A New Earth: Takeaways and Key Points Summary

Spirituality guru, Eckhart Tolle enlightens his readers about the cost of allowing ego to dominate one’s life. He shares how to liberate oneself from that limiting mindset to transcend into a new state of consciousness. He points out how protecting the ego leads to preventable suffering around the world, to inspire a new wave of collective consciousness.

“A New Earth” is Tolle’s follow-up book to “The Power of Now.” Tolle helps you to transform your unconscious ego state from an anchor harbouring negative habits and mindsets into a useful tool. This book focuses on using a reductionist approach to ensure holistic wellbeing. Helping the few, so they’ll help the many. It’s about waking yourself up to the possibilities of living differently; living powerfully.

Takeaways from "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle

Takeaway #1 Stop Identifying With Your Ego

Your ego wants you to fail, it wants you to feel small, and encourages you to feel depressed and sad.

Eckhart Tolle tells us that the ego is so good at what it does that it tricks us into thinking that knowing ourselves is the same as knowing about ourselves. In today's ego-fed world we believe that who we are is defined by our background, achievements, and belongings.

To let go of the ego you have to recognize the stream of thought and consciousness that focuses on 'I' (I'm so fat. I'm so bad with money. My life is awful. I always attract bad relationships. Why did I do that, I'm so stupid!) – and let go of it as fast as possible but with the ego fuelling your discomforting, suffering, and anxiety it's not as easy comfort zone to break free of.

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

The answer is in finding your life's two goals, your outer purpose, and your inner purpose and returning to the present moment as soon as possible after a negative incident.

Takeaway #2 Accept Your Life As It Is Right Now

No more wishing, hoping, dreaming, and planning that 'one day' things will get better, that 'one day' you'll have more money, that 'one day' you'll meet your dream partner, that 'one day' you'll leave the job that you hate.

Accept your life as it is right now and enjoy what you already have. If you cannot accept and enjoy, then at least be at peace with the here and now no matter what is going on – Life is a journey and this too shall pass are wonderful statements to remember.

Remember that you always have control over your state of mind, you can choose if to make something good or bad. When you truly accept and enjoy your life as it is in the present moment, the pressures of daily life will fade to leave you feeling more at peace.

Takeaway #3 Uncover Your Inner Purpose

When people talk about finding their purpose or goal in life they talk about it in the singular sense. But we actually have two purposes to fill in order to be fulfilled; the inner purpose and the outer purpose.

Achieving inner purpose is the more difficult one to master. It's the consciousness that separates thought from awareness allowing us to be fully present without thought or ego getting in the way.

Our outer purpose might be to 'make more money', 'get a promotion' 'help those in need' or 'raise happy healthy kids'. Our outer purpose is always subject to change though, whether we realise it or not. Take people who list their kids as their life purpose – What happens when those kids grow up and leave home?

You also have to be careful that the outer purpose doesn't create a false inner purpose – A charity worker will likely be seen as having a strong and positive life purpose but when done for the wrong reasons such as to feel worthy, the inner purpose is being missed and the ego is being stroked.

Key Points from A New Earth

  • We are called to reduce the importance of the “I”. This is how we quiet the ego.
  • The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
  • Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
  • Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
  • Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. 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 the field of conscious Presence.
  • You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
  • Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
  • Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
  • Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.
  • You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
  • You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.
  • To realize that the “voice in my head” is not who you are is freedom. Who are you then? The one who sees that.
  • Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.
  • Don't let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.



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A New Earth Chapters

Chapter One - The Flowering of Human Consciousness
Chapter Two - Ego: The Current State of Humanity
Chapter Three - The Core Ego
Chapter Four - Role-playing: The Many Faces of the Ego
Chapter Five - The Pain-Body
Chapter Six - Breaking Free
Chapter Seven - Finding Who You Truly Are
Chapter Eight - The Discovery of Inner Space
Chapter Nine - Your Inner Purpose
Chapter Ten - A New Earth


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