Spiritual Surf: Eckhart Tolle on Michael Jackson, gay marriage and the Book of Common Prayer, and mathematical meditation
According to the spiritual teacher and modern-day mystic, Eckhart Tolle, Michael Jackson was not a successful entertainer so much for his technical virtuosity. Instead, Jackson made a connection with gazillions of people because he was a portal into consciousness and presence. A quote from a rare Tolle lecture, Living a Life of Inner Peace:
You’ll probably laugh but I saw Michael Jackson on TV the other day. Even if you say that he’s strange, he’s weird — that’s what people say — the moment he goes into the music mode, something takes over. Woosh. Wow. What was that? He actually said that you can’t think, it doesn’t come from thinking. You can learn the externals but not the essence. So the moment he switches into music notes, an energy takes over. It’s beautiful.
And the moment he stops, there’s an ordinary, strange human being — well, everybody is strange. Some are more strange than others. The question is: is it possible not to just have access to that in a little area of one’s life but live in that state where you are no longer a puppet of your conditioning.
It’s interesting that Jackson himself used nearly identical language in a 2006 documentary while describing his state of mind while performing: “Dance is about feeling, not thinking . . .” (See minute 6:00 of this video).
Speaking of Michael Jackson, Dr. Drew says Soul’s Code has the wrong woman: Dr. Drew, whose prime focus is addiction, says the female celeb who is Michael Jackson’s closest comparable is Anna Nicole Smith, not Diana:
Speaking of gay marriage
Bishops of the Episcopal Church from states that have legalized gay marriage have asked permission to adapt the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer for use at gay weddings.
Self-knowledge through numbers?
“Know thyself” was supposedly inscribed in the temple of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece. Well, a couple of writers over at Wired magazine have taken that directive to the Cartesian extreme.
They’ve begun tracking all the numbers in their lives — the amount of sleep they get, their calorie, caffeine and alcohol intakes, the steps they walk in a day, etc.
Cynics can’t really be blamed if they whinny every time they hear the phrase, “It’s a miracle!” after Mel Brooks carved it into our pop culture consciousness in History of the World, Part I. But sometimes they seem to really happen.
Take the case of Baltimore’s Mary Ellen Heibel, who was treated for cancer in ’04 and ’05 — and totally cured of a disease from which no one thought she would recover. The Catholic Church has jumped on the case, trying to prove that Heibel’s cure was the direct result of her prayers to Francis X. Seelos, a 19th-century canonized Maryland priest.
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