A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
by Eckhart Tolle
“This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless.”
The purpose of the book is to transform the reader’s state of consciousness and thus transform human consciousness to create a new earth. Tolle believes that reading A New Earth can only awaken those who are ready, but with each new person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows, and then it becomes easier for others. Of course, being ‘ready’ does not mean that this is an easy process. Awakening your consciousness takes time, effort, and a great deal of patience!
The first step in transforming consciousness is awareness. This is an awareness of the current state of humanity, the influence of our culture and experiences, and of the ego and its wants. Once we are aware of our thoughts and realize that we are not our thoughts, we can begin to de-identify with our thoughts, our ‘story,’ the roles we play, our emotions, and our bodily reactions to our thoughts. A New Earth is essential reading for anyone who wants to bring presence and authenticity to their lives and relationships, and in doing so, directly contribute to world peace!
About the Author
For the past ten years, Eckhart Tolle has been named one of the top four spiritually influential living people in the world, along with Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, and Bishop Tutu. Born in Germany, he experienced a profound spiritual transformation when he was 29, which radically changed the course of his life. He is now a spiritual teacher and author, living in Vancouver, Canada.
CHAPTER 1: THE FLOWERING OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS
CHAPTER 2: EGO: THE CURRENT STATE OF HUMANITY
CHAPTER 3: THE CORE OF EGO
Dissolve personal grievances.
Bring peace to relationships by responding instead of reacting.
CHAPTER 4: ROLE-PLAYING: THE MANY FACES OF THE EGO
Replace the victim role with presence.
Notice role-playing and become authentic.
Release unhelpful parenting motivations.
Practice conscious parenting to increase connections.
Take responsibility for your inner state.
CHAPTER 5: THE PAIN-BODY
CHAPTER 6: BREAKING FREE
CHAPTER 7: FINDING WHO YOU TRULY ARE
Give to others what you need in your life.
Become still in nature.
Make friends with the present moment and therefore life.
Align with the present moment through nonresistance.
Become present and relinquish the ego.
CHAPTER 8: THE DISCOVERY OF INNER SPACE
Find inner space to produce the right action.
Increase pure awareness.
Use inner body awareness as a doorway to inner space.
Overcome an addiction.
Create gaps in the stream of thinking.
Use the breath as the key to a New Earth.