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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Brilliant. Some people don't need this, but I certainly did! Through the simple act of tuning into what the people around me were saying & learning not to listen to the voice in my head so I can focus on the world around me, I've been able to change my life (literally).
You don't need to be "spiritual" (I'm not and never have been) to find that the lessons in this book work.
Pay Attention to the world & people around you - that's how you learn.
Stop thinking the voice in your head knows anything - really! How much did I know after not paying much attention for the last 20 years? Not a thing, although I thought I had all the answers!
Now I'm listening, learning, and giving my brain real, current information to work with instead of the stories of what I "knew".
My thinking is clearer, more focused, and I'm having much more fun every day!
This book was a life-changing experience for me. I still have all the same beliefs I had before, but now I'm open to understanding life with a new perspective. Wonderful!
I figured I'd better update my earlier review of this audio book. While I still believe that the audio book should have been read by someone else in order to make it easier to focus on the content, I am getting over that part. 6 hours into the book I am glad that I didn't give up earlier on. Many ideas are so simple, yet so profound and I believe that anyone who is open to look at the world from a different perspective can gain something from reading this.
Everyone should read this book. If it doesn't reach you today, it is sure to reach you in the future. Read it every 5 years until you are awakened.
I read this book twice in a row to absorb the depth of what Tolle was trying to convey. I woke up two weeks later with amounted to a spiritual hangover, having had a holy war with my own ego.
I realized that I could not live in this sate of egoless ever present consciousness. This may be possible for an introverted middle aged man without children and battling depression but for a parent with three young children, it is not a realistic endeavor, especially when your attention is mostly toward others and when you need to plan the daily activities of four or five people.
I much prefer the Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra. He treats the ego has a integral part of our human self, not as an enemy that has to be suppressed into nothingness. According to Chopra, spirituality is a layered process, not a quick (and unlikely) fix to all human pathologies.
Eckhart Tolle has my admiration for making us aware of the nature of the human ego and for reminding us to live in the present but like any good thing, it has to be done with a certain measure. Brought too far, these teachings defeat their purpose.
It may have been better if the author didn't read his own book. I couldn't stay awake when I listend to it. Beware, do not operate heavy equipment while listening to this book.
I simply don't have the words to describe how much sense this book makes and the clear perspective it puts on so many things. Definitely a worthwhile read or listen.
After listening to A NEW EARTH it suddenly all made sense - the universe, religions and our insatiable egoic mind, which is the source of so much pain and suffering. What's great is that the book doesn't just point out the problem, but it sparks a transformation that is part of the solution.
Although I need to rewind occasionally (the subject matter is rather deep, and unlike books I can't go back a couple of paragraphs to re-read when I notice that my mind has wandered...such is the nature of an audiobook), this book is so wonderful! No hype here - just excellent, wonderful words of wisdom. His voice is so soothing and melodic; didn't take long on a flight to doze off listening! Well worth the money and time! :)
I listened to this book for 2 hours and couldn't tolerate it anymore. The narration was so boring and monotone, I couldn't even concentrate on the meaning of what was being said. I'm sure it's a great book with excellent meaning, but I think I'll read it instead of listening to it on audio. I didn't rate the content as much as the audio itself.
"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.
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!
"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
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)
"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.
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