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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2,000,000 copy bestselling inspirational book, "The Power of Now"
With his bestselling spiritual guide "The Power of Now," Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived ?in the now.? In "A New Earth," Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of co
Paperback, 316 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Plume (first published 2005)
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Roger Don't try to conceptually understand what is written. Just read it without any expectation and preconceived ideas. Let your mind be absent when readin…moreDon't try to conceptually understand what is written. Just read it without any expectation and preconceived ideas. Let your mind be absent when reading. In other words, read without reading. Some words will resonate with your being, and some won't. That's ok. (less)
Erica he states early on in this book if I remember correctly that the entire book is the same message in its core of every true spiritual teaching out ther…morehe states early on in this book if I remember correctly that the entire book is the same message in its core of every true spiritual teaching out there. he does not go into each specific person because in truth once you know a truth you can speak on it from being and it is the same message as everyone who shares that truth. so it may even be possible that he does not even know some concepts are in fact the same as others. ( much like someone realizing the earth is round from traveling it not feeling the need to give credit to the first person who came upon that knowledge, sort of silly because in truth it is fact that we all know from experiencing it.) i hope this makes sense. on this path i come to realizations express it verbally only to hear the exact same thing from someone else. (less)

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Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Okay so I had high expectations for this book. Normally I don't really go for Oprah selections but I heard so many great things about it plus I am totally into new agey type things, I thought it would be right up my alley.

My problem with this book was twofold. First, a lot of the ideas weren't new to me. Living in the present (you are not walking across the room to get a book, you are walking across the room), not letting your ego attach itself to things (that is not "my car" or "my house"), etc
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What is so powerful about this book is not that there is much new material here. We’ve all heard about how the ego keeps us chained to our judgements, fears, and desires. The difference is in how the author explains his points. Finally, we understand! Wouldn’t you love it if all the stuff you’ve read about enlightenment suddenly became crystal clear? (I see you all nodding!) This is it.

Throughout the entire book, he reiterates the same points. He does not offer ‘instructions’. Here’s a great exa
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Liz by: Oprah
Oprahmercial. Well if you can over look that aspect I highly recommend this book. Tolle's penmanship allows difficult philosophical, psychological principles to come together simplified. This book simplifies complex notions of western approaches with an eastern point of view on metaphysics. I think it is a helpful tool for those cynical about the current state of humanity. I also believe it could be a great entry book into Eastern philosophy. He seems to Americanize complex metaphysical approach ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
I opened this book, hoping to find something inspiring, eye-opening, and life-changing. Instead, it appears to be filled with the same old New Age babble about self-actualization and "each being the part of the one." It's not that I disagree -- it's just that I don't think there's anything particularly new or different. The same old, same old about non-judgment, embracing all things, blah blah blah. Call me crazy, but I think I've read this about 100 times before in every issue of New Age Journa ...more
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It has changed how I look at life.
I read a lot of "self-help", "spiritual insight" books and this is one of the best I have ever read. I just finished it and I want to read it again. His writing is very easy to understand --clear and simple and he shares insights that you can use in your life immediately. IT is chock full of fascinating insights on every page.

Some of my favorite points are:

1. The pain-body--a "psychic parasite" inside of us that feeds on drama and enjoys negati
ok, i'm about half way through. first thing i notice is this guy is pretty long-winded. it took him 127 pages to tell me that the ego is the source of all the earths problems. Anything you feel or think or say comes from the ego. and thats a bad thing. we all need to be "enlighted" and gain "awareness" of our "presence."

heres a nice quote from the book: "Enlightened collectives will fulfill an important function in the arising of the new consciousness. Just as egoic collectives pull you into un
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
To me, this book is pretty much a great overview on what is wrong with the world- the human ego. In a weird way, I regret ever having read this book because it opened my eyes so greatly to the hidden egocentric motivation behind every human thought and action that I can't stop seeing the underlying ego behind everything, and everyone, I encounter.

I think this book should be required reading for everyone; the problem is, many people will read this book and see others in it, but not themselves. T
Jul 27, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: those interested in personal/planetary transformation
This book is so amazing, I had to read it slow so I would absorb it all. It moved me to tears many times, so I had to stop a lot! I have not read The Power of Now, but this one really resonated with me and current challenges in personal and planetary transformation. I loved how he snuck in bits from major religions and explained their universal relevance outside the context of their religious context. The personal examples are quite illustrative & help ground the book's meaning. ...more
Sean Barrs
There are a plethora of self-help books and new age spiritual awakening guides that all claim to have the power to change your life in a positive way; they all suggest a new way of thinking is required to alter your reality: they suggest that something more is needed to reach the next level of human consciousness.

The problem with most of these books is that such ideas are extremely difficult to define accurately in words. They feel vague and often like they are scratching the surface of large c
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Self-help seekers
Recommended to Carrie by: Oprah's Book Club
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May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Brittany by: Oprah
Shelves: read-again
This book is completely awful. Don't feed in to the Oprah hype. It's abstract and somewhat hard to follow, even for me, a third year law student. Not entertaining at all. There are some tidbits of useful information, but if your mother taught you anything, you probably have already heard the useful parts. There are also a lot of contradictions in Tolle's writing/thought process. Don't go on the message boards on Oprah's website because the people on there are crazy nutjobs and can't provide any ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle simply and beautifully employs spiritual parables from many traditions to distill and illuminate the One truth to which they point: God in me; me in God. Form (the material world) is interpenetrated by nothingness (space, quantum possibilities, consciousness, spirit, God). If so many cultures can agree that we, as form, are permeated with spirit, why do we experience so much separation and suffering?

Tolle states that suffering is c
Aug 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
I think that because I have what I feel is a strong faith, this book just didn't make a big impression. I feel like a lot of the ego stuff he was talking about is basically morals and values, of which if you already have a high regard for and were taught about them, then a new awakening to being good is sort of insulting.
Anyone can be mindful for an instant, staying mindful, though, can be the work of a lifetime. I feel like Tolle has reduced himself to a shell of a person with no ego, no emotio
Elyse  Walters
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just saw another GR's member give this book 5 stars!

I have to agree!

My husband and I each own our own copy!

My daughters own their own copy!

We've bought this book at 'full' price --many times ---given it to our friends.

We had a chance to listen to him years ago ---

Also-- *anyone* can download his Talk (chapter by chapter) that was done with over 200 thousand people all over the world on this book (people called in and asked questions) --Oprah hosted him --(it was a global opportunity ---very in
Feb 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Mom
Practically: spot-on treatment of the ego as problem source. Lots of advice that would be beneficial for most people.

Philosophically: not rigorous, despite an implicit claim to be the next step following the path from Descartes through Sartre. Equivocal vocabulary lets him subtly draw questionable logical connections. Some metaphysical foundations are implicitly assumed. Notably missing is any treatment of ethics, or much in the way of implications at all. All in all, I am probably giving him to
Natalia Yaneva
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
A hotchpotch of New Age mumbo-jumbo with some psychological insights thrown in to knit the contents together. The story of Eckhart Tolle’s so called “awakening” following which he became a spiritual teacher is also strangely suspicious. I won’t say “scripted” because I’m always willing to give the benefit of the doubt, yet I’m less than half a believer. Maybe I’m just not actualized enough. Anyway, I’m not convinced that you will need a Mr. Tolle to know that a large portion of the human conditi ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
This is a wonderful and very helpful book. Coming from a ACIM vantage point, it takes a little bit to adjust to his terminology, because Tolle uses words in a different way. His Consciousness is ACIM's Spirit and Mind, and ACIM's consciousness (and the thoughts you think you think) is Tolle's "thoughts." Likewise ACIM's "guilt" equates to Tolle's pain body, so in a way it's simply the "wrong mind." His biblical " New Earth" is the Course's " Real World." On and on. So, once you adjust for those ...more
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Initially, I had trouble getting into the book. In my mind, the first couple dozen pages seemed written in pig latin. I put the book down for a few days and upon resuming, gems as noted below started jumping off the pages.

"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world". ~Eckhart Tolle

"...the voice in the head, perhaps in the very moment it complains about something, and recognize it for what it is: the v
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is basically The Landmark Forum in book form. I'm very curious about the relationship between Tolle and Landmark Education, but I haven't been able to find any info on that so far. I suspect that I find this book so powerful because I've done The Landmark Forum. I suspect it might be a little too theoretical to have much practical impact on my real life if I didn't have that background and training. Read this book if you've ever considered doing the Forum to get a little taste of what the F ...more
David Katzman
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
With so much stress about the election and the affliction of a racist-fascist-sexist-disgusting-gas-lighting President, I was experiencing tremendous anxiety and found I needed to read a book that was a soothing balm.

There are plenty of flaws with A New Earth. Tolle is ridiculously naïve about society naturally transforming, and I am far from optimistic in this way--not only about us transforming at all but also about saving our species from global warming. However, it's certainly pleasant to be
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: graduates, all adults
Shelves: inspirational
5 stars! Uplifting and inspiring!

Having Oprah Winfrey say, "Your book is my book club pick" epitomizes a leap in success. It's certainly the dream of almost every author I know. For one Canadian author it's a dream come true. Vancouver-based author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle must feel like he's riding a wave. His book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is Oprah's 61st choice for her book club. Oprah is hugely responsible for Tolle's earlier rise in fame as she launched his 20
A.G. Stranger
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A life-saver.
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a follow up to Tolle's The Power of Now. I read this one first, and got a lot more out of it. This is a book about how what we tell ourselves about our world (experiences, relationships, events) becomes our world, for good or bad. It also gives practical advice (if you're willing to hang in there) about how to transform your thinking so as to improve your life and truly live in the Now. Tolle pulls from every religious system out there, and introduces new (to me) perspectives on biblical ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just spent the last five plus hours researching, reading this fucking Eckhart Tolle. What do I think?

This is essentially the same book as The Power Of Now! The only valid point Tolle has is this: it is mentally unhealthy to obsess endlessly over things that we didn't cause in the past, and over things we can't control in the present, and over things that have no likelihood in the future.

He doesn't need 220 pages to make that point. He doesn't need a book. He doesn't even need a whole page wi
Haider Ziyadi
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book makes you understand everything wrong in you and many people around you. I think if more people read it, we’d have a little bit better life experience.
The book is not perfect. Some ideas can seem cliche. It gets repetitive. But it added something to me, a new perspective.
Brittany B.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
It's been qyite a while since I read this.
I remember reading it during a soul searching time in my life. I also remember the great inspiration and clarity I felt while reading.

Unfortunately, Echkart Tolle seems to have become greedy: he started selling guide after guide, workbook after workbook, and audio guides for everything he preaches. The amount of MERCHANDISE that goes with an Eckart Tolle book is reminiscent of the toys and dolls created after a hit Disney Movie. Did I mention he did th
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was so absolutely disappointed with this book. With all the hype I thought it might actually be something good but surprised at how much bull was in it! I am feeling so sad about the people that have bought into this bag of bull because they must be in a very desperate place to find themselves and if this is what helps them well, I just cannot imagine the insanity.

Seriously! If you want to be told that EVERYONE (including yourself) is Schitzo, posessed and unconsciouss well, then read the book
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved the way the 'A New Earth' brings light to how we can get past our ego-based conciousness to really experience happiness. One of my favorite quotes was on page 134, "Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it were a reality..." Another favorite is on pg. 141, "Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being pr ...more
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wow. This is a life changing book. My only criticism is that Tolle is a theorist and so doesn't give many applicable examples of how to use the theories in real life. This I've had to do on my own. But this book is well worth the read. Here's the rub: you can read it and do nothing or you can read it and try to alter your way of thinking. When will someone write a book that makes people's lives change that doesn't take work??? :) ...more
Mar 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
The first chapter put me off with proclamations like this:

"This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness...It can only awaken those who are ready...for some, that glimpse will come while reading this book...for others...through reading "The Power of Now" [also by Eckhart Tolle, by the way] or some other spiritually alive and therefore transformational book" (p. 7)

And then Tolle goes on to talk about how we have to let go of our egos, which is what gets in the way of "awakeni
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Eckhart Tolle , born Ulrich Leonard Tolle, February 16, 1948, is a German-born writer, public speaker, and spiritual teacher. The New York Times has called him "the most popular spiritual author in the nation". He is the author of the bestsellers "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth".
Tolle had an unhappy childhood in Germany and Spain. His depression reached its peak during early adulthood in Engla

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