The newly-released Netflix series "The OA" hooked me in because in the first episode, the OA (aka Prairie Johnson) talks in a very Yoda-like manner, profound and philosophical. For instance here's what she tells Steve in the mall:
Well, it's okay. You don't want to go there until your invisible self is more developed anyway.... You know, your longings, the desires you don't tell anyone about.... You spend a lot of time on the visible you. It's impressive. But she probably thinks the invisible you is missing.... That's stuff on the outside, though. What about the stuff on the inside?
And here's what she tells Ms. Winchell while pretending to be Steve's mother:
Well, it's not really a measure of mental health to be well-adjusted - in a society that's very sick.... What was your first reason? ... Why did you become a teacher? ... But it is. It's about you and Steve, and the play, cast of two, setting, classroom, over many dimensions through time.... Maybe Steve can't learn because you lost track of your reason.... Betty Maybe I can help you remember. You lost someone. Someone important to you.I lost someone important to me, too. Who'd you lose? ... Was it your first love? Or a parent? Someone you loved young? A sibling? ... You're right. This dimension is crumbling to violence and pettiness and greed, and Steve is sensitive enough to feel it and he's angry. He's angry and he's lost. And in order to find him, you'd have to teach yourself again, and you decided somewhere along the way that you were done learning. It's it's too painful to stay open. Well, I think we all face the same hopelessness, Mrs. Winchell. It's what we decide to do with it. You're right. So what are you gonna do? If you want to do your job, expel the bully. Focus on the kid who sings like an angel even though he doesn't need you. If you want to be a teacher, teach Steve. He's the boy you can help become a man. He's the one you lost. He's your first reason.
But in subsequent episodes, both in flashback and in the present day, she doesn't really seem possessed of much wisdom or insight. Her therapy sessions, for instance, do not feature any discussion of invisible selves and sensitivity to the inherent violence of the world.
In any case, my question is, where did the OA acquire the wisdom that she displays in the first episode?
Is it the transformation she experienced after swallowing the bird, thereby changing from Prairie to the OA and learning the first movement? That would be my default assumption, but she doesn't really speak with much wisdom in the flashbacks subsequent to that moment. The only insight she offers after that moment is that the people who have had a near death experience are angels.