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Eckhart describes the meaning of meditation.
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The Eckhart Tolle Collection by Eckhart Tolle

The world is full of self-help books that promise readers enlightenment, success and wealth, among other desirable things, in life. Many have been proven useful while many others are just a waste of ink and paper – or CD and player, in the case of audio books – not to mention time, effort and money. So, where does The Eckhart Tolle Collection authored by none other than Eckhart Tolle fall into these two general categories?

We daresay that the collection of CDs and DVDs belong to the second category for many reasons. Both self-help authors and consumers of the collection attest to the positive results of listening to the CDs and watching the DVDs, with said benefits including better personal relationships and a better quality of life brought on by being a better person. Of course, critics and skeptics abound but everybody is entitled to their opinions about this collection.

The Collection as a Whole

As the name implies, The Eckhart Tolle Collection is a collection of CDs and DVDs that complement one another. Individuals who purchased and subsequently used the product have discovered that the gains attained in one CD reinforce the ideas proposed in the next CD, thus, making for a cohesive whole.

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In fact, prospective buyers are well-advised to purchase the whole collection by Eckhart Tolle so as to fully benefit from his work. But if this is not possible, you can always purchase the individual CDs and DVDs at your convenience until such time that the complete collection is yours to enjoy.

Anyways, The Eckhart Tolle Collection is an intensive and exclusive audio and video work that contains Tolle’s instructions on ways to achieve a more meaningful life. Listening to the instructions feels like being in a spiritual retreat with the advantage of enjoying its benefits in the privacy of your own home, not to mention that you saved a considerable amount of money.

Eckhart Tolle was instrumental in transforming thousands of lives toward a spiritual journey that enhances life in the present while acquiring a positive outlook of the future. You will be freed from the prison of a thought-based life, provided with access to a universal intelligence with the power to encourage right actions, and gifted with the ability to heal yourself on many levels, among other benefits.

The Parts of the Collection

Indeed, The Eckhart Tolle Collection is a one-of-a-kind guide toward spiritual enlightenment so that the reality of life can be lived with greater awareness of one’s self and of others. The following CDs and DVDs are just a sampling of the contents in the collection:

• Awakening in the Now (CD) – It provides for the ways to awaken to the essence of the self and of others so that the truth of existence can be revealed.
• The Secret of Happiness (DVD) – You will be freed from the fear, discontent and other negative human emotions that prevent true happiness from coming into your life.
• The Secret of Self-Realization (CD) – This CD provides for the steps to awaken one’s spiritual essence and deeper intelligence.

If you want to attain enlightenment that allows for a more meaningful life on Earth, The Eckhart Tolle Collection is the best way to do so.

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One of the most notable spiritual leaders of the modern era, the wisdom and ideas of Eckhart Tolle have their roots in the kindred thoughts of many of the world’s greatest thinkers of recent times. This article takes us on a journey to explore some of these.

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The Limits of Mysticism – Eckhart Tolle Meets Anthroposophy

By Josef Graf

In my experience questing for understanding of spiritual aspects of the human community, I have had occasion to encounter some unusual synchronicities.  One such event emerged while perusing a lecture by noted Initiate and spiritual scientist, Rudolf Steiner.

Steiner’s statement, pertaining to 13th Century mystic, Meister Eckhart, ran as follows: (to paraphrase) “Eckhart mistook the seed of his next life (accrued from wisdom of his then current life) for the “God within,” as he was not familiar with the dynamics of reincarnation.”

Steiner was referring to both Meister Eckhart, and his principle disciple, John Tauler.  Cut, now, to a popular spiritual teacher of our present time, Eckhart Tolle.  Eight centuries ago, we had Eckhart/Tauler.  Now we have Eckhart Tolle. . . hmmm. . .so I did a metaphysical double take on this resonation, and decided to look deeper.

One of the first things I discovered was that Eckhart Tolle’s keystone awakening, a life-altering experience at age 29, typified the kind of event found on the path of a mystic.  As opposed to a rigorous, day by day, every-step-earned process, Tolle’s entry was an overnight leap into the Threshold.

Subsequent to his epiphany experience, the Tolle of today, nee Ulrich Leonard Tolle, changed his name to resonate with one of his key influences, the original Meister Eckhart of the 13th Century.

This led me to undertake a comparative analysis of what Eckhart Tolle is presenting, alongside anthroposophy.  In this article, I refer principally to modern anthroposophy, as exemplified by Georg Kuhlewind (who passed on in 2006), a dependable resource on Western meditation and consciousness exploration.

Compared with the wildly popular Eckhart Tolle, the lesser known offerings of Kuhlewind, are (I maintain) more grounded, and deeper-running.  Resources for both follow at the end of this article.

However, from the outset, I want to say that this is not meant to be a put-down of the worldview presented by Eckhart Tolle.  In fact, my own feeling is that many of his practices have a lot of merit.  Only, in the end, upon in-depth review, a seeker may want to temper these practices with some complementary perspectives.

If I had to choose between Tolle and Kuhlewind, I would choose the latter. However, even better, I believe a productive synthesis of the two can be pursued  – provided the seeker proceeds mindfully, and engages in a way that honors individual circumstances.

As in all things, caveat emptor  – “buyer beware”  – especially when the “purchase” is a metaphysical one.

Some of the differences between the two pathways that I have chosen to scrutinize appear to consist largely of a definitional nature.  For example, in Tolle’s estimation, “thinking” is the key problem, “the mind” is the enemy  – unless used with Presence.  An Anthroposophical approach agrees with this, as far as everyday conceptual life goes, but contends that Thinking, per se, is a powerfully productive avenue.

To clarify, the anthroposophical perspective of “Thinking” refers to thinking imbued with feeling and willing, a Steinerian form of cognition, as opposed to what Eckhart Tolle is getting at, which is the basic conceptual activity of the lower ego.

Georg Kuhlewind asserts that, “Thinking must become so strong and independent that it appears to the subject with the same character of reality as does any outward perception.  This is achieved through exercises in concentration, as far as is necessary (and for the majority of people today it is necessary). . .”

The key to grappling with the thinking issue is to understand the difference between thought (already performed, now existing in the past) and the process of thinking (alive in the moment). “I think, therefore I am” is the  lesser ego’s line.  However, “I am” is the voice of the source of thinking.

Prior to meditation, the gaps between thoughts are experienced as nothing.  Through process of meditation, those gaps become the birth arena, the birth-force, of thought.

New Age demonization of the ego can be problematic.  For one thing, the development of ego-consciousness was a necessary phase toward a greater destiny.  And beyond the domain of the “lower ego” presides another aspect of self, which can be termed “Ego,” an individualized aspect of Spirit  – in fact, the modern “jewel in the lotus,” or leading edge of evolution for humanity.

In Steiner’s view, humanity is destined, eventually, to return to the spiritual pool from which it emerged, only we will do so with fully developed consciousness.

While the ancient practice of dissolution of the ego was an effective process for its time, discernment of the new conditions of our current age needs to come about.

Related to this consideration, is the concept of “separation” (as an aspect of the “ego’s sense of identity”).  While separation is largely illusion-based, the new edge of evolution suggests that because individuation is valid, the spiritual evolution of human nature entails a dynamic poise that strives to embrace both Unity and Separation  – that we are, or are growing to be, both fully one with All, yet simultaneously individuated.

This level of truth can only be comprehended on a clairsentient level, as the mind itself cannot grasp this seeming impossibility  – impossible on the mental plain, but feasible on the spiritual plain.

The real issue, then, is not that the ego needs to be dissipated (although on one level, mindful processing of the ego is certainly called for), but that humanity, like a fourteen-year-old teen, is not yet mature enough to engage its Ego-hood.

This is why we fall, so often, into such trouble with this facet of our being  – into egotism, and related failings.  And it explains, also, our association with out-dated social identity forums that lead to strife, division, and violence, such as, nationalism, inside-outside group membership, religions, blood-family ties  – all manner of social groupings we need to move on from.

We have not yet matured into this newest aspect of our being, an Ego-hood that, paradoxically, transcends division.

A key part of the agenda of an active processing relates to transforming the ego into a higher state.  The goal of modern meditation might be summed up as a practice that leads beyond normal thinking, into the process of Thinking.

It is likely that, of the millions who are engaging in the exercises that teachers such as Eckhart Tolle present, most will attain meaningful progress in terms of soul-processing.  They will free themselves of some of their incarnation-bound suffering, but will fall short on initiating the other half of the agenda  – that of spirit-processing.

Spirit-processing entails activity like consciously evolving one’s astral nature, a long-term project.  The real deal is about rigorous striving to convert the lower astral nature to a higher form. Clearly an Egoic function.  “Presence,” in this assessment, is a process that entails the power and engagement of the “I.”

To view the whole article, visit Insight21 at www.insight21.net Josef Graf is the coordinator of Insight21 and Earth Vision – presenting answers for the 21st Century.

 

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Humans suffered more at the hands of each other than thru natural disasters. -Eckhart Tolle


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From the book A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.

"The highly intelligent human mind invented not only the internal combustion engine, but also bombs, machine guns, submarines, flame towers, and poison gas. Intelligence in the service of madness!"

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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
Eckhart Tolle

Question by wayne: i feel that eckhart tolle “the power of now” is a great book.how about you?

Best answer:

Answer by Vaughn
I’ve just started reading it — listening to it on tape, actually — and two chapters in, I’m impressed. In particular, I’m impressed that he hits topics deep enough that I resist them (“Hey, I *need* my thoughts!”) and then is able to explain them in such a way that, the more I think of it, the more it makes sense. I like something with enough “meat” in it to really chew on.

Every once in awhile, I’ll hit a quote that I wish I could frame :-)

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Eckhart speaks about being present in relationships that have a past, relatives, spouses, and parents. www.eckharttolle.com

Eckhart talks about the concept of enlightenment.
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Also see www.namastepublishing.com. Author of a world best seller book “The Power of Now” 1999, Eckhart Tolle points toward the “spaciousness” that surounds every object and every event in our lives. It must be obvious, but for many of us un-noticed. Get this DVD from Namaste Publishing, it’s: The Flowering of Consciousness, March 5th 2001, filmed at La Jolla CA

Question by darinisavailable: Is Eckhart Tolle “The Power of Now’” guy a Genius or a Fraud?
Just wanted to get others opinions.

Best answer:

Answer by Mike
Difficult to know. But his writing seems genuine. Stillness Speaks is especially good – worth a read.

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Some cool “Eckhart Tolle” images:

The Power of Eckhart Tolle’s Now


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Eckhart Tolle


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The Learning Annex with Eckhart Tolle


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Also see www.namastepublishing.com. Author of a world best seller book “The Power of Now” 1999 Eckhart Tolle points toward the “spaciousness” that surrounds every object and every event in our lives. It must be obvious, but maybe to many of us unnoticed. Get this DVD from Namaste Publishing, it’s: The Flowering of Consciousness, March 5th 2001, filmed at La Jolla CA

The role of the ego in a one-sided love relationship, that is an unrequited love which is experienced by one party and not shared by the object of your feelings. What you think about yourself, and the level of your self-esteem, have a significant part to play in how this situation develops.



Eckhart explains the ego’s role in love relationships.


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