work to achieve the vision, we must surrender it to the power that is greater than we know. It’s one of the defining principles of my life that I love to share: God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself. Success comes when you surrender to that dream—and let it lead you to the next best place.”

The truth is, a deeply meaningful and fulfilling life comes from a deep sense of awareness about who you are and why you’re here. It comes from being in touch with the appreciation and the holy gratitude that should fill each of our hearts in every moment, simply knowing what a privilege it is to be here and to be human.

“Nobody does it like you, and understanding that what you have to offer, what you’ve come to give to the planet is your gift, your offering in a way that nobody else can, and how much that matters. It matters to you. It matters to the people that you love. It matters to our planet that you are here. It’s just a miracle that we get to be here.”

How to begin? Close your eyes. Breathe, Feel the pulse of your personal energy.

Oprah guides us, “Open your heart and quietly to yourself say the only prayer that’s ever needed: Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said. “You’re still here. You get another chance this day to do better and be better, another chance to become more of who you were created and what you’re created to fulfill. Thank you. Amen.”

The secret to trusting in the guidance of the divine is a daily spiritual practice, or daily sadhana.

“You must have a spiritual practice,” she said. “What is yours? Well, for some people it is going to church if that’s where they nurture themselves. I believe that creativity, artful expression, prayer, conscious kindness, empathy, consistent compassion, gratitude – all spiritual practices in the way of becoming more of who you are.”

I know now that having that belief system, that something greater than me was in charge of my destiny, of my fate — that it wasn’t just me alone having to survive for myself, is the thing that, is the value, is the rock that has sustained me.”

It is time to look in the mirror and dare to step up to the call on your life. Are you willing to take the challenge today? Are you willing to pray, “God, use me” before you have even the faintest idea where that prayer will take you?

Are you willing to say to God, as Oprah did, in the middle of all your struggles and failures, “Use me until you use me up”?

It is time to, “Run on, and see what the end will be.”

Here is a powerful practice that I have devoted to for 40 days, and have had profound downloads of God, Source, the Divine speaking through me.

Written by Fern Olivia

Image of Oprah courtesy of Time

Sobagh Kriya: Invoking the Wealth of The Universe

This is a five-part kriya. Each part must be practiced for an equal amount of time, either 3 minutes or 11 minutes. Do not exceed 11 minutes. Only Meditation #1 can be practiced on its own, separately from the other exercises. Practice this for 40 days.

Start by TUNING IN chanting the following out loud, 3 times each, sat cross-legged, hands in prayer position, eyes closed.

“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” 3 times

“Ad Guray Nameh Jugad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Devay Nameh” 3 times

It is optional to do a 3 minute WARM UP of cat cow going as fast as you comfortably can (start slow then gain speed tuning into the body’s current ability.) This is good to lubricate the spine, and move the energy.  It adjusts the spine, strengthens the nervous and reproductive systems, and brings the emotions into balance. It also helps to move energy up the spine to the upper Chakras to enhance meditation.

MANTRA Mentally Inhale SAT Exhale NAM.

To finish: Inhale, hold ‘cow’ stretching the chest and head up, exhale, round the back with the head down, hold for a few seconds then relax back into child’s pose, bottom resting on the feet, forehead and arms on the mat, palms together in prayer pose stretched above the head.

EYES Closed, focusing on the brow point (Third eye)

The cat cow is not part of the mediation, but a nice way to warm up.

 

Sobagh Kriya:

Meditation #1 (3 Minutes)

MANTRA Har (out loud) pronounced “Hud”

MOVEMENT Alternate hitting the sides of hands together at the level of the heart center. Thumbs cross below the hands, with the right thumb under the left.

EYES Nine-tenths (almost) closed, focusing on the tip of the nose.

 

Meditation #2 (3 Minutes)

MANTRA Har (mentally)

MOVEMENT Stretch your arms up sixty degrees. Elbows straight and open your fingers, spreading them wide. The fingers have to be totally hard, cross your arms alternating right over left and then left over right, still keeping the fingers stretched open.

EYES Closed, focusing on the brow point (Third eye)

 

Meditation #3 (3 Minutes)

MANTRA God. The word “God” has three letters: “G,” which generates; “O,” which organizes; and “D,” which delivers and destroys.

MOVEMENT Put your thumbs in both in your fists and press as hard as you can, like you are going to squeeze the blood out of them. Arms at sixty degrees. Move the arms in small backward circles. With each circle you make of your arms chant “God.” Chant “God” powerfully from the navel.

EYES Closed, focusing on the brow point (Third eye)

 

Meditation #4 (3 Minutes)

MANTRA Har Haray Haree, Wahe Guru. The mantra is a sound current through the tongue and upper palate. Har Haray Haree, Wahe Guru (Wahe is pronounced “wa-hay”). Continue chanting in a low monotone.

CHANT 1 MINUTE, WHISPER 1 MINUTE, WHISTLE 1 MINUTE

MOVEMENT As if karate chopping in front of the body. Alternate chopping the hands up and down. Palms facing the body with the left hand closest to the body.

EYES Closed, focusing on the brow point (Third eye)

 

Meditation #5 (3 Minutes)

NO MANTRA

MOVEMENT AND BREATH Put your arms at shoulder level, with the forearms resting on each other, parallel to the ground. Left arm underneath, right on top. Breathe long and deep. Keep your spine straight and sit like a great yogi. Do nothing; just breathe one breath a minute: 20 seconds to inhale, 20 seconds to hold, 20 seconds to exhale. If you can’t do 20, 20, 20, then do 10, 10, 10, or 5, 5, 5.

EYES Closed, focusing on the brow point (Third eye)

 

“If there is a misfortune written by the will of God, by doing this set you will make it into good fortune. I’m not saying “man-made.” I’m saying if God Himself has written that you shall live under misfortune, by doing Sobagh Kriya you can turn your misfortune into prosperity, good fortune, and good luck.” Yogi Bhajan

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

All information adapted from 3HO and KRI.

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