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Eckhart Tolle

Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

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A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle is a transformative guide to finding inner peace, transcending the ego, and embracing a higher consciousness.
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    Society’s madness is evident in the violence people inflict upon each other and the planet.

    Most people say we live in crazy, overwhelming times. One of the most renowned Indian sages, Ramana Maharshi, once said that the “mind is maya.” In Hinduism, the word maya describes a form of collective mental illness.

    In fact, most ancient religions agree that dysfunction – even madness – makes up a large part of our natural way of living.

    Buddhism articulates this idea differently, describing the mind’s natural state as dukkha, one of suffering and misery. Buddha saw dukkha as an essential component of the human condition.

    In Christianity, the concept of sin, when translated from the ancient Greek of the New Testament, means “to miss the mark.” Therefore to sin means to miss the point of human existence.

    And yet despite humanity’s profound achievements in art, medicine and technology, we still seem to be tainted by an insane, destructive force – regardless of whether we call it suffering, madness or sin.

    In fact, people of the twentieth century have both created and witnessed some of the most horrific, systemized methods of destruction, from bombs and machine guns to poisonous gas. Such developments led to the mass killings in Soviet Russia and to the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, responsible for massacring a quarter of the nation’s population.

    Even today such violence, greed and hate continues, not only among ourselves but also toward other species and even the Earth itself. We destroy forests, pollute the air and water and mistreat and slaughter animals in factory farms.

    Though many religions have tried to provide ways to counter or mitigate these apparently very human tendencies, none have discovered the way to stem violence.

    So what is the solution? Read on to find out.

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    What is A New Earth about?

    A New Earth (2005) expands on the author’s spiritual teachings, focusing on how people should live in the present moment. These blinks show how transcending the human ego is pivotal to individual happiness and can bring an end to global suffering. You’ll learn how to let go of your ego and achieve true fulfillment in life!

    A New Earth Review

    A New Earth (2005) offers readers a path to spiritual awakening and inner peace. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical guidance on overcoming the ego and living in the present moment.
    • The book explores the concept of a collective consciousness and its potential to create a more harmonious world.
    • Tolle's teachings are rooted in various spiritual traditions, making them accessible to a diverse audience.

    Experience the profound insights of A New Earth for yourself.

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    If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.

    —Eckhart Tolle
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    Who should read A New Earth ?

    • People suffering from anxiety
    • Anyone concerned about the amount of conflict in the world

    About the Author

    Eckhart Tolle is one of the world’s most renowned and influential spiritual teachers. His previous bestseller, The Power of Now (also available in blinks), was translated into over 33 languages. 

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    A New Earth  FAQs 

    What is the main message of A New Earth?

    The main message of A New Earth is to achieve inner peace and higher consciousness by transcending the ego.

    How long does it take to read A New Earth?

    It takes approximately 7 hours to read A New Earth. The Blinkist summary can be read in about 15 minutes.

    Is A New Earth a good book? Is it worth reading?

    A New Earth is a transformative guide to finding inner peace and embracing a higher consciousness.

    Who is the author of A New Earth?

    The author of A New Earth is Eckhart Tolle.

    How many chapters are in A New Earth?

    A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle has 10 chapters:

    1. The Flowering of Human Consciousness
    2. Ego: The Current State of Humanity
    3. The Core of Ego
    4. Role-Playing: The Many Faces of the Ego
    5. The Pain-Body
    6. Breaking Free
    7. Finding Who You Truly Are
    8. The Discovery of Inner Space
    9. Your Inner Purpose
    10. A New Earth

    How many pages are in A New Earth?

    There are 336 pages in A New Earth.

    When was A New Earth published?

    A New Earth was published in 2005.

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