My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When you read a book such as A New Earth, there can only be two things happening to you: You either like the book (and it therefore changes you forever)… Or, you realize that you are not yet ready for this.
Thankfully, the former happened to me.
Eckhart Tolle’s vision of a new Earth is one where human consciousness has finally defeated its longtime enemy — the Ego. In the book, he explains at length about different kinds of Ego, its formation and, ultimately, its dissolution. He speaks further about the ceaseless human habit of thinking and not “being”. It means we tend to always live in the past or the future (things that are real only in our mind), rather than being conscious of the present and whatever life throws at us “Now”.
Tolle answers us all these questions that we (at least I) didn’t even knew to ask.
But why? Why does that happen? Why does Ego prevent us from enjoying the present moment? Tolle answers us all these questions that we (at least I) didn’t even knew to ask. He also explains about the Inner purpose and Outer purpose of human beings — linking all these back to Ego. He, then, shows us how the Ego prevents us from seeing the true Inner Purpose of spiritual awakening (no he’s not asking you to become a Sage!) and keeps us over-focused on the Outer Purpose of extrinsic “fulfillment”.
As I said earlier, this book is not for everyone. Even I am yet to fully understand the true depths of Tolle’s every words. And it will be a while before I do it. But it, at least, taught me the meaning of being Conscious. Although, I won’t immediately master my Ego (or emotions and desires and sufferings) after finishing this book, I can now, at least, be aware of the things that come into play when these emotions take hold of me. I would know what exactly happened when I felt like screaming at someone, saying something bad, dwelling on the past, or even feeling frustrated…
Eventually, someday, I hope I will find the Consciousness that Tolle speaks of. Until then, I shall be coming back to this book again and again and will keep taking the wisdom from it.
I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don’t agree to it… just keep an open mind and finish it. One day… some day, this will come to you in a enlightening wave of consciousness.