Reading Experience: “A New Earth”
August 26, 2012 Leave a Comment
I was introduced to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle through Oneness With All Life – a compilation book with inspirational selections from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. I don’t know what drew me to this particular book or why I didn’t purchase A New Earth instead, but the quotations I found within the text inspired and deeply moved me to a great extent.
I knew I needed to delve into A New Earth but I was hesitant, waiting for the right moment to truly focus on my inner self. This summer has provided me with a whirlwind of opportunity and constant state of movement, I barely had time to read (and write) my most beloved genre, fiction. Once the chaos began to settle, I began to read A New Earth and found myself enamored by Tolle’s teachings.
Eckhart Tolle truly takes you on an internal spiritual journey. Everyone should read this book, especially those searching for some sort of meaning or ‘life’s purpose’. It is impossible to even explain how his words make you feel but I did catch myself nodding along with every sentence thinking “Yes! YES!!” in my head. Below are a few stand out excerpts from his bestselling book that really touched me:
The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.
You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.
Words, no matter whether they are vocalized and made into sounds or remain unspoken as thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell on you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotized into implicitly believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don’t know what it is. You have only covered up a mystery with a label.
Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people. don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
Doing is never enough if you neglect Being.