Last Monday, Paris Hilton called Barbara Walters from jail to update her on how things were going (story here).
Paris said, “I'm hanging in there. I feel as if I'm a different person. I've dropped my appeal. I don't want to cause any more problems.”
Good for her. Maybe she’s learning her lesson.
Barbara asked, “How are you different?”
Paris answered, “I'm not the same person I was. I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that. I have been thinking that I want to do different things when I am out of here. I have become much more spiritual. God has given me this new chance.”
Millions of parents are, no doubt, pleased to hear that. And, I’m hoping she’s truly sincere. Though I’m suspicious we’re probably hearing a script prepared by her attorney and her publicist. But, I’m pulling for her nonetheless.
Paris also shared that her spiritual advisor had helped her realize, “My spirit or soul did not like the way I was being seen and that is why I was sent to jail. God has released me.”
That’s when I saw the big red flag run up the pole, confirmed later when she told Barbara she was reading three books, “The Secret,” “The Power of Now” and the Bible.
She should throw away the first two and read the third, maybe starting in the Gospel of John. She’d especially be touched by reading the story in chapter 8, where Jesus says to the woman caught in adultery, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” The woman replied, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”
Two of the three books Paris is reading have soared to the top of the New York Times “Best Sellers” list, thanks to being on Oprah’s Favorite Book list. And both are antithetical to the Bible.
No Christian should be deceived by “The Secret” and “The Power of Now.”
Coming out on July 11 will be “The Secret Revealed: Exposing the Truth about the Law of Attraction” by Jim Garlow and Rick Marschall. I had Garlow on my show recently and we talked at length about the dangers of The Secret. Author Rhonda Byrne, an Australian TV producer with a background in marketing, “discovered” the secret of The Secret back in 2004 while reading Wallace Wattles’ 1910 book “The Science of Getting Rich.” (You don’t need to waste any money on The Secret book or DVD, you can download Wattles’ book for free here.)
According to Byrne, everything is essentially energy, including us, and if we can just learn to vibrate at the right frequency, we can, according to the Law of Attraction, learn to attract desirable things from the Universe. Want a new house, a new car, more money, great health or even romantic partners? Then just emit the right frequency to the Universe and like a mirror, it will bounce back whatever you want. You emit the right frequency when you feel happy and think the right thoughts. Fail to do so, and you attract bad things. Good things happen to those vibrating properly, and bad things to those who don’t vibrate so well.
In other words, it’s the power of positive thinking meets reincarnation and karma. And, like most Eastern religions and their New Age spin offs, The Secret denies the existence of a personal Creator-God, the reality of good and the reality of evil. It offers no solution to the problems of sin, pain, failure and suffering—beyond learning to vibrate at a better pitch.
A very similar criticism goes for “The Power of Now.”
“The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment,” was written by Eckhart Tolle back in 1999. His central thesis is that being fully “in the now,” in this present moment, will allow you to transcend the “pain-body” and reach a heightened sense of peace and aliveness beyond the mind. In fact, thoughts about the past or the future are the source of most of our difficulties. Since only the now exists, it is better to be fully present here than distracted by memories of the past or thoughts about the future. As he says, “True salvation is freedom from negativity, and above all from past and future as a psychological need.”
Paris, you need to remember the past mistakes you made that put you in prison, and to think about how you will live differently once you get out. You won’t ever become that person you long to be by wasting your time learning to vibrate at a higher frequency or by attempting to transcend your conscious mind. You will only become that person when you see yourself through the eyes of Christ who died that you might have life to the fullest, both in the here and now—and on the other side of the veil.
Throw away The Secret and The Power of Now, and read the all-time best-seller—even if Oprah doesn’t have it on her Favorite Book list.
P.S.: Oh, and Paris, when you get out, call me, I’d love to have you on the show to chat! 888-995-KKLA, M-F 4-7pm in Los Angeles. You can call collect.