Book Review: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Eckhart Tolle: $15.50 trade paperback,
ISBN 978-0-452-28996-3, 309 pp.,
Penguin Group, 2005

Are you ready yet? That is Eckhart Tolle’s question.

According to Tolle, great wisdom leaders in our history─Buddha, Jesus and others─lived and taught a message that the societies of their time were not ready to accept. The societies of their time were not equipped with enough knowledge and experience to learn to “defy the gravitational pull of materialism and materiality and rise above the identification with form.” As a result, the teachings were misunderstood and have become distorted over time.

Are you ready yet?

“This book is about you,” Tolle writes. “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 that awakens, the momentum in collective consciousness grows, and it becomes easier for others.”

Tolle explores the issues in daily life that tie us to our egos and impair our readiness: resentments, grievances, religion, pain, unhappiness and our attachment to material things. He strips away the disguises these issues hide behind and shows them for the imposters they are. We often blame others or external circumstances for our unhappiness, for example. We think: “You should do this so that I can be at peace.” Or “There is something that needs to happen in my life before I can be at peace.”

The power of now

Eckart Tolle is best known for his first book The Power of Now. He draws on ideas from that book to centre each reader in the peace of his or her own now. “Listen to people’s stories,” he writes, “and they could all be entitled. ‘Why I Cannot Be at Peace Now.’ The ego doesn’t know that your only opportunity for being at peace is now. Or maybe it does know, and it is afraid that you may find this out. Peace, after all, is the end of the ego.”

If you are not feeling at peace, a walk through Tolle’s book might unveil some reasons behind your unrest, worry or anger. His words might encourage you to take three deep breaths, look around you right now and discover the freedom of the present moment. “Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free.”

The virtual collective consciousness

Following the publication of this book, Tolle participated in a “virtual book club,” A New Earth: Are You Ready to be Awakened? , with the viewers of Oprah. Millions of people participated in weekly live chat sessions and online classes. Buddha and Jesus and the other great wisdom teachers of history had to rely on their feet and word of mouth to spread their message. Today, with the internet and Oprah on hand, maybe we are ready for a global transformation─for a New Earth. You can, right now, tap into the collective consciousness and rise above your ego.

Are you ready yet?

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on May 2, 2012, in Book Club, Book reviews, Books I bought, Non-fiction, Penguin Group and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Eckhart Tolle Now and commented:
    Are you ready yet?….Great question!

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