A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle … WOW. This is another one of those reads that is all encompasing through deep awareness and alternative perspectives on life, it’s hard to pinpoint what it’s all about. Books like this have sentence after sentence that you have to read multiple times to really let it sink in. I highly recommend this book to others, as well as it’s preceding book, The Power Of Now. But perhaps I can share a couple favorite excerpts to get your intellect drooling…
“The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event… through anything that happens! That joy cannot COME to you… EVER. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.”
“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 from the creative power of the universe. Instead, there is only the force and strain of egoic wanting, and so you have to struggle and “work hard” for what you want, to “make it”. Stress always diminishes both the quality and effectiveness of what you do under its influence. There is also a strong link between stress and negative emotions, such as anxiety and anger. It is toxic to the body and is now becoming recognized as one of the main causes of the so-called degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Unlike stress, enthusiasm has a high energy frequency and so resonates with the creative power of the universe. This is why Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm”. The word enthusiasm comes from ancient Greek – en and theos, meaning “God”. And the related enthousiazen means “to be possessed by a God”. With enthusiasm you will find that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. In fact, there is nothing of significance that you can do by yourself. Sustained enthusiasm brings into existence a wave of creative energy, and all you have to do then is ride the wave.”
Pick up a copy of this book if you get a chance, and prepare to take your time, it’s an excellent read!