Dear Spiritual Partner,

Everyone has a belief. Here is a teaching question: "Which comes first? Experience or belief? (If you are not sure, ask yourself which one you believe comes first.)" What is your belief? You may think you know, but that may not be accurate. Your belief opens you or closes you to yourself, others, and the world. It is a presumption about the Universe, and that presumption shapes your experience. Saying, "I believe in Christ, Buddha, Krishna, science, or not anything" does not describe your belief. It labels it. Beliefs run deep. They are based in love or fear. If there is any element of fear in your belief, fear will shape some of your perceptions and understanding. Fear includes many experiences, such as judgments, superiority, inferiority, jealousy, and obsessions, compulsions, and addictions, as well as fright. If your belief is based in love, fear will be absent entirely from your experience. You will feel equal to all forms of Life - not more precious and not less precious. You will see and greet everyone with appreciation and gratitude no matter what they believe or how they experience you. Be honest with yourself.   Look deeply into your belief that underlies the label you have given it.  Most beliefs contain elements of fear.

Oprah has created a seven-part series called "Belief."   Linda and I saw a preview of the first two parts, and they are wonderful. They are stories, personal, life-changing,and relevant - Oprah's signature presence on everything she creates for the screen. Each episode is about an hour. The first episode premieres this October 18 on the OWN network, and the remaining six will air over the next six nights - one per night. This heart-opening series has the ability to change "tolerance" of different beliefs into "appreciation" of different beliefs. Actually, you have this ability, and you don't need to see Oprah's beautiful creation to use it now.


Gary Zukav

Oprah Winfrey Presents "Belief,"

a powerful and groundbreaking television event exploring humankind's ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. This original documentary series invites viewers to witness some of the world's most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.

Tune in to OWN for the series premiere 
Sunday, October 18 at 8 pm ET/PT
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Linda Francis
I was so honored when Oprah invited us to come to Montecito a few weeks ago to view two episodes of her new seven-part series called Belief. I had no idea what to expect, and I felt it must be about religion since I associate religion with belief. The first two episodes were stories of people in the context of their own religion. The stories were very compelling and some were very moving. I was able to feel the essence of each of these religions. I could feel that the core beliefs of each come from Universal truths.

I have been impacted by the two episodes in a powerful way. For example I was able to see a frightened part of my personality that was so familiar to me that I didn't notice but that pushed many people away because of their obvious attachment to a religion or sometimes just because they seemed so different to this part of my personality. This realization has been so freeing. I love seeing things about myself with a different perspective and in a deeper way. 

Because I can now feel this part of my personality when it is active in me, I can challenge it so that I create from loving parts of my personality, and I feel no separation - only delight and gratitude. The two parts that I've seen have been so precious to me.  I look forward to seeing the rest.  I've been telling almost everyone about the series.  In fact, we've invited some of our dear neighbors over so we can watch it together when it begins to air on October 18. 

With Love, 


"Eventually you will come to understand that love
heals everything, and love is all there is."

--  Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul  

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