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ECKHART TOLLE

A NEW EARTH
Awakening to

Your Life's Purpose

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CONTENTS

Chapter One
The Flowering of Human Consciousness – 6

Evocation..................................................................................................6
The Purpose of This Book........................................................................8
Our Inherited Dysfunction........................................................................10
The Arising New consciousness..............................................................12
Spirituality and Religion..........................................................................14
The Urgency of Transformation...............................................................16
A New Heaven and a new Earth...............................................................18

Chapter Two
Ego: The Current State of Humanity – 19

The Illusory Self......................................................................................20
The Voice in the Head.............................................................................22
Content and Structure of the Ego.............................................................24
Identification with Things........................................................................25
The Lost Ring...........................................................................................26
The Illusion of Ownership........................................................................29
Wanting: The Need for More....................................................................31
Identification with the Body.....................................................................33
Feeling the Inner Body.............................................................................34
Forgetfulness of Being.............................................................................35
From Descartes's Error to Sartre's Insight...............................................36
The Peace that Passes All Understanding................................................37

Chapter Three
The Core of Ego – 39

Complaining and Resentment..................................................................40
Reactivity and Grievances.......................................................................42
Being Right, Making Wrong....................................................................43
In Defense of an Illusion..........................................................................44
Truth: Relative or Absolute?....................................................................45
The Ego Is Not Personal..........................................................................46
War Is a Mind­set.....................................................................................48
Do You Want Peace or Drama? ...............................................................49

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Being unconscious of their inner state, they don't even know that they are
deeply unhappy, that they are suffering.

Sometimes people with such dense pain-bodies become activists
fighting for a cause. The cause may indeed be worthy, and they are
sometimes successful at first in getting things done; however the negative
energy that flows into what they say and do and their unconscious need for
enemies and conflict tend to generate increasing opposition to their cause.
Usually they also end up creating enemies within their own organization,
because wherever they go, they find reasons for feeling bad, and so their
pain-body continues to find exactly what it is looking for.

ENTERTAINMENT, THE MEDIA, AND THE PAIN-BODY

If you were not familiar with our contemporary civilization, if you had
come here from another age or another planet, one of the things that would
amaze you is that millions of people love and pay money to watch humans
kill and inflict pain on each other and call it “entertainment.”

Why do violent films attract such large audiences? There is an entire
industry, a large part of which fuels the human addiction to unhappiness.
People obviously watch those films because they want to feel bad. What is it
in humans that loves to feel bad and calls it good? The pain-body, of course.
A large part of the entertainment industry caters to it. So, in addition to
reactivity, negative thinking, and personal drama, the pain-body also renews
itself vicariously through the cinema and television screen. Pain-bodies write
and produce these films, and pain-bodies pay to watch them.

Is it always “wrong” to show and watch violence on television and the
cinema screen? Does all such violence cater to the pain-body? At the current
evolutionary stage of humanity, violence is still not only all-pervasive but
even on the increase, as the old egoic consciousness, amplified by the
collective pain-body, intensifies prior to its inevitable demise. If films show
violence in its wider context, if they show its origin and its consequences,
show what it does to the victim as well as the perpetrator, show the collective
unconsciousness that lies behind it and is passed on from generation to
generation (the anger and hatred that lives in humans as the pain-body), then
those films can fulfill a vital function in the awakening of humanity. They
can act as a mirror in which humanity sees its own insanity. That in you

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which recognizes madness as madness (even if it is your own) is sanity, is
the arising awareness, is the end of insanity.

Such films do exist and they do not fuel the pain-body. Some of the
best antiwar films are films that show the reality of war rather than a
glamorized version of it. The pain-body can only feed on films in which
violence is portrayed as normal or even desirable human behavior, or that
glorify violence with the sole purpose of generating negative emotion in the
viewer and so become a “fix” for the pain-addicted pain-body.

The popular tabloid press does not primarily sell news but negative
emotion – food for the pain-body. “Outrage” screams the three-inch
headline, or “Bastards.” The British tabloid press excels at this. They know
that negative emotion sells far more papers than news does.

There is a tendency in the news media in general, including television,
to thrive on negative news. The worse things get, the more excited the
presenters become, and often the negative excitement is generated by the
media itself. Pain-bodies just love it.

THE COLLECTIVE FEMALE PAIN-BODY

The collective dimension of the pain-body has different strands in it.
Tribes, nations, races, all have their own collective pain—body, some heavier
than others, and most members of that tribe, nation or race have a share in it
to a greater or lesser degree.

Almost every woman has her share in the collective female pain-body,
which tends to become activated particularly just prior to the time of
menstruation. At that time many women become overwhelmed by intense
negative emotion.

The suppression of the feminine principle especially over the past two
thousand years has enabled the ego to gain absolute supremacy in the
collective human psyche. Although women have egos, of course, the ego can
take root and grow more easily in the male form than in the female. this is
because women are less mind-identified than men. They are more in touch
with the inner body and the intelligence of the organism where the intuitive
faculties originate. The female form is less rigidly encapsulated than the

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2. Matthew 6:28­29 (New Revised Standard Version)

CHAPTER TEN

1. Hafiz,  The Gift  (New York: Penguin,  Arkana,  1999).  Translated by 
Daniel Ladinsky

2. Emerson, Ralph Waldo, “Circles” in Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected
Essays, Lectures, and Poems (New York: Bantam Classics).

3. John 5:30 (New Revised Standard Version).

4. Mark 11:24 (New Revised Standard Version).

5. Revelation 21:1 (New Revised Standard Version).

6. Luke 17:21 (New Revised Standard Version).

7. Matthew 5:5 (New Revised Standard Version).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any
particular religion or tradition. In his writing and seminars, he conveys a
simple yet profound message with the timeless and uncomplicated clarity of
the ancient spiritual masters: There is a way out of suffering and into peace.
Tolle travels extensively, taking his teachings throughout the world. He lives
in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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