As I listened to this gentle and insightful man, I was surprised to learn of his own journey from a “macho punk with a chip on his shoulder” to an eloquent master teacher. Raised by hard-working parents in Kansas, Gary was an outstanding student who was offered an academic scholarship to Harvard. Later, he joined the prestigious Green Berets. In spite of these achievements, he was embarrassed by his name, his town, and his life. He also battled a sex addiction.
After undergoing his own amazing transformation, Gary dedicated himself to helping others through his books and lectures.
Throughout the telecast, Oprah provided us with flashbacks to Gary’s appearances on her television show. So many wonderful insights were shared, among them Oprah’s Gloria Halleluiah moment: “When the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul that is authentic empowerment.”
Other quotable quotes…
When you make a decision to heal, the universe will back you up.
Anyone who has challenged an addiction has done holy work.
When you strive to heal an addiction, you are ready for your highest calling.
What is failure? We can’t possibly know what failure is. Who is to say what is a success, what is a failure? Trust, relax, do your best, and know you cannot fail.
We are not powerless. And the more we think that, the more pain we create for ourselves.
The foreclosure can be the beginning and not the end.
It is exciting to come of age spiritually.