March 3rd, 2008, 07:47 AM
Seriously, where do they come up with this mumbo jumbo?? :puke
I honestly do not know if Oprah is well meaning but totally blind to what she is buying into or if she is subtly but maliciously trying to bring this to the world (her followers) b/c of her status as an icon. :tsk
March 3rd, 2008, 09:01 AM
This was on MSN. Oprah is leading tons of people away from JESUS! And people are believing this crud....it's so bad, how can they even read it!!!?:scratch
Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years. The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favorable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet—if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it.
Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a “silent sermon” once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen.
Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers
from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.
Any life-form in any realm—mineral, vegetable, animal, or human—can be said to undergo “enlightenment.” It is, however, an extremely rare occurrence since it is more than an evolutionary progression: It also implies a discontinuity in its development, a leap to an entirely different level of Being and, most important, a lessening of materiality.
What could be heavier and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms? And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light. Some carbons, under inconceivable heat and pressure, turn into diamonds, and some heavy minerals into other precious stones. Most crawling reptilians, the most earthbound of all creatures, have remained unchanged for millions of years. Some, however, grew feathers and wings and turned into birds, thus defying the force of gravity that had held them for so long. They didn’t become better at crawling or walking, but transcended crawling and walking entirely. Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit. Like all life-forms, they are, of course, temporary manifestations of the underlying one Life, one Consciousness. Their special significance and the reason why humans feel such fascination for and affinity with them can be attributed to their ethereal quality.
Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves. Until this happens, however, most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form.
In the case of a flower, a crystal, precious stone, or bird, however, even someone with little or no Presence can occasionally sense that there is more there than the mere physical existence of that form, without knowing that this is the reason why he or she is drawn toward it, feels an affinity with it. Because of its ethereal nature, its form obscures the indwelling spirit to a lesser degree than is the case with other life-forms. The exception to this are all newborn life-forms—babies, puppies, kittens, lambs, and so on.
They are fragile, delicate, not yet firmly established in materiality. An innocence, a sweetness and beauty that are not of this world still shine through them. They delight even relatively insensitive humans.
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.
Excerpted from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. Copyright © 2005 by Eckhart Tolle. Excerpted by permission of Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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March 3rd, 2008, 09:20 AM
I Don't trust anyone on TV anymore. Most of them have exalted themselves or exalted by others to a god-like status. Oprah's following is proof enough.
March 3rd, 2008, 09:29 AM
I was listening to the FOX station on satelite radio the other day and they ran a blurb on this. It came across as kind of NEW AGE lies to me when I heard it. But if you look at the history of Oprah, she has always been kind of NEW AGEY.
March 3rd, 2008, 10:05 AM
Okay, what's with the sponsored links inserted into all the threads? :scratch
Especially, what is with the Eckhart Tolle links in this thread about Eckhart Tolle? Do we really have to have his books advertised here??? :doh
March 3rd, 2008, 10:51 AM
You are right, I think. Oprah has actually become a god of sorts-at least it appears that way. I can see how a person can get to that point when they have so much money/power...that explains it but it doesn't excuse it.
What I can't understand is the millions of women who worship this god. You know, I have to believe these women have NO basic understanding of the Bible. So, why not? I'll bet most of them would claim to be Christian if we asked them. To me, a very definite finger of guilt is aimed in the direction of the pastors and ministers in this country. WHERE ARE THEY????? :idunno
March 3rd, 2008, 10:58 AM
Wow I did not know flowers held so much power. Also I laughed out loud when they talked about the silent sermon by looking at a flower. I hope it was a quick sermon!!! As a new Christian going on a little over a year now it amazes me people are so quick to dismiss the bible, but will run head over heels to something that is new and very vague. If they put as much time into the Bible then this new age stuff they would see that the bible has all the answers and then some!!!!
March 3rd, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Today, a live ten-week webinar hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle, author of "A New Earth," will begin on the Internet.
Both the book and the online course purport to be able to awaken you and our world to life's grand purpose.
Since Oprah's endorsement of Tolle's book a month ago, 3.5 million copies of his spiritual self-help guide have been sent out to enlighten the minds of people around the globe.
And more than 500,000 people in 125 countries have already signed up for the worldwide web seminar.
Other celebrities have also chimed their endorsements of the book,
like Guy Ritchie (aka Madonna's husband)
Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey
who said, "I think one of
the most important questions that people ask in life is who am I and why am I here?
This book gets as close to an answer as any book could ever get."
"A New Earth" has even been labeled "a spiritual classic" by one of today's leading spiritual thinkers.
March 3rd, 2008, 12:50 PM
Seems to me that Tolle and Warren share their mutual "purpose" in duping the world!
March 3rd, 2008, 04:54 PM
I couldn't sit through long enough to finish reading that garbage.
Earthly wise and spiritually ignorant.
Someone needs to tell Oprah that what’s new is not true, and what’s true is not new. :ohno
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