Ever since I left CTEK (my last job) back in Jan 07, I’ve been trying to figure out what I should be doing with myself. It’s been a quest, thusfar unfruitful. I’m working, but most, if not all, leaves something to be desired. My mother, in an effort to help me obtain focus, bought be a book and made me promise to read it, and participate in the corresponding online class.
About the class & book – Eckart Tolle has written a book called A New Earth, Awaken to Your Life’s Purpose. In partnership with Eckart, Oprah Winfrey has put together a live, online webcast where you can watch and actually participate. It’s a 10 week long course, or rather a book discussion, with Eckart. Last week was week 1 and I couldn’t attend, but watched it with Mark (my husband) last night. I watched Week 2 tonight, live. Regardless of what you think about the book and the class, it truly is a technological feat what they’ve pulled off. About 700,000 people watched the show last week, live. An additional 1.5 million people watched it during the week. Even if you don’t want ‘spiritual awakening’, you have to appreciate there are a ton of people out there that do, and if this brings people closer to goodness, then Oprah has truly achieved something great.
Anyway, my formal education is in psychology and science, so many times eastern philosophies leave me with many unanswered questions. I find most of it hoakey, fluffy, lacking substance. But I did promise my mother…
So I’m at chapter 3, and I’ve watched 2 of Oprah’s & Eckart Tolle’s classes now. And while much of the conversation is saying the same thing over and over again, I’m finding it rather fascinating. My quick summary so far is this:
I am different that the sum of my thoughts, my pasts, my future, and my opinions. Those are things, concepts in my life. I am an entity that is separate from them, and the more I recognize this, the more in the present I can live. The more in the present I can live, the happier I can be b/c I am not affected by my past, by other’s impressions of me, or of my wants of tomorrow. Interesting.
Instead of asking myself what I want to do with the rest of my life, I need to ask the world what it wants from me and how I can best be of service. This too is a fascinating concept. It takes me off the pedestal (what?!?) and turns my life into one of other-service instead of me-service.
Be at one with nature – this is a quick way to shed the “ego”, which is my past, my thoughts, my opinions. I do this already though so this isn’t a new lesson for me.
So this morning, I sat in complete silence and stillness in my living room. It gets great morning light and this is where most of my plants reside. I sat there and tried to quiet my mind as much as possible for as long as possible, and when my mind went active again, I tried to redirect it to ‘asking the world how I can best service it’. I’m not exactly sure how I’m supposed to know when the world answers me, but I sure hope it does and I can recognize it for what it is.
This has been my first ‘spiritual journey’ and I’m keeping as open of a mind as I can. If you are interested in discovering your life’s purpose, go buy the book, and sign up for Oprah. I’ll keep blogging about my experienes on my first spiritual journey.
3 thoughts on “Eckart Tolle – A New Earth & Oprah’s webcast”
How exciting! I have been going back and forth about the whole Oprah thing and I have podcasts waiting, I’ve just been putting it off. Thanks for the insights, though, I might start next week and catch up. If you are into keeping an open mind, may I suggest an even hokier, book that might shift your perspective in tandem with what you are about to embark on now? Well you can’t answer quickly and I get excited about other peoples spiritual journey’s it gives me hope, and restores my faith a bit. So, here it is, Sonia Choquette’s Psychic Pathways, believe me it’s much more than a book on how to become better tuned with the world and yourself. It helps to demystify the touchy feely aspects of this awesome phenomena that you are about to experience. More so than that it helps you accept the great things that are waiting to come.
I hate being blog hog-enjoy your journey.
Thanks Timbre! Depending on how this goes, I might check that out. It’s definitely a bit of a struggle to keep my anti-cheese bias out of this online class, but I figure baby steps. I think the programs are a bit long, but they are interesting! I would recommend it to anyone.
Hey, I just stumbled across your blog in my own Google-searching attempt to see what the book and the Oprah business is about. Since you’re doing this philosophical search, I hope you don’t mind my throwing two cents out there:
If you do what’s best for you–what you want, rationally–you will be doing what’s best for the people you love, the community you live in, and yes, even the world. Take, for instance, the airplane. If the Wright brothers wanted to serve others, they could have gone to a soup kitchen. Instead they pursued their own interests to the very end–which happened to be soaring in the sky–and as a result we have affordable world-wide travel today. Something that wouldn’t be possible if those men didn’t ask themselves what they wanted to do with their lives.
So, don’t tear your pedastal down too readily. 🙂