A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.
In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are--which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are--and learn to live and breathe freely.
Reviews of: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
I read Tolle's first book The Power of Now after hearing about it on a radio show that I admired. I couldnt get into it that much but I know now I simply wasn't ready for what it had to say.
A New Earth came to me after a good friend recommended it, and sure enough I received it as a gift less than a week after. I was open to its message.
This book is much more practical and sheds a direct light on how we function (dysfunction) in the world.
Recommended for all who feel there is something missing.
It is undeniable that the world is speeding toward something - some kind of climax. The environment, the political landscape, and global health issues all point to an increase in a world driven by our ego. Tolle's book, A New Earth, is a very urgent calling for all of us to examine our lives, examine how we think, why we think, and let go of the ego as the next step in human evolution.
I have heard others say the book is complicated. It is not. What can be difficult is lifting the blinds of the ego high enough to see the simplicity in Tolle's message. Oprah has helped to make Tolle's books skyrocket in popularity, but it is honestly the message within the text that has captivated so many and changed so many lives. An excellent book on how we can all live more productive lives and, in doing so, change the course of human evolution.
I thought this book would be much better than it was. There was so much hype surrounding it, I just had to buy it and read it for myself. It was difficult to plow through. The premise is a lot like the previous book he wrote, the Power of Now. It basically tells you how to turn off the noise in your head and focus on the task at hand, and not to get lost in your ego. It is difficult to traverse, and hard to understand. I consider myself somewhat intelligent, and it is still kind of hard to wrap your head around some of this book. If you do read it, read it slowly, and take in just a few pages at a time.
I loved this book, although I didn't learn about the Oprah thing until it was almost over, so I didn't get a chance to participate in the planet's enlightenment with Oprah. I must admit I was hoping that there would be some immediately obvious change in the world as a result of the huge numbers of folks following its advice, but I guess these things take time. I found the book really easy to read. Yes, it does tend to state and restate certain ideas which can become irritating if you don't consider that Mr. Tolle is doing so with a purpose. Many of us, myself included, must hear something more than once before we get it through our heads. Sometimes just changing the way a concept is worded can bring on the "aha" moment we missed the first time. So much of the wisdom in the book is just plain common sense, but isn't that what we need now? Worth the read for the way it makes you feel.
Eckhart Tolle is thought of by some to be a spiritual leader and writer. While his book does in many ways cover a sort of general spirituality he is in no way a leader. Most of the qualities he suggests people should strive to attain are a mix of eastern and mystical teachings. The greater teaching of the book is to no longer be driven by how you feel about events and begin to change your life by becoming emotionally proactive when it comes to the changing events in life. While Tolles book helped me better realize how I feel about the people and the effect they have on my life, my temper is still my largest detractor from happiness. Understanding myself better and looking at events with a less selfish approach to my feelings and attaching them to what I want is helping me be a better person anyhow.
Within just a few weeks I'd heard several friends, my therapist and Oprah recommend this book. I figured it was time to read it. I'd been drawn to The Power of Now in much the same way and A New Earth expounds on the ideas of "Now."
I love the way Tolle consolidates and explains ideas and philosophies from so many different religions and traditions. There are many pearls of wisdom in this book from Buddhist, Taoist, Christian philosophies and more.
This book can be a way of life. I hope it will help usher in an age of higher consciousness. It certainly has helped me choose how I will react to any given situation ... how to find the stillness and calm in the now. And the NOW is really all any of have.
I am constantly in search of spiritual novels to use as a reference for getting in touch with my inner " being" . This novel was a wonderful masterpiece to add to my collection. Mr. Tolle has done it again! I am in awe at the depth that he takes the reader through to realize that our very being is such a gift and opportunity.
Mr. Tolle leads you gently through this journey within yourself and allows you to view yourself from the outside looking in. You are able to disect and view that every day issues and problems are not the basis to which you should measure. Mr. Tolle allows you to realize that you are a higher being, you are able to achieve whatever you desire, yet you must first realize and achieve inner clarity.
This book was amazing.
As advertised on Oprah, Tolle and his book have an unwavering message. That you are a cog in the wheel named earth, and by you operating at your peak performance, everyone around you can as well. It is an inspiring read. My cynical nature makes me think "yeah it would be great if everyone did this, but thats never going to happen". But on the other hand it if you finish the book you'll be inspired to take what you can do, give of yourself, and others will follow. Thats why I'm writing this book review. America is divided right now. Politics divides us, war divides us, on and on, but LOVE connects us. I am inspired by the book and I would really recommend it to people who have little or no hope or love in their life. By doing this together, we can all be better people and create a new "earth" out of it. Very interesting views here.
The first few chapters were very hard for me to read. Tolle writes in a very intellectual way which I had a hard time relating too. His writing style may deter some less avid readers.
Once I got past his writing style, I began to enjoy the message behind the writing. It's a slightly different way to look at the world and one's self but still the same basic teachings that I've run into in a lot of other books and places.
For someone that hasn't read a lot of other spiritual books or hasn't found a book that they connect with I would recommend this book.
For people who have done a lot of soul searching or people not used to reading intellectual papers, books, etc this book may not click with you.
When I first heard of The New Earth, and saw interviews with all of these celebrities, saying how profound this book was and how much they enjoyed this book,I decided to go buy a copy. I am an avid reader, and could not make it past just a few chapters, and thought to myself what am I missing here. Well I want to tell everyone that struggled with this book to not give up on reading it, I just recently decided I would try again, skipped to the middle of the book and could not believe how enlightening this book really is. So I encourage everyone to read this book, the lessons of this book give you life long advice on how to deal with your life and the situations we all find ourselves in. The book allows you to see yourself as a small piece of the big world around us, and to not be as selfish as we all tend to be.
This is an interesting book, written in a simple easy to read fashion. The book was a quick read, to the point and really profound. I have not read any other Eckhart Tolle book before so I didn't know what to expect. I expected a book with lofty intellectual ideas and complicated philosophies, but no.... this book is none of that.
The content of the book examines the ego, how our true self is very different from the ego. It also discusses ideas that were completely new to me like the "pain body". Eckhart gently teaches us all these concepts and explains how one can bring foward the true self by living in the present.
For me this book was helpful in many ways, it taught me to identify situations when my ego took over. I no longer try to get even during arguments, I no longer try to prove that I'm perfect, I no longer take for granted the simple pleasures of life. I have realised that beyond our ego's all of us are perfect.
Granted when I read the book, some parts made me really uncomfortable, I saw how my egoic behaviour in some instances was so petty. But overall if it makes you examine your own self, and helps you break barriers that are holding you back from the best person you can be....its worth trying out the ideas isn't it ? That's my take on it.
This was one of those rare books that truly changed the way in which I saw the world. His ability to so clearly point out our dependence on Ego and how everything we perceive and react to in this world is based upon that primitive instinct, powerfully affected me. I got the book from my younger brother after he recommended it, and I saw how his behavior towards me and others changed after reading it. He was less angry, more flexible and calm. I read the book and loved it, and have also found myself less angry, less victim-like, and I blame people less than before. I have now passed the book to my husband, and he is getting started with it as well.
I highly recommend it - the book clearly shows where we so often get it wrong in our perception of the world.
I kept hearing buzz about this book for some time and eventually felt like I was the only person in the world who had not read it. Oprah loved it and that should be enough of an endorsement, right?
Apparently, I must be the only person in the world who strongly disliked the book. Okay, I confess. I actually hated it.
I had to force myself to read more than 10 pages. I swear that Eckhart Tolle managed to re-write the exact same thing over and over in different words during the course of the book. Perhaps I am not enlightened enough or perhaps I do not "get it". It took me nearly a week to finish reading Tolle's droning dribble. Unfortunately I was not a changed person afterward. I felt like I had wasted a week of my life.
I would only recommend this book to my worst enemy. I sold my copy to the used bookstore.
You’ll either love this book, be confused or dismiss it. After reading the first chapter I loved it makes so much sense to me. I liked the way the chapters had many sub headings as I found I had to take breaks and digest the information
The aim of the book is to awaken ourselves in order that we can contribute to a new world and the way to do this is to change yourself.
Like so many books at the moment it says the way to change things around you is to change yourself. It’s all about perception.
Tolle analyses the ego, the pain body and shows us how we can live a life of purpose by finding out who we are, and ending by finding our inner purpose. The main substance I got from the book is not to wait it can happen now, we are possessed by our thoughts instead of using them. Once we become aware and recognize the being in us the shift begins.
First I have to say that I did not complete this book. Try as I might, I just couldn't get past the first few chapters. I tried to skip ahead to find something, anything, that would be more meaningful to me. But alas, my efforts were in vain. I just didn't get this book. The writing was just ...scatterbrained is the word that comes to mind. I would not suggest this book to anyone unless they had insomnia!
I loved this book and continue to re-read and refer back to it. Whenever I lose sight of where I'm going or feel overwhelmed and full of anxiety, I just have to read a few pages to center myself. I was so glad that Oprah did a summer class with Mr. Tolle online because I don't know if I would have found this book otherwise. Very inspiring!
This book came highly recommended. Oprah even endorsed it. There was also an online course with Oprah to promote it. I then felt it was my duty to read this life changing book. I found the book very difficult to read. He does examine personal hang ups that many people experience, but the advise (that we desperately want)is convoluted in riddles. I found I was trying to decipher what he was saying rather then enjoying a book about how I can improve my life. The one thing I did like about the book was that he was very liberal in imagery. He did bring up some very good points and he did give helpful advise. However, I wish he had written in more of a "reader friendly" format. As Eckhart said in the book (about the Awakening) "If you find this book incomprehensible or meaningless, it hasn't happened to you". I guess it hasn't happened to me yet.
I am on my second read with this book. I don’t think it is possible to ingest all of the valuable information contained in the book with just reading it one time. It is not an easy book to read. It requires your full attention. Tolle explains that we must get rid of our ego which guides us to make decisions, both good and bad. He teaches you how to get in touch with your spiritual side. He teaches us to peel off the layers of the ego and get down to our real selves. Learning to accept ourselves, our spiritual selves is the main purpose of this book. He also implores us to learn how to deal with others real selves, not their egos. The book is only valuable if you actually attempt to make the changes that are suggested. It isn’t easy but it is worth it in the long haul. Tolle believes and I concur that we are all God and we are all connected as one.
Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle explains how we should strive to become less 'human' and more 'being.' This starts by becoming aware of your mind - see if you can become the being observing the YOU, the body/mind. By detaching from our endless thoughts, and being fully in the present moment, we can create A New Earth.
I enjoyed listening to the audio CDs. The information will sink in better if you listen to each chapter multiple times. For people who are new to their spiritual path, some of the concepts may seem vague at first, but if you stick with it, you should be able to get it.
This is the kind of book that you read more than once - because you will want to be reminded of the information so you can continue to work it into your daily life.
For more information on A New Earth, visit my Book Club podcast page - there's a weekly discussion chapter by chapter available for free download at: http://lisafmbookclub.podomatic.com - and at http://www.lisa.fm
You will also find 90 minute webcasts of each chapter on http://www.Oprah.com