To open Chapter 7, which is entitled “Finding Who You Truly Are,” author Eckhart Tolle delves into the origins of the phrase “know thyself,” which was inscribed in the shrine at the Oracle at Delphi. [Read more…]
In chapter six of “A New Earth” titled “Breaking Free” Echkart Tolle discusses the idea of how we can break free from the pain body. Tolle suggests that the first step to breaking free is to being aware that we actually have a pain body. When we become alert we will start to notice the influx pf negative emotion that occurs when the pain body becomes active. When you no longer identify with the pain body it cannot control your thinking or renew itself by feeding on these thoughts. This does not mean that your pain body will disappear straight away. But because you are no longer providing it energy it will eventually wither and dissolve. [Read more…]
In chapter five of “A New Earth” Eckhart Tolle discusses the pain-body. Tolle begins the chapter by suggesting that the body has a mind of its own. The degree that people are trapped by their mind varies from person to person. Some people are able to enjoy periods when they are free from the egoic state and able to enjoy peace and joy. Others are constantly trapped in this state and are alienated from both themselves and other people. [Read more…]
A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle Chapter by Chapter Summary Chapter 4: Role Playing – The Many Faces Of Ego
Eckhart Tolle begins chapter four “Role-playing: the many faces of the ego” by discussing the roles that people play. Tolle points out that most people are unaware of the roles that they are playing in life in order to have their needs met. Any conceptual sense of the self is ego. That can be either positive or negative. [Read more…]
Eckhart Tolle starts chapter 3 titled “The core of Ego” by pointing out that most people identify so completely with the voice in their head that they could be described as being entirely possessed by their mind. Because of this they believe that their thinking mind to be who they truly are. This is described as the Egoic mind. Eckhart Tolle suggests that when you use the word I it is the ego that is talking. This egoic mind identifies itself with opinions, positions, cultural and racial affiliations. While on the surface there may be differences between egos the underlying structure is the same for all people. They are based on identification and separation. [Read more…]
A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle Chapter by Chapter Summary Chapter 2: Ego The Current State of Humanity
Tolle starts Chapter Two: Ego the State of Humanity by pointing that the true nature of everything is essentially unknowable. This includes the rocks, the sea, birds, humans and everything else that exists in the universe. Each of these things has what he calls “unfathomable depths”. If we could see the true nature of these things it would lead us back to the source or god. Tolle suggests that we really focus on a single item for a prolonged time and really see its beingness. He points out how Van Gogh was able to capture the true nature of a chair through this process. That chair is now valued at $25 million. [Read more…]
A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle chapter by chapter summary chapter 1: The Flowering Of Human Consciousness
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle provides a framework for making the world a better place to live for all of its inhabitants. It shows how people can let go of the ideas of ego and entitlement and move beyond themselves to live a happier and healthier life. This book has been nothing short of life transforming for me,and one of the main reason i created self help robot. In celebration of that i decided to create a chapter by chapter summary of the book. Here you will find an overview of the first chapter of A New Earth which is titled the Flowering Of Human Consciousness. [Read more…]
“The flowering of love is meditation” J Krishnamurti
Jiddu Krishnamurti was one of the most influential spirtual leaders of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1986 he left behind a huge body of work based on his writings, speeches, interviews on television and radio, and the many conversations he had with students, scientists and religious figures. In these works he imparted his own vision of the sacred and his views on the human mind.
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best known and most revered Zen masters alive today. He is best known as the originator of the term Engaged Buddhism, which he described in his best selling book “Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire” and for founding Plum Village in the South of France. He is also a teacher, a poet and constant activist for peace in the world.
Deepak Chopra is a doctor, best selling author and arguably the world’s most famous alternative medicine guru. A prolific author, he has written over 70 books which have been translated in 35 different languages, and sold over 20 million copies world wide. Chopra has done more than any other person, to bring alternative medicine into the mainstream consciousness and make it an acceptable compliment to traditional western practices. [Read more…]