Saturday, August 30, 2008

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, who was a research scholar at Cambridge University, England, has been inspiring Oprah Winfrey since he wrote his first book, The Power of Now. In A New Earth, published in 2005, Tolle shows how negativity and unhappiness is a disease on our planet. People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness, that is to say, dependent on form and trapped in their egos. People don't realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. The joy of Being, the only true happiness, cannot come to us through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event. It emanates from the formless dimension within us, from consciousness itself after we allow the diminishment of the ego.

The author identifies the many faces of the "Ego" (the voice in the head that pretends to be you), which is the culprit of our mental suffering that the author calls "The Pain-Body". He provides simple solutions for getting rid of the noise in the head and focusing on the present moment, by giving examples from the Bible and Zen Buddhism.

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