Book Review – The New Earth By Eckhart Tolle
‘The New Earth’ is Eckhart Tolle’s second book, which also became a bestseller. Even though it takes time to digest and understand Tolle’s language his book has stirred up a lot of insight and awareness in me. It has been showcased in Oprah’s book club, which was followed by a 10 weeks online seminar in 2008. Find out if this book is worth adding to your ‘want to read’ pile.
Eckhart Tolle’s second book is a follow-up to this first book ‘The Power of Now’. Whereas his first book was in the format of questions and answers, this book is more like a long essay. Tolle’s book follows the intent to create an awaking and a shift in people’s consciousness and not to add to any one’s beliefs.
The New Earth was published in 2005, has reached the New York bestseller lists in 2008 and has sold over five million copies in English.
More in details
‘The New Earth’ touches on various topics, starting with an analogy for transformation in human consciousness that Tolle sees is about to occur and has already begun in the world: the flowering of human consciousness (chapter one). He refers to earliest spiritual messengers like Buddha, Jesus and Laozi and that their message was not fully understood in their time.
Tolle goes into more depth about the term ‘ego’, which he started elaborating on in ‘The Power of Now’. His definition of the term ‘ego’ is ‘an illusory sense of self based on one’s memories and thoughts’. Chapter two to four go into more details about the way we have identified with our thoughts and emotions (=ego). He also elaborates more on how we have become obsessed with and attached to things which, in his words, creates an ego that we didn’t normally have.
In the following chapters, five and six, he describes the human tendency to carry around a collection of old emotional pain, which he calls the ‘pain body’.
I really enjoyed the chapters towards the end (seven to ten), where he explains the difference between objects of consciousness and the space of consciousness, between outer and inner space and outer and inner purpose. In regards to consciousness he enlightened me through his insights of the three stages of inner consciousness: acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm, which stands very much in alignment with my view of self-development.
About the author
Eckhart Tolle was born in 1948 in Germany. He is a writer, public speaker and spiritual teacher and has written two bestsellers: The Power of Now and The New Earth. Nowadays he lives in Vancouver in Canada.
This book is for you if you have enjoyed the previous book (The Power of Now) and feel ready for some more confusing language, which will enter into your sub conscious mind and transform your awareness in a way that you cannot conceive with the conscious, rational mind.
Remember that you need to give yourself time to read this book. This will not be one to be read in a few days.