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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Eckhart Tolle, is enlighted. What a gift to have such a teacher living and offering his insights. In my experience the truth is simple. In "A New Earth" as in "The Power of Now", Eckhart's words are simple yet profound. Living in the "Now" is slowly become a way of life for me and "A New Earth" is another incredible work which greatly facilitates the process. Beneficial even for first time readers or listeners of Eckhart Tolle.
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.
Unfortunately I too found the author's voice difficult to listen to... it's my own fault for not listening to the sample first. I was just so eager to get this book! But I just could not get past a certain point -my American ears were straining to understand what he was saying. I feel bad for saying it but that was my honest experience.
If you are on a spiritual path, or would like to be, read this book. I recommend you combine it with Oprah's online classes from earlier this year - she discusses each chapter with Tolle and it's a wonderful guide.
I didn't finish this book because it was hard to follow. Better to read it than to listen.
Perhaps it was the thick accent but I really did not enjoy listening to this book. It has been a week since I finished it and cannot recal one really significant point he made. I will admit that I may have lost focus earlier and that slanted my view of the entire book. However, he had nothing to tell me to capture my attention. I may give it a second chance this summer when I have time but I get a lot more out of other authors.
The teachings presented in all of Eckhart's work are life changing. I have been known to be one of the biggest skeptics on the planet, and never thought anyone had an original idea when it comes to spirituality. I stand corrected now. I can only hope in some way, many will be drawn to and can learn this profound way of viewing the world.
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.
Eckhart is not bringing anything new to this field - he has now written numerous book about something that can be said in one page
Eckhart seems to be stuck in the NOW - this is the same as his first book - nothing other than a dragged out version of his first book.
He has very little emotion and his manner is boring
Same idea as in his first book - I will never read any further books by Echart
Been there, done that - wast of time and money
I have tried on 5 different occasions to listen to this book.... but the gutteral (german?) accent and voice droning on like an obituary makes it just impossible to listen to.
Please, please use professional readers, especially for books over 8 hours long... I know that I will NEVER be able to listen to this reading and actually absorb any of it, which is a shame, and so far has wasted over 16 hours of my time trying to listen to the darned thing. I end up making shopping lists in my head!!!
"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!
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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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.
"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.
"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
"Profound and life changing"
Very rarely do I come across perspectives and teachings that affect me the way this one did. I would recommend (highly) a listen. There is at least one truth that will enlighten you.
echart tolle is truly given humanity a gift in this book. Read it and reread it over and again.
read by echart the calm energy of the man is present through out the book
Great great great - take a step inside yourself and take a look at who you are !
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