A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle – Book Review
Summary: 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 consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence. Demethius J's Notes: In 2008, I read Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth for the first time. It came highly recommended by my good friend Helen who, back then, was also reading The Secret and The Law of Attraction.
As a young 28 year old, I considered myself happy and confident, but not quite content with where my life was at the time. I couldn't escape the feeling that perhaps I was missing something; that perhaps God had placed an objective inside me that I was supposed to be doing, but wasn't doing it. I tried pursuing different careers and creating various professional projects but never felt fulfilled. I was completely obsessed with the future, until the day I read A New Earth.
From the very first page, Eckhart fascinated me as he explained the flowering of consciousness. He later stated that too much emphasis was placed on past and future events, yet the present moment was our true source of power. Only in the present do we become conscious of our true needs and become fully aware of the world around us. Also, being accepting and non-judging of what "is" helps to combat the negative influences of our egos and pain-bodies.
Simply shifting my focus from the future to the present allowed me to finally identify what had been burning inside of me for so long; it allowed me to maximize my energy towards it. A New Earth literally changed my life, and if you're ready, it will do the same for you.