humanity ready for a transformation of consciousness,
an inner flowering so radical and profound that
compared to it the flowering of plants, no matter
how beautiful, is only a pale reflection?
human beings lose the density of their conditioned
mind structures and become like crystals or precious
stones, so to speak, transparent to the light
they defy the gravitational pull of materialism
and materiality and rise above identification with
form that keeps the ego in place and condemns them
to imprisonment within their own personality?
possibility of such a transformation has been
the central message of the great wisdom teachings
of humankind. The messengers—Buddha, Jesus,
and others, not all of them known—were humanity's
early flowers. They were precursors, rare and
precious beings. A widespread flowering was not
yet possible at that time, and their message became
largely misunderstood and often greatly distorted.
It certainly did not transform human behavior,
except in a small minority of people.
Is humanity more ready now than at the time of
those early teachers? Why should this be so?
What can you do, if anything, to bring about or
accelerate this inner shift?
What is it that characterizes the old egoic state
of consciousness, and by what signs is the new
emerging consciousness recognized?
and other essential questions will be addressed
in this book. More important, this book itself
is a transformational device that has come out
of the arising new consciousness. The ideas and
concepts presented here may be important, but
they are secondary. They are no more than signposts
pointing toward awakening. As you read, a shift
takes place within you.
book’s main purpose is not to add new information
or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince
you of anything, but to bring about a shift in
consciousness, that is to say, to awaken.
that sense, this book is not "interesting."
Interesting means you can keep your distance,
play around with ideas and concepts in your mind,
agree or disagree. 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, but
many are, and with each person who awakens, the
momentum in the collective consciousness grows,
and it becomes easier for others.
If you don’t know what awakening means,
read on. Only by awakening can you know the true
meaning of that word. A glimpse is enough to initiate
the awakening process, which is irreversible.
some, that glimpse will come while reading this
many others who may not even have realized it,
the process has already begun. This book will
help them recognize it.
some, it may have begun through loss or suffering;
for others, through coming into contact with
a spiritual teacher or teaching, through reading
The Power of Now or some other spiritually
alive and therefore transformational book—or
any combination of the above. If
the awakening process has begun in you, the
reading of this book will accelerate and intensify
essential part of the awakening is the recognition
of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks,
and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively
conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the
unawakened state. That is why this book shows
the main aspects of the ego and how they operate
in the individual as well as in the collective.
This is important for two related reasons:
The first is that unless you know the basic mechanics
behind the workings of the ego, you won’t
recognize it, and it will trick you into identifying
with it again and again. This means it takes you
over, an imposter pretending to be you.
The second reason is that the act of recognition
itself is one of the ways in which awakening happens.
When you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that
which makes the recognition possible is the arising
consciousness, is awakening.
cannot fight against the ego and win, just as
you cannot fight against darkness. The light of
consciousness is all that is necessary. You are
ancient religions and spiritual traditions share
the common insight—that our normal state
of mind is marred by a fundamental defect. However,
out of this insight into the nature of the human
condition, we may call it the bad news, arises
a second insight—the good news of the possibility
of a radical transformation of human consciousness.
In Hindu teachings (and sometimes in Buddhism also),
this transformation is called enlightenment. In
the teachings of Jesus, it is salvation. In Buddhism,
it is the end of suffering. Liberation and awakening
are other terms used to describe this transformation.
greatest achievement of humanity is not its works
of art, science, or technology, but the recognition
of its own dysfunction, its own madness. In the
distant past, this recognition already came to
a few individuals. A man called Gautama Siddhartha,
who lived 2,600 years ago in India, was perhaps
the first who saw it with absolute clarity. Later,
the title Buddha was conferred upon him. Buddha
means "the awakened one." At about the
same time, another of humanity's early awakened
teachers emerged in China. His name was Lao Tzu.
He left a record of his teaching in the form of
one of the most profound spiritual books ever
written, the Tao Te Ching.
To recognize one's own insanity is, of course,
the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing
new dimension of consciousness had begun to emerge
on the planet, a first tentative flowering. Those
rare individuals then spoke to their contemporaries.
They spoke of sin, of suffering, of delusion.
They said, "Look how you live. See what
you are doing, the suffering you create."
They then pointed to the possibility of awakening
from the collective nightmare of "normal"
human existence. They showed the way.
world was not yet ready for them, and yet they
were a vital and necessary part of human awakening.
Inevitably, they were mostly misunderstood by
their contemporaries, as well as by subsequent
generations. Their teachings, although both simple
and powerful, became distorted and misinterpreted,
in some cases even as they were recorded in writing
by their disciples.
the centuries, many things were added that had
nothing to do with the original teachings, but
were reflections of a fundamental misunderstanding.
Some of the teachers were ridiculed, reviled,
or killed; others came to be worshiped as gods.
Teachings that pointed the way beyond the dysfunction
of the human mind, the way out of the collective
insanity, were distorted and became themselves
part of the insanity. And so religions, to a large
extent, became divisive rather than unifying forces.
Instead of bringing about an ending of violence
and hatred through a realization of the fundamental
oneness of all life, they brought more violence
and hatred, more divisions between people as well
as between different religions and even within
the same religion.
became ideologies, belief systems people could
identify with and so use them to enhance their
false sense of self. Through them, they could
make themselves "right" and others "wrong"
and thus define their identity through their enemies,
the "others," the "nonbelievers"
or "wrong believers" who not infrequently
they saw themselves justified in killing.
made "God" in his own image. The eternal,
the infinite, and unnameable was reduced to a
mental idol that you had to believe in and worship
as "my god" or "our god."
yet ... and yet ... in spite of all the insane
deeds perpetrated in the name of religion, the
Truth to which they point still shines at their
core. It still shines, however dimly, through
layers upon layers of distortion and misinterpretation.
It is unlikely, however, that you will be able
to perceive it there unless you have at least
already had glimpses of that Truth within yourself.
history, there have always been rare individuals
who experienced a shift in consciousness, and
so realized within themselves that toward which
all religions point.
describe the nonconceptual Truth, they then used
the conceptual framework of their own religions.
Through some of those men and women, "schools"
or movements developed within all major religions
that represented not only a rediscovery, but in
some cases an intensification of the light of
the original teaching.
is how Gnosticism and mysticism came into existence
in early and medieval Christianity, Sufism in
the Islamic religion, Hasidism and Kabbala in
Judaism, Advaita Vendanta in Hinduism, Zen and
Dzogchen in Buddhism.
of these schools were iconoclastic. They did away
with layers upon layers of deadening conceptualization
and mental belief structures, and for this reason
most of them were viewed with suspicion and often
hostility by the established religious hierarchies.
mainstream religion, their teachings emphasized
realization and inner transformation. It is through
those esoteric schools or movements that the major
religions regained the transformative power of the
original teachings, although in most cases, only
a small minority of people had access to them. Their
numbers were never large enough to have any significant
impact on the deep collective unconsciousness of
the majority. Over time, some of those schools themselves
became too rigidly formalized or conceptualized
to remain effective.
New Earth by Eckhart
his insightful look into humanity's ego-based thinking, Eckhart
Tolle provides practical teachings for waking up to a new,
enlightened mind-set. This involves a radical inner leap of
consciousness from the current identification with our ego
to an entirely new way of thinking about who we are.