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Eckhart Tolle's Book, "A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose"

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Eckhart Tolle's Book, A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Eckhart Tolle is arguably among the world's most prominent spiritual writers. His books have been named, not once but twice, on Oprah's Book of the Month Club. Even better, Oprah and Tolle are offering a free, online workshop to discuss A New Earth Awakening to Your Life's Purpose.

This lens discusses each chapter as Oprah and Tolle cover them in the webinar. Please contribute and let's discuss this phenomenon.

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Chapter One: The Evolution of Human Consciousness

Introduction to our Spiritual Awakening

Eckart Tolle predicts that the human race is poised for a profound shift in consciousness. We are beginning to witness a spiritual awakening.

The Good Earth, he says, is a transformational device arisen out of this new consciousness. He expects that the reader will experience a shift in consiousness as a result of reading the book. The book will either change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless.

As each individual raises his or her state of consciousness, this in turn increases the momentum of the collective unconsciousness. In other words, you change the world when you change yourself.

Tolle points to the history of the human race as a history of madness. In other words, that which we consider 'normal' is at its very root, dysfunctional. What we consider 'normal' arises from the ego, and the ego is rampant with greed, pride, the lust for power, anger, fear, jealousy, insecurity, etc.

This new consciousness means rising above thought, realizing that within us that is so much greater than thought. Our thoughts, the "voice in our head" is not who we are... we are the being that is behind the thoughts -- our spiritual self.

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There are many ways to get "in the now." Here are some of them:

1. Being outside experiencing nature

2. Meditation

3. EFT tapping

4. Prayer

5. Using a psychological "gimmick" to bring oneself into the Now -- such as visualizing an enjoyable scene

6. journaling

7. Petting an animal

8. Guided imagery

9. And many more

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Chapter Two: Ego: The Current State of Humanity

The Voices in Our Head

In Chapter 2, Eckhart Tolle talks about the ego, and the "voices in our head." The minister at my Church sometimes refers to this as the "Board of Directors" -- the miscellaneous people that chatter in our heads -- offering criticisms, warnings, scoldings, nagging, frightened 'what if's" and so forth.

If we banished the "board of directors" -- what voice would we hear?

Tolle says our egoic mind consists of content and structure, and is completely conditioned by the past. He says that our ego likes to identify with thoughts, words, wants, possessions and societal messages, but our our real self -- our spirit self -- is separate and distinct from all of that. The new consciousness involves moving beyond the ego and into our spirit.

A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's Purpose, Eckard Tolle asks, "When forms that you had identified with, that gave you your sense of self, collapse or are taken away, it can lead to a collapse of the ego, since ego is identification with form. When there is nothing left to identify with anymore, who are you?"

Do you know?

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Eckart Tolle's A New Earth: The Core of Ego

Chapter Three

How strongly do you identify with the voice in your head? Do you know the voice is not truly "you" -- it is your ego at work. The ego loves to complain -- but that which we focus on becomes stronger. So by focusing on the complaints, worries, concerns, etc., we make these conditions stronger. As Tolle said in his Webinar with Oprah, "complaining" is not done for the purpose of correcting a situation. That is something different. Complaining is done simply as the ego's way of reinforcing its "rightness" and someone else's "wrongness."

Eckhart Tolle makes the excellent point that war is a mindset. He points out that despite our "war on drugs", "war on crime", "war against infectious diseases," etc., we have more drug abuse, more crime and more medial treatments than ever.

What you resiss, persists.

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Chapter 4: Role-Playing: The Many Faces of Ego

Chapter four is a long one. It talks about the role playing we do, and the many roles that our ego identifies with. Eckart Tolle cautions us not to confuse function with a role. For example, if I am a mother, I am obligated and responsible to carry out certain mothering functions. But I should avoid allowing my ego to make my mother role my identify.

I love the part at the end when Eckhart talks about ego and work. He makes the point that some people who are exceptionally good at what they do may sometimes lose the ego and function from the spirit while they are working. For them, work is a spiritual practice.

Tolle also pointed out to a caller during the Webinar that it can be a spiritual practice for any of us to do our work, our functions, while striving to act from Consciousness, rather than ego.

I like that approach.

Spiritual practices are freely available to us regardless of our functions in life. We can pursue spiritual growth whether tending the kids or chairing a board meeting

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      To Chapter one's question "Is Eckhart Tolle's writing a threat to organized religion?"

      I reply a definitive "no". All religions reveals an "awakening" of mankind, in most, set in some future time without, by my readings, any way to discover when that will be. However, a study of what is called The Holy Bible has shown me that time is now with the manifestations of today' events it has foretold quite clearly one we learn to put "precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" as I attempt to in my writings.

      To Chapters two, three and four concerning Ego...

      I say "Ego" is "only when one can identify with all things earthly are we able to identify with our spirit self and let go of ego. The Board of Directors" are externally imposed on us via schooling [preparing man-en-mass to blindly follow external leaders even to their own demise] misnomered education [the process of objectively observing, participating for discovering various outcomes, reasoning their purposes and being able to communicate the findings to others]" that began in our mothers' womb, which is "the miscellaneous people that chatter in our heads" encouraging our obedience to other man. The "non-ego" voice is that "still small voice termed God" which more times than not encourage us to go against the social structure. The voice that said "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."


      Elijah "NatureBoy"

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @GardenerDon: Yes, I would say that Chopra and Eckhart are in the same neighborhood -- philosophically speaking. LOL

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      Gardener Don 

      6 years ago

      My son & daughter (both Eckart fans) have both "graduated" to being Deepak Chopra fans - I take it he's in the same general field. I'm thinking I'm going to have to do some reading of his work.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @shauna1934: Thanks fr the tip. I will look up Dr. Hawkin's books.

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      6 years ago

      I like Eckart Tolle. Not my favorite spiritual writer of the day, though. My favorite is Dr. David Hawkin's (also recommended by Wayne Dyer - who I am also a fan of). His work will blow your mind, starting with "Truth vs. Falsehood."

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much for visiting.

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      7 years ago

      Very thought provoking lens. It's all about the journey. Blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      For me, spirituality is the key. Always growing, always awakening, always becoming all that I was created to be.

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      8 years ago

      Time will come for Eckart to be known worldwide. One inspirational person worthy to be recognized.

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @sheriangell: Thank you so much!

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      8 years ago

      I recently became acquainted with Eckhart Tolle's work and am interested in reading more from him. Great job on this lens and Angel Blessed today.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @p90xlean: Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Great book and great lens

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @flinsura: Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Eckhart Tolle is definitely one of my all time favorite spiritual authors. He has such a peaceful energy. You've done a fabulous job on this lens. I've lensrolled to mine on synchronicity, thanks!

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      9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! This is a great presentation and summarization of Tolle's book. I have a lens on Decoding The Spiritual Messages of Everyday Life and would love for you to drop by when you get a chance.

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      10 years ago

      This is a very nice lens. You give a great overview of "A New Earth" here. I'd love it if you'd stop by my lens and say hello when you get the chance.

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      10 years ago

      This is a very well done lens. You present a lot of very helpful information here. Please feel free to visit my lens on healing the rift between science and spirituality when you have the chance. Be sure to leave a comment and say hello when you visit.

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      10 years ago

      I love Ekhart's work, and you've done a great job of presenting it.

      Please consider submitting this lens to Who's Who in Personal and Spiritual Growth.

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! Thanks! :-)

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      Within LM 

      10 years ago

      Dear Nightcats,

      I am a hughe fan of Ekhart Tolle and I am delighted to have seen your lens,

      Well Done,


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      10 years ago

      jackie really has put this lens into prespective!

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      Imogen Crest 

      11 years ago

      Terrific lens! 5 stars.

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      11 years ago

      good summary of the book.

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      11 years ago

      Uploaded on authorSTREAM by  JacquelineStone

      I created an affirmation slide show for experiencing oneness and practicing presence. It is now available to view or download free on author Stream. If you have read or are reading Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" or "The Power of Now" you may get more out of it than someone who hasn't.

      This is my gift to anyone who is ready to receive it. Empowerment is not just something we do for ourselves, but something we do for the benefit of all humanity, for all life.

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      11 years ago

      I bought the book a month ago, but never started reading it. Yesterday my computer shut down and went in the shop. It was divine intervention telling me to read the book. It addresses my passion and obsession of remembering who/what I really am, but from a different angle. It's exactly what I need right now. Thanks for making this lensd!

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      11 years ago

      Yes the answer lies within and is unique to each of us. Trust and faith are not dependent on a structured religion. We all must stop and listen.

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      11 years ago

      Mr.Tolle is clearly of the Christian faith in that he recognizes Father,Son & Holy Spirit. His references to Buddha,Zen etc. are merely proven and useful spiritual truths contains within the simplicity of various cognitive evolutions of the broader understanding of the teachings of The Messiah. Well ahead of his time, Eckhart, to this reader, clearly grasps the true enemy of the human race is a raging ego starved for fuel. Indeed he has to use written language to emphasize true consciousness lies within the simplicity of understanding our needs as opposed to our wants. It has long been know, but seldom emphasized, that quality of a joyful life has nothing to do with material objects. He touched the foundation of the individual (one person..ourselves) as being the rock on which we build truth and wisdom. Our fulfillment is found to be complete when grasp the power of one person, one awakening to a common thread with which to stitch a complete and satisfying life.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for submitting this Lens to Everything Spiritual. I was watching the video and it is indeed interesting. Blessings, WhiteOak


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