This article is about one of the most popular spiritual gurus of all time. Eckhart Tolle is a multimillionaire who preaches letting go of needs. The star of his own video website named after himself, he also tells us to let go of ego and any mental attachment to ourselves.
Notice any possible contradictions? Okay so maybe I am making fun of him a little here but I personally believe that his message is a profound one in many ways. It has certainly helped me deal with things and continues to be a source of some inspiration.
However, his philosophy is not immune to criticism and I believe that it is worth examining those in order to get the most out of what he has to offer.
Every human being experiences thoughts and feelings which often react to the world around them, wanting things to be a certain way and getting disappointed when they are not as expected. Eckhart tells us that these thoughts and feelings are not who we really are and that identifying with any mental image of ourselves is what causes problems.
His solution is to become a detached observer of ourselves, our thoughts and feelings through a process he calls disidentification. We can do this by focussing much less on those sensations and much more on the raw experience of each moment.
Eckhart takes this to a mystical level by insisting that connecting with the present allows us to become one with the universe! The more we do this the more we let go of the self and all its reactions. It is a beautiful and powerful idea that offers humanity a new way of being conscious and thereby liberates us all from all forms of suffering – yay hoo!
Let me begin with some popular criticisms of Eckhart Tolle before moving onto his message and whether it really works.
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