It's been said, "Poor people own big TVs, Rich people own big libraries". Of course, the saying refers to two ideas: that television drains our intelligence and books feed it, and that people who are poor in spirit and mind tend to engage in passive activities whereas those who are rich in spirit and mind are engaged.
Over the past 7 weeks I have been studying Eckhart Tolle's not-so-new book, "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose", and participating in Oprah's weekly Monday night webcast.
The webcasts are available at Oprah's website, in case you would like to view them. Between Eckhart's unassuming charm and Oprah's down-to-earth enthusiasm, the webcasts have truly enhanced the experience of this book.
A New Earth is all about the Ego: the one present within each of us and the Collective Ego. This book brings about an awareness of the Ego's role in human suffering. We suffer from our own unconscious egoic behaviors and from the collective ego, which has been the cause of war and other atrocities against humanity.
The first half of this 309-page, easy-to-read book fully defines the core of the Ego and how it manifests itself in our daily lives. Eckhart's insightful writing helps us to understand how our individual Ego developed into the "Pain Body"; a concept first introduced in "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment".
The second half of the book shows us how to break free from the grip of the Ego. For the most part, developing an awareness of the Ego will begin the process of healing from it. Once you begin to live without the Ego in full control of your life, you will discover your Life's Purpose.
This book is nothing new, however. Throughout the book, Eckhart refers to the wisdom of those who talked about the ego thousands of years ago. Eckhart has simply put this in the context of modern humanity and culture. In that sense it is refreshing material that we can all benefit from.
Reading this book and watching the webcasts has had a powerful impact on my life. Just having participated has resulted in changes. When I see the play of the Ego in myself and others, I find myself laughing at how rediculous this entity is. You can't help but be transformed by this book.
Sadly, I have a large TV and only one bookcase full of books. Recently I canceled my subscription to cable TV - mainly to save on the ever-increasing expense for something I have little time for and interest in. The new digital TV broadcasts look great and our Public TV station has 5 digital channels. I pick up a new book periodically and the quality and volume of books in my library has improved. Maybe I'm making some progress.
Thank you for reading,
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