A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Although the book has been around for a while, I haven’t yet posted a review on it. As I’ve stated before, Eckhart is, in my opinion, the clearest and best spiritual teacher around today. His first book, The Power of Now was wonderful, and if anything, A New Earth is even better. For one thing, this book deviates from the question and answer format of the first book. I personally prefer the new format.
In this book, Eckhart takes his previous teachings; the power of now, the pain body, developing awareness – and fits them into a grand theme. This theme is no less than the spiritual transformation of the planet, and our role in it. From the beginning chapter, Eckhart emphasizes the importance of this particular time in human history as a period of transformation in human consciousness – one that each of us can be a part of.
Along the way, he also goes even deeper into each of his teachings, and gives more detail on fascinating concepts such as the pain body, which is an energetic system, almost a “being” that we create with our negative emotions that then takes over our consciousness to produce and feed from negative energy. Eckhart also gives more attention to practical techniques for developing a focus on the present moment and escaping from our self-created roles and images.
The really great thing about this book is the material that is available for free to go along with it. Oprah selected this book as a book club selection. Not only that, but she felt so strongly about it that she hosted a series of web seminars with Tolle to discuss and work through each chapter. Not only that, but there are additional workbooks and exercises and materials available on her site. So all you have to do is get the book, and you can take a complete “course” in the material for free.
I’m not sure how much longer the material will remain on her website, so you if you haven’t gotten Eckhart’s book yet, now would be a good time. Here is the link to Oprah’s website area for the book. Sign up for the book club (free) to get access to all the workbook materials.
Funny. I’ve just noticed that while I refer to most authors by their last name (Dyer, Wilber, etc), I always refer to Eckhart Tolle as “Eckhart”. I’m not completely sure why, but I certainly have a strong affinity for his teaching. Also, come to think of it, his first name reminds me of Meister Eckhart, the great German mystic, so perhaps that’s why I gravitate to the name.
Pick up the book and enjoy a new spiritual classic.