A New Earth | Awakening to Your Life's Purpose  by Eckhart Tolle

pg. 7

" An 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. "

pg. 9

" … so to sin means to miss the point of human existence. "

pg. 17

"In fact, the more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself. Many 'religious' people are stuck at that level.  They equate truth with thought, and they are completely identified with thought (their mind), they claim to be in sole possession of the truth in an unconscious attempt to protect their identity.  They don't realize the limitations of thought. "

pg. 18

" Partly as a result of the spiritual teaching that have arisen outside the established religions, but also due to an influx of the ancient Eastern wisdom teachings, a growing number of followers of traditional religions are able to … realize that how 'spiritual' you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness.  This, in turn, determines how you act in the world and interact with others. "

pg. 22

" You then no longer derive your identity, your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself.  What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am. "

" Ego is no more than this: identification with form, which primarily means thought form … this results in a total unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with every 'other' as well as with the Source. "

pg. 23

" We need to understand that heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness. "

pg. 26

" The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to rarity, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you. "

pg. 28

" The good news is: If you can recognize illusion as illusion, it dissolves.  The recognition of illusion is also its ending.  Its survival depends on you mistaking it for reality.  In the seeing of who you are not, the reality of who you are emerges by itself. "

pg. 30

" Most people are still completely identified with the incessant stream of mind, of compulsive thinking, most of it repetitive and pointless.  There is no 'I' apart from their thought processes and the emotions that go with them.  This is the meaning of being spiritually unconscious. "

- guilty of this 

pg. 38

"… I suggest that you investigate your relationship with the world of things through self-observation, and in particular, things that are designated with the word 'my'. "

pg. 41

" … sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. "

" One thing we do know: Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. "

pg. 42

" The ego isn't wrong; it's just unconscious … Don't take the ego too seriously.  When you detect egoic behavior in yourself, smile … If you consider the ego to be your personal problem, that's just more ego. "

pg. 44

"…making yourself right and others wrong is one of the principal egoic mind patterns, one of the main forms of unconsciousness. "

pg. 45

" The ego lives through comparison.  How you are seen by others turns into how you see yourself … The ego's sense of self worth is in most cases bound up with the worth you have in the eyes of others. "

" Attachment to things drops away buy itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them. "

pg. 47

"Most egos have conflicting wants … except that they don't want what is: the present moment. "

pg. 48

" The thought forms of 'me' and 'mine,' of 'more than,' of 'I want,' 'I need,' 'I must have,' and of 'not enough' pertain not to content but to the structure of the ego.

pg. 50

" In either case, ugly or beautiful, people derive a significant part of their identity, be it negative or positive, from their body.  To be more precise, they derive their identity from the I-thought that they erroneously attach to the mental image or concept of their body. "

"Equating the physical sense-perceived body that is destined to grow old, wither and die with 'I' always leads to suffering sooner or later. "

pg. 51

"If you don't equate the body with who you are, when beauty fades, vigor diminishes, or the body becomes incapacitated, this will not affect your sense of worth or entity in any way.  In fact, as the body begins to weaken, the formless dimension, the light of consciousness, can shine more easily through the fading form. "

pg. 52

" This is done not by trying to convince yourself that you are not your body, but by shifting your attention from the external form of your body and from thoughts about your body -- beautiful, ugly, strong, weak, too fat, too thin -- to the feeling of aliveness inside it … it is an intensely alive energy field. "

pg. 54

" When every thought absorbs your attention completely, when you are so identified with the voice in your head and the emotions that accompany in that you lose yourself in every thought and every emotion, then you are totally identified with form and therefore in the grip of ego. "

pg. 55

" When you are aware that you are thinking, that awareness is not part of thinking.  It is a different dimension of consciousness … When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream.  Another dimension of consciousness has come in. "

pg. 57


- This was a new perspective for me, in reading this book. 

pg. 58

" The central core of all your mind activity consists of certain repetitive and persistent thoughts, emotions and reactive patterns that you identify with most strongly.  This entity is the ego itself. "

pg. 62, 63

" Resentment means to feel bitter, indignant, aggrieved or offended … The ego loves it.  Instead of overlooking unconsciousness in others, you make it into their identity … Who is doing that?  The unconsciousness in you, the ego. "

" Nonreaction to the ego in others is one of the most effective ways not only of going beyond ego in yourself but also of dissolving the collective human ego … Nonreaction is not a weakness but a strength. Another word for nonreaction is forgiveness.  To forgive is to overlook, or rather to look through. "

pg. 65

" One strong grievance is enough to contaminate large areas of your life and keep you in the grip of the ego. "

pg. 70

" Thought can at best point to the truth, but it never is the truth.  That's why Buddhists say 'The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.'"

pg. 71

" The very Being that you are is Truth. "

pg. 74

"Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you … Only if you mistake it for who you are can observing it within you be threatening to your sense of self. "

pg. 74, 75

" Fighting unconsciousness will draw you into unconsciousness yourself … Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists. "

- WOW!

pg. 78

" Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continuously pass away. "

pg. 86

" Many people fluctuate between feelings of inferiority and superiority, depending on situations or the people they come in contact with.  All that you need to know and observe in yourself is this: Whenever you feel superior or inferior to anyone, that's the ego in you. "

pg. 90

" What really matters is not what function you fulfill in this world, but whether you identify with your function to such an extent that it takes you over and becomes a role that you play.  When you play roles, you are unconscious. "

- Can be true about motherhood

pg. 91

"Authentic human interactions become impossible when you lose  yourself in a role. "

pg. 96

" The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. "

pg. 99

" Awareness is the greatest agent for change. "

pg. 101

" [Your children] come into this world through you, but they are not 'yours'. "

pg. 102

" One of the ego's many erroneous assumptions .. is 'I should not have to suffer.' … 'My child should not have to suffer.' … Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. "

pg. 105 


-- Aaah.  I love this.  Since I've read this quote, I see it all the time in the interactions of my family. 

pg. 108

" You are most powerful, most effective, when you are completely yourself.  But don't try to be yourself.  That's another role. "

pg. 109

" Give up defining yourself -- to yourself or to others … And don't be concerned with how others define you.  When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem.  Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as a field of conscious Presence. "

pg. 111

"Whenever you are in a negative state, there is something in you that wants the negativity … if you can be aware at that moment that there is something in you that takes pleasure in it or believes it has a useful purpose, you are becoming aware of the ego directly … This means the ego is shrinking and awareness is growing. "

pg. 115

" How to be at peace now?  By making peace with the present moment. "

pg. 116

" Watch out for thoughts that appear to justify or explain this unhappiness but in reality cause it. "

pg. 119

" The stronger the ego in you, the more likely it is that in your perception other people are the main source of problems in your life.  It is also more than likely that you will make life difficult for others.  But, of course, you won't be able to see that.  It is always others who seem to be doing it to you. "

pg. 121

" Let go of identification with your mind.  Who you are beyond the mind then emerges by itself. "

pg. 128

" So there is no such thing as 'my life' and I don't have a life.  I am life.  I and life are one. "

pg. 129

"The greater part of most people's thinking is involuntary automatic, and repetitive … Strictly speaking, you don't think: Thinking happens to you.

" That voice in the head has a life of its own.  Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by thought, by the mind.  And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to reenact the past again and again.  The Eastern term for this is karma. "

-I had no idea this is what karma was. 

pg. 132

" So emotion is the body's reaction to your mind. "

pg. 133

" An instinctive response is the body's direct response to some external situation.  An emotion, on the other hand, is the body's response to a thought. "

pg. 140

" We can learn to break the habit of accumulating and perpetuating old emotion by flapping our wings, metaphorically speaking, and refrain from mentally dwelling on the past, regardless of whether something happened yesterday or thirty years ago. "

pg. 160

" There is only one perpetuator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness. "

pg. 186

" Knowing yourself deeply has nothing to do with whatever ideas are floating around in your mind.  knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind. "

pg. 190

" Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance. "

pg. 192


pg. 195


pg. 198

" To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens.  It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be. "

pg. 200

"Only if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens, and the wold will determine your happiness and unhappiness. " 

pg. 201

" If your relationship with the Now is dysfunctional, that dysfunction will be reflected in every relationship and every situation you encounter … Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results.  Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. "

pg. 210, 211

" You are present when what you are doing is not primarily a means to an end (money, prestige, winning), but fulfilling in itself, when there is joy and aliveness in what you do.  And of course, you cannot be present unless you become friendly with the present moment. "

pg. 213

" People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness, that is to say, dependent on form.  They don't realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe.  It changes constantly. "

pg. 215

" When you are seemingly diminished in some way and remain in absolute non reaction, not just externally but also internally, you realize that nothing real has been diminished, that through becoming  'less,' you become more.  "

pg. 216


pg. 225

" Nonresistance, nonjudgment and non attachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living. "

-- WOW.

" Once you see and accept the transience of all things and the inevitability of change, you can enjoy the pleasures of the world while they last without fear of loss or anxiety about the future.  When you are detached, you gain an higher vantage point from which to view the events in your life instead of being trapped inside them. "

pg. 228

" Awareness implies that you are not only conscious of things (objects), but you are also conscious of being conscious. "

pg. 236

" … Become conscious of being conscious.  Say or think 'I Am' and add nothing to it.  Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. "

pg. 243

" The greatest impediment to the discovery of inner space, the greatest impediment to finding the experiencer, is to become so enthralled by the experience that you lose yourself in it.  It means conscious is lost in its own dream. " 

pg. 244

"Being aware of your breathing takes attention away from thinking and creates space.  It is one way of generating consciousness. "

--So simple, so true. 

pg. 254

He talks about ways people unconsciously try to emphasize their form-identity (ego), and includes a great list:

"demanding recognition for something you did and getting angry or upset if you didn't get it; trying to get attention by talking about your problems, the story of your illness or making a scene; giving your opinion when nobody has asked for it and it makes no difference to the situation; being more concerned with how the other person sees you than with the other person, which is to say, using other people for egoic reflection or as ego enhancers; trying to make an impression on others through possessions, knowledge, good looks, status, physical strength and so on; bringing about temporary ego inflation through angry reaction against something or someone; taking things personally, feeling offended; making yourself right and others wrong through futile mental or verbal complaining; wanting to be seen, or to appear important.

--long list, but man, who isn't guilty of at least one of these?

pg. 258

" Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose.  Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary.  Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary. "

" Finding and living in alignment wit the inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose.  It is the basis for true success. "

pg. 260

" Living up to an image that you have you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living -- another unconscious role the ego plays. "

pg. 266

" Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose.  You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else is secondary. "

" The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness. "

pg. 267

" But why did anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. "

pg. 269

" So be true to life by being true to your inner purpose."

pg. 295

" The modalities of awakened doing are acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm…if you are not in the states [above], look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others. "

pg. 302

" Stress always diminishes both the quality and effectiveness of what you do under its influence.  There is also a strong link between stress and negative emotions, such as anxiety and anger.  It is toxic to the body and is now becoming recognized as on of the main causes of the so-called degenerative disease such as cancer and heart disease. "

 © Houseman 2013