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A New Earth - Philosophers Notes Summary [Kindle Edition]

Brian Johnson , Eckhart Tolle
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Book Description

There’s a reason Oprah decided to team up with Eckhart Tolle to create an unprecedented 10-week course to teach the principles in A New Earth to hundreds of thousands of people: it’s a remarkable book.

Tolle has a profound ability to take the complex ideas of spirituality and consciousness and boil them down into simple, powerful lessons easily grasped and applied to our lives.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas from his book but I’m barely going to scratch the surface of the depth of transformative ideas Tolle presents in this book.

If you’re feelin’ it, I recommend you take some time to curl up with this gem and dive deeper into understanding how we can transform our consciousness and create A New Earth.

First, let’s start with some:

Good News & Bad News

“A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die.”

Tolle starts A New Earth with some good news and some bad news.

We’ll start with the bad news. We’ve inherited a collective dysfunction.

For the history of humanity, as Tolle bluntly states, we, as a collective society, have been acting like a criminally insane person—with “chronic paranoid delusions, a pathological propensity to commit murder and acts of extreme violence and cruelty…”

Yikes.

According to Tolle, the cause of this state is simple: “Fear, greed and the desire for power.”

The great traditions have named this dysfunction of the mind. Hinduism calls it maya which means “veil of delusion.”

Buddhism calls it dukkha which means “suffering, unsatisfactoriness, or just plain misery” and directly translated points to being stuck like a potter’s wheel that screeches as it turns.

And, Christianity calls it “Sin” which, when stripped of all of it’s cultural baggage and properly translated from its Greek origins, means “to miss the mark”—as in an archer missing the target.

Tolle’s point is simple: we carry a lot of inherited cultural baggage.

The good news?

Those same traditions point to the “other” side of the dysfunction—Hindusim juxtaposes maya with enlightenment; Buddhism juxtaposes dukkha with awakening and Christianity points from sin to salvation.

The first step?

To recognize our own insanity. As Tolle advises: “To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.”

Can you see it? Can you recognize your own fear, greed and desire for power?

And can you see how this results in your own mini-wars within your own consciousness and in relationships with your family, your friends, your colleagues and your community?

Pause for a moment and check in with your own embodiment of our inherited insanity.

That’s a powerful step toward creating a new earth!


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  • Publisher: PhilosophersNotes; 1.0 edition (November 1, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Earth-Philosphers Notes Summary June 20, 2014
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This is a very quick read, absolutely filled with nuggets of spiritual thought-worthy wealth. I implore anyone who is on a journey to higher enlightenment to read this. It is a great first read.....a great read after being on this path for 50+ years.
Kris R.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new earth -Philosophers notes and summary December 19, 2012
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A short book summary. Very easy to read. Didn't take long to read this book. Summary of the new earth. What not great about that.
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The book is incredibly insightful about life and if you are ready to hear its many messages it will alter your life beneficially forever. I have purchased many copies of this book as presents for my friends. It is also a book you will reread many times for support those times in your life when you need comfort. Happy Reading!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you! March 19, 2014
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Whenever a positive change in one's life occurs, then a great review is deserved. I am reading every book that Eckhadt Tolle have written. I have seen 50 year old men act like 5 year old kids when told no. For years I searched to find how not to be completely controlled by my emotions, now I know!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Earth October 27, 2013
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Great book, excellent stepping stone to the esoteric knowledge of some of the Outstanding eastern masters in Eastern philosophy.

Namaste
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very brief summary. February 25, 2013
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The product wasn't really what I was looking for; OTOH, it really didn't cost much so I am not sorry that I purchased it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Earth - e-book December 27, 2012
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Besides the fact that I love Tolle's words, A New Earth is packed with mind-expanding information, giving the reader a broader perspective of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! October 3, 2012
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I love all of the Philosphers notes I've bought and I especially love Eckhart Tolle. Although I've read the entire book I bought these notes to review the highlights of the book. This helps me to deeper absorb the message of the book.

Philosophers notes are great because Brian has a nag for getting right to the depth of the subject. I've never been dissapointed with his work.
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More About the Author

Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating, and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Since 1995 he has lived in Vancouver, Canada.

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah's Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart's profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

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