Last Thursday I went to DeLauer’s a magazine stand, this fabulous place in Oakland near my work that has all sorts of magazines. I go every Thursday to read People and Entertainment Weekly. While I was reading, I saw a picture of Oprah. The headline read she was involved in a cult. Hmm. That’s odd. Oprah doesn’t seem like a cult type.
Of course, it was a tabloid. Yes, on occasion I do read them, though I say afterwards “Bad girl!” I don’t buy them. I sometimes read them. This one was The Globe, and I found the article saying that Oprah is involved in a cult. Who is the leader of the cult? Eckhart Tolle. “Friends” of Oprah told the tabloid that Oprah carries Tolle’s books around, and that she quotes him a lot. Also, Tolle apparently said that once you’ve done some of the work he has outlined, we will see flowers differently, everything differently. But Oprah’s friends are worried, because there’s something fishy about this guy. He says he has degrees. He says our ego sometimes gets in our way of happiness. And that his followers are cult like in their devotion to him.
Well. Hmm. I do have two of Tolle’s books. I’m on a waiting list for one of his audio books. So I guess I’m in a cult. Hey, I’ve never been in a cult before, unless being a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 counts. But wait a minute. Shouldn’t I have my head shaved? Shouldn’t I worship one of his Rolls Royces, or give money to him?
It wasn’t because of Oprah I read Eckhart Tolle, it was because of Susan Browne’s blogs about his books. I take another look at Susan’s picture. She looks like a happy clam, no shaved head, not wearing a robe, so this is suspicious. I look at Oprah again. Well, she doesn’t have his name carved in her skin. He didn’t ask her to shoot Dick Cheney or anyone.
I tried to remember the things Tolle wants people to do in his book. Breathing, of course. Well, that sounds fishy. He also encouraged yoga and tai chi to slow your thoughts down. Okay, this is downright scary. Plus each class he and Oprah did started with a moment of silence. That did it. You just can’t be silent in this world. Whew! This is all making sense!
Then I remembered something about The Globe. This is the same tabloid that set up Frank Gifford with a flight attendant to sleep together, and took pictures of it. If that’s not adding to someone’s pain-body, most likely his wife and children’s, I don’t know what would. Of course The Globe wants to say it’s a cult. If people realize that ego can make them unhappy, that to make peace with your pain body might save you, then hey, they might not be buying The Globe anytime soon.
Eckhart Tolle’s books have helped me very much the past two months. It has helped me cope with the death of my two cats, money situations, and family situations. Saturday at work, nothing was going right, so much so I stormed out when it was time for my lunch. I made myself breathe several times while eating lunch. I closed my eyes and remembered this wasn’t who I was. I ate slowly. When I went back, a new girl said “You look so much happier. You were so crabby before.”
So if breathing, doing yoga, being silent, and making peace with your past is considered being in a cult, sign me up baby. I’ll give out flowers to people in airports, I’ll shine Eckhart Tolle’s car, and I just hope he keeps writing.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
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