A New Earth, Wakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Chapter 1, The Flowering of Human Consciousness

Eckhart Tolle starts this book discussing nature’s evolution, going back millions of years before the environment could sustain flowers.   He states that after many attempts by flowers to survive, a “critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet”.  (pg1)These flowers would one day play an important role in the lives of people, “being most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them.” (pg2)”Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, true nature.” (pg2)

Eckhart makes an interesting analogy with plants, reptiles, animals and humans, saying that all nature in any form can undergo enlightenment, and that this “enlightenment” is extremely rare, as it is not just an “evolutionary progression” but “a leap to an entirely different level of Being and most important, a lessening of materiality.” (pg 3)  He discusses some rocks turning into crystals and some reptiles turning into birds.  “Flowers, crystals, precious stones and birds have special significance for the human spirit.” (4)  Once humans are present enough, focused and at peace they are able to sense the “divine life essence” within nature and then love it as they love themselves.  This takes practice and desire, as most of us are so busy getting on with our lives that we forget to take the time to see the beauty and essence that surrounds us in nature.  Many of us are unaware of our own inner essence and” instead focus on the physical and psychological aspects of life.” (pg 4)When you are “alert and contemplate a flower, crystal, or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless.  …into the realm of spirit.” (pg 5)

The purpose of this book is to look at whether humans can rise above the pull of the physical, “…to bring about a shift in consciousness”. (pg 6)    He goes on to discuss that this awakening is becoming aware of how we have been conditioned to think, and to look more deeply at how our Ego controls our lives.  He states this book will help us to better identify when we are in Ego state, versus a state of being.  He also refers to the “collective consciousness”.  We have become a people “motivated by greed, fear and the desire of power.”  (pg 10)This he states was the cause of WWI, and this pattern has really gone on throughout the ages.  He touches on our negative impact not only on other human and animal life forms but on the very earth itself.  He refers to what we are doing as “perpetuating insanity”.  (pg 11)

On pg 12 I liked his quote, “You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you and allowing that goodness to emerge.”

Eckhart discusses the difference between Spirituality and Religion, stating that “…the more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself.”  (17)  “Those unable to look beyond form become even more deeply entrenched in their beliefs …in their minds.” (pg 19)  Our challenge then is to rise above thought, to observe our thoughts and know that they are not us; we no longer identify with thought form but become the one who observes the thought.  This makes it much easier to “not take things personally” as Don Miguel Ruiz writes in the Four Agreements.

He ends the chapter stating that “Earth …is the outer manifestation in form, which is always a reflection of the inner.” (pg 23)  I find this very interesting when looking around at what we are doing to this earth and to each other.

Although I have heard from a couple of you that this book is a challenge to read, I think the messages within the covers are worth the effort!

Come join us next week when we delve into chapter 2 Ego: the Current State of Humanity.   We will meet in a different location for the next two weeks.  We will let you know where as soon as it is decided.  Thanks to all for coming, it was a fun group.  I really enjoy your input and the discussions we share.  Have a great week.

 

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