A New Earth

"Love and do what you will." -St Augustine

A New Earth
Eckhart Tolle
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Dutton Adult
ISBN 9780525948025

Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.

Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.

In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are—which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are—and learn to live and breathe freely.

You're there. That what-the-fuck moment, where you're trying to fathom why a book like that is on a blog like this.

This year (2014), for myself, is about opening up to new experiences. Preparing myself for the revelations of the world. I started here with what was available to me, because this, and many books like it, is what my husband reads. Oh yes, while I am lost in romance and fantasy, my beloved is expanding his consciousness. As it happens, we share the resulting benefits of one another's ride.

Outflow determines inflow.

Being of such a vastly different concept as what I typically gravitate towards, DH had some concerns with my ability to grasp or even appreciate what all A New Earth held inside. But reading, as a whole, enables us to open our minds to something beyond. I had no doubt I would enjoy this book, despite it's lack of smut and declarations of undying love which, yes, is the usual *must* for me. But the suspense of a topic previously unexplored, combined with the very real relation it had to my life, and what I want for that life, kept me engrossed enough to see it through. And I find, ever so subtly, that I have taken it with me from its pages.

What you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself.

4 out of 5 stars.

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