Anyone can be mindful for an instant, staying mindful, though, can be the work of a lifetime I feel like Tolle has reduced himself to a shell of a person with no ego, no emotions, no thoughts, no past, no future in the mistaken view that somehow his detachment makes him a deeper, spiritual being Unfortunately, I see him as a social misfit who has managed to hypnotize himself with endless verbiage so that he doesn t have to face up to the pain and suffering that are a normal part of existence I am happy for him that he was able to awaken and get out of his hell that contributed to his depression and attempted suicide, but to assume that he is enlightened and can now enlighten everyone else is too weird.
Not that I know a lot about Buddhism, but this book is basically everything I did learn in a few classes about Eastern religions Those scholars took thousands of years trying to teach enlightenment, and now Tolle is going to do it in one 300 pg book If you ever read Viktor Frankl, he was teaching what it is to be awake, he learned this from being in the death camps in Nazi Germany and by watching those around him, who were survivors and who were dyingMan s Search for Meaning is a much better book to read about becoming whole and getting everything out of our lives i read it last summer and have it if you want Anyone, long review, did the group like it overall or not ok, i m about half way through first thing i notice is this guy is pretty long winded it took him 127 pages to tell me that the ego is the source of all the earths problems Anything you feel or think or say comes from the ego and thats a bad thing we all need to be enlighted and gain awareness of our presence heres a nice quote from the book Enlightened collectives will fulfill an important function in the arising of the new consciousness Just as egoic collectives pull you into unconsciousness and suffering, the enlightened collective can be a vortex for consciousness that will accelerate the planetary shift what the hell is he talking about here s another one Every ego is therefore schizophrenic, to use the word in its popular meaning of split personality You live with a mental image of yourself, a conceptual self that you have a relationship with Life itself becomes conceptualized and separated from who you are when you speak of my life The moment you say or think my life and believe in what you are saying rather than it just being a linguistic convention , you have entered the realm of delusion huh he then goes on to say For example, it is likely you won t feel any emotion when you are told that someon s car has been stolen, but when it is your car, you will probably feel upset It is amazing how much a little mental concept like my can generate so, only b c i had this insane mental concept of something being mine is the reason i was upset when susan g price took my car at least i m aware now that that feeling was just my ego so i can release it and it won t add any density to my pain body come onok i finished it and i think he maybe sorta kinda won me over at the endat least, i think i get what he was trying to say and like it I appreciate his respect and appreciation for religion and religious leaders ie Buddha, Jesus Christ and various Zen Masters He basically says everything we do on this earth is secondary to our primary purpose of Being, and having a oneness with the universe He encourages us to focus on that beingness, to breathe, to be fully present in every moment He then goes on to say that just b c this earth is not our primary goal, that doesn t meant that there is no purpose to life Our purpose is whatever we are doing at any present moment don t live for the future, don t dwell on the past Do whatever you re doing to the best of your ability and with all your being, even if that means just typing this out this is what my purpose is right now He also says to recognize our ego for what it is It s not who we are The feelings other people have about us, the feelings we have about ourselves, they don t matter in the grand scheme of things they aren t real they re created they don t affect our Beingness.
with all that said though, he still comes across as a kook, his writing style is terrible and he blabs on and on and on i think he s got some good ideas, but unfortunately he s not gonna change the world with this book.
and i feel like i ve already found all he teaches in Orthodoxy.
The Highly Anticipated Follow Up To The ,, Copy Bestselling Inspirational Book, The Power Of Now 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 The Power Of Now Was A Question And Answer Handbook A New Earth Has Been Written As A Traditional Narrative, Offering Anecdotes And Philosophies In A Way That Is Accessible To All Illuminating, Enlightening, And Uplifting, A New Earth Is A Profoundly Spiritual Manifesto For A Better Way Of Life And For Building A Better World I opened this book, hoping to find something inspiring, eye opening, and life changing Instead, it appears to be filled with the same old New Age babble about self actualization and each being the part of the one It s not that I disagree it s just that I don t think there s anything particularly new or different The same old, same old about non judgment, embracing all things, blah blah blah Call me crazy, but I think I ve read this about 100 times before in every issue of New Age Journal.
Not only that, but it was boring I had to force myself to keep reading I have no idea why Oprah picked this, other than she must have some merchandise tie in in mind.
This book is so amazing, I had to read it slow so I would absorb it all It moved me to tears many times, so I had to stop a lot I have not read The Power of Now, but this one really resonated with me and current challenges in personal and planetary transformation I loved how he snuck in bits from major religions and explained their universal relevance outside the context of their religious context The personal examples are quite illustrative help ground the book s meaning.
Loved this book It has changed how I look at life I read a lot of self help , spiritual insight books and this is one of the best I have ever read I just finished it and I want to read it again His writing is very easy to understand clear and simple and he shares insights that you can use in your life immediately IT is chock full of fascinating insights on every page.
Some of my favorite points are 1 The pain body a psychic parasite inside of us that feeds on drama and enjoys negative thoughts Once your mind is taken over by the pain body, your thoughts will become negative You will believe all the distorted,negative thoughts and you will keep thinking them over and over again The way to be free of the pain body is to recognize it for the psychic parasite that it is and realize it is not you.
2 When you are angry or frustrated with people because you believe they are withholding praise or appreciation from you try giving love and appreciation to them You cannot receive what you do not give Outflow determines inflow.
3 Understanding that no matter what is going on in your life this too, will pass and being aware and totally in the present When you can sense your inner stillness and feel your own Presence, then you are free from ego and can live a better quality life.
4 Recognize patterns that are not working ie giving your opinion when no one has asked for it, demanding recognition, being concerned about how someone else sees you, trying to make an impression on others through knowledge, good looks, status, physical strength, etc.
, taking things personally, complaining, making yourself right and others wrong If you notice any of the above patterns in yourself try letting go of them and see what happens 5 When doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of Being, that is success Unless you are present, you lose yourself in what you do.
6 There are three ways you can align your life with the power of the universe acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm.
If you can neither enjoy or bring acceptance to what you do stop Otherwise you are not taking responsibility for consciousness which means you are not taking responsibility for life.
This book is completely awful Don t feed in to the Oprah hype It s abstract and somewhat hard to follow, even for me, a third year law student Not entertaining at all There are some tidbits of useful information, but if your mother taught you anything, you probably have already heard the useful parts There are also a lot of contradictions in Tolle s writing thought process Don t go on the message boards on Oprah s website because the people on there are crazy nutjobs and can t provide any helpful discussion on the book I also tried to make it through the online classes on Oprah s website but they are extremely long an hour and a half for each chapter, of which there are ten total and extremely boring I fell asleep during most of them When I was finished I felt compelled to burn the book, but I thought I could sell it to Half Price books instead and maybe gain a couple of bucks back in return I also though about personally going to Tolle s home to get a full refund, like the boys on South Park did to Mel Gibson when they didn t like the Passion of the Christ If the New Earth is one that is full of Tolle followers peace out I m moving to Mars.
What is so powerful about this book is not that there is much new material here We ve all heard about how the ego keeps us chained to our judgements, fears, and desires The difference is in how the author explains his points Finally, we understand Wouldn t you love it if all the stuff you ve read about enlightenment suddenly became crystal clear I see you all nodding This is it.
Throughout the entire book, he reiterates the same points He does not offer instructions Here s a great example how to let go of attachment Don t even try It s impossible Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them My copy is frilled with flags the best Christmas present I got last year was a flag dispenser There is so much you ll want to remember that once you have finished it, you will find yourself picking it up at odd times and leafing through it You ll find a page and read something, and it will resonate Here s the author s summary Enjoyment of what you are doing, combined with a goal or vision that you work toward, becomes enthusiasm Even though you have a goal, what you are doing in the present moment needs to remain the focal point of your attention otherwise, you will fall out of alignment with universal purpose Make sure your vision or goal is not an inflated image of yourself and therefore a concealed form of ego, such as wanting to become a movie star, a famous writer, or a wealthy entrepreneur Also make sure your goal is not focused on having this or that, such as a mansion by the sea, your own company, or ten million dollars in the bank An enlarged image of yourself or a vision of yourself having this or that are all static goals and therefore don t empower you Instead, make sure your goals are dynamic, that is to say, point toward an activity that you are engaged in and through which you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor and writer and so on, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives Feel how that activity enriches or deepens not only your life but that of countless others Feel yourself being an opening through which energy flows from the unmanifested Source of all life through you for the benefit of all All this implies that your goal or vision is then already a reality within you, on the level of mind and of feeling Enthusiasm is the power that transfers the mental blueprint into the physical dimension That is the creative use of mind, and that is why there is no wanting involved You cannot manifest what you want you can only manifest what you already have You many get what you want through hard work and stress, but that is not the way of the new earth All I can say is read it, and watch your life change Oprahmercial Well if you can over look that aspect I highly recommend this book Tolle s penmanship allows difficult philosophical, psychological principles to come together simplified This book simplifies complex notions of western approaches with an eastern point of view on metaphysics I think it is a helpful tool for those cynical about the current state of humanity I also believe it could be a great entry book into Eastern philosophy He seems to Americanize complex metaphysical approaches of being thereby creating access Oprah is a maverick bookseller and I can say that this is one of her greatest gifts to her audiences She has found a tool to help readers enable their greater selves I am deeply grateful that this book is available to the masses Tolle brilliantly takes many philosophical backbones to task by incorporating them in layman s terms The philosophy, Western and Eastern is accessible to the masses the better off we will all be This book is trying to do just that and I can say Tolle accomplishes the goals set for in the writings If one is familiar with eastern concepts of spirituality this book will reinforce the ideas, if one is familiar with basic psychology and western philosophy one will be pleasantly reminded of the insights into human nature I would buy this book and give it to everyone who comes to me with existenal anxiety and seeking answers about the purpose of their life One notion reinforced in this book is that these answers are not out side of you but are within yourself This is a difficult concept to practice, especially for Americans in that our culture reinforces the notion that acquisition of external means will lead to internal gratification It brings me great joy to know that Tolle s efforts are reaching millions, which Oprah is trying to teach this enlightenment and that for once someone is using their media means for the greater good Sometimes the best books state concepts that you are unable to articulate This book does this for me At the end of my philosophy studies I wanted to seek out reconciliation between eastern ideas and western ideologies this book successfully does this with an amazing ease Tolle is an enlightened man and even impressive is when he said he didn t want to be, or become a guru This made me respect his mind even He is a gifted intellect and is doing a great service for humanity by this text If one wants than a self help book, tired of Zen lyrics that seem to dissipate after reading them and wants a breath of fresh air to challenge your cynicism in the current state of humanity this book will satisfy This book is soul food I like reading what is extremely popular becuase it seems to let you believe you are connecting with many minds at once Instead of being locked in your own consciousness This book creates the bridge towards the path of connecting to the