Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, visionary founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, teaches that the vision we set for our lives begins a process of unfolding that unlocks everything that is unique inside us.

    However, as many of us have found, it’s not easy having a vision when you’re feeling overwhelmed and defeated by life. As difficult as it may seem, Dr. Beckwith tells Oprah in their SuperSoul Sunday conversation, tough times can shape your vision—if you’re willing to rise above your circumstances and ask the right questions.

    “When circumstances and situations are pressing in upon us, the only way we can overcome them is to go within, to actually begin to ask very empowering questions, with the awareness that this universal presence and its law will answer any question that you ask,” Dr. Beckwith says.

    The key, he says, is to ask empowering questions. “You ask, ‘What’s trying to emerge in my life? What is my gift to share? What is my purpose? Why am I here on the planet?'” The traps to avoid, by contrast, are disempowering questions (Why me? Who is to blame?) and questions that focus too narrowly on what specifically to do (How do I pay the rent? How can I stop the pain?).

    Here, Dr. Beckwith reveals how to shift your perspective and turn your life around in challenging situations.