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9 Aha! Moments that blow Oprah off the Screen

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OPRAH WATCH: Her May issue says, “Have Your Own AHA Moment!”

We’ve had our fun with Oprah!, the be-all-things-to-all-people TV filter. Her May issue of O! is 348 pages — rivaling the page-count of In Style and the luxury New York fashion magazines. Her roof line: “BEAUTIFUL BOTTOMS: At last! Pants that really friggin’ fit.”

The cover line is what got our attention: Have Your Own AHA Moment! A practical guide to the spiritual side of life (it’s time to wake up and smell the roses!)

The notion of having — and sharing — psychological realizations and mind-body breakthroughs is kinda the whole point of Soul’s Code. It’s one reason we’re called to have fun with Oprah’s “Aha! Moment” franchise — a cliche lifted from a long-dead German psychiatrist named Karl Buhler.

True to form, Oprah’s current cover story reveals no Secret-worthy specifics for getting spiritually high. It features a gallery of celeb testimonials — NAACP chairman Julian Bond says he subsumed his ego marching in the 1960s, Elie Wiesel riffs on whatever for 12 sentences. They’re snippet sermons by established personality-brands.

But two spots where Oprah gets it right are a snippet on Ram Dass, and a five-page interview with Eckhart Tolle, two post-modern mystics who can genuinely talk about peak experiences (aka, what Oprah brands Aha Moments).

Was Oprah’s own Aha Moment making the March 24, 2008 issues of Forbes magazine, which ranks the world’s top billionaires? Forbes annoints Oprah as the richest celebrity in America — and estimates that her net-worth is $2.5 billion, and that last year alone she made $260 million in take-home pay!

Contrast that with the Soul’s Code slide show: AHA Moments that Blow Oprah off the Screen. It features spiritual teachers like the contemporary American mystic, Byron Katie, and Ramana Maharshi, perhaps the greatest sage, ever.

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