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A New Earth

by Eckhart Tolle

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A New Earth
Plume, 2005

In A New Earth, spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living. A New Earth gets its title from a Bible verse referring to the rising of "a new heaven and a new earth." According to Tolle, "heaven" is the awakened state that will bring about "a new earth" in the outer world, the world of form.

Tolle begins with an extensive description of our principal barrier to the awakened state: ego. He indicts the word "I" as being a terrible feat of reductionism, as it infinitely minimizes who we truly are by allowing us to identify ourselves with our mind, our gender, our accumulated possessions, our social roles, and so on. He then informs us that the only way to diminish ego is by seeking the fullness of life in the present moment, that by making friends with the Now, we can destroy our time-bound state of consciousness and therefore destroy ego. Focus on the Now is focus on Being q rather than Doing, on presence rather than form:
"People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness, that is to say, dependent on form. They don't realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. They look upon the present moment as either marred by something that has happened and shouldn't have or as deficient becuse of something that has not happened but should have. And so they miss the deeper perfection that is inherent in life itself, a perfection that is always already here, that lies beyond what is happening or not happening, beyond form."
Tolle goes on to assert that awakening to the abundance that is already in one's life is the foundation for all abundance available, that abundance and scarcity are actually inner states. He cites examples from varying traditions - Christian, Zen, and Hindu - to assert the perfection of the Now, a concept that is as thematically central to this book as it was in The Power of Now.
Tolle presents A New Earth as a vehicle to bring about a shift in consciousness, though he repeatedly admits that he can only awaken those who are ready for such a transformation. He tells his readers that if they indeed find something within his book that resonates with them, then the shift has already begun, and they are on the path. With millions of Oprah's Book Club members picking up copies of A New Earth, that path will doubtlessly become a road most traveled.
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ummm...really oprah?, Member littletroublegirl86

I am reading this book for my English class. It has an interesting idea at its core but this man is the Micheal Moore of new age philosophy, he has chopped and altered facts in every which way to support his idea. I'm only to chapter three and Ive already had like four ""Did he seriously just write that?"" moments. He pointed out gender as coming from our bodies which I have a hard time believing since the existence of the disorder called gender dysphoria, he also ranked the Tibetan Buddhist place of Dzochen as a religion and more importantly his two stories reek of being made up (or the poor man just has such a poor grip of the English language). I a have a difficult time taking someone seriously who cant get their facts right. I think poor Mr. Toll was smoking a joint after reading the much better book Be Here Be Now (which incidentally does not use any made up facts) and was like ""Wow man!! that was so deep I have an extra idea on it"" and tried to stretch that idea unsuccessfully into a book.

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