Consciousness Shift (Much More Than a Political Commentary)

Personal Commentary by Don Iannone


Just finishing a new masters degree in consciousness studies, this quote by Oprah Winfrey grabbed my attention. What did Oprah mean by a consciousness shift? You would need to ask her to know what she really meant, but I will take a stab at what I think she meant.


What does a shift in consciousness mean? In an overall sense, it refers to a new awareness of the world--a more holistic, and integrated worldview; a new worldview that sees the deeper connections in our lives to all people and all things, and the inviolability or sanctity of all life.


This shift has been a long time coming, and not just conceived on Election Night 2008. We have been evolving in this direction for a long, long time. The shift is much more than a new political or economic vision for America, although new visions of both could come from the shift. It is more than a shift in ideology from a Republican regime to a Democratic regime. It is more than a shift from rich to poor, White to Black, Iraq and Afghanistan to the American Middle. The shift in consciousness is about the recognition of the enormous power of our ideas, what we believe, hope for, and dream of. It is a shift to seeing how we transform ourselves each moment through our consciousness of ourselves and our world. It is about the role of our consciousness in giving shape to our evolution as human beings and integral components of the whole of life.


I believe that is what Oprah Winfrey was speaking of when she spoke of a consciousness shift. I believe this is something that has been inside Oprah Winfrey for a long time, but she was given the courage to speak to the shift by her recent work with Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. Learn more here:


Watch for the signs of this shift in consciousness within yourself and your world. It's there and it is profoundly powerful.

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  • oOo Bev oOo PRO 7y

    oOo Hi Don ... indeed it is ... realising it and acting on it, and using
    it to its full potential ... not easy ... but, we can try ... best wishes,
    hope all is well ...Bev oOo
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Thanks Bev, and yes I agree with what you say. Best wishes in return!
  • sunshadows PRO 7y

    and it feels so good this morning.
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Thanks Sunshadows. Yes, I noticed the same thing. My world feels YOUNGER!
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Thanks Robert! Hope San Salvador is treating you well
  • Roy 7y

    :-) Hope for the best!
  • Von Taylor 7y

    Well said Don. I just hope radical groups from both poles don't react with violence now.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Thanks Roy. Yes, just that.
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Von, thanks!

    God, I hope that does not occur.
  • Harald Henkel PRO 7y

    A good job! Well done! Wish you all the best! It´s a great time now!
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Thanks Harald. Much appreciated
  • Richard Roscoe 7y

    Seen in my contacts' photos

    Please join us in
    DIAMOND HEART(Post 1-Comment 3)
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Thanks Richard
  • Alyss PRO 7y

    Yes, there is a shift, and yes we are all apart of it. One thing that I think will be important to realize in the upcoming years is that any big change is cyclical with leaps forward and stumbles backwards. Yes, we got the charismatic leader we all want with grand plans to bring our nation forward and upward again.... but it won't happen overnight, and it won't happen without some serious back sliding, progress blocking and general upheaval that comes with all major changes. As Obama said last night.. our work has just begun :)
  • joanne rose 7y

    Beautifully expressed and visualized, Don.

    Congratulations on reaching your own goal and earning the Masters degree. Thank you for serving these very ideals you write about above, and giving the gift of your writing and photography as wonderful examples to all of the shift in consciousness..."the recognition of the enormous power of our ideas, what we believe, hope for, and dream of..."
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    AlyssssylA, Thank you so much for the thoughtful response. I agree with your assessment. One of the biggest changes I think we need to make is to ACCEPT where we are in a truthful sense. That is a strange thing to say in some ways, but truth comes from acceptance and coming face to face with our realities. Wishing you well.
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y


    So good hearing from you here on Flickr. How are you? I've discovered that photography is yet another way to give back. Glad you are up and running on Flickr. More later. Take care!
  • joanne rose 7y

    Thank you for stopping round and taking a peek. I am well, and finally devoting myself to a creative life. It is wonderful to reconnect and see your inspiring photos on Flickr and to continue to read your beautiful poetry at Poetic Alchemist.

    Blessings and best wishes.
  • Don Iannone PRO 7y

    Joanne: Thanks so much. Take care, and may the creative life treat you with abundance!
  • Alice Popkorn PRO 6y

    beautiful image and message :)
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