Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth

Reality Creation 2

Eckhart Tolle is a New Age thinker who was not included in Reality Creation (1). Wwe introduced you to Thomas Troward's idea that evolution produced ever progressive steps:

Step One: Mineral Life in rotation

Step Two: Plant Life

Step Three: Animal Life

Step Four: Human Life. Selection and initiative are the first principles. The third is for an ever increasing Enjoyment of Life.

Step Five: ?

Step Five was loosely defined as a time of creativity, by an artist without need of a pallet. This was not satisfying to me, so I left it as a question to be answered by inspiration.

So this weekend, when re-reading Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, I realized that he had the answer.

"A new species is arising on the planet. It is arising now, and you are it! ... In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes a prediction that to this day few people have understood. He says, 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.'"

The Egoic Life:

As Eckhart Tolle says, the meek are those without egos. We, at are social workers, and we have been trained that a strong, healthy ego is helpful, a sign of a strong, independent person. Just so, Eckhart Tolle uses the term ego as the key element in separateness. Without an ego, a human would be easily recognize his connection with Source and with all other life. Without ego, a human would not seek the drama that makes us feel superior or dominant. Without ego we wouldn't need to complain, and wouldn't need the stories that we tell. Without ego we wouldn't fear loss, because we would be in tune with who we are, which is a limitless, eternal being. Without ego, there would be no past and no future. We would be able to live in the present which is the only time in which we do live. Without ego, there would be no resistance and no resentment and no dysfunction.

As Eckhart Tolle reminds us, there would be no automatic right and wrong and we would not take anything personally if we did not operate out of our left brain ego. Anger, greed, exploitation and cruelty are enormously satisfying to the ego, as Eckhart Tolle explains, because it all emphasises the differences and separation between one's form self and another. When we are operating out of a sense of our connection to Source and to each other, we make choices that move us all forward toward our common destination.

War comes from unconsciousness, and will either strengthen the enemy, the perceived evil or it will create a new evil, for this is a mind-set. "Energy goes where attention flows" and this mind-set is an example of sending energy after what you don't want!

The ego, Eckhart Tolle points out, identifies with form, even though deepdown it knows that all forms are temporary. It does not want us to be in touch with that reality and will fight for dominion of our thoughts. Tolle tells of hiking in California, and when he and his friend came across an abandoned and burned out property, the sign said, "Danger. All structures are unstable." Tolle termed this a sutra (sacred scripture). They thought about it until they found the peace that is there when you let go of the need to tie to the material world.

The Three States of egoic relationships are:

1 Wanting

2 Thwarted wanting

3 Indifference

As you can see, these are not feelings we would consciously set out to develop. They come from unconsciousness. The ego can not connect with energy from the Source, or from inside, and so seeks it elsewhere in drama and stress. I once was told by a holistic doctor that coffee steals energy from the future. This is what the ego does. When we are connected to Source and to our right brains, we are in touch with infinite energy and do not feel need, hurt or fear, anger or frustration.

Any concept or definition of self other than that core sense of life that we can feel when we are very quiet and attentive to the present, is ego. The class and caste system are functions of ego.

These, caste and class, definitions of self were not initially recognized as roles, but were thought to be "who you are." Tolle is clear that any "thought" about who you are is, by definition, wrong. Our thinking is part of ego. It is only between the thoughts, in the present, when we are attending to our state rather than our ideas, when we recognize our true selves. The Hippie movement of the 60's was an attempt to live without roles, without the egoic based social and economic structures, and in the present. This movement came to an end, but it created an opening for Eastern wisdom and spirituality to move to the west.

Happiness versus Unhappiness:

Happiness can be a role we play. Symptoms of it merely being a role are depression, breakdowns and overreactions when unhappiness is covered by smiles. This might be more common among those practicing the Law of Attraction who are trying to be positive.

If you have unhappiness, Eckhart Tolle says you must first admit that it is in you. Then investigate it. Action might be required to change a situation or to get away from it. If this is not possible, then adjust your thoughts about it. Other than in cases of physical or sexual assault, the primary cause of unhappiness is your thinking about it.

The following video by Byron Katie illustrates this point. Reality, she says, is always kind.

She echoes Tolle in her insistence that the ideas that make you unhappy about money are always in the story. Tolle would explain that the story sustains and is sustained by the ego. The fact is never painful.

For more on Byron Katie, take a look at our main Byron Katie Page.

Getting Past the Ego:

It is important to be fully yourself, and fully present in order to feel the peace and joy at being one with life.

Although this does not sound as if it would be alien to the ego, the ego opposes reality. as Eckhart Tolle says, The ego thrives on unhappiness and negativity. This is the basis of unconscious living -- creating unhappiness and suffering without recognizing it. As Jesus said, "Forgive them for they know not what they do."

Ask yourself, Tolle suggests, "Is there unhappiness in me now?" Attend to any low level unhappiness in any form, such as discontent, nervousness or being "fed up." Thoughts will appear to justify it, but in reality they are causing it.

This is when Ho'oponopono will help. This is an ancient, updated, Hawaiian method of problem solving by clearing. When we feel a feeling or have a thought that is unwarranted or unwanted, we take notice, and then ask Divinity to transmute the memory or program that caused it. We acknowledge our love and gratefulness for helping to rid us of this thought or feeling; we apologize for having the thought or feeling and ask for forgiveness. "Divinity, please take this thought, memory or feeling and transmute it to the light. Thank you. Please forgive me. I'm sorry. I love you." This is more powerful than you can imagine, although it is simple.

Take the time to connect with Spirit. Quiet your mind. All thoughts are ego-speak. Be in the present. Attend to where you are and the life around you if you are in a beautiful place. Or, if you are in a place with advertisements and writing everywhere you look (bus, subway or train, crowded city street with billboards or store signs), then sit for a moment and close your eyes until you find the calm within. Breathe deeply and slowly.

Awakening and Enlightenment:

According to Tolle, these are gifts of grace that we cannot bring about ourselves. However, we can prepare for them. We can be open to them. We can use clearing methods to reduce the static (dull the hologram) caused by our left brain, ego. With clarity comes insight and space for enlightenment.

As Tolle says, thinking will run our life until we find awareness, and then thinking will become our servant. Any scientist or mathematician, Tolle says, will tell you that their greatest inspiration did not come while they were thinking about a problem, but while they were "not thinking" as when they were doing dishes and working to clean a plate of a stubborn piece of muck.

Awareness is our conscious connection with Universal intelligence. Presence is consciousness without thought. This is one of the gifts of travel. Everything is new, without connection to our memory, and so we are able to be conscious, present observers, alive and aware.

Some people are not able to understand what Eckhart Tolle is talking about. For these, the process of awakening has not yet begun. However, if you, he says, if you are already recognizing the truths he is discussing, then the process for you has begun. At that point, you have a choice to make. You can decide to be open to the possibilities, or you can close down as if nothing has happened.

Einstein said it this way, "I want to know the mind of God. The rest are details."

Troward's Stage Five: Awakened Doing

As Tolle says, you can lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.

Please view this video by a neuro anatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor, from TED before you continue:

As Dr. Taylor says, this is an idea worth sharing. She started her studies with the desire to learn more about what Schizophrenia was, and what it had done to her brother. She was gifted (graced) with her own brain disorder, and subsequent recovery so that she could not only experience what it was to lose the hologram she had come to think of as reality, but a recovery that allowed her to remember the experience of connectedness, oneness as energy and light. She was allowed to remember that she was not frightened, and that everything in her environment was beautiful.

Tolle also tells of a day when he awakened, and everything was extraordinarily beautiful. He did not suffer a physical break, but a psychic break with his former reality. As Dr. Taylor's life was changed, so was Tolle's.

Eckhart Tolle explains that after awareness, the modalities of awakened doing are:

1 Acceptance

2 Awareness

3 Enthusiasm

You can compare these to the egoic relationships at the beginning of this article, or you can compare this to the elements of Law of Attraction manifesting. Notice, that they are LOA manifesting in reverse.

The first step is acceptance. This relates to gratitude as taught by so many of the LOA teachers. Let us leave you to think about clearing and acceptance. We will return with more about awakened doing in Eckhart Tolle 2.