Book Review, "A New Earth" Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
By Gerald Frye
According to Tolle, who assumes the role of narrator as well, humans
are on the verge of creating a new world by a personal transformation that
shifts our attention away from our ever-expanding egos. This idea is well
realized through Tolle's remarkably well-paced narration. Naturally, the
author understands his material so thoroughly that he is able to convey
it in an enjoyable manner, but Tolle's gentle tone and dialect begs his
audience's attention simply through its straightforward approach. Something
about this reading just seems profoundly important, whether one agrees
with the material or not, and listeners' attention is sure to be captured
within seconds of listening to Tolle's take on the universe in which we
live. Originally released in 2005, both book and audiobook were reissued
when Oprah Winfrey chose the title for her book club this year. A Penguin
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With this new work, after building on the astonishing success of
his book, "The Power of Now", Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest
look at the current state of humanity and he guides us to see and accept
that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the
egoic mind, what he calls "the little self" is one of dangerous insanity.
He describes the mind as "mad", and if you look at your own mind and watch
what is says all day long, he is close to right. Tolle tells us there
is good news. 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.
But, he is not done there. He also offers solutions, what he calls
pointers, that will help to direct us to the true stillness of a self,
which he also conscludes has no name, as it is beyond the mind, and apart
from the mind.
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
using thought 'pointers' to take us away from mind identification to the
inner most part of us, that he calls Essence. Within the stillness,
we are told that we will come to experience who we truly are.
In summary a great BIG Yes! to this latest work, that was so wonderful
that he paired with Oprah to create an on-line meetings of the mind and
course regarding the book. Eckhart Tolle is able to explain the profound
wisdom of the nature of the mind in a way that is easily understood.
I love his parables that act as analogies and really respect his insight
and the gift he has given to the world. Check out both his books “The Power
of Now” & “A New Earth”. You will not regret taking the journey
into a true spiritual reality with Tolle.