Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, has written extensively about personal happiness and the impact of the mind. His goal is to enlighten and help others transcend the ego based state of consciousness. His purpose is to show people how happiness and peace can be attained. His books have landed him at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Eckhart Tolle’s books have been considered some of the most influential and spiritual books of our time.
Tolle claimed to have experienced a deep inner transformation which helped him better understand spirituality and the power of the mind. He believes that “the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” This mindset gives him and others more control over their lives and their destiny. Believing life is controlled by inner thoughts and not outside influences, gives people power, power to change their mindset and regain control of their emotional wellbeing.
The teachings of Eckhart Tolle work in many ways. Most importantly, it’s a tool for people to understand the power of thought and the power of mind over matter. So many people are consumed by outside influences; how they fit in to society, how they are judged and who accepts them. This begins to influence the choices people make, they will seek acceptance and approval rather than pure, inner happiness. Failing to measure up or to produce the results they seek can cause feelings of failure or result in damaged self-esteem. The teachings also create a community of people with like-minded focus. Those who are moved by his beliefs are also drawn to each other, offering a sense of community and overall acceptance within this belief system.
Many people today measure their success by how much money they’ve earned, how much notoriety they’ve achieved and how well they’ve been regarded by others. Eckhart Tolle teaches the importance of not gaining material success but focusing on the result of a personal journey and seeking fulfillment by appreciating experiences or living in the now. His teachings focus on connection made with others rather than impressing others. According to Tolle, this thought process will help overcome an inflated sense of self driven by ego.
Material possessions can be taken away or lose value, if people place all their self-worth in material possessions or tangible things, their worth can be taken or lose value. Eckhart Tolle strives to educate others on the spiritual aspect of self-worth. Learning to appreciate yourself and your journey will create a stronger sense of confidence. If a setback were to occur, the essence of self would not be shaken. If self-worth is dependent on capabilities and the strength found within, a change in material status will not have a large impact on a person’s self-esteem. Eckhart Tolle has been successful in his journey to educate others and to influence transcendence of ego. By transcending the ego, we can allow our confidence and self-worth to be determined by human connection.