I WANTED to have an open mind, REALLY. But right away, on page 2 of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Tolle claims flowers played “an essential part in the evolution of (human) consciousness”.
(From whence does he draw this remarkable conclusion? He doesn’t say.)
Then, on page 3, he follows this with, “Any life-form in any realm–mineral, vegetable, animal, or human–can be said to undergo ‘enlightenment’.”
(Minerals are a life-form? Show me mineral poop, mister.)
Continuing on to page 4, he adds: “Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit. Like all life forms…
((Crystals and stones are living?),
…they are, of course, temporary manifestations of the underlying one Life, one Consciousness.
(“Of course”. Goes without saying).
Their special significance and the reason why humans feel such affinity for them can be attributed to their ethereal quality.”
(See what I did there? Anything may be attributed to anything you want.)
On page 7, we see a classic example of Cult-speak: “This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready. Not everyone is ready yet…”
(Translation: Accept this book’s principles, or you are an immature outcast of the chosen elite.)
On page 20, in a description of the evolution of a land-dwelling creature rising from the sea, Tolle states the following:
“It would perhaps crawl a few inches at first, then, exhausted by the enormous gravitational pull of the planet, it would return to the water, where gravity is almost nonexistent…”
(Bizarro-me wonder: “Why gravity-lite rivers and oceans no fly out into space?”)
But the real capper is found on page 22:
“If evil has any reality–and it has a relative, not an absolute, reality…”
Okay, Tolle. You keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile, although you may have many vital data to impart, this reader has left the building.
LINK TO STRONG IMAGE OF
ACTUAL, NOT RELATIVE, EVIL