I’m listening and loving Oprah and Eckhart’s (last names are superfluous with these two) podcast on breaking down, chapter by chapter, A New Earth, Eckhart’s revolutionary book (yes it really is life changing). If you need indication of its significance, it was first published in 2005 and is still in discussion today, some 14 years later, because like many Holy Scriptures, the lessons it contains are both eternal and universal.
Despite having read this book several years ago, I greatly needed a refreshing reminder because as Oprah so aptly shares, she keeps her copy by her bedside because she refers back to it frequently. The lessons in this book aren’t something that can be read and immediately internalized and incorporated into everyday living. They are teachings that take time to assimilate, let alone comprehend.
I would do you no favors by trying to summarize the worldly wisdom contained in A New Earth. Instead, I will simply highlight a few quotes from the podcast and the book itself in hopes it will explain, if not inspire interest in “Awakening to Your Life Purpose” (the subtitle of the book).
- “You are a human being. What does that mean?…Human is form. Being is formless. Human and Being are not separate but interwoven.”
- “You are the Universe experiencing itself, very briefly, as a human.”
- “Life = God, the Essence, the Intelligence behind all life forms, the Eternal.”
- “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 this moment.”
- “Now is the inner acceptance of this moment, as it is, without wanting to reject it or wanting it to be different.”
- “All that is required to become free of the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible.”
- “The Now is the exit door out of the ego.”
- “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”
- “His need to win drained him of his power.”
- “Awareness is the power that it concealed within the present moment….The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.”
I could go on and on, with an abundance of Eckhart quotes that each stand alone is their pure wisdom and enlightened truth. But this is why the book is so profound and the lessons so voluminous.
Reading this book is journey of self-discovery, of the “I am ______________” that one must alone decide how to answer.
For now, the am that I am, is in awe. 🙌
With loving gratitudes,