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BOOK CLUB REVIEW – A NEW EARTH – ECKHART TOLLE

TO MY MIND A NEW EARTH IS A FOUNDATIONAL BOOK EVERYONE SEEKING A HIGHER UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES AND OTHERS WILL GREATLY BENEFIT FROM. I HAVE READ IT TWICE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS AND AM INVIGORATED EACH TIME I ABSORB IT.

A NEW EARTH IS THE BOOK I HAVE SELECTED FOR MY CEO MASTERMIND GROUP BOOK STUDY PORTION OF OUR BI WEEKLY MEETINGS.

Synopsis –

In “Chapter One: The Flowering of Human Consciousness”, Tolle discusses the “inherent dysfunction in humanity” and proposes ways that readers may rise above it.

Tolle then develops these concepts in chapters two, three and four by offering his descriptions of the ego and its “vices.” In the book, Tolle defines the term ego as an “illusory sense of self”[5] based on one’s memories and thoughts.

In chapters five and six Tolle uses the phrase pain body to describe the human tendency to carry “an accumulation of old emotional pain”.

In chapters seven, eight and nine: “Inner Space, Inner Purpose and Who You Truly Are”, Tolle makes many distinctions: between “knowing yourself and knowing about yourself”; between the “Dreamer” and the “dream”; between the objects of consciousness and the space of consciousness; between outer space and inner space; and between outer purpose and inner purpose.

In chapter ten, Tolle gives his readers suggestions for implementation of his ideas in their personal life but cautions them by saying: “You are still an ordinary human. What is extraordinary is what comes through you into this world”.

Eckhart Tolle – Quotes

Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.

  •         ego

To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional. It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it – who are you?

Enlightenment means rising above thought, not falling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before.

  •                             mind

So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.

The reason why the romantic love relationship is such an intense and universally sought-after experience is that it seems to offer liberation from a deep-seated state of fear, need, lack, and incompleteness that is part of the human condition in its unredeemed and unenlightened state.

  •                             love

Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.

  •                             communication

True communication is communion ― the realization of oneness, which is love.

Through forgiveness, which essentially means recognizing the insubstantiality of the past and allowing the present moment to be as it is, the miracle of transformation happens not only within but also without.

  • ADDITIONAL QUOTES

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.”

“The ultimate truth of what you are is not that you are this or that but that you ARE…”

“Everything is honored but nothing matters… Forms are born and die, yet you are aware of the eternal underneath the forms. When this is your state of being how can you not succeed, you have succeeded already.”

“Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom.”

“Instead of asking ‘what do I want from life?,’ a more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?”

“At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is”

“You find God the moment you realize that you don’t need to seek God.”

“One of the most powerful spiritual practices are to meditate deeply on the mortality of physical forms, including your own.  The physical form dissolves and is no more.  Then all thoughts also die.  Yet you re still there- the divine presence that you are. Radiant, fully awake.”

“Make sure that you carry no resistance within, no hatred, no negativity.  “Love your enemies,” said Jesus, which of course means, “have no enemies.”

 

 

 

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STEVEN MONAHAN amazon.com/author/stevenmonahan Steven is writer and author. His books are; The One Thing 66 Day Workbook, Chasing Love, Rescue Renew Rehome, How to Think Outside the Box, Special editions of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance and the Constitution of the United States of America & Declaration of Independence. All available on Amazon and other book stores. Visit Steve’s Amazon Author page at amazon.com/author/stevenmonahan Steven is also Founder & Executive Director of Ideas Institute Georgia. Additionally, he is the founder of The Green Pets America Foundation. Steven was recognized by the State of Georgia and City of Woodstock for tireless contributions to Georgia’s people and animals.

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