Bishop TD Jakes and Oprah’s LifeClass in St. Louis

03.26.12

I’m here live blogging from Oprah’s Lifeclass and Bishop T.D. Jakes is talking about passion coming from pain.

“The losing of you was the discovery of me”.

He’s an incredibly dynamic speaker and I’m listening to him one by one give confidence and hope to an audience of thousands, not including the tens of thousands watching live on the internet and who knows how many who will see the show on OWN. In the span of about two minutes he had given accolades to every part of womanhood, from mothers to size 3’s, to curvy girls, grandmas and young girls. This is a man who knows his audience and how to massage them.

I’ve never been to a Southern Church, but I do feel like I’m in one now. He’s almost singing and he just gave a sermon that brought about a lot of “amen”’s and a deafening amount of cheering. I feel like an outsider looking in, but not an unwanted outsider.

When Jews have a seder it’s often said the table isn’t complete until there’s a guest. I feel like that guest.

Bishop Jakes is talking about living on purpose and about true wealth coming from having a passionate purpose filled life. It’s an incredible moment when Oprah takes the stage and seems dwarfed by his colossal presence.

Jakes’ message seems to be about trusting yourself. There are inmates skyped in from the Rockville Correctional Facility and he’s talking about their minds not being imprisoned. Oprah is looking to have lifeclass into the prison systems in order to lower recidivism rates.

Right now a woman named Keesha is talking about having adopted her nephew and not loving him. I’m floored and going to stop blogging so that I can watch this better.

This session (which I’m going to actually pay better attention to) seems to be meant for people who are beginning radical journeys. There are women (mostly) crying with relief about being able to take steps and find themselves and to head out on journeys.

Thus far it’s a wonderful message. I’m not sure that I feel imprisoned, stuck or in need of movement but I still feel inspired by this process.

Is this session going to change my life? Every action I take changes my life.

Is this session going to radically change someone’s life? Someone who is sitting in the room with me? Absolutely guaranteed.

Ooh… also, this morning I had a long chat with Ms. Winfrey and she told me she wanted my life… which left me speechless. But only for a short while.

St. Louis and Oprah’s Lifeclass

03.26.12

Oprah's Life Class St. Louis Peabody Opera House

Getting here was predictably miserable. After a three hour delay at DIA we were loaded into a puddle jumper to make the short trek to St. Louis. We sat a few moments and then deplaned because it had “no emergency landing gear”.

Having been in a plane once where we were asked to take the crash position I was happy to make that make that move.

We missed the day’s rehearsals but I reminded myself that I’ll have full access to rehearsals in New York City and Toronto. The set is impressive and the staff is excited. It’s really interesting to watch people work on a show that they truly believe in. I’ve been on many sets, this is different.

I’m running out for breakfast with Iyanla Vanzan in a few minutes and I don’t know a whole lot about her but she seems incredibly intuitiive and I’m looking forward to spending time with her.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I have some reservation about meeting T.D. Jakes. My knee jerk reaction is to be very unimpressed by mega churches and their leaders but some of the staff here have whispered to me that they have the same reservations but really enjoy T.D. Jakes as well as Joel Osteen because of their messages.

Since this is one of the strangest days of my life I’m going to do my best to update after each of the shows that are taped today (I think the TD Jakes show will be live on the internet and on OWN)