The New Age faith of Arianna Huffington
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Although her book, The Fourth Instinct, was published in 1994, Arianna now promotes it on her website with these two comments:
The Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul: The Fourth Instinct is an exploration of mankind's forgotten instinct -- the most neglected and least understood part of human nature. It is the instinct that compels us to go beyond survival, beyond sexuality, and beyond status and power to find spiritual fulfillment and meaning in our lives."
"The Fourth Instinct is a wonderful discovery, reminding each of us of all that we were meant to be -- and can still become. Caring, sensitive, profoundly insightful, it is a book that can change the way we live our lives." -- Deepak Chopra, M.D.
We reviewed her book and included some of our comments in Chapter 10 of A Twist of Faith. Here is an excerpt from that chapter:
You may have heard of Arianna Huffington, one of the fast-rising female stars in conservative political circles and Washington society. The title of her latest book, The Fourth Instinct, refers to a spiritual force with "power to transform ourselves and our world." You know she is not talking about God when she calls it "the bridge to this next stage in man's evolution and the voice calling us to cross over."
"Even those who are not looking for 'a new heaven and a new earth'. . . recognize that what the millennium requires from us above all else is a psychological shift, a spiritual breakthrough," she says. The Fourth Instinct "is an evolutionary spiral based on a different set of imperatives -- for now the survival of the fittest will be the survival of the wisest."
The wisest? According to whom?
Not to Christians who are still "clinging to the old" world-view or paradigm which offers only "the bankrupt solutions of yesterday." They know all too well that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God," for "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)
Instead, Ms. Huffington urges her flock to follow a "universal force that will lead us beyond the last horizon of our known self toward a wiser, more loving, more luminous state of being." That brings us back to Barbara Marx Hubbard. "To be wise now, is to . . . . take the evolutionary perspective and see the world in process of transformation," she says. "Wisdom is to see reality, not as a static set of things, but as a . . . process leading toward godhood for humanity."
Strange and mystical, isn't it? So is James Redfield's top-selling thriller, The Celestine Prophecy. It's huge readership proves the appeal of this occult message. Like Mrs. Hubbard and Mrs. Huffington, Redfield urges humanity to practice the psychic skills needed to produce a "critical" mass in order to speed our evolution. That means rejecting church leaders who block the new awareness.
When a local United Methodist church announced a weekly discussion group on the Celestine Prophecy, I decided to check it out. On my first visit, I found a group of about twenty men and women sharing their strange "coincidences", angelic visitations, and other mystical experiences which supposedly led to a "conscious evolution"— the focus of Barbara Marx Hubbard's message. Perhaps they believed, as Redfield promised, that they would one day transform into "pure light" and simply "walk into heaven." In spite of the church setting, no one ever mentioned the likely possibility of counterfeit spirits. Apparently, the group viewed all kinds of spiritual feelings and experiences as good. Redfield's lie had become more belivable!
"For half a century now, a new consciousness has been entering the human world, a new awareness that can only be called transcendent, spiritual . . . .
"Once we understand. . . how to engage this allusive process and maximize its occurrence in our lives, human society will take a quantum leap into a whole new way of life . . . .
"All that any of us have to do is suspend our doubts and distractions just long enough . . . and miraculously, this reality can be our own.
During the last Celestine Prophecy session, the teacher told us that we were close to becoming the "critical mass" of evolving minds that would catapult us into the next stage of "our" spiritual evolution. There we would accelerate the pace of our evolution and voluntarily limit reproduction and consumption. "Whole groups of people who have reached a certain level [would] become invisible, and the barrier between this life and the other world" would begin to crumble.
"Would we still have criminals?" asked a woman.
"There would be no need to steal, for all have the same values," answered the teacher. "We're moving toward heaven, a state of being where people are valued for their essence. . . . Fundamentalist people live . . . in a state of fear. . . . But someone who is truly spiritual, is serene. She lives in a state of grace."
"My sister-in law is like that," said another women. "She is wonderful. Always in that state of serenity, even when things get really hard."
"What does she believe?" asked the leader.
"In God. In Jesus Christ. She hurts a lot, but she has perfect peace."
The leader changed the subject.
To see this excerpt in context -- and for a broader comparison between Arianna Huffington and Globalist leader Barbara Marx Hubbard -- readChapter 10 in A Twist of Faith, then "find" her name in Chapter 6.
The following links give more background information:
What they believe - A quick look at Davis and major recall candidates: "Arianna Huffington.
Arianna Huffington's anarchy for the USA: "She wants to overthrow the government. She wants people to take to the streets in acts of civil disobedience and organise boycotts of big corporations. She thinks the war on drugs is a waste of time and money. Her heroes are the demonstrators who brought the World Trade Organisation to a standstill in Seattle. Her enemies are the Republican party establishment. She reckons poor people and black people in America should rise up and demand their rights. She's angry as hell. This is not some fugitive member of an urban guerrilla group issuing her manifesto. This is Arianna Stassinopolous Huffington, once the queen-pin of the Republican establishment."
How to Overthrow The Government: "When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to rise up in protest... When a handful of corporate profiteers amass vast fortunes while 35 million citizens languish in poverty... ...When a majority of registered voters no longer have enough faith in our fat-cat "leaders" and their obsolete parties even to show up at the polls to replace them... When these truths become self-evident... Then the time has come to overthrow the government." http://www.ariannaonline.com/books/overthrow.html
More quotes from Arianna Huffington's book, The Fourth Instinct (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994):
"In the Gods of Greece I revisited the myths of my childhood and found in the
gods and goddesses guides to forgotten dimensions of ourselves. Personifying the
contending forces in us as gods and goddesses acknowledges their emotional power
over us and the need to give them conscious recognition -- because if we do not,
they will rise up and take their revenge." 18
“Everything is connected to everything else; every thing, every molecule, every rock, every living form, is infused by the same source. To say this is to put the lie to a million false dualities, to all the forced separations between spirit and mind, soul and body, 'God and man. 'God is the sky and God is in the trees! God is in you and God is in me!'"
“To speak about this universal force that will lead us beyond the last horizon of our known self toward a wiser, more loving, more luminous state of being, we do not need to invent a new language. But we do need to learn to listen to the old, the ancient one....“ (page 20)
“There is, however, a fundamental difference between today and other historic times of spiritual renewal. Ours does not revolve around any one concept of God or require that we believe in any one set of dogmas... any one recipe for redemption.” 21
"The Fourth Instinct as the force within us that urges us on beyond faith to understanding, knowledge and the actual experience of its power to transform ourselves and our world when it is translated into values, priorities and behavior." 21
"Even those who are not looking for 'a new heaven and anew earth,' a new messiah. . . recognize that what the millennium requires from us above all else is a psychological shift, a spiritual breakthrough, a new readiness to rediscover what it is to be human...." 27-28
"Like all turning points, this is a time of great tensions. Conventional answers no longer satisfy ancient questions now being asked with new urgency. There is grave danger in our discontent, but also great opportunity . . . If we see these tensions in an evolutionary framework, as the natural pain of leaving what we know to venture into he less familiar, we will uncover guidelines for our choices and we will not be left to face today's /growing problems armed only with the bankrupt solutions of yesterday. Instead of avoiding the changes by clinging to the old, we will embrace them with anticipation.” 28-29
Do we focus on what is dying or on what is being born? 19
“In our seeking -- from India's shrines to the Vatican, from the mountains of Peru to the deserts of Arizona -- we prove the universality of the human drive to find meaning a purpose in our lives, to find God. It is the drive of the Fourth Instinct." 39
“When Christ proclaimed that these things that I do, you too shall do and even greater, he was giving voice to a very important law of our evolution..." 45
“The Fourth Instinct is both the bridge to this next stage in man's evolution and the voice calling us to cross over -- from competition to cooperation and community... It is an evolutionary spiral based on a different set of imperatives -- for now the survival of the fittest will be the survival of the wisest." 47
"The second instinct is the will to power... mastering nature..." 50 "...the pursuit of wealth... to accumulate." 77
"The Fourth Instinct impels us on a journey to become who we really are." 75
Labyrinth 91-93 spiral , silver cord, 91, Chopra 101
"...an active relationship with the divine." 132
"'Falsehood is never so false as when it is very nearly true,' said Chesterton...". 40
"I was talking with Jonas Salk about evolution. He began speaking of evolution
in spiritual terms. 'The evolutionary instinct compels us to bring out the best
in ourselves and in others, to recognize our interconnectedness with everyone
"My hope based on my own experience -- is for a more natural seeking, perhaps at times intense and painful, but always prodded by the voice of our Fourth Instinct which encourages us to choose, at every moment, our own path to meaning." 199
"'Myth is the foundation of life,' wrote Thomas Mann." 241
Critical Mass 240
"Science... unity of all things...." 221
"'Every transformation of man,' wrote Lewis Mufmord, 'has rested on ... a new picture of the cosmos and the nature of man.'" 248
[x]Arianna Huffington The Fourth Instinct (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994), 21.
[xviii]Some of those angelic helpers could have been God's true ministering angels. But, when people are oblivious to God's warnings and as ready for any spiritual experience as this circle of seekers was, their chances of meeting the counterfeit grows. Some experiences sounded ominously occult.
[xix]Redfield, 240, 241, 242.
[xx]Redfield, "Author's Note" opposite page 1.