Awakening to your life's purpose.
It introduced me to a spiritual concept that has been rolling around in me for a long time. Boyd read it also - and he agrees that we've been thinking in this direction for quite some time.
The Chapter titles help explain the basics of the book:
- The Flowering of the Human Consciousness
- The Current State of Humanity
- The Core of the Ego
- Role Playing: The Many Faces of Ego
- The Pain Body
- Breaking Free
- Finding Who You Really Are
- The Discovery of Inner Space
- Your Inner Purpose
- A New Earth
I checked this book, along with another book by Tolle called "Stillness Speaks". I have to return them this week, but I am thinking I may purchase a copy of "A New Earth" as a reference for myself.
The basics of what I got out of this book is that we live in THE NOW. That is all we ever really have. The past is gone and the future is unknown. Pretty simple, eh? Not really. I learned about the constant voice in my head. And that voice is not the real me. That voice is Ego...and ego is very strong and mostly full of lies about the real me and life in general. Sounds confusing, but if you think about it - all the bummer thoughts and the grandiose thoughts - tricks to keep you in line with what the ego wants - not what the silent inner Jenn wants. That silent Jenn - that conscious Jenn - is the one who I attribute so much too - I often refer to as Holy Spirit and my Spirit. That underneath all the noise - calm knowing. She can be found, felt, enjoyed when the ego is quiet. Trying to make the ego quiet down is not easy. I also learned about Pain-Body. Another entity of emotion residing in me that supplies the ego with ammunition to steer me. It gets confusing...yet it is clear.
I guess you really have to read the book for yourself. Tolle admits it is a process of understanding. Some people will not be able to understand it - ever. But, a little understanding means that your spirit is on the mend...that you are progressing nicely.
This is probably as clear as mud, and I don't know how to make it any easier to read.
I do not agree with everything in the book. I have loved Jesus since I was a small child and I know him. Tolle explains some of scripture in an interesting way and he is never disrespectful or cruel.