The Real Obama Is the Obama Oprah Knows
By Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.
Barack Obama’s connections to Oprah Winfrey and her New Age guru, Eckhart Tolle, are the least examined, yet most revealing, and by far the most potentially ruinous of the senator’s nefarious associations. Obama claims to be a “committed Christian,” yet supports Oprah in the worldwide dissemination of Tolle’s and her virulent, albeit partially disguised, anti-Christian teachings. While the mainstream media (MSM) may not care that the Oprah/Tolle doctrine makes a mockery of the teachings of Christ and all of scripture, they have already recognized that what Tolle presents to a gullible public is nothing more than so much, according to Time magazine, “mumbo jumbo.” Thus, the MSM must reluctantly join with evangelical and other Christian media in a detailed examination of the Obama-Oprah-Tolle connection, in order to determine to what degree Tolle’s “mumbo jumbo,” through Oprah or otherwise, influences Obama’s current thinking and his vision of the American future. The evidence presented here suggests that Obama’s candidacy cannot survive such a detailed examination.
Obama is Barack Hussein Obama, the Democratic nominee for president of the United States who claims to be a “committed Christian.” Oprah is Oprah Gail Winfrey, the richest, and some say, the most influential woman in the world. Oprah has enthusiastically endorsed Obama in person and raised millions of dollars for him. Oprah’s New Age guru is Eckhart Tolle, a self-styled “spiritual teacher” whose doctrine, in the form of the books, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Oprah continues to promote as truth throughout the world on her show, in her monthly magazine, and in free classes on the Internet.
As the illustration (modified from The Fall of Adam by Hugo van der Goes, circa 1470, oil on wood) suggests, we’ll see that Oprah, through Tolle, has welcomed with specificity, each and every lie the serpent fed to Eve in the garden. We’ll see that Oprah’s grandiose plan to lead the human race to a higher level of “consciousness” as part of a new “awakening” does nothing less than spread the serpent’s lies and false promises throughout the world, in furtherance of her own exaltation as a great spiritual innovator and leader. We will further see that Oprah and Tolle meet the scriptural definition of antichrists. And we will see that the scriptures identify Tolle and Oprah as rapacious wolves in sheep’s clothing whose New Age fangs rip to pieces the written revelation from the Supreme Spirit of Light and Love to His creations.
The illustration also suggests that Oprah shares with Obama the “enlightenment” she has received from the Tolle-headed serpent, and that Obama receives it willingly. We’ll see that the public record proves this to be so beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that when Obama claims to be a Christian, committed or otherwise, he is lying. We’ll see that it would not have been possible for Oprah to endorse Obama for president if he were a bona fide Christian; that is, a member of the body of Christ. By Oprah’s own admission, the spread of the Oprah/Tolle doctrine is the most important thing in her life, and as Christians and Christianity are the foremost obstacles to the spread of that doctrine, she would never, she could never, endorse a Christian, someone who actually believes the word of God. Oprah needs someone who approves of, and is willing to go along with, her grandiose plans to bring her brand of “consciousness” and “awakening” to an “unconscious” world, not someone who would get in her way, balking at the flagrant and delusional megalomania of it. She needs someone who entertains grandiose global delusions as well.
We will get to the details of Obama’s relationship with the guru presently, raising some questions as we go along, but first we need to understand the key details of the Oprah/Tolle religious doctrine.
Who is Eckhart Tolle? According to his own account, after a childhood of trauma and young adult life of despair and depression, Tolle, at age twenty-nine, experienced a psychic split in his personality during which his ego or his false, suffering self collapsed, leaving him with the realization of his “true nature as the ever-present I am, consciousness in its pure state prior to identification with form” (The Power of Now, p. 5). Not long after that, he entered into what he calls his “new incarnation as a spiritual teacher” (The New Earth, p. 274). Believe it or not, Tolle thinks that he has become the greatest living spiritual teacher on earth by overcoming “egoic delusion.” He writes that his book, The Power of Now . . .
. . . can be seen as a restatement for our time of that one timeless spiritual teaching, the essence of all religions. It is not derived from external sources, but from the one true Source within, so it contains no theory or speculation (The Power of Now, p. 10).
The heart of “that one timeless spiritual teaching” Tolle embraces should be very familiar to us because it goes right back to Eden. Tolle simply repackages the serpent’s sales pitch to Eve in the garden. Same lies, same false promises, same rotten fruit. Oprah buys it all, including the phony warranties.
In Chapter Three of Genesis, the first thing the serpent did was undermine the word of God, injecting doubt into Eve’s mind as to whether God could be believed, insisting as it proceeded with Eve’s seduction, that the words of God have no inherent validity. The serpent challenged Eve, “Yea, hath God said?” Tolle likewise insists that the word of God is not true. It can only make sense, Tolle says, if the words and phrases of scripture are interpreted solely in accord with his own contrary doctrine. According to Tolle, the deeper meaning of the scriptures has been lost. Only he has the power to reveal their true meaning and restore their transformative power. Referring to himself and his teachings, he writes that “there is no need to go elsewhere for the truth” (The Power of Now, p. 10).
Does Obama share the same misplaced reverence for Tolle that Oprah does? Obama has said, “I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and I am redeemed through Him. That is a source of strength and sustenance on a daily basis.” Does Obama believe that Tolle is a legitimate interpreter of scripture?
After convincing Eve that what God had said was not to be taken seriously, the serpent offered two false promises which Eve readily accepted. Oprah accepts these very same false promises as channeled through Tolle and his books. The first promise to Eve is that she would not die, contradicting God’s warning to Eve that death would be the consequence of eating from the forbidden tree. The serpent told Eve, “You shall not surely die.” Tolle makes the same false promise as the serpent, and Oprah receives it as truth. Tolle writes that “there is no death . . . you are indestructible, immortal. This is not a belief. It is absolute certainty that needs no external evidence or proof from some secondary source” (The Power of Now, pp. 46, 220). On one of her shows exalting Tolle’s teaching, Oprah questioned him about death. He responded, “There is no death . . . [There is] something inside saying, ‘I know there is no death.’” Oprah nodded in agreement, just as Eve probably did, as she welcomed this same false promise from the serpent.
The second false promise from the serpent to Eve was “You shall be as God.” Tolle teaches that he himself is God (“the ever-present I am”), and that all of his “enlightened” followers can become God also. Tolle applies directly to himself the self-authenticating words of God to Moses from the burning bush, “I Am that I Am” (A New Earth, p. 79). Tolle says that all of his followers can proclaim of themselves, when they become “conscious” and “awakened” enough, “I Am that I Am.” In Hebrew, this is YHVH, or Yahweh, the sacred name of God. Oprah fully receives this false (and some would say, blasphemous) promise that she is a “divine presence” as well. (The Power of Now, p. 196).
Larry King asked Oprah why she decided to endorse a presidential candidate for the first time in her life. She answered in reference to Obama: “Because I know him personally . . . I didn’t know anybody we’ll enough [before Obama] to be able to say I believe in this person.” Why does she believe in him? Does she see in him another “divine presence,” like herself?
In the process of undermining the authority of God’s word and offering two false promises, the serpent devised an insinuation that convinced Eve to abandon God altogether. Not only would Eve be “as God” but she would be “knowing good and evil” as well. The serpent deftly ascribed the prohibition of eating from the serpent’s tree to jealousy on the part of God. The serpent insinuated that God’s motive in forbidding Eve to eat of the fruit was to keep her from progressing spiritually and intellectually. Only by defying a jealous God could Eve obtain the intellectual knowledge she thought she should have, and be the spiritual person she thought she should be. God, supposedly, was jealous of her and her potential to be as He is. The serpent’s false imputation of a jealous motive is what sealed the deal for the Adversary of God and Christ. Any glimmers of faith Eve may have retained at this point dissolved completely. Then, relying only upon her senses, her sight primarily, she turned eagerly to the fruit of the serpent’s tree.
Oprah’s own story about how she finally decided to abandon God in favor of Tolle’s teaching involves the same insinuation of God’s “jealousy.” Oprah says she had accepted the Baptist teaching with its demonstrative worship and preaching until, during one sermon, she heard the preacher say that the God of the Bible “is a jealous God.” Although I was not there, there is no doubt the preacher was speaking of God’s jealousy for, and on behalf of, his chosen people, Israel. That is the context in which God’s “jealousy” almost always comes up in church. But Oprah understood it to mean that God was jealous of her: Oprah said snidely on her show:
“Go figure. God is all, God is omnipresent, God is all, and God is also jealous? God, God is jealous of me? And something about that didn’t feel right in my spirit. Because I believe that God is love and that God is in all things. And so that’s when the search for something more than doctrine started to stir within me” (My emphasis).
Just as was the case with Eve, only by defying what she conveniently perceives as a “jealous” God and turning to the fruit of Tolle’s tree (his teachings), can Oprah obtain the intellectual knowledge she thinks she should have, and be the spiritual person she thinks she should be. This same false “realization” is the final impetus that led both women to turn away from God and toward poisonous fruit, the poisonous fruit offered by the serpent and the poisonous fruit offered by Tolle.
Let me interject here, briefly, that when Oprah says “God is love,” as in her above television statement, she is not referring to sacrificial love which requires concern for others and effort, but to something more akin to a mere inner sensation. Tolle: “What is love? To feel the presence of that One Life deep within yourself and within all creatures” (The Power of Now, p. 155).
Jesus said to the Adversary who tempted Him in the wilderness, “Not on bread alone shall man be living, but on every declaration going out through the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Oprah lives by the words of Eckhart Tolle and the fruit of his tree, rooted in the soil of the serpent’s deceptions. Tolle and Oprah have agreed that belief in God is a pointless exercise:
Oprah: God in the essence of all consciousness isn’t something to believe. God is.
Oprah: God is. And God is a feeling experience, not a believing experience.
Tolle: That’s right.
Oprah: . . . If God for you is still about a belief, then it’s not truly God.
Oprah: That’s what you’re saying?
According to Washington Post staff writer, Matthew Mosk, the Obamas know Oprah very well. Obama and his wife, Michelle, met Winfrey on the Chicago social circuit before his 2004 Senate bid, and they have remained friendly since. Three years ago, the Obamas attended the white-tie Legends Ball at Winfrey’s Montecito home, where she first broached the idea of hosting a political event, something she had never done before. Since then, Winfrey has had the Obamas as guests on her television show, featured them in her magazine, and raved about the senator’s potential to change American politics in repeated public appearances. Do the “Christian” Obamas realize what kind of contrary doctrine Oprah is spreading throughout the world?
Tolle has convinced Oprah, or more likely, Oprah has used Tolle to convince herself, that faith in God and His word must be abandoned in favor of feeling. This is just what happened when Eve abandoned her trust in God’s word and turned to examine in detail the fruit of the serpent’s tree using her senses and flawed reasoning. The fruit of the serpent’s tree had the same attraction to Eve as the fruit of Tolle’s teaching now has to Oprah.
First, Eve saw that the serpent’s fruit was “good for food.” Likewise, Tolle’s fruit looks good, too. It will feed Oprah’s desire to grow and prosper intellectually and spiritually. It will nourish her delusions that she will be as God, and that she will not die.
Second, the serpent’s fruit brought “a yearning to the eyes” of Eve. Likewise, Oprah longs for the fruit of Tolle’s poisonous tree. Oprah is eager to make use of Tolle’s teaching. The “awakening” and “enlightenment” it offers will separate her from the “still unconscious majority of the population.” (The Power of Now, p. 218). If Tolle’s doctrine is attractive to her, it will be attractive to others. She will lead others to it, glorify it, and urge others to partake, and she will take the credit for bringing them into this new “awareness.”
Third, Eve saw that the serpent’s tree was “to be coveted as the tree to make one intelligent.” This is exactly what the fruit of Tolle’s doctrine offers to Oprah. Tolle gives her the ability to embrace and align herself with flawless “consciousness,” what Tolle also calls “universal intelligence.” (The New Earth, p. 289). The serpent’s and Tolle’s lies, and their fruit, and what Oprah accepts, all meld into one. This, then, is what the Oprah/Tolle doctrine presents as “that one timeless spiritual teaching.”
At a UCLA rally, Oprah said, “I’m not voting for Barack Obama because he’s black, I’m voting for Barack Obama because he’s brilliant.” Does Oprah see a manifestation of “universal intelligence” in Obama?
The apostle Paul enjoins Christians, “As children of light be walking (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth) testing what is well pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:9). Embracing as they do the serpent’s “enlightenment,” how can anything that Tolle and Oprah teach be well-pleasing to the Lord?
Obama has said, “Oprah, you’re my girl.” What did he mean by that? Oprah has called Obama, “my favorite guy,” and “my choice.” What did she mean?
Revelation 12:9 mentions “the ancient serpent called Adversary and Satan, who is deceiving the whole inhabited earth.” Ephesians 2:2 describes Satan as the “the chief of the jurisdiction of the air, the spirit now operating in the sons of stubbornness.” This evil spirit opposes Christ, and is thus, by definition, an antichrist spirit. The literal meaning of antichrist in ancient Greek is instead-anointed. It refers to one who takes upon himself (or herself) the office of the Anointed One, thus displacing Him, not so much as his outward opponent, but rather as a false messiah coming in the true Messiah’s stead. I John 2:18 tells us that “there have come to be many antichrists.” The question is, do Tolle and Oprah meet the scriptural definition of antichrists as defined by I John 2:22: “Who is the liar, if not he who is denying, saying that ‘Jesus is not the Christ’? This one is the antichrist, who is disowning the Father and the Son”?
According to the teaching of Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey, Jesus Christ is not the Son of God Who reconciles mankind to God the Father through the blood of His cross (Luke 1:35, Colossians 1:20), the Image of the Invisible God (II Corinthians 4:4), the Mediator of God and Mankind (I Timothy 2:5), or the Savior of all mankind, especially of believers (I Timothy 4:9). Tolle sees Jesus instead as a “rare” human being, in contrast to the stoic Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, whom he describes as an “exceedingly rare” human being (The New Earth, p. 89, The Power of Now, p. 179).
Oprah and Tolle do not believe that God the Father gave his only-begotten Son so “that everyone believing in Him should not be perishing” (John 3:16), or that God the Father has made Jesus Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). To them, God the Father is a false phrase disguising the true “it” behind all things: “universal intelligence,” in and of which, Tolle and Oprah imagine they partake abundantly. Oprah and her followers do not believe that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are concealed in Christ and God (Colossians 2:3), but rather in the writings of Eckhart Tolle, a man who is himself, in my opinion, an “extremely rare,” and deeply disturbed human being.
Jesus said “The declarations I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). Paul added that the word of God is “living and operative” (Hebrews 4:12). Not so, according to Tolle. The scriptures have lost their essence, power, and inspiration. It is Tolle’s words, not Christ’s, that “contain a great deal of spiritual power;” it is Tolle’s books, not the scriptures that are “spiritually alive” (The Power of Now, p. 8, The New Earth, p. 7).
Does Obama believe that Tolle is a truly great teacher whose “spiritually alive” words countermand those of Christ? Has he discussed this with Oprah or with his wife, Michelle?
Thus in Tolle’s and Oprah’s scheme, Tolle replaces Jesus Christ and himself becomes, in their minds, the chief spiritual teacher of all mankind. Oprah promotes him worldwide as such. Tolle and Oprah both deny God the Father and replace Him with the “it” they call “universal intelligence.” (The New Earth, p. 132). Tolle and Oprah take upon themselves the office of Jesus Christ, the True Anointed One, thus denying, disowning, and displacing Him and the Very Source of His anointing, God the Father. In no uncertain terms then, we are justified according to I John 2:22, in referring to them both as antichrists. If we were to put the Oprah/Tolle doctrine into the form of a bumper sticker or a sound bite it would be this: “Forget Christ and Scripture. Believe Tolle and Oprah.”
At a UCLA rally, Oprah said, “I’m just following my own truth, and that truth has led to Barack Obama. The truth has led me to Barack Obama.” Let’s not forget, as Oprah speaks of her “own truth,” what she means by it. We’ve seen that she has embraced the exact same lies from Tolle that Eve accepted from the serpent – that God is jealous of her spiritual and intellectual development, that the word of God cannot be trusted, that she is, in some sense, God, and that she will not die. She thinks these lies are the truth. Oprah’s “own truth” turns out to be the serpent’s lies, and that is what has led her to Barack Obama, encouraging her to extol his imaginary virtues. Does Obama realize this? Does he understand where Oprah is coming from spiritually?
Jesus warned us to “Take heed of those false prophets who are coming to you in the apparel of sheep, yet inside they are rapacious wolves” (Matthew 7:15). The phrase, “rapacious wolves,” presents us with a grim and vicious image. The evil in the image is magnified by the idea that the “rapacious wolves” pretend to be harmless sheep. In relation to the effect Tolle’s and Oprah’s doctrine has on the body of Christ and the word of God, are we justified in comparing them with rapacious wolves who wear the deceitful apparel of sheep? Let’s see.
Wolves attack their prey in packs. Tolle, Oprah, and her entourage make up the pack of rapacious wolves. The word of God is their prey. Once wolves sink their teeth into their victim, they don’t let go until it is dead. They shred it to pieces and chew it up. With the word of God ripped apart, discredited, and devoured, only the teachings of Tolle and Oprah seem to have life in them.
In what sense do Tolle and Oprah wear the apparel of sheep? Rapacious means ravenous. That conjures up the image of scavenger birds feasting on a dead body. Tolle and Oprah do indeed scavenge from the carcass their bloody fangs have made of the word of God. They peck out a few phrases here and there, and drape them over themselves to make it appear that they respect a Man whom Christians believe is the Good Shepherd of the sheep. They also make it appear that they admire a book which most people, at least to some degree, revere. In The New Earth, Tolle quotes more from the Bible than any other book, and more from Jesus than any other person, but always out of context, and always to bolster his antichrist philosophy.
Let me give you just four out of more than a score of examples. Tolle quotes the words of Jesus, “Man does not live by bread alone,” but ignores the part about living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. He instead relates the phrase to the needs of his followers to feed upon the timeless intelligence within their inner bodies. (The Power of Now, p. 116) According to Tolle, when Christ spoke of “salvation,” He actually meant “enlightenment,” more specifically, the “radical transformation of human consciousness” (The Power of Now, p. 13). Likewise, the second coming of Christ is not at all what the scriptures describe, but rather “the transformation of human consciousness, a shift from time to presence, from thinking to pure consciousness, not the arrival of some man or woman” (The Power of Now, p. 105). Tolle steals the inspiration for the title of his latest book from Revelation 21:1 which refers to “a new heaven and a new earth.” According to Tolle’s private interpretaton, the “new heaven” is not a future creation of God, and the “new earth” is not the promised, future glorious abode for redeemed Israel. Tolle’s infallible esoteric discernment tells him that:
Collective human consciousness and life on our planet are intrinsically connected. “A new heaven” is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and “a new earth” is its reflection in the physical realm (The New Earth, p. 23, emphasis in original).
Further, Tolle claims that this is what Jesus really meant. Thus, wearing makeshift cloaks haphazardly strung together from out-of-context quotes from scripture, Tolle and Oprah give the deceitful impression that they are part of the flock of believers. As recently as March, Oprah has said, “I am a Christian.” By contradicting scriptural prophesies with a prophesy of their own, and by acting toward the truth of God as rapacious wolves disguised as non-threatening sheep, they meet the scriptural criteria for identifying them as false prophets.
In Iowa, when Michelle Obama referred to Oprah as a woman “who empowers us all,” what did she mean? Did she mean that it is the Oprah/Tolle doctrine which empowers her and her husband?
Tolle and Oprah have no standing or depth whatsoever when it comes to the body of Christ. They are not part of it, and have nothing to contribute to it. Christ gives to Christians whom the scriptures refer to as “the ecclesia which is His body” evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the specific purpose of edifying them (Ephesians 4:11-12). The word ecclesia, used in the Concordant Literal Translation, gets closer to the original meaning of the Greek word ekklesia (Greek = out-called) than the word “church” used in the King James Version. The body of Christ is not a building, but rather a called-out group of individuals who believe that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was entombed, and that He has been roused the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4). Tolle and Oprah deny that Christ rose from the dead.
The risen Christ commissioned Paul to take the evangel (well-message, or good news) of the grace of God to the people of the nations, “to open their eyes, to turn them about from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, for them to get a pardon of sins and an allotment among those who have been hallowed by faith that is in Me [Christ]” (Acts 26:18). Paul, who therefore has authority to teach the body of Christ, issued two very clear guidelines to believers to make certain they retained the true teachings built upon the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. First:
You, then, child of mine, be invigorated by the grace which is in Christ Jesus. And what things you hear from me through many witnesses, these commit to faithful men, who shall be competent to teach others also (II Timothy 2:1-2).
Tolle and Oprah do not even acknowledge that Christ is the Son of God, much less “hear” anything that Paul has to say about Him. Tolle and Oprah exhibit no faith whatsoever in the words of Paul or Christ. Their god, “universal intelligence” does not require a belief, only a “feeling.” They are thus not competent to teach anyone anything about the truth of God. Second:
Have a pattern of sound words, which you hear from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. The ideal committed to you, guard through the holy spirit which is making its home in us” (II Timothy 1:13-14).
When you change the words and their pattern, you change the teaching. This is exactly what Tolle and Oprah do. In Paul’s teaching, there is no “alignment with the evolutionary impulse of the universe,” “transformation of consciousness” – “awakened,” “arising,” “flowering,” or otherwise. To the contrary, the Holy Spirit, which will lead us into all truth, “is making its home in us.” We cultivate love, the sacrificial kind, not some vague inner “awareness” unless it is the awareness inherent in the fact that we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices (II Corinthians 2:11). Coincidentally, Tolle refers to his book, A New Earth, as “a transformational device that has come out of the arising new consciousness” (The New Earth, p. 6).
Tolle’s teaching is completely contrary to Christ’s and Paul’s, contradicting them on every meaningful point. The true teacher’s purpose is to build up the body of Christ. Tolle’s purpose, and Oprah’s as well, is to tear it down. Their teachings are poison to the body of Christ, and they want vulnerable Christians to drink that poison.
When Michelle Obama said in Iowa that Oprah “touches the souls of so many of us,” what exactly did she mean? Has Michelle’s soul, through Oprah, been touched by the teachings of the Tolle-headed serpent?
Jesus refers to His and our Adversary as a thief, explaining that the “thief is not coming except that he should be stealing and sacrificing and destroying” (John 10:10). Oprah steals away the attention of her followers from Christ to herself. She sacrifices them to the antichrist doctrine of Tolle, and ultimately, she and Tolle together, through repetition and insistence, destroy the faith of her followers in Christ.
In many cases, the word of God has been recently sown in the lives of Oprah’s viewers, but it has not had time to take root, and they remain babes in Christ. They need a qualified teacher of the scriptures to help them mature, and they need to study the word more on their own; but before either is able to transpire, “coming is the wicked one and snatching what has been sown in [their] heart[s]” (Matthew 13:18). This is exactly what Tolle and Oprah do.
In direct opposition and contradiction to the words of Jesus in the prayer he taught his apostles, Oprah leads her followers, especially the vulnerable members of the body of Christ, into temptation and delivers them into evil. She turns them away from God’s revelation, toward herself and Tolle. The scriptures are very terse and right on point about matters such as these. According to Romans 1:25, Tolle and Oprah “alter the truth of God into the lie, and are venerated, and offer divine service to the creature rather than the Creator.”
The false teaching inherent in the Oprah/Tolle doctrine is bad enough. What makes it a thousand times worse, egregiously reprehensible even, is the fact that Oprah tells the lie of lies about it. She introduces her online class presenting the Oprah/Tolle doctrine by asserting that it “is not for or against any religion.” The Oprah/Tolle doctrine is not against Christianity? Most of the scriptures were written on scrolls, but for the purpose of grasping the destructive violence that the Oprah/Tolle doctrine does to Christianity, picture the complete word of God as existing now on baked clay tablets. Now visualize Oprah and Tolle taking sledgehammers to them. Those who seek to obliterate the very foundation of Christianity are not against it?
On Oprah’s Web site, next to the words, “This online class is not for or against any religion,” she has placed the above image of the spire of a church with a cross at its top. How much more morally corrupt could Oprah be?
How deeply involved in all of this deception is Barack Obama? Let’s look first at Oprah’s perspective. Why did Oprah feel “compelled” to endorse Obama? The answer is to be found in what Oprah considers the most important issue of our time – the new awareness, the “awakening,” “the evolution of human consciousness” (The New Earth, p. 229). In promoting worldwide Internet classes teaching Tolle’s doctrine, Oprah gushes with unbridled enthusiasm, “I don’t think there’s anything more important than awakening, and also knowing what your purpose is.” If this really is the most important consideration in her life, by endorsing Obama, Oprah must believe, she must know, that he shares her “spiritual” outlook, the Tolle/Oprah doctrine, and that he sanctions her worldwide crusade to raise everyone’s “consciousness.”
Oprah spoke of her intimate relationship with Obama as she introduced him in Iowa:
I am not here for partisan beliefs. Over the years I’ve voted for as many Republicans as I have Democrats, so this isn’t about partisanship for me, this is very, very personal. I am here because of my personal conviction about Barack Obama and what he can do for America (my emphases).
Michelle Obama wrote the tribute to Oprah as part of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2008. In it she said:
Oprah is a wonderful friend and an incredible force. Her friendship and support have meant so much to Barack and me . . . Using her platform to serve as a global role model, she challenges us to make the world as it is, the world as it should be. And she is always the first to show us how it can be done.
Michelle’s tribute was published on May 20, 2008, two months after Oprah had kicked off her ten-week global Internet online class touting Tolle’s mega-bestseller, A New Earth, and its importance to everyone’s “spirituality.” The interactive webcast reached 500,000 people in more than 139 countries, becoming “one of the largest single online events in the history of the Internet.” Since that time, according to Oprah’s Web site, millions more have downloaded Tolle’s teachings. What is Michelle Obama referring to, if not this? Is not the promotion of the Oprah/Tolle doctrine Oprah’s most focused effort, in Michelle Obama’s words, “to make . . . the world as it should be”? Do Michelle and Barack Obama feel that the esoteric doctrine of the Tolle-headed serpent should be the ruling philosophy of the world?
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey know each other very well. Their relationship is “very, very, personal.” Common sense tells us that Obama and Michelle have read, and agree with, the doctrine expressed in Tolle’s The Power of Now and A New Earth. If you were running for president and had the opportunity to receive the endorsement of the most influential woman in the world, would you look into what mattered most to her on a casual basis, or would you look into it seriously and deeply?
The Oprah/Tolle doctrine asserts that “A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die” (A New Earth, p. 21). Oprah and Tolle, in their own minds, have “awakened” to the purpose of their lives and “evolved.” Oprah believes Obama is one of them, imagining that he has “evolved” as well. In South Carolina, Oprah said:
The reason I love Barack Obama is because he is an evolved leader who can bring evolved leadership to our country.
Does not this imply that she knows Obama has read Tolle’s books and agrees with the Oprah/Tolle doctrine, a doctrine that spreads the Tolle-headed serpent’s “enlightenment”? We have to ask, what kind of person must Obama be in order for Oprah to consider him “evolved”? Here’s the answer according to the Oprah/Tolle doctrine: Obama must:
Realize that “The Truth is inseparable from who [he is],” that “[he is] the Truth,” and that “If [he] look[s] for it elsewhere, [he] will be deceived every time” (The New Earth, p. 71).
See himself as aligned with universal intelligence “which means be [a] conscious participant in the unfolding of that higher purpose” (The New Earth, p. 194).
See himself as being in “alignment with the evolutionary impulse of the universe” (The New Earth, p. 163).
Believe that he possesses the intelligence that underlies the evolutionary impulse of the universe, is in conscious alignment with this “universal intelligence,” and that he will express it “on a higher, more wondrous level” (The New Earth, pp. 268-69, 277).
Believe that “All spiritual teachings originate from the same Source.” (The Power of Now, p. 115).
“Know” God “not as something outside [himself] but as [his] own innermost essence.” (The Power of Now, p. 146).
See himself as one of the few people on the planet “who can sustain a state of continuous presence” in the now (The Power of Now, p. 191).
Believe that “Only through awareness – not through thinking – can [he] differentiate between fact and opinion” (The New Earth, pp. 68 – 69).
Believe that the “ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, [his] purpose, is to bring that power [awareness] into this world” (The New Earth, p. 78).
See himself as a bringer of “the new consciousness,” and as a man whose “mere presence” has a “transformational effect on whoever [he] comes in contact with” (The New Earth, p. 108).
Believe that the “intelligence” operating through him, “is the same intelligence that manifests as Gaia, the complex living being that is planet earth” (The New Earth, p. 132-33).
Believe that “Real love doesn’t make you suffer” (The Power of Now, p. 30).
Imagine that “All problems are illusions of the mind” (The Power of Now, p. 64).
Think that “Who [he is] requires no belief” since “every belief is an obstacle.” (The New Earth, p. 189).
Believe that “There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness.” (The New Earth, p. 160).
Believe that “self-esteem and humility” are “one and the same” (The New Earth, p. 109).
Believe that to be enlightened means to “regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of feeling-realization” (The Power of Now, p. 13).
Imagine himself to be an aware and enlightened being who is “not for ‘my’ country but for all of humanity, not for ‘my’ religion but the emergence of consciousness in all human beings, not for ‘my’ species but for all sentient beings and all of nature” (The New Earth, p. 290).
Does any of that ring a bell?
At a Los Angeles rally, Oprah spoke of the “energy and intelligence” Obama has already brought to the election process. At a UCLA rally, Oprah said, “I’m not voting for Barack Obama because he’s black, I’m voting for Barack Obama because he’s brilliant.” This suggests that Oprah sees Obama as embodying “universal intelligence” and expressing it “on a higher, more wondrous level,” as per the Oprah/Tolle doctrine. The real Obama is the Obama Oprah knows.
In Iowa, Oprah said,
But when you listen to Barack Obama, when you really hear him [as Oprah is uniquely and personally qualified to do], you witness a very rare thing. You witness a politician who has an ear for eloquence, and a tongue dipped in unvarnished truth.
According to James 3:8, the tongue is “a turbulent evil, distended with death-carrying venom” that no man can tame. But Oprah sees Obama as having tamed his tongue – with “awareness,” “universal intelligence,” and “higher consciousness.”
Let me reiterate what I mentioned, above. At UCLA, Oprah said, “I’m just following my own truth, and that truth has led to Barack Obama. The truth has led me to Barack Obama.” Let’s not forget, as Oprah speaks of “truth,” what she means by it. We’ve seen that she has embraced the exact same lies from Tolle that Eve accepted from the serpent, and that she believes these lies – that God is jealous of her spiritual and intellectual development, that the word of God cannot be trusted, that she is, in some sense, God, and that she will not die. It is the lies of the Tolle-headed serpent, not the truth of the Creator God, that have led her to Barack Obama, and to extol his imaginary virtues.
Referring to Obama in South Carolina, Oprah said, “It isn’t enough to tell the truth. We need politicians who know how to be the truth.” Tolle and Oprah believe that each “evolved,” “aware” person can say of himself or herself, “I am the way and the truth and the life,” wrenching these words right out of the mouth of Christ to their own perverted purpose. (The New Earth, p. 71). Of course, they ignore the immediate follow-up statement of Jesus, “No one is coming to the Father except through Me.” By calling Obama an “evolved leader,” and affirming that he knows how “to be the truth,” Oprah reveals that she believes that he is qualified to make the statement, “I am the way and the truth and the life” in referring to himself. From the standpoint of Oprah/Tolleism, Oprah sees Obama’s leadership as messianic.
Now let’s turn to Obama himself. Elements of the Oprah/Tolle doctrine show up in many of the things Obama has to say, particularly the things relating to global issues. In his Berlin speech on July 24th, entitled “A World That Stands as One,” Obama said “now is the time” twice, and “this is the moment” fourteen times, as in “This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet,” and “This is the moment to give our children back their future,” etc. He also said, “Now the world will watch and remember what we do here – what we do with this moment,” and “People of Berlin – people of the world – this is our moment. This is our time.”
But did anything really happen during the “moment” or the “now” of his speech, other than his giving a speech? When he said, “This is the moment when we must defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it,” did terror get defeated at that “moment,” or did the well of extremism dry up at that “moment”? No. None of Obama’s references to “the moment” and the “now” make any sense unless we relate them the writings of Eckhart Tolle.
Tolle urges his followers to go ever deeper into the Now, growing in awareness or “presence power” because
It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. No unconsciousness, no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light. (PN 75)
As his speech progressed, Obama moved deeper into the Now. I expect that Senator Obama experienced some anxiety before speaking to those 80,000 Berliners. Here is Tolle’s solution to such nervousness: “You can stop this health- and life-corroding insanity by simply acknowledging the present moment” (The Power of Now, p. 85). Obama acknowledged the present moment nineteen times. His invocation of the “moment” had no meaning, no relevance, outside or beyond Tolle’s teaching. Obama has bought into Tolle’s “Power of Now.” Here are a few more of Tolle’s gems:
Narrow your life down to this moment (The Power of Now, p. 63).
The present moment holds the key to liberation (The Power of Now, p. 23).
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life (The Power of Now, p. 35).
. . . honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be (The Power of Now, p. 48, emphasis in original).
Always work with [the present moment], not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life (The Power of Now, p. 35 – 36).
Saying “this is the moment” over and over in his speech appears to have been some kind of mystical incantation Obama gleaned from the Oprah/Tolle doctrine.
Consider this excerpt from Obama’s Berlin speech:
The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down (my emphasis).
Barring the return of Jesus (the only Man qualified to rule humanity spiritually and politically) none of those walls will be torn down in this century or the next, except in the twisted imaginations and wishful dreams of those who embrace the Oprah/Tolle doctrine. Why does Obama say that these walls “must” come down now? Because, as per the Oprah/Tolle doctrine, there is a “profound shift in planetary consciousness that is destined to take place in the human species” (The New Earth, p.5). And because, “A new species is arising on the planet. It is arising now, and [if you have read Tolle’s books and welcome the Oprah/Tolle doctrine] you are it!” (The New Earth, p. 309).
Can you fathom the chaos that would ensue having a president of the United States who actually believes these kinds of things?
Obama is talking about the entire world in the above quote. How much realistic thinking went into these remarks? None. The Oprah/Tolle doctrine is not about analyzing or thinking: “If there is an apparent conflict between [thought and emotion], the thought will be the lie, the emotion will be the truth” (The Power of Now, p. 122). Obama’s words reveal that he is only slightly more sophisticated than Rodney “Why can’t we all just get along” King. In his Berlin speech, Obama expressed nothing more than a feeling, a globalist feeling of “universal consciousness,” grounded not in reality, but in the magical fantasies of the Oprah/Tolle doctrine.
Obama, Oprah, and Tolle share with the mainstream media (MSM) many mistaken beliefs, the most foundational of which, in my opinion, is the notion that they are all descended by chance over millions of years from worms, reptiles, and monkeys (The New Earth, pp. 1-3). This mistaken belief often serves as a unifying condescension toward those of us who believe that the Sacred Scriptures, in the original Hebrew and Greek, represent the living and true words or our Creator. However, in this case, the MSM’s shared, imagined origins with Obama, Oprah, and Tolle as worm-reptile-monkey people is not enough of a unifying connection for them to accept, without examination, Obama’s association with Oprah and her guru.
After Tolle released The Power of Now in 1997, Time magazine referred to it as so much “mumbo jumbo” (The Power of Now, p. xv, author’s preface to the new edition). This indicates that even the worm-reptile-monkey crowd can see right through the superficiality and idiocy of the Oprah/Tolle doctrine, when they do their jobs and take a critical look at it. While the MSM might not care whether Obama is a genuine Christian, or whether the Oprah/Tolle doctrine makes a mockery of Christ and scripture, do they really want a president whose vision of the American future is based, to any degree, on Tolle’s “mumbo jumbo”? The MSM has turned a blind eye to this huge story for about as long as it can.
Taking the Tolle-headed serpent’s fruit from Oprah appears to have been the greatest mistake of Obama’s career. He and his wife are in too deep, and the details are much too public. He cannot ignore his connection to Oprah and Tolle, and he cannot lie his way out of it. Without making a fool of himself, Obama cannot say, “This is not the Oprah I knew.”
The endorsement from the “most influential woman in the world” that propelled Obama to his party’s nomination is a thing of the past. This has become the moment that Obama needs to explain his relationship with Oprah and her New Age guru. That is the Power of Now.
Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., is the author of The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble, Athena and Kain: The True Meaning of Greek Art, Noah in Ancient Greek Art, and most recently, Sowing Atheism: The National Academy of Science’s Sinister Scheme to Teach Our Children They’re Descended from Reptiles. He is also the co-inventor of the controversial board game, banned in the 80s, Public Assistance: Why Bother Working for a Living?