A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Book Introduction:

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose is Eckhart Tolle’s first book in eight years. Eckhart Tolle provokes us to challenge life. He dares us to live in the present moment and thereby to change our consciousness and relish the “joy of Being.” Tolle evokes us that there are many hurdles to awakening to our life’s purpose. As Jesus said “blessed are the poor in spirit,” he was concerned with those who travel light. People without inner burdens and association with material things, subjective notions, or obsessions. But the ego is stubborn at work in our mind producing new narratives. These narratives counter what comes to us in the existing instant.

Tolle intends to transform the way human beings think. and he imagines a world population that is more tolerant, aware, and true. According to Tolle, the book’s purpose “is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness”.

The book details human abnormality, greed, stress, and the cruelty we force on each other. It also sheds light on mankind’s lost efforts to discover life’s aim and meaning through belongings and toxic relationships. It states that thoughts can have a strong and useful “effect on the healing process”. This puts forth the idea of “Evolutionary transformation of human consciousness”. This idea inspires the reader to engage in “honest self-evaluation [that] can lead to positive change.”

Author Introduction:

Eckhart Tolle was born Ulrich Leonard Tolle on 16th February 1948. He is a spiritual teacher and a best-selling author. He is a German-born resident of Canada. Tolle is best known as the author of two well-known books, The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose.

In 2008, the New York Times named Tolle “The most renowned spiritual author in the United States.” In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tolle cannot be said to be adhering to one religion. Yet, he has been influenced by a wide variety of spiritual works.

Tolle had a miserable childhood in Germany and Spain. His depression attained its peak during early adulthood in England. This was till he encountered what he calls an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years as a nomad, “in a state of deep bliss”, he says, before shifting into a spiritual guru. He traveled to North America where he started drafting his first book. He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Kim Eng.

Excerpts from the book:

Every quote is from the author Eckhart Tolle himself. we have arranged our records into the following sections. We’ve added bold to some quotes for importance.

Religion & Spirituality

“Partly as a result of the spiritual teachings that have arisen outside the established religions, but also due to an influx of the ancient Eastern wisdom teachings, a growing number of followers of traditional religions are able to let go of identification with form, dogma, and rigid belief systems and discover the original depth that is hidden within their own spiritual tradition at the same time as they discover the depth within themselves. They realize that how ‘spiritual’ you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness. This, in turn, determines how you act in the world and interact with others.”


Ego is no more than this: identification with form, which primarily means thought-forms. If evil has any reality – and it has a relative, not an absolute, reality – this is also its definition: complete identification with form – physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms. This results in a total unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with every ‘other’ as well as with the Source. This forgetfulness is original sin, suffering, delusion.”

Association with Form

“One of the most basic mind structures through which the ego comes into existence is identification. The word ‘identification’ is derived from the Latin word idem, meaning ‘same’ and ‘facere’, which means ‘to make.’ So when I identify with something, I ‘make it the same.’ The same as what? The same as I. I endow it with a sense of self, and so it becomes part of my ‘identity. One of the most basic levels of identification is with things: My toy later becomes my car, my house, my clothes, and so on. I try to find myself in things but never quite make it and end up losing myself in them. That is the fate of the ego.”


“Of course different people fulfill different functions in this world. It cannot be otherwise. As far as intellectual or physical abilities are concerned – knowledge, skills, talents, and energy levels – human beings differ widely. What really matters is not what function you fulfill in this world, but whether you identify with your function to such an extent that it takes you over and becomes a role that you play. When you play roles, you are unconscious.“


“When you want to arrive at your goal more than you want to be doing what you are doing, you become stressed. The balance between enjoyment and structural tension is lost, and the latter has won. When there is stress, it is usually a sign that the ego has returned, and you are cutting yourself off form the creative power of the universe.”

Happiness & Unhappiness

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts.”


“Suffering drives you deeper. The paradox is that suffering is caused by identification with form and erodes identification with form. A lot of it is caused by the ego, although eventually, suffering destroys the ego – but not until you suffer consciously.


“The surrendered state of consciousness opens up the vertical dimension in your life, the dimension of depth. Something will then come forth from that dimension into this world, something of infinite value that otherwise would have remained unmanifested. Some people who surrendered to severe limitation become healers or spiritual teachers. Others work selflessly to lessen human suffering or bring some creative gift into this world.”

‘Now’ – The Present moment

“Once you have reached a certain level of consciousness, (and if you are reading this, you almost certainly have), you are able to decide what kind of a relationship you want to have with the present moment. Do I want the present moment to be my friend or my enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of a relationship you want to have with life. Once you have decided you want the present moment to be your friend, it is up to you to make the first move: become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes your entire reality.”


“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.”

God & Love

“It has been said ‘God is love’ but that is not absolutely correct. God is the One Life in and beyond the countless forms of life. Love implies duality: lover and beloved, subject and object. So love is the recognition of oneness in the world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself.”


Non­-resistance, non­-judgment, and non­-attachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.”


“Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Through it, consciousness (spirit) is freed form its imprisonment in form.”


“Abundance comes only to those who already have it. It sounds almost unfair, but of course it isn’t. It is a universal law. Both abundance and scarcity are inner states that manifest as your reality.”


“The coming into manifestation of the world as well as its return to the unmanifested – its expansion and contraction – are two universal movements that we could call the outgoing and the return home.”

Impermanence & Death

“The recognition of the impermanence of all forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within yourself, that which is beyond death. Jesus called it ‘eternal life.

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Reviews of the book:

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

by Eckhart Tolle

The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2,000,000 copy bestselling inspirational book, “The Power of Now”

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. “The Power of Now” was a question-and-answer handbook. “A New Earth” has been written as a traditional narrative, offering anecdotes and philosophies in a way that is accessible to all. Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, “A New Earth” is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life? and for building a better world.

This review was taken from Goodreads.com

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