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Author Tolle, Eckhart, 1948-

Title A new earth : awakening to your life's purpose / Eckhart Tolle.

Imprint New York, N.Y. : Dutton/Penguin Group, c2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  291.22 Tol    ---  Available
Description 315 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-313).
Contents ch. 1. The flowering of human consciousness -- Evocation -- The purpose of this book -- Our inherited dysfunction -- The arising new consciousness -- Spirituality and religion -- The urgency of transformation -- A new heaven and a new Earth -- ch. 2. Ego : the current state of humanity -- The illusory self -- The voice in the head -- Content and structure of the ego -- Identification with things -- The lost ring -- The illusion of ownership -- Wanting : the need for more -- Identification with the body -- Feeling the inner body -- Forgetfulness of being -- From Descartes's error to Sartre's insight -- ch. 3. The core of ego -- Complaining and resentment -- Reactivity and grievances -- Being right, making wrong -- In defense of an illusion -- Truth : relative or absolute? -- The ego is not personal -- War is a mind-set -- Do you want peace or drama? -- Beyond ego : your true identity -- All structures are unstable -- The ego's need to feel superior -- Ego and fame --
ch. 4. Role-playing : the many faces of the ego -- Villain, victim, lover -- Letting go of self-definitions -- Pre-established roles -- Temporary roles -- The monk with sweaty palms -- Happiness as role vs. true happiness -- Parenthood : role or function? -- Conscious suffering -- Conscious parenting -- Recognizing your child -- Giving up role-playing -- The pathological ego -- The background unhappiness -- The secret of happiness -- pathological forms of ego -- Work - with and without ego -- The ego in illness -- The collective ego -- Incontrovertible proof of immortality -- ch. 5. The pain-body -- The birth of emotion -- Emotions and the ego -- The duck with a human mind -- Carrying the past -- Individual and collective -- How the pain-body renews itself -- How the pain-body feeds on your thoughts -- How the pain-body feeds on drama -- Dense pain-bodies -- Entertainment, the media, and the pain-body -- The collective female pain-body -- National and racial pain-bodies -- ch. 6. Breaking free -- Presence -- The return of the pain-body -- The pain-body in children -- Unhappiness -- Breaking identification with the pain-body -- "Triggers" -- The pain-body as an awakener -- Breaking free of the pain-body --
ch. 7. Finding who you truly are -- Who you think you are -- Abundance -- Knowing yourself and knowing about yourself -- Chaos and higher order -- Good and bad -- Not minding what happens -- Is that so? -- The ego and the present moment -- The paradox of time -- Eliminating time -- The dreamer and the dream -- Going beyond limitation -- The joy of being-- Allowing the diminishment of the ego -- As without, so within -- ch. 7. The discovery of inner space -- Object consciousness and space consciousness -- Falling below and rising above thought -- Television -- Recognizing inner space -- Can you hear the mountain stream? -- Right action -- Perceiving without naming -- Who is the experiencer? -- The breath -- Addictions -- Inner body awareness -- Inner and outer space -- Noticing the gaps -- Lose yourself to find yourself -- Stillness -- ch. 9. Your inner purpose -- Awakening -- A dialogue on inner purpose -- ch. 10. A new earth -- A brief history of your life -- Awakening and the return movement -- Awakening and the outgoing movement -- Consciousness -- Awakened doing -- The three modalities of awakened doing -- Acceptance -- Enjoyment -- Enthusiasm -- The frequency-holders -- The new Earth is no utopia -- Notes -- About the author.
Summary 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. 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, 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.--From publisher description.
Subject Spiritual life.
ISBN 0525948023

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