Eckhart Tolle has been called one of the most popular self help authors in the
United States and one of the most influential spiritual persons alive today.
His books have sold in the
millions of copies and have been translated into more than 33
His teachings have circled the globe and been broadcast through such popular
forums as the Oprah Show. He is most well known for his best selling books,
The Power of Now and The New Earth.
Early Life Of Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle was born on
February 16, 1948 in Germany to a troubled household where his
parents often fought. As he grew older he became unhappy with
school and battled depression. His parents eventually became
separated and he moved to Spain to live with his father during
his teen years. When he turned 19, Eckhart Tolle moved to
England where he found a job teaching Spanish and German as he
was fluent in those languages as well as English. Over the
next decade he furthered his education at the University of
London while he continued to battle periods of dark depression
and suicidal tendencies.
In 1977 at the age of 29, he was
experiencing a time of unbearable depression when he suddenly
had an inner realization that forever changed his life. He
began to question the self that was experiencing the
depression and anxiety, and unexpectedly, what he calls his
mind-made self, just disappeared and peace and bliss filled
The feeling of bliss remained with him as long
as he continued with his simple "being" and "observing the
now." Eckhart Tolle developed a deep abiding sense of peace
and spent the next few years in a state of bliss while he
simply watched the world go by. He stayed with friends, slept
on park benches, or spent time in a local monastery. He
dropped out of college during this time and his family feared
he had gone insane.
The life Eckhart Tolle lead drew many
curious people to him who began to question his beliefs and
practices. He taught his method to inner peace to many
students over a period of several years until he eventually
moved to Canada in 1995. In 1997, The Power of Now
published as a small printing of 3000 copies. Eckhart Tolle
and his friends would hand deliver books to new age bookstores
to promote its sales. Through word of mouth and thanks to his
appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, sales of The Power of
Now soared until it reached the New York Times Best Seller
list in 2000.
Eckhart Tolle And The Power of Now
Tolle hoped readers of The Power of Now would get a small
glimpse of enlightenment as a result of exposure to his self
help advice. He also felt his book could play a part in
transforming human consciousness in general.
The book itself
is presented in a question and answer format. The questions
are common ones that arose during his years of counseling and
holding workshops. Eckhart Tolle advises not to get attached
to his words as he believes a true spiritual teacher doesn't
teach with words that instruct but rather helps his students
dissolve their blocks to living in the now.
Eckhart Tolle is
not associated with any particular religion but he draws from
several and quotes a variety of spiritual leaders such as
Christ and Buddha. He teaches in The Power of Now that there
is life that is manifested that we see all around us, and life
that is unmanifested, or the life that is beyond form and
The Power of Now offers hope that we can
transform our consciousness and become free of our ego minds.
That leaves us free to live deeply in the now, or the present
moment. Living in the now holds the promise of increased joy
of being, along with acceptance and connectedness to all of
Eckhart Tolle And A New Earth
A New Earth: Awakening to
Your Life's Purpose was published in 2005 and after being
selected by the Oprah Book Club in 2008, it went on to become
a best seller, selling millions of copies worldwide.
Eckhart Tolle did not offer new self help advice in this follow-up
book, but wanted to use it to help people awaken or shift
A New Earth is written in a different
format than his earlier book and is more of an essay that
describes how living in the now can have a societal impact and
change humanity for the better. The ultimate goal is for each
individual to live a bliss filled life and therefore bring an
era of peace and tranquility to earth.
Other Self Help
Books From Eckhart Tolle
• Practicing The Power of Now:
Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from The Power
of Now – This is available as an audio CD and book and
includes the teachings from The Power of Now in a distilled
form that teaches readers how to quiet their thoughts and
enter a bliss filled state of being.
• Stillness Speaks:
Whispers of Now – This book by Eckhart Tolle teaches readers
how to enter the world of stillness to find wisdom, and quiet
the suffering and chaos of the ego mind.
• Milton's Secret:
An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and The Power of
Now – This book introduces Eckhart Tolle and his self help
ideas to children. The story is about Milton who is miserable
because of a school bully. When Milton learns about the power
of living in the now, his problems disappear. This engaging
story with cute illustrations is suitable for readers of all
ages and is educational for children.
• Oneness With All
Life: Inspirational Selections from A New Earth – This book is
a distillation of the self help ideas presented in A New
Earth. Eckhart Tolle selected the passages he felt best
portrayed his message and compiled them into this book that
allows readers to discover the core of his teachings.
Guardians of Being – This book was published in 2009. An
illustrated book with few words, it sums up the essential
message of Eckhart Tolle as it relates to the love of all life
• Eckhart Tolle DVDs – Eckhart Tolle has
produced a few DVDs that expound upon his teachings and offer
further guidance and instruction to those on the path to inner
bliss. These include: The Flowering of Human Consciousness:
Everyone's Life Purpose, Practicing Presence: A Guide for the
Spiritual Teacher and Health Practitioner, Eckhart Tolle's
Findhorn Retreat - Stillness Amidst The World, Finding Your
Life's Purpose, Eckhart Teachings, and The Doorway into Now,
Eckhart Tolle Today
Tolle continues to actively spread his self
help ideas to seekers of internal bliss all around the globe. In
2008 he partnered with Oprah for a series of webinars where they
discussed living in the now and practiced meditation.
He runs a
subscription website that offers videos and a community for like
minded self help enthusiasts. He participates in spiritual
conferences and holds workshops so followers can gain support and
inspiration from him in person.
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