Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents listeners with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
Tolle tells us there is good news, however. 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.
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. We will come to experience who we truly are, which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are, and learn to live and breathe freely.
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Awakening from ego
The amazing way in which he exposes the truth and wonder of being
The master who says "is that so?"
You are NOT your mind and ego.
This is an essential book that everyone should read.
Yes I would recommend this book to a friend because I believe it has something for everyone. I believe we allow our past and our future to control our present too much. We can all benefit by learning how to allow ourselves to live more in the present.
The narrator's voice was quite difficult for me personally to want to listen to. I loved the ideas being expressed however everything about me seemed to fight the way in which those ideas were audiblized. In my mind this is one of those books one may be better off buying in hardcopy and reading to oneself.
Not to fight so much with whats happening now - to let go of some of my ego.
I feel the book is very worthwhile. I'd like to listen to it again, and I may do that however in my heart I know I would get much more out of the book by buying it in hardcopy and reading it.
If someone else narrated the book, yes, I might consider another of his books.
He spoke too slow and monotone- it was very hard to concentrate.
The idea of the book was good and I'm sure it has more to offer than I got out of it but the narration was brutal for me. I didn't even get half way through before I had to stop. Some portions of what I did get through were a little too abstract and repetitive for me.
Just listening to this book made me get totally present and into the now. If put me in an state of instant presence and awareness. It expounded some of the info presented in the Power of Now.
Listening is better than reading it. You get to just listen and digest the information.
I highly recommend this and all his books.
YES! There are so many things that made me gasp with surprise in recognition of myself.
Understanding the ego from so many personal aspects of "your" life.
From start to finish. If I had to pick one it would be, "How to embrace life without hearing the ego".
The purpose of the ego.
This book is worth reading because it opens your eyes and inspires you; it surprises you in the most meaningful ways possible; it gives you a new take on life on how to be a better person within.
There are many interesting books. This one is not interesting. It is simply life-changing. Tolle's wisdom is clear, simple, zen. It could be the most important read of the decade for the individual and the universe.
It breaks down conventional wisdom. Understanding the concepts are liberating. I truly recommend everyone to read this.
I have both, print and audio. English accent is not always easy to understand. The context of the book is very complex. I think it is a better read in print format (if you have time).
I really wanted to listen to this book and its companion, the power of now. But the narration is so slow and so monotone that it is unbearable to listen to. Seriously why do so many authors think they are the ones who should narrate their own books. Hire someone who knows how to read a book.
Love Eckhart Tolle audiobooks! Wonderful work 'A New Earth"
Immersing myself on his work is the best!
Peace to everyone.
I am writer, blogger, mom of two girls, book-nerd, coffee lover, literacy advocate, media addict, aspiring photographer and soon to become p
I have read The power of Now by Eckhart which has always been dear to me but now this book has brought me closer to what he calls "awakening".
Eckhart clearly defines, with excellent examples, how our identification with the ego (and not the ego itself, mind you) keeps us from simply being in the present and instead tied to thoughts, concepts, mind-stuff, endless identification with people, places, and things. He shows us the many forms and faces that the ego takes up, and shows us the fallacy of identifying with forms in the first place.
To identify so completely with form is to identify with that which is doomed to extinction, causing us loss and sadness. Wouldn't it be better if we simply observed things from an aware state, and not get so caught up in them? This is Eckhart's goal, to get us to a place where we can see the benefits of raising our awareness, and actually wanting to.
Another good thing about this book is its MANY good points/examples such as, he talks about how Buddhism seeks to make us aware of the troubles in daily life and how we must learn to accept the way life is. He says that sin in the original language of the Bible was not "evil", it was about "missing the mark". People were being advised to learn from their mistakes and correct their path as they went.
There is also another one which is my favourite, where he states that every moment we're in we should either be thinking of "acceptance", "enjoyment" or "enthusiasm". If we really don't want to be changing a flat tire in the rain, simply accept it, do it as best you can, and move on. Being stressed and angry isn't going to make the tire change more quickly, and will add stress hormones and bad health to your list of problems.
Furthermore, I like they way he names and call the "pain-body". After reading this book I began to get a clue. I have noticed that when I am around negative people that they tend to make negative things happen around them, orchestrate negative reactions, or simple leave a "bleh" feeling behind or with them. From what Tolle says, and it makes sense, that this is part of or IS the pain body spreading itself. You can even notice it in yourself at times; looking to start trouble because we're miserable for a moment. Again, if we are aware, we can choose not to feed it. You'll find the misery pointless and a time was time.
Last but now least, I cannot recommend Eckhart's book enough. I am completely and deeply grateful that this book is now available in audible and I can carry and listen to it whenever I want to. I say "thank you" to Eckhart and "thank you" to the oneness that we are for "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose."
"Even better as a talking book"
I loved this book when I was first give it in India by a wonderful and selfless man who thought I needed it (and I did). I will ever be in his debt. This book truly changed my life by changing the way I respond to the 'chattering' in my head. I hope it will do the same for you. Buy it and listen, but be warned, this is not a book for the car, I found my concentration was on the book and certainly not on the road.
"Ecstasy for the soul"
If you're looking for a new and meaningful perspective on life then this could be just the tonic. This book really made me stop and
The way it was told
I cannot compare it to any other book since it is unique.
Made me stronger as a person.
This book has enabled me to deal with some very difficult situations of late. Having bookmarked several areas in the book - I find myself returning back to those bookmarks and listening again and again to gather infinite wisdom!
"One of the best..."
This is one of the best books I have ever read. If you want to make the most out of it, listen, pause and think. Maybe also grab a pen and some paper and jot down ideas. You won't regret it!
"Pure Genius... but play it a double speed"
Seriously I love the work of Eckhart Tolle but if I had listened at normal speed I would have had to give this a 1 star review. He speaks so painfully slowly and without any drama or character to his voice that it is almost impossible to listen.
The audible app allows you to play back at different speeds and what do you know if you play him at 1.5x he sounds much better.
Close to the top
No, it is ultimately repetitive so the message is best heard over multiple sittings
If everyone read this book and could understand what the author was trying to say, then the world would be a much happier and healthier place.
Echart's Voice is so easy on your ears, a little strange at first but in the long run he's addictive
There is no point in answering all the questions as this book, you are either ready for or your not, ultimately read it with your mind wide open and if you do allot of stuff just sorts itself.
Thank you Echart for this wonderful contribution to explaining LIFE as it should be (im my opinion)
"Thought preventing instead of provoking"
Having listened gently to it, I have gained insight. You do not have to study, just listen.
It explains why thoughts make our minds murky and robs us of life.
I will listen to it often.
"OMG so full of wisdom. U can relate to everything Erkhart says. This is a long intense book which has to be understood in stages"
OMG so full of wisdom. U can relate to everything Erkhart says. This is quite a long intense book which has to be understood in small steps and needs to be reread over & over to benefit the enormous amount of information. Almost like the bible! I've so much to learn. 😀
I must be honest here, I have spent my life so far being a bit of a cynic about anything that isnt completely factual with the exception of emotions and creativity, and am as such a total atheist. But I'd been having a hard time and was informed by reliable sources (ie. Russell Brand...) that this book is pretty remarkable.
The opening lines of the book had my sighing and preparing myself to be utterly correct in my preconception that this would be a very hippie dippie book and would not on any level relate to me or my life, with its subject of the beauty of flowers. As beautiful as I agree flowers are I initially did not see how this was relevant.
Throughout the course of this book I had several moments of pure clarity and a genuine challenge to my previously held beliefs that I found utterly fascinating. I am, probably to my detriment, a very opinionated person and I really appreciate and enjoy anything that legitimately changes my mind.
This book changed my mind.
If you can get past the connected one-ness of the universe dialogue and see the truth that lies between the lines of what I initially thought to be meaningless. At least to me anyway.
And it genuinely helped. I'm not going to go into my personal issues in a book review, and everyone has their own intricately differing situations, but it was refreshing to see things from a new perspective and therapeutic to have the soothing voice of Eckhart reading his wisdom aloud, like my own personal therapist.
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