“The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle
After stepping out of my reading comfort zone and immersing myself in New York Times best-selling author Eckhart Tolle’s, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, I was pleasantly surprised, to put it mildly.
The book pretty much left me speechless. I have to admit that when I first picked up this writing, I was very skeptical. I believed that it was something that I could not relate to or have the patience to read. Although I am spiritual, I am also very analytical, and I thought a book like this from a spiritual teacher like Eckhart Tolle would be something I would not find evidentiary or substantial.
I was wrong.
Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose thoroughly and convincingly explains how our current ego-based state of consciousness functions and how it contributes to pain, misery, and violence in the world. He demonstrates how to live in pure joy in the present moment and illustrates how most people live in the past or the future, thus missing out on true life in the present.
He shows how thought and emotion can be hindrances to true joy and happiness. Tolle describes addiction (all known forms in addition to others he believes are problematic) and how most of us are living in reaction to life and not in response to life. He then covers how to break free from this behavior; he reveals how we are pure consciousness, how to live in pure truth, and what the “new earth” is about. I found his argument well written and intriguing. The book is illuminating, uplifting, very rich, easy to read, and is one of those books you cannot only read ONCE. It is a life-changer and a must-read!
I highly recommend A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle to anyone who is looking for an answer to life’s BIG questions: Why are we here? What is our purpose? Where did we come from? What are we made of? Although not exclusive, Tolle’s book attempts to answer all of these questions with very thought-provoking answers.
A bit about the author, Eckhart Tolle:
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge.
At the age of twenty-nine, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating, and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher.
Eckhart Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Power of Now, and is also the author of Stillness Speaks, and other books. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, when he is not traveling sharing his message of profound truth and hope.