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The Isness of the Present Moment
on May 7, 2009
At first I found A New Earth ponderous and dense. I tried on several occasions to get through the first chapter and then gave up and did a bit of spot reading. That helped, but still it was tough going. Determined to find out what so many erudite people found so enlightening about it, I downloaded it to my iPod and listened to it while traveling back and forth to work. That's when the light came on.
While I still found the work to be a bit dense and somewhat of a compilation of repackaged ideas from spiritual leaders and their followers, I was able to find much food for thought. For instance, I found the comparison between clock time and psychological time to be interesting. I even picked up a new phrase, the isness of the present moment. Tolle's reminder that "this too will pass" struck a responsive chord, not because it was a new idea to me but because of his emphasis on the transience of even positive, joyful, ecstatic present moments.
While I didn't agree with every concept in the book, I must admit that they were attention-grabbing. For instance, the pain body as a "semiautonomous energy-form that lives within most human beings" is interesting. To think that this entity made primarily of emotion can renew itself, feed on our thoughts, be affected by the media, and can sometimes go into hibernation is mind boggling.
If you want to become free of the pain-body, be reminded of many teachings from Christ and Buddha, come across quotations from such greats as Emerson and Jung, or learn to live more fully in the "now," then read this book. While I don't agree with everything Tolle wrote, there are pearls there for everyone who takes the time to read...or to listen.