I’m not even halfway done with Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘New Earth’ and I’ve already signed up for his online course, called ‘uncourse’. Unlearning right? It is completely free and you go through the main concepts of his book(s) at your own pace. Here’s a screenshot of the topics. Each topic has 3 or more lessons inside them, and each lesson contains a lengthy video with Eckhart himself. As you complete the lessons you mark them as complete and on to the next one. I am trying to do one lesson a day.
Here’s a view of the topics:
Of course I went for the ‘Ego’ topic first.
Here’s a few key thoughts that I’ve dotted down so far:
Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.
Make a conscious choice to take responsibility for your state of consciousness in the moment. Stay alert to your state of consciousness to avoid creating additional suffering on the planet.
What we do is secondary to how we do it; pay attention to your state of being while going about your daily activities.
Being unconscious (mental/emotional streams) generates suffering because you know not what you do. You cannot be held responsible just like Jesus said. Suffering is the fire in which the ego gets burnt up. It is a slow painful. An easier way is through spiritual teachings and awakening from that
See if you can hold the space of non-resistance when your ego doesn’t like the situation it finds itself in.
Allow appearances as it is without resisting. Accept the moment (condition) as it is.
You Ego will complain / deny the situation/ current moment)
Right action can only rise out of right state of consciousness – Say yes to “what is” because it already is.
Present moment: friend or enemy?
It may seem like the forms the world take on may impede/ interfere on your freedom, like a traffic jam. We feel deeply trapped. Don’t resist the form of the present moment. For example if your body becomes ill. A form of present impeding on you. If you accept it before you think about how you will react, even if its dreadful and then spaciousness enters, peace rises. By accepting the form, the formless in you opens up.