New Book - A New Earth

New Book - A New Earth

Postby erict » Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:23 pm

Eckhart Tolle's latest book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose will be released on the 11th of October, 2005. You can pre-order it from amazon now, if you wish.

Book Description
Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.

Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.

In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are—which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are—and learn to live and breathe freely.


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"Be sincere; don't ask questions out of mere interest. Ask dangerous questions—the ones whose answers could change your life."
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Actual selection from A New Earth

Postby Sandy » Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:09 am

This must be from the British edition:

A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle

Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun.

Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years. The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favourable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of colour and scent all over the planet – if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it.

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Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value which had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a 'silent sermon' once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen.

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word 'enlightenment' in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.

Any life-form in any realm – mineral, vegetable, animal, or human – can be said to undergo 'enlightenment'. It is, however, an extremely rare occurrence since it is more than an evolutionary progression: It also implies a discontinuity in its development, a leap to an entirely different level of Being and, most important, a lessening of materiality.

What could be heavier and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms? And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light. Some carbons, under inconceivable heat and pressure, turn into diamonds, and some heavy minerals into other precious stones.

Most crawling reptilians, the most earthbound of all creatures, have remained unchanged for millions of years. Some, however, grew feathers and wings and turned into birds, thus defying the force of gravity that had held them for so long. They didn't become better at crawling or walking, but transcended crawling and walking entirely.

Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit. Like all life-forms, they are, of course, temporary manifestations of the underlying one Life, one Consciousness. Their special significance and the reason why humans feel such fascination for and affinity with them, can be attributed to their ethereal quality.

Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings' perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves. Until this happens, however, most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form.

In the case of a flower, a crystal, precious stone, or bird, however, even someone with little or no Presence can occasionally sense that there is more there than the mere physical existence of that form, without knowing that this is the reason why he or she is drawn toward it, feels an affinity with it. Because of its ethereal nature, its form obscures the indwelling spirit to a lesser degree than is the case with other life-forms. The exceptions to this are all the new-born life-forms – babies, puppies, kittens, lambs, and so on. They are fragile, delicate, not yet firmly established in materiality. An innocence, a sweetness and beauty that are not of this world still shine through them. They delight even relatively insensitive humans.

So when you are alert and contemplate a flower, crystal, or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit. This is why these three 'en-lightened' life-forms have played such an important part in the evolution of human consciousness since ancient times; why, for example, the jewel in the lotus flower is a central symbol of Buddhism and a white bird, the dove, signifies the Holy Spirit in Christianity. They have been preparing the ground for a more profound shift in planetary consciousness that is destined to take place in the human species. This is the spiritual awakening that we are beginning to witness now.

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Postby summer » Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:14 pm

Thanks Eric and Sandy,
These reviews sound very interesting :)
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Postby heidi » Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:12 pm

I haven't bought the book yet. Maybe wait until it comes out in paperback. But, I am very interested to know what You, our esteemed members who have read the book, think of it.

I would really appreciate your mini reviews :)
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Postby be-lank » Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:31 am

Hi Heidi,

The New Earth is wonderful. But you know how I feel about Eckhart-
he could sell an old shoe of his and it would be Wonderful. (In fact, do you know where I can buy one?)

The PON was more hard-ball. The question and answer format made for an intensity. It was “to the bone”. Whereas The New Earth has a fuller feel, more gentle, more welcoming, a broader teaching, seems like it would appeal to a broader audience.

Personality comes in too. I feel black and white extremist types would like the PON best. The more saner, moderate, sensible types would like The New Earth the best.

But ya can’t wrong either way! I guess it just boils down to preference and taste.

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Postby heidi » Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:33 pm

Thanks for your learned input, Liski.
I'll get the book eventually... ha ha.

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On the log in thing, it could be that your computer deleted cookies or you stopped accepting cookies on your browser, so maybe you should try allowing cookies for this site. On explorer Click Tools/ Internet Options/ Privacy/Edit/(enter site address)/Allow.

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A New Earth

Postby paulnewman » Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:07 pm

It's good. First Tolle book I've read. I read it in a weekend. I think it's well-written. Anything that helps focus us in the now is a good thing. Interesting quotes and anecdotes.
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Postby Herbert F. Weigelt III » Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:58 pm

I found the book somewhat difficult to read, not in regards to the way it was written rather in regards to the intensity of the subject matter. In reading it I averaged about 3-5 pages at a time (rarely more).

The book is in my mind "very" recommendable!!!

The down side if even... living overseas (Germany) I wasn't able to recieve the accompaning audio CD (interview?) of which was offered on his web page at the time that I purchased the book.

:arrow: Dear Eckhart, I live in a 4 house village of which is located in the the middle of no-where (German/Austrian border). If and when you are ever in the between Rosenheim and Munich, please, by all means do feel free to look me up. My door is open, I would like to invite you and yours for a bit of Qi-gong (the 5 animal frolics or perhaps better yet a bit of free form).

"in stillness"

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Postby Chelsy » Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:25 pm

He says he's already there. He's been waiting for you!
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