Ekhart Tolle: A New Science For a New Earth?

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”. 


Tight Lips, Tight Waist, Show Elevated 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.”

(Of course.)
(See what I did there? Anything may be attributed to anything you want.)

Rocks, Alive? Stones, Ethereal? Even I Think That's Stupid.

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…”

Tolle's Portrayal of Evil: It's Solely a Matter of Contrasts

Okay, Tolle.  You keep telling yourself that.  Meanwhile, although you may have many vital data to impart, this reader has left the building.




You do know, don’t you, that those of us non-atheists raised and educated in the same environments as you are not afraid of science?  We gets it.  And we believe in evolution.


Really irksome the way all y’all atheists out there just assume all we-all believers are jess’ so dam’ ig’nant.  Like ’bout this here  ee-voe-loo-shun  thang.

I particularly enjoy the little Darwin fish, that proud logo illustrating the happy marriage of Christianity and Science.  Thank you, whoever came up with that one.

Oh?  You thought it was a sign mocking Christianity?  Oh dear–that’s only possible if you are an ignoramus who assumes all Christians to be anti-evolution–and surely you are not such a one!

Take That, Christian-Haters!


"I’m a Very Spiritual Person"–Oh, Really?

I’m sure you’ve been told it. You may have told it to others:

“I’m a very spiritual person.”

I'm, Like, a TOTALLY Spiritual Dude, Dude.

Definition of Terms for New Agers

spirituality –

How the spirit of God, or the Holy Spirit, manifests itself through my actions.

Using this definition, I should never describe myself as a “spiritual person” unless I wish to be considered an egotistical #sshole: 

“I really demonstrate God’s love!”


spirituality (New Age redefinition)

New Age use strips the word of its original God-centered meaning.

It is used to mean so many different things to people of different beliefs as to render the word essentially meaningless.  Wikipedia gives three:

  1. an alleged immaterial reality;
  2. an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being;
  3. the deepest values and meanings by which people live.

A page of explanation follows, needed because the word’s meaning is now so broad in scope and muddy. Modifying Wikipedia’s definition, I would suggest:

How all the reality of the physical world’s objects, and the bodies and minds we experience, are connected to something immaterial which has deep significance of some sort. 

Further, how we can derive positive benefits such as peace or inspiration from learning to access this immaterial something.

Using this definition, I should also never describe myself as a “spiritual person” unless I wish to be considered an egotistical asshole:

“I’m very in touch with the Big Reality.”


More Definitions

faith –

What I believe about God.  Carries the additional associations of why I believe this, and how it makes me feel, or how it helps me.

My own faith is that God loves us, and that he can and will, when asked, give us additional power to help us behave more thoughtfully and accomplish more in a productive manner. Just like a giant Battery for Good.

God's Power Is Like This, Only In Reverse

theology –

What I believe about God, in detail–and what I don’t believe.

My own theology is that God is God, that church/synogogue/mosque/temple affiliation is irrelevant, and that acts count up there right along with beliefs and intents. Oh, yeah, and that there is an afterlife, ’cause my dead Grandma said so. (Yes. For real.) I believe if we want God’s battery power, we have to ask for it, and it may take repeat requests. And if we talk with him and ask for his help to achieve our specific positive goals, positive steps toward them or equally beneficial goals will be more easily achieved.

I don’t believe in a Divine Plan. I reject entirely a cruel God that causes children to suffer abuse and cancer and hunger as part of some master plan. All I feel coming from God is love.

I don’t believe that Jesus was the son of God–but I’m willing to allow that he might have been.

religion –

How I choose to practice my faith, with or without others, or how I choose to label my faith to myself or others. For example:  By choosing a recognized group of believers whose faith most closely approximates my own, or whose faith most closely approximates the one I used to follow as a child.

Or maybe I pick one just ’cause I like the music. Honestly, ole’ Martin (Luther) really could crank ’em out (not that those Baptists don’t have some hot little numbers, too!) as in this well-loved classic:

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Davey and Goliath At Rest

“Hey, Goliath! Check Out These Great Posts on ‘The Last Half!'”


A Case for God

Isn’t it just too cute and oh so young that radical atheists insist on disobeying grammatical rules in order to lowercase the proper noun God when saying they don’t believe in him? 

And silly, too…Not the disbelief (which I totally get, being an intelligent, not entirely-uneducated person, though a believer) but the lower-casing.

The same folk who do this will upper-case Allah, mind you, ever-respectful of the cultures of “others”. As if Allah and God are not both proper names.

As if they don’t both refer to the same almighty being believed in by some people–

Heaven Is In Your Head


–but worshipped in widely-different ways.

Re: God, and my belief in him (and his in me), I once wrote an email to a friend giving a long litany of complaints about how everything had been going wrong, after which I added:

“The dumb thing is, when I really do wake up and start the day by fully saying all my prayers meaningfully, those days ALWAYS go better. 

You would think I would learn something from this!”  
Joseph Has His Doubts

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