Jun 1, 2020
On this Book Breakdown, Cory Bittner, COO at Falcon Wealth Advisors reviews A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. You may remember Cory from episode 011 of the GenWhy Leaders Podcast, “Don’t be forced to play small”
Why this book?
I’m reviewing this book because it changed my life and I have seen it change the lives of others. We often speak with hyperbole and describe something as “Life Changing” but we don’t really mean it. I mean it when I say this book changed my perspective and subsequently, my life. This book, along with Eckhart Tolle’s other work, respond to the urgent need of our times: the transformation of consciousness and the arising of a more enlightened humanity.
This book outlines a destructive place that we all call home but also shows us how we can save it together by detaching ourselves from our egos and practicing acceptance of what is. This isn’t an apocalyptic book. It highlights what Tolle describes as the human condition and how we can transform.
The ego, or the belief we are what happens to us, is a major cause of pain and suffering. For me personally, several chapters describing the core of ego and the many faces of the ego simply “clicked.”
The past and the future cause us pain and anxiety while we are sacrificing the present moment.
o Past events and pain haunt most people: you must let the past be the past
o Life is simply a series of present moments
o Make friends with the present moment
You can decide the relationship you want to have with the present moment. Do you want the present moment to be your friend or your enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are deciding what relationship you want to have with life. Once you’ve decided you want the present moment to be your friend, you make the first move: Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you’ll see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful; circumstances cooperate. One decision changes your entire reality. But that one decision you have to make again, and again, and again – until it becomes natural to live in such a way.
The decision to make the present
moment into your friend is the end of the ego. The ego can never be
in alignment with the present
We identify with our ego, our material possessions, the roles we play in society – and all that causes suffering and unhappiness.
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