Why doesn’t Paris Hilton grow as a person?
She’s pretty American
BY PAUL KAIHLA — In her short, unintentional life, Paris Hilton has performed at least one spiritual good deed: In 2007, after being sentenced to 45 days in jail for . . . whatever, she exited her L.A. home carrying a copy of Eckhart Tolle’s, The Power of Now.
That single act, and famous photo, gave Tolle’s best-selling book of spiritual haiku a second life. It zoomed up Amazon.
The take on Paris among the Soul’s Code community of helping-professionals goes something like this: she’s a harmless person who puts herself out there — but not “in” there — as in, herself. Or what Carl Jung called “the Self,” free of an excessive degree of self-concern.
When she was sentenced, we publicly prayed for Paris’ new inner life — or at least that she’d undergo what another American icon, Dwight Eisenhower, called “an agonizing reappraisal.”
It didn’t work.
Paris now has a new reality show — this time on a cable network called Oxygen.
It has the generous, self-effacing title, The World According to Paris.
Here’s a segment:
Paris says on camera without a hint of irony:
“My friends and I call people who crave attention, hungry tigers — and believe me, Kristin is the hungriest of them all.”
If any of us who aren’t on reality TV ever said that about anyone in our social orbit . . . um, I think that our family, friends, priest, psych or mentalist would call us out for our projections. But when a media parasite like Paris — who isn’t a Hilton Hotel heiress by any business measure, by the way — recites those lines, it’s only moreso.
A spiritual teacher named David Richo has a brilliant take on the ego. Richo came by it honestly: He was a Catholic priest who resigned his office to become a psychotherapist, and then blended the model of Christ with Buddhism for his personal practice.
Your identity is fragile, cracked easily, and bereft of power, says Richo. The more devoted you are to your self-image, the more easily and often you react.
Paris possibly posed with the Power of Now for two reasons: she got a personal recommendation to read the book, and it was publicly useful.
The Power of Now was already a bestseller by Tolle, who lives in Vancouver, Canada.
On a suicidal night three decades ago, Tolle had an ‘enlightenment,’ or permanent shift into another state of mind.
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Tolle’s realization is that the act of thinking itself is not the fundamental denizen of reality, or even a great tool to empirically measure reality. Thinking is a small slice of life, confined to the cognitive capacity of the machine parts that make up the brain.
How do you feel after you make love? (forget, Paris)
Euphoria. No thought. Your body, your being, is your ‘mind’, so to speak.
In fact, if you grok that the very act of reading these words is a narrowing state of mind — kind of like what physicists do when they collapse quantum particles into a fixed position by measuring them — then you get Tolle.
Paris picked up his book, and hung out with a Hollywood guru, but here we are.
America may have great leaders and creators but half of the society is the most parochial on the planet — next to Japan. (Full disclosure: I’m an American).
Half of this place is also a profoundly fearful nation. What happened the month of 9/11? Restaurant, retail and travel sales plummeted. These people aren’t Rambo’s. They “cocooned” in their homes, scared shit-less. True story.
What does this have to do with Paris Hilton?
The behavior reflects a collective unconscious informed by desperation and anxiety, or what Soul’s Code and Eckhart Tolle call “the pain-body.”
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It is any wonder, then, that one of the most famous women in our culture is on an energetic frequency — or to put it in Oprah-speak, attracts into her life the following people and places via the Laws of Attraction:
- Allows herself to be recorded with a video camera having intercourse and oral sex with a freak named Rick Solomon, then signs a mutual release to earn royalties from the pornographic video — and then as late as June, 2011 presents herself as a victim of sexual exploitation
- has only two real friends, as she claims in The World According to Paris, and unconsciously hosted a reality series in *three* countries, My New BFF
- her current love interest was arrested for drunk driving, acts out with possessive and paranoid rage at Paris, and works as a club promoter in — of all of the most glamorous and cultured cities of the world — Las Vegas.
Paris is now the subject of media and blogger ridicule because MTV booted her, and her Oxygen ratings suck. The only factor giving The World According to Paris any fumes at all is Brooke Mueller — and by inference, Charlie Sheen.
Let’s get real, this is the first we’ve ever read in the whole history of the Internet that Paris Hilton even knew Brooke Mueller. Sheen’s ex was retained for the reality show to keep Paris alive as a reality TV actress, and parasitically ride off of Sheen’s notoriety and PageRank.
Talk about exploitation: It’s the Hilton brand.
They’re as desperate as the rest of us.
It’s the torments of the Ego — excessive self-concern, the constant making of comparisons and continuous seeking — that made Tolle’s Power of Now a hit in the first place.
We all want to escape the kind of neurotic-hell that Hilton has so poignantly portrayed in The World According to Paris.
And I for one will pray that Paris picks up the Power of Now again.