Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16
Are you paying attention to the object of Oprah's latest infatuation? Let me tell you my story about why you should.
For months, a rather bedraggled, rambling old man visited the coffee bar/cafe in the building where I work. Lester looked for ways to intercept people, especially employees, to animatedly discuss esoteric new-age philosophies. I learned a lot from Lester. Yes, I learned to peek around the corner to see if the coast was clear before going to the restroom or I would be waylaid for 20 minutes.
Lester relished any chance to persuade people that their troubles, in fact, all the world's troubles, were direct results of not being in "The Now." He meant well.
I remember once telling Lester that my boss would appreciate it if I spent more "now" time doing the work I was being paid to do rather than talking about "The Now." He didn't get me. He offered to set my boss straight. I adamantly discouraged him.
I brushed off Lester's meandering lectures as the fallout of a disturbed, lonely, but intelligent old man. I wasn't without compassion, but honestly, I was frustrated that he was boldly proselytizing at a Christian church, or at the very least, carrying on a one-sided debate.
Then I learned about Eckhart Tolle. I realize now that Lester was regurgitating Eckhart Tolle's words. Lester sincerely, deeply, believes in Eckhart Tolle. A wolf has gotten to Lester the lamb, and I am angry.
Oprah hearts Eckhart Tolle, as she has Deepok Chopra and Rhonda Byrne in the past (which, by the way, doesn't really exist according to Tolle--the past is a trace of a moment that was actually "The Now" at one point. I just realized that John Lennon wrote "Yesterday" for nothing--he just needed to hop into "The Now" and get over his funk.) Oprah has read Tolle's books over and over and keeps them on her nightstand. She is literally a disciple.
Want to be shrewd as serpents? Google Eckhart Tolle and learn about how you can be spiritually awakened. Read this USA Today article on Oprah and Eckhart Tolle's book, The New Earth. Learn about Oprah's 10-week live on-line class (webinar) explicating Tolle's teachings line by line. Become enlightened about Eckhart Tolle.
Later this month I have another post that will speak to this phenomenon, but I'm saving it for March 26th for a reason.
Here's an excerpt from A New Earth by Tolle:
So when you are alert and contemplate a flower, crystal,
or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window
for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however
slight, into the realm of spirit. This is why these three
“en-lightened” life-forms have played such an important
part in the evolution of human consciousness since ancient
times; why, for example, the jewel in the lotus flower is a
central symbol of Buddhism and a white bird, the dove,
signifies the Holy Spirit in Christianity. They have been
preparing the ground for a more profound shift in planetary
consciousness that is destined to take place in the human
species. This is the spiritual awakening that we are beginning
to witness now.