Eckhart Tolle’s new book, A New Earth, is wreaking havoc with some conservative Christians – some of whom are my friends. I purchased the book on my return trip from Aruba. I devoured Tolle’s book in the 3.5 hour flight. I underlined, starred, and made marginalia notes. I felt elated seeing Tolle’s very well-written thoughts regarding Ego, being present, and one’s life purpose. Tolle quotes many great minds including C.G. Jung, and Christ. What a gift Tolle gave to the planet!
I was excited to share this book with my friends. So I did. I feel sad to see so much resistance to this literature. It smacks of antiquated and arrogant censorship – cloaked in Christianity. What, please educate me, is wrong with reading, discussing, boisterously-but-respectfully sharing differences of thought? Doesn’t mindful contemplation serve to expand knowledge and either confirm or change one’s opinion? How can we grow as spiritual beings if we don’t explore other perspectives? Some myopic Christians actually think Tolle’s book is the work of the anti-Christ! God help us.
I for one, consciously choose to remain open to many paths. I identity myself as a Christian, because I do believe Christ was the Messiah. BUT, I also integrate many other religions into my way of viewing the world – such as Eastern philosophies.
I don’t ask you to love Tolle’s book the way I do. I ask that tolerance prevail, and we not be so quick to discount such work because it doesn’t fit in within our spiritual box. It’s time to take off the lid and expand our consciousness – or at least tolerate others who do.