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Review of "A New Earth" Book by Eckhart Tolle

Updated on October 23, 2012
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

If you are seeking true happiness then Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth; Awakening Your Life’s Purpose” will likely deliver. Tolle takes ideas which might otherwise appear complicated and breaks them down into less complex, more easy to grasp concepts, allowing you to master age old wisdom, including teachings from Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism and the Bible. The book is more than helpful; it is life changing for many.

The central concept permeating each chapter of the book is that human beings are greater than their emotions and their thinking; that behind thought patterns and feelings which dictate our experiences, we have a level of consciousness which is at eternal peace, a place of love. It is when we connect with this peace and love that we can be at one with ourselves and the universe.

Tolle takes the reader step by step through the process of understanding how to find this peaceful place or “state of consciousness.” This is not a quick read by any means. While the book itself isn’t particularly long, (309 pages), many inspired readers find some of the concepts so powerful and life changing that they read the book slowly, allowing themselves to digest each concept as it is encountered. There are even book groups where members meet in order to talk about how they apply the concepts of the book to their lives. Still, the work can be done on an individual basis of course.

Eckhart Tolle states that the purpose of the book “is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness; that is to say, to awaken." One of the most evocative metaphors Tolle employs is that of a flower. Tolle explains that in terms of evolution flowers are relatively new and inherently miraculous. And in much the same way, human beings represent a miracle in that each human being possesses within themselves the wonder of the universe. Learning to find peace and joy in our lives begins with acknowledging the miracle of simply being human. The wonder of the universe is reflected within each of us. In this way, we are one and the same.

You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

The concepts described in this book are said to be thousands of years old, and what makes this book a true treasure, is that it shares age old wisdom in easy to comprehend concepts, thereby making it accessible to all.

In Chapter three, Tolle discusses the “pain body.” Explaining in part what motivates temper tantrums and how to gradually shorten and possibly eliminate them. Problems like temper tantrums and the lack of gratification, stem from our ego as well as the connection between our emotions and our ego. Our ego is merely a part of who we are, but most people perceive our ego as who we are, though as humans we are greater than our ego. That is the deeper message that Tolle’s book puts forth; we all have inside of us a greater self, Tolle helps us tap into that self, touching many lives in the process.

Eckhart Tolle has written many books but didn’t begin his life with the enlightened thinking that he offers in this and his other books. In numerous interviews Tolle explains that it was after seriously contemplating suicide at the age of 29 that he experienced an awakening beyond his ego and began a journey to find consciousness. He believes that those of us who have suffered the greatest pain in our lives are often the ones who in the end, discover the true wisdom of the universe. Pain can be a great teacher. Yet at the same time, Tolle sees life as a journey. Not all of us are on the path to this move beyond an ego driven life. Some people prefer to identify with the ego, at one point in the book Tolle explains that moving to a state of consciousness is not something for everyone; some people are not ready and may never be ready in this lifetime.


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      Tracy Lynn Conway 3 years ago from Virginia, USA


      I am glad that you enjoyed my review, thank you for your comment.

      Best, Tracy

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nice review to introduce this special topic and book and author. Thanks.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Literatelibran - I am so glad that you found your way to this book review. Thank you for your positive comment and vote!

      Best, Tracy

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      literatelibran 5 years ago from Williamsburg, Virginia

      Great review of a great book. Voted this one up, too!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Jools - Nice to see you here!

      The concepts that Tolle has put forth in "A New Earth" are intriguing and potentially life changing. Because the book brings about a huge shift in thinking, these groups have sprung up to enable readers to actualize these teachings along with others, it does say a lot about the strength of the book. Thank you for your comment and votes!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Tracy, his ideas sound intriguing and it's amazing to think that book clubs have set up not to discuss his book but to talk about their experiences after reading it! Interesting review, voted up etc.