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Shirley MacLaine and the New Age

October 11, 1987

Most of the great (and "lesser") mystics spent half their lives fearing for their sanity and suffering every hardship. And for the genuine student, as opposed to an imagined one, there is never any concern as to applying spiritualism to the earthly life because the two can never be separate. Higher consciousness has nothing to do with gushing over each other's crystals, looking dreamy, being a sanctimonious "do-gooder," dabbling with ethereal visualizations or speaking psychobabble. But it has everything to do with human service. It is for MacLaine to examine her own sincerity and humility. If she ever relinquishes her soapbox preoccupation with herself, she might begin to learn--if that indeed is what she wants.

L. Greenway

Los Angeles

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