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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose [Paperback]

Eckhart Tolle
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29 Jun 2006
Eckhart Tolle's first full length book in eight years will be a cornerstone for personal spirituality and self-improvement for years to come. Taking off from the introspective work he began with The Power of Now, the number one bestseller that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Tolle provides the spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves in order to make this world a better, more spiritually evolved place to live. Shattering modern ideas of ego and entitlement, self and society, Tolle lifts the veil of fear that has hung over humanity during this new millennium, and shines an illuminating light that leads to happiness and health that every reader can follow.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; White book 1st edition edition (29 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141017821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141017822
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany. When he was 29, a profound spiritual transformation virtually dissolved his old identity and radically changed the course of his life. He is now a counsellor and spiritual teacher, and the author of The Power of Now, Practising the Power of Now and Stillness Speaks. He lives in Vancouver.

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If there is only one book you read this decade, let it be this one (The Mother Magazine)

Winfrey's decision to include self help book A New Earth in her book club, and embark on a global promotional campaign, has turned it into this year's publishing sensation (The Observer) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In the groundbreaking tradition of A Road Less Travelled, Conversations with God and The Alchemist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. Read the first page
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154 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I needed to read at the right time 19 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I am going to keep this short. For years I have been reading spiritual books, trying the exercises, doing the things to bring the learned theoretical information into my life. Time and time again, it didn't work, I was still depressed, annoyed, lost, etc, etc etc. This book is the first book I have ever read that actually enabled me to see and practice what it said, quite quickly, without lists to guardian angels, thinking about what I want, analyzing the past, changing beliefs and planning for a brighter and more vibrant future. The bottom line is, I didn't know what I wanted and I still don't know. Most books ask you to make these goals, to plan ahead, but that is not really possible if you don't know. This book asks you for the opposite: Wide awake now, here, alert, attentive and conscious and then let's see what life chooses to do through you.
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199 of 210 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise... Unusually good 6 July 2010
By Patrick Lye VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I admit... I had my reservations about Tolle and his material. When I first saw the man, he talked way too slowly for my liking and I could have sworn he was half-mole. And after reading the book description and some of the reviews; I had an uneasy feeling that this was going to be a lot of spiritual hokum that tells me that my discomfort was due to my furniture in the wrong place or that I don't cuddle enough fluffy animals, and that the path to happiness is paved with daily 5-hour meditations where I admire my feet, so that one day I can shoot laser beams from my hands.

Anyhoo... I'm glad my close friend persisted in his recommendations.

I won't lie: This book can be abstract in places and is very spiritually-centred, so will not be for everyone... however, the spiritual element is incredibly practical. As much as my head imploded in some of the later chapters, his explanation of the ego and pain body are utterly brilliant. (In short: The ego is the "individualistic" element that seeks superiority/being unique, be it by showing off, playing the "hard-done-by-victim" or actions that purposefully make us 'different'. The pain body is a network of emotions that help to 'fuel' the ego. How lovely). What I really admire is how much Tolle talks you through the process of weakening their influences. With most self-help books, the tutor will generally explain their solution and just leave it at that... here, Tolle almost has a built-in FAQ, and explains a lot of the mistakes, potential problems and general things to expect when starting out. If I'm honest, I've found this a lot more practical than the majority of other self-help tactics out there...
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171 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 25 Mar 2008
By Janie
Format:Paperback
I love the Power of Now but I think A New Earth is even more profound and lucid. I find that this book - like all Eckhart's books, but this one has it even stronger - has an almost uncanny power. Somehow you can feel the wisdom it contains seeping into you as you read and taking you a little closer to realisation. This book gives you a profound understanding of how the ego works, and after reading it you are never quite the same person again. We are amazingly lucky that Eckhart possesses such an acute intellectual mind with an enlightened spiritual state. (The two don't often go together.) I would also recommend Steve Taylor's wonderful and inspiring book Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of our Minds, which Eckhart describes as 'one of the best books on spiritual awakening I have come across. An important contribution to the global shift in consciousness.' Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of Our Minds
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking up - and losing your mind 9 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover
"A New Earth: awakening to your life's purpose" is both deeply profound and wonderfully liberating. Tolle is particularly well known for "The Power of Now" and "Stillness Speaks", yet this new book takes his spiritual teaching to an altogether different level. In a simple and profound way he is able to illuminate several of the deepest truths revealed by teachers over the past 2,500 years. His characterisation of the ego mind, its obsession with form and content, the accumulation of the individual pain-body, and the way in which humans have become so identified with the incessant mental chatter - "lost in thought" - is brilliant. Tolle acknowledges that words can never be adequate to describe the liberation that arises from awakening into consciousness, and our connection to both the space within and the universe of space, yet his ability to convey our ever-present access to Source and the joy of just Being is wonderful. There is nothing to do in this book - no activities, no exercises, no checklists - just a shift in consciousness that lets you come alive. I'm not sure any of this would have made much sense to me ten, or even five years ago. Today it's absolutely mind-blowing at this stage of my spiritual journey.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Eckhart Tolle says in his life-changing book "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" that all suffering is caused by our "ego." The ego is the identification with our thoughts, emotions, memories, interpretations and opinions. It is our involuntary stream of thinking, reactions, stories, resentments and comparisons. Our ego identity can also be our work, possessions, appearance and accomplishments.
Tolle says the ego is the identification with a role to protect and enhance ourselves. The ego cannot distinguish between the situation and our interpretation or reaction. The ego is never at peace with the present as satisfaction is always in the future. The ego's negativity and suffering are motivated by self interest and short sightedness.
Armed with Tolle's teachings I began observing my ego in action. To my dismay I saw how my ego always wanted the next thing to react against, to feel annoyed, disturbed or outraged. I realized I was addicted to anger and upset. I had no idea my constant reacting against everything strengthened my ego and sense of self importance. Each time I complained it made me right and the other person wrong.
As I became more aware I saw there was something in me that took pleasure in negativity. My ego was a master of selective perception and distorted interpretations. The moment I noticed this there was a shift from ego to awareness. I became more aware of the difference between the event and my reaction to the event. In time I discovered the best way to differentiate between fact and opinion was not through my thinking but my awareness.
Tolle says I'm not unique. The collective ego of countries keep grievances to fuel their endless cycle of violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars E Tolle
I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It could prove quite life changing to the right person at the right time.
Published 1 month ago by P. Sheahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book
I must have bought this book now over 10 times. I read it years ago and it changed the way I deal with my thoughts completely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sallie
4.0 out of 5 stars What is Needless Suffering?
Suffering occurs because the mind makes it so. In his book 'A New Earth', Eckhart Tolle once again delivers wisdom and guidance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. J. Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I recommend reading the Power of Now first before this one but if you find that resonates with you then this is the next one to get. Profound and life changing.
Published 1 month ago by James S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder inspiring book
A wonderful, inspiring book that everyone would benefit from reading. This book with the wisdom of Eckhart Tolle could change the world and show us all how to live in peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I bought this book a few weeks ago and have been mesmerised by the wisdom contained in it. Eckhart Tolle is a true inspiration to this world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Claire Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Need to read it a few times but most interesting and helps you understand yourself a lot better. A good read.
Published 2 months ago by Janette Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book reconmended by a counsellor
Explains without any complicated english or jargon teaches you how your ego works within your being. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LittleMsDeaf
5.0 out of 5 stars great work
Just what I needed to read , from an excellent spiritual teacher . Hopefully I will try to stay conscious and in present moment .
Published 2 months ago by Elaine kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Although Eckhart touches upon some of the concepts presented here in the Power of Now, they are more elaborated here. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sri
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