A New Earth (oprah #61): Awakening To Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart TolleA New Earth (oprah #61): Awakening To Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth (oprah #61): Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

byEckhart Tolle

Paperback | January 30, 2008

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The 10th anniversary edition of A New Earth with a new preface by Eckhart Tolle.

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life—and for building a better world.
Eckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition. In his writing and seminars, he conveys a simple yet profound message with the timeless and uncomplicated clarity of the ancient spiritual masters: There is a way out of suffering and into peace. Tolle travels extensively, ta...
Title:A New Earth (oprah #61): Awakening To Your Life's PurposeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.29 × 0.69 inPublished:January 30, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book can change your life! It's a tough read - but if you digest all of it and try to grasp the concepts, it really can change the way you look at the world. Such a powerful book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an awakening!! Eckhart brings all to the surface on the ego with a great understanding of how to go from egoic thoughts, outcomes, etc, to becoming present. This book is reccommended if you are wondering what the awakening in your life may be like when you reach you aligment your purpose with your being. Namaste :-)
Date published: 2017-09-23
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Date published: 2017-09-13
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Date published: 2017-07-18
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Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book changed my life This book seriously changed my life for the better. While I admit that I sometimes have a hard time completely submitting to what he preaches, it really will make you live in the moment and help toss your ego away
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awakening to Your Life's Purpose I loved the way the 'A New Earth' brings light to how we can get past our ego-based consciousness to really experience happiness. A quote that I really appreciated, "Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?"
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life This book has done what nothing else has for me. Just when I thought life wasn't making sense, this book made its way into it. I spent many times trying to read through it continually. Once I stopped trying to "just finish" the book, it all started to make sense. I gave myself opportunities and time to allow what I was reading resonate within me. It was and still is a lot to take in. But Eckhart helped me see what he is trying to get across to people in his books. I just had to be ready for it. Highly recommended. Just take your time with it!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip this one I had read this book quite a few years ago and I decided to read it again this year because I couldn't remember very much from the initial read. Now, I realize why I couldn't remember any details about this book. It didn't take many pages in to realize that this book was going to feel like a long read. The content just didn't appeal to me nor did the writing. I also felt at times that the author was coming off as superior and that he was without weaknesses. Overall, it just didn't settle well with me. I agreed with a small portion of the writer's perspective and may have agreed with more if not for the way the book was written. Honestly, I came away from this book with very little of the content remembered and again, I feel as if I hadn't even read the book. Definitely a book to pass on as there are many better books regarding life, self improvement, spirituality, etc out there.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humble yet effective Eckhart Tolle's guide to spiritual living has proved to be a phenomenal success on the usual bestseller circuit thanks partly to the Oprah Book Club seal of approval which in turn has led to the pioneering webinars that millions of people have already participated in and Christian critics and foes alike have ceremoniously bashed. The predecessor to Tolle's current chef d'oeuvre, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, was an instrumental tool, a guide to living one's best life right now. In fact, I eventually read Tolle's The Power of Now with glee (after picking it up half a dozen times) because it captured the inner turmoil I had long been feeling about regarding my inability or unwillingness to live mindfully, full of awareness, and always in the present. Whereas The Power of Now was difficult to infuse enthusiasm in the reader and was full of jargon, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is remarkably easy to understand and it captures the reader's attention and imagination so thoroughly. Indeed, Tolle has cleaned up his writing and the words, ideas, and pages flow into one's mind and consciousness. It is like having a leisurely conversation with the spiritual teacher. Since childhood, I have been seeking inner peace and struggling to balance the demands of societal mores and demands against my personal values and desires. Indeed, my precocious curiousity for the unknown and the other and my existential thought processes have gradually led me to seek something more. In a world fraught with struggles to make slow and simple living more than a fad or a mantra, I think Tolle's simple and sublime teachings are echoes of our subconscious thoughts and desires. It is time we honour them and bring them alive instead of being a prisoner to our worries, paranoid thoughts, and being captive to endless noise and prattle without knowing how to be still and seeking our true selves instead of seeking them in the next relationship, the next adventure, the next job before we end up disillusioned, disappointed, and blame outside events and triggers for what is merely an imbalance of our very selves.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life for the better! For me the beginning of the book dragged on for a bit, but once i got into the juiciness, that is where the information transformed my life and improved the way i see the world- a real eye opener.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This has been the most empowering book I have ever read in my life. The first 30 pages or so, I was not into it at all, thinking I should probably stop reading. However, once I hit the chapters about the ego and what the mind does to us, I was hooked. It is written with simplicity and elegance. There are lots of great references by great meditation leaders, as well as some biblical passages that I never understood the meaning of until now. This book has definitely changed my life, I am so glad my friend borrowed this book to me - I will definitely be buying it and re-reading it multiple times.
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Very moving and highly inspirational. My life will never, ever be the same again!
Date published: 2011-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME must read This book is transformational, if you are open. It can change our world, starting with you :)
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking I started to read this book around the time it was featured on Oprah, and I thought some of the concepts were interesting, but I lost focus in the book at the time. I will have to read this again and finish it...
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the greatest... I picked up this book because of the rave reviews and the heavy promotion by Oprah's webinars on the book with Eckhart Tolle. I found the concepts 'interesting' but I wasn't very moved by the message and I found the writing to be very redundant. All in all, a difficult read.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing Life changing read. Eckhart explains experiences that I feel and go through but could never put into words myself. I now understand myself so much better. I now know why I have certain thoughts and how to deal with them. I used to feel crazy and alone sometimes, particularly when I'd have a little voice inside me that I would argue with. Now that little voice has a name, ego... and that is not who I am. Everyone has one, I'm not alone and I'm not crazy. I now know how to deal with it. It has been over a year since I've read the novel and I am soooo much happier; but I still have a lot more to learn. A book I would definitely read over and over again and recommend to others!
Date published: 2009-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great & Out there! I purchased the audio cd's of this and some parts were very valuable and other 'out there'. Perhaps beyond my thinking capacity because I know a lot of people loved it. The first cds were slow - and then it picked up. Valuable info and somewhat odd yet it has sold 10's of millions...had to get use to his voice too. Worth a listen for sure - confused by much , left me with more questions than anything. Nice intention - much prefered the Now book.
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book - A must read! This is a book that everyone should read. Helps to deal with true reality and shows how to put into practice ways you can live a better life. Difficult daily relationships and tasks can be transformed into learnings. Is this difficult to do? Maybe it is but it is worth it. Be positive and realistic about life and what happens in your life. I am practicing what I have learned and I can tell you that it works wonders! As with everything in life.....Be persistent and you will succeed!
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much hype Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. Though this book had to much hype and my expectations were too high. It makes you stop and think, but I can list a dozen other titles that have the same basic message...this isn't anything new..
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are. Far more in-depth than "The Power of Now" as far as content goes but Eckhart does a good job focusing equally on how to live peacefully in the world and with ourselves in potentially critical times. Very helpful techniques and coping strategies but alot to digest. A good way is to sift through the sections slowly and take what you can out of it.
Date published: 2008-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skip the first chapter please!! This is an excellent book! I was warned that the first 30 pages were difficult but to try and get through them. I'm glad I was warned because I would not have gotten through the first chapter otherwise. I recommend starting at Chapter 2. This is not a book to be rushed through! Just take your time, think about it and let it sink in. You may not agree with everything the authour says, but that's ok, you don't have to! There is still much to be gained from reading it. It is written with a lot of humility and you will quickly see how it applies to your life (and those around you). I am a Christian and I realize that many Christians would not like this book since it is very Hindu in its philosophy, but I wish they would read it anyway because it provides the best definition and explanation of the soul and life in the flesh vs. life in the spirit that I have ever read. It has helped me to relate to certain aspects of Christianity in a deeper way--particularly dying to self, suffering and our true eternal nature.
Date published: 2008-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Those hovering at the brink of the "ah ha" moment Eckhart Tolle has done an incredible job of articulating intuitive concepts that many have yet to acknowledge even exist. If you've ever had that moment of stillness as your mind is racing through its endless barage of thoughts and you stopped listening to it long enough to wonder at its relentlessness - then you will likely appreciate his insights as they will help you pay tribute to your true self as opposed to that chattering script in your head. For those who identify themselves as one with that voice and have no idea what I'm describing - this book may not be for you - yet.
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expand Your Perspective A former boss bought the book for all the staff in our small office. I followed along with Oprah's online class and found the concepts really helped me understand things, personally, and globally, from a new and broader perspective. I'll probably need to read it a few more times to really 'get' it though. Overall, I would say it's an encouraging book and a great read if you want to expand your understanding of yourself and the world (and yourself 'in' the world).
Date published: 2008-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What struck me about A New Earth I mentioned in one of the Ireland posts that I was reading and then listening/watching the podcasts/webseminars on each chapter that Eckart and Oprah hosted throughout the spring. If you have/do read the book I would suggest listening to the discussions. Real people called, emailed, skyped in with questions that made it come to life further. It's an amazing body of work and you can see how it links religions, spiritual philosophies etc. So I just thought I would share some of the things that really struck me. 1. I never did know what exactly the ego was and it turns out that it's the source of much unhappiness in all of us if left unchecked. It's the often constant voice in your head, going over the same things, over and over again. It's the part of you that's obsessed with the past and the future and needs conflict to exist. If you're feeling insecure or superior, both are the ego. Wow, this was a monster for me. Ekhart wants you just to notice that kind of thinking, I think of it as waving it hello, so it can't sneak around unnoticed. That means you're not held hostage by those thoughts as much. You have some distance and perspective about the litany of complaints, injustices and things to worry about. 2. A thought is just a thought. It's not necessarily true. It's not necessarily who you are. It really isn't all that powerful. And the bugger of it is, your body can't tell the difference from a truly threatening situation and a horrible thought. Think how you feel when you wake up from a nightmare. So all the stress we dump in unknowingly to our body by what we think.... Yikes! No wonder they say stress is the cause for 99% of all illnesses. So if you notice a negative pointless thought, like how you got stood up by your grade 10 boyfriend, just notice it. And over time it will come less often. 3. If you can live in the present. So right now you're reading the computer screen. Are you also listening to music? or is your phone ringing? Do you feel some stress or anxiety but aren't quite sure where it's coming from? Are you thinking about what you have to do after you read this? Clearly I'm just guessing, these are things I might be thinking. The kicker of it is, if so, then it means you're living somewhere else rather than reading this. And while my blog isn't much to miss out on; there are all kinds of things in our lives that it's a real shame to miss. When the voice in the head hijacks us we don't get much peace. And we need some peace to know how we feel inside. To really listen to someone. To give the present moment your attention. To do things we feel good about. Just wanted to give a bit more background on what I think could be a life changing read. If you're interested in reading any of my other non-fiction book reviews, please check out my blog: thebookhunter.typepad.com/my_weblog
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fabulous (5 Stars from me) This book is great! very inspiring. If you allow yourself to surrender to new concepts you will see this is what was being said in the "Dharma" hundreds of years ago. A Concept that science has been "UNABLE" to prove as wrong. I suggest to all who "don't get it" perhaps it is your ego that is not allowing you to surrender. Or as the western society terms it your "darkside"
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If you could ignore the bad writing... there may be some worthwhile insights in this book, however, I could not get past that aspect. Gave up after 30? pages or so - it was like nails on a chalkboard for me.
Date published: 2008-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Very Hard Read I tried and tried to read this book, but I just can't do it. My mind wanders, I think about other things I could be doing and can't wait for each chapter to end. I just can't get past the bad writing. I understand the author has a lot to say, but he puts all these ideas in one long sentence (run-on sentences at that!). He has too many ideas in each paragraph. It gets confusing very quickly. I cannot finish this book. I usually love Oprah's picks, but this one is not my thing.
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True inspiration! Eckhart Tolle is a soft spoken, gentle human being, but his words and insights pack a powerful wallop! Were every person on the planet to read this book and so alter their view of what life is truly all about, humanity would be well on its way to evolving to a higher state of consciousness. To become a part of the solution to the problems of life on this earth, rather than being part of the problem - "A New Earth" helps to point the way for all of us, on how to become better human beings, and how to live our lives with the true joy that is waiting to be discovered within the heart and soul of everyone of us.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, but a heavy read I did receive lots of insight throughout this book, but because it is such a heavy read, it took me a lot longer to finish.
Date published: 2008-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! This book isn't for everyone, but I would highly recommend it to someone who's in search of spiritual awakening/enlightenment! I read it once, and plan on reading it again!
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awakening experience This book is the biggest eye-opener I have ever experienced in my life. It's been a month that I finished reading it and I'm still digesting some of the parts of the book. My relationships have changed all around me (boyfriend, co-workers, parents, sister, friends, etc.) To sum it up in one sentence, I have discovered what it means to be happy and at peace with the cards that life has dealt me. I am no longer jumpy and stressed out, I don't dramatize my life experiences, I have a clearer mind and I am more self confident. Everyone needs to read this book.
Date published: 2008-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Its taking me forever to finish ..... I bought this book in the beginning of March and I'm still not finished .Oprah says that its a great book if you are ready .Well I'm ready and I certainly get some of what Eckhart is saying but I just wish he would explain or give examples of what he is trying to say .This is why I think Oprah has this class because you will get lost if you dont join . I am a member of Oprah's on-line course but its so long and boring at times .I cant down the book totally because there are certainly smart and real portions to this book but I will ,like one of the other reviews said but it down and return to it later on .Its a tuff but at times moving book .There are some real ah ha... moments but it takes time to sink in . Thank-you from my ego.... ; )
Date published: 2008-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like nothing that I have read before Not the easiest read but is much easier after the first chapter. Interesting concepts and principles that you start to realize and notice in your life.
Date published: 2008-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in conscious raising books.
Date published: 2008-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This booked changed my life Yes... this book is a very hard read. You certainly need to concentrate with no distractions. A lot of words you don't normally come into contact with on a daily basis. But.... if you are ready, if you are looking to be more positive, looking for enlightenment - this book will not disappoint. Be persistent - it is incredibly rewarding! My entire extended family is now reading it.
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard Read I know this is supposed to be a big thing but I just can't seem to stay focused on this book. My mind is always wandering.I just can't seem to get past page 20.It is absolutley NOT holding my interest. I am giving it a break before I try again.
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truth I just started to read this book and was so happy to realize that I am this book. I am 61 years young and it took a lot of hard work to get here. I have to say to anyone who doesn't believe is that, this book is "truth". I had never heard of this book until the "Oprah" show. I am so happy that Eckhart Tolle has written it. because it is going to set things right for so many. Even though I am finally a"conscious being" I am still going to participate in the workshop. Thank you Eckhart Tolle.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting and Inspiring! Having Oprah Winfrey say, "Your book is my book club pick" epitomizes a leap in success. It's certainly the dream of almost every author I know. For one Canadian author it's a dream come true. Vancouver-based author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle must feel like he's riding a wave. His book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is Oprah's 61st choice for her book club. Oprah is hugely responsible for Tolle's earlier rise in fame as she launched his 2005 book The Power of Now, skyrocketing it to a million-copy bestseller. Tolle's A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is a fantastic book for anyone who is looking for some illumination on life. Many of us want to change, yearn to better ourselves or grow to our fullest potential, yet we have no idea HOW to do this, how to find our life's purpose. We are living on 'ego', surrounded by stuff and are unconnected to who we really are inside. If you are a reader who really thinks about what you're reading, you'll find some clarity and direction in this book. I found it to be very uplifting, hopeful, thought-provoking and reaffirming. I think any book that can affect a person's thoughts or life as Eckhart's books have done deserves to be read with an open mind and heart. As in The Secret, I found many similarities in the messages in this book and I wish I'd read it years ago. Tolle's writing is quietly blunt and often lyrical, and always honest, as he sees life. I recommend this book for older teens, especially those graduating and moving into the work force. It is also great for any adult, especially those looking to make changes in their lives, whether in relationships or careers. In many ways, I found it to be a philosophical study of how to 'let go' of old ways of thinking. This is a book about making every minute of your life count for something--being authentic, which reminds me also of Sarah Ban Breathnach's Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self. I am also pleased to see that Oprah has selected another Canadian author. As a Canadian novelist myself, this brings me some hope. After all, I've discovered that one of my life's purposes is to write novels that make people think. What's your life's purpose? ~Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author of Whale Song, a novel that will change how you view life...and death http://www.cherylktardif.com
Date published: 2008-02-17

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The Flowering of Human Consciousness Evocation Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years. The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favorable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet—if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it. Much later those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a "silent sermon" once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen. Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word "enlightenment" in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants. Any life-form in any realm—mineral, vegetable, animal, or human—can be said to undergo "enlightenment." It is, however, an extremely rare occurrence since it is more than an evolutionary progression: It also implies a discontinuity in its development, a leap to an entirely different level of Being and, most importantly, a lessening of materiality. What could be heavier and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms? And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light. Some carbons, under inconceivable heat and pressure, turn into diamonds, and some heavy minerals into other precious stones. Most crawling reptilians, the most earthbound of all creatures, have remained unchanged for millions of years. Some, however, grew feathers and wings and turned into birds, thus defying the force of gravity that had held them for so long. They didn't become better at crawling or walking, but transcended crawling and walking entirely. Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit. Like all life-forms, they are, of course, temporary manifestations of the underlying one Life, one Consciousness. Their special significance and the reason why humans feel such fascination for and affinity with them can be attributed to their ethereal quality. Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings' perceptions, they can sense that there is more there than the mere physical existence of that form, without knowing that this is the reason why he or she is drawn toward it, feels an affinity with it. Because of its ethereal nature, its form obscures the indwelling spirit to a lesser degree than is the case with other life-forms. The exception to this are all newborn life-forms—babies, puppies, kittens, lambs, and so on. They are fragile, delicate, not yet firmly established in materiality. An innocence, sweetness and beauty that are not of this world still shine through them. They delight even relatively insensitive humans. So when you are alert and contemplate a flower, crystal, or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit. This is why these three "en-lightened" life-forms have played such an important part in the evolution of human consciousness since ancient times; why, for example, the jewel in the lotus flower is a central symbol of Buddhism and a white bird, the dove, signifies the Holy Spirit in Christianity. They have been preparing the ground for a more profound shift in planetary consciousness that is destined to take place in the human species. This is the spiritual awakening that we are beginning to witness now. The Purpose of This Book Is humanity ready for a transformation of consciousness, an inner flowering so radical and profound that compared to it the flowering of plants, no matter how beautiful, is only a pale reflection? Can human beings lose the density of their conditioned mind structures and become like crystals or precious stones, so to speak, transparent to the light of consciousness? Can they defy the gravitational pull of materialism and materiality and rise above identification with form that keeps the ego in place and condemns them to imprisonment within their own personality? The possibility of such a transformation has been the central message of the great wisdom teachings of humankind. The messengers—Buddha, jesus, and others, not all of them known—were humanity's early flowers. They were precursors, rare and precious beings. A widespread flowering was not yet possible at that time, and their message became largely misunderstood and often greatly distorted. It certainly did not transform human behavior, except in a small minority of people. Is humanity more ready now than at the time of those early teachers? Why should this be so? What can you do, if anything, to bring about or accelerate this inner shift? What is it that characterizes the old egoic state of consciousness recognized? These and other essential questions will be addressed in this book. More important, this book itself is a transformational device that has come out of the arising new consciousness. The ideas and concepts presented here may be important, but they are secondary. They are no more than signposts pointing toward awakening. As you read, a shift takes place within you. This book's main purpose 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. In that sense, this book is not "interesting." Interesting means you can keep your distance, play around with ideas and concepts in your mind, agree or disagree. This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready. Not everyone is ready yet, but many are, and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows, and it becomes easier for others. If you don't know what awakening means, read on. Only by awakening can you know the true meaning of that word. A glimpse is enough to initiate the awakening process, which is irreversible. For some, that glimpse will come while reading this book. For many others who may not even have realized it, the process has already begun. This book will help them recognize it. For some, it may have begun through loss or suffering; for others, through coming into contact with a spiritual teacher or teaching, through reading The Power of Now or some other spiritually alive and therefore transformational book—or any combination of the above. If the awakening process has begun in you, the reading of this book will accelerate and intensify it. An essential part of the awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks, and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the unawakened state. That is why this book shows the main aspects of the ego and how they operate in the individual as well as in the collective. This is important for two related reasons: The first is that unless you know the basic mechanics behind the workings of the ego, you won't recognize it, and it will trick you into identifying with it again and again. This means it takes you over, an imposter pretending to be you. The second reason is that the act of recognition itself is one of the ways in which awakening happens. When you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that which makes the recognition possible is the arising consciousness, is awakening. You cannot fight against darkness. The light of consciousness is all that is necessary. You are that light.

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INTRODUCTIONThe Power of Now established Eckhart Tolle as one of the leading spiritual teachers writing today. Now, his long-awaited follow-up brings his inspiring and profound message to a whole new audience.Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle takes us beyond our own lives to show that we now have the opportunity to birth a new, more loving world. This involves a radical inner leap of consciousness from the current identification with our ego to an entirely new way of thinking about who we are. For this to happen, the very strictures of the human mind need to undergo an evolutionary transformation.In A New Earth, Tolle shows how this transformation can occur not only in ourselves, but in the world around us. In illuminating the nature of this shift of consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. He then gently and in very practical terms leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we are truly are, which is infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are.ABOUT ECKHART TOLLEEckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition. In his writing and seminars, he conveys a simple yet profound message with the timeless and uncomplicated clarity of the ancient spiritual masters. There is a way out of suffering into peace. Tolle travels extensively, taking his teachings throughout the world. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.DISCUSSION QUESTIONSIn Chapter One, Tolle discusses the reasons for reading A New Earth, and what leads people towards awakening. He writes: "For some, it may have begun through loss or suffering; for others, through coming into contact with a spiritual teacher or teaching, through reading The Power of Now or some other spiritually alive and therefore transformational book." Discuss why you decided to read this book and seek spiritual awakening. What led you to want it? Do you think you were already on the path when you began reading A New Earth? How did the book help you with your enlightenment?Discuss the following passage: "If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating fundamentally the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction" (p. 22). Do you agree with this statement? What changes does Tolle argue for? What can humans do as a people to make change happen? What can you do as an individual? Why does Tolle tell the story of "The Lost Ring" in Chapter Two? Have you ever felt as the woman in the story feels? Why does Tolle teach the importance of disassociating ourselves with our physical possessions? Why do you think people are so quick to identify so closely with their possessions? How can we stop? Why should we stop?On page 52, Tolle discusses the importance of feeling the inner body. He says we should "Make a habit of feeling the inner body as often as you can." Why is this so important to do? How is your inner body different than your outer body? What can we learn from our inner bodies? In Chapter Three, Tolle delves into "Reactivity and Grievances." Discuss a grievance you've had with someone. Have you let go of it? How or why not? Why is it so important to let go of grievances? How does holding on to grievances damage your ego?In what outward behaviors does your ego manifest itself? Pride? Superiority? Criticism? Examine the outward face of your ego. How can you conquer these issues and let go of them? Now consider the internal manifestations of your ego. What are you holding on to? How can you try to let go? Discuss."In Zen they say: 'Don't seek the truth. Just cease to cherish opinions'"(p. 121). What does this statement mean to you? How can you practice this in your own life? What other sayings or thoughts help you to see beyond your own mind to get beyond your ego?What unconscious assumptions (ie. "Nobody respects me" or "I don't deserve love") have you had to fight against? Have you been able to conquer these assumptions? How? Are there any you are still trying to conquer? Why are some harder than others? Why is it so important to get unconscious assumptions out of our minds?Discuss the parable of "Carrying the Past" on page 139. What does the story mean? How does it relate to the larger themes in this book? Are you carrying baggage from your past? How can you unload it? If you have unloaded past baggage, explain to the group how you managed it.What is Tolle saying when he writes about the pain-body? How does the pain-body manifest itself in you? How can you break free from it? How is the pain-body stilting to spiritual growth and awakening? How have the lessons in this book helped you to identify who you truly are? How can you expunge negativity and unhappiness to find your true self? What techniques have you tried? What has worked and what hasn't? Discuss with the group.How is your true identity different than your inner purpose? How can you find your inner purpose? What in this book has helped you to uncover it? Do you feel that you have reached an awakening? What more do you have to work on? Discuss ways to help one another to reach the awakening you seek. How can you help other towards enlightenment? Do you think "The New Earth" that Tolle writes about is possible to achieve? How can the human race a whole be helped by his teachings?

Editorial Reviews

"[Oprah] Winfrey calls the book 'a wake-up call for the entire planet, one reader at a time. It helps us to distance ourselves from our egos . . . and to open ourselves to a higher self. . . . It helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.'" —USA Today