Newsweek has published the best profile I expect to read of the woman who may or may not have had John Edwards' baby. It leaves out the American Psycho connection, but it does mention her obsession with daytime TV favorite Eckhart Tolle:
I would soon learn that there was no such thing as small talk with Rielle Hunter. She told me that she'd felt a connection to me when we'd first met, that she could tell I was a very old soul. This meant a lot to Rielle. Her speech was peppered with New Age jargon—human beings were dragged down by "blockages" to their actual potential; history was the story of souls entering and escaping our field of consciousness. A seminal book for her had been Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now." Her purpose on this Earth, she said, was to help raise awareness about all this, to help the unenlightened become better reflections of their true, repressed selves.
Her latest project was John Edwards. Edwards, she said, was an old soul who had barely tapped into any of his potential. The real John Edwards, she believed, was a brilliant, generous, giving man who was driven by competing impulses—to feed his ego and serve the world. If he could only tap into his heart more, and use his head less, he had the power to be a "transformational leader" on par with Gandhi and Martin Luther King. "He has the power to change the world," she said.
If this saga becomes a tawdry TV movie, I hope the director casts Ben Kingsley as the candidate. And with Tolle in the picture, I hope the film doesn't neglect the possibility that the whole affair was a complicated covert op orchestrated by Oprah to help her candidate get the nomination. (*)
* Stop giving me that look. This country needs a better class of anti-Obama conspiracy theories, and I'm trying to do my part.
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